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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224711/ratiometric-photoacoustic-molecular-imaging-for-methylmercury-detection-in-living-subjects
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Yi Liu, Sheng Wang, Ying Ma, Jing Lin, Hai-Yan Wang, Yueqing Gu, Xiaoyuan Chen, Peng Huang
Photoacoustic molecular imaging is an emerging and promising diagnostic tool for heavy metal ions detection. Methylmercury (MeHg(+) ) is one of the most potent neurotoxins, which damages the brain and nervous system of human beings through fish consumption. The development of a selective and sensitive method for MeHg(+) detection is highly desirable. In this Communication, we develope a chemoselective photoacoustic sensor (LP-hCy7) composed of the liposome (LP) and MeHg(+) -responsive near-infrared (NIR) cyanine dye (hCy7) for MeHg(+) detection within living subjects, such as zebrafish and mouse...
February 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224710/extended-low-dose-exposure-to-saxitoxin-inhibits-neurite-outgrowth-in-model-neuronal-cells
#2
Katie O'Neill, Ian F Musgrave, Andrew Humpage
The potent neurotoxin saxitoxin (STX) belongs to a group of structurally related analogues produced by both marine and freshwater phytoplankton. The toxins act by blocking voltage-gated sodium channels stopping the inflow of sodium ions and the generation of action potentials. Exposure from marine sources occurs as a result of consuming shellfish which have concentrated the toxins, and freshwater exposure can occur from drinking water although there have been no acute poisonings from the latter source to date...
November 7, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223141/activation-of-melatonin-receptor-mt1-2-promotes-p-gp-transporter-in-methamphetamine-induced-toxicity-on-primary-rat-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells
#3
Pichaya Jumnongprakhon, Sivanan Sivasinprasasn, Piyarat Govitrapong, Chainarong Tocharus, Jiraporn Tocharus
Melatonin has been known as a neuroprotective agent for the central nervous system (CNS) and the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which is the primary structure that comes into contact with several neurotoxins including methamphetamine (METH). Previous studies have reported that the activation of melatonin receptors (MT1/2) by melatonin could protect against METH-induced toxicity in brain endothelial cells via several mechanisms. However, its effects on the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) transporter, the active efflux pump involved in cell homeostasis, are still unclear...
February 18, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222813/comparative-speed-of-kill-of-sarolaner-simparica-%C3%A2-and-afoxolaner-nexgard-%C3%A2-against-induced-infestations-of-ixodes-holocyclus-on-dogs
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Raj Packianathan, Andrew Hodge, Natalie Bruellke, Kylie Davis, Steven Maeder
BACKGROUND: The Australian paralysis tick, Ixodes holocyclus, causes paralysis predominantly in dogs and cats in the Eastern coastal regions of Australia. Rapid onset of effect of a parasiticide is critical to minimize the deleterious effects of these tick infestations, especially tick paralysis caused by the salivary neurotoxin. The speed of kill of a novel orally administered isoxazoline parasiticide, sarolaner chewable tablets (Simparica(®)), against I. holocyclus on dogs was evaluated and compared with afoxolaner (NexGard(®)) for 5 weeks after a single oral dose...
