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Neurotoxic reactions

J C Menon, J K Joseph, M P Jose, B L Dhananjaya, O V Oommen
INTRODUCTION: Snakebite is an occupational hazard causing considerable morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly so in tropical countries like India. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to (i) review the demographic, clinical and laboratory findings in patients (1051) admitted with venomous snakebite (ii) to correlate mortality, morbidity and duration of hospital stay with clinical signs, symptoms and laboratory parameters. METHODS: A retrospective study of 1051 patients treated for snakebite over 10 years (2000 - 2009) in Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly, Kerala...
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
O'neil W Guthrie
An understanding of the molecular pathology that underlies noise induced neurotoxicity is a prerequisite to the design of targeted therapies. The objective of the current experiment was to determine whether or not DNA damage is part of the pathophysiologic sequela of noise induced neurotoxicity. The experiment consisted of 41 hooded Long-Evans rats (2 month old males) that were randomized into control and noise exposed groups. Both the control and the noise group followed the same time schedule and therefore started and ended the experiment together...
October 12, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
R K W Schwarting, S Busse
When parts of the brain suffer from damage, certain functional deficits or impairments are the expected and typical outcome. A myriad of examples show such negative consequences, which afford the daily tasks of neurologists, neuropsychologists, and also behavioral neuroscientists working with experimental brain lesions. Compared to lesion-induced deficits, examples for functional enhancements or facilitation after brain lesions are rather rare and usually not well studied. Here, the mammalian hippocampus seems to provide an exception, since substantial evidence shows that its damage can have facilitatory behavioral effects under certain conditions...
September 28, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Pranay Srivastava, Rajesh Singh Yadav
Neurodegenerative disorders represent clusters of serious diseases that results in progressive deterioration of normal structure and physiology of central nervous system. Pathophysiology of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or other neurodegenerative disorders involves multifaceted permutation of genetic and environmental factors. Combinations of lifestyle modification linked with environmental factor jointly or alone represent the largest share of cases of these disorders. Etiology of such neuronal degeneration involves manifestation of toxic reaction in the form of functional anomalies leading to dysfunction of the ubiquitin-proteasome system, activated inflammatory cascade, compromised neuronal survival pathway, mitochondrial dysfunction and finally neuronal apoptosis/necrosis and cell death...
2016: Advances in Neurobiology
Christian Schneider, Anne Bierwisch, Marianne Koller, Franz Worek, Stefan Kubik
Sulfonatocalix[4]arenes with an appended hydroxamic acid residue can detoxify VX and related V-type neurotoxic organophosphonates with half-lives down to 3 min in aqueous buffer at 37 °C and pH 7.4. The detoxification activity is attributed to the millimolar affinity of the calixarene moiety for the positively charged organophosphonates in combination with the correct arrangement of the hydroxamic acid group. The reaction involves phosphonylation of the hydroxamic acid followed by a Lossen rearrangement, thus rendering the mode of action stoichiometric rather than catalytic...
October 4, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Wen Wee Ma, Muhammad Wasif Saif, Bassel F El-Rayes, Marwan G Fakih, Thomas H Cartwright, James A Posey, Thomas R King, Reid W von Borstel, Michael K Bamat
BACKGROUND: Increased susceptibility to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)/capecitabine can lead to rapidly occurring toxicity caused by impaired clearance, dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase deficiency, and other genetic variations in the enzymes that metabolize 5-FU. Life-threatening 5-FU overdoses occur because of infusion pump errors, dosage miscalculations, and accidental or suicidal ingestion of capecitabine. Uridine triacetate (Vistogard) was approved in 2015 for adult and pediatric patients who exhibit early-onset severe or life-threatening 5-FU/capecitabine toxicities or present with an overdose...
September 13, 2016: Cancer
Maria Tavakoli Ardakani, Ali Tafazoli, Mahshid Mehdizadeh, Abbas Hajifathali, Simin Dadashzadeh
OBJECTIVES: Graft versus host disease (GVHD) is a life threatening reaction in the stem cell transplantation process. Nowadays Cyclosporine is the most commonly utilized agent for GVHD prophylaxis and it has a major role in successful transplantation. Cyclosporine has been applied for many years in this field but it could be stated that currently no general consensus is available for its optimal method of administration. Conditions related to cyclosporine administration and possible related adverse reactions observed closely in our patients with the aim of constructing a comprehensive practice guideline in the future...
