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Mongkon Charoenpitakchai, Kulachet Wiwatwarayos, Nattapon Jaisupa, Muhamad Rusdi Ahmad Rusmili, Supachoke Mangmool, Wayne C Hodgson, Chetana Ruangpratheep, Lawan Chanhome, Janeyuth Chaisakul
Background: Envenoming by kraits (genus Bungarus ) is a medically significant issue in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Malayan krait ( Bungarus candidus ) venom is known to contain highly potent neurotoxins. In recent years, there have been reports on the non-neurotoxic activities of krait venom that include myotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. However, research on such non-neurotoxicity activities of Malayan krait venom is extremely limited. Thus, the aim of the present study was to determine the myotoxic, cytotoxic and nephrotoxic activities of B...
2018: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
Simon Pouil, Rachel J Clausing, Marc Metian, Paco Bustamante, Marie-Yasmine Dechraoui Bottein
Essential nutrients are critical for physiological processes of organisms. In fish, they are obtained primarily from the diet, and their transfer and accumulation are known to be impacted by environmental variables such as water temperature, pH and salinity, as well as by diet composition and matrices. Yet, prey items consumed by fish may also contain toxic compounds such as marine toxins associated with harmful algae. These biotoxins have the potential to affect essential trace element assimilation in fish through chemical interactions such as the formation of trace element-toxin complexes or by affecting general fish physiology as in the modification of ion-specific transport pathways...
March 5, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Matthijs J van Haren, Martin G Thomas, Davide Sartini, David J Barlow, David B Ramsden, Monica Emanuelli, Fábio Klamt, Nathaniel I Martin, Richard B Parsons
The N-methylation of 4-phenylpyridine produces the neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP+). We investigated the kinetics of 4-phenylpyridine N-methylation by nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) and its effect upon 4-phenylpyridine toxicity in vitro. Human recombinant NNMT possessed 4-phenylpyridine N-methyltransferase activity, with a specific activity of 1.7 ± 0.03 nmol MPP+ produced/h/mg NNMT. Although the Km for 4-phenylpyridine was similar to that reported for nicotinamide, its kcat of 9...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Xueying Wang, Ksenia V Kastanenka, Michal Arbel-Ornath, Caitlin Commins, Akira Kuzuya, Amanda J Lariviere, Grant A Krafft, Franz Hefti, Jasna Jerecic, Brian J Bacskai
Soluble amyloid β oligomers (AβOs) are widely recognized neurotoxins that trigger aberrant signaling in specific subsets of neurons, leading to accumulated neuronal damage and memory disorders in Alzheimer's disease (AD). One of the profound downstream consequences of AβO-triggered events is dysregulation of cytosolic calcium concentration ([Ca2+ ]i ), which has been implicated in synaptic failure, cytoskeletal abnormalities, and eventually neuronal death. We have developed an in vitro/in vivo drug screening assay to evaluate putative AβO-blocking candidates by measuring AβO-induced real-time changes in [Ca2+ ]i ...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Geoffrey Masuyer, Sicai Zhang, Sulyman Barkho, Yi Shen, Linda Henriksson, Sara Košenina, Min Dong, Pål Stenmark
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are among the most potent toxins known and are also used to treat an increasing number of medical disorders. There are seven well-established serotypes (BoNT/A-G), which all act as zinc-dependent endopeptidases targeting specific members of the SNARE proteins required for synaptic vesicle exocytosis in neurons. A new toxin serotype, BoNT/X, was recently identified. It cleaves not only the canonical targets, vesicle associated membrane proteins (VAMP) 1/2/3 at a unique site, but also has the unique ability to cleave VAMP4/5 and Ykt6...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Franziska Wedekind, Angela Oskamp, Markus Lang, Alexander Hawlitschka, Karl Zilles, Andreas Wree, Andreas Bauer
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May 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Beth Grimmig, Lauren Daly, Meena Subbarayan, Ched Hudson, Robert Williamson, Kevin Nash, Paula C Bickford
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and prevalence increases with age. Normal physiological changes that occur during the aging process reflect the pathological characteristics of Parkinson's disease. It is also recognized that age related changes significantly interact with the pathological mechanisms that underlie the neurodegeneration in PD and perpetuate the disease process. Despite the fact that aging is considered to be a primary risk factor for developing PD, the use of aged animal models are still under-utilized in pre-clinical research, thus reducing the translatability of experimental findings...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Karissa L Cross, Payal Chirania, Weili Xiong, Clifford J Beall, James G Elkins, Richard J Giannone, Ann L Griffen, Adam M Guss, Robert L Hettich, Snehal S Joshi, Elaine M Mokrzan, Roman K Martin, Igor B Zhulin, Eugene J Leys, Mircea Podar
The human oral microbiota encompasses representatives of many bacterial lineages that have not yet been cultured. Here we describe the isolation and characterization of previously uncultured Desulfobulbus oralis , the first human-associated representative of its genus. As mammalian-associated microbes rarely have free-living close relatives, D. oralis provides opportunities to study how bacteria adapt and evolve within a host. This sulfate-reducing deltaproteobacterium has adapted to the human oral subgingival niche by curtailing its physiological repertoire, losing some biosynthetic abilities and metabolic independence, and by dramatically reducing environmental sensing and signaling capabilities...
