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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087910/-progress-on-anti-tumor-molecular-mechanisms-of-dihydroartemisinin
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Peng Cao, Dongjin Leng, Ying Li, Ziwei Zhang, Lei Liu, Xiaoyan Li
Artemisinin is an anti-malarial drug with poor water solubility and oral absorption; so a variety of derivatives based on the parent nucleus have been developed. Compared with artemisinin, dihydroartemisinin (DHA) has a stronger anti-malaria activity, and has the advantages of high metabolic rate and better water solubility. Recent studies have discovered that DHA has a good inhibitory effect on tumor cells, which is closely related to the peroxide bridge in its molecular structure. Since tumor cells need more Fe(3+) than normal cells, there are a large number of transferrin receptors on the tumor cell membrane...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087073/abnormal-mortality-of-octopus-after-a-storm-water-event-accumulated-lead-and-lead-isotopes-as-fingerprints
#2
J Raimundo, F Ruano, J Pereira, M Mil-Homens, P Brito, C Vale, M Caetano
Octopus vulgaris is a sedentary organism that inhabits coastal waters being exposed to anthropogenic compounds. Lead concentration in coastal environments reflects many processes and activities namely weathering, industrial and domestic discharges, and atmospheric deposition. Since lead isotopic composition is little affected by kinetic processes occurring between source and sink, its signature has been used to identify different Pb sources. After a short-term heavy rainfall, hundreds of octopus appeared dead in two Portuguese coastal areas...
January 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079199/structural-influence-of-proteins-upon-adsorption-to-mos2-nanomaterials-comparison-of-mos2-force-field-parameters
#3
Zonglin Gu, Phil De Luna, Zaixing Yang, Ruhong Zhou
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has recently emerged as a promising nanomaterial in a wide range of applications due to its unique and impressive properties. For example, MoS2 has gained attention in the biomedical field because of its ability to act as an antibacterial and anticancer agent. However, the potential influence of this exciting nanomaterial on biomolecules is yet to be extensively studied. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are invaluable tools in the examination of protein interactions with nanomaterials such as MoS2...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078240/effect-of-methanol-leaf-extract-of-dalbergia-saxatilis-hook-f-fabaceae-on-renal-function
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Fatima Ismail Hassan, Zezi Abdulkadir Umar, Danmalam Umar Habib, Yaro Abdullahi Hamza
OBJECTIVE: Dalbegia saxatilis (D.saxatilis) is used as a decoction in traditional medicine for ailments such as cough, small pox, skin lesions, bronchial ailments and toothache. This study is aimed at evaluating the toxic effect of methanol leaf extract of D.saxatilis on renal function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wistar rats of both sexes were divided into four groups of five: control animals (group 1) received distilled water 1 ml/kg while groups 2, 3 and 4 were given graded doses of the extract (250, 500 and 1000 mg/kg body weight, respectively) daily for 28 days...
November 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077315/inhibition-of-inos-alleviates-cognitive-deficits-and-depression-in-diabetic-mice-through-downregulating-the-no-sgc-cgmp-pkg-signal-pathway
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Xiao Yan Zhou, Fang Zhang, Chang Jiang Ying, Jing Chen, Ling Chen, Jing Dong, Yue Shi, Mang Tang, Xiao Tong Hu, Zhi Hua Pan, Na Na Xu, Kui Yang Zheng, Ren Xian Tang, Yuan Jian Song
Diabetes mellitus often results in a number of complications involving impaired brain function, including cognitive deficits and depression. However, the potential mechanisms for diabetes-related cognitive deficits and depression are not fully understood. Neurons in the hippocampal, cortical and amygdala functional regions are more susceptible to damage during hyperglycemia. Neuroprotection in the brain can rescue cognitive deficits and depression induced by hyperglycemia. This study investigated the potential mechanisms underlying diabetes-related congnitive deficits and depression, determined whether the inflammatory factor inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and the nitric oxide (NO)/soluble guanylyl cyclases (sGC)/cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)/protein kinase G (PKG) pathway, play key roles in cognitive deficits and depression associated...
January 8, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074245/antifeedants-produced-by-bacteria-associated-with-the-gut-of-the-pine-weevil-hylobius-abietis
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Karolin Axelsson, Vera Konstanzer, Gunaratna Kuttuva Rajarao, Olle Terenius, Lisa Seriot, Henrik Nordenhem, Göran Nordlander, Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson
The pine weevil, Hylobius abietis, is a severe forest pest insect as it feeds on newly planted conifer seedlings. To identify and develop an antifeedant could be one step towards the protection of seedlings from feeding damage by the pine weevil. With the aim to trace the origin of the antifeedants previously found in feces of the pine weevil, we investigated the culturable bacteria associated with the gut and identified the volatiles they produced. Bacterial isolates were identified by 16S ribosomal RNA gene analysis...
