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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335390/a-simple-metallothionein-based-biosensor-for-enhanced-detection-of-arsenic-and-mercury
#1
Gordon W Irvine, Swee Ngin Tan, Martin J Stillman
Metallothioneins (MTs) are a family of cysteine-rich proteins whose biological roles include the regulation of essential metal ions and protection against the harmful effects of toxic metals. Due to its high affinity for many toxic, soft metals, recombinant human MT isoform 1a was incorporated into an electrochemical-based biosensor for the detection of As(3+) and Hg(2+). A simple design was chosen to maximize its potential in environmental monitoring and MT was physically adsorbed onto paper discs placed on screen-printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs)...
March 13, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332759/structural-adaptation-of-a-protein-to-increased-metal-stress-nmr-structure-of-a-marine-snail-metallothionein-with-an-additional-domain
#2
Christian Baumann, Andrea Beil, Simon Jurt, Michael Niederwanger, Oscar Palacios, Mercè Capdevila, Sílvia Atrian, Reinhard Dallinger, Oliver Zerbe
In this study, we present an NMR structure of the metallothionein (MT) from the snail Littorina littorea (LlMT) in complex with Cd(2+) . LlMT is capable of binding 9 Zn(2+) or 9 Cd(2+) ions. Sequence alignments with other snail MTs revealed that the protein is likely composed of three domains. The study revealed that the protein is divided into three individual domains, each of which folds into a single well-defined three-metal cluster. The central α2 and C-terminal β domains are positioned with a unique relative orientation...
March 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320509/response-of-the-pearl-oyster-pinctada-margaritifera-to-cadmium-and-chromium-identification-of-molecular-biomarkers
#3
Gueguen Yannick, Saulnier Denis, Santini Adrien, Magre Kevin, Garen Pierre, Bernagout Solène, Nohl Marine, Bouisset Patrick, Helme Herehia, Planes Serge, Le Moullac Gilles
This study was designed to identify in the pearl oyster Pinctada margaritifera, used as a bio-accumulator, molecular biomarkers for the presence of heavy metals in the lagoon environment. Pearl oysters were exposed to 2 concentrations (1 and 10μgL(-1)) of cadmium (Cd) and chromium (Cr) compared to a control. Twelve target genes encoding proteins potentially involved in the response to heavy metal contamination with antioxidant, detoxification or apoptosis activities were selected. P. margaritifera accumulated Cd but not Cr, and mortality was related to the amount of Cd accumulated in tissues...
March 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319143/toxicity-effects-of-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-to-eisenia-fetida-at-enzyme-cellular-and-genetic-levels
#4
Tingting Ma, Wei Zhou, Li'ke Chen, Longhua Wu, Peter Christie, Haibo Zhang, Yongming Luo
Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a dominant phthalic acid ester (PAE) that has aroused public concern due to its resistance to degradation and its toxicity as an endocrine-disrupting compound. Effects of different concentrations of DEHP on Eisenia fetida in spiked natural soil have been studied in the body of the earthworm by means of soil cultivation tests 7, 14, 21 and 28 days after exposure. The results indicated that, in general, superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, malondialdehyde (MDA) content, metallothionein (MT) content, the expression of heat shock protein 70 (HSP 70) and all the tested geno-toxicity parameters are promoted as time elapses and with increasing concentration of DEHP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318795/mechanisms-of-toxic-action-of-silver-nanoparticles-in-the-protozoan-tetrahymena-thermophila-from-gene-expression-to-phenotypic-events
#5
Katre Juganson, Monika Mortimer, Angela Ivask, Sandra Pucciarelli, Cristina Miceli, Kaja Orupõld, Anne Kahru
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are highly toxic to aquatic organisms, however, there is no consensus whether the toxicity is caused solely by released Ag-ions or also by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Here, the effects of protein-coated AgNPs (14.6 nm, Collargol) were studied on viability, oxidative stress and gene expression levels in wild type strains (CU427 and CU428) of ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila. Viability-based 24 h EC50 values of AgNPs were relatively high and significantly different for the two strains: ∼100 mg/L and ∼75 mg/L for CU427 and CU428, respectively...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317386/hepatoprotective-effect-of-blocking-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptors-in-male-albino-rats-exposed-to-acute-and-repeated-restraint-stress
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Shaimaa Nasr Amin, Ahmed Amro El-Aidi, Maha Zickri, Laila Ahmed Rashed, Sherif Sabry Hassan
Stress affects multiple organs in the body in addition to the brain including the liver. We aimed to assess the effects of blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptors by memantine on the liver in acute and repeated restraint stress. Forty two male albino rats divided into seven groups; control, Acute restraint stress (ARS), ARS+memantine, repeated restraint stress, repeated restraint +memantine and positive control groups. We measured serum iron, zinc, alanine transferase and Aspartame transferase, hepatic malondialdehyde, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), glutathione peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, metallothionein content, zinc transporter ZRT/IRT-like Protein 14 mRNA expression, hepcidin expression...