March 13, 2018: MBio
Hussain N Alhamami, Md Main Uddin, A S M Hasan Mahmood, Karen P Briski
The hypothalamic energy sensor adenosine 5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), an important regulator of counter-regulatory responses to hypoglycemia, responds to pharmacological manipulation of hindbrain AMPK activity. Dorsomedial hindbrain A2 noradrenergic neurons express hypoglycemia-sensitive metabolo-sensory biomarkers, including AMPK. Here, adult male rats were pretreated by intra-caudal fourth ventricular administration of the selective neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) to determine if catecholamine signaling from the aforesaid site governs hypothalamic AMPK activation during insulin-induced hypoglycemia (IIH)...
March 10, 2018: Neuroscience
Claude Rouillard, Joanie Baillargeon, Brigitte Paquet, Michel St-Hilaire, Jérôme Maheux, Catherine Lévesque, Noémie Darlix, Simon Majeur, Daniel Lévesque
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an idiopathic progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the loss of midbrain dopamine neurons. Levodopa (l-dopa) is the main pharmacological approach to relieve PD motor symptoms. However, chronic treatment with l-Dopa is inevitably associated with the generation of abnormal involuntary movements (l-Dopa-induced dyskinesia). We have previously shown that Nr4a1 (Nur77), a transcription factor of the nuclear receptor family, is closely associated with dopamine neurotransmission in the mature brain...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Neurology
Paula Pierozan, Marie Andersson, Ingvar Brandt, Oskar Karlsson
The environmental neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) is a glutamate receptor agonist that can induce oxidative stress and has been implicated as a possible risk factor for neurodegenerative disease. Detection of BMAA in mussels, crustaceans and fish, illustrates that the sources of human exposure to this toxin are more abundant than previously anticipated. The aim of this study was to determine uptake of BMAA in the pineal gland and subsequent effects on melatonin production in primary pinealocyte cultures and a rat model...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
Xiaoxu Chen, Xiaoke Nie, Jiamin Mao, Yan Zhang, Kaizhi Yin, Shengyang Jiang
Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS)-containing compounds are widely used in all aspects of industrial and consumer products. Recent studies indicated that PFOS is ubiquitous in environments and is considered to be a new type of persistent organic pollutant (POP). This has raised concerns regarding its adverse effects on human health. The nervous system is regarded as a sensitive target of environmental contaminants, including PFOS. Previous findings showed that PFOS can induce neurobehavioral deficits. However, the molecular mechanism underlying PFOS neurotoxicity remains obscure...
March 8, 2018: Neurotoxicology
P A Caro Aponte, C A Otálora, J C Guzmán, L F Turner, J P Alcázar, E L Mayorga
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterised by motor alterations, which are commonly treated with L-DOPA. However, long-term L-DOPA use may cause dyskinesia. Although the pathogenic mechanism of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia is unclear, the condition has been associated with alterations in dopamine receptors, among which D2 receptors (D2R) have received little attention. This study aims to: (i)develop and standardise an experimental model of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in rats with hemiparkinsonism; and (ii)evaluate the correlation between D2R expression and presence of abnormal involuntary movements (AIM)...
March 7, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
Rakesh Kumar, Subhadeep Das, Ganesh M Mohite, Saroj K Rout, Saayak Halder, Narendra Nath Jha, Soumik Ray, Surabhi Mehra, Vipin Agarwal, Samir K Maji
α-synuclein (α-Syn) aggregation is associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) pathogenesis. In PD, the role of oligomer versus fibrils in neuronal cell death is debatable but recent studies suggest oligomers are a proximate neurotoxin. Here, we show that soluble α-Syn monomers convert from solution to gel state on incubation at high concentration that might be relevant to PD-associated local increase in α-Syn concentration. A detailed characterization of the gel showed co-existence of monomers, oligomers and short fibrils...