2016: Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: IJPR
Jishi Ye, Zongze Zhang, Yanlin Wang, Chang Chen, Xing Xu, Hui Yu, Mian Peng
Although accumulating evidence has suggested that microRNAs (miRNAs) have a serious impact on cognitive function and are associated with the etiology of several neuropsychiatric disorders, their expression in sevoflurane-induced neurotoxicity in the developing brain has not been characterized. In the present study, the miRNAs expression pattern in neonatal hippocampus samples (24 h after sevoflurane exposure) was investigated and 9 miRNAs were selected, which were associated with brain development and cognition in order to perform a bioinformatic analysis...
September 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Guy Madison, Michael A Woodley Of Menie, Justus Sänger
There are indications that simple reaction time might have slowed in Western populations, based on both cohort- and multi-study comparisons. A possible limitation of the latter method in particular is measurement error stemming from methods variance, which results from the fact that instruments and experimental conditions change over time and between studies. We therefore set out to measure the simple auditory reaction time (SRT) of 7,081 individuals (2,997 males and 4,084 females) born in Sweden 1959-1985 (subjects were aged between 27 and 54 years at time of measurement)...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Yi Wei, Junhua Hu, Yubing Liang, Yuling Zhong, Dan He, Yi Qin, Li Li, Jing Chen, Qiang Xiao, Yubo Xie
Propofol is widely used for the induction and maintenance of pediatric anesthesia. Previous studies have indicated that propofol can induce apoptosis, and damage cognitive and memory functions. Dexmedetomidine is a potent α‑2 adrenoceptor agonist with high selectivity. Previous observations have shown that dexmedetomidine exhibits anti‑apoptotic qualities. The present study evaluated the neuroprotective effects of dexmedetomidine pretreatment against propofol‑induced neurotoxicity in immature hippocampal neurons...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Michal Kicinski, Nelly D Saenen, Mineke K Viaene, Elly Den Hond, Greet Schoeters, Michelle Plusquin, Vera Nelen, Liesbeth Bruckers, Isabelle Sioen, Ilse Loots, Willy Baeyens, Harry A Roels, Tim S Nawrot
INTRODUCTION: Traffic-related air pollution has been shown to induce neurotoxicity in rodents. Several recent epidemiological studies reported negative associations between residential outdoor air pollution and neurobehavioral performance. We investigated in a population of non-smoker adolescents the associations between the urinary concentration of trans, trans-muconic acid (t,t-MA-U), a metabolite of benzene and used as proxy-biomarker of traffic exposure, and two neurobehavioral domains, i...
August 25, 2016: Environmental Research
Conrad N Trumbore
Shear distortion of amyloid-beta (Aβ) solutions accelerates amyloid cascade reactions that may yield different toxic oligomers than those formed in quiescent solutions. Recent experiments indicate that cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and interstitial fluid (ISF) containing Aβ flow through narrow brain perivascular pathways and brain parenchyma. This paper suggests that such flow causes shear distortion of Aβ molecules involving conformation changes that may be one of the initiating events in the etiology of Alzheimer's disease...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Yujie Liang, Jiemei Ji, Yunan Lin, Yajun He, Jingchen Liu
OBJECTIVE: Studies indicate that bupivacaine-induced neurotoxicity results from apoptosis. Gangliosides have been shown to promote neuronal repair and recovery of neurological function after spinal cord injury. Previously, we confirmed that in vivo administration of the ganglioside GM-1 attenuated bupivacaine-induced neurotoxicity in various animal models; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. METHODS: Cells of the neuroblastoma line N2a (Neuro2a cells) were divided into three experimental groups: control, bupivacaine-treated, and bupivacaine-treated with GM-1 pretreatment...
August 2016: Cell Biochemistry and Function
Mariko Saito, Goutam Chakraborty, Maria Hui, Kurt Masiello, Mitsuo Saito
Ethanol induces neurodegeneration in the developing brain, which may partially explain the long-lasting adverse effects of prenatal ethanol exposure in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). While animal models of FASD show that ethanol-induced neurodegeneration is associated with glial activation, the relationship between glial activation and neurodegeneration has not been clarified. This review focuses on the roles of activated microglia and astrocytes in neurodegeneration triggered by ethanol in rodents during the early postnatal period (equivalent to the third trimester of human pregnancy)...
