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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718018/the-environmental-legacy-of-historic-pb-zn-ag-au-mining-in-river-basins-of-the-southern-edge-of-the-massif-central-france
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Françoise Elbaz-Poulichet, Eléonore Resongles, Chrystelle Bancon-Montigny, Sophie Delpoux, Rémi Freydier, Corinne Casiot
The main rivers (Aude, Orb, Herault) that discharge into the Gulf of Lions and the west bank tributaries of the Rhone River including the Gardon have former non-ferrous metal mines in their upper drainage basin. Using unpublished data and data from the literature, this study provides an integrated overview of the contamination of water and sediment along the continent-sea continuum and of its impacts on the biota and on human health. In the upper part of these basins, water and stream sediments are enriched in metal(-loids) compared to median European concentrations...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713949/shikonin-suppresses-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-human-leukemia-nb4-cells-through-modulation-of-mapks-and-c%C3%A2-myc
#2
Zhi-Ling Shan, Liang Zhong, Chu-Lan Xiao, Liu-Gen Gan, Ting Xu, Hao Song, Rong Yang, Liu Li, Bei-Zhong Liu
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is a special subtype of acute myeloid leukemia that responds to treatment with all‑trans retinoic acid and arsenic trioxide. However, severe side effects and drug resistance limit the effectiveness of these treatments. Hence, new drugs for APL are required urgently. Shikonin, an active naphthoquinone derived from the Chinese medical herb Zi Cao exerts antitumor activity in several cancers. In the present study, the effects of shikonin on proliferation and apoptosis in NB4 cells, as well as related mechanisms were assessed...
July 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700942/a-pml-slit-axis-controls-physiological-cell-migration-and-cancer-invasion-in-the-cns
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Valeria Amodeo, Deli A, Joanne Betts, Stefano Bartesaghi, Ying Zhang, Angela Richard-Londt, Matthew Ellis, Rozita Roshani, Mikaella Vouri, Sara Galavotti, Sarah Oberndorfer, Ana Paula Leite, Alan Mackay, Aikaterini Lampada, Eva Wessel Stratford, Ningning Li, David Dinsdale, David Grimwade, Chris Jones, Pierluigi Nicotera, David Michod, Sebastian Brandner, Paolo Salomoni
Cell migration through the brain parenchyma underpins neurogenesis and glioblastoma (GBM) development. Since GBM cells and neuroblasts use the same migratory routes, mechanisms underlying migration during neurogenesis and brain cancer pathogenesis may be similar. Here, we identify a common pathway controlling cell migration in normal and neoplastic cells in the CNS. The nuclear scaffold protein promyelocytic leukemia (PML), a regulator of forebrain development, promotes neural progenitor/stem cell (NPC) and neuroblast migration in the adult mouse brain...
July 11, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692928/associations-between-prenatal-arsenic-exposure-with-adverse-pregnancy-outcome-and-child-mortality
#4
Yu-Hsuan Shih, Tariqul Islam, Samar Kumar Hore, Golam Sarwar, Mohammad Hasan Shahriar, Mohammad Yunus, Joseph H Graziano, Judith Harjes, John A Baron, Faruque Parvez, Habibul Ahsan, Maria Argos
BACKGROUND: Chronic arsenic exposure is a public health concern in many parts of the world, with elevated concentrations in groundwater posing a threat to millions of people. Arsenic is associated with various cancers and an array of chronic diseases; however, the relationship with adverse pregnancy outcomes and child mortality is less established. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated associations between individual-level prenatal arsenic exposure with adverse pregnancy outcomes and child mortality in a pregnancy study among 498 women nested in a larger population-based cohort in rural Bangladesh...
July 7, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690196/linking-arsenite-and-cadmium-generated-oxidative-stress-to-microsatellite-instability-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#5
Chang-Lin Wu, Li-Yan Huang, Christina L Chang
Mismatch repair (MMR) corrects replicative errors and minimizes DNA damage that occurs frequently in microsatellites. MMR deficiency is manifested as microsatellite instability (MSI), which contributes to hypermutability and cancer pathogenesis. Genomic instability, including MSI and chromosomal instability, appears to be responsible for the carcinogenesis of arsenic and cadmium, common contaminants in our environment. However, few studies have addressed arsenic- or cadmium-induced MSI, especially its potential link with arsenic- or cadmium-generated oxidative stress, due to the lack of quantifiable MSI assays and cost-effective animal models...
