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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158816/dual-targeting-theranostic-system-with-mimicking-apoptosis-to-promote-myocardial-infarction-repair-via-modulation-of-macrophages
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Jingli Chen, Jun Yang, Ruiyuan Liu, Chenmeng Qiao, Zhiguo Lu, Yuanjie Shi, Zhanming Fan, Zhenzhong Zhang, Xin Zhang
Currently unsatisfactory treatment of myocardial infarction (MI) is due to the unbridled inflammation and the delayed diagnosis at the early stage. To address these problems, firstly, phosphatidylserine (PS) was used to modulate the phenotypes of macrophages (MΦ) and resolve the early inflammation via binding to PS receptors (PSR) on macrophage surface. Secondly, highly-sensitive magnetic iron oxide nanocubes (MIONs) were adopted to realize the early visualization via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the major drawback for MIONs as contrast agents was their hydrophobic properties and insufficient delivery...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157460/correlation-analysis-of-respiratory-signals-by-using-parallel-coordinate-plots
#2
Esra Saatci
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The understanding of the bonds and the relationships between the respiratory signals, i.e. the airflow, the mouth pressure, the relative temperature and the relative humidity during breathing may provide the improvement on the measurement methods of respiratory mechanics and sensor designs or the exploration of the several possible applications in the analysis of respiratory disorders. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to propose a new combination of methods in order to determine the relationship between respiratory signals as a multidimensional data...
January 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154179/the-effect-of-follicullar-fluid-pesticides-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-concentrations-on-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-icsi-embryological-and-clinical-outcome
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Tarek K Al-Hussaini, Ahmed A Abdelaleem, Ihab Elnashar, Omar M Shabaan, Rashad Mostafa, Mona A H El-Baz, Sahar E M El-Deek, Tarek A Farghaly
OBJECTIVES: The present study evaluated the correlation between the concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pesticides in the follicular fluid (FF) obtained during intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with the ovarian response, endometrial thickness, and embryological and clinical outcomes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Women aged 20 to 38 years (300 infertile couples) presenting to a university-affiliated fertility center were approached to participate in the study...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149710/prevalence-and-sources-of-polychlorinated-biphenyls-in-the-atmospheric-environment-of-lake-victoria-east-africa
#4
Kenneth Arinaitwe, Derek C G Muir, Bernard T Kiremire, Phil Fellin, Henrik Li, Camilla Teixeira, Drake N Mubiru
The large surface area of Lake Victoria (about 68,800 km(2)) makes it vulnerable to high atmospheric deposition of chemical pollutants. We present measurements of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the lake's atmospheric environment. High volume air (24 h) samples were collected within the northern Lake Victoria watershed in Uganda over two periods; 1999-2004 [at Kakira (KAK) and Entebbe (EBB)] and 2008-2010 (at EBB only). Precipitation samples were also collected monthly during the 2008-2010 period at EBB...
November 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146212/the-current-environmental-levels-of-endocrine-disruptors-mercury-cadmium-organochlorine-pesticides-and-pcbs-in-a-belgian-adult-population-and-their-predictors-of-exposure
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Catherine Pirard, Stephanie Compere, Katty Firquet, Corinne Charlier
A human biomonitoring study was carried out measuring the levels of endocrine disruptors in 252 participants (18-76 years old) recruited between February and May 2015 from the general population of Liege Province (Belgium). In this study, we reported the recent levels of cadmium and mercury in urine, some organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in serum, and their relations to demographic characteristics, lifestyle behaviors and dietary habits. The median urinary levels of mercury and cadmium were 0...
