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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902437/development-validation-and-implementation-of-a-quadruplex-real-time-pcr-assay-for-identification-of-potentially-toxigenic-corynebacteria
#1
Aruni De Zoysa, Androulla Efstratiou, Ginder Mann, Timothy G Harrison, Norman K Fry
Toxigenic corynebacteria are uncommon in the UK, however laboratory confirmation by the national reference laboratory (NRL) can inform public health action according to national guidelines. Standard phenotypic tests for identification and toxin expression of isolates can take from ≥24 h to ≥48 h, from receipt. To decrease the time to result, a real-time PCR (qPCR) assay was developed for confirmation of both identification of Corynebacterium diphtheriae and Corynebacterium ulcerans/ Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis and detection of the diphtheria toxin gene...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896920/fusion-of-ssm6a-with-a-protein-scaffold-retains-selectivity-on-nav-1-7-and-improves-its-therapeutic-potential-against-chronic-pain
#2
Chuan Wang, Bin Shan, Qiong Wang, Qunyuan Xu, Hailin Zhang, Huimeng Lei
Voltage gated sodium channel NaV 1.7 serves an attractive target for chronic pain treatment. Several venom peptides were found to selectively inhibit NaV 1.7 but with intrinsic problems. Among them, Ssm6a, a recently discovered centipede venom peptide, shows the greatest selectivity against NaV 1.7, but dissociates from the target too fast and loses bioactivity in synthetic forms. As a disulfide-rich venom peptide, it is difficult to optimize Ssm6a by artificial mutagenesis and produce the peptide with common industrial manufacturing methods...
November 29, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888230/toxreporter-viewing-the-genome-through-the-eyes-of-a-toxicologist
#3
Mark Gosink
One of the many roles of a toxicologist is to determine if an observed adverse event (AE) is related to a previously unrecognized function of a given gene/protein. Towards that end, he or she will search a variety of public and propriety databases for information linking that protein to the observed AE. However, these databases tend to present all available information about a protein, which can be overwhelming, limiting the ability to find information about the specific toxicity being investigated. ToxReporter compiles information from a broad selection of resources and limits display of the information to user-selected areas of interest...
2016: Database: the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878482/an-in-vitro-approach-for-water-quality-determination-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-as-marker-for-cancer-related-stress-responses-induced-by-anthropogenic-pollutants-of-drinking-water
#4
Luis F Spitta, Sebastian Diegeler, Christa Baumstark-Khan, Christine E Hellweg
Epidemiological studies show that there is a link between urban water pollution and increase in human morbidity and mortality. With the increase in number of new substances arising from the chemical, pharmaceutical, and agricultural industries, there is an urgent need to develop biological test systems for fast evaluation of potential risks to humans and the environmental ecosystems. Here, a combined cellular reporter assay based on the cellular survival and the stress-induced activation of the survival-promoting factor nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) and its use for the detection of cytotoxicity and cancer-related stress responses is presented...
November 22, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862604/whole-genome-sequencing-of-cytogenetically-balanced-chromosome-translocations-identifies-potentially-pathological-gene-disruptions-and-highlights-the-importance-of-microhomology-in-the-mechanism-of-formation
#5
Daniel Nilsson, Maria Pettersson, Peter Gustavsson, Alisa Förster, Wolfgang Hofmeister, Josephine Wincent, Vasilios Zachariadis, Britt-Marie Anderlid, Ann Nordgren, Outi Mäkitie, Valtteri Wirta, Max Käller, Francesco Vezzi, James R Lupski, Magnus Nordenskjöld, Elisabeth Syk Lundberg, Claudia M B Carvalho, Anna Lindstrand
Most balanced translocations are thought to result mechanistically from non-homologous endjoining (NHEJ) or, in rare cases of recurrent events, by nonallelic homologous recombination (NAHR). Here, we use low coverage mate pair whole genome sequencing to fine map rearrangement breakpoint junctions in both phenotypically normal and affected translocation carriers. In total, 46 junctions from 22 carriers of balanced translocations were characterized. Genes were disrupted in 48% of the breakpoints; recessive genes in four normal carriers and known dominant intellectual disability genes in three affected carriers...