July 6, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686804/smart-human-serum-albumin-as2o3-nanodrug-with-self-amplified-folate-receptor-targeting-ability-for-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-treatment
#6
Yongbo Peng, Zilong Zhao, Teng Liu, Xiong Li, Xiaoxiao Hu, Xiaoping Wei, Xiaobing Zhang, Weihong Tan
Arsenic trioxide (ATO, As2O3) is currently used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia. However, expanding its use to include high-dose treatment of other cancers is severely hampered by serious side effects on healthy organs. To address these limitations, we loaded ATO onto folate (FA)-labeled human serum albumin (HSA) pretreated with glutathione (GSH) based on the low pH- and GSH-sensitive arsenic-sulfur bond, and we termed the resulting smart nanodrug as FA-HSA-ATO. FA-HSA-ATO could specifically recognize folate receptor-β-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) cells, resulting in more intracellular accumulation of ATO...
July 7, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678748/the-antitumor-effect-of-arsenic-trioxide-on-hepatocellular-carcinoma-is-enhanced-by-andrographolide
#7
Xuhua Duan, Tengfei Li, Xinwei Han, Jianzhuang Ren, Pengfei Chen, Hao Li, Shaojun Gong
High concentrations of arsenic trioxide (As2O3) are used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia and solid tumors, with negative side effects to normal cells. Andrographolide is a traditional Chinese medicine that exerts anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-virus, and anti-diabetic effects. Here, we tested the effects of combined andrographolide with As2O3 against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We found that by increasing apoptosis, andrographolide synergistically enhanced the anti-tumor effects of As2O3 in HepG2 cells in vitro and in vivo...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677040/bioaccumulation-and-potential-sources-of-heavy-metal-contamination-in-fish-species-in-taiwan-assessment-and-possible-human-health-implications
#8
Chi Thanh Vu, Chitsan Lin, Gavin Yeh, Maria Ching Villanueva
In this study, tissues of five fish species prevalent in the Houjing River were analyzed for heavy metal concentrations. Results show concentrations of such metals to be much higher than internationally recommended standard limits (as determined by the WHO and FAO) and other similar studies. Heavy metal contamination of fish in the Houjing River is hence significant. High hazard and carcinogenic risk related to the Houjing River's fish was proven based on target hazard quotient (THQ) and target cancer risk (TR) estimations...
July 4, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670885/anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-effects-of-sorafenib-and-arsenic-trioxide-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cell-lines
#9
Atousa Haghi, Saeed Mohammadi, Masoumeh Heshmati, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh, Mohsen Nikbakht
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), is a clonal disorder caused by acquired somatic mutations and chromosomal rearrangements. According to some evidence, progression of hematolymphoid malignancies depends on the induction of new blood vessel formation under the influence of acute leukemia. Various factors are produced by cancer cells under hypoxic conditions to increase vascular formation. Among these, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a crucial role. Cytotoxicity and anticancer effects of arsenic trioxide (ATO) have been reported in many cancers...
June 25, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664715/the-history-of-arsenical-pesticides-and-health-risks-related-to-the-use-of-agent-blue
#10
Vladimir Bencko, Florence Yan Li Foong
Arsenicals in agriculture. Beginning in the 1970s, the use of arsenic compounds for such purposes as wood preservatives, began to grow. By 1980, in the USA, 70% of arsenic had been consumed for the production of wood preservatives. This practice was later stopped, due to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ban of the arsenic-and chromium-based wood preservative chromated copper arsenate. In the past, arsenical herbicides containing cacodylic acid as an active ingredient have been used extensively in the USA, from golf courses to cotton fields, and drying-out the plants before harvesting...
