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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913019/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-shallow-percolated-water-of-the-alps-karst-system-zugspitze-summit-germany
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Walkiria Levy, Marchela Pandelova, Bernhard Henkelmann, Silke Bernhöft, Norbert Fischer, Felix Antritter, Karl-Werner Schramm
In the German Calcareous Alps at the Zugspitze, percolated water close to a permafrost bedrock in a tunnel system was monitored long-term for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDF), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), and 28 organochlorine pesticides (OCP). Semi-permeable membrane devices (SPMD) were deployed in a temporary surface water system at the Zugspitze plateau and analysed for PCB, PAH, and OCP. The high-volume water sampling was successfully implemented and all compounds were identified in the water percolated through the Karst system...
November 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913006/noninvasive-prediction-of-pulmonary-artery-pressure-and-vascular-resistance-by-using-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-indices
#2
Zhang Zhang, Meng Wang, Zhenwen Yang, Fan Yang, Dong Li, Tielian Yu, Ningnannan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has promise of being able to provide frequent cardiac morphology and function evaluations noninvasively for repeated follow-ups of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients after the initial right heart catheterization (RHC) diagnosis. By using the noninvasive CMR indices, the present study aimed to formulate and validate a prediction model of mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). METHODS: Both Derivation Cohort (N=25) and Validation Cohort (N=25) of PAH patients underwent CMR and RHC within one week...
October 29, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912917/isolation-and-characterization-of-pah-degrading-bacteria-from-the-eastern-province-saudi-arabia
#3
Tajudeen A Oyehan, Assad A Al-Thukair
Contaminated sediment samples were collected from the Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia for isolation of pyrene- and phenanthrene-degrading bacteria by enrichment method. Four isolates were morphologically characterized as Gram-negative rod strains and 16S rRNA sequence analysis revealed the isolates as closely related to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, P. citronellolis, Ochrobactrum intermedium and Cupriavidus taiwanensis. Degradation of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by the latter three strains was investigated in liquid cultures...
November 29, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912191/cancer-risk-from-polycyclic-aromatic-compounds-in-fine-particulate-matter-generated-from-household-coal-combustion-in-xuanwei-china
#4
K H Lui, Benjamin A Musa Bandowe, Linwei Tian, Chi-Sing Chan, Jun-Ji Cao, Zhi Ning, S C Lee, K F Ho
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their polar derivatives (oxygenated PAHs: OPAHs and azaarenes: AZAs) were characterized in fine particulates (PM2.5) emitted from indoor coal combustion. Samples were collected in Xuanwei (Yunnan Province), a region in China with a high rate of lung cancer. A sample from the community with the highest mortality contained the highest total concentration of PAHs, OPAHs and AZAs and posed the highest excess cancer risk from a lifetime of inhaling fine particulates. Positive correlations between total carbonyl-OPAHs, total AZAs and total PAHs implied that the emissions were dependent on similar factors, regardless of sample location and type...
November 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912147/inhibition-of-endocan-attenuates-monocrotaline-induced-connective-tissue-disease-related-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#5
Haiyan Zhao, Yunxin Xue, Yun Guo, Yue Sun, Dongmei Liu, Xiaofei Wang
Connective tissue disease related pulmonary arterial hypertension (CTD-PAH) is characterized by vascular remodeling, endothelial dysfunction and inflammation. Endocan is a novel endothelial dysfunction marker. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of endocan in CTD-PAH. Monocrotaline (MCT)-induced PAH rats were used as the CTD-PAH model. Short hairpin RNA packed in a lentiviral vector used to inhibit endocan expression was intratracheally instilled in rats prior to the MCT injection. Endocan was found to be increased in the serum and lung of MCT-induced PAH rats...
