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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106761/historical-perspectives-and-guidelines-for-botulinum-neurotoxin-subtype-nomenclature
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REVIEW
Michael W Peck, Theresa J Smith, Fabrizio Anniballi, John W Austin, Luca Bano, Marite Bradshaw, Paula Cuervo, Luisa W Cheng, Yagmur Derman, Brigitte G Dorner, Audrey Fisher, Karen K Hill, Suzanne R Kalb, Hannu Korkeala, Miia Lindström, Florigio Lista, Carolina Lúquez, Christelle Mazuet, Marco Pirazzini, Michel R Popoff, Ornella Rossetto, Andreas Rummel, Dorothea Sesardic, Bal Ram Singh, Sandra C Stringer
Botulinum neurotoxins are diverse proteins. They are currently represented by at least seven serotypes and more than 40 subtypes. New clostridial strains that produce novel neurotoxin variants are being identified with increasing frequency, which presents challenges when organizing the nomenclature surrounding these neurotoxins. Worldwide, researchers are faced with the possibility that toxins having identical sequences may be given different designations or novel toxins having unique sequences may be given the same designations on publication...
January 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104346/the-effect-of-lead-exposure-on-fatty-acid-composition-in-mouse-brain-analyzed-using-pseudo-catalytic-derivatization
#2
Jong-Min Jung, Jechan Lee, Ki-Hyun Kim, In Geon Jang, Jae Gwang Song, Kyeongjin Kang, Filip M G Tack, Jeong-Ik Oh, Eilhann E Kwon, Hyung-Wook Kim
We performed toxicological study of mice exposed to lead by quantifying fatty acids in brain of the mice. This study suggests that the introduced analytical method had an extremely high tolerance against impurities such as water and extractives; thus, it led to the enhanced resolution in visualizing the spectrum of fatty acid profiles in animal brain. Furthermore, one of the biggest technical advantages achieved in this study was the quantitation of fatty acid methyl ester profiles of mouse brain using a trace amount of sample (e...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098779/unravelling-the-diversity-of-the-cyclopiazonic-acid-family-of-mycotoxins-in-aspergillus-flavus-by-uhplc-triple-tof-hrms
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Valdet Uka, Geromy G Moore, Natalia Arroyo-Manzanares, Dashnor Nebija, Sarah De Saeger, José Diana Di Mavungu
Cyclopiazonic acid (α-cyclopiazonic acid, α-CPA) is an indole-hydrindane-tetramic acid neurotoxin produced by various fungal species, including the notorious food and feed contaminant Aspergillus flavus. Despite its discovery in A. flavus cultures approximately 40 years ago, its contribution to the A. flavus mycotoxin burden is consistently minimized by our focus on the more potent carcinogenic aflatoxins also produced by this fungus. Here, we report the screening and identification of several CPA-type alkaloids not previously found in A...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096185/transcriptomic-profiling-of-purified-patient-derived-dopamine-neurons-identifies-convergent-perturbations-and-therapeutics-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Cynthia Sandor, Paul Robertson, Charmaine Lang, Andreas Heger, Heather Booth, Jane Vowles, Lorna Witty, Rory Bowden, Michele Hu, Sally A Cowley, Richard Wade-Martins, Caleb Webber
While induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technologies enable the study of inaccessible patient cell types, cellular heterogeneity can confound the comparison of gene expression profiles between iPSC-derived cell lines. Here, we purified iPSC-derived human dopaminergic neurons (DaNs) using the intracellular marker, tyrosine hydroxylase. Once purified, the transcriptomic profiles of iPSC-derived DaNs appear remarkably similar to profiles obtained from mature post-mortem DaNs. Comparison of the profiles of purified iPSC-derived DaNs derived from Parkinson's disease (PD) patients carrying LRRK2 G2019S variants to controls identified significant functional convergence amongst differentially-expressed (DE) genes...