March 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315003/anti-oxidative-responses-on-hepatic-tissue-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio-in-a-short-duration-of-sub-lethal-concentrations-of-cadmium-exposure
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Su Mei Wu, Li-Hsin Shu, Jia-Hao Liu, Ching Hsein Chen
The aim of the present study was to identify whether the responses of oxidative stress in zebrafish liver are similar to those in mammalians upon low doses of Cd(2+) exposure in short durations. Fish were exposed to 1.78 μM Cd(2+) (treatment) and 0.0 μM Cd(2+) (control) for 0, 1, 3, and 6 h. The reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lipid peroxidation (LPO) of hepatic tissues significantly increased after 3 and 6 h of Cd(2+) exposure, respectively. Antioxidants glutathione peroxidase (gpx1a), superoxide dismutase (sod), and catalase (cat) were up regulated after 1-3 h, and metallothionein isoforms (smtB and mt2) increased after 3-6 h of Cd(2+) exposure...
March 18, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314142/responses-to-silver-nanoparticles-and-silver-nitrate-in-a-battery-of-biomarkers-measured-in-coelomocytes-and-in-target-tissues-of-eisenia-fetida-earthworms
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Curieses Silvana Patricia, García-Velasco Nerea, Urionabarrenetxea Erik, Sáenz María Elena, Bilbao Eider, Di Marzio Walter Darío, Soto Manu
The current use and development of applications with silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) could lead to potential inputs of these NPs to soils. Consequently, it is crucial to understand the ecotoxicological risks posed by Ag NPs in the terrestrial compartment. In the present investigation, the effects produced by PVP-PEI coated Ag NPs were assessed in Eisenia fetida earthworms in comparison with the soluble form (AgNO3). Earthworms were exposed for 1, 3 and 14 days to a range of sublethal concentrations of Ag (0, 0...
March 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302488/protective-effects-of-zn-2-against-cobalt-nanoparticles-and-cobalt-chloride-induced-cytotoxicity-of-raw-264-7cells-via-ros-pathway
#9
Hai Zhu, Yake Liu, Hongxiang Hong, Wei Wang, Fan Liu
Recent concerns have emerged surrounding the toxicity that cobalt may represent when used in MOM implants. Owing to corrosion and wear of MOM implants, the subsequent released cobalt nanoparticles (CoNPs) or Co ions (Co(2+)) can cause adverse reactions, such as the generation of pseudotumors, extensive necrosis, early osteolysis, and implants failure. The present study confirmed that CoNPs and Co(2+) can induce dose- and time-dependent cytotoxicity with increasing reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels. Additionally, using metallothionein (MT), a heavy metal-binding protein, the present study assessed the protective effects of Zn(2+) against CoNPs and Co(2+)-induced cytotoxicity of RAW 264...
