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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304351/the-preparation-and-identification-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-citrinin-and-the-development-of-detection-via-indirect-competitive-elisa
#1
Shimuye Kalayu Yirga, Sumei Ling, Yanling Yang, Jun Yuan, Shihua Wang
Citrinin (CTN) is a hepato-nephrotoxic mycotoxin produced by fungi genera of Aspergillus, Monauscus, and Penicillium. CTN contaminates grains, fruits, juices and vegetables, and causes various toxic effects to humans and animals. It has small molecular weight, which is non-immunogenic to animals. Thus, CTN was conjugated to bovine serum albumin (BSA) and ovalbumin (OVA), respectively, by amide bonds using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS). Mice were immunized with CTN-BSA conjugates, and spleen cells of the immunized mice were fused with Sp2/0 myeloma cells to obtain 21H27 hybriodoma cell...
March 17, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300784/the-molecular-basis-of-toxins-interactions-with-intracellular-signaling-via-discrete-portals
#2
REVIEW
Adi Lahiani, Ephraim Yavin, Philip Lazarovici
An understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which microbial, plant or animal-secreted toxins exert their action provides the most important element for assessment of human health risks and opens new insights into therapies addressing a plethora of pathologies, ranging from neurological disorders to cancer, using toxinomimetic agents. Recently, molecular and cellular biology dissecting tools have provided a wealth of information on the action of these diverse toxins, yet, an integrated framework to explain their selective toxicity is still lacking...
March 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300780/simultaneous-determination-of-multi-mycotoxins-in-cereal-grains-collected-from-south-korea-by-lc-ms-ms
#3
Dong-Ho Kim, Sung-Yong Hong, Jea Woo Kang, Sung Min Cho, Kyu Ri Lee, Tae Kyung An, Chan Lee, Soo Hyun Chung
An improved analytical method compared with conventional ones was developed for simultaneous determination of 13 mycotoxins (deoxynivalenol, nivalenol, 3-acetylnivalenol, aflatoxin B₁, aflatoxin B₂, aflatoxin G₁, aflatoxin G₂, fumonisin B₁, fumonisin B₂, T-2, HT-2, zearalenone, and ochratoxin A) in cereal grains by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) after a single immunoaffinity column clean-up. The method showed a good linearity, sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy in mycotoxin determination by LC/MS/MS...
March 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300777/functional-contributions-of-positive-charges-in-the-pore-lining-helix-3-of-the-bordetella-pertussis-cyaa-hemolysin-to-hemolytic-activity-and-ion-channel-opening
#4
Chattip Kurehong, Chalermpol Kanchanawarin, Busaba Powthongchin, Panchika Prangkio, Gerd Katzenmeier, Chanan Angsuthanasombat
The Bordetella pertussis CyaA-hemolysin (CyaA-Hly) domain was previously demonstrated to be an important determinant for hemolysis against target erythrocytes and ion-channel formation in planar lipid bilayers (PLBs). Here, net-charge variations in the pore-lining helix of thirteen related RTX cytolysins including CyaA-Hly were revealed by amino acid sequence alignments, reflecting their different degrees of hemolytic activity. To analyze possible functional effects of net-charge alterations on hemolytic activity and channel formation of CyaA-Hly, specific mutations were made at Gln(574) or Glu(581) in its pore-lining α3 of which both residues are highly conserved Lys in the three highly active RTX cytolysins (i...
March 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300767/consumption-of-bt-maize-pollen-containing-cry1ie-does-not-negatively-affect-propylea-japonica-thunberg-coleoptera-coccinellidae
#5
Yonghui Li, Yanmin Liu, Xinming Yin, Jörg Romeis, Xinyuan Song, Xiuping Chen, Lili Geng, Yufa Peng, Yunhe Li
Propylea japonica (Thunberg) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) are prevalent predators and pollen feeders in East Asian maize fields. They are therefore indirectly (via prey) and directly (via pollen) exposed to Cry proteins within Bt-transgenic maize fields. The effects of Cry1Ie-producing transgenic maize pollen on the fitness of P. japonica was assessed using two dietary-exposure experiments in the laboratory. In the first experiment, survival, larval developmental time, adult fresh weight, and fecundity did not differ between ladybirds consuming Bt or non-Bt maize pollen...