October 31, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146075/persistent-organic-pollutant-emission-via-dust-deposition-throughout-pakistan-spatial-patterns-regional-cycling-and-their-implication-for-human-health-risks
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Muhammad Sohail, Syed Ali Musstjab Akber Shah Eqani, Joel Podgorski, Avit Kumar Bhowmik, Adeel Mahmood, Nadeem Ali, Tara Sabo-Attwood, Habib Bokhari, Heqing Shen
In the current study, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in outdoor dustfall was monitored for the first time along the Indus river system of Pakistan. Among the studied OCPs (ng/g, dry weight), DDTs (0.16-62) were the predominant contaminants identified in deposited dust followed by HCHs (0.1-10.2), HCB (0.09-7.4) and chlordanes (0.1-2.8). The indicative diagnostic ratio for DDTs and HCHs suggested recent emission of DDTs as well as historical emission of both chemicals in regions where they were used for crop protection and malarial control...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145101/the-distribution-and-trends-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-and-mercury-in-marine-mammals-from-canada-s-eastern-arctic
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Tanya M Brown, Robie W Macdonald, Derek C G Muir, Robert J Letcher
Arctic contaminant research in the marine environment has focused on organohalogen compounds and mercury mainly because they are bioaccumulative, persistent and toxic. This review summarizes and discusses the patterns and trends of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and mercury in ringed seals (Pusa hispida) and polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in the Eastern Canadian Arctic relative to the rest of the Canadian Arctic. The review provides explanations for these trends and looks at the implications of climate-related changes on contaminants in these marine mammals in a region that has been reviewed little...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143255/pcb-exposure-and-potential-future-cancer-incidence-in-slovak-children-an-assessment-from-molecular-finger-printing-by-ingenuity-pathway-analysis-ipa%C3%A2-derived-from-experimental-and-epidemiological-investigations
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Somiranjan Ghosh, Christopher A Loffredo, Partha S Mitra, Tomas Trnovec, Lubica Palkovicova Murinova, Eva Sovcikova, Eric P Hoffman, Kepher H Makambi, Sisir K Dutta
The risk of cancer due to PCB exposure in humans is highly debated. In eastern Slovakia, high exposure of the population to organochlorines (especially PCBs) was associated with various disease and disorder pathways, viz., endocrine disruption, metabolic disorder & diabetes, and cancer, thereby disturbing several cellular processes, including protein synthesis, stress response, and apoptosis. We have evaluated a Slovak cohort (45-month children, at lower and higher levels of PCB exposure from the environment) for disease and disorder development to develop early disease cancer biomarkers that could shed new light on possible mechanisms for the genesis of cancers under such chemical exposures, and identify potential avenues for prevention...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141235/bioremediation-of-pcb-contaminated-shallow-river-sediments-the-efficacy-of-biodegradation-using-individual-bacterial-strains-and-their-consortia
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Hana Horváthová, Katarína Lászlová, Katarína Dercová
Elimination of dangerous toxic and hydrophobic chlorinated aromatic compounds, mainly PCBs from the environment, is one of the most important aims of the environmental biotechnologies. In this work, biodegradation of an industrial mixture of PCBs (Delor 103, equivalent to Aroclor 1242) was performed using bacterial consortia composed of four bacterial strains isolated from the historically PCB-contaminated sediments and characterized as Achromobacter xylosoxidans, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, Ochrobactrum anthropi and Rhodococcus ruber...
