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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332269/behavioral-biochemical-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-parkinson-s-disease-mouse-model-using-the-neurotoxin-2-ch3-mptp-a-novel-approach
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Alice Laschuk Herlinger, Agihane Rodrigues Almeida, Sarah Martins Presti-Silva, Evaldo Vitor Pereira, Filipe Andrich, Rita Gomes Wanderley Pires, Cristina Martins-Silva
The neurotoxin MPTP has long been used to create a mouse model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Indeed, several MPTP analogues have been developed, including 2'-CH3-MPTP, which was shown to induce nigrostriatal DA neuronal depletion more potently than MPTP. However, no study on behavioral and molecular alterations in response to 2'-CH3-MPTP has been carried out so far. In the present work, 2'-CH3-MPTP was administered to mice (2.5, 5.0 and 10 mg/kg per injection, once a day, 5 days) and histological, biochemical, molecular and behavioral alterations were evaluated...
January 13, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332140/identification-of-cross-reactive-antigens-of-c-botulinum-types-a-b-e-f-by-immunoproteomic-approach
#2
Arti Sharma, Sarkaraisamy Ponmariappan, Rani Sarita, Syed Imtiaz Alam, Dev Vrat Kamboj, Sangeeta Shukla
Diseases triggered by microorganisms can be controlled by vaccines, which need neutralizing antigens. Hence, it is very crucial to identify extremely efficient immunogens for immune prevention. Botulism, a fatal neuroparalytic disease, is caused by botulinum neurotoxins produced by the anaerobic, Gram-positive spore-forming bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. Food-borne botulism and iatrogenic botulism are caused by botulinum toxin. Wound botulism, infant botulism, and adult intestinal botulism are caused by primarily C...
January 13, 2018: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331395/tyrosine-hydroxylase-as-a-sentinel-for-central-and-peripheral-tissue-responses-in-parkinson-s-progression-evidence-from-clinical-studies-and-neurotoxin-models
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M E Johnson, M F Salvatore, S A Maiolo, L Bobrovskaya
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disease worldwide. While the typical motor symptoms of PD are well known, the lesser known non-motor symptoms can also greatly impact the patient's quality of life. These symptoms often appear before motor impairment, therefore identifying biomarkers that may predict PD risk or pathology has been a major and challenging endeavour. Given that the loss of dopamine, and its rate-limiting enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) occurs in PD, the expression and accompanying post-translational changes in TH during PD progression could yield insight into the disruption of cellular signalling occurring in the CNS, and also in peripheral tissues wherein catecholamine function plays a role...
January 10, 2018: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329419/a-single-mutation-unlocks-cascading-exaptations-in-the-origin-of-a-potent-pitviper-neurotoxin
#4
A Carl Whittington, Andrew J Mason, Darin R Rokyta
Evolutionary innovations and complex phenotypes seemingly require an improbable amount of genetic change to evolve. Rattlesnakes display two dramatically different venom phenotypes. Type I venoms are hemorrhagic with low systemic toxicity and high expression of tissue-destroying snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMP). Type II venoms are highly neurotoxic and lack SVMP expression and associated hemorrhagic activity. This dichotomy hinges on Mojave toxin (MTx), a phospholipase A2 (PLA2) based ᵝ-neurotoxin expressed in Type II venoms...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327231/loading-of-the-condylar-cartilage-can-rescue-the-effects-of-botox-on-tmj
#5
Eliane H Dutra, Mara H O'Brien, Candice Logan, Aditya Tadinada, Ravindra Nanda, Sumit Yadav
The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether the effects of botulinum neurotoxin (botox) injection into the masseter in the mandibular condylar cartilage (MCC) and subchondral bone could be rescued by compressive loading of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Twenty-four 6-week-old female mice (C57BL/6J) were used. Mice were divided in three groups: (1) Botox (n = 8); (2) Botox plus loading (n = 8); (3) Pure control (n = 8). Bone labels (3 and 1 day before sacrifice) and the proliferation marker EdU (2 and 1 day before sacrifice) were intraperitoneally injected into all groups of mice...
