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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087322/cutaneous-exposure-to-vesicant-phosgene-oxime-acute-effects-on-the-skin-and-systemic-toxicity
#1
Neera Tewari-Singh, Dinesh G Goswami, Rama Kant, Claire R Croutch, Robert P Casillas, David J Orlicky, Rajesh Agarwal
Phosgene Oxime (CX), an urticant or nettle agent categorized as a vesicant, is a potential chemical warfare and terrorist weapon. Its exposure can result in widespread and devastating effects including high mortality due to its fast penetration and ability to cause immediate severe cutaneous injury. It is one of the least studied chemical warfare agents with no effective therapy available. Thus, our goal was to examine the acute effects of CX following its cutaneous exposure in SKH-1 hairless mice to help establish a relevant injury model...
January 10, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043864/a-simple-and-highly-effective-catalytic-nanozyme-scavenger-for-organophosphorus-neurotoxins
#2
Elena N Efremenko, Ilya V Lyagin, Natalia L Klyachko, Tatiana Bronich, Natalia V Zavyalova, Yuhang Jiang, Alexander V Kabanov
A simple and highly efficient catalytic scavenger of poisonous organophosphorus compounds, based on organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH, EC 3.1.8.1), is produced in aqueous solution by electrostatic coupling of the hexahistidine tagged OPH (His6-OPH) and poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(l-glutamic acid) diblock copolymer. The resulting polyion complex, termed nano-OPH, has a spherical morphology and a diameter from 25nm to 100nm. Incorporation of His6-OPH in nano-OPH preserves catalytic activity and increases stability of the enzyme allowing its storage in aqueous solution for over a year...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040920/mid-infrared-gas-absorption-sensor-based-on-a-broadband-external-cavity-quantum-cascade-laser
#3
Juan Sun, Hao Deng, Ningwu Liu, Hongliang Wang, Benli Yu, Jingsong Li
We developed a laser absorption sensor based on a pulsed, broadband tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) centered at 1285 cm(-1). Unlike traditional infrared spectroscopy system, a quartz crystal tuning fork (QCTF) as a light detector was used for laser signal detection. Fast Fourier transform was applied to extract vibration intensity information of QCTF. The sensor system is successfully tested on nitrous oxide (N2O) spectroscopy measurements and compared with a standard infrared detector...
December 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038315/in-situ-probes-of-capture-and-decomposition-of-chemical-warfare-agent-simulants-by-zr-based-metal-organic-frameworks
#4
Anna M Plonka, Qi Wang, Wesley O Gordon, Alex Balboa, Diego Troya, Weiwei Guo, Conor H Sharp, Sanjaya D Senanayake, John R Morris, Craig L Hill, Anatoly I Frenkel
Zr-based metal organic frameworks (MOFs) have been recently shown to be among the fastest catalysts of nerve-agent hydrolysis in solution. We report a detailed study of the adsorption and decomposition of a nerve-agent simulant, dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), on UiO-66, UiO-67, MOF-808 and NU-1000 using synchrotron-based X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray absorption, and infrared spectroscopy, which reveals key aspects of the reaction mechanism. The diffraction measurements indicate that all four MOFs adsorb DMMP (introduced at atmospheric pressures through a flow of helium or air) within the pore space...
December 30, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032143/an-evidence-based-review-of-the-genotoxic-and-reproductive-effects-of-sulfur-mustard
#5
REVIEW
Fazlullah Khan, Kamal Niaz, Fatima Ismail Hassan, Mohammad Abdollahi
Sulfur mustard (SM) is a chemical warfare agent which is cytotoxic in nature, and at the molecular level, SM acts as DNA alkylating agent leading to genotoxic and reproductive effects. Mostly, the exposed areas of the body are the main targets for SM; however, it also adversely affects various tissues of the body and ultimately exhibits long-term complications including genotoxic and reproductive effects, even in the next generations. The effect of SM on reproductive system is the reason behind male infertility...