January 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093167/re-retrograde-transport-of-radiolabelled-botulinum-neurotoxin-type-a-to-the-cns-after-intradetrusor-injection-in-rats
#5
Alan J Wein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092423/-1-h-qnmr-quantification-of-annonaceous-acetogenins-in-crude-extracts-of-annona-muricata-l-fruit-pulp
#6
Natacha Bonneau, Timothé Cynober, Jean-Christophe Jullian, Pierre Champy
INTRODUCTION: Annonaceous acetogenins (AAGs) constitute a group of environmental neurotoxins, possibly implicated in sporadic atypical Parkinsonism/dementia complexes. The recent evidencing of complex mixtures of AAGs in edible fruits and derived food products requires efficient and practical analytical tools for an estimation of human exposure. OBJECTIVE: To develop a simple method for the direct quantitation of the majority of AAGs (sub-types 1a and 1b) within crude extracts, using commonly available (1) H-NMR spectrometers, for food control...
January 16, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090659/the-effect-of-intradetrusor-botulinum-neurotoxin-type-a-on-urinary-ngf-tgf-beta-1-timp-2-levels-in-children-with-neurogenic-detrusor-overactivity-due-to-myelodysplasia
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Tuncay Top, Cagri Akin Sekerci, Banu Isbilen-Basok, Yiloren Tanidir, Ilker Tinay, Ferruh Kemal Isman, Cem Akbal, Ferruh Simsek, Tufan Tarcan
AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the value of urine nerve growth factor (NGF), transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-Beta-1), tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (TIMP-2) levels to predict the urodynamic profile before and after botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT-A) treatment in children with myelodysplasia. METHODS: This prospective study included 15 children with myelodysplasia who underwent intradetrusor BoNT-A injections due to neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDOA)...
January 16, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090391/neurotoxin-induced-catecholaminergic-loss-in-the-colonic-myenteric-plexus-of-rhesus-monkeys
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Jeanette M Shultz, Henry Resnikoff, Viktorya Bondarenko, Valerie Joers, Andres Mejia, Heather Simmons, Marina E Emborg
OBJECTIVE: Constipation is a common non-motor symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD). Although pathology of the enteric nervous system (ENS) has been associated with constipation in PD, the contribution of catecholaminergic neurodegeneration to this symptom is currently debated. The goal of this study was to assess the effects of the neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) on the colonic myenteric plexus and shed light on the role of catecholaminergic innervation in gastrointestinal (GI) function...
November 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinsonism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088477/selected-scorpion-toxin-exposures-induce-cytokine-release-in-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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Gerardo Corzo, Gerardo Pavel Espino-Solis
A cytokine screening on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated with selected scorpion toxins (ScTx's) was performed in order to evaluate their effect on human immune cells. The ScTx's chosen for this report were three typical buthid scorpion venom peptides, one with lethal effects on mammals Centruroides suffussus suffusus toxin II (CssII), another, with lethal effects on insects and crustaceans Centruroides noxius toxin 5 (Cn5), and one more without lethal effects Tityus discrepans toxin (Discrepin)...
January 11, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081461/bdnf-gene-delivery-mediated-by-neuron-targeted-nanoparticles-is-neuroprotective-in-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Cátia D F Lopes, Nádia P Gonçalves, Carla P Gomes, Maria J Saraiva, Ana P Pêgo
Neuron-targeted gene delivery is a promising strategy to treat peripheral neuropathies. Here we propose the use of polymeric nanoparticles based on thiolated trimethyl chitosan (TMCSH) to mediate targeted gene delivery to peripheral neurons upon a peripheral and minimally invasive intramuscular administration. Nanoparticles were grafted with the non-toxic carboxylic fragment of the tetanus neurotoxin (HC) to allow neuron targeting and were explored to deliver a plasmid DNA encoding for the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in a peripheral nerve injury model...
