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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106838/molecular-characterization-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-and-their-relations-with-paralytic-shellfish-toxin-bioaccumulation-in-the-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas
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Floriane Boullot, Justine Castrec, Adeline Bidault, Natanael Dantas, Laura Payton, Mickael Perrigault, Damien Tran, Zouher Amzil, Pierre Boudry, Philippe Soudant, Hélène Hégaret, Caroline Fabioux
Paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) bind to voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav) and block conduction of action potential in excitable cells. This study aimed to (i) characterize Nav sequences in Crassostrea gigas and (ii) investigate a putative relation between Nav and PST-bioaccumulation in oysters. The phylogenetic analysis highlighted two types of Nav in C. gigas: a Nav1 (CgNav1) and a Nav2 (CgNav2) with sequence properties of sodium-selective and sodium/calcium-selective channels, respectively. Three alternative splice transcripts of CgNav1 named A, B and C, were characterized...
January 19, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073548/cyanobacteria-and-cyanotoxins-in-fishponds-and-their-effects-on-fish-tissue
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Damjana Drobac, Nada Tokodi, Jelena Lujić, Zoran Marinović, Gordana Subakov-Simić, Tamara Dulić, Tamara Važić, Sonja Nybom, Jussi Meriluoto, Geoffrey A Codd, Zorica Svirčev
Cyanobacteria can produce toxic metabolites known as cyanotoxins. Common and frequently investigated cyanotoxins include microcystins (MCs), nodularin (NOD) and saxitoxins (STXs). During the summer of 2011 extensive cyanobacterial growth was found in several fishponds in Serbia. Sampling of the water and fish (common carp, Cyprinus carpio) was performed. Water samples from 13 fishponds were found to contain saxitoxin, microcystin, and/or nodularin. LC-MS/MS showed that MC-RR was present in samples of fish muscle tissue...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073529/seasonality-and-toxin-production-of-pyrodinium-bahamense-in-a-red-sea-lagoon
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E Banguera-Hinestroza, W Eikrem, H Mansour, I Solberg, J Cúrdia, K Holtermann, B Edvardsen, S Kaartvedt
Harmful algal blooms of the dinoflagellate Pyrodinium bahamense have caused human and economic losses in the last decades. This study, for the first time, documents a bloom of P. bahamense in the Red Sea. The alga was recurrently present in a semi-enclosed lagoon throughout nearly 2 years of observations. The highest cell densities (10(4)-10(5)cellsL(-1)) were recorded from September to beginning of December at temperatures and salinities of ∼26-32°C and ∼41, respectively. The peak of the bloom was recorded mid-November, before a sharp decrease in cell numbers at the end of December...
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
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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/28073524/distribution-occurrence-and-biotoxin-composition-of-the-main-shellfish-toxin-producing-microalgae-within-european-waters-a-comparison-of-methods-of-analysis
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Sara E McNamee, Linda K Medlin, Jessica Kegel, Gary R McCoy, Robin Raine, Lucia Barra, Maria Valeria Ruggiero, Wiebe H C F Kooistra, Marina Montresor, Johannes Hagstrom, Eva Perez Blanco, Edna Graneli, Francisco Rodríguez, Laura Escalera, Beatriz Reguera, Simon Dittami, Bente Edvardsen, Joe Taylor, Jane M Lewis, Yolanda Pazos, Christopher T Elliott, Katrina Campbell
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a natural global phenomena emerging in severity and extent. Incidents have many economic, ecological and human health impacts. Monitoring and providing early warning of toxic HABs are critical for protecting public health. Current monitoring programmes include measuring the number of toxic phytoplankton cells in the water and biotoxin levels in shellfish tissue. As these efforts are demanding and labour intensive, methods which improve the efficiency are essential. This study compares the utilisation of a multitoxin surface plasmon resonance (multitoxin SPR) biosensor with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and analytical methods such as high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for toxic HAB monitoring efforts in Europe...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073499/physiological-and-transcriptional-responses-to-inorganic-nutrition-in-a-tropical-pacific-strain-of-alexandrium-minutum-implications-for-the-saxitoxin-genes-and-toxin-production
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Kieng Soon Hii, Po Teen Lim, Nyuk Fong Kon, Yoshinobu Takata, Gires Usup, Chui Pin Leaw
Saxitoxins (STXs) constitute a family of potent sodium channel blocking toxins, causative agents of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), and are produced by several species of marine dinoflagellates and cyanobacteria. Two STX-core genes, sxtA and sxtG, have been well elucidated in Alexandrium but the expression of these genes under various nutritional modes in tropical species remains unclear. This study investigates the physiological responses of a tropical Pacific strain of Alexandrium minutum growing with nitrate or ammonium, and with various nitrogen to phosphorus (N:P) supply ratios...