December 28, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029482/a-chronic-toxicity-study-of-diphenylarsinic-acid-in-f344-rats-in-drinking-water-for-52-weeks
#6
Takashi Yamaguchi, Min Gi, Shotarou Yamano, Masaki Fujioka, Kumiko Tatsumi, Satoko Kawachi, Naomi Ishii, Kenichiro Doi, Anna Kakehashi, Hideki Wanibuchi
Diphenylarsinic acid (DPAA), a chemical warfare-related neurotoxic organic arsenical, is present in the groundwater and soil in some regions of Japan due to illegal dumping after World War II. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the potential toxicity of DPAA when administered to rats in their drinking water for 52 weeks. DPAA was administered to groups 1-4 at concentrations of 0, 5, 10, and 20ppm in their drinking water for 52 weeks. There were no significant differences in the final body weights between the control groups and the treatment groups in male or female rats...
October 28, 2016: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology: Official Journal of the Gesellschaft Für Toxikologische Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998105/layer-by-layer-photocatalytic-assembly-for-solar-light-activated-self-decontaminating-textiles
#7
Lai Truong-Phuoc, Konstantinos C Christoforidis, Fabrice Vigneron, Vasiliki Papaefthimiou, Gero Decher, Nicolas Keller, Valérie Keller
Novel photocatalytic nanomaterials that can be used to functionalize textiles, conferring to them efficient solar-light-activated properties for the decontamination of toxic and lethal agents, are described. Textiles functionalized with one-dimensional (1D) SnS2-based nanomaterials were used for photocatalytic applications for the first time. We showed that 1D SnS2/TiO2 nanocomposites can be easily and strongly affixed onto textiles using the layer-by-layer deposition method. Ultrathin SnS2 nanosheets were associated with anatase TiO2 nanofibers to form nano-heterojunctions with a tight interface, considerably increasing the photo-oxidative activity of anatase TiO2 due to the beneficial interfacial transfer of photogenerated charges and increased oxidizing power...
December 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993031/complex-coacervate-core-micelles-for-the-dispersion-and-stabilization-of-organophosphate-hydrolase-in-organic-solvents
#8
Carolyn E Mills, Allie Obermeyer, Xuehui Dong, Jeremy Walker, Bradley D Olsen
Organophosphate (OP) nerve agents are a class of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) that exist as bulk stocks in current and past war zones. Thus, a technology that can perform on-site decontamination in a safe and timely fashion is desirable. Here, complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms) were used to encapsulate organophosphate hydrolase (OPH) and chemostabilize it to maintain activity after exposure to organophosphate simulants ethanol and dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP). C3Ms were formed by two polymers-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate)-b-poly(4-vinyl N-methylpyridyl iodide), (POEGMA-b-qP4VP)...
December 20, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991584/chemically-modulated-graphene-quantum-dot-for-tuning-the-photoluminescence-as-novel-sensory-probe
#9
Eunhee Hwang, Hee Min Hwang, Yonghun Shin, Yeoheung Yoon, Hanleem Lee, Junghee Yang, Sora Bak, Hyoyoung Lee
A band gap tuning of environmental-friendly graphene quantum dot (GQD) becomes a keen interest for novel applications such as photoluminescence (PL) sensor. Here, for tuning the band gap of GQD, a hexafluorohydroxypropanyl benzene (HFHPB) group acted as a receptor of a chemical warfare agent was chemically attached on the GQD via the diazonium coupling reaction of HFHPB diazonium salt, providing new HFHPB-GQD material. With a help of the electron withdrawing HFHPB group, the energy band gap of the HFHPB-GQD was widened and its PL decay life time decreased...