March 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294982/cubozoan-sting-site-seawater-rinse-scraping-and-ice-can-increase-venom-load-upending-current-first-aid-recommendations
#6
Angel Anne Yanagihara, Christie L Wilcox
Cnidarian envenomations are the leading cause of severe and lethal human sting injuries from marine life. The total amount of venom discharged into sting-site tissues, sometimes referred to as "venom load", has been previously shown to correlate with tentacle contact length and sequelae severity. Since <1% of cnidae discharge upon initial tentacle contact, effective and safe removal of adherent tentacles is of paramount importance in the management of life-threatening cubozoan stings. We evaluated whether common rinse solutions or scraping increased venom load as measured in a direct functional assay of venom activity (hemolysis)...
March 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287480/helicobacter-pylori-outer-membrane-protein-related-pathogenesis
#7
REVIEW
Yuichi Matsuo, Yasutoshi Kido, Yoshio Yamaoka
Helicobacter pylori colonizes the human stomach and induces inflammation, and in some cases persistent infection can result in gastric cancer. Attachment to the gastric mucosa is the first step in establishing bacterial colonization, and outer membrane proteins (OMPs) play a pivotal role in binding to human cells. Some OMP interaction molecules are known in H. pylori, and their associated host cell responses have been gradually clarified. Many studies have demonstrated that OMPs are essential to CagA translocation into gastric cells via the Type IV secretion system of H...
March 11, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287458/nitrate-increased-cucumber-tolerance-to-fusarium-wilt-by-regulating-fungal-toxin-production-and-distribution
#8
Jinyan Zhou, Min Wang, Yuming Sun, Zechen Gu, Ruirui Wang, Asanjan Saydin, Qirong Shen, Shiwei Guo
Cucumber Fusarium wilt, induced by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cucumerinum (FOC), causes severe losses in cucumber yield and quality. Nitrogen (N), as the most important mineral nutrient for plants, plays a critical role in plant-pathogen interactions. Hydroponic assays were conducted to investigate the effects of different N forms (NH₄⁺ vs. NO₃(‒)) and supply levels (low, 1 mM; high, 5 mM) on cucumber Fusarium wilt. The NO₃(‒)-fed cucumber plants were more tolerant to Fusarium wilt compared with NH₄⁺-fed plants, and accompanied by lower leaf temperature after FOC infection...
March 11, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287437/the-influence-of-low-doses-of-zearalenone-and-t-2-toxin-on-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-like-immunoreactive-cgrp-li-neurons-in-the-ens-of-the-porcine-descending-colon
#9
Krystyna Makowska, Kazimierz Obremski, Lukasz Zielonka, Slawomir Gonkowski
The enteric nervous system (ENS) can undergo adaptive and reparative changes in response to physiological and pathological stimuli. These manifest primarily as alterations in the levels of active substances expressed by the enteric neuron. While it is known that mycotoxins can affect the function of the central and peripheral nervous systems, knowledge about their influence on the ENS is limited. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of low doses of zearalenone (ZEN) and T-2 toxin on calcitonin gene related peptide-like immunoreactive (CGRP-LI) neurons in the ENS of the porcine descending colon using a double immunofluorescence technique...
March 10, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287436/plasma-based-degradation-of-mycotoxins-produced-by-fusarium-aspergillus-and-alternaria-species
#10
Lars Ten Bosch, Katharina Pfohl, Georg Avramidis, Stephan Wieneke, Wolfgang Viöl, Petr Karlovsky
The efficacy of cold atmospheric pressure plasma (CAPP) with ambient air as working gas for the degradation of selected mycotoxins was studied. Deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, enniatins, fumonisin B1, and T2 toxin produced by Fusarium spp., sterigmatocystin produced by Aspergillus spp. and AAL toxin produced by Alternaria alternata were used. The kinetics of the decay of mycotoxins exposed to plasma discharge was monitored. All pure mycotoxins exposed to CAPP were degraded almost completely within 60 s. Degradation rates varied with mycotoxin structure: fumonisin B1 and structurally related AAL toxin were degraded most rapidly while sterigmatocystin exhibited the highest resistance to degradation...