November 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910987/on-the-formation-of-nitrogen-substituted-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-npahs-in-circumstellar-and-interstellar-environments
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REVIEW
Dorian S N Parker, Ralf I Kaiser
The chemical evolution of extraterrestrial environments leads to the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) via gas phase radical mediated aromatization reactions. We review that these de facto barrierless reactions are capable of forming prebiotic molecules such as nitrogen substituted PAHs (NPAHs), which represent the missing link between nitrogen bearing acyclic molecules and prebiotic nucleobases along with vitamins found in meteorites. Crucial routes leading to the incorporation of nitrogen atoms into the aromatic ring have been exposed...
December 2, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910060/microrna-delivery-strategies-to-the-lung-in-a-model-of-pulmonary-hypertension
#7
Lin Deng, Andrew H Baker, Angela C Bradshaw
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by enhanced proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells associated with obliteration of small pulmonary arterioles and formation of plexiform lesions. To date, no curative treatments have been identified for pulmonary arterial hypertension. There are various therapeutic options, including conventional medical therapies and oral, subcutaneous, intravenous, and inhalation delivery. We have previously shown that miR-143/145 knockout can prevent the development of chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension (PH) in mice...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908386/genetic-polymorphisms-in-19q13-3-genes-associated-with-alteration-of-repair-capacity-to-bpde-dna-adducts-in-primary-cultured-lymphocytes
#8
Mingyang Xiao, Sha Xiao, Tahar van der Straaten, Ping Xue, Guopei Zhang, Xiao Zheng, Qianye Zhang, Yuan Cai, Cuihong Jin, Jinghua Yang, Shengwen Wu, Guolian Zhu, Xiaobo Lu
Benzo[a]pyrene(B[a]P), and its ultimate metabolite Benzo[a]pyrene 7,8-diol 9,10-epoxide (BPDE), are classic DNA damaging carcinogens. DNA damage in cells caused by BPDE is normally repaired by Nucleotide Excision Repair (NER) and Base Excision Repair (BER). Genetic variations in NER and BER can change individual DNA repair capacity to DNA damage induced by BPDE. In the present study we determined the number of in vitro induced BPDE-DNA adducts in lymphocytes, to reflect individual susceptibility to Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)-induced carcinogenesis...
December 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908382/water-soluble-and-organic-extracts-of-airborne-particulate-matter-induce-micronuclei-in-human-lung-epithelial-a549-cells
#9
Isabel C Palacio, Silvia B M Barros, Deborah A Roubicek
The in vitro genotoxic effects of organic and water-soluble fractions of airborne particulate matter (PM10) with the cytokinesis blocked micronucleus (MN) test in human alveolar carcinoma cells A549 were investigated. Samples were collected in three different sites of São Paulo State, Brazil, and fifteen soluble metals and the sixteen EPÁs priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) were chemically determined. PAHs prevailing were fluoranthene and benzo(ghi)perylene. In the water-soluble extracts, highest concentration of metals was found for zinc, iron, and copper in all places of collection...
December 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908301/utility-of-b-type-natriuretic-peptides-in-the-assessment-of-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-associated-pulmonary-hypertension-in-the-pharos-registry
#10
Lorinda Chung, Robert M Fairchild, Daniel E Furst, Shufeng Li, Firas Alkassab, Marcy B Bolster, Mary Ellen Csuka, Chris T Derk, Robyn T Domsic, Aryeh Fischer, Tracy Frech, Mardi Gomberg-Maitland, Jessica K Gordon, Monique Hinchcliff, Vivien Hsu, Laura K Hummers, Dinesh Khanna, Thomas A Jr Medsger, Jerry A Molitor, Ivana R Preston, Elena Schiopu, Lee Shapiro, Faye Hant, Richard Silver, Robert Simms, John Varga, Virginia D Steen, Roham T Zamanian
OBJECTIVES: To assess the utility of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal pro-BNP (NT-proBNP) in detecting and monitoring pulmonary hypertension (PH) in systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: PHAROS is a multicenter prospective cohort of SSc patients at high risk for developing pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSc-AR-PAH) or with a definitive diagnosis of SSc-PH. We evaluated 1) the sensitivity and specificity of BNP≥64 and NT-proBNP≥210 pg/mL for the detection of SSc-PAH and/ or SSc-PH in the SSc-AR-PAH population; 2) baseline and longitudinal BNP and NT-proBNP levels as predictors of progression to SSc-PAH and/or SSc-PH; 3) baseline BNP≥180, NT-proBNP≥553 pg/mL, and longitudinal changes in BNP and NT-proBNP as predictors of mortality in SSc-PH diagnosed patients...