November 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136534/investigating-the-potential-impact-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-on-gene-biomarker-expression-and-global-dna-methylation-in-loggerhead-sea-turtles-caretta-caretta-from-the-adriatic-sea
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Paolo Cocci, Gilberto Mosconi, Luca Bracchetti, John Mark Nalocca, Emanuela Frapiccini, Mauro Marini, Giovanni Caprioli, Gianni Sagratini, Francesco Alessandro Palermo
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are priority contaminants that bioaccumulate through the food webs and affect the biology of a variety of resident and migratory species, including sea turtles. Few studies have evaluated toxicological biomarkers of exposure to PAHs and PCBs in these animals. The present paper reports the results of an initial field study to quantify the association between plasma concentrations of PAHs/PCBs and whole blood cell expression of gene biomarkers in juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) rescued along the Italian coasts of the northern and central areas of the Adriatic Sea...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135834/associations-between-fixed-term-employment-and-health-and-behaviors-what-are-the-mechanisms
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Dorota Żołnierczyk-Zreda, Sylwia Bedyńska
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the associations between fixed-term employment and health (work ability and mental health) and behaviors (engagement and performance). Psychological contract fulfilment (PCF) and breach (PCB) are investigated as potential mediators of these associations. METHODS: Seven hundred workers employed on fixed-term contracts from a broad range of organizations participated in the study. The Structural Equation Model was performed to analyze the data...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131945/enantioselectivity-of-2-2-3-5-6-pentachlorobiphenyl-pcb-95-atropisomers-toward-ryanodine-receptors-ryrs-and-their-influences-on-hippocampal-neuronal-networks
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Wei Feng, Jing Zheng, Gaelle Robin, Yao Dong, Makoto Ichikawa, Yoshihisa Inoue, Tadashi Mori, Takeshi Nakano, Isaac N Pessah
Nineteen ortho-substituted PCBs are chiral and found enantioselectively enriched in ecosystems. Their differential actions on biological targets are not understood. PCB 95 (2,2',3,5',6-pentachlorobiphenyl), a chiral PCB of current environmental relevance, is among the most potent towards modifying ryanodine receptors (RyR) function and Ca2+ signaling. PCB 95 atropisomers are separated and assigned aR- and aS-PCB 95 using 3 chiral-columns HPLC and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Studies of RyR1-enriched microsomes show aR-PCB 95 with >4X greater potency (EC50=0...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129429/serum-concentrations-of-organochlorine-compounds-and-predictors-of%C3%A2-exposure-in-children-living-in-agricultural-communities-from-south-eastern-spain
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B González-Alzaga, M Lacasaña, A F Hernández, J P Arrebola, I López-Flores, F Artacho-Cordón, J P Bonde, N Olea, C Aguilar-Garduño
BACKGROUND: Information on exposure levels to organochlorine compounds (OCs) in child population is limited, despite their greater vulnerability to the adverse health effects of these chemicals. OBJECTIVE: To determine serum concentrations of 10 OCs (including organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls -PCBs-) in children living in agricultural communities from Almería (South-Eastern Spain), and to identify the main predictors of exposure related to socio-economic characteristics, diet and lifestyle...
November 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128261/multi-parametric-rigid-and-flexible-low-cost-disposable-sensing-platforms-for-biomedical-applications
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Salzitsa Anastasova, Panagiotis Kassanos, Guang-Zhong Yang
The measurement of Na(+), K(+) and H(+) is essential in medicine and plays an important role in the assessment of tissue ischemia. Microfabrication, inkjet- and screen-printing can be used for solid contact ion selective electrodes (ISE) realization; these, however, can be non-standardized, costly and time consuming processes. We present the realization of ISEs on post-processed electrodes fabricated via standardized printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing techniques. In vitro results are presented from two rigid platforms (32 ISEs) for liquid sample dip-stick measurements and two flexible platforms (6 and 32 ISEs) for post-surgical intestinal tissue monitoring, each with a common reference electrode (RE)...
October 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127834/comparison-of-chlordecone-and-ndl-pcb-decontamination-dynamics-in-growing-male-kids-after-cessation-of-oral-exposure-is-there-a-potential-to-decrease-the-body-levels-of-these-pollutants-by-dietary-supplementation-of-activated-carbon-or-paraffin-oil
#15
Marie-Laure Lastel, Agnès Fournier, Stefan Jurjanz, Jean-Pierre Thomé, Célia Joaquim-Justo, Harry Archimède, Maurice Mahieu, Cyril Feidt, Guido Rychen
Sixteen weaned male Alpine kids (Capra hircus) were subjected to a 21-day oral daily exposure of 0.05 mg kg(-1) BW. d(-1) of chlordecone (CLD) and 0.30 μg kg(-1) BW. d(-1) of each non-dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (NDL-PCBs, congeners 28, 52, 101, 138, 153 and 180). Four kids, identified as the CONTA group, were slaughtered at the end of the exposure, while the remaining animals (n = 12) were fed with specific diets for an additional 21-day decontamination period before slaughtering. Kids from the DECONTA (n = 4) group were fed a control diet, while those from the AC10% and PO8% group received pellets supplemented with 10% activated carbon (AC) and 8% paraffin oil (PO), respectively...
