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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646769/health-benefit-from-decreasing-exposure-to-heavy-metals-and-metalloid-after-strict-pollution-control-measures-near-a-typical-river-basin-area-in-china
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Suzhen Cao, Xiaoli Duan, Yingqun Ma, Xiuge Zhao, Yanwen Qin, Yan Liu, Sai Li, Binghui Zheng, Fusheng Wei
The metal(loid) pollution still is a great concern due to the effects from urbanization and industrialization. While, the health risks from the toxic metal(loid)s could decrease if strict pollution control measures were adopted. However, few studies to date investigate the health risks of heavy metal(loid)s in a systematic river basin for the dependent residents, after taking pollution control measures. Thus, the contents of metal(loid)s (Cu, Pb, Zn, Cd, Mn, As) in surface water along a typical river basin were investigated in this study, and the potential non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic health risks posed to the residents were assessed...
June 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646737/pollution-characteristics-and-source-identification-of-trace-metals-in-riparian-soils-of-miyun-reservoir-china
#2
Lanfang Han, Bo Gao, Jin Lu, Yang Zhou, Dongyu Xu, Li Gao, Ke Sun
The South-to-North Water Diversion Project, one of China's largest water diversion projects, has aroused widespread concerns about its potential ecological impacts, especially the potential release of trace metals from shoreline soils into Miyun Reservoir (MYR). Here, riparian soil samples from three elevations and four types of land use were collected. Soil particle size distributions, contents and chemical fractionations of trace metals and lead (Pb) isotopic compositions were analyzed. Results showed that soil texture was basically similar in four types of land use, being mainly composed of sand, with minor portions of clay and silt, while recreational land contained more abundant chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn) and cadmium (Cd), suggesting a possible anthropogenic source for this soil pollution...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646310/effects-of-a-dark-septate-endophyte-dse-on-growth-cadmium-content-and-physiology-in-maize-under-cadmium-stress
#3
Yongmei He, Zhixin Yang, Mingrui Li, Ming Jiang, Fangdong Zhan, Yanqun Zu, Tao Li, Zhiwei Zhao
Dark septate endophytes (DSE) are widely distributed in plant roots grown in stressful habitats, especially in heavy metal-polluted soils. But little is known about the physiological interactions between DSE and plants under heavy metal stress. In the present study, the growth, Cd content, and physiological response of Zea mays L. to a root-colonized DSE, Exophiala pisciphila, were analyzed under Cd stress (0, 5, 10, 20, and 40 mg/kg) in a sand culture experiment. Under high Cd (10, 20, and 40 mg/kg) stress, the DSE colonization in roots increased the maize growth, kept more Cd in roots, and decreased Cd content in shoots...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646280/bubble-removal-with-the-use-of-a-vacuum-pressure-generated-by-a-converging-diverging-nozzle
#4
Theodore Christoforidis, Carlos Ng, David T Eddington
Bubbles are an intrinsic problem in microfluidic devices and they can appear during the initial filling of the device or during operation. This report presents a generalizable technique to extract bubbles from microfluidic networks using an adjacent microfluidic negative pressure network over the entire microfluidic channel network design. We implement this technique by superimposing a network of parallel microchannels with a vacuum microfluidic channel and characterize the bubble extraction rates as a function of negative pressure applied...
September 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645884/investigation-of-the-effects-of-lycium-barbarum-polysaccharides-against-cadmium-induced-damage-in-testis
#5
Maria Vittoria Varoni, Sergio Domenico Gadau, Valeria Pasciu, Elena Baralla, Elisa Serra, Domenico Palomba, Maria Piera Demontis
This study describes the effects of Lycium barbarum polysaccharides (LBP) on testicular damage induced by cadmium (Cd). Adult male rats were i.p. injected with CdCl2 (4mg/Kg, once) with or without LBP pretreatment (300mg/Kg orally, once a day, for 30days). Testis weight, morphological/histological structure and oxidative stress parameters were evaluated. Several adverse effects were observed after CdCl2 injection, with a significant decrease in body/testis weight ratio (P<0.05), gross morphological changes with hyperemia of the parenchyma, increased volume and alteration in the structure of the seminiferous tubules...