December 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988303/anticonvulsant-efficacy-of-antihistamine-cyproheptadine-in-rats-exposed-to-the-chemical-warfare-nerve-agent-soman
#10
Jennifer L Winkler, Jacob W Skovira, Robert K Kan
Organophosphate compounds, such as soman and sarin, are highly toxic chemical warfare nerve agents that cause a build-up of acetylcholine in synapses and neuromuscular junctions. Current therapies aim to prevent seizures and protect against brain injury following exposure. The present study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the antihistamine cyproheptadine in improving survival and controlling seizures in rats exposed to soman. Rats were pretreated with the oxime reactivator HI-6 (125mg/kg, ip) 30min prior to soman exposure (225μg/kg, sc) and then treated with atropine methylnitrate (AMN, 2...
December 14, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976342/chemical-warfare-the-battle-between-termite-associated-actinobacteria-and-trichoderma-harzianum-a-fungal-pathogen
#11
E Mevers, J Saurí, A Moser, M Varlan, G E Martin, J C Clardy
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December 2016: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942095/bridging-the-gap-between-sample-collection-and-laboratory-analysis-using-dried-blood-spots-to-identify-human-exposure-to-chemical-agents
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Elizabeth I Hamelin, Thomas A Blake, Jonas W Perez, Brian S Crow, Rebecca L Shaner, Rebecca M Coleman, Rudolph C Johnson
Public health response to large scale chemical emergencies presents logistical challenges for sample collection, transport, and analysis. Diagnostic methods used to identify and determine exposure to chemical warfare agents, toxins, and poisons traditionally involve blood collection by phlebotomists, cold transport of biomedical samples, and costly sample preparation techniques. Use of dried blood spots, which consist of dried blood on an FDA-approved substrate, can increase analyte stability, decrease infection hazard for those handling samples, greatly reduce the cost of shipping/storing samples by removing the need for refrigeration and cold chain transportation, and be self-prepared by potentially exposed individuals using a simple finger prick and blood spot compatible paper...
May 13, 2016: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935238/identification-of-novel-disulfide-adducts-between-the-thiol-containing-leaving-group-of-the-nerve-agent-vx-and-cysteine-containing-tripeptides-derived-from-human-serum-albumin
#13
Andreas Kranawetvogl, Jim Küppers, Michael Gütschow, Franz Worek, Horst Thiermann, Paul W Elsinghorst, Harald John
Chemical warfare agents represent a continuous and considerable threat to military personnel and the civilian population. Such compounds are prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention, to which adherence by the member states is strictly controlled. Therefore, reliable analytical methods for verification of an alleged use of banned substances are required. Accordingly, current research focuses on long-term biomarkers derived from covalent adducts with biomolecules such as proteins. Recently, we have introduced a microbore liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry method allowing for the investigation of two different classes of adducts of the nerve agent VX with human serum albumin (HSA)...
December 9, 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923644/s-and-n-alkylating-agents-diminish-the-fluorescence-of-fluorescent-dye-stained-dna
#14
Robert Giesche, Harald John, Kai Kehe, Annette Schmidt, Tanja Popp, Frank Balzuweit, Horst Thiermann, Thomas Gudermann, Dirk Steinritz
Sulfur mustard (SM), a chemical warfare agent, causes DNA alkylation, which is believed to be the main cause of its toxicity. SM DNA adducts are commonly used to verify exposure to this vesicant. However, the required analytical state-of-the-art mass-spectrometry methods are complex, use delicate instruments, are not mobile, and require laboratory infrastructure that is most likely not available in conflict zones. Attempts have thus been made to develop rapid detection methods that can be used in the field...
