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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640689/deciphering-suicide-and-other-manners-of-death-associated-with-drug-intoxication-a-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-consultation-meeting-summary
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Deborah M Stone, Kristin M Holland, Brad Bartholow, Joseph Logan, Wendy LiKamWa McIntosh, Aimee Trudeau, Ian R H Rockett
Manner of death (MOD) classification (i.e., natural, accident, suicide, homicide, or undetermined cause) affects mortality surveillance and public health research, policy, and practice. Determination of MOD in deaths caused by drug intoxication is challenging, with marked variability across states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a multidisciplinary meeting to discuss drug intoxication deaths as they relate to suicide and other MOD. The meeting objectives were to identify individual-level, system-level, and place-based factors affecting MOD classification and identify potential solutions to classification barriers...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637216/qualitative-analysis-and-detection-of-the-pyrolytic-products-of-jwh-018-and-11-additional-synthetic-cannabinoids-in-the-presence-of-common-herbal-smoking-substrates
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Stephen Raso, Suzanne Bell
Synthetic cannabinoids have become a ubiquitous challenge in forensic toxicology and seized drug analysis. Thermal degradation products have yet to be identified and evaluated for toxicity in comparison to parent and metabolic compounds. An investigation into these pyrolytic products, as the major route of ingestion is inhalation, may produce additional insight to understand the toxicity of synthetic cannabinoids. The pyrolysis of JWH-018 and 11 additional synthetic cannabinoids and six herbal plant substrates were conducted using an in-house constructed smoking simulator...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636529/bladder-cancer-and-water-disinfection-by-product-exposures-through-multiple-routes-a-population-based-case-control-study-new-england-usa
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Laura E Beane Freeman, Kenneth P Cantor, Dalsu Baris, John R Nuckols, Alison Johnson, Joanne S Colt, Molly Schwenn, Mary H Ward, Jay H Lubin, Richard Waddell, G Monawar Hosain, Chris Paulu, Richard McCoy, Lee E Moore, An-Tsun Huang, Nat Rothman, Margaret R Karagas, Debra T Silverman
BACKGROUND: Ingestion of disinfection byproducts has been associated with bladder cancer in multiple studies. Although associations with other routes of exposure have been suggested, epidemiologic evidence is limited. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the relationship between bladder cancer and total, chlorinated, and brominated trihalomethanes (THMs) through various exposure routes. METHODS: In a population-based case-control study in New England ( cases; controls), we estimated lifetime exposure to THMs from ingestion, showering/bathing, and hours of swimming pool use...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636450/impact-of-mycotoxins-on-the-intestine-are-mucus-and-microbiota-new-targets
#4
Hervé Robert, Delphine Payros, Philippe Pinton, Vassilia Théodorou, Muriel Mercier-Bonin, Isabelle P Oswald
There is an increasing awareness of the deleterious effects attributed to mycotoxins during their fate within the gut, particularly for deoxynivalenol (DON), zearalenone (ZEN), ochratoxin A (OTA), fumonisin B1 (FB1), aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), and patulin (PAT). Evidence indicates that disruption of the epithelial barrier is well established. However, intestinal barrier function on its luminal side involves two other partners, mucus and microbiota, which have rarely been considered in the context of mycotoxin exposure...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636099/spectators-or-participants-how-can-setac-become-more-engaged-in-international-climate-change-research-programs
#5
Ralph G Stahl, Jennifer L Stauber, William H Clements
Environmental toxicologists and chemists have been crucial to evaluating the chemical fate and toxicological effects of environmental contaminants, including chlorinated pesticides, before and after Rachel Carson's publication of Silent Spring in 1962. Like chlorinated pesticides previously, global climate change is widely considered to be one of the most important environmental challenges of our time. Over the past 30 yr, climate scientists and modelers have shown that greenhouse gases such as CO2 and CH4 cause radiative forcing (climate forcing) and lead to increased global temperatures...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635673/toxicity-of-naphthalene-and-benzene-on-tribollium-castaneum-herbst
