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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430165/treatments-for-latrodectism-a-systematic-review-on-their-clinical-effectiveness
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REVIEW
Nicole M Ryan, Nicholas A Buckley, Andis Graudins
Latrodectism or envenomation by widow-spiders is common and clinically significant worldwide. Alpha-latrotoxin is the mammalian-specific toxin in the venom that results in toxic effects observed in humans. Symptoms may be incapacitating and include severe pain that can persist for days. The management of mild to moderate latrodectism is primarily supportive while severe cases have variously been treated with intravenous calcium, muscle relaxants, widow-spider antivenom and analgesic opioids. The object of this systematic review is to examine the literature on the clinical effectiveness of past and current treatments for latrodectism...
April 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430148/a-rapid-magnetic-solid-phase-extraction-method-followed-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-analysis-for-the-determination-of-mycotoxins-in-cereals
#2
Giorgia La Barbera, Anna Laura Capriotti, Chiara Cavaliere, Patrizia Foglia, Carmela Maria Montone, Riccardo Zenezini Chiozzi, Aldo Laganà
Mycotoxins can contaminate various food commodities, including cereals. Moreover, mycotoxins of different classes can co-contaminate food, increasing human health risk. Several analytical methods have been published in the literature dealing with mycotoxins determination in cereals. Nevertheless, in the present work, the aim was to propose an easy and effective system for the extraction of six of the main mycotoxins from corn meal and durum wheat flour, i.e., the main four aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, and the mycoestrogen zearalenone...
April 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430142/initial-spore-density-has-an-influence-on-ochratoxin-a-content-in-aspergillus-ochraceus-cgmcc-3-4412-in-pdb-and-its-interaction-with-seeds
#3
Caiyan Li, Yanmin Song, Lu Xiong, Kunlun Huang, Zhihong Liang
The morphology and secondary metabolism of Aspergillus spp. are associated with initial spore density (ISD). Fatty acids (FA) are involved in the biosynthesis of aflatoxins (AF) through Aspergillus quorum sensing (QS). Here, we studied how ochratoxin A (OTA) was regulated by spore density in Aspergillus ochraceus CGMCC 3.4412. The results contribute to understanding the role of spore density in morphogenesis, OTA biosynthesis, and host-pathogen interactions. When A. ochraceus was grown in Potato Dextrose Broth (PDB) media at different spore densities (from 10¹ to 10⁶ spores/mL), more OTA was produced when ISD were increased, but a higher level of ISD inhibited OTA biosynthesis...
April 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425967/a-simple-and-specific-noncompetitive-elisa-method-for-ht-2-toxin-detection
#4
Henri O Arola, Antti Tullila, Alexis V Nathanail, Tarja K Nevanen
We developed an HT-2 toxin-specific simple ELISA format with a positive read-out. The assay is based on an anti-immune complex (IC) scFv antibody fragment, which is genetically fused with alkaline phosphatase (AP). The anti-IC antibody specifically recognizes the IC between a primary anti-HT-2 toxin Fab fragment and an HT-2 toxin molecule. In the IC ELISA format, the sample is added together with the scFv-AP antibody to the ELISA plate coated with the primary antibody. After 15 min of incubation and a washing step, the ELISA response is read...
April 20, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422078/antivenom-for-neuromuscular-paralysis-resulting-from-snake-envenoming
#5
REVIEW
Anjana Silva, Wayne C Hodgson, Geoffrey K Isbister
Antivenom therapy is currently the standard practice for treating neuromuscular dysfunction in snake envenoming. We reviewed the clinical and experimental evidence-base for the efficacy and effectiveness of antivenom in snakebite neurotoxicity. The main site of snake neurotoxins is the neuromuscular junction, and the majority are either: (1) pre-synaptic neurotoxins irreversibly damaging the presynaptic terminal; or (2) post-synaptic neurotoxins that bind to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Pre-clinical tests of antivenom efficacy for neurotoxicity include rodent lethality tests, which are problematic, and in vitro pharmacological tests such as nerve-muscle preparation studies, that appear to provide more clinically meaningful information...
April 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422066/diabetogenic-effects-of-ochratoxin-a-in-female-rats
#6
Firdevs Mor, Omur Sengul, Senay Topsakal, Mehmet Akif Kilic, Ozlem Ozmen
In this study, the diabetogenic effects of long term Ochratoxin A (OTA) administration in rats were investigated, and its role in the etiology of diabetes mellitus (DM) was examined utilizing 42 female Wistar rats for these purposes. The rats were divided into three different study and control groups according to the duration of the OTA administration. The rats received 45 μg OTA daily in their feed for 6, 9 and 24 weeks, respectively. Three control groups were also used for the same time periods. Blood and pancreatic tissue samples were collected during the necropsy at the end of the 6, 9 and 24 weeks...