November 16, 2016: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860549/new-potential-inhibitors-of-mtor-a-computational-investigation-integrating-molecular-docking-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#6
Roger Kist, Rafael Andrade Caceres
The mTOR (mammalian or mechanistic Target Of Rapamycin), a complex metabolic pathway that involves multiple steps and regulators, is a major human metabolic pathway responsible for cell growth control in response to multiple factors and that is dysregulated in various types of cancer. The classical inhibition of the mTOR pathway is performed by rapamycin and its analogs (rapalogs). Considering that rapamycin binds to an allosteric site and performs a crucial role in the inhibition of the mTOR complex without causing the deleterious side effects common to ATP-competitive inhibitors, we employ ligand-based drug design strategies, such as virtual screening methodology, computational determination of ADME/Tox properties of selected molecules, and molecular dynamics in order to select molecules with the potential to become non ATP-competitive inhibitors of the mTOR enzymatic complex...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837427/microwave-assisted-zrsio2-catalysed-synthesis-characterization-and-computational-study-of-novel-spiro-indole-thiazolidines-derivatives-as-anti-tubercular-agents
#7
Mayuri A Borad, Manoj N Bhoi, Sanjay K Rathwa, Mahesh S Vasava, Hitesh D Patel, Chirag N Patel, Himanshu A Pandya, Edwin A Pithawala, John J Georrge
In the current investigation, we prepared a series of novel spiro[indole-thiazolidines] derivatives (5a-5h) from 5-substituted isatin derivatives and thioglycolic acid (TGA) with ZrSiO2 as an efficient catalyst under microwave irradiation. The significant merits of this protocol have some significant merits such as simplicity in operation, simple, efficient workup, good practical yields of product and the employment of recyclable catalyst. All the new synthesized scaffold has been well characterized by various spectroscopic methods and elemental analysis...
November 11, 2016: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830510/haematological-clinical-chemical-and-immunological-consequences-of-feeding-fusarium-toxin-contaminated-diets-to-early-lactating-dairy-cows
#8
Sven Dänicke, Janine Winkler, Ulrich Meyer, Jana Frahm, Susanne Kersten
Dairy cows experience a negative energy balance at the onset of lactation which results in an enhanced vulnerability for infectious diseases. Any dietary imbalances, including Fusarium toxin contamination, might therefore exacerbate this situation. The aim of the present investigations was to study the effects of increasing dietary concentrations of deoxynivalenol (DON) and zearalenone (ZEN) on clinical-chemical, haematological and immunological traits up to week 14 of lactation. For this purpose, ten cows each were assigned to a control group (CON; 0...
November 9, 2016: Mycotoxin Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825317/epidemiology-and-outcome-of%C3%A2-clostridium-difficile%C3%A2-infections-in-patients-hospitalized-in-internal-medicine-%C3%A2-findings-from-the-nationwide-fadoi-practice-study
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Giorgio Cioni, Pierluigi Viale, Stefania Frasson, Francesco Cipollini, Francesco Menichetti, Nicola Petrosillo, Sergio Brunati, Patrizia Spigaglia, Chiara Vismara, Alessandra Bielli, Fabrizio Barbanti, Giancarlo Landini, Grazia Panigada, Gualberto Gussoni, Erminio Bonizzoni, Giovanni Pietro Gesu
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile (CD) is a leading cause of diarrhoea among hospitalized patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate the rate, the optimal diagnostic work-up, and outcome of CD infections (CDI) in Internal Medicine (IM) wards in Italy. METHODS: PRACTICE is an observational prospective study, involving 40 IM Units and evaluating all consecutive patients hospitalized during a 4-month period. CDI were defined in case of diarrhoea when both enzyme immunoassay for GDH, and test for A/B toxin were positive...
November 8, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821377/-vigilance-for-veterinary-medicinal-products-reports-of-adverse-reactions-in-the-year-2015
#10
C Müntener, J Kupper, H Naegeli, B Gassner
A total of 292 adverse reactions to veterinary medicinal products were reported during the year 2015. This represents an increase of 9% compared to the previous year (268 reports). Similar to previous years, most of the reactions reported were linked to the use of antiparasitics (55.1%), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products (8.9%) or antiinfectives (9.3%). The affected animal species were primarily dogs (198 reports) and cats (42 reports), followed by cattle (31 reports) and horses (8 reports). Additional 42 reports were provided within the frame of consultations with Tox Info Suisse in Zürich and involved mainly the excessive intake of flavored tablets...
