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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226276/different-associations-of-albuminuria-with-total-and-cardiovascular-mortality-by-concentrations-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-elderly
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Hyun-Woo Kim, Jung-Hyun Kim, Dong-Won Lee, Sang-Hyun Cho, Ji-Hoon Jung, Ki-Su Kim, Duk-Hee Lee
Epidemiologic studies have indicated that albuminuria is associated with mortality from all causes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), with substantial heterogeneity. We evaluated if the associations of urine albumin creatinine ratio (ACR) with all-cause and CVD mortality differed depending on serum concentrations of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), strong lipophilic chemical mixtures with very long half-lives, which are recently linked to many degenerative diseases. Study subjects were participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004 who were 60 years or older at baseline (n=1215 and 1067 for organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and other POPs, respectively)...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224432/effect-of-triptolide-on-expression-of-oxidative-carbonyl-protein-in-renal-cortex-of-rats-with-diabetic-nephropathy
#2
Xing-Gang Dong, Zeng-Mei An, Yuan Guo, Jia-Liang Zhou, Tao Qin
The traditional Chinese medicine (Tripterygium wilfordiiHook.f., TWH) has been clinically used to treat primary and secondary renal diseases and proteinuria for nearly 40 years. However, there is a rare literature about the effect of triptolide (the main active ingredient of TWH) on the expression of oxidative carbonyl protein (OCP) in diabetic nephropathy (DN). This study aimed to provide experimental evidence for triptolide treatment on DN through its effect on the expression of OCP, in order to investigate the effects of triptolide on the expression of OCP in rats with DN...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214119/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-olifants-river-basin-south-africa-bioaccumulation-and-trophic-transfer-through-a-subtropical-aquatic-food-web
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Vera Verhaert, Nadine Newmark, Wendy D'Hollander, Adrian Covaci, Wynand Vlok, Victor Wepener, Abraham Addo-Bediako, Antoinette Jooste, Johannes Teuchies, Ronny Blust, Lieven Bervoets
This study investigates the trophic transfer of persistent organic pollutants (POPs: PCBs, PBDEs, OCPs and PFASs) in the subtropical aquatic ecosystem of the Olifants River Basin (South Africa) by means of trophic magnification factors (TMFs). Relative trophic levels were determined by stable isotope analysis. POP levels in surface water, sediment and biota were low. Only ∑DDTs levels in fish muscle (<LOQ-61ng/g ww) were comparable or higher than values from other temperate and tropical regions. Significant positive relationships between relative trophic level and PCB, DDT and HCH concentrations were observed so trophic levels play an important role in the movement of contaminants through the food web...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213741/assembly-of-photoactive-orange-carotenoid-protein-from-its-domains-unravels-a-carotenoid-shuttle-mechanism
#4
Marcus Moldenhauer, Nikolai N Sluchanko, David Buhrke, Dmitry V Zlenko, Neslihan N Tavraz, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Peter Hildebrandt, Eugene G Maksimov, Thomas Friedrich
The photoswitchable orange carotenoid protein (OCP) is indispensable for cyanobacterial photoprotection by quenching phycobilisome fluorescence upon photoconversion from the orange OCP(O) to the red OCP(R) form. Cyanobacterial genomes frequently harbor, besides genes for orange carotenoid proteins (OCPs), several genes encoding homologs of OCP's N- or C-terminal domains (NTD, CTD). Unlike the well-studied NTD homologs, called Red Carotenoid Proteins (RCPs), the role of CTD homologs remains elusive. We show how OCP can be reassembled from its functional domains...