February 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220863/engineering-botulinum-neurotoxin-c1-as-a-molecular-vehicle-for-intra-neuronal-drug-delivery
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Edwin J Vazquez-Cintron, Phillip H Beske, Luis Tenezaca, Bao Q Tran, Jonathan M Oyler, Elliot J Glotfelty, Christopher A Angeles, Aurelia Syngkon, Jean Mukherjee, Suzanne R Kalb, Philip A Band, Patrick M McNutt, Charles B Shoemaker, Konstantin Ichtchenko
Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) binds to and internalizes its light chain into presynaptic compartments with exquisite specificity. While the native toxin is extremely lethal, bioengineering of BoNT has the potential to eliminate toxicity without disrupting neuron-specific targeting, thereby creating a molecular vehicle capable of delivering therapeutic cargo into the neuronal cytosol. Building upon previous work, we have developed an atoxic derivative (ad) of BoNT/C1 through rationally designed amino acid substitutions in the metalloprotease domain of wild type (wt) BoNT/C1...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215578/mfn2-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-exposed-to-paraquat-both-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-implications-for-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Fanpeng Zhao, Wenzhang Wang, Chunyu Wang, Sandra L Siedlak, Hisashi Fujioka, Beisha Tang, Xiongwei Zhu
Mitochondrial dynamics and quality control plays a critical role in the maintenance of mitochondrial homeostasis and function. Pathogenic mutations of many genes associated with familial Parkinson's disease (PD) caused abnormal mitochondrial dynamics, suggesting a likely involvement of disturbed mitochondrial fission/fusion in the pathogenesis of PD. In this study, we focused on the potential role of mitochondrial fission/fusion in idiopathic PD patients and in neuronal cells and animals exposed to paraquat (PQ), a commonly used herbicide and PD-related neurotoxin, as models for idiopathic PD...
February 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210397/nonsurgical-cosmetic-procedures-for-men-trends-and-technique-considerations
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Corey S Frucht, Arisa E Ortiz
Once sought nearly exclusively by women, nonsurgical cosmetic procedures are increasingly being sought after by men. Reviewed here are survey data that characterize the spectrum of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures men are preferentially utilizing, the percentage of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures consumers who are men, and how some of these figures are changing with time. while men still comprise a small minority (approximately 10-20%) of those pursuing nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, this sector is growing, in particular for injection of neurotoxins...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192485/correction-grey-matter-microstructural-integrity-alterations-in-blepharospasm-are-partially-reversed-by-botulinum-neurotoxin-therapy
#8
Alexandru Hanganu, Muthuraman Muthuraman, Venkata Chaitanya Chirumamilla, Nabin Koirala, Burcu Paktas, Günther Deuschl, Kirsten E Zeuner, Sergiu Groppa
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168652.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192153/comparison-of-the-acute-inhibitory-effects-of-tetrodotoxin-ttx-in-rat-and-human-neuronal-networks-for-risk-assessment-purposes
#9
Emma E J Kasteel, Remco H S Westerink
Tetrodotoxin (TTX) is an extremely toxic marine neurotoxin. TTX inhibits voltage-gated sodium channels, resulting in a potentially lethal inhibition of neurotransmission. Despite numerous intoxications in Asia and Europe, limited (human) toxicological data are available for TTX. Additionally, the degree of interspecies differences for TTX is not well established, hampering the use of available (animal) data for human risk assessment and establishing regulatory limits for TTX concentrations in (shell)fish. We therefore used micro-electrode array (MEA) recordings as an integrated measure of neurotransmission to demonstrate that TTX inhibits neuronal electrical activity in both primary rat cortical cultures and human-induced pluripotent stem cell (hIPSC)-derived iCell(®) neurons in co-culture with hIPSC-derived iCell(®) astrocytes, with IC50 values of 7 and 10nM, respectively...
February 10, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187528/ultrastructural-changes-in-human-masseter-muscles-after-botulinum-neurotoxin-a-injection
#10
Fushun Ma, Zhaohui Zhai, Shunwen Zhu, Shengjian Tang
INTRODUCTION: Botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNTA) has long been used as a therapeutic agent and has been widely accepted as a cosmetic agent in recent years. It can inhibit function and induce structural changes in skeletal muscle. METHODS: Specimens of fresh dissected human masseter muscle were used to observe the ultrastructural changes that occurred at 6 and 12 months following BoNTA injection. RESULTS: The findings observed were muscle fiber distortion, sarcomere shortening, mitochondrial vacuolar degeneration, glycogen accumulation, and H and M band disruption in the triad of tubules...