#6
Nerlis Pajaro-Castro, Karina Caballero-Gallardo, Jesus Olivero-Verbel
Naphthalene and benzene are widely-used volatile organic compounds. The aim of this research was to examine the toxicological effects of naphthalene and benzene against Tribolium castaneum as an animal model. Adult insects were exposed to these aromatic compounds to assess mortality after 4-48 h of exposure. The lethal concentration 50 (LC50) for naphthalene, naphthalin, and benzene were 63.6 µL/L, 20.0 µL/L, and 115.9 µL/L in air, respectively. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis revealed expression changes in genes related to oxidative stress and metabolism [Glutathione S-Transferase (Gst), and Cytochrome P450 6BQ8 (Cyp6bq8)]; reproduction and metamorphosis [Hormone receptor in 39-like protein (Hr39), Ecdysone receptor: (Ecr), and Chitin synthase 2 (Chs2)]; and neurotransmission [Histamine-gated chloride channel 2 (Hiscl2)] in insects exposed for 4 h to 70...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635656/screening-and-identification-of-the-metabolites-in-rat-plasma-and-urine-after-oral-administration-of-areca-catechu-l-nut-extract-by-ultra-high-pressure-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-linear-ion-trap-orbitrap-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#7
Lulu Li, Zhiqiang Luo, Yang Liu, Hao Wang, Aoxue Liu, Guohua Yu, Mengwei Li, Ruirui Yang, Xinjing Chen, Jialian Zhu, Baosheng Zhao
Areca catechu L. nut, a well-known toxic traditional herbal medicine, has been widely used to treat various diseases in China and many other Asian countries for centuries. However, to date the in vivo absorption and metabolism of its multiple bioactive or toxic components still remain unclear. In this study, liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry was used to analyze the major components and their metabolites in rat plasma and urine after oral administration of Areca catechu L. nut extract (ACNE)...
June 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635329/lead-induces-siberian-tiger-fibroblast-apoptosis-by-interfering-with-intracellular-homeostasis
#8
Zheng Liu, Hui Wang, Wenxiu Zhang, Ziao Yuan, Hongyi Yuan, Xueting Liu, Minghai Zhang, Xuesong Guo, Weijun Guan
Lead (Pb(2+)) is a poisonous heavy metal that causes many pathophysiological effects in living systems. Its toxicological effects are well known as it causes apoptosis of several cell types and tissues. This study aimed to determine the criteria required for early diagnosis of Pb(2+) poisoning in the Siberian tiger using a tiger population in China, to identify a safety Pb(2+) concentration threshold, and to provide suggestions for preventing Pb(2+) poisoning in Siberian tigers. We investigated the apoptotic effects of Pb(2+) (0, 32, 64, and 125 μM) for 12-48 h on Siberian tiger fibroblasts in vitro...
June 21, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635164/assessing-the-toxicological-significance-of-new-psychoactive-substances-in-fatalities
#9
Simon Elliott, Roumen Sedefov, Michael Evans-Brown
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 21, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634814/assessment-of-waterborne-amine-coated-silver-nanoparticle-ag-np-induced-toxicity-in-labeo-rohita-by-histological-and-hematological-profiles
#10
Muhammad Saleem Khan, Naureen Aziz Qureshi, Farhat Jabeen, Muhammad Shakeel, Muhammad Saleem Asghar
Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) have wide applications in the medical field; however, the toxicological effects are still poorly studied. The study was aimed to determine the effects of 15.78 nm spherical and amine-coated Ag-NPs on hematology and histology of gills and liver tissues in 28 days treated Labeo rohita (L. rohita). It was found that Ag-NPs induced alterations in the hematological parameters in a dose dependent manner. The Ag-NPs also induced histological alterations in a dose-dependent manner. In gill tissues, it induced fusion of secondary lamellae, separation of gill epithelium, fusion and necrosis of lamellar cells, hyperplasia, deformed cartilaginous skeleton, separation and lifting of epithelium, and curling of lamellae in a dose dependent manner...