February 17, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199940/measurement-of-polyurethane-foam-air-partition-coefficients-for-semivolatile-organic-compounds-as-a-function-of-temperature-application-to-passive-air-sampler-monitoring
#5
Ana Paula Francisco, Tom Harner, Anita Eng
Polyurethane foam - air partition coefficients (KPUF-air) for 9 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), 10 alkyl-substituted PAHs, 4 organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and dibenzothiophene were measured as a function of temperature over the range 5 °C-35 °C, using a generator column approach. Enthalpies of PUF-to-air transfer (ΔHPUF-air, kJ/mol) were determined from the slopes of log KPUF-air versus 1000/T (K), and have an average value of 81.2 ± 7.03 kJ/mol. The log KPUF-air values at 22 °C ranged from 4...
January 31, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199736/impact-of-hormonal-contraception-and-weight-loss-on-hdl-c-efflux-and-lipoprotein-particles-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Anuja Dokras, Martin Playford, Penny M Kris-Etherton, Allen R Kunselman, Christy M Stetter, Nancy I Williams, Carol L Gnatuk, Stephanie J Estes, David B Sarwer, Kelly C Allison, Christos Coutifaris, Nehal Mehta, Richard S Legro
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of oral contraceptive pills (OCP), the first line treatment for PCOS, on HDL-C function (reverse cholesterol efflux capacity) and lipoprotein particles measured by NMR spectroscopy. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial (OWL-PCOS) of OCP or Lifestyle (intensive lifestyle modification) or Combined (OCP+Lifestyle) treatment for 16 weeks. PATIENTS: 87 overweight/obese women with PCOS at two academic centers...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196346/organochlorine-pesticides-ocps-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-in-human-breast-milk-and-associated-health-risks-to-nursing-infants-in-northern-tanzania
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M H B Müller, A Polder, O B Brynildsrud, M Karimi, E Lie, W B Manyilizu, R H Mdegela, F Mokiti, M Murtadha, H E Nonga, J U Skaare, J L Lyche
This is the first study to report organochlorines (OCs), including chlorinated pesticides (OCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in human milk from Tanzania. The main aims of this study were to assess the level of contamination and the possible health risks related to OC exposure in nursing infants from the Northern parts of Tanzania. Ninety-five healthy mother-infant couples attending Mount Meru Regional Referral Hospital (MMRRH), Arusha, Tanzania, were assessed for associations between maternal/infant characteristics, i...
February 11, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193470/evaluation-of-layered-double-hydroxide-graphene-hybrid-as-a-sorbent-in-membrane-protected-stir-bar-supported-micro-solid-phase-extraction-for-determination-of-organochlorine-pesticides-in-urine-samples
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Muhammad Sajid, Chanbasha Basheer, Muhammad Daud, Abdulnaser Alsharaa
In this work, the potential of layered double hydroxide/graphene (LDH-G) hybrid as a sorbent for extraction and preconcentration of fifteen organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in urine samples was evaluated. The LDH-G hybrid was synthesized by co-precipitation method and it was then characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The sorbent was then employed in membrane-protected stir-bar supported micro-solid-phase extraction (SB-μ-SPE) of OCPs in urine samples...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191455/ankylosing-spondylitis-patients-have-impaired-osteoclast-gene-expression-in-circulating-osteoclast-precursors
#9
Inês P Perpétuo, Joana Caetano-Lopes, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Raquel Campanilho-Marques, Cristina Ponte, Helena Canhão, Mari Ainola, João E Fonseca
INTRODUCTION: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is typically characterized by focal bone overgrowth and also by systemic bone loss. We hypothesize that the increased osteoproliferation found in AS might be partially due to reduced ability of osteoclast precursors (OCPs) to differentiate into osteoclasts (OCs). Therefore, our aim was to characterize bone remodeling and pro-osteoclastogenesis inflammatory environment, monocytes' phenotype, and in vitro osteoclast differentiation in AS patients...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189073/lower-levels-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-metals-and-the-marine-omega-3-fatty-acid-dha-in-farmed-compared-to-wild-atlantic-salmon-salmo-salar
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Anne-Katrine Lundebye, Erik-Jan Lock, Josef D Rasinger, Ole Jakob Nøstbakken, Rita Hannisdal, Egil Karlsbakk, Vidar Wennevik, Abdullah S Madhun, Lise Madsen, Ingvild Eide Graff, Robin Ørnsrud
Contaminants and fatty acid levels in farmed- versus wild Atlantic salmon have been a hot topic of debate in terms of food safety. The present study determined dioxins (polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin and dibenzofuran), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), metals and fatty acids in wild and farmed Atlantic salmon. Contaminant levels of dioxins, PCBs, OCPs (DDT, dieldrin, lindane, chlordane, Mirex, and toxaphene), and mercury were higher in wild salmon than in farmed salmon, as were the concentrations of the essential elements selenium, copper, zinc and iron, and the marine omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)...