June 20, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645659/synthesis-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-giardicidal-activity-of-nitrothiazole-nsaid-chimeras-displaying-broad-antiprotozoal-spectrum
#6
Blanca Colín-Lozano, Ismael León-Rivera, Manuel Jesús Chan-Bacab, Benjamín Otto Ortega-Morales, Rosa Moo-Puc, Vanessa López-Guerrero, Emanuel Hernández-Núñez, Raúl Argüello-Garcia, Thomas Scior, Elizabeth Barbosa-Cabrera, Gabriel Navarrete-Vázquez
We designed and synthesized five new 5-nitrothiazole-NSAID chimeras as analogues of nitazoxanide, using a DCC-activated amidation. Compounds 1-5 were tested in vitro against a panel of five protozoa: 2 amitochondriates (Giardia intestinalis, Trichomonas vaginalis) and 3 kinetoplastids (Leishmania mexicana, Leishmania amazonensis and Trypanosoma cruzi). All chimeras showed broad spectrum and potent antiprotozoal activities, with IC50 values ranging from the low micromolar to nanomolar order. Compounds 1-5 were even more active than metronidazole and nitazoxanide, two marketed first-line drugs against giardiasis...
May 24, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645630/evolution-of-cyclodextrin-nanosponges
#7
Fabrizio Caldera, Maria Tannous, Roberta Cavalli, Marco Zanetti, Francesco Trotta
Cyclodextrin-based nanosponges (CD-NSs) are insoluble, highly cross-linked 3D network polymers used in several scientific and technological fields, the main area of investigation concerns the pharmaceutical applications, in which CD-NSs have been mostly employed as drug delivery systems. CD-NSs can be generally grouped into four consecutive generations, taking into account their chemical composition and properties. The 1st generation of NSs are plain nanosponges, subdivided into four main types: urethane, carbonate, ester and ether NSs, depending on the chemical nature of the functional group connecting the CD to the cross-linker...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645424/occurrence-of-selected-trace-metals-and-their-oral-bioaccessibility-in-urban-soils-of-kindergartens-and-parks-in-bratislava-slovak-republic-as-evaluated-by-simple-in-vitro-digestion-procedure
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Edgar Hiller, Martin Mihaljevič, Lenka Filová, Lucia Lachká, Ľubomír Jurkovič, Tatsiana Kulikova, Katarína Fajčíková, Mária Šimurková, Veronika Tatarková
A total of eighty surface soil samples were collected from public kindergartens and urban parks in the city of Bratislava, and the <150µm soil fraction was evaluated for total concentrations of five metals, Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn, their oral bioaccessibilities, non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic health risks to children, and lead isotopic composition. The mean metal concentrations in urban soils (0.29, 36.1, 0.13, 30.9 and 113mg/kg for Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn, respectively) were about two times higher compared with background soil concentrations...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645031/understanding-the-variation-of-microbial-community-in-heavy-metals-contaminated-soil-using-high-throughput-sequencing
#9
Honghong Guo, Mubasher Nasir, Jialong Lv, Yunchao Dai, Jiakai Gao
To improve the understanding of bacterial community in heavy metals contaminated soils, we studied the effects of environmental factors on the bacterial community structure in contaminated fields located in Shaanxi Province of China. Our results showed that microbial community structure varied among sites, and it was significantly affected by soil environmental factors such as pH, soil organic matter (SOM), Cd, Pb and Zn. In addition, Spearman's rank-order correlation indicated heavy metal sensitive (Ralstonia, Gemmatimona, Rhodanobacter and Mizugakiibacter) and tolerant (unidentified-Nitrospiraceae, Blastocatella and unidentified-Acidobacteria) microbial groups...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645030/uptake-and-tissue-distributions-of-cadmium-selenium-and-zinc-in-striped-marsh-frog-tadpoles-exposed-during-early-post-embryonic-development
#10
Chantal M Lanctôt, Tom Cresswell, Steven D Melvin