March 10, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
N A Vasilyeva, E V Loktyushov, M L Bychkov, Z O Shenkarev, E N Lyukmanova
The discovery in higher animals of proteins from the Ly6/uPAR family, which have structural homology with snake "three-finger" neurotoxins, has generated great interest in these molecules and their role in the functioning of the organism. These proteins have been found in the nervous, immune, endocrine, and reproductive systems of mammals. There are two types of the Ly6/uPAR proteins: those associated with the cell membrane by GPI-anchor and secreted ones. For some of them (Lynx1, SLURP-1, SLURP-2, Lypd6), as well as for snake α-neurotoxins, the target of action is nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which are widely represented in the central and peripheral nervous systems, and in many other tissues, including epithelial cells and the immune system...
December 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
A C Bennett, A Van Camp, V López, C Smith
The link between obesity-induced systemic inflammation and decreased insulin signalling is well-known. It is also known that peripherally produced inflammatory cytokines can cross the blood-brain barrier, resulting in the release of neurotoxins that can ultimately lead to the demise of central nervous system integrity. A high-mesembrine Sceletium tortuosum extract was recently shown to possess cytoprotective and mild anti-inflammatory properties in monocytes and to target specific p450 enzymes to reduce adrenal glucocorticoid synthesis...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
Feixia Zheng, Xiuyun Ye, Xulai Shi, Neha Devi Poonit, Zhongdong Lin
The use of botulinum neurotoxin serotype A (BoNT-A) injections for the treatment of orofacial dyskinesia secondary to anti- N -methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is rarely reported. Here, we report a case of an urgent, successful management of severe orofacial dyskinesia in an 8-year-old girl with anti-NMDAR encephalitis using BoNT-A injection. The patient presented with de novo unilateral paroxysmal movement disorder progressing to generalized dystonia and repetitive orofacial dyskinesia. Diagnosis was confirmed by the presence of NMDAR antibodies in serum and cerebrospinal fluid...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Lianzi He, Yuanyuan Deng, Jianmei Gao, Lingrong Zeng, Qihai Gong
BACKGROUND: Excitotoxicity is extensively recognized as a major pathological process of neuronal death and has been proved to play a key role in Alzheimer's disease (AD). ICS II, a flavonoid compound from Herba Epimedii Maxim, is attracting great interests due to its neuroprotective properties. PURPOSE: The present study was aimed to explore the effects of ICS II on cognitive dysfunction and apoptotic response induced by excitatory neurotoxin ibotenic acid (IBO) injection in rats...
March 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Jose Manuel Leão, Antonio Lozano-Leon, Jorge Giráldez, Óscar Vilariño, Ana Gago-Martínez
Tetrodotoxins (TTX) are a potent group of natural neurotoxins putatively produced by symbiotic microorganisms and affecting the aquatic environment. These neurotoxins have been recently found in some species of bivalves and gastropods along the European Coasts (Greece, UK, and The Netherlands) linked to the presence of high concentrations of Vibrio , in particular Vibrio parahaemolyticus . This study is focused on the evaluation of the presence of Vibrio species and TTX in bivalves (mussels, oysters, cockles, clams, scallops, and razor clams) from Galician Rias (northwest of Spain)...
March 6, 2018: Marine Drugs
Teresa Mann, Jens Kurth, Alexander Hawlitschka, Jan Stenzel, Tobias Lindner, Stefan Polei, Alexander Hohn, Bernd J Krause, Andreas Wree
Intrastriatal injection of botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT-A) results in improved motor behavior of hemiparkinsonian (hemi-PD) rats, an animal model for Parkinson's disease. The caudate-putamen (CPu), as the main input nucleus of the basal ganglia loop, is fundamentally involved in motor function and directly interacts with the dopaminergic system. To determine receptor-mediated explanations for the BoNT-A effect, we analyzed the dopamine D₂/D₃ receptor (D₂/D₃R) in the CPu of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced hemi-PD rats by [18 F]fallypride-PET/CT scans one, three, and six months post-BoNT-A or -sham-BoNT-A injection...
March 6, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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