February 8, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188781/the-cyanobacterial-fluorescence-recovery-protein-has-two-distinct-activities-orange-carotenoid-protein-amino-acids-involved-in-frp-interaction
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Adrien Thurotte, Céline Bourcier de Carbon, Adjélé Wilson, Léa Talbot, Sandrine Cot, Rocio López-Igual, Diana Kirilovsky
To deal with fluctuating light condition, cyanobacteria have developed a photoprotective mechanism which, under high light conditions, decreases the energy arriving at the photochemical centers. It relies on a photoswitch, the Orange Carotenoid Protein (OCP). Once photoactivated, OCP binds to the light harvesting antenna, the phycobilisome (PBS), and triggers the thermal dissipation of the excess energy absorbed. Deactivation of the photoprotective mechanism requires the intervention of a third partner, the Fluorescence Recovery Protein (FRP)...
February 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181217/hypercoagulability-and-migraine
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Gretchen E Tietjen, Stuart A Collins
BACKGROUND: A growing body of literature suggests that migraineurs, particularly those with aura, have an increased risk for ischemic stroke, but not via enhanced atherosclerosis. The theory that micro-emboli induced ischemia provokes cortical spreading depression (ie, symptomatic aura) in migraineurs but transient ischemic attacks in others highlights a potential role for hypercoagulability as a link between migraine (with aura) and stroke. AIM: Our objective is to summarize the literature evaluating the association of migraine with various acquired or inheritable thrombophilic states, including those related to elevated estrogen levels, endothelial activation and dysfunction, antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL), deficiency of coagulation inhibitors, and presence of certain genetic polymorphisms...
February 9, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179963/micromorphological-effect-of-calcium-phosphate-coating-on-compatibility-of-magnesium-alloy-with-osteoblast
#13
Sachiko Hiromoto, Tomohiko Yamazaki
Octacalcium phosphate (OCP) and hydroxyapatite (HAp) coatings were developed to control the degradation speed and to improve the biocompatibility of biodegradable magnesium alloys. Osteoblast MG-63 was cultured directly on OCP- and HAp-coated Mg-3Al-1Zn (wt%, AZ31) alloy (OCP- and HAp-AZ31) to evaluate cell compatibility. Cell proliferation was remarkably improved with OCP and HAp coatings which reduced the corrosion and prevented the H2O2 generation on Mg alloy substrate. OCP-AZ31 showed sparse distribution of living cell colonies and dead cells...
2017: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162779/progestin-only-pills-may-be-a-better-first-line-treatment-for-endometriosis-than-combined-estrogen-progestin-contraceptive-pills
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REVIEW
Robert F Casper
For decades, combined estrogen-progestin oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) have been the first-line treatment for menstrual and pelvic pain associated with endometriosis without any clinical evidence of efficacy. Initial relief provided by OCPs is likely a result of improvement in primary dysmenorrhea. Biologic data and limited clinical evidence support a potential adverse effect of long-term use of OCPs on the progression of endometriosis. In contrast, there is randomized, controlled trial data to support the use of oral progestin-only treatment for pelvic pain associated with endometriosis and for suppressing the anatomic extent of endometriotic lesions...