June 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073498/cyanotoxins-in-inland-lakes-of-the-united-states-occurrence-and-potential-recreational-health-risks-in-the-epa-national-lakes-assessment-2007
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Keith A Loftin, Jennifer L Graham, Elizabeth D Hilborn, Sarah C Lehmann, Michael T Meyer, Julie E Dietze, Christopher B Griffith
A large nation-wide survey of cyanotoxins (1161 lakes) in the United States (U.S.) was conducted during the EPA National Lakes Assessment 2007. Cyanotoxin data were compared with cyanobacteria abundance- and chlorophyll-based World Health Organization (WHO) thresholds and mouse toxicity data to evaluate potential recreational risks. Cylindrospermopsins, microcystins, and saxitoxins were detected (ELISA) in 4.0, 32, and 7.7% of samples with mean concentrations of 0.56, 3.0, and 0.061μg/L, respectively (detections only)...
June 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073495/influence-of-nitrogen-availability-on-the-expression-of-genes-involved-in-the-biosynthesis-of-saxitoxin-and-analogs-in-cylindrospermopsis-raciborskii
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Paula Vico, Luis Aubriot, Fátima Martigani, Natalia Rigamonti, Sylvia Bonilla, Claudia Piccini
The development of cyanobacterial blooms in inland aquatic ecosystems is greatly promoted by nutrient availability, especially nitrogen and phosphorous. When blooms are dominated by toxigenic species the harmful effects of nutrient loading becomes particularly relevant. Among toxic species, Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii found in South American ecosystems is characterized by the production of saxitoxin and analogs (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, PSP), for which the factors that trigger their production have not been elucidated...
June 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073493/abiotic-variables-affect-stx-concentration-in-a-meso-oligotrophic-subtropical-coastal-lake-dominated-by-cylindrospermopsis-raciborskii-cyanophyceae
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Débora Monteiro Brentano, Eduardo L Hettwer Giehl, Maurício Mello Petrucio
The cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii is capable of producing toxins including saxitoxin (STX). Few studies have verified the influence of environmental variables on the production of STX and most have only been studied in the laboratory. The goal of this work was to identify the abiotic variables related to STX concentration in situ. The relationship among STX concentration and the physical variables, nutrients and chlorophyll-a (chl-a) concentration was examined in a meso-oligotrophic subtropical coastal lake dominated by C...
June 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073484/the-genetics-biosynthesis-and-regulation-of-toxic-specialized-metabolites-of-cyanobacteria
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REVIEW
Leanne A Pearson, Elke Dittmann, Rabia Mazmouz, Sarah E Ongley, Paul M D'Agostino, Brett A Neilan
The production of toxic metabolites by cyanobacterial blooms represents a significant threat to the health of humans and ecosystems worldwide. Here we summarize the current state of the knowledge regarding the genetics, biosynthesis and regulation of well-characterized cyanotoxins, including the microcystins, nodularin, cylindrospermopsin, saxitoxins and anatoxins, as well as the lesser-known marine toxins (e.g. lyngbyatoxin, aplysiatoxin, jamaicamides, barbamide, curacin, hectochlorin and apratoxins).