December 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081357/assessment-of-neuronal-cell-based-cytotoxicity-of-neurotoxins-from-an-estuarine-nemertean-in-the-han-river-estuary
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Yeo Seon Kwon, Seul Ki Min, Seung Ju Yeon, Jin Ha Hwang, Jae-Sang Hong, Hwa Sung Shin
A heteronemertean, Yininemertes pratensis was collected in Han River Estuary, South Korea. This estuarine nemertean has been known for harmful effects by the local fishermen to the glass eels, juveniles of Japanese eels Anguilla japonica, migrating to fresh water. The present study confirmed the neurotoxic effects of this heteronemertean ribbon worm at the cellular level. 5, 11-dideoxy TTX (288 m/z) and 11-norTTX-6(S)-01 (m/z 305.97), derivative types of neurotoxic TTX, were identified through HPLC and MALDI-TOF MS...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076405/development-and-validation-of-a-new-reliable-method-for-the-diagnosis-of-avian-botulism
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Caroline Le Maréchal, Sandra Rouxel, Valentine Ballan, Emmanuelle Houard, Typhaine Poezevara, Marie-Hélène Bayon-Auboyer, Rozenn Souillard, Hervé Morvan, Marie-Agnès Baudouard, Cédric Woudstra, Christelle Mazuet, Sophie Le Bouquin, Patrick Fach, Michel Popoff, Marianne Chemaly
Liver is a reliable matrix for laboratory confirmation of avian botulism using real-time PCR. Here, we developed, optimized, and validated the analytical steps preceding PCR to maximize the detection of Clostridium botulinum group III in avian liver. These pre-PCR steps included enrichment incubation of the whole liver (maximum 25 g) at 37°C for at least 24 h in an anaerobic chamber and DNA extraction using an enzymatic digestion step followed by a DNA purification step. Conditions of sample storage before analysis appear to have a strong effect on the detection of group III C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075568/reaction-pathways-and-kinetics-of-a-cyanobacterial-neurotoxin-%C3%AE-n-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa-during-chlorination
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Yiting Chen, Wan-Ru Chen, Zhiquan Liu, Tsair-Fuh Lin
β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA), a probable cause of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/parkinsonism-dementia complex (ALS/PDC), or Alzheimer's disease, has been identified in more than 20 cyanobacterial genera. However, its removal and fate in drinking water has never been reported before. In this study, the reaction of BMAA with chlorine, a common drinking-water oxidant/disinfectant, was investigated. A liquid chromatograph coupled with a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer was employed to quantify BMAA and its intermediates...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074219/bioremediation-of-mercury-not-properly-exploited-in-contaminated-soils
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REVIEW
Khandaker Rayhan Mahbub, Md Mezbaul Bahar, Maurizio Labbate, Kannan Krishnan, Stuart Andrews, Ravi Naidu, Mallavarapu Megharaj
Contamination of land and water caused by heavy metal mercury (Hg) poses a serious threat to biota worldwide. The seriousness of toxicity of this neurotoxin is characterized by its ability to augment in food chains and bind to thiol groups in living tissue. Therefore, different remediation approaches have been implemented to rehabilitate Hg-contaminated sites. Bioremediation is considered as cheaper and greener technology than the conventional physico-chemical means. Large-scale use of Hg-volatilizing bacteria are used to clean up Hg-contaminated waters, but there is no such approach to remediate Hg-contaminated soils...