January 25, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921407/trefoil-factor-family-1-is-involved-in-airway-remodeling-of-mustard-lung
#15
Mohammad Reza Nourani, Zahra Farajpour, Ali Najafi, Abbas Ali Imani Fooladi
Human airway is generally destructed by inhaled factors and is the barrier to the external environment and has a crucial role in protection of the internal homeostasis of the lung. Sulfur mustard (SM) is a chemical warfare that capable of producing severe chemical injuries primarily in the lungs. Trefoil factor family (TFFs) plays major roles in epithelial repair and homeostasis, particularly in the lung. This study attempted to verify the role of TFFs in airway that induced by sulfur mustard. Fifteen patients exposed to SM and 10 non-exposed subjects were enrolled in this study...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915249/new-and-highly-active-microbial-phosphotriesterase-sources
#16
Julia Y Santillan, Lucas A Dettorre, Elizabeth S Lewkowicz, Adolfo M Iribarren
Many toxic insecticides used worldwide as well as some chemical warfare agents are phosphotriester derivatives. Therefore, detoxification of organophosphorus compounds has become the subject of many studies and in particular bioremediation, based on the phosphotriesterase catalysed hydrolysis of these compounds, has shown to be an effective and ecological methodology. In order to identify new bacterial phosphotriesterases, a simple and sensitive fluorimetric screening method on solid media was employed that allowed the selection of six strains with phosphotriesterase activity...
December 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900576/time-course-behavioral-safety-and-protective-efficacy-of-centrally-active-reversible-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitors-in-cynomolgus-macaques
#17
Lindsey R Hamilton, Steven C Schachter, Todd M Myers
Galantamine hydrobromide and (-)huperzine A, centrally active reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, are potentially superior to the current standard, pyridostigmine bromide, as a pretreatment for organophosphorus chemical warfare nerve agent intoxication. Galantamine, huperzine, and pyridostigmine were compared for time course of acetylcholinesterase inhibition in 12 cynomolgus macaques. Although both galantamine and huperzine shared a similar time course profile for acetylcholinesterase inhibition, huperzine was 88 times more potent than galantamine...
November 30, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897140/agins2-quantum-dots-for-the-detection-of-trinitrotoluene
#18
Alfred J Baca, Heather A Meylemans, Lawrence Baldwin, Lee R Cambrea, Ji Feng, Yadong Yin, M Joseph Roberts
AgInS2 (AIS) quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized via a thermal decomposition reaction with dodecylamine as the ligand to help stabilize the QDs. This reaction procedure is relatively easy to implement, scalable to large batches (up to hundreds of milligrams of QDs are produced), and a convenient method for the synthesis of chalcogenide QDs. Metal powders of AgNO3 and In(NO3)3, were used as the metal precursors while diethyldithiocarbamate was used as the sulfur source. The AIS QDs were characterized via transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy...
January 6, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876889/harnessing-hyperthermostable-lactonase-from-sulfolobus-solfataricus-for-biotechnological-applications
#19
Benjamin Rémy, Laure Plener, Laetitia Poirier, Mikael Elias, David Daudé, Eric Chabrière
Extremozymes have gained considerable interest as they could meet industrial requirements. Among these, SsoPox is a hyperthermostable enzyme isolated from the archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus. This enzyme is a lactonase catalyzing the hydrolysis of acyl-homoserine lactones; these molecules are involved in Gram-negative bacterial communication referred to as quorum sensing. SsoPox exhibits promiscuous phosphotriesterase activity for the degradation of organophosphorous chemicals including insecticides and chemical warfare agents...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830420/organophosphate-hydrolyzing-enzymes-as-first-line-of-defence-against-nerve-agent-poisoning-perspectives-and-the-road-ahead
#20
REVIEW
A R Satvik Iyengar, Abhay H Pande
Nerve agents (NAs) are extremely neurotoxic synthetic organophosphate (OP) compounds exploited as weapons of mass destruction in terrorist attacks and chemical warfare. Considering the current world scenario, there is a persistent threat of NA-exposure to military personals and civilians. Various prophylactic and post-exposure treatments (such as atropine and oximes) available currently for NA-poisoning are inadequate and unsatisfactory and suffer from severe limitations. Hence, developing safe and effective treatment(s) against NA-poisoning is a critical necessity...
December 2016: Protein Journal
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