November 2016: Schweizer Archiv Für Tierheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809361/development-of-pyridazinone-chemotypes-targeting-the-pde%C3%AE-prenyl-binding-site
#11
Sandip Murarka, Pablo Martín-Gago, Carsten Schultz-Fademrecht, Alaa Al Saabi, Matthias Baumann, Eyad Fansa, Shehab Ismail, Peter Nussbaumer, Alfred Wittinghofer, Herbert Waldmann
The K-Ras GTPase is a major target in anticancer drug discovery. However, direct interference with signaling by K-Ras has not led to clinically useful drugs yet. Correct localization and signaling by farnesylated K-Ras is regulated by the prenyl binding protein PDEδ. Interfering with binding of PDEδ to K-Ras by means of small molecules provides a novel opportunity to suppress oncogenic signaling. Here we describe the identification and structure-guided development of novel K-Ras-PDEδ inhibitor chemotypes based on pyrrolopyridazinones and pyrazolopyridazinones that bind to the farnesyl binding pocket of PDEδ with low nanomolar affinity...
November 3, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783531/the-role-of-organic-anion-transporting-polypeptides-in-drug-absorption-distribution-excretion-and-drug-drug-interactions
#12
Daniella Kovacsics, Izabel Patik, Csilla Özvegy-Laczka
The in vivo fate and effectiveness of a drug depends highly on its absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity (ADME-Tox). Organic anion transporting polypeptides (OATPs) are membrane proteins involved in the cellular uptake of various organic compounds, including clinically used drugs. Since OATPs are significant players in drug absorption and distribution, modulation of OATP function via pharmacotherapy with OATP substrates/inhibitors, or modulation of their expression, affects drug pharmacokinetics...
October 26, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780885/futuretox-iii-bridges-for-translation
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Daland R Juberg, Thomas B Knudsen, Miriam Sander, Nancy B Beck, Elaine M Faustman, Donna L Mendrick, John R Fowle, Thomas Hartung, Raymond R Tice, Emmanuel Lemazurier, Richard A Becker, Suzanne Compton Fitzpatrick, George P Daston, Alison Harrill, Ronald N Hines, Douglas A Keller, John C Lipscomb, David Watson, Tina Bahadori, Kevin M Crofton
Future Tox III, a Society of Toxicology Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology workshop, was held in November 2015. Building upon Future Tox I and II, Future Tox III was focused on developing the high throughput risk assessment paradigm and taking the science of in vitro data and in silico models forward to explore the question-what progress is being made to address challenges in implementing the emerging big-data toolbox for risk assessment and regulatory decision-making. This article reports on the outcome of the workshop including 2 examples of where advancements in predictive toxicology approaches are being applied within Federal agencies, where opportunities remain within the exposome and AOP domains, and how collectively the toxicology community across multiple sectors can continue to bridge the translation from historical approaches to Tox21 implementation relative to risk assessment and regulatory decision-making...
October 25, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773722/prediction-of-pharmacokinetic-and-toxicological-parameters-of-a-4-phenylcoumarin-isolated-from-geopropolis-in-silico-and-in-vitro-approaches
#14
Marcos Guilherme da Cunha, Gilson César Nobre Franco, Marcelo Franchin, John A Beutler, Severino Matias de Alencar, Masaharu Ikegaki, Pedro Luiz Rosalen
In silico and in vitro methodologies have been used as important tools in the drug discovery process, including from natural sources. The aim of this study was to predict pharmacokinetic and toxicity (ADME/Tox) properties of a coumarin isolated from geopropolis using in silico and in vitro approaches. Cinnamoyloxy-mammeisin (CNM) isolated from Brazilian M. scutellaris geopropolis was evaluated for its pharmacokinetic parameters by in silico models (ACD/Percepta™ and MetaDrug™ software). Genotoxicity was assessed by in vitro DNA damage signaling PCR array...