June 20, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634759/current-applications-of-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-for-the-analysis-of-new-psychoactive-substances-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Daniel Pasin, Adam Cawley, Sergei Bidny, Shanlin Fu
The proliferation of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in recent years has resulted in the development of numerous analytical methods for the detection and identification of known and unknown NPS derivatives. High-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) has been identified as the method of choice for broad screening of NPS in a wide range of analytical contexts because of its ability to measure accurate masses using data-independent acquisition (DIA) techniques. Additionally, it has shown promise for non-targeted screening strategies that have been developed in order to detect and identify novel analogues without the need for certified reference materials (CRMs) or comprehensive mass spectral libraries...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633424/three-dimensional-3d-heparg-spheroid-model-with-physiologically-relevant-xenobiotic-metabolism-competence-and-hepatocyte-functionality-for-liver-toxicity-screening
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Sreenivasa C Ramaiahgari, Suramya Waidyanatha, Darlene Dixon, Michael J DeVito, Richard S Paules, Stephen S Ferguson
Effective prediction of human responses to chemical and drug exposure is of critical importance in environmental toxicology research and drug development. While significant progress has been made to address this challenge using in vitro liver models, these approaches often fail due to inadequate tissue model functionality. Herein, we describe the development, optimization, and characterization of a novel three-dimensional (3D) spheroid model using differentiated HepaRG cells that achieve and maintain physiologically-relevant levels of xenobiotic metabolism (CYP1A2, CYP2B6, and CYP3A4/5)...
June 15, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633314/qualitative-identification-of-fentanyl-analogs-and-other-opioids-in-postmortem-cases-by-uhplc-ion-trap-msn
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Elisa N Shoff, M Elizabeth Zaney, Joseph H Kahl, George W Hime, Diane M Boland
Since 2013, the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department has experienced an increase in the number of opioid-related deaths. The majority of cases coincided with the introduction of fentanyl into the local heroin supply. From 2014 to 2015, Miami-Dade County experienced a near 600% increase in fentanyl-related deaths, followed by an additional 200% increase in 2016. In 2015, two novel fentanyl analogs were identified in medical examiner cases: beta-hydroxythiofentanyl and acetyl fentanyl. In 2016, four additional fentanyl analogs emerged: para-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl, furanyl fentanyl and carfentanil, as well as the synthetic opioid U-47700...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633102/an-integrated-assessment-of-ceftazidime-and-photoproducts-on-the-feeding-behavior-of-rotifers-from-exposure-to-post-exposure
#14
Yanhua Liu, Yaqi Wang, Jie Zhang, Liu Sun, Anqi Zhang, Oscar Lopez Torres, Ruixin Guo, Jianqiu Chen
Compared to traditional toxicological studies, which depict the dose-effect of contaminants themselves on organisms at the given time, the exposure and post-exposure impacts of antibiotic ceftazidime and its photoproducts are carried out to systematically evaluate the environmental risk fate of ceftazidime in aquatic environments. For the exposure process, the promotion effect of ceftazidime on the feeding behavior of the rotifers decreased when the target compound was irradiated by sunlight, and the promotion effect was converted into inhibition effect, which indicated that the highest toxicity of ceftazidime on the feeding behavior of the rotifers was found after UV-B irradiation...
June 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631318/bupropion-overdose-resulted-in-a-pharmacobezoar-in-a-fatal-bupropion-wellbutrin-%C3%A2-sustained-release-overdose-postmortem-distribution-of-bupropion-and-its-major-metabolites
#15
Gregory Schmit, Evy De Boosere, Jessica Vanhaebost, Arnaud Capron
Bupropion (BUP) overdose commonly causes generalized seizures and central nervous system depression. The case of a 28-year-old woman who died from a massive lethal overdose with sustained-release bupropion (Wellbutrin(®) 300 mg) is herein presented. The autopsy revealed the presence of a pharmacobezoar consisting of at least 40 tablets in the stomach. Determination of bupropion and its active metabolites (hydroxybupropion, threobupropion, erythrobupropion) was achieved by a liquid chromatographic mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630784/elemental-characterization-of-romanian-crop-medicinal-plants-by-neutron-activation-analysis
#16
Daniela Haidu, Dénes Párkányi, Radu Ioan Moldovan, Cecilia Savii, Iulia Pinzaru, Cristina Dehelean, Ludovic Kurunczi
