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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522975/hypoxia-and-inactivity-related-physiological-changes-constipation-inflammation-are-not-reflected-at-the-level-of-gut-metabolites-and-butyrate-producing-microbial-community-the-planhab-study
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Robert Šket, Nicole Treichel, Tadej Debevec, Ola Eiken, Igor Mekjavic, Michael Schloter, Marius Vital, Jenna Chandler, James M Tiedje, Boštjan Murovec, Zala Prevoršek, Blaž Stres
We explored the assembly of intestinal microbiota in healthy male participants during the run-in (5 day) and experimental phases [21-day normoxic bed rest (NBR), hypoxic bedrest (HBR)], and hypoxic ambulation (HAmb) in a strictly controlled laboratory environment, balanced fluid, and dietary intakes, controlled circadian rhythm, microbial ambiental burden, and 24/7 medical surveillance. The fraction of inspired O2 (FiO2) and partial pressure of inspired O2 (PiO2) were 0.209 and 133.1 ± 0.3 mmHg for NBR and 0...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522711/draft-genome-sequences-of-five-brazilian-clostridium-botulinum-group-iii-type-d-c-strains
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Cédric Woudstra, Roseane B Brito, Antônio A Fonseca Júnior, Rodrigo O S Silva, Francisco C F Lobato, Patrick Fach
Animal botulism is mainly associated with Clostridium botulinum group III-producing neurotoxin types C, C/D, D, and D/C. In this report, we present the draft genome sequences of the first five strains of Clostridium botulinum type D/C isolated in Brazil and used for vaccination purposes.
May 18, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522039/injectable-and-topical-neurotoxins-in-dermatology-indications-adverse-events-and-controversies
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REVIEW
Cerrene N Giordano, Seth L Matarasso, David M Ozog
The use of neuromodulators for therapeutic and cosmetic indications has proven to be remarkably safe. While aesthetic and functional adverse events are uncommon, each anatomic region has its own set of risks of which the physician and patient must be aware before treatment. The therapeutic usages of botulinum toxins now include multiple specialties and multiple indications. New aesthetic indications have also developed, and there has been an increased utilization of combination therapies to combat the effects of global aging...
June 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522038/injectable-and-topical-neurotoxins-in-dermatology-basic-science-anatomy-and-therapeutic-agents
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REVIEW
Cerrene N Giordano, Seth L Matarasso, David M Ozog
Botulinum toxin is a potentially deadly anaerobic bacterial toxin that acts by inhibiting release of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction, thereby inhibiting contraction of the exposed striated muscle. There are currently 4 botulinum toxin preparations approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA): onabotulinumtoxin, abobotulinumtoxin, incobotulinumtoxin and rimabotulinumtoxin. While significant overlap exists, each product has unique properties and specifications, including dosing, diffusion, and storage...
June 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516259/-poisoning-caused-by-marine-biotoxins
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REVIEW
Philipp Hess
This paper presents a short summary of the knowledge on marine biotoxins. As toxins are known for their acute effects, they have been classified here according to the effects they cause in acute human poisoning incidents. Toxins may thus be distinguished into those that affect the nervous system (paralytic and other neurotoxins), memory (amnesic poisons), and the digestive system (diarrhetic toxins). Furthermore, newly emerging toxins, such as ciguatoxins or shark toxins, and factors that lead to the introduction of toxins in new areas, are presented...