June 12, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656245/synergistic-cytotoxic-effects-of-arsenite-and-tetrandrine-in-human-breast-cancer-cell-line-mcf-7
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Mingjiang Yao, Bo Yuan, Xiao Wang, Ai Sato, Kana Sakuma, Kurumi Kaneko, Hana Komuro, Ayane Okazaki, Hideki Hayashi, Hiroo Toyoda, Xiaohua Pei, Xiaomei Hu, Toshihiko Hirano, Norio Takagi
To provide novel insight into the development of new therapeutic strategies to combat breast cancer using trivalent arsenic (AsIII)-based combination therapy, the cytotoxicity of a combination of AsIII and tetrandrine (Tetra), a Chinese plant-derived alkaloid, was investigated in the human breast cancer cell line MCF-7. Cytotoxicity was evaluated using cell viability, colony formation, wound healing, lactate dehydrogenase leakage and cell cycle assay. Alterations of genes associated with cell proliferation and death were analyzed using real-time PCR and western blotting...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643849/prevalence-of-exposure-of-heavy-metals-and-their-impact-on-health-consequences
#12
Kanwal Rehman, Fiza Fatima, Iqra Waheed, Muhammad Sajid Hamid Akash
Even in the current era of growing technology, the concentration of heavy metals present in drinking water is still not within the recommended limits as set by the regulatory authorities in different countries of the world. Drinking water contaminated with heavy metals namely; arsenic, cadmium, nickel, chromium, mercury, chromium, zinc and lead is becoming a major health concern for public and health care professionals. Occupational exposure to heavy metals is known to occur by the utilization of these metals in various industrial processes and/or contents including color pigments and alloys...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640505/associations-between-arsenic-3-oxidation-state-methyltransferase-as3mt-and-n-6-adenine-specific-dna-methyltransferase-1-n6amt1-polymorphisms-arsenic-metabolism-and-cancer-risk-in-a-chilean-population
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Rosemarie de la Rosa, Craig Steinmaus, Nicholas K Akers, Lucia Conde, Catterina Ferreccio, David Kalman, Kevin R Zhang, Christine F Skibola, Allan H Smith, Luoping Zhang, Martyn T Smith
Inter-individual differences in arsenic metabolism have been linked to arsenic-related disease risks. Arsenic (+3) methyltransferase (AS3MT) is the primary enzyme involved in arsenic metabolism, and we previously demonstrated in vitro that N-6 adenine-specific DNA methyltransferase 1 (N6AMT1) also methylates the toxic inorganic arsenic (iAs) metabolite, monomethylarsonous acid (MMA), to the less toxic dimethylarsonic acid (DMA). Here, we evaluated whether AS3MT and N6AMT1 gene polymorphisms alter arsenic methylation and impact iAs-related cancer risks...
July 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640255/aqp9-induced-cell-cycle-arrest-is-associated-with-ras-activation-and-improves-chemotherapy-treatment-efficacy-in-colorectal-cancer
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Dandan Huang, Xingzhi Feng, Yiting Liu, Yanhong Deng, Hao Chen, Daici Chen, Lekun Fang, Yue Cai, Huanliang Liu, Lei Wang, Jianping Wang, Zihuan Yang
Aquaporin-9 (AQP9) expression is associated with arsenic sensitivity in leukemia cells. However, the role of AQP9 in regulating tumor sensitivity to adjuvant chemotherapy in colorectal cancer (CRC) has not been elucidated. In this study, we demonstrated that AQP9 can serve as an independent predictive marker for adjuvant chemotherapy in CRC. Patients with high AQP9 expression had higher rate of disease-free survival (DFS) than those with low AQP9 expression. Upregulation of AQP9 was associated with enhanced chemosensitivity to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) both in vitro and in vivo...
June 22, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637474/arsenic-trioxide-inhibits-ebv-reactivation-and-promotes-cell-death-in-ebv-positive-lymphoma-cells
#15
Qinyan Yin, Mark Sides, Christopher H Parsons, Erik K Flemington, Joseph A Lasky
BACKGROUND: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is associated with hematopoietic malignancies, such as Burkitt's lymphoma, post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorder, and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The current approach for EBV-associated lymphoma involves chemotherapy to eradicate cancer cells, however, normal cells may be injured and organ dysfunction may occur with currently employed regimens. This research is focused on employing arsenic trioxide (ATO) as EBV-specific cancer therapy takes advantage of the fact the EBV resides within the malignant cells...
June 21, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634111/levels-of-plasma-selenium-and-urinary-total-arsenic-interact-to-affect-the-risk-for-prostate-cancer
#16
Yu-Mei Hsueh, Chien-Tien Su, Horng-Sheng Shiue, Wei-Jen Chen, Yeong-Shiau Pu, Ying-Chin Lin, Cheng-Shiuan Tsai, Chao-Yuan Huang
This study investigated whether plasma selenium levels modified the risk for prostate cancer (PC) related to arsenic exposure. We conducted a case-control study that included 318 PC patients and 318 age-matched, healthy control subjects. Urinary arsenic profiles were examined using HPLC-HG-AAS and plasma selenium levels were measured by ICP-MS. We found that plasma selenium levels displayed a significant dose-dependent inverse association with PC. The odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) for PC was 0...
