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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331911/enhanced-photocatalytic-degradation-of-sulfamethoxazole-by-zinc-oxide-photocatalyst-in-the-presence-of-fluoride-ions-optimization-of-parameters-and-toxicological-evaluation
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Amir Mirzaei, Laleh Yerushalmi, Zhi Chen, Fariborz Haghighat, Jianbo Guo
The presence of antibiotics in water bodies has received increasing attention since they are continuously introduced and detected in the environment and may cause unpredictable environmental hazards and risks. The photocatalytic degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) by ZnO in the presence of fluoride ions (F-ZnO) was evaluated. The effects of operating parameters on the efficiency of SMX removal were investigated by using response surface methodology (RSM). Under the optimum condition, i.e. photocatalyst dosage = 1...
January 11, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329804/a-rapid-and-sensitive-fluorometric-method-for-determination-of-aldehyde-oxidase-activity
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Nancy Apenova, Hui Peng, Markus Hecker, Markus Brinkmann
Previous research has characterized the important role of aldehyde oxidases (AOX) in biotransformation of N-heterocyclic therapeutic drugs and environmental contaminants in mammals. Research pertaining to AOX activity in non-mammalian vertebrates, however, is scarce, despite its biological role as a potentially important metabolic pathway for xenobiotics. One of the limiting factors of research on AOX is that available photometric methods are relatively insensitive, limited in throughput, and prone to cross-reactivity from other enzymes...
January 9, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329099/accumulation-patterns-and-risk-assessment-of-metals-and-metalloid-in-muscle-and-offal-of-free-range-chickens-cattle-and-goat-in-benin-city-nigeria
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Emmanuel Temiotan Ogbomida, Shouta M M Nakayama, Nesta Bortey-Sam, Balazs Oroszlany, Isioma Tongo, Alex Ajeh Enuneku, Ogbeide Ozekeke, Martins Oshioriamhe Ainerua, Iriagbonse Priscillia Fasipe, Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, Hazuki Mizukawa, Yoshinori Ikenaka, Mayumi Ishizuka
The use of free range animals for monitoring environmental health offers opportunities to detect exposure and assess the toxicological effects of pollutants in terrestrial ecosystems. Potential human health risk of dietary intake of metals and metalloid via consumption of offal and muscle of free range chicken, cattle and goats by the urban population in Benin City was evaluated. Muscle, gizzard, liver and kidney samples were analyzed for Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Cd, and Pb concentrations using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) while Hg was determined using Hg analyzer...
January 9, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328973/feeding-inhibition-in-corbicula-fluminea-o-f-muller-1774-as-an-effect-criterion-to-pollutant-exposure-perspectives-for-ecotoxicity-screening-and-refinement-of-chemical-control
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Bruno Branco Castro, Carlos Silva, Inês Patrunilho Efe Macário, Bruno Oliveira, Fernando Gonçalves, Joana Luísa Pereira
Bivalves are commonly used in biomonitoring programs to track pollutants. Several features, including its filter-feeding abilities, cumulatively argue in favour of the use of the Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) as a biosentinel and an ecotoxicological model. Filtration in bivalves is very sensitive to external stimuli and its control is dictated by regulation of the opening/closure of the valves, which may be used as an avoidance defence against contaminants. Here, we investigate the filter-feeding behaviour of the Asian clam as an endpoint for assessing exposure to pollutants, driven by two complementary goals: (i) to generate relevant and sensitive toxicological information based on the ability of C...
January 4, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328875/environmental-determinants-of-breast-cancer
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Robert A Hiatt, Julia Green Brody
In the United States, breast cancer is the most common invasive malignancy and the second most common cause of death from cancer in women. Reproductive factors, estrogen, and progesterone have major causal roles, but concerns about other potential causes in the external environment continue to drive research inquiries and stimulate calls for action at the policy level. The environment is defined as anything that is not genetic and includes social, built, and chemical toxicant aspects. This review covers the scope of known and suspected environmental factors that have been associated with breast cancer and illustrates how epidemiology, toxicology, and mechanistic studies work together to create the full picture of environmental effects on this malignancy...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324741/facilitating-healthcare-decisions-by-assessing-the-certainty-in-the-evidence-from-preclinical-animal-studies
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Carlijn R Hooijmans, Rob B M de Vries, Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga, Maroeska M Rovers, Mariska M Leeflang, Joanna IntHout, Kimberley E Wever, Lotty Hooft, Hans de Beer, Ton Kuijpers, Malcolm R Macleod, Emily S Sena, Gerben Ter Riet, Rebecca L Morgan, Kristina A Thayer, Andrew A Rooney, Gordon H Guyatt, Holger J Schünemann, Miranda W Langendam
Laboratory animal studies are used in a wide range of human health related research areas, such as basic biomedical research, drug research, experimental surgery and environmental health. The results of these studies can be used to inform decisions regarding clinical research in humans, for example the decision to proceed to clinical trials. If the research question relates to potential harms with no expectation of benefit (e.g., toxicology), studies in experimental animals may provide the only relevant or controlled data and directly inform clinical management decisions...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324292/use-of-sperm-dna-integrity-as-a-marker-for-exposure-to-contamination-in-palaemon-serratus-pennant-1777-intrinsic-variability-baseline-level-and-in-situ-deployment
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Alexandre Erraud, Marc Bonnard, Arnaud Chaumot, Olivier Geffard, Aurélie Duflot, Joëlle Forget-Leray, Frank Le Foll, Alain Geffard, Benoit Xuereb
In a previous study, the Comet assay was optimized for Palaemon serratus prawns in order to propose a biomarker for sperm quality in this species. However, better knowledge of its basal level and its natural variability, related to intrinsic biotic and environmental abiotic factors, is required before any relevant use of this biomarker in the field. To fulfill this goal, the present study proceeded in three steps: (i) the temporal variability of DNA integrity was followed monthly in a reference population over a 2-year period, (ii) the correlation between the main intrinsic biotic (i...
