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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098428/the-self-sufficient-p450-rhf-expressed-in-a-whole-cell-system-selectively-catalyses-the-5-hydroxylation-of-diclofenac
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Jan M Klenk, Bernd A Nebel, Joanne L Porter, Justyna K Kulig, Shaneela A Hussain, Sven M Richter, Michele Tavanti, Nicholas J Turner, Martin A Hayes, Bernhard Hauer, Sabine L Flitsch
P450 monooxygenases are able to catalyse the highly regio- and stereoselective oxidations of many organic molecules. However, the scale-up of such bio-oxidations remains challenging due to the often-low activity, level of expression and stability of P450 biocatalysts. Despite these challenges they are increasingly desirable as recombinant biocatalysts, particularly for the production of drug metabolites. Diclofenac is a widely used anti-inflammatory drug that is persistent in the environment along with the 4'- and 5-hydroxy metabolites...
January 18, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095253/lichen-microalgae-are-sensitive-to-environmental-concentrations-of-atrazine
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Helena Moreno Traba, Noelia Domínguez-Morueco, Eva Barreno, Myriam Catalá
The identification of new organisms for environmental toxicology bioassays is currently a priority, since these tools are strongly limited by the ecological relevance of taxa used to study global change. Lichens are sensitive bioindicators of air quality and their microalgae are an untapped source for new low-cost miniaturized bioassays with ecological importance. In order to increase the availability of a wider range of taxa for bioassays, the sensitivity of two symbiotic lichen microalgae, Asterochloris erici and Trebouxia sp...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095184/ecotoxicological-effects-of-larvicide-used-in-the-control-of-aedes-aegypti-on-nontarget-organisms-redefining-the-use-of-pyriproxyfen
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Vanessa Santana Vieira Santos, Evelyn Siqueira Caixeta, Edimar Olegário de Campos Júnior, Boscolli Barbosa Pereira
The continued widespread use of larvicides in Aedes aegypti control programs is still a necessary strategy, since there are no apparent efficient vaccines against arboviruses. However, chemical approaches may affect nontarget organisms and produce detrimental effects to environmental health. Therefore, the aim of this study was to conduct toxicity testing for pyriproxyfen at different concentrations using Daphnia magna and Artemia salina as model organisms to evaluate the ecotoxicological parameters. This study describes the toxicological effects of pyriproxyfen on both microcrustaceans, which are widely used in bioassays because of their sensitivity to changes in hydrosphere...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094496/chemoproteomic-profiling-of-acetanilide-herbicides-reveals-their-role-in-inhibiting-fatty-acid-oxidation
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Jessica L Counihan, Megan Duckering, Esha Dalvie, Wan-Min Ku, Leslie A Bateman, Karl J Fisher, Daniel K Nomura
Acetanilide herbicides are among the most widely used pesticides in the United States, but their toxicological potential and mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here, we have used chemoproteomic platforms to map proteome-wide cysteine reactivity of acetochlor (AC), the most widely used acetanilide herbicide, in vivo in mice. We show that AC directly reacts with >20 protein targets in vivo in mouse liver, including the catalytic cysteines of several thiolase enzymes involved in mitochondrial and peroxisomal fatty acid oxidation...
January 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089782/hepatic-co-cultures-in-vitro-reveal-suitable-to-detect-nrf2-mediated-oxidative-stress-responses-on-the-bladder-carcinogen-o-anisidine
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Franziska Wewering, Florent Jouy, Sükran Caliskan, Stefan Kalkhof, Martin von Bergen, Andreas Luch, Sebastian Zellmer
The azo dye o-anisidine is known as an industrial and environmental pollutant. Metabolites of o-anisidine remain in the liver for >24h. However, the toxicological impact of o-anisidine on the liver and its individual cell types, e.g., hepatocytes and immune cells, is currently poorly understood. A novel co-culture system, composed of HepG2 or Huh-7 cells, and differentiated THP-1 cells was used to study the metabolic capacity towards o-anisidine, and compared to primary murine hepatocytes which express high enzyme activities...
January 12, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088544/off-site-impacts-of-wildfires-on-aquatic-systems-biomarker-responses-of-the-mosquitofish-gambusia-holbrooki
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Bruno Nunes, Vera Silva, Isabel Campos, Joana Luísa Pereira, Patrícia Pereira, Jan Jacob Keizer, Fernando Gonçalves, Nelson Abrantes
The number of wildfires has markedly increased in Mediterranean Europe, including in Portugal. Wildfires are environmentally concerning, not only due to the loss of biodiversity and forest area, but also as a consequence of environmental contamination by specific compounds including metals and polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAHs). These contaminants, mostly bound to ashes, can reach downstream water bodies, namely through surface runoff, being ultimately dispersed by vast areas and contacting with aquatic biota...