June 17, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630379/the-association-between-telomere-length-and-mortality-in-bangladesh
#17
Samantha G Dean, Chenan Zhang, Jianjun Gao, Shantanu Roy, Justin Shinkle, Mekala Sabarinathan, Maria Argos, Lin Tong, Alauddin Ahmed, Md Tariqul Islam, Tariqul Islam, Muhammad Rakibuz-Zaman, Golam Sarwar, Hasan Shahriar, Mahfuzar Rahman, Md Yunus, Joseph H Graziano, Lin S Chen, Farzana Jasmine, Muhammad G Kibriya, Habibul Ahsan, Brandon L Pierce
Telomeres are tandem repeat sequences at the end of chromosomes that bind proteins to protect chromosome ends. Telomeres shorten with age, and shorter leukocyte telomere length (TL) has been associated with overall mortality in numerous studies. However, this association has not been tested in populations outside of Europe and the U.S. We assessed the association between TL and subsequent mortality using data on 744 mortality cases and 761 age-/sex-matched controls sampled from >27,000 participants from three longitudinal Bangladeshi cohorts: Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS), HEALS Expansion (HEALS-E), and Bangladesh Vitamin E and Selenium Trial (BEST)...
June 15, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625818/quantitative-assessment-of-lung-and-bladder-cancer-risk-and-oral-exposure-to-inorganic-arsenic-meta-regression-analyses-of-epidemiological-data
#18
Heather N Lynch, Ke Zu, Erin M Kennedy, Thuy Lam, Xiaobin Liu, Daniella M Pizzurro, Christine T Loftus, Lorenz R Rhomberg
Inorganic arsenic (iAs) in drinking water varies geographically and is prevalent worldwide. While exposures in the US are generally low, there are some areas with higher levels of naturally occurring iAs (potentially >100μg/L) where residents rely on unregulated drinking water wells. Much of the evidence on the association between iAs and cancer comes from epidemiological studies conducted in South American and Asian populations. These populations have generally been exposed to much higher levels of iAs and have differing underlying characteristics, both of which make comparing them to Western populations difficult...
June 16, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623505/assessment-of-arsenic-content-in-soil-rice-grains-and-groundwater-and-associated-health-risks-in-human-population-from-ropar-wetland-india-and-its-vicinity
#19
Sakshi Sharma, Inderpreet Kaur, Avinash Kaur Nagpal
In the present study, potential health risks posed to human population from Ropar wetland and its vicinity, by consumption of inorganic arsenic (i-As) via arsenic contaminated rice grains and groundwater, were assessed. Total arsenic (t-As) in soil and rice grains were found in the range of 0.06-0.11 mg/kg and 0.03-0.33 mg/kg, respectively, on dry weight basis. Total arsenic in groundwater was in the range of 2.31-15.91 μg/L. i-As was calculated from t-As using relevant conversion factors. Rice plants were found to be arsenic accumulators as bioconcentration factor (BCF) was observed to be >1 in 75% of rice grain samples...
June 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615531/environment-and-bladder-cancer-molecular-analysis-by-interaction-networks
#20
Andrea Polo, Anna Crispo, Pellegrino Cerino, Luca Falzone, Saverio Candido, Aldo Giudice, Giuseppina De Petro, Gennaro Ciliberto, Maurizio Montella, Alfredo Budillon, Susan Costantini
Bladder cancer (BC) is the 9th most common cancer worldwide, and the 6th most common cancer in men. Its development is linked to chronic inflammation, genetic susceptibility, smoking, occupational exposures and environmental pollutants. Aim of this work was to identify a sub-network of genes/proteins modulated by environmental or arsenic exposure in BC by computational network approaches. Our studies evidenced the presence of HUB nodes both in "BC and environment" and "BC and arsenicals" networks. These HUB nodes resulted to be correlated to circadian genes and targeted by some miRNAs already reported as involved in BC, thus suggesting how they play an important role in BC development due to environmental or arsenic exposure...
May 26, 2017: Oncotarget
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