January 11, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326295/randomised-controlled-trial-of-escitalopram-for-cervical-dystonia-with-dystonic-jerks-tremor
#6
Evelien Zoons, Jan Booij, Catherine C S Delnooz, Joke M Dijk, Yasmine E M Dreissen, Johannes H T M Koelman, Sandra M A van der Salm, Matej Skorvanek, Marenka Smit, Majid Aramideh, Henriette Bienfait, Agnita J W Boon, Jeroen W M Brans, Edo Hoogerwaard, Ad Hovestadt, Daan J Kamphuis, Alexander G Munts, Johannes D Speelman, Marina A J Tijssen
OBJECTIVE: Trials for additional or alternative treatments for cervical dystonia (CD) are scarce since the introduction of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT). We performed the first trial to investigate whether dystonic jerks/tremor in patients with CD respond to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) escitalopram. METHODS: In a randomised, double-blind, crossover trial, patients with CD received escitalopram and placebo for 6 weeks. Treatment with BoNT was continued, and scores on rating scales regarding dystonia, psychiatric symptoms and quality of life (QoL) were compared...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324084/protein-association-of-%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-in-triticum-aestivum-via-irrigation
#7
Valeska Contardo-Jara, Torsten Schwanemann, Maranda Esterhuizen-Londt, Stephan Pflugmacher
Bioaccumulation of several cyanotoxins has been observed in numerous food webs. More recently, the neurotoxic, non-proteinogenic amino acid β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) was shown to biomagnify in marine food webs. It was thus necessary to assess whether a human exposure risk via a terrestrial food source could exist. As shown for other cyanotoxins, spray irrigation of crop plants with cyanobacterial bloom-contaminated surface water poses the risk of toxin transfer into edible plant parts. Therefore, in the present study, we evaluated a possible transfer of BMAA via spray irrigation into the seeds of one of the world's most widely cultivated crop plants, Triticum aestivum...
January 11, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322929/ontology-based-systematic-representation-and-analysis-of-traditional-chinese-drugs-against-rheumatism
#8
Qingping Liu, Jiahao Wang, Yan Zhu, Yongqun He
BACKGROUND: Rheumatism represents any disease condition marked with inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, or connective tissues. Many traditional Chinese drugs have been used for a long time to treat rheumatism. However, a comprehensive information source for these drugs is still missing, and their anti-rheumatism mechanisms remain unclear. An ontology for anti-rheumatism traditional Chinese drugs would strongly support the representation, analysis, and understanding of these drugs...
December 21, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321692/geobacteraceae-are-important-members-of-mercury-methylating-microbial-communities-of-sediments-impacted-by-waste-water-releases
#9
Andrea G Bravo, Jakob Zopfi, Moritz Buck, Jingying Xu, Stefan Bertilsson, Jeffra K Schaefer, John Poté, Claudia Cosio
Microbial mercury (Hg) methylation in sediments can result in bioaccumulation of the neurotoxin methylmercury (MMHg) in aquatic food webs. Recently, the discovery of the gene hgcA, required for Hg methylation, revealed that the diversity of Hg methylators is much broader than previously thought. However, little is known about the identity of Hg-methylating microbial organisms and the environmental factors controlling their activity and distribution in lakes. Here, we combined high-throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA and hgcA genes with the chemical characterization of sediments impacted by a waste water treatment plant that releases significant amounts of organic matter and iron...