November 10, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908251/effects-of-an-outpatient-service-rehabilitation-programme-in-patients-affected-by-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-an-observational-study
#11
Maurizio Bussotti, Paola Gremigni, Roberto Fe Pedretti, Patrycja Kransinska, Silvia Di Marco, Paola Corbo, Giovanni Marchese, Paolo Totaro, Marinella Sommaruga
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease characterised by a severe impairment of functional status and quality of life (QoL). Use of rehabilitative programmes may help to improve outcomes. The aim of this pre/post test case series was to evaluate the impact of a training program, including sessions of aerobic and resistance exercise, inspiratory muscle reinforcement, slow breathing, relaxation, and psychological support, on functional outcomes. METHODS: Fifteen patients affected by PAH, in World Health Organization (WHO) Functional Class (FC) II or III and in stable clinical condition, were included in a 4-week cardiorespiratory training programme conducted in outpatient service...
November 30, 2016: Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906031/contrasting-biological-potency-of-particulate-matter-collected-at-sites-impacted-by-distinct-industrial-sources
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Errol M Thomson, Dalibor Breznan, Subramanian Karthikeyan, Christine MacKinnon-Roy, Ngoc Q Vuong, Ewa Dabek-Zlotorzynska, Valbona Celo, Jean-Pierre Charland, Prem Kumarathasan, Jeffrey R Brook, Renaud Vincent
BACKGROUND: Industrial sources contribute a significant proportion of anthropogenic particulate matter (PM) emissions, producing particles of varying composition that may differentially impact health. This study investigated the in vitro toxicity of ambient PM collected near industrial sites in relation to particle size and composition. METHODS: Size-fractionated particles (ultrafine, PM0.1-2.5, PM2.5-10, PM>10) were collected in the vicinity of steel, copper, aluminium, and petrochemical industrial sites...
December 1, 2016: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903665/pregnancy-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#13
REVIEW
Karen M Olsson, Richard Channick
Despite advanced therapies, maternal mortality in women with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains high in pregnancy and is especially high during the post-partum period. However, recent data indicates that morbidity and mortality during pregnancy and after birth have improved for PAH patients. The current European Society of Cardiology/European Respiratory Society guidelines recommend that women with PAH should not become pregnant. Therefore, the risks associated with pregnancy must be emphasised and counselling offered to women at the time of PAH diagnosis and to women with PAH who become pregnant...
December 2016: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903663/beyond-a-single-pathway-combination-therapy-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#14
REVIEW
Olivier Sitbon, Sean Gaine
There is a strong rationale for combining therapies to simultaneously target three of the key pathways implicated in the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Evidence to support this strategy is growing, and a number of studies have demonstrated that combination therapy, administered as either a sequential or an initial regimen, can improve long-term outcomes in PAH. Dual combination therapy with a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor and an endothelin receptor antagonist is the most widely utilised combination regimen...
December 2016: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903661/risk-assessment-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#15
REVIEW
Amresh Raina, Marc Humbert
Regular patient assessment is essential for the management of chronic diseases, such as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Comprehensive patient assessment and risk stratification in PAH are important to guide treatment decisions and to monitor disease progression as well as patients' response to treatment. Approaches for assessing risk in PAH patients include the use of risk variables, as recommended in the 2015 European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Respiratory Society (ERS) pulmonary hypertension (PH) guidelines, and the application of risk equations and scores, such as the French registry risk equation and the REVEAL registry risk score...