February 2, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161515/first-report-on-organochlorine-pesticides-in-water-in-a-highly-productive-agro-industrial-basin-of-the-central-valley-chile
#15
Monica Montory, Javier Ferrer, Diego Rivera, María Valentina Villouta, Joan O Grimalt
The Ñuble River flows through an agricultural area in the central zone of Chile in which different types of fruits are grown. The objective of this study was to identify the levels and source of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in the surface waters of the Ñuble River. Surface water samples were collected at 10 sampling points and analyzed for 19 organochlorine pesticides during the dry (spring-summer) and wet (autumn-winter) periods of 2013 and 2014. The results revealed that concentrations of total OCPs in surface waters ranged from 0...
December 26, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159301/tiered-probabilistic-assessment-of-organohalogen-compounds-in-the-han-river-and-danjiangkou-reservoir-central-china
#16
Hongwei Sun, John P Giesy, Xiaowei Jin, Jun Wang
Occurrence of organohalogen contaminants (OCs) including 12 organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), 7 polychlorinated biphenyl congeners (PCBs) and 7 polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were investigated in the Han River, which is the largest tributary of the Yangtze River, and Danjiangkou Reservoir, the source of water for China's South-to-North Water Diversion Project. OCPs were found to be dominant in water, with concentrations of 0.14-11 and 2.9-59ngL(-1)during winter and summer, respectively. In sediment, OCPs were also predominant contaminants during summer (5...
January 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157607/temporal-occurrence-and-sources-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-suspended-particulate-matter-from-the-most-heavily-polluted-river-mouth-of-lake-chaohu-china
#17
Cheng Liu, Lei Zhang, Chengxin Fan, Fuliu Xu, Kaining Chen, Xiaozhi Gu
The Nanfei River is by many measures the most heavily polluted tributary to Lake Chaohu. In this study, the temporal occurrence and sources of four classes of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), in suspended particulate matter (SPM) from the river mouth were investigated monthly during 2014. Results show that concentrations of all four POPs in SPM were higher than those in the sediment of Lake Chaohu...
January 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154932/rituximab-in-the-treatment-of-ocular-cicatricial-pemphigoid-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#18
Caiyun You, Neerav Lamba, Andres F Lasave, Lina Ma, Mikhail Hernandez Diaz, C Stephen Foster
PURPOSE: The purpose was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of rituximab (RTX) for the treatment of patients with aggressive ocular cicatricial pemphigoid (OCP). METHODS: A review of patient records at a tertiary referral center with biopsy confirmed OCP who presented between 2006 and 2016. Sixty-one eyes of 32 patients with symptomatic OCP who received treatment with RTX monotherapy or RTX in combination with additional immunomodulatory treatment (IMT) were evaluated...
February 3, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142013/association-between-serum-concentrations-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-and-smoking-in-koreans-a-cross-sectional-study
#19
Ho Jung Moon, Jung-Eun Lim, Sun Ha Jee
BACKGROUND: Studies on the associations between persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and smoking according to gender and smoking amount (cigarettes/day) are limited, and the results regarding the relationship between POPs and smoking are not completely consistent across studies. OBJECTIVES: The smoking rate in Korea is one of the highest among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. We investigated the association between serum concentrations of POPs and cigarette smoking in Koreans by smoking status (never-smoker/ever-smoker) and smoking amount (cigarettes/day) according to gender...
February 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125725/evaluation-of-genotoxic-and-mutagenic-activity-of-organic-extracts-from-drinking-water-sources
#20
Ying Guan, Xiaodong Wang, Minghung Wong, Guoping Sun, Taicheng An, Jun Guo, Guoxia Zhang
An increasing number of industrial, agricultural and commercial chemicals in the aquatic environment lead to various deleterious effects on organisms, which is becoming a serious global health concern. In this study, the Ames test and SOS/umu test were conducted to investigate the potential genotoxicity and mutagenicity caused by organic extracts from drinking water sources. Organic content of source water was extracted with XAD-2 resin column and organic solvents. Four doses of the extract equivalent to 0...
2017: PloS One
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