May 17, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511367/neurobehavioural-changes-in-a-hemiparkinsonian-rat-model-induced-by-rotenone
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REVIEW
Sukala Puthuparambil Maniyath, Narayanan Solaiappan, Muthusamy Rathinasamy
INTRODUCTION: Rotenone, a mitochondrial complex I inhibitor is used as a neurotoxin agent to reproduce the neuropathological, and behavioural feature of Parkinson's Disease (PD) in rat. Due to acute and chronic exposure of rotenone with various doses through different routes of administration, mortality is being reported. Low dose takes a longer duration to produce PD symptoms in animals. This present study was designed to create hemiparkinsonian 'partial' lesion model by rotenone at a single moderate dose in two sites of striatum in albino rats and also to assess its toxicity by behavioural parameters and by microscopic study...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508263/new-insights-into-the-anatomy-of-the-midface-musculature-and-its-implications-on-the-nasolabial-fold
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Chelsea C Snider, Ashley N Amalfi, Lauren E Hutchinson, Nicole Z Sommer
BACKGROUND: The prominent nasolabial fold is a distinct feature of the aging midface. As minimally invasive procedures have become mainstream, chemodenervation is a preferred method for treating dynamic facial rhytids. We therefore sought to identify relevant nasolabial fold and midfacial muscular anatomy to determine the ideal location of neuromodulation to improve the aesthetics of the midface and nasolabial fold without altering the upper lip and smile. METHODS: Twelve hemifacial cadaveric dissections were performed to identify midface muscle origin, insertion, width, vector of pull, and neighboring structures...
May 15, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507604/health-related-quality-of-life-outcomes-from-botulinum-toxin-treatment-in-hemifacial-spasm
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Daniel Weiss, Justine Sturm, Leonhard Hieber, Axel Börtlein, Ingo Mayr, Matthias Appy, Benedicta Kühnler, Joachim Buchthal, Christian Dippon, Guy Arnold, Tobias Wächter
BACKGROUND: Although botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) injections may alleviate involuntary muscle contractions in hemifacial spasm substantially, it is less clear whether the motor effect would translate into improvements of health-related quality of life (HR-QoL). METHODS: In this open-label clinical observational study, we characterized outcomes on HR-QoL in terms of the EuroQol (EQ-5D-5L) from BoNT in a prospective cohort of patients with hemifacial spasm (n = 73)...
April 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503807/reducing-anti-nutritional-factor-and-enhancing-yield-with-advancing-time-of-planting-and-zinc-application-in-grasspea-in-ethiopia
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Ashutosh Sarker, Asnake Fikre, Ali M Abd El-Moneim, Hani Nakkoul, Murari Singh
BACKGROUND: Grasspea (Lathyrus sativus L.), an important pulse crop in food, feed and for sustainable crop production systems in Ethiopia. Despite its advantage on nutrition and adaptability to harsh climate and low fertile soil, it contains a neurotoxin β - N - Oxalyl α β diamiono propionic acid (β-ODAP) which paralyzes the lower limbs and is affected by genotypic and agronomic factors. The effect of zinc application and planting date on yield and β- ODAP content of two genotypes, experiments were conducted in two regions of Ethiopia...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496322/photoresponsive-nanocapsulation-of-cobra-neurotoxin-and-enhancement-of-its-central-analgesic-effects-under-red-light
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Qian Yang, Chuang Zhao, Jun Zhao, Yong Ye
Cobra neurotoxin (CNT), a peptide isolated from snake venom of Naja naja atra, shows central analgesic effects in our previous research. In order to help CNT pass through blood-brain barrier (BBB) and improve its central analgesic effects, a new kind of CNT nanocapsules were prepared by double emulsification with soybean lecithin and cholesterol as the shell, and pheophorbide as the photosensitizer added to make it photoresponsive. The analgesic effects were evaluated by hot plate test and acetic acid-induced writhing in mice...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491822/comparison-of-the-expression-changes-after-botulinum-toxin-type-a-and-minocycline-administration-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-rat-microglial-and-astroglial-cultures