February 10, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187263/tetrahydroxystilbene-glucoside-inhibits-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-and-apoptosis-in-a53t-%C3%AE-synuclein-transfected-cells-exposed-to-mpp-sup-sup
#11
Ruyi Zhang, Fangling Sun, Lan Zhang, Xuejing Sun, Lin Li
Increasing evidence has solidified the involvement of α-synuclein (α-Syn) and neurotoxins in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD), suggesting a combination of genetic and environmental influences. 2,3,5,4'-Tetrahydroxystilbene -2-O-β-D-glucoside (TSG) is one of the main active components extracted from Polygonum multiflorum. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of TSG on α-Syn aggregation, mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress and apoptosis in vitro. A53T mutant α-synuclein-transfected cells (A53T AS cells) plus MPP+<sup></sup> exposure were used as a complex cell model of PD...
February 10, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182766/cd24-expression-does-not-affect-dopamine-neuronal-survival-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#12
Simon R W Stott, Shaista Hayat, Tom Carnwath, Shaady Garas, Jonathan P Sleeman, Roger A Barker
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that is characterised by the loss of specific populations of neurons in the brain. The mechanisms underlying this selective cell death are unknown but by using laser capture microdissection, the glycoprotein, CD24 has been identified as a potential marker of the populations of cells that are affected in PD. Using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry on sections of mouse brain, we confirmed that CD24 is robustly expressed by many of these subsets of cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181909/visual-evoked-potentials-in-diagnostics-of-optic-neuropathy-associated-with-renal-failure
#13
Małgorzata Jurys, Sebastian Sirek, Aureliusz Kolonko, Dorota Pojda-Wilczek
Chronic renal failure is associated with many neurological complications. Due to accumulation of uremic neurotoxins axonal degeneration with its secondary demyelination occurs, which results in development of polineuropathy in 60‑100% of patients with chronic renal failure. One of the most severe peripheral neuropathy is optic neuropathy. It is associated with visual deterioration and reduction in quality of life. Symptoms of the optic neuropathy may appear either before or after dialysis therapy. They often worsen after renal transplant, probably due to immunosuppressive regimen...
January 22, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181679/mechanism-of-motor-coordination-of-masseter-and-temporalis-muscles-for-increased-masticatory-efficiency-in-mice
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Tomoko Yoshimi, Yoshiyuki Koga, Aya Nakamura, Ayumi Fujishita, Haruka Kohara, Emi Moriuchi, Keiko Yoshimi, Chi-Yang Tsai, Noriaki Yoshida
The demand for the use of mice as animal models for elucidating the pathophysiologies and pathogeneses of oral motor disorders has been increasing in recent years, as more and more kinds of genetically modified mice that express functional disorders of the stomatognathic system become available. However, the fundamental characteristics of mouse jaw movements during mastication have yet to be fully elucidated. The purpose of this study was to investigate the roles of the masseter and temporalis muscles, and the mechanisms of motor coordination of these muscles for increasing masticatory efficiency in the closing phase in mice...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179412/sharpening-host-defenses-during-infection-proteases-cut-to-the-chase
#15
Natalie C Marshall, B Brett Finlay, Christopher M Overall
The human immune system consists of an intricate network of tightly controlled pathways, where proteases are essential regulators and executioners at multiple levels. Invading microbial pathogens also encode proteases that have evolved to manipulate and dysregulate host proteins including host proteases during the course of disease. The identification of pathogen proteases as well as their substrates and mechanisms of action have empowered significant developments in therapeutics for infectious diseases. Yet for many pathogens, there remains a great deal to be discovered...
February 8, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178853/clinical-vagus-nerve-stimulation-paradigms-induce-pronounced-brain-and-body-hypothermia-in-rats
#16
Lars Emil Larsen, Wouter Van Lysebettens, Charlotte Germonpré, Sofie Carrette, Sofie Daelemans, Mathieu Sprengers, Lisa Thyrion, Wytse Jan Wadman, Evelien Carrette, Jean Delbeke, Paul Boon, Kristl Vonck, Robrecht Raedt
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a widely used neuromodulation technique that is currently used or being investigated as therapy for a wide array of human diseases such as epilepsy, depression, Alzheimer's disease, tinnitus, inflammatory diseases, pain, heart failure and many others. Here, we report a pronounced decrease in brain and core temperature during VNS in freely moving rats. Two hours of rapid cycle VNS (7s on/18s off) decreased brain temperature by around [Formula: see text]C, while standard cycle VNS (30[Formula: see text]s on/300[Formula: see text]s off) was associated with a decrease of around [Formula: see text]C...