December 2016: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903660/future-perspectives-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#16
REVIEW
Gérald Simonneau, Marius M Hoeper, Vallerie McLaughlin, Lewis Rubin, Nazzareno Galiè
While there have been advances in the field of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), disease management remains suboptimal for many patients. The development of novel treatments and strategies can provide opportunities to target other mechanisms that play a role in the complex pathobiology of PAH outside of the three main pathophysiological pathways. In this review, we highlight some of the potential PAH therapies or techniques that are being, or have been, investigated in phase II clinical trials. This review also discusses potential points for consideration in the development of novel therapies that target putative disease mediators or modifiers...
December 2016: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902966/photo-induced-toxicity-and-oxidative-stress-responses-in-tigriopus-japonicus-exposed-to-nitro-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-artificial-light
#17
Toshimitsu Onduka, Daisuke Ojima, Katsutoshi Ito, Kazuhiko Mochida, Mana Ito, Jiro Koyama, Kazunori Fujii
Photo-induced toxicity is an important phenomenon in ecotoxicology because sunlight reaches many organisms in their natural habitats. To elucidate whether sunlight enhances the toxicity of nitro-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (nitro-PAHs), the acute toxicities of 10 nitro-PAHs and the related compound 1-nitropyrene (1-NP) to Tigriopus japonicus were assessed in darkness or under light conditions. In addition, the relationships among the toxicity of 1-NP to T. japonicus, lighting condition, and the concentration of reactive oxygen species (ROS) formed were investigated in the presence or absence of the ROS scavenger ascorbic acid in the test solutions...
November 27, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902243/rugosibacter-aromaticivorans-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-novel-bacterium-within-the-family-rhodocyclaceae-isolated-from-contaminated-soil-capable-of-degrading-aromatic-compounds
#18
Elizabeth M Corteselli, Michael D Aitken, David R Singleton
A bacterial strain designated Ca6T was isolated from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-contaminated soil from the site of a former manufactured gas plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA and phylogenetically linked to the Rhodocyclaceae family of the Betaproteobacteria. Its 16S rRNA gene was highly similar to globally distributed environmental sequences, including those previously designated "Pyrene Group 1" demonstrated to grow on the PAHs phenanthrene and pyrene by stable-isotope probing. The closest described relative was Sulfuritalea hydrogenivorans strain sk43HT (93...
October 27, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900422/comparative-investigation-of-bacterial-fungal-and-archaeal-community-structures-in-soils-in-a-typical-oilfield-in-jianghan-china
#19
Zhi-Feng Zhou, Ming-Xia Wang, Xiao-Hu Zuo, Yan-Hong Yao
Agricultural soils in oilfields have high risk for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) pollution. In this study, from the Jianghan Oilfield (Hubei Province, China) with a history of >50 years, 7 soil samples (OS-1 to OS-7) were collected. Subsequently, the bacterial, archaeal, and fungal community structures were investigated by Illumina MiSeq sequencing, and the relationship between microbial community structure and soil PAH content was analyzed. The results indicated that bacterial and archaeal Chao 1 indices showed a significantly negative relationship with soil PAH content, and only the bacterial Shannon index had a significantly negative relationship with soil PAH content...
November 29, 2016: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898216/characterization-of-prostacyclin-associated-leg-pain-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#20
Gabriel L Pagani-Estévez, Keith M Swetz, Michael D McGoon, Robert P Frantz, Susan K Tointon, Ann M Karnyski, Louise A Durst, James C Watson
RATIONALE: Prostacyclin-associated leg pain is a potentially debilitating adverse effect of prostacyclin therapy for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, to our knowledge, this entity has not been systematically studied. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the clinical features and metabolic risk factors for prostacyclinassociated leg pain. METHODS: At one academic medical center we assembled and analyzed a case series of patients with PAH and prostacyclin-associated leg pain...
November 29, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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