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Anna Piotrowska, Katarzyna Popiolek-Barczyk, Flaminia Pavone, Joanna Mika
Botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT/A) and minocycline are potent drugs used in clinical therapies. The primary molecular mechanism of BoNT/A is the cleavage of SNARE proteins, which prevents cells from releasing neurotransmitters from vesicles, while the effects of minocycline are related to the inhibition of p38 activation. Both BoNT/A and minocycline exhibit analgesic effects, however, their direct impact on glial cells is not fully known. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to determine the effects of those drugs on microglial and astroglial activity after lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation and their potential synergistic action...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489966/acrylamide-induced-disturbance-of-the-redox-balance-in-the-chick-embryonic-brain
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Marta Batoryna, Marcin Lis, Grzegorz Formicki
This study was undertaken to determine the redox balance in the developing brain after exposure to acrylamide (ACR), a potent neurotoxin. The studies were performed using an in ovo chick embryo model. The antioxidant enzymes SOD, GPx, CAT, and reduced glutathione (GSH) were used as indicators of the redox balance. Eggs were injected with ACR doses of 40 mg kg(-1) egg mass (2.4 mg egg(-1)) on embryonic day 17 (E17). The activity of the antioxidant enzymes and the concentration of GSH were measured at E17, E18, and E19 in the medulla oblongata, cerebrum, cerebellum, and optic lobe...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489355/conjugate-of-an-igg-binding-domain-with-botulinum-neurotoxin-a-lacking-the-acceptor-moiety-targets-its-snare-protease-into-trka-expressing-cells-when-coupled-to-anti-trka-igg-or-fc-%C3%AE-ngf
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Marc Nugent, Jiafu Wang, Gary W Lawrence, Tomas Zuraswki, Joan A Geoghegan, J Oliver Dolly
Numerous naturally-occurring toxins can perturb biological systems when they invade susceptible cells. Coupling of pertinent targeting ligands to the active domains of such proteins provides a strategy for directing these to particular cellular populations implicated in disease. A novel approach described herein involved fusion of one mutated immunoglobulin G (IgG) binding moiety of staphylococcal protein A to the SNARE protease and translocation domain of botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT/A). This chimera could be monovalently coupled to IgG or via its Fc region to recombinant targeting ligands...
May 10, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488367/chemosensitive-phox2b-expressing-neurons-are-crucial-for-hypercapnic-ventilatory-response-in-the-nucleus-tractus-solitarius
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Congrui Fu, Jinyu Xue, Ri Wang, Jinting Chen, Lan Ma, Yixian Liu, Xuejiao Wang, Fang Guo, Yi Zhang, Xiangjian Zhang, Sheng Wang
The nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) neurons have been thought to function as central respiratory chemoreceptors. However, it remains unknown regarding the common molecular marker defined for these neurons. Here we ask whether paired-like homeobox 2b (Phox2b)-expressing NTS neurons are recruited in hypercapnic ventilatory response (HCVR) and whether these neurons exhibit intrinsic chemosensitivity. HCVR was assessed using whole body plethysmography and neuronal chemosensitivity was examined by patch clamp recordings in brainstem slices or dissociated neurons from Phox2b-EGFP transgenic mice...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487145/unmasking-efavirenz-neurotoxicity-time-matters-to-the-underlying-mechanisms
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Nádia M Grilo, M João Correia, Joana P Miranda, Madalena Cipriano, Jacinta Serpa, M Matilde Marques, Emília C Monteiro, Alexandra M M Antunes, Lucília N Diogo, Sofia A Pereira
Efavirenz is an anti-HIV drug that presents relevant short- and long-term central nervous system adverse reactions. Its main metabolite (8-hydroxy-efavirenz) was demonstrated to be a more potent neurotoxin than efavirenz itself. This work was aimed to understand how efavirenz biotransformation to 8-hydroxy-efavirenz is related to its short- and long-term neuro-adverse reactions. To access those mechanisms, the expression and activity of Cyp2b enzymes as well as the thiolomic signature (low molecular weight thiols plus S-thiolated proteins) were longitudinally evaluated in the hepatic and brain tissues of rats exposed to efavirenz during 10 and 36days...