January 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088094/organ-on-a-chip-for-assessing-environmental-toxicants
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REVIEW
Soohee Cho, Jeong-Yeol Yoon
Man-made xenobiotics, whose potential toxicological effects are not fully understood, are oversaturating the already-contaminated environment. Due to the rate of toxicant accumulation, unmanaged disposal, and unknown adverse effects to the environment and the human population, there is a crucial need to screen for environmental toxicants. Animal models and in vitro models are ineffective models in predicting in vivo responses due to inter-species difference and/or lack of physiologically-relevant 3D tissue environment...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087834/environmental-deflection-the-impact-of-toxicant-exposures-on-the-aging-epigenome
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Joseph Kochmanski, Luke Montrose, Jaclyn M Goodrich, Dana C Dolinoy
Epigenetic drift and age-related methylation have both been used in the literature to describe changes in DNA methylation that occurs with aging. However, ambiguity remains regarding the exact definition of both of these terms, and neither of these fields of study explicitly considers the impact of environmental factors on the aging epigenome. Recent twin studies have demonstrated longitudinal, pair-specific discordance in DNA methylation patterns, suggesting an effect of the environment on age-related methylation and/or epigenetic drift...
January 13, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081510/gestational-and-lactational-exposure-to-di-isobutyl-phthalate-via-diet-in-maternal-mice-decreases-testosterone-levels-in-male-offspring
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Xiaoyang Wang, Nan Sheng, Ruina Cui, Hongxia Zhang, Jianshe Wang, Jiayin Dai
Phthalates are a large family of ubiquitous environmental chemicals suspected of being endocrine disruptors, with exposure to these chemicals during prenatal and postnatal development possibly resulting in reproductive disorders. Di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP) is widely used in consumer and industrial products, and although its exposure in the general population has increased in recent years, the mechanisms behind DiBP-induced reproductive disorders in male offspring remain unclear. Here, pregnant mice were exposed to 0 or 450 mg/kg bw/day DiBP via diet from gestation day (GD) 0 to GD21...
January 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079015/chemometrics-expertise-in-the-links-between-ecotoxicity-and-physicochemical-features-of-silver-nanoparticles-environmental-aspects
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Miroslava A Nedyalkova, Borjana V Donkova, Vasil D Simeonov
Studies of the ecotoxicological aspects of nanomaterials in aquatic environments are scarce. Given the growing varietyof nanoparticles (NPs), along with the diversity of aquatic species and environments, the key to promoting sound risk assessment in nanoecotoxicology is understanding the mechanisms that govern the fate of NPs in aquatic environments and their behavior at the NP-biota interface. In this paper, data collected from the literature on ecotoxicological effects observed in aquatic species is discussed and analyzed using multivariate statistics techniques...
January 12, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071525/additive-toxic-effect-of-deltamethrin-and-cadmium-on-hepatic-hematological-and-immunological-parameters-in-mice
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Hasibur Rehman, Al Thbiani Aziz, Shalini Saggu, Adam L VanWert, Nahla Zidan, Sundeep Saggu
Exposure to natural and man-made environmental toxins concurrently can pose a greater threat to multiple organs. In the present work, we investigated interactions between deltamethrin (DM) and cadmium (Cd), whose mechanisms of action in humans are poorly understood. Albino mice were randomly divided into four groups, each containing six mice: saline as control, DM-treated, cadmium chloride (CdCl2)-treated, and CdCl2 plus DM treated. After 2 weeks of treatment biochemical and hematological effects, total leukocyte count (TLC), differential leukocyte count, humoral-mediated immune responses, and histopathological studies were conducted...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069306/nitrated-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-nitro-pahs-in-the-environment-a-review
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REVIEW
Benjamin A Musa Bandowe, Hannah Meusel
Nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (nitro-PAHs) are derivatives of PAHs with at least one nitro-functional group (-NO2) on the aromatic ring. The toxic effects of several nitro-PAHs are more pronounced than those of PAHs. Some nitro-PAHs are classified as possible or probable human carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Nitro-PAHs are released into the environment from combustion of carbonaceous materials (e.g. fossil fuels, biomass, waste) and post-emission transformation of PAHs...
January 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064074/effect-of-humic-acid-on-the-toxicity-of-bare-and-capped-zno-nanoparticles-on-bacteria-algal-and-crustacean-systems
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K Akhil, S Sudheer Khan
Zinc oxide nanoparticles are one of the most extensively used nanoparticles in various commercial products. Depending on the purpose, the particles are coated with various agents including poly vinyl pyrrolidone, poly vinyl alcohol, ethylene glycol etc. As the particles are heavily used, the chance of the particles to get run off into the environment is very high. The study explains the difference in toxicity of bare and capped zinc oxide nanoparticles under various environmental conditions including humic acid and visible light against bacterial, algal and crustacean system...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056959/morphological-densitometric-and-mechanical-properties-of-mandible-in-5-month-old-polish-merino-sheep
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Anna Szabelska, Marcin R Tatara, Witold Krupski
BACKGROUND: Among bones building the axial and appendicular skeleton, the mandible is characterized by unique morphological and functional traits. The aim of the study was to evaluate morphological, densitometric and mechanical properties of mandible in 5-month-old Polish Merino sheep. Using quantitative computed tomography, volumetric bone mineral density (vBMD) and calcium hydroxyapatite density of the cortical bone (CbCa-HA), mean vBMD (MvBMD) and total bone volume were determined...