The metallic elements concentrations of medicinal plants (coriander, dill, Echinacea, lavender, chamomile, mint, and plantain, used for phytopharmaceutical products), cultivated in unpolluted region, were analyzed by neutron activation analysis. The essential nutrients, macro-, micro-, and trace elements (K, Ca, Mg, Na, Fe, Mn, Rb, Sr, and Zn), potentially toxic elements (Al, As, Ba, Co, Sb, Cr, and V), and rare earth elements were monitored and were compared with those presented in the literature. An estimation of their contributions to intake and toxicity for a person was made, which revealed that (a) teas prepared from the examined plants represent useful contribution to the food provided intake of three essential macronutrients (K, Ca, and Mg); (b) the Cu, Mn, Rb, Sr, Zn, and rare earths levels are normal or low; (c) the quantities of As, Ba, Co, Sb, Cr, and V do not represent toxicological concerns; (d) the examination of the estimated Al and Fe quantities recovered in infusions in the conditions of usual daily tea consumption is below the Tolerable Daily Intake values...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630216/fractionated-dosing-improves-preclinical-therapeutic-index-of-pyrrolobenzodiazepine-containing-antibody-drug-conjugates
#17
Mary Jane Hinrichs, Pauline M Ryan, Bo Zheng, Shameen Afif-Rider, Xiang-Qing Yu, Michele Gunsior, Haihong Zhong, Jay Harper, Binyam Bezabeh, Kapil Vashisht, Marlon Rebelatto, Molly Reed, Patricia C Ryan, Shannon Breen, Neki Patel, Cui Chen, Luke A Masterson, Arnaud Tiberghien, Philip W Howard, Nazzareno Dimasi, Rakesh Dixit
                Purpose:  To use preclinical models to identify a dosing schedule that improves tolerability of highly potent pyrrolobenzodiazepine dimers (PBD) antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) without compromising anti-tumor activity.  <p>                Experimental design:   A series of dose-fractionation studies were conducted to investigate the pharmacokinetic drivers of safety and efficacy of PBD ADCs in animal models.  The exposure-activity relationship was investigated in mouse xenograft models of human prostate cancer, breast and gastric cancer by comparing anti-tumor activity after single and fractionated dosing with tumor-targeting ADCs conjugated to SG3249, a potent PBD dimer...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629236/advances-in-new-psychoactive-substances-identification-the-u-r-i-to-n-consortium
#18
Elisabetta Bertol, Fabio Vaiano, Francesco Mari, Maria Grazia Di Milia, Silvia Bua, Claudiu T Supuran, Fabrizio Carta
Identification of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in biological and non-biological samples represents a hard challenge for forensic toxicologists. Their great chemical variety and the speed with which new NPS are synthesised and spread make stringent the need of advanced tools for their detection based on multidisciplinary approaches. For this reason, in August 2016, the "Unit of Research and Innovation in Forensic Toxicology and Neuroscience of Addiction" (U.R.I.To.N.) was founded by the Forensic Toxicology Division of the University of Florence...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628905/a-ros-mediated-mitochondrial-pathway-and-nrf2-pathway-activation-are-involved-in-bde-47-induced-apoptosis-in-neuro-2a-cells
#19
Hongmei Chen, Xuexi Tang, Bin Zhou, Zhongyuan Zhou, Ningning Xu, You Wang
Our previous study showed that 2,2'-,4,4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) is cytotoxic and induces apoptosis in Neuro-2a cells. In the present study, we aimed to investigate whether nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2), an antioxidant transcriptional regulator of oxidative stress and apoptosis, is involved in this process. The results of toxicological experiments showed that BDE-47 decreased the cellular mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and increased cytochrome c release to the cytoplasm, followed by an increase in intracellular caspase-9 and caspase-3 activity, suggesting that a mitochondrial pathway was involved in the apoptotic process...
June 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628818/in-vitro-assessment-of-the-toxicity-of-bushfire-emissions-a-review
#20
REVIEW
Trang T T Dong, Andrea L Hinwood, Anna C Callan, Graeme Zosky, William D Stock
Bushfires produce many toxic pollutants and the smoke has been shown to have negative effects on human health, especially to the respiratory system. Bushfires are predicted to increase in size and frequency, leading to a greater incidence of smoke and impacts. While there are many epidemiological studies of the potential impact on populations, there are few studies using in vitro methods to investigate the biological effects of bushfire emissions to better understand its toxicity and significance. This review focused on the literature pertaining to in vitro toxicity testing to determine the state of knowledge on current methods and findings on the impacts of bushfire smoke...
June 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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