January 10, 2017: Microbial Ecology
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/28073534/turbulence-increases-the-risk-of-microcystin-exposure-in-a-eutrophic-lake-lake-taihu-during-cyanobacterial-bloom-periods
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Jian Zhou, Boqiang Qin, Xiaoxia Han, Lin Zhu
Toxic cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) have posed serious water use and public health threats because of the toxins they produce, such as the microcystins (MCs). The direct physical effects of turbulence on MCs, however, have not yet been addressed and is still poorly elucidated. In this study, a 6-day mesocosm experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of wind wave turbulence on the competition of toxic Microcystis and MCs production in highly eutrophicated and turbulent Lake Taihu, China...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073458/the-ichthyotoxic-genus-pseudochattonella-dictyochophyceae-distribution-toxicity-enumeration-ecological-impact-succession-and-life-history-a-review
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Lisa Eckford-Soper, Niels Daugbjerg
The marine genus Pseudochattonella is a recent addition to the list of fish killing microalgae. Currently two species are recognised (viz. P. verruculosa and P. farcimen) which both form recurrent coastal blooms sometimes overlapping in space and time. These events and their ecological and economic consequences have resulted in great interest and concern from marine biologists and the aquaculture industry. Since the first recorded blooms in Japanese (late 1980s), Scandinavian (1993) and Chilean (2004) waters numerous studies have focused on understanding the causative means of the fish killing...
September 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070662/investigation-of-the-instability-and-low-water-kefir-grain-growth-during-an-industrial-water-kefir-fermentation-process
#10
David Laureys, Amandine Van Jean, Jean Dumont, Luc De Vuyst
A poorly performing industrial water kefir production process consisting of a first fermentation process, a rest period at low temperature, and a second fermentation process was characterized to elucidate the causes of its low water kefir grain growth and instability. The frozen-stored water kefir grain inoculum was thawed and reactivated during three consecutive prefermentations before the water kefir production process was started. Freezing and thawing damaged the water kefir grains irreversibly, as their structure did not restore during the prefermentations nor the production process...
January 9, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070102/altered-susceptibility-of-an-obese-rat-model-to-13-week-subchronic-toxicity-induced-by-3-monochloropropane-1-2-diol
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Takeshi Toyoda, Young-Man Cho, Jun-Ichi Akagi, Yasuko Mizuta, Kohei Matsushita, Akiyoshi Nishikawa, Katsumi Imaida, Kumiko Ogawa
3-Monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) is a heat-induced food contaminant that has been shown to be a nongenotoxic renal carcinogen. Although the toxicity of 3-MCPD has been widely investigated for decades, there is a further concern that 3-MCPD might exert more potent toxicity in high-risk population with underlying diseases such as hyperlipidemia associated with obesity. In the present study, we performed a 13-week subchronic toxicity study for 3-MCPD using an obesity rat model to investigate the differences in susceptibility between obese and normal individuals...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070001/neuroimaging-biomarkers-predict-brain-structural-connectivity-change-in-a-mouse-model-of-vascular-cognitive-impairment
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Philipp Boehm-Sturm, Martina Füchtemeier, Marco Foddis, Susanne Mueller, Rebecca C Trueman, Marietta Zille, Jan Leo Rinnenthal, Theodore Kypraios, Laurence Shaw, Ulrich Dirnagl, Tracy D Farr
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Chronic hypoperfusion in the mouse brain has been suggested to mimic aspects of vascular cognitive impairment, such as white matter damage. Although this model has attracted attention, our group has struggled to generate a reliable cognitive and pathological phenotype. This study aimed to identify neuroimaging biomarkers of brain pathology in aged, more severely hypoperfused mice. METHODS: We used magnetic resonance imaging to characterize brain degeneration in mice hypoperfused by refining the surgical procedure to use the smallest reported diameter microcoils (160 μm)...
January 9, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069660/antioxidant-treatment-attenuates-lactate-production-in-diabetic-nephropathy
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Christoffer Laustsen, Per Mose Nielsen, Thomas Stokholm Nørlinger, Haiyun Qi, Uffe Kjærgaard Pedersen, Lotte Bonde Bertelsen, Jakob Appel Østergaard, Allan Flyvbjerg, Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen, Fredrik Palm, Hans Stødkilde-Jørgensen
The early progression of diabetic nephropathy is notoriously difficult to detect and quantify before the occurrence of substantial histological damage. Recently, hyperpolarized [1-(13)C]pyruvate has demonstrated increased lactate production in the kidney early after the onset of diabetes, implying increased lactate dehydrogenase activity as a consequence of increased nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide substrate availability due to upregulation of the polyol pathway, i.e., pseudohypoxia. In this study, we investigated the role of oxidative stress in mediating these metabolic alterations using state-of-the-art hyperpolarized magnetic resonance (MR) imaging...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069224/a-method-for-water-well-regeneration-based-on-shock-waves-and-ultrasound
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Anna V Abramova, Vladimir O Abramov, Vadim M Bayazitov, Roman V Nikonov
The regeneration of water wells is an urgent problem nowadays, when drilling of new wells becomes more and more expensive. Formation damage leads to a reduction of the formation's permeability and/or pore volume which in turn inhibits the ability of the water to flow from the reservoir formation into the wellbore. A new technology that uses high-power ultrasound to remove formation damage of water wells has been developed. The effectiveness of regeneration of wells can be enhanced if ultrasound and shockwaves are used during the same treatment...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064417/the-mmp-9-timp-1-system-is-involved-in-fluoride-induced-reproductive-dysfunctions-in-female-mice
#15
Hong-Wei Wang, Wen-Peng Zhao, Pan-Pan Tan, Jing Liu, Jing Zhao, Bian-Hua Zhou
A total of 84 healthy female mice were kept with various concentrations of sodium fluoride (F) (0, 50, 100, 150 mg F(-)/L in drinking water for 90 days) and were then mated with healthy male mice for 1 week to study the effect of excessive fluoride on female reproductive function, particularly in embryo implantation. The rate of pregnancy, litter size, and the birth weight of female mice were evaluated. Ultrastructural changes of uteri tissues were observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The mRNA expression levels of MMP-9 and TIMP-1 were determined by quantitative real-time PCR...