August 16, 2016: Brain Sciences
Gilbert Richarme, Evelyne Marguet, Patrick Forterre, Sonoko Ishino, Yoshizumi Ishino
The presence of acrylamide in food is a worldwide concern because it is carcinogenic, reprotoxic and neurotoxic. Acrylamide is generated in the Maillard reaction via condensation of reducing sugars and glyoxals arising from their decomposition, with asparagine, the amino acid forming the backbone of the acrylamide molecule. We reported recently the discovery of the Maillard deglycases (DJ-1/Park7 and its prokaryotic homologs) which degrade Maillard adducts formed between glyoxals and lysine or arginine amino groups, and prevent glycation damage in proteins...
September 23, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
So-Hyun Chon, Eun-Ju Yang, Taeho Lee, Kyung-Sik Song
Alzheimer's disease (AD), a major neurodegenerative disorder, is associated with the enzymatic reaction of β-secretase (BACE1) on the amyloid precursor protein (APP) for the generation of neurotoxic amyloid-β (Aβ). Therefore, Aβ accumulation and oxidative stress-induced neuronal cell death are the pathogenic hallmarks of AD. In this study, we tried to identify BACE1 inhibitors and neuroprotectants from natural products, in particular, from the Korean mushroom Polyozellus multiplex. Four p-terphenyls were identified from the ethanolic extract of P...
September 14, 2016: Food & Function
Bai Li, Xi He, Yan Sun, Baixiang Li
Paraquat and maneb are identified environmental pollutants. Combined exposure to paraquat and maneb is a latent risk factor for many diseases, particularly those of the central nervous system, including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Hippocampus is the key structure in memory formation and babies are more sensitive to environmental stimuli than adults, so we investigated the neurotoxicity of paraquat and maneb on the hippocampi of rat pups. Female and male Sprague-Dawley rats were mated (female : male = 2 : 1) every night for a week...
October 20, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Kunihiro Yoshida
Iron, as well as copper, is essential for a wide variety of biological processes in living organisms, however, dysregulation of iron homeostasis may lead to oxidative stress via redox cycling reactions. Therefore, cellular and systemic iron homeostasis is tightly regulated by a number of iron metabolism proteins. The brain is susceptible to iron-mediated oxidative damage because of a relatively high content of iron and high consumption of oxygen. Iron-mediated neurotoxicity is symbolically seen in neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation (NBIA) in which iron accumulates mainly in the basal ganglia...
July 2016: Nihon Rinsho. Japanese Journal of Clinical Medicine
Yi-Hua Jan, Jason R Richardson, Angela A Baker, Vladimir Mishin, Diane E Heck, Debra L Laskin, Jeffrey D Laskin
Accidental or intentional exposures to parathion, an organophosphorus (OP) pesticide, can cause severe poisoning in humans. Parathion toxicity is dependent on its metabolism by the cytochrome P450 (CYP) system to paraoxon (diethyl 4-nitrophenyl phosphate), a highly poisonous nerve agent and potent inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase. We have been investigating inhibitors of CYP-mediated bioactivation of OPs as a method of preventing or reversing progressive parathion toxicity. It is well recognized that NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase, an enzyme required for the transfer of electrons to CYPs, mediates chemical redox cycling...
August 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Xiaoyu Hu, Qian Zhang, Wei Wang, Zhi Yuan, Xushan Zhu, Bing Chen, Xingyu Chen
The Aβ complexes of some redox-active species, such as Cu, cause oxidative stress and induce severe toxicity by generating reactive oxygen species (ROS). Thus, Cu chelation therapy should be considered as a valuable strategy for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, more attention should be paid to the specific chelating ability of these chelating agents. Herein, a tripeptide GGH was used to selectively chelate the Cu(2+) in Aβ-Cu complex in the presence of other metal ions (e.g., K(+), Ca(2+), Ni(2+), Mg(2+), and Zn(2+)) as shown by isothermal titration calorimetry results...
September 21, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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