Metals and metalloids released through anthropogenic activities can accumulate in aquatic organisms, resulting in adverse effects in sensitive species. We investigated the influence of feeding regime and exposure complexity (i.e., mixture) on bioaccumulation kinetics and body distribution of common metal(loid) pollutants in Limnodynastes peronii during early post-embryonic development. Tadpoles were exposed to radiolabelled (109)Cd, (75)Se and (65)Zn alone and in a mixture for 4 days, followed by 3 days depuration in clean water...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645012/associations-between-toxic-and-essential-trace-elements-in-maternal-blood-and-fetal-congenital-heart-defects
#11
Yanqiu Ou, Michael S Bloom, Zhiqiang Nie, Fengzhen Han, Jinzhuang Mai, Jimei Chen, Shao Lin, Xiaoqing Liu, Jian Zhuang
Prenatal exposure to toxic trace elements, including heavy metals, is an important public health concern. Few studies have assessed if individual and multiple trace elements simultaneously affect cardiac development. The current study evaluated the association between maternal blood lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se) levels and congenital heart defects (CHDs) in offspring. This hospital-based case-control study included 112 case and 107 control infants. Maternal peripheral blood draw was made during gestational weeks 17-40 and used to determine trace element levels by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644887/sarcopenia-is-a-predictive-factor-for-intestinal-resection-in-admitted-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
#12
Shigeki Bamba, Masaya Sasaki, Azusa Takaoka, Kenichiro Takahashi, Hirotsugu Imaeda, Atsushi Nishida, Osamu Inatomi, Mitsushige Sugimoto, Akira Andoh
The relationship between skeletal muscle volume and the prognosis of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) remains undetermined. We conducted a retrospective study of 72 IBD patients who were admitted to the hospital due to disease exacerbation. We enrolled IBD patients who had undergone abdominal computed tomography and assessed the nutritional indices, such as the Onodera's prognostic nutritional index (O-PNI) and the controlling nutritional status (CONUT) index. The L3 skeletal muscle index (SMI), which is the ratio of the cross-sectional area of skeletal muscles at the level of the third lumbar (L3) vertebra to the height squared, was used to identify sarcopenia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644565/long-term-risk-of-infection-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease-on-anti-tnf-treatment-a-prospective-single-center-cohort-study-in-china
#13
Yue Li, Hui Jun Shu, Hong Lu, Hong Yang, Ji Li, Bei Tan, Jiaming Qian
BACKGROUND: Anti-TNF agents have demonstrated to greatly improve management strategies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Clinical trials and registry studies in Western countries have shown that infections and malignancy are the most concerned complications of anti-TNF treatment. However, data derived from clinical practice in China are limited. The aim of this study is to explore the long-term infection risk of infliximab (IFX) in treating patients with Crohn's disease (CD) from a tertiary IBD center in China...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644553/structural-insights-into-the-inclusion-complexes-between-clomiphene-citrate-and-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-the-mechanism-of-preferential-isomeric-selection
#14
Arti Maheshwari, Harish Saraswat, Santosh Kumar Upadhyay
A major challenge in pharmaceuticals for clinical applications is to alter the solubility, stability, and toxicity of drug molecules in living systems. Cyclodextrins (CDs) have the ability to form host-guest inclusion complexes with pharmaceuticals for further development of new drug formulations. The inclusion complex of clomiphene citrate (CL), a poorly water-soluble drug, with native β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) was characterized by a one and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic approach and also by molecular docking techniques...