January 7, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064118/pb-low-doses-induced-genotoxicity-in-lactuca-sativa-plants
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S Silva, P Silva, H Oliveira, I Gaivão, M Matos, O Pinto-Carnide, C Santos
Soil and water contamination by lead (Pb) remains a topic of great concern, particularly regarding crop production. The admissible Pb values in irrigation water in several countries range from ≈0.1 to ≈5 mg L(-1). In order to evaluate putative effects of Pb within legal doses on crops growth, we exposed Lactuca sativa seeds and seedlings to increasing doses of Pb(NO3)2 up to 20 mg L(-1). The OECD parameter seed germination and seedling/plant growth were not affected by any of the Pb-concentrations used...
December 27, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064008/functional-response-of-novel-bioprotective-poloxamer-structured-vesicles-on-inflamed-skin
#17
Carla Caddeo, Maria Letizia Manca, Maria Matos, Gemma Gutierrez, Octavio Díez-Sales, José Esteban Peris, Iris Usach, Xavier Fernàndez-Busquets, Anna Maria Fadda, Maria Manconi
Resveratrol and gallic acid, a lipophilic and a hydrophilic phenol, were co-loaded in innovative, biocompatible nanovesicles conceived for ensuring the protection of the skin from oxidative- and inflammatory-related affections. The basic vesicles, liposomes and glycerosomes, were produced by a simple, one-step method involving the dispersion of phospholipid and phenols in water or water/glycerol blend, respectively. Liposomes and glycerosomes were modified by the addition of poloxamer, a stabilizer and viscosity enhancer, thus obtaining viscous or semisolid dispersions of structured vesicles...
January 4, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063905/trichloroethylene-induced-formic-aciduria-in-the-male-c57-bl-6-mouse
#18
Edward A Lock, Paul Keane, Philip H Rowe, John R Foster, Daniel Antoine, Christopher M Morris
1, 1, 2-Trichloroethylene (TCE) is of environmental concern, due to evaporation while handling, chemical processing and leakage from chemical waste sites, leading to its contamination of ground water and air. For several decades there has been issues about possible long term health effects of TCE but recently the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency classified TCE as a human carcinogen. Links having been established between occupational exposures and kidney cancer and possible links to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and liver cancer, but there is more still more to learn...
January 4, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062847/the-mucosal-barrier-at-a-glance
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REVIEW
Marion M France, Jerrold R Turner
Mucosal barriers separate self from non-self and are essential for life. These barriers, which are the first line of defense against external pathogens, are formed by epithelial cells and the substances they secrete. Rather than an absolute barrier, epithelia at mucosal surfaces must allow selective paracellular flux that discriminates between solutes and water while preventing the passage of bacteria and toxins. In vertebrates, tight junctions seal the paracellular space; flux across the tight junction can occur through two distinct routes that differ in selectivity, capacity, molecular composition and regulation...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062359/mechanism-of-synergistic-dna-damage-induced-by-the-hydroquinone-metabolite-of-brominated-phenolic-environmental-pollutants-and-cu-ii-formation-of-dna-cu-complex-and-site-specific-production-of-hydroxyl-radicals
#20
Bo Shao, Li Mao, Na Qu, Ya-Fen Wang, Hui-Ying Gao, Feng Li, Li Qin, Jie Shao, Chun-Hua Huang, Dan Xu, Lin-Na Xie, Chen Shen, Xiang Zhou, Ben-Zhan Zhu
2,6-Dibromohydroquinone (2,6-DBrHQ) has been identified as an reactive metabolite of many brominated phenolic environmental pollutants such as tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA), bromoxynil and 2,4,6-tribromophenol, and was also found as one of disinfection byproducts in drinking water. In this study, we found that the combination of 2,6-DBrHQ and Cu(II) together could induce synergistic DNA damage as measured by double strand breakage in plasmid DNA and 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG) formation, while either of them alone has no effect...
January 3, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
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