January 10, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321590/six-domoic-acid-related-compounds-from-the-red-alga-chondria-armata-and-domoic-acid-biosynthesis-by-the-diatom-pseudo-nitzschia-multiseries
#10
Yukari Maeno, Yuichi Kotaki, Ryuta Terada, Yuko Cho, Keiichi Konoki, Mari Yotsu-Yamashita
Domoic acid (DA, 1), a potent neurotoxin that causes amnesic shellfish poisoning, has been found in diatoms and red algae. While biosynthetic pathway towards DA from geranyl diphosphate and L-glutamate has been previously proposed, its late stage is still unclear. Here, six novel DA related compounds, 7'-methyl-isodomoic acid A (2) and B (3), N-geranyl-L-glutamic acid (4), 7'-hydroxymethyl-isodomoic acid A (5) and B (6), and N-geranyl-3(R)-hydroxy-L-glutamic acid (7), were isolated from the red alga, Chondria armata, and their structures were determined...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320587/a-randomized-study-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-skin-rejuvenation-therapy-in-combination-with-neurotoxin-and-full-facial-filler-treatments
#11
Steven H Dayan, Thuy-Van T Ho, Jonathan T Bacos, Nimit D Gandhi, Arjun Kalbag, Selika Gutierrez-Borst
<p>BACKGROUND: Although non-surgical treatment options for facial rejuvenation are well-established, the literature remains limited regarding the combined effect of topical skin treatment with filler and neurotoxin on patient appearance and satisfaction. The objectives of this study were to assess the impact of a skin rejuvenation therapy in combination with neurotoxin or hyaluronic acid filler injection on skin quality and general aesthetic improvement as well as on short-term self-esteem.</p> <p>METHODS: From 2015 to 2017, 20 female patients were enrolled in our study and were randomized into two groups...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315143/predictive-techniques-for-neurotoxin-outcomes
#12
Liza Brown, Drew Taylor, Eduardo Weiss
BACKGROUND: Botulinum-derived neurotoxins have become a substantial tool in dermatologists' armamentarium for facial/neck rejuvenation. Current literature discusses anatomical "danger zones" to avoid during neurotoxin injection to prevent brow ptosis, blepharoptosis, and lower facial ptosis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether lidocaine 1% local anesthetic can be used to predict botulinum toxin treatment outcomes and prevent adverse effects of unwanted paralysis...
January 8, 2018: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313219/neurotoxins-as-preclinical-models-for-parkinson-s-disease
#13
Juan Segura-Aguilar
Translational medicine is one of the major concerns in this century. While significant advances have been made with scientific knowledge, the translation of their promising results has not led to any new therapies. In Parkinson's disease, a long list of clinical studies, based on preclinical models with exogenous neurotoxins, has failed. Therefore, the aim of this opinion paper is to open discussion about preclinical models for Parkinson's disease based on neurotoxins.
January 8, 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310663/%C3%AE-synuclein-accumulation-and-gba-deficiency-due-to-l444p-gba-mutation-contributes-to-mptp-induced-parkinsonism
#14
Seung Pil Yun, Donghoon Kim, Sangjune Kim, SangMin Kim, Senthilkumar S Karuppagounder, Seung-Hwan Kwon, Saebom Lee, Tae-In Kam, Suhyun Lee, Sangwoo Ham, Jae Hong Park, Valina L Dawson, Ted M Dawson, Yunjong Lee, Han Seok Ko
BACKGROUND: Mutations in glucocerebrosidase (GBA) cause Gaucher disease (GD) and increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD) and Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). Since both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the pathogenesis of sporadic PD, we investigated the susceptibility of nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) neurons in L444P GBA heterozygous knock-in (GBA +/L444P ) mice to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), a selective dopaminergic mitochondrial neurotoxin...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309744/differential-endopeptidase-activity-of-different-forms-of-type-a-botulinum-neurotoxin-a-unique-relationship-between-the-size-of-the-substrate-and-activity-of-the-enzyme
#15
Ghuncha Ambrin, Raj Kumar, Bal Ram Singh
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs; serotypes A-G) are metalloproteases, which cleave and inactivate cellular proteins essential for neurotransmitter release. In bacterial cultures, BoNTs are secreted as a complex of the neurotoxin and a group of neurotoxin associated proteins (NAPs). Under physiological condition (pH 7.4), this complex is believed to be dissociated to separate the neurotoxin from NAPs. BoNT consists of a 50 kDa light (L) chain (LC or catalytic domain) and a 100 kDa heavy (H) chain (or HC) linked through a disulfide bond and other non-covalent interactions...