March 10, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287432/a-biologically-based-computational-approach-to-drug-repurposing-for-anthrax-infection
#11
Jane P F Bai, Theodore Sakellaropoulos, Leonidas G Alexopoulos
Developing drugs to treat the toxic effects of lethal toxin (LT) and edema toxin (ET) produced by B. anthracis is of global interest. We utilized a computational approach to score 474 drugs/compounds for their ability to reverse the toxic effects of anthrax toxins. For each toxin or drug/compound, we constructed an activity network by using its differentially expressed genes, molecular targets, and protein interactions. Gene expression profiles of drugs were obtained from the Connectivity Map and those of anthrax toxins in human alveolar macrophages were obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus...
March 10, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282954/individual%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-combined%C3%A2-cytotoxic%C3%A2-effects%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-%C3%A2-co-occurring%C3%A2-deoxynivalenol%C3%A2-family%C3%A2-mycotoxins%C3%A2-on%C3%A2-human%C3%A2-gastric%C3%A2-epithelial%C3%A2-cells
#12
Yunxia Yang, Song Yu, Yanglan Tan, Na Liu, Aibo Wu
Mycotoxin contamination is a significant health concern for human beings, but health risk assessments are usually based on one single mycotoxin, which might neglect the additive or competitive interactions between co-occurring mycotoxins [...].
March 9, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282935/multiple-stressors-at-the-land-sea-interface-cyanotoxins-at-the-land-sea-interface-in-the-southern-california-bight
#13
Avery O Tatters, Meredith D A Howard, Carey Nagoda, Lilian Busse, Alyssa G Gellene, David A Caron
Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria in freshwater ecosystems have received considerable attention in recent years, but their occurrence and potential importance at the land-sea interface has not been widely recognized. Here we present the results of a survey of discrete samples conducted in more than fifty brackish water sites along the coastline of southern California. Our objectives were to characterize cyanobacterial community composition and determine if specific groups of cyanotoxins (anatoxins, cylindrospermopsins, microcystins, nodularins, and saxitoxins) were present...
March 9, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282927/in-vivo-crystallization-of-three-domain-cry-toxins
#14
REVIEW
Rooma Adalat, Faiza Saleem, Neil Crickmore, Shagufta Naz, Abdul Rauf Shakoori
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is the most successful, environmentally-friendly, and intensively studied microbial insecticide. The major characteristic of Bt is the production of proteinaceous crystals containing toxins with specific activity against many pests including dipteran, lepidopteran, and coleopteran insects, as well as nematodes, protozoa, flukes, and mites. These crystals allow large quantities of the protein toxins to remain stable in the environment until ingested by a susceptible host. It has been previously established that 135 kDa Cry proteins have a crystallization domain at their C-terminal end...
March 9, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282915/implementing-the-bruker-maldi-biotyper-in-the-public-health-laboratory-for-c-botulinum-neurotoxin-detection
#15
Michael J Perry, Dominick A Centurioni, Stephen W Davis, George E Hannett, Kimberlee A Musser, Christina T Egan
Currently, the gold standard method for active botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) detection is the mouse bioassay (MBA). A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-developed mass spectrometry (MS)-based assay that detects active BoNT was successfully validated and implemented in a public health laboratory in clinical matrices using the Bruker MALDI-TOF MS (Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry) Biotyper. For the first time, a direct comparison with the MBA was performed to determine MS-based assay sensitivity using the Bruker MALDI Biotyper...