March 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302075/renal-effects-of-metallothionein-induction-by-zinc-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#10
Moritz Schanz, Lea Schaaf, Juergen Dippon, Dagmar Biegger, Peter Fritz, Mark Dominik Alscher, Martin Kimmel
BACKGROUND: Metallothionein (MTT) is an endogenous antioxidant that can be induced by both zinc (Zn) and ischemia. In kidneys, increased MTT expression exerts a putative protective role in diabetes and hypoxia. Our goal was to further investigate the behavior of MTT under the influence of Zn and hypoxia in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: MTT expression was measured in vitro in cell cultures of proximal tubular cells (LCC-PK1) by immune-histochemistry and real-time PCR after incubation with increasing concentrations of Zn under hypoxic and non-hypoxic conditions...
March 16, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296007/copper-metallothioneins
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REVIEW
Jenifer Calvo, Hunmin Jung, Gabriele Meloni
Metallothioneins (MTs) are a class of low molecular weight and cysteine-rich metal binding proteins present in all the branches of the tree of life. MTs efficiently bind with high affinity several essential and toxic divalent and monovalent transition metals by forming characteristic polynuclear metal-thiolate clusters within their structure. MTs fulfil multiple biological functions related to their metal binding properties, with essential roles in both Zn(II) and Cu(I) homeostasis as well as metal detoxification...
March 13, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295556/core-chemistry-influences-the-toxicity-of-multi-component-metal-oxide-nanomaterials-lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt-oxide-and-lithium-cobalt-oxide-to-daphnia-magna
#12
Jared Bozich, Mimi Hang, Robert Hamers, Rebecca Klaper
Lithium intercalation compounds such as lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) and lithium cobalt oxide (LCO) are used extensively in lithium batteries. Because there is currently little economic incentive for recycling, chances are greater that batteries will end up in landfills or waste in the environment. In addition, the toxicity of these battery materials has not been traditionally part of the design process. Therefore, to determine the environmental impact and the possibility of alternative battery materials, representative complex battery nanomaterials, LCO and NMC, were synthesized and toxicity was assessed in Daphnia magna...
March 11, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287470/the-application-of-curve-fitting-on-the-voltammograms-of-various-isoforms-of-metallothioneins-metal-complexes
#13
Miguel Angel Merlos Rodrigo, Jorge Molina-López, Ana Maria Jimenez Jimenez, Elena Planells Del Pozo, Pavlina Adam, Tomas Eckschlager, Ondrej Zitka, Lukas Richtera, Vojtech Adam
The translation of metallothioneins (MTs) is one of the defense strategies by which organisms protect themselves from metal-induced toxicity. MTs belong to a family of proteins comprising MT-1, MT-2, MT-3, and MT-4 classes, with multiple isoforms within each class. The main aim of this study was to determine the behavior of MT in dependence on various externally modelled environments, using electrochemistry. In our study, the mass distribution of MTs was characterized using MALDI-TOF. After that, adsorptive transfer stripping technique with differential pulse voltammetry was selected for optimization of electrochemical detection of MTs with regard to accumulation time and pH effects...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284548/relationships-between-metal-compartmentalization-and-biomarkers-in-earthworms-exposed-to-field-contaminated-soils
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Léa Beaumelle, Mickaël Hedde, Franck Vandenbulcke, Isabelle Lamy
Partitioning tissue metal concentration into subcellular compartments reflecting toxicologically available pools may provide good descriptors of the toxicological effects of metals on organisms. Here we investigated the relationships between internal compartmentalization of Cd, Pb and Zn and biomarker responses in a model soil organism: the earthworm. The aim of this study was to identify metal fractions reflecting the toxic pressure in an endogeic, naturally occurring earthworm species (Aporrectodea caliginosa) exposed to realistic field-contaminated soils...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284152/characterization-of-zinc-stress-response-in-cyanobacterium-synechococcus-sp-iu-625
#15
Robert Newby, Lee H Lee, Jose L Perez, Xin Tao, Tinchun Chu
The ability of cyanobacteria to survive many environmental stress factors is a testament to their resilience in nature. Of these environmental stress factors, overexposure to zinc is important to study since excessive zinc intake can be a severe hazard. Zinc toxicity in freshwater has been demonstrated to affects organisms such as invertebrates, algae and cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria which possess increased resistance to zinc have been isolated. It is therefore important to elucidate the mechanism of survival and response to determine what factors allow their survival; as well as any remediation implications they may have...