December 27, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322390/authentication-of-synthetic-environmental-contaminants-and-their-bio-transformation-products-in-toxicology-polychlorinated-biphenyls-as-an-example
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Xueshu Li, Erika B Holland, Wei Feng, Jing Zheng, Yao Dong, Isaac N Pessah, Michael W Duffel, Larry W Robertson, Hans-Joachim Lehmler
Toxicological studies use "specialty chemicals" and, thus, should assess and report both identity and degree of purity (homogeneity) of the chemicals (or toxicants) under investigation to ensure that other scientists can replicate experimental results. Although detailed reporting criteria for the synthesis and characterization of organic compounds have been established by organic chemistry journals, such criteria are inconsistently applied to the chemicals used in toxicological studies. Biologically active trace impurities may lead to incorrect conclusions about the chemical entity responsible for a biological response, which in turn may confound risk assessment...
January 10, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317273/mitochondrial-network-responses-in-oxidative-physiology-and-disease
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REVIEW
Young-Mi Go, Jolyn Fernandes, Xin Hu, Karan Uppal, Dean P Jones
Mitochondrial activities are linked directly or indirectly to all cellular functions in aerobic eukaryotes. Omics methods enable new approaches to study functional organization of mitochondria and their adaptive and maladaptive network responses to bioenergetic fuels, physiologic demands, environmental challenges and aging. In this review, we consider mitochondria collectively within a multicellular organism as a macroscale "mitochondriome", functioning to organize bioenergetics and metabolism as an organism utilizes environmental resources and protects against environmental threats...
January 6, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313450/response-to-tennekes-2018-the-resilience-of-the-beehive-journal-of-toxicology-and-environmental-health-b-20-316-386
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Keith R Solomon, Gladys L Stephenson
This paper is a response to a letter from Dr. H Tennekes ("The Resilience of the Beehive" Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health B 20: 316-386). Here we emphasize that our quantitative weight of evidence analyses were focused on the level of the honeybee colony. These colony-level responses include redundancy and resiliency as well as a number of possible sublethal effects of pesticides on the colony. We also note that the literature has shown that binding of neonicotinoid insecticides to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor is reversible...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313413/nanoparticles-considered-as-mixtures-for-toxicological-research
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Hua Deng, Ying Zhang, Hongtao Yu
Nanoparticles are used widely in our lives, but the understanding of their impacts on human and environmental health is still limited, at least due in part to the fact that nanoparticles are mixtures. This review describes that "nanotoxicity" is actually a test of the overall effect of a nanoparticle mixture: starting materials for nanoparticle preparation, surface coating agents, surface reaction-generated species, and transformed byproducts of the nanoparticle in biological and environmental media, as well as variations of the intrinsic nanoparticle structures...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part C, Environmental Carcinogenesis & Ecotoxicology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301062/regulatory-roles-of-histone-deacetylases-1-and-2-in-pb-induced-neurotoxicity
#12
Yulan Wu, Yi Xu, Xiyao Huang, Danlei Ye, Miaomiao Han, Hui-Li Wang
Lead (Pb) prevails among the environmental hazards against human health. Although increasing evidence highlights the epigenetic roles underlying the Pb-induced neurotoxicity, the exact mechanisms concerning histone acetylation and its causative agents are still at its infancy. In the present study, the roles of histone deacetylases 1 and 2 (HDAC1/2), as well as histone H3 Lys9 acetylation (Ac-H3K9), in Pb-induced neurotoxicity were investigated. Pb was administered to PC12 cells at 10 μM for 24 hours. And Sprague- Dawley rats were chronically exposed to Pb through drinking water containing 250 ppm Pb for 2 months...