March 9, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282873/crystal-structure-of-the-receptor-binding-domain-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-type-ha-also-known-as-type-fa-or-h
#16
Guorui Yao, Kwok-Ho Lam, Kay Perry, Jasmin Weisemann, Andreas Rummel, Rongsheng Jin
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), which have been exploited as cosmetics and muscle-disorder treatment medicines for decades, are well known for their extreme neurotoxicity to humans. They pose a potential bioterrorism threat because they cause botulism, a flaccid muscular paralysis-associated disease that requires immediate antitoxin treatment and intensive care over a long period of time. In addition to the existing seven established BoNT serotypes (BoNT/A-G), a new mosaic toxin type termed BoNT/HA (aka type FA or H) was reported recently...
March 8, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272346/a-greener-quick-and-comprehensive-extraction-approach-for-lc-ms-of-multiple-mycotoxins
#17
Andreas Breidbach
In food/feed control, mycotoxin analysis is often still performed "one analyte at a time". Here a method is presented which aims at making mycotoxin analysis environmentally friendlier through replacing acetonitrile by ethyl acetate and reducing chemical waste production by analyzing four mycotoxins together, forgoing sample extract clean-up, and minimizing solvent consumption. For this, 2 g of test material were suspended in 8 mL water and 16 mL ethyl acetate were added. Extraction was accelerated through sonication for 30 min and subsequent addition of 8 g sodium sulfate...
March 7, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272322/toxic%C3%A2-dimethylarginines-%C3%A2-asymmetric%C3%A2-dimethylarginine%C3%A2-adma-%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-symmetric%C3%A2-dimethylarginine%C3%A2-sdma
#18
REVIEW
You-Lin Tain, Chien-Ning Hsu
Asymmetric and symmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA and SDMA, respectively) are toxic, non-proteinogenic amino acids formed by post-translational modification and are uremic toxins that inhibit nitric oxide (NO) production and play multifunctional roles in many human diseases. Both ADMA and SDMA have emerged as strong predictors of cardiovascular events and death in a range of illnesses. Major progress has been made in research on ADMA-lowering therapies in animal studies; however, further studies are required to fill the translational gap between animal models and clinical trials in order to treat human diseases related to elevated ADMA/SDMA levels...
March 6, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257106/tetracycline-reduces-kidney-damage-induced-by-loxosceles-spider-venom
#19
Cinthya Kimori Okamoto, Carmen W van den Berg, Mizuno Masashi, Rute M Gonçalves-de-Andrade, Denise V Tambourgi
Envenomation by Loxosceles spider can result in two clinical manifestations: cutaneous and systemic loxoscelism, the latter of which includes renal failure. Although incidence of renal failure is low, it is the main cause of death, occurring mainly in children. The sphingomyelinase D (SMase D) is the main component in Loxosceles spider venom responsible for local and systemic manifestations. This study aimed to investigate the toxicity of L. intermedia venom and SMase D on kidney cells, using both In vitro and in vivo models, and the possible involvement of endogenous metalloproteinases (MMP)...
March 2, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257074/microcystin-lr%C3%A2-detected%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-low%C3%A2-molecular%C3%A2-weight%C3%A2-fraction%C3%A2-from%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-crude%C3%A2-extract%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-zoanthus%C3%A2-sociatus
#20
Dany Domínguez-Pérez, Armando Alexei Rodríguez, Hugo Osorio, Joana Azevedo, Olga Castañeda, Vítor Vasconcelos, Agostinho Antunes
Cnidarian constitutes a great source of bioactive compounds. However, research involving peptides from organisms belonging to the order Zoanthidea has received very little attention, contrasting to the numerous studies of the order Actiniaria, from which hundreds of toxic peptides and proteins have been reported. In this work, we performed a mass spectrometry analysis of a low molecular weight (LMW) fraction previously reported as lethal to mice. The low molecular weight (LMW) fraction was obtained by gel filtration of a Zoanthus sociatus (order Zoanthidea) crude extract with a Sephadex G-50, and then analyzed by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight/time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF/TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) in positive ion reflector mode from m/z 700 to m/z 4000...
March 1, 2017: Toxins
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