January 5, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056417/analysis-of-the-combined-effects-of-lanthanum-and-acid-rain-and-their-mechanisms-on-nitrate-reductase-transcription-in-plants
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Binxin Xia, Zhaoguo Sun, Lihong Wang, Qing Zhou, Xiaohua Huang
Rare earth element (REE) pollution and acid rain are major global environmental concerns, and their spatial distributions overlap. Thus, both forms of pollution combine to act on plants. Nitrogen is important for plant growth, and nitrate reductase (NR) is a key plant enzyme that catalyzes nitrogen assimilation. Studying the combined effects of REEs and acid rain on plant nitrogen-based nutrients has important environmental significance. Here, soybean (Glycine max) plants, commonly used for toxicological studies, were exposed to lanthanum (La), a REE, and acid rain to study the NR activities and NR transcriptional levels in the roots...
January 2, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045255/application-of-a-fragment-based-reactivity-profiler-for-the-prediction-of-human-health-and-environmental-toxicity-endpoints-skin-sensitisation-potency-and-aquatic-toxicity
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David Jonathan Ebbrell, Judith Clare Madden, Mark T D Cronin, Terry Wayne Schultz, Steven J Enoch
Toxicological effects, such as skin sensitisation and aquatic toxicity, can occur as a result of covalent bond formation between electrophilic chemicals and biological nucleophiles. One common mechanism through which covalent bonds may form is Michael addition. In silico profilers, consisting of structural alerts, have been developed that are able to identify the potential for a chemical to act as a Michael acceptor. However, such in silico profilers provide no information on rate of covalent bond formation (reactivity)...
January 3, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042640/toxicology-of-microcystins-with-reference-to-cases-of-human-intoxications-and-epidemiological-investigations-of-exposures-to-cyanobacteria-and-cyanotoxins
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REVIEW
Zorica Svirčev, Damjana Drobac, Nada Tokodi, Biljana Mijović, Geoffrey A Codd, Jussi Meriluoto
Blooms of cyanobacteria have been documented throughout history, all over the world. Mass populations of these organisms typically present hazards to human health and are known for the production of a wide range of highly toxic metabolites-cyanotoxins, of which among the most common and most investigated are the microcystins. The toxicity of the family of microcystin congeners to animal and cell models has received much attention; however, less is known about their negative effects on human health, whether via acute or chronic exposure...
January 2, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040214/toxicity-associated-to-uptake-and-depuration-of-carbamazepine-in-the-clam-scrobicularia-plana-under-a-chronic-exposure
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Ângela Almeida, Vânia Calisto, Valdemar I Esteves, Rudolf J Schneider, Amadeu M V M Soares, Etelvina Figueira, Rosa Freitas
Carbamazepine (CBZ) is an antiepileptic drug commonly detected in aquatic systems, with toxic effects to inhabiting organisms. Limited information is known on stress response biomarkers associated to bioconcentration and depuration of CBZ in aquatic organisms. Moreover, few studies addressed if the response and recovery of organisms to a contaminant can change when they are collected in a contaminated site. This study intended to understand the bioconcentration and depuration of CBZ combined with its toxicological impact in Scrobicularia plana clams collected from two contrasting areas (MIRA, Mira channel, non-contaminated and LAR, Laranjo bay, anthropogenically impacted) from the Ria de Aveiro (Portugal)...
December 28, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040195/human-health-screening-and-public-health-significance-of-contaminants-of-emerging-concern-detected-in-public-water-supplies
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Robert Benson, Octavia D Conerly, William Sander, Angela L Batt, J Scott Boone, Edward T Furlong, Susan T Glassmeyer, Dana W Kolpin, Heath E Mash, Kathleen M Schenck, Jane Ellen Simmons
The source water and treated drinking water from twenty five drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs) across the United States were sampled in 2010-2012. Samples were analyzed for 247 contaminants using 15 chemical and microbiological methods. Most of these contaminants are not regulated currently either in drinking water or in discharges to ambient water by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) or other U.S. regulatory agencies. This analysis shows that there is little public health concern for most of the contaminants detected in treated water from the 25 DWTPs participating in this study...
February 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038421/multianalyte-profiling-of-per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfass-in-liquid-commercial-products
#20
Philippe Favreau, Chantal Poncioni-Rothlisberger, Benjamin J Place, Harold Bouchex-Bellomie, Andreas Weber, Josef Tremp, Jennifer A Field, Marcel Kohler
The chemical properties of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) make them widespread for use in a number of industrial and commercial products to confer water and oil-repellency characteristics and to reduce surface tension e.g. in aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs). Some PFASs, especially perfluoroctane sulfonate, and several perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids, are known to cause significant human and environmental negative impact. Our knowledge on the content of PFASs in products remains scarce due to limited information available, thus impeding any precise assessment of human exposure and environmental release upon use...
December 27, 2016: Chemosphere
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