January 5, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307477/enhancing-toxin-based-vaccines-against-botulism
#16
Amanda Przedpelski, William H Tepp, Madison Zuverink, Eric A Johnson, Sabine Pellet, Joseph T Barbieri
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNT) are the most toxic proteins for humans. BoNTs are single chain proteins with an N-terminal light chain (LC) and a C-terminal heavy chain (HC). HC comprises a translocation domain (HCN) and a receptor binding domain (HCC). Currently, there are no approved vaccines against botulism. This study tests a recombinant, full-length BoNT/A1 versus LCHCN/A1 and HCC/A1 as vaccine candidates against botulism. Recombinant, full-length BoNT/A1 was detoxified by engineering 3-amino acid mutations (E224A/R363A/Y366F) (M-BoNT/A1) into the LC to eliminate catalytic activity, which reduced toxicity in a mouse model of botulism by >106-fold relative to native BoNT/A1...
January 4, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303983/a-dipteran-s-novel-sucker-punch-evolution-of-arthropod-atypical-venom-with-a-neurotoxic-component-in-robber-flies-asilidae-diptera
#17
Stephan Holger Drukewitz, Nico Fuhrmann, Eivind A B Undheim, Alexander Blanke, Julien Giribaldi, Rosanna Mary, Guillaume Laconde, Sébastien Dutertre, Björn Marcus von Reumont
Predatory robber flies (Diptera, Asilidae) have been suspected to be venomous due to their ability to overpower well-defended prey. However, details of their venom composition and toxin arsenal remained unknown. Here, we provide a detailed characterization of the venom system of robber flies through the application of comparative transcriptomics, proteomics and functional morphology. Our results reveal asilid venoms to be dominated by peptides and non-enzymatic proteins, and that the majority of components in the crude venom is represented by just ten toxin families, which we have named Asilidin1-10...
January 5, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301587/foodborne-botulism-due-to-ingestion-of-home-canned-green-beans-two-case-reports
#18
Dorothea Hellmich, Katja E Wartenberg, Stephan Zierz, Tobias J Mueller
BACKGROUND: Foodborne botulism is a life-threatening, rapidly progressive disease. It has an incidence of less than 10 cases per year in Germany and mostly affects several previously healthy people at the same time. The only specific treatment is the administration of botulism antitoxin. According to the German guidelines administration of antitoxin is recommended only in the first 24 hours after oral ingestion of the toxin. CASE PRESENTATION: A 47-year-old white woman and her 51-year-old white husband presented with paralysis of multiple cranial nerves and rapidly descending paralysis approximately 72 hours after ingestion of home-canned beans...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301317/correction-of-malocclusion-by-botulinum-neurotoxin-injection-into-masticatory-muscles
#19
REVIEW
Hyun Seok, Seong-Gon Kim
Botulinum toxin (BTX) is a neurotoxin, and its injection in masticatory muscles induces muscle weakness and paralysis. This paralytic effect of BTX induces growth retardation of the maxillofacial bones, changes in dental eruption and occlusion state, and facial asymmetry. Using masticatory muscle paralysis and its effect via BTX, BTX can be used for the correction of malocclusion after orthognathic surgery and mandible fracture. The paralysis of specific masticatory muscles by BTX injection reduces the tensional force to the mandible and prevents relapse and changes in dental occlusion...
January 2, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295601/identification-of-immunoreactive-peptides-of-toxins-to-simultaneously-assess-the-neutralization-potency-of-antivenoms-against-neurotoxicity-and-cytotoxicity-of-naja-atra-venom
#20
Bin-Sin Liu, Wen-Guey Wu, Min-Han Lin, Chi-Han Li, Bo-Rong Jiang, Suh-Chin Wu, Chih-Hsiang Leng, Wang-Chou Sung
Assessing the neutralization capability of nonlethal but medically relevant toxins in venom has been a challenging task. Nowadays, neutralization efficacy is evaluated based simply on the survival rates of animals injected with antivenom together with a predefined dose of venom, which can determine potency against neurotoxicity but not validate the capability to neutralize cytotoxin-induced complications. In this study, a high correlation with in-vivo and in-vitro neutralization assays was established using the immunoreactive peptides identified from short-chain neurotoxin and cytotoxin A3...
December 25, 2017: Toxins
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