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073481/understanding-the-winning-strategies-used-by-the-bloom-forming-cyanobacterium-cylindrospermopsis-raciborskii
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REVIEW
Michele A Burford, John Beardall, Anusuya Willis, Philip T Orr, Valeria F Magalhaes, Luciana M Rangel, Sandra M F O E Azevedo, Brett A Neilan
The cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii is a widespread species increasingly being recorded in freshwater systems around the world. It is of particular concern because strains in some geographic areas are capable of producing toxins with implications for human and animal health. Studies of this species have increased rapidly in the last two decades, especially in the southern hemisphere where toxic strains are prevalent. A clearer picture is emerging of the strategies adopted by this species to bloom and out-compete other species...
April 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
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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/28003064/saxitoxin-increases-phocine-distemper-virus-replication-upon-in-vitro-infection-in-harbor-seal-immune-cells
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Andrea L Bogomolni, Anna L Bass, Spencer Fire, Lindsay Jasperse, Milton Levin, Ole Nielsen, Gordon Waring, Sylvain De Guise
Several marine mammal epizootics have been closely linked to infectious diseases, as well as to the biotoxins produced by harmful algal blooms (HABs). In two of three saxitoxin (STX) associated mortality events, dolphin morbillivirus (DMV) or phocine distemper virus (PDV) was isolated in affected individuals. While STX is notorious for its neurotoxicity, immunotoxic effects have also been described. This study investigated the role of STX in altering immune function, specifically T lymphocyte proliferation, in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina concolor) upon in-vitro exposure...
January 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978691/a-synthetic-strategy-for-saxitoxin-skeleton-by-a-cascade-bromocyclization-total-synthesis-of-decarbamoyl-%C3%AE-saxitoxinol
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Sohei Ueno, Atsuo Nakazaki, Toshio Nishikawa
A new synthetic strategy for the formation of the ABC tricyclic framework of saxitoxin was developed. The BC ring moiety, including a spiro-aminal structure, was first constructed stereoselectively by a newly designed cascade bromocyclization of a readily available internal alkyne bearing guanidine and urea. The A ring was then synthesized by a guanylation of a cyclic urea, easily prepared via the oxidative cleavage of the diol of the cascade product, followed by addition of cyanide. This strategy enables the concise stereocontrolled total synthesis of (+)-decarbamoyl-α-saxitoxinol, which is a naturally occurring saxitoxin analogue...
December 16, 2016: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907126/variability-in-the-sxt-gene-clusters-of-psp-toxin-producing-aphanizomenon-gracile-strains-from-norway-spain-germany-and-north-america
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Andreas Ballot, Leonardo Cerasino, Vladyslava Hostyeva, Samuel Cirés
Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin production has been detected worldwide in the cyanobacterial genera Anabaena, Lyngbya, Scytonema, Cuspidothrix and Aphanizomenon. In Europe Aphanizomenon gracile and Cuspidothrix issatschenkoi are the only known producers of PSP toxins and are found in Southwest and Central European freshwater bodies. In this study the PSP toxin producing Aphanizomenon sp. strain NIVA-CYA 851 was isolated from the Norwegian Lake Hillestadvannet. In a polyphasic approach NIVA-CYA 851 was morphologically and phylogenetically classified, and investigated for toxin production...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879646/integrating-scfv-into-xmap-assays-for-the-detection-of-marine-toxins
#16
Lisa C Shriver-Lake, Jinny L Liu, P Audrey Brozozog Lee, Ellen R Goldman, Richard Dietrich, Erwin Märtlbauer, George P Anderson
Marine toxins, such as saxitoxin and domoic acid are associated with algae blooms and can bioaccumulate in shell fish which present both health and economic concerns. The ability to detect the presence of toxin is paramount for the administration of the correct supportive care in case of intoxication; environmental monitoring to detect the presence of toxin is also important for prevention of intoxication. Immunoassays are one tool that has successfully been applied to the detection of marine toxins. Herein, we had the variable regions of two saxitoxin binding monoclonal antibodies sequenced and used the information to produce recombinant constructs that consist of linked heavy and light variable domains that make up the binding domains of the antibodies (scFv)...