October 20, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766406/cd164-identifies-cd4-t-cells-highly-expressing-genes-associated-with-malignancy-in-s%C3%A3-zary-syndrome-the-s%C3%A3-zary-signature-genes-fcrl3-tox-and-mir-214
#15
Bernice M Benoit, Neha Jariwala, Geraldine O'Connor, Landon K Oetjen, Timothy M Whelan, Adrienne Werth, Andrea B Troxel, Hélène Sicard, Lisa Zhu, Christopher Miller, Junko Takeshita, Daniel W McVicar, Brian S Kim, Alain H Rook, Maria Wysocka
Sézary syndrome (SS), a leukemic variant of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), is associated with a significantly shorter life expectancy compared to skin-restricted mycosis fungoides. Early diagnosis of SS is, therefore, key to achieving enhanced therapeutic responses. However, the lack of a biomarker(s) highly specific for malignant CD4(+) T cells in SS patients has been a serious obstacle in making an early diagnosis. We recently demonstrated the high expression of CD164 on CD4(+) T cells from Sézary syndrome patients with a wide range of circulating tumor burdens...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759688/an-index-case-of-concomitant-tumoral-and-ichthyosiform-mycosis-fungoides-like-presentation-of-chronic-adult-t-cell-leukemia-lymphoma-associated-with-upregulation-of-tox
#16
Giang Huong Nguyen, James Y Wang, Kenneth B Hymes, Cynthia M Magro
Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) is a rare and often aggressive lymphoid malignancy known to be associated with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1. There are 2 broad categories: acute and chronic. In the acute category, there is a leukemic and a lymphomatous variant, whereas in the designated "chronic" form, there is mild peripheral blood lymphocytosis. The intermediate "smoldering" category is without peripheral blood lymphocytosis with only discernible skin involvement. We present a 68-year-old human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 seropositive female with a mild peripheral blood atypical lymphocytosis who had indurated nodules on her hands of 2 years duration and a new scaly ichthyosiform eruption on her lower extremities...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687077/a-proposal-for-a-test-method-for-assessment-of-hazard-property-hp-12-release-of-an-acute-toxic-gas-in-hazardous-waste-classification-experience-from-49-waste
#17
Pierre Hennebert, Ismahen Samaali, Pauline Molina
A stepwise method for assessment of the HP 12 is proposed and tested with 49 waste samples. The hazard property HP 12 is defined as "Release of an acute toxic gas": waste which releases acute toxic gases (Acute Tox. 1, 2 or 3) in contact with water or an acid. When a waste contains a substance assigned to one of the following supplemental hazards EUH029, EUH031 and EUH032, it shall be classified as hazardous by HP 12 according to test methods or guidelines (EC, 2014a, 2014b). When the substances with the cited hazard statement codes react with water or an acid, they can release HCl, Cl2, HF, HCN, PH3, H2S, SO2 (and two other gases very unlikely to be emitted, hydrazoic acid HN3 and selenium oxide SeO2 - a solid with low vapor pressure)...
September 26, 2016: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27680534/comparative-toxicity-and-metabolism-of-n-acyl-homologues-of-acetaminophen-and-its-isomer-3-hydroxyacetanilide
#18
Yakov M Koen, Ke Liu, Heather Shinogle, Todd D Williams, Robert P Hanzlik
The hepatotoxicity of acetaminophen (APAP) is generally attributed to the formation of a reactive quinoneimine metabolite (NAPQI) that depletes glutathione and covalently binds to hepatocellular proteins. To explore the importance of the N-acyl group in APAP metabolism and toxicity, we synthesized 12 acyl side chain homologues of acetaminophen (APAP) and its 3'-regioisomer (AMAP), including the respective N-(4-pentynoyl) analogues PYPAP and PYMAP. Rat hepatocytes converted APAP, AMAP, PYPAP, and PYMAP extensively to O-glucuronide and O-sulfate conjugates in varying proportions, whereas glutathione or cysteine conjugates were observed only for APAP and PYPAP...
October 13, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27648562/introducing-mushroom-fruiting-patterns-from-the-swiss-national-poisons-information-centre
#19
Katharina M Schenk-Jäger, Simon Egli, David Hanimann, Beatrice Senn-Irlet, Hugo Kupferschmidt, Ulf Büntgen
Changes in the ecology of macrofungi are poorly understood, not only because much of their life cycle is hidden belowground, but also because experiments often miss real-world complexity and most fruitbody inventories are limited in space and time. The National Poisons Information Centre 'Tox Info Suisse' provides countrywide 24hours/7days medical advice in case of poisonings since 1966. Here, we introduce a total of 12,126 mushroom-related phone calls that were received by Tox Info Suisse between 1966 and 2014...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27630847/recent-outbreaks-of-diphtheria-in-dibrugarh-district-assam-india
#20
Partha Pratim Das, Saurav Jyoti Patgiri, Lahari Saikia, Debosmita Paul
Diphtheria is still a significant child health problem in countries with low immunization coverage. Reports of diphtheria in adult population are also increasing. Here we describe three recent outbreaks of diphtheria in Dibrugarh district, Assam in two consecutive years. The study was undertaken in Assam Medical College & Hospital, Dibrugarh after the diagnosis of two Diphtheria cases in the month of September and October 2015 and another in January 2016. Outbreak investigation was done after defining operational definition and throat swabs were collected from thirty three (33) individuals including three (3) index cases and thirty (30) close contacts...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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