December 22, 2016: International Journal of Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169973/fecal-calprotectin-and-eosinophil-derived-neurotoxin-in-healthy-children-between-0-12-years
#17
María Roca, Ana Rodriguez Varela, Ester Donat, Francisco Cano, David Hervas, Ana Armisen, Maria Jose Vaya, Anders Sjölander, Carmen Ribes-Koninckx
OBJECTIVES: In young children, the use of fecal calprotectin (fCP) as a biomarker is limited because reference values have not been widely accepted up to now. Moreover, reference values for fecal eosinophil-derived neurotoxin (fEDN) in children have not been established. The aim of this study was to investigate fCP and fEDN levels in young healthy children in order to establish reference values. METHODS: Stool samples were obtained from healthy children aged 0 to 12 years...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159706/venomics-of-naja-sputatrix-the-javan-spitting-cobra-a-short-neurotoxin-driven-venom-needing-improved-antivenom-neutralization
#18
Nget Hong Tan, Kin Ying Wong, Choo Hock Tan
: The venom proteome of Naja sputatrix (Javan spitting cobra) was elucidated through reverse-phase HPLC, nano-ESI-LCMS/MS and data mining. A total of 97 distinct protein forms belonging to 14 families were identified. The most abundant proteins are the three-finger toxins (3FTXs, 64.22%) and phospholipase A2 (PLA2, 31.24%), followed by nerve growth factors (1.82%), snake venom metalloproteinase (1.33%) and several proteins of lower abundance (<1%) including a variety of venom enzymes...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157767/paresthesias-among-community-members-exposed-to-the-world-trade-center-disaster
#19
Michael Marmor, Yongzhao Shao, D Harshad Bhatt, Mark M Stecker, Kenneth I Berger, Roberta M Goldring, Rebecca L Rosen, Caralee Caplan-Shaw, Angeliki Kazeros, Deepak Pradhan, Marc Wilkenfeld, Joan Reibman
OBJECTIVE: Paresthesias can result from metabolic disorders, nerve entrapment following repetitive motions, hyperventilation pursuant to anxiety, or exposure to neurotoxins. We analyzed data from community members exposed to the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster of September 11, 2001, to evaluate whether exposure to the disaster was associated with paresthesias. METHODS: Analysis of data from 3141 patients of the WTC Environmental Health Center. RESULTS: Fifty-six percent of patients reported paresthesias at enrollment 7 to 15 years following the WTC disaster...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157650/urb597-reduces-biochemical-behavioral-and-morphological-alterations-in-two-neurotoxic-models-in-rats
#20
Marisol Maya-López, Hipolito A Ruiz-Contreras, María de Jesús Negrete-Ruíz, Julián Elías Martínez-Sánchez, Juan Benítez-Valenzuela, Ana Laura Colín-González, Juana Villeda-Hernández, Laura Sánchez-Chapul, Carmen Parra-Cid, Edgar Rangel-López, Abel Santamaría
BACKGROUND: URB597 is a compound largely linked to the inhibition of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), an enzyme responsible for the metabolic degradation of the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA). Despite this pharmacological property accounts for its modulatory profile demonstrated in some neurotoxic paradigms, the possible protective properties of this agent have been poorly investigated, and deserve exploration in different neurotoxic models. In this study, we explored the effects of URB597 on oxidative damage to lipids and other major endpoints of toxicity in two neurotoxic models in vivo in rats (the first one produced by the mitochondrial neurotoxin 3-nitropropionic acid [3-NP], and the other generated by the striatal injection of the pro-oxidant toxin 6-hydroxidopamine [6-OHDA]) in order to provide further supporting evidence of its modulatory profile...
January 31, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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