November 21, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862045/capillary-electrophoresis-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry-combined-with-metal-tag-for-ultrasensitively-determining-trace-saxitoxin-in-seafood
#17
Ye He, Fan Mo, Danlong Chen, LiangJun Xu, Yongning Wu, FengFu Fu
As one of paralytic shellfish toxins, the saxitoxin (STX) in the aqueous environment can be accumulated by most shellfish, and thus harms human health through the food chain. Therefore, it is crucial to determine trace STX in seafood samples in order to ensure the safety of seafood consumption. In this study, we developed a novel indirect method for ultrasensitively determining trace STX in seafood by using CE-ICP-MS together with Eu(3+) chelate labeling. We demonstrated that diethylenetriamine-N,N,N',N″,N″-pentaacetic acid (DTPA) can couple with STX and simultaneously chelate with Eu(3+) to realize metallic labeling of STX, and thus realize the ultrasensitive quantification of trace STX with CE-ICP-MS...
November 10, 2016: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845057/tetrodotoxin-and-tributyltin-binding-abilities-of-recombinant-pufferfish-saxitoxin-and-tetrodotoxin-binding-proteins-of-takifugu-rubripes
#18
Hina Satone, Shohei Nonaka, Jae Man Lee, Yohei Shimasaki, Takahiro Kusakabe, Shun-Ichiro Kawabata, Yuji Oshima
We investigated the ability of recombinant pufferfish saxitoxin and tetrodotoxin binding protein types 1 and 2 of Takifugu rubripes (rTrub.PSTBP1 and rTrub.PSTBP2) to bind to tetrodotoxin (TTX) and tributyltin. Both rTrub.PSTBPs bound to tributyltin in an ultrafiltration binding assay but lost this ability on heat denaturation. In contrast, only rTrub.PSTBP2 bound to TTX even heat denaturation. This result suggests that the amino acid sequence of PSTBP2 may be contributed for its affinity for TTX.
January 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817832/column-switching-combined-with-hydrophilic-interaction-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-the-analysis-of-saxitoxin-analogues-and-their-biosynthetic-intermediates-in-dinoflagellates
#19
Yuko Cho, Shigeki Tsuchiya, Renpei Yoshioka, Takuo Omura, Keiichi Konoki, Yasukatsu Oshima, Mari Yotsu-Yamashita
Hydrophilic-interaction chromatography (HILIC) is reportedly useful for the analysis of saxitoxin (STX) analogues, collectively known as paralytic shellfish toxins. Column switching and two-step gradient elution using HILIC combined with mass spectrometry enabled the simultaneous analysis of the 15 primary STX analogues and their biosynthetic intermediates, arginine, Int-A', and Int-C'2, and the shunt product, Cyclic-C'. Crude extracts of toxin-producing dinoflagellates can be injected without any treatment except filtration...
October 29, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796937/cytotoxic-effects-of-environmental-toxins-on-human-glial-cells
#20
Fiona D'Mello, Nady Braidy, Helder Marçal, Gilles Guillemin, Fanny Rossi, Mirielle Chinian, Dominique Laurent, Charles Teo, Brett A Neilan
Toxins produced by cyanobacteria and dinoflagellates have increasingly become a public health concern due to their degenerative effects on mammalian tissue and cells. In particular, emerging evidence has called attention to the neurodegenerative effects of the cyanobacterial toxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA). Other toxins such as the neurotoxins saxitoxin and ciguatoxin, as well as the hepatotoxic microcystin, have been previously shown to have a range of effects upon the nervous system. However, the capacity of these toxins to cause neurodegeneration in human cells has not, to our knowledge, been previously investigated...
October 29, 2016: Neurotoxicity Research
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