February 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073532/toxigenic-algae-and-associated-phycotoxins-in-two-coastal-embayments-in-the-ebro-delta-nw-mediterranean
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Julia A Busch, Karl B Andree, Jorge Diogène, Margarita Fernández-Tejedor, Kerstin Toebe, Uwe John, Bernd Krock, Urban Tillmann, Allan D Cembella
Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) surveillance is complicated by high diversity of species and associated phycotoxins. Such species-level information on taxonomic affiliations and on cell abundance and toxin content is, however, crucial for effective monitoring, especially of aquaculture and fisheries areas. The aim addressed in this study was to determine putative HAB taxa and related phycotoxins in plankton from aquaculture sites in the Ebro Delta, NW Mediterranean. The comparative geographical distribution of potentially harmful plankton taxa was established by weekly field sampling throughout the water column during late spring-early summer over two years at key stations in Alfacs and Fangar embayments within the Ebro Delta...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073528/use-of-cholinesterase-activity-as-an-ecotoxicological-marker-to-assess-anatoxin-a-s-exposure-responses-of-two-cladoceran-species-belonging-to-contrasting-geographical-regions
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Emanuela Cristina Freitas, Liane Biehl Printes, Odete Rocha
The specificity of cholinesterase (ChE) activity to detect the presence of anatoxin-a(s) and sublethal effects of a 7-day exposure to Anabaena spiroides extract containing anatoxin-a(s) were assessed in two freshwater cladoceran species. Activities of ChE of both Pseudosida ramosa and Daphnia magna can be used to indicate the presence of the neurotoxin anatoxin-a(s), but not for the hepatotoxic microcystin. Activity of ChE of P. ramosa, however, performed better as a biomarker of exposure to A. spiroides than that of D...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073526/prevalence-of-algal-toxins-in-alaskan-marine-mammals-foraging-in-a-changing-arctic-and-subarctic-environment
#17
Kathi A Lefebvre, Lori Quakenbush, Elizabeth Frame, Kathy Burek Huntington, Gay Sheffield, Raphaela Stimmelmayr, Anna Bryan, Preston Kendrick, Heather Ziel, Tracey Goldstein, Jonathan A Snyder, Tom Gelatt, Frances Gulland, Bobette Dickerson, Verena Gill
Current climate trends resulting in rapid declines in sea ice and increasing water temperatures are likely to expand the northern geographic range and duration of favorable conditions for harmful algal blooms (HABs), making algal toxins a growing concern in Alaskan marine food webs. Two of the most common HAB toxins along the west coast of North America are the neurotoxins domoic acid (DA) and saxitoxin (STX). Over the last 20 years, DA toxicosis has caused significant illness and mortality in marine mammals along the west coast of the USA, but has not been reported to impact marine mammals foraging in Alaskan waters...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073477/a-review-of-the-phylogeny-ecology-and-toxin-production-of-bloom-forming-aphanizomenon-spp-and-related-species-within-the-nostocales-cyanobacteria
#18
REVIEW
Samuel Cirés, Andreas Ballot
The traditional genus Aphanizomenon comprises a group of filamentous nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria of which several memebers are able to develop blooms and to produce toxic metabolites (cyanotoxins), including hepatotoxins (microcystins), neurotoxins (anatoxins and saxitoxins) and cytotoxins (cylindrospermopsin). This genus, representing geographically widespread and extensively studied cyanobacteria, is in fact heterogeneous and composed of at least five phylogenetically distant groups (Aphanizomenon, Anabaena/Aphanizomenon like cluster A, Cuspidothrix, Sphaerospermopsis and Chrysosporum) whose taxonomy is still under revision...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073454/molecular-tools-to-detect-anatoxin-a-genes-in-aquatic-ecosystems-toward-a-new-nested-pcr-based-method
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Benjamin Legrand, Jerome Lesobre, Jonathan Colombet, Delphine Latour, Marion Sabart
Over the last few decades, cyanobacterial mass occurrence has become a recurrent feature of aquatic ecosystems. This has led to ecosystem exposure and health hazards associated with cyanotoxin production. The neurotoxin anatoxin-a and its homologs can be synthesized by benthic cyanobacterial species in lotic systems, but also by planktonic lacustrine species such as Dolichospermum (also known as Anabaena). However, only a few studies have focused on anatoxin-a occurrence and its biosynthesis genes in freshwater lakes...
September 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069959/climatic-regulation-of-the-neurotoxin-domoic-acid
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S Morgaine McKibben, William Peterson, A Michelle Wood, Vera L Trainer, Matthew Hunter, Angelicque E White
Domoic acid is a potent neurotoxin produced by certain marine microalgae that can accumulate in the foodweb, posing a health threat to human seafood consumers and wildlife in coastal regions worldwide. Evidence of climatic regulation of domoic acid in shellfish over the past 20 y in the Northern California Current regime is shown. The timing of elevated domoic acid is strongly related to warm phases of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and the Oceanic Niño Index, an indicator of El Niño events. Ocean conditions in the northeast Pacific that are associated with warm phases of these indices, including changes in prevailing currents and advection of anomalously warm water masses onto the continental shelf, are hypothesized to contribute to increases in this toxin...
January 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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