June 23, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644352/elevated-serum-tissue-transglutaminase-antibodies-in-children-with-eosinophilic-esophagitis
#15
Anna K Le Fevre, Marjorie M Walker, Amir Hadjiashrafy, Rani Bhatia, Joerg Mattes, Nicholas J Talley, Scott Nightingale
OBJECTIVES: This study compared the clinical and histopathological characteristics of children with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and elevated anti-transglutaminase (TTG Ab) with those with EoE and normal TTG Ab titres. METHODS: Single-center chart and blinded histopathological review of patients diagnosed with EoE for a 4-year period, who had esophageal and duodenal biopsies taken at time of endoscopy, and TTG Ab measured within 6 months of biopsy. Patients with histology-proven CD were excluded...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644351/adherence-to-celiac-disease-and-eosinophilic-esophagitis-biopsy-guidelines-is-poor-in-children
#16
Thomas Wallach, Robert M Genta, Benjamin Lebwohl, Peter H R Green, Norelle R Reilly
OBJECTIVES: Celiac disease (CD) and eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) are underdiagnosed gastrointestinal conditions, which adversely affect children's health. Previous studies have shown that diagnostic guidelines for CD are not consistently followed in adults. The aims of the present study are to assess the frequency with which endoscopists comply with diagnostic guidelines for CD and EoE in children, and to determine whether an association exists between adherence to biopsy guidelines and disease detection in pediatric patients...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644308/the-use-of-5-aminosalicylic-acid-in-children-and-adolescents-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#17
Christiane Sokollik, Nicolas Fournier, David Rizzuti, Christian P Braegger, Andreas Nydegger, Susanne Schibli, Johannes Spalinger
BACKGROUND: In ulcerative colitis (UC) 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) is recommended as primary therapy for mild to moderate disease. Topical 5-ASA has been proven especially effective. In Crohn's disease (CD) the evidence for a beneficial role of 5-ASA is weak. We investigated the use of topical and systemic 5-ASA therapy in children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of patients younger than 18 years, registered between April 2008 and December 2015 in the Swiss Inflammatory Bowel Disease Cohort, were analyzed...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644184/noninvasive-fecal-immunochemical-testing-and-fecal-calprotectin-predict-mucosal-healing-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-prospective-cohort-study
#18
Christopher Ma, Rowan Lumb, Emily V Walker, Rae R Foshaug, ThucNhi T Dang, Sanam Verma, Vivian W Huang, Karen I Kroeker, Karen Wong, Levinus A Dieleman, Richard N Fedorak, Brendan P Halloran
BACKGROUND: The noninvasive biomarkers fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) and fecal calprotectin (FCP) are sensitive for prediction of mucosal inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease. However, neither test has yet been shown to independently and accurately predict mucosal healing (MH). We aimed to assess the specificity of noninvasive FIT and FCP for MH prediction. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study of adult inflammatory bowel disease outpatients presenting for colonoscopy, stool samples for FIT and FCP were collected 48 hours before endoscopy...
June 20, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644181/serum-interleukin-9-levels-predict-disease-severity-and-the-clinical-efficacy-of-infliximab-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
#19
Ting Feng, Baili Chen, Li Li, Shanshan Huang, Shomron Ben-Horin, Yun Qiu, Rui Feng, Manying Li, Ren Mao, Yao He, Zhirong Zeng, Shenghong Zhang, Minhu Chen
BACKGROUND: Interleukin (IL)-9 drives gut inflammation, but its role in Crohn's disease (CD) is unclear. We aimed to analyze correlations between serum IL-9 levels and disease severity and to evaluate their predictive value in relation to the clinical efficacy of infliximab (IFX) in patients with CD. METHODS: Between January 2013 and December 2015, 100 consecutive patients with active CD and 50 age- and sex-matched control individuals were recruited from a tertiary center...
June 20, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644180/mucosal-healing-in-clinical-practice-a-single-center-pediatric-ibd-experience
#20
Savini L Santha, Prabhu R Shankar, Anqi Pan, Bess Schoen, Subra Kugathasan, Cary G Sauer
BACKGROUND: Mucosal healing (MH) is associated with improved clinical outcomes in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). MH as a target for treatment has been suggested, although there is little pediatric data. The goal of this study was to evaluate MH in clinical practice in pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease in clinical remission. METHODS: A retrospective review of electronic health record data was performed on all patients with CD or UC who underwent at least 2 colonoscopies from 2010 through 2016...
June 20, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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