April 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420181/comment-on-indoxyl-sulfate-review-of-toxicity-and-therapeutic-strategies-toxins-2016-8-358
#7
Fellype C Barreto, Daniela V Barreto, Andrea E M Stinghen, Ziad A Massy
Recently, the clinical and experimental evidences that support the toxic effects of indoxyl sulfate, a protein-bound uremic toxin in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, has been discussed. In this panorama, the authors described several in vitro and in vivo studies, suggesting that indoxyl sulfate may play a part in the pathogenesis of low turnover bone disease. However, the discussion claims the need for relevant clinical studies in CKD patients whose bone turnover biomarkers and bone histomorphometry were assessed in order to demonstrate the association between serum levels of indoxyl sulfate and bone turnover...
April 17, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420137/modification-of-the-mycotoxin-deoxynivalenol-using-microorganisms-isolated-from-environmental-samples
#8
Nina M Wilson, Nicole McMaster, Dash Gantulga, Cara Soyars, Susan P McCormick, Ken Knott, Ryan S Senger, David G Schmale
The trichothecene mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) is a common contaminant of wheat, barley, and maize. New strategies are needed to reduce or eliminate DON in feed and food products. Microorganisms from plant and soil samples collected in Blacksburg, VA, USA, were screened by incubation in a mineral salt media containing 100 μg/mL DON and analysis by gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Two mixed cultures derived from soil samples consistently decreased DON levels in assays using DON as the sole carbon source...
April 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420090/toxins-of-prokaryotic-toxin-antitoxin-systems-with-sequence-specific-endoribonuclease-activity
#9
REVIEW
Hisako Masuda, Masayori Inouye
Protein translation is the most common target of toxin-antitoxin system (TA) toxins. Sequence-specific endoribonucleases digest RNA in a sequence-specific manner, thereby blocking translation. While past studies mainly focused on the digestion of mRNA, recent analysis revealed that toxins can also digest tRNA, rRNA and tmRNA. Purified toxins can digest single-stranded portions of RNA containing recognition sequences in the absence of ribosome in vitro. However, increasing evidence suggests that in vivo digestion may occur in association with ribosomes...
April 14, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406460/assessment-of-the-antimicrobial-activity-and-the-entomocidal-potential-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-isolates-from-algeria
#10
Zahia Djenane, Farida Nateche, Meriam Amziane, Joaquín Gomis-Cebolla, Fairouz El-Aichar, Hassiba Khorf, Juan Ferré
This work represents the first initiative to analyze the distribution of B. thuringiensis in Algeria and to evaluate the biological potential of the isolates. A total of 157 isolates were recovered, with at least one isolate in 94.4% of the samples. The highest Bt index was found in samples from rhizospheric soil (0.48) and from the Mediterranean area (0.44). Most isolates showed antifungal activity (98.5%), in contrast to the few that had antibacterial activity (29.9%). A high genetic diversity was made evident by the finding of many different crystal shapes and various combinations of shapes within a single isolate (in 58...
April 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406453/sequence-polymorphism-and-intrinsic-structural-disorder-as-related-to-pathobiological-performance-of-the-helicobacter-pylori-caga-oncoprotein
#11
REVIEW
Hiroko Nishikawa, Masanori Hatakeyama
CagA, an oncogenic virulence factor produced by Helicobacter pylori, is causally associated with the development of gastrointestinal diseases such as chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers, and gastric cancer. Upon delivery into gastric epithelial cells via bacterial type IV secretion, CagA interacts with a number of host proteins through the intrinsically disordered C-terminal tail, which contains two repeatable protein-binding motifs, the Glu-Pro-Ile-Tyr-Ala (EPIYA) motif and the CagA multimerization (CM) motif...
April 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406452/suppression-of-hepatic-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-by-melittin-via-blocking-of-tgf%C3%AE-smad-and-mapk-jnk-signaling-pathways
#12
Ji-Hyun Park, Byoungduck Park, Kwan-Kyu Park
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 plays a crucial role in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in hepatocytes and hepatic stellate cells (HSC), which contributes to the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis. Melittin (MEL) is a major component of bee venom and is effective in rheumatoid arthritis, pain relief, cancer cell proliferation, fibrosis and immune modulating activity. In this study, we found that MEL inhibits hepatic EMT in vitro and in vivo, regulating the TGFβ/Smad and TGFβ/nonSmad signaling pathways...
April 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406451/an-on-site-ultra-sensitive-quantitative-sensing-method-for-the-determination-of-total-aflatoxin-in-peanut-and-rice-based-on-quantum-dot-nanobeads-strip
#13
Suiyan Ouyang, Zhaowei Zhang, Ting He, Peiwu Li, Qi Zhang, Xiaomei Chen, Du Wang, Hui Li, Xiaoqian Tang, Wen Zhang
An on-site, ultra-sensitive, and quantitative sensing method was developed based on quantum dot nanobeads (QDNBs) and a test strip for the determination of total aflatoxins (AFTs) in rice and peanuts. The monoclonal antibody against AFT (mAbAFT) was homemade and labeled with QDNB. After the pre-coating of the AFT antigen on the test line (T line), the competitive immunoreactions were conducted between AFT and AFT antigen on the T line with QDNBs-mAbAFT. Under optimal conditions, this approach allowed a rapid response towards AFT with a considerable sensitivity of 1...