January 2, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297743/toxicity-of-engineered-nanomaterials-mediated-by-nano-bio-eco-interactions
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Xiaojia He, Peter Fu, Winfred G Aker, Huey-Min Hwang
Engineered nanomaterials may adversely impact human health and environmental safety by nano-bio-eco interactions not fully understood. Their interaction with biotic and abiotic environments are varied and complicated, ranging from individual species to entire ecosystems. Their behavior, transport, fate, and toxicological profiles in these interactions, addressed in a pioneering study, are subsequently seldom reported. Biological, chemical, and physical dimension properties, the so-called multidimensional characterization, determine interactions...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part C, Environmental Carcinogenesis & Ecotoxicology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291515/biodegradation-of-azure-b-dye-by-serratia-liquefaciens-and-its-validation-by-phytotoxicity-genotoxicity-and-cytotoxicity-studies
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Izharul Haq, Abhay Raj, Markandeya
The azo dyes in textile industry are a major source of environmental pollution and cause serious threat to aquatic flora and fauna. The present study aims to evaluate the potential of previously isolated lignin peroxidase (LiP) enzyme producing Serratia liquefaciens in degradation of Azure-B (AB) dye. S. liquefaciens showed rapid decolourisation of AB dye (100 mg L-1) in mineral salt medium (MSM) supplemented with 0.2% glucose and yeast extract, and more than 90% dye decolourisation was observed at 48 h when incubated at 30 °C...
December 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289911/qsar-models-for-describing-the-toxicological-e%C3%AF-ects-of-ils-against-staphylococcus-aureus-based-on-norm-indexes
#15
Wensi He, Fangyou Yan, Qingzhu Jia, Shuqian Xia, Qiang Wang
The hazardous potential of ionic liquids (ILs) is becoming an issue of great concern due to their important role in many industrial fields as green agents. The mathematical model for the toxicological effects of ILs is useful for the risk assessment and design of environmentally benign ILs. The objective of this work is to develop QSAR models to describe the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC) of ILs against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). A total of 169 and 101 ILs with MICs and MBCs, respectively, are used to obtain multiple linear regression models based on matrix norm indexes...
December 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289281/mesoporous-carbon-nanomaterials-induced-pulmonary-surfactant-inhibition-cytotoxicity-inflammation-and-lung-fibrosis
#16
Yunan Chen, Yi Yang, Bolong Xu, Shunhao Wang, Bin Li, Juan Ma, Jie Gao, Yi Y Zuo, Sijin Liu
Environmental exposure and health risk upon engineered nanomaterials are increasingly concerned. The family of mesoporous carbon nanomaterials (MCNs) is a rising star in nanotechnology for multidisciplinary research with versatile applications in electronics, energy and gas storage, and biomedicine. Meanwhile, there is mounting concern on their environmental health risks due to the growing production and usage of MCNs. The lung is the primary site for particle invasion under environmental exposure to nanomaterials...
December 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282476/effects-of-environmental-contamination-and-acute-toxicity-of-n-nitrate-on-early-life-stages-of-endemic-arboreal-frog-polypedates-cruciger-blyth-1852
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Anusha Balangoda, K H M Ashoka Deepananda, H C E Wegiriya
This study investigated the potential toxic effects of environmentally relevant nitrate concentrations on development, growth, and mortality of early life stages of common hour-glass tree frog, Polypedates cruciger. Tadpoles from hatchlings through pre-adult were exposed to environmentally relevant nitrate concentrations detected in Mirissa, Sri Lanka. Newly hatched, external gill stage, and internal gill stage tadpoles were exposed to potassium nitrate for bioassay tests. No behavioral changes or abnormalities were observed in control and nitrate-induced group...
December 27, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280623/metabolism-of-a-phenylarsenical-in-human-hepatic-cells-and-identification-of-a-new-arsenic-metabolite
#18
Qingqing Liu, Elaine M Leslie, Birget Moe, Hongquan Zhang, Donna N Douglas, Norman M Kneteman, X Chris Le
Environmental contamination and human consumption of chickens could result in potential exposure to Roxarsone (3-nitro-4-hydroxyphenylarsonic acid), an organic arsenical that has been used as a chicken feed additive in many countries. However, little is known about the metabolism of Roxarsone in humans. The objective of this research was to investigate the metabolism of Roxarsone in human liver cells and to identify new arsenic metabolites of toxicological significance. Human primary hepatocytes and hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2 cells were treated with 20 or 100 µM Roxarsone...
December 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276687/toxicology-the-basic-science-for-human-well-being-and-environmental-health
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EDITORIAL
Aristidis M Tsatsakis, Lawrence H Lash
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Toxicology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258955/evaluation-of-toxicological-endpoints-in-female-zebrafish-after-bisphenol-a-exposure
#20
Ana M Molina, Nieves Abril, Noelia Morales-Prieto, José G Monterde, Antonio J Lora, Nahúm Ayala, Rosario Moyano
Given the importance of bisphenol A (BPA) as a xenoestrogen and its potential effects on human and animal health, we evaluated BPA exposure's short-term effects on follicular development, yolk protein vitellogenin (VTG) production and aromatase expression in female zebrafish. Histological modifications were observed along with increased presence of atretic follicles. Whole-body VTG concentration increased with the dose of BPA exposure. In contrast, expression of Cyp19a mRNA in the ovaries of BPA-exposed fish exhibited an apparent non-monotonic response curve, marked by downregulation at 1 μg/L BPA, upregulation at 10 μg/L BPA, and a return to downregulation at 100 μg/L BPA and higher doses...
December 16, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
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