March 4, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276186/a-novel-highly-conserved-metallothionein-family-in-basidiomycete-fungi-and-characterization-of-two-representative-slmta-and-slmtb-genes-in-the-ectomycorrhizal-fungus-suillus-luteus
#16
Hoai Nguyen, François Rineau, Jaco Vangronsveld, Ann Cuypers, Jan V Colpaert, Joske Ruytinx
The basidiomycete Suillus luteus is an important member of the ectomycorrhizal community that thrives in heavy metal polluted soils covered with pioneer pine forests. This study aimed to identify potential heavy metal chelators in S. luteus. Two metallothionein (MT) coding genes, SlMTa and SlMTb, were identified. When heterologously expressed in yeast, both SlMTa and SlMTb can rescue the Cu sensitive mutant from Cu toxicity. In S. luteus, transcription of both SlMTa and SlMTb is induced by Cu but not Cd nor Zn...
March 9, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265874/oxidative-stress-and-related-biomarkers-in-cupric-and-cuprous-chloride-treated-rainbow-trout
#17
Antonia Concetta Elia, Gabriele Magara, Marzia Righetti, Ambrosius Josef Martin Dörr, Tommaso Scanzio, Nicole Pacini, Maria Cesarina Abete, Marino Prearo
We examined the time-course stress responses in the liver of rainbow trout exposed to cuprous chloride (CuCl) and cupric chloride (CuCl2). The treatment groups received a single intraperitoneal injection of CuCl or CuCl2 (both at a dose of 0.01 and 0.05 mg/kg); the control group received only the physiologic solution vehicle. Liver tissue samples were analyzed for total copper, superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidases, glutathione reductase, glutathione S-transferase, glyoxalases, and lactate dehydrogenase at 3, 6, and 9 days post-injection...
March 6, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258670/the-role-of-metallothionein-in-oncogenesis-and-cancer-treatment
#18
Anna Bizoń, Kinga Jędryczko, Halina Milnerowicz
Metallothionein is cysteine-rich low molecular mass protein. The involvement of MT in many physiological and pathophysiological processes such as apoptosis, proliferation, angiogenesis, and the detoxification of heavy metals suggested participation of this protein in carcinogenesis and tumor therapy. Depending on the type of tissue and classification of carcinoma various it was observed relation between MT expression and tumor type, stage, grade, poor prognosis and body resistance to radiotherapy and chemotherapy...
February 14, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254493/the-physiological-role-and-toxicological-significance-of-the-non-metal-selective-cadmium-copper-metallothionein-isoform-differ-between-embryonic-and-adult-helicid-snails
#19
Veronika Pedrini-Martha, Raimund Schnegg, Pierre-Emmanuel Baurand, Annette deVaufleury, Reinhard Dallinger
Metal regulation is essential for terrestrial gastropods to survive. In helicid snails, two metal-selective metallothionein (MT) isoforms with different functions are expressed. A cadmium-selective isoform (CdMT) plays a major role in Cd(2+) detoxification and stress response, whereas a copper-selective MT (CuMT) is involved in Cu homeostasis and hemocyanin synthesis. A third, non-metal-selective isoform, called Cd/CuMT, was first characterized in Cantareus aspersus. The aim of this study was to quantify the transcriptional activity of all three MT genes in unexposed and metal-exposed (Cd, Cu) embryonic Roman snails...
February 22, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252129/distinctive-hippocampal-zinc-distribution-patterns-following-stress-exposure-in-an-animal-model-of-ptsd
#20
Hagit Sela, Hagit Cohen, Zeev Karpas, Yehuda Zeiri
Emerging evidence suggests that zinc (Zn) deficiency is associated with depression and anxiety in both human and animal studies. The present study sought to assess whether there is an association between the magnitude of behavioral responses to stress and patterns of Zn distribution. The work has focused on one case study, the association between an animal model of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the Zn distribution in the rat hippocampus. Behaviors were assessed with the elevated plus-maze and acoustic startle response tests 7 days later...
March 2, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
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