April 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417942/protein-discovery-combined-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-analyses-of-venom-from-the-endoparasitoid-cotesia-chilonis-hymenoptera-braconidae
#14
Zi-Wen Teng, Shi-Jiao Xiong, Gang Xu, Shi-Yu Gan, Xuan Chen, David Stanley, Zhi-Chao Yan, Gong-Yin Ye, Qi Fang
Many species of endoparasitoid wasps provide biological control services in agroecosystems. Although there is a great deal of information on the ecology and physiology of host/parasitoid interactions, relatively little is known about the protein composition of venom and how specific venom proteins influence physiological systems within host insects. This is a crucial gap in our knowledge because venom proteins act in modulating host physiology in ways that favor parasitoid development. Here, we identified 37 possible venom proteins from the polydnavirus-carrying endoparasitoid Cotesia chilonis by combining transcriptomic and proteomic analyses...
April 12, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398251/proteolysis-in-helicobacter-pylori-induced-gastric-cancer
#15
REVIEW
Gernot Posselt, Jean E Crabtree, Silja Wessler
Persistent infections with the human pathogen and class-I carcinogen Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are closely associated with the development of acute and chronic gastritis, ulceration, gastric adenocarcinoma and lymphoma of the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) system. Disruption and depolarization of the epithelium is a hallmark of H. pylori-associated disorders and requires extensive modulation of epithelial cell surface structures. Hence, the complex network of controlled proteolysis which facilitates tissue homeostasis in healthy individuals is deregulated and crucially contributes to the induction and progression of gastric cancer through processing of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, cell surface receptors, membrane-bound cytokines, and lateral adhesion molecules...
April 11, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398250/differences-in-ribosome-binding-and-sarcin-ricin-loop-depurination-by-shiga-and-ricin-holotoxins
#16
Xiao-Ping Li, Nilgun E Tumer
Both ricin and Shiga holotoxins display no ribosomal activity in their native forms and need to be activated to inhibit translation in a cell-free translation inhibition assay. This is because the ribosome binding site of the ricin A chain (RTA) is blocked by the B subunit in ricin holotoxin. However, it is not clear why Shiga toxin 1 (Stx1) or Shiga toxin 2 (Stx2) holotoxin is not active in a cell-free system. Here, we compare the ribosome binding and depurination activity of Stx1 and Stx2 holotoxins with the A1 subunits of Stx1 and Stx2 using either the ribosome or a 10-mer RNA mimic of the sarcin/ricin loop as substrates...
April 11, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397767/helicobacter-pylori-strains-and-gastric-malt-lymphoma
#17
REVIEW
Pauline Floch, Francis Mégraud, Philippe Lehours
This article summarizes the main findings concerning Helicobacter pylori associated with gastric MALT lymphoma (GML). Considered together, GML strains based on their virulence factor profile appear to be less virulent than those associated with peptic ulcers or gastric adenocarcinoma. A particular Lewis antigen profile has been identified in GML strains and could represent an alternative adaptive mechanism to escape the host immune response thereby allowing continuous antigenic stimulation of infiltrating lymphocytes...
April 8, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387743/strategies-and-methodologies-for-developing-microbial-detoxification-systems-to-mitigate-mycotoxins
#18
REVIEW
Yan Zhu, Yousef I Hassan, Dion Lepp, Suqin Shao, Ting Zhou
Mycotoxins, the secondary metabolites of mycotoxigenic fungi, have been found in almost all agricultural commodities worldwide, causing enormous economic losses in livestock production and severe human health problems. Compared to traditional physical adsorption and chemical reactions, interest in biological detoxification methods that are environmentally sound, safe and highly efficient has seen a significant increase in recent years. However, researchers in this field have been facing tremendous unexpected challenges and are eager to find solutions...
April 7, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387713/insights-into-the-structure-of-the-vip3aa-insecticidal-protein-by-protease-digestion-analysis
#19
Yolanda Bel, Núria Banyuls, Maissa Chakroun, Baltasar Escriche, Juan Ferré
Vip3 proteins are secretable proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis whose mode of action is still poorly understood. In this study, the activation process for Vip3 proteins was closely examined in order to better understand the Vip3Aa protein stability and to shed light on its structure. The Vip3Aa protoxin (of 89 kDa) was treated with trypsin at concentrations from 1:100 to 120:100 (trypsin:Vip3A, w:w). If the action of trypsin was not properly neutralized, the results of SDS-PAGE analysis (as well as those with Agrotis ipsilon midgut juice) equivocally indicated that the protoxin could be completely processed...
April 7, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383495/adsorption-of-ten-microcystin-congeners-to-common-laboratory-ware-is-solvent-and-surface-dependent
#20
Stefan Altaner, Jonathan Puddick, Susanna A Wood, Daniel R Dietrich
Cyanobacteria can produce heptapetides called microcystins (MC) which are harmful to humans due to their ability to inhibit cellular protein phosphatases. Quantitation of these toxins can be hampered by their adsorption to common laboratory-ware during sample processing and analysis. Because of their structural diversity (>100 congeners) and different physico-chemical properties, they vary in their adsorption to surfaces. In this study, the adsorption of ten different MC congeners (encompassing non-arginated to doubly-arginated congeners) to common laboratory-ware was assessed using different solvent combinations...
April 6, 2017: Toxins
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