October 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125581/occurrence-of-polychlorinated-dibenzo-p-dioxins-and-dibenzofurans-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-in-fruit-and-vegetables-from-the-land-of-fires-area-of-southern-italy
#16
Mauro Esposito, Antonella De Roma, Stefania Cavallo, Gianfranco Diletti, Loredana Baldi, Giampiero Scortichini
The concentrations of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-concentrations dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) (PCDD/Fs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were determined in fruit and vegetables collected in farms located in the well-known "Land of Fires" area of Southern Italy, in an effort to learn more about the environmental pollution of this high-risk area due to illegal waste dumping and uncontrolled burning near cultivated fields. Concentrations were in the range 0.011-2.26 ng g(-1) for the six "indicator" non-dioxin-like PCBs (NDL-PCBs), and 0...
November 10, 2017: Toxics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125486/putative-dementia-cases-fluctuate-as-a-function-of-mini-mental-state-examination-cut-off-points
#17
Ilka M Rosa, Ana G Henriques, Jens Wiltfang, Odete A B da Cruz E Silva
As the population ages, there is a growing need to quickly and accurately identify putative dementia cases. Many cognitive tests are available; among those commonly used are the Cognitive Dementia Rating (CDR) and the Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE). The aim of this work was to compare the validity and reliability of these cognitive tests in a primary care based cohort (pcb-Cohort). The MMSE and the CDR were applied to 568 volunteers in the pcb-Cohort. Distinct cut-off points for the MMSE were considered, namely MMSE 27, MMSE 24, and MMSE PT (adapted for the Portuguese population)...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124635/atropisomers-of-2-2-3-3-6-6-hexachlorobiphenyl-pcb-136-exhibit-stereoselective-effects-on-activation-of-nuclear-receptors-in-vitro
#18
Kateřina Pěnčíková, Petra Brenerová, Lucie Svržková, Eva Hrubá, Lenka Pálková, Jan Vondráček, Hans-Joachim Lehmler, Miroslav Machala
PCB 136 is an environmentally relevant chiral PCB congener, which has been found in vivo to be present in form of rotational isomers (atropisomers). Its atropselective biotransformation or neurotoxic effects linked with sensitization of ryanodine receptor suggest that it might interact also with other intracellular receptors in a stereospecific manner. However, possible atropselective effects of PCB 136 on nuclear receptor transactivation remain unknown. Therefore, in this study, atropselective effects of PCB 136 on nuclear receptors controlling endocrine signaling and/or expression of xenobiotic and steroid hormone catabolism were investigated...
November 9, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107582/perinatal-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-compounds-and-the-control-of-feeding-behavior-an-overview
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REVIEW
Sabrina N Walley, Troy A Roepke
Endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC) are ubiquitous environmental contaminants that can interact with steroid and nuclear receptors or alter hormone production. Many studies have reported that perinatal exposure to EDC including bisphenol A, PCB, dioxins, and DDT disrupt energy balance, body weight, adiposity, or glucose homeostasis in rodent offspring. However, little information exists on the effects of perinatal EDC exposure on the control of feeding behaviors and meal pattern (size, frequency, duration), which may contribute to their obesogenic properties...
November 7, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107350/dynamics-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-obese-adolescents-during-weight-loss
#20
Govindan Malarvannan, Kim Van Hoorenbeeck, Ann Deguchtenaere, Stijn L Verhulst, Eveline Dirinck, Luc Van Gaal, Philippe G Jorens, Adrian Covaci
We have investigated the dynamics of various persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the serum of 94 obese adolescents (34 boys and 60 girls: age range 11-19years) before (0M) and after 5months (5M) of undergoing weight loss treatment. Six groups of POPs, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane and its metabolites (DDTs), chlordane compounds (CHLs), hexachlorocyclohexane isomers (HCHs), hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), were detected in all samples in the decreasing order of median levels: DDTs>PCBs>HCB>HCHs>CHLs>PBDEs...
January 2018: Environment International
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