May 6, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486408/fabrication-of-a-novel-highly-sensitive-and-selective-immunosensor-for-botulinum-neurotoxin-serotype-a-based-on-an-effective-platform-of-electrosynthesized-gold-nanodendrites-chitosan-nanoparticles
#16
Rahim Sorouri, Hasan Bagheri, Abbas Afkhami, Jafar Salimian
In this work, a novel nanocomposite consisting of electrosynthesized gold nanodendrites and chitosan nanoparticles (AuNDs/CSNPs) has been prepared to fabricate an impedimetric immunosensor based on a screen printed carbon electrode (SPCE) for the rapid and sensitive immunoassay of botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT/A). BoNT/A polyclonal antibody was immobilized on the nanocomposite-modified SPCE for the signal amplification. The structure of the prepared nanocomposite was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry (CV), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)...
May 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485581/electrochemical-sensing-of-neurotoxic-agents-based-on-their-electron-transfer-promotion-effect-on-an-au-electrode
#17
Hiroshi Shimada, Shiori Noguchi, Masahiro Yamamoto, Katsuhiko Nishiyama, Yusuke Kitamura, Toshihiro Ihara
An electrochemical molecular sensor based on a new principle is reported. Nereistoxin (NRT, 4-N,N-dimethylamino-1,2-dithiolane), a naturally occurring neurotoxin (nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist), was adsorbed on an Au electrode via Au-S covalent bonding and accelerated the electron transfer between the electrode and the marker, ferricyanide anion. The contrast between the electrochemical responses obtained with the bare and NRT-modified Au electrodes was more pronounced at a low ionic strength of the supporting electrolyte, KCl...
May 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480944/interdisciplinary-spasticity-management-clinic-outcomes-using-the-goal-attainment-scale-a-retrospective-chart-review
#18
Amy Hanlan, Patricia Mills, Rachel Lipson, Heather Finlayson
OBJECTIVE: To generate practice-based evidence of outcomes in an interdisciplinary spasticity management clinic using practical application of the Goal Attainment Scale (GAS). DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. PATIENTS: A total of 225 adult patients who were referred for spasticity management at a tertiary rehabilitation hospital and returned for follow-up between 2010 and 2013. METHODS: GAS scores were determined for all patients...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478837/the-spread-of-ebv-to-ectopic-lymphoid-aggregates-may-be-the-final-common-pathway-in-the-pathogenesis-of-me-cfs
#19
Willy Eriksen
According to the hypothesis presented here, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) develops over 3 steps: Step 1 is characterized by the aggregation of lymphoid cells in dorsal root ganglia or other nervous structures. The cause of this formation of ectopic lymphoid aggregates may be an acute infection, asymptomatic reactivations of a common neurotropic virus, exposure to a neurotoxin, or physical injury to peripheral nerves. In step 2, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-infected lymphocytes or monocytes bring EBV from the circulation to one or several of these lymphoid aggregates, whereupon cell-to-cell transmission of EBV and proliferation of latently EBV-infected lymphocytes lead to the presence of many EBV-infected cells in the lymphoid aggregates...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476572/venomics-of-bungarus-caeruleus-indian-krait-comparable-venom-profiles-variable-immunoreactivities-among-specimens-from-sri-lanka-india-and-pakistan
#20
Angeline Mei Feng Oh, Choo Hock Tan, Gnanathasan Christeine Ariaranee, Naeem Quraishi, Nget Hong Tan
The Indian krait (Bungarus caeruleus) is one of the "Big Four" venomous snakes widely distributed in South Asia. The present venomic study reveals that its venom (Sri Lankan origin) is predominated by phospholipases A2 (68.2% of total proteins), in which at least 8.3% are presynaptically-acting β-bungarotoxins. Three-finger toxins (19.0%) are the second most abundant, comprising 15.6% κ-neurotoxins, the potent postsynaptically-acting long neurotoxins. Comparative chromatography showed that venom samples from Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan did not exhibit significant variation...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
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