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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454020/toxicity-of-tio2-in-nanoparticle-or-bulk-form-to-freshwater-and-marine-microalgae-under-visible-light-and-uv-a-radiation
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M Sendra, I Moreno-Garrido, M P Yeste, J M Gatica, J Blasco
Use of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) has become a part of our daily life and the high environmental concentrations predicted to accumulate in aquatic ecosystems are cause for concern. Although TiO2 has only limited reactivity, at the nanoscale level its physico-chemical properties and toxicity are different compared with bulk material. Phytoplankton is a key trophic level in fresh and marine ecosystems, and the toxicity provoked by these nanoparticles can affect the structure and functioning of ecosystems...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453304/mold-allergy-is-it-real-and-what-do-we-do-about-it
#2
Amanda Rudert, Jay Portnoy
Fungi produce substances that contain pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) which bind to pattern recognition receptors, stimulating innate immune responses in humans. They also produce allergens that induce production of specific IgE. Areas Covered: In this review we cover both innate and adaptive immune responses to fungi. Some fungal products can activate both innate and adaptive responses and in doing so, cause an intense and complex health effects...
April 28, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453253/athabasca-oil-sands-petcoke-extract-elicits-biochemical-and-transcriptomic-effects-in-avian-hepatocytes
#3
Doug Crump, Kim Williams, Suzanne Chiu, Yifeng Zhang, Jonathan W Martin
Petroleum coke or "petcoke" is a granular carbonaceous material produced during the upgrading of heavy crude oils, including bitumen. Petcoke dust was recently reported as an environmental contaminant in the Athabasca oil sands region, but the ecotoxicological hazards posed by this complex bitumen-derived material - including those to avian species - have not been characterized. In this study, solvent extracts (x) of delayed and fluid petcoke (xDP and xFP) were prepared and dissolved in dimethylsulfoxide. A water accommodated fraction of delayed petcoke (waDP) was also prepared...
April 28, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449398/feeding-induced-phenol-production-in-capsicum-annuum-l-influences-spodoptera-litura-f-larval-growth-and-physiology
#4
Vijaya Movva, Usha Rani Pathipati
We studied the role of induced plant phenols as a defense response to insect herbivory. Phenolic compounds were induced in Capsicum annuum L., the source of many culinary peppers, after feeding by different stages of the insect pest, Spodoptera litura F. The phenols were identified and quantified using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and effects produced by these phenols on larval development were studied. Vanillic acid was identified in plants challenged by second, fourth, and fifth instar larvae, but not in plants challenged by third instar nor unchallenged plants...
May 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449393/a-phase-1-study-of-the-c-met-inhibitor-tivantinib-arq197-in-children-with-relapsed-or-refractory-solid-tumors-a-children-s-oncology-group-study-phase-1-and-pilot-consortium-trial-advl1111
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James I Geller, John P Perentesis, Xiaowei Liu, Charles G Minard, Rachel A Kudgus, Joel M Reid, Elizabeth Fox, Susan M Blaney, Brenda J Weigel
BACKGROUND: The c-Met receptor tyrosine kinase is dysregulated in many pediatric cancers. Tivantinib is an oral small molecule that inhibits the c-Met receptor tyrosine kinase. A phase 1 and pharmacokinetic (PK) trial evaluating tivantinib was conducted in children with relapsed/refractory solid tumors. METHODS: Oral tivantinib capsules were administered twice daily with food, continuously in 28-day cycles. Dose levels 170, 200, and 240 mg/m(2) /dose were evaluated using a rolling-six design (Part A)...
April 27, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448933/in-vitro-bioaccessibility-of-copper-azole-following-simulated-dermal-transfer-from-pressure-treated-wood
#6
Jennifer L Griggs, Kim R Rogers, Clay Nelson, Todd Luxton, William E Platten, Karen D Bradham
Micronized copper azole (MCA) and micronized copper quaternary (MCQ) are the latest wood preservatives to replace the liquid alkaline copper and chromated copper arsenate preservatives due to concerns over the toxicity or lack of effectiveness of the earlier formulations. Today, the use of MCA has become abundant in the wood preservative industry with approximately 38millionlbs of copper carbonate being used to treat lumber each year. Despite this widespread usage, little information is available on the bioaccessibility of this preservative upon gastrointestinal exposure...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448908/biological-impacts-of-glyphosate-on-morphology-embryo-biomechanics-and-larval-behavior-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#7
Shuhui Zhang, Jia Xu, Xiangyu Kuang, Shibao Li, Xiang Li, Dongyan Chen, Xin Zhao, Xizeng Feng
All of these days, residues of herbicides such as glyphosate are widely distributed in the environment. The ubiquitous use of glyphosate has drawn extensive attention to its toxicity as an organic pollutant. In this study, we employed larval zebrafish as an animal model to evaluate the effect of different concentrations of glyphosate on early development via morphological, biomechanics, behavioral and physiological analyses. Morphological results showed that an obvious delay occurred in the epiboly process and body length, eye and head area were reduced at concentrations higher than 10 mg/L...
April 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448906/variation-in-the-toxicity-of-sediment-associated-substituted-phenylamine-antioxidants-to-an-epibenthic-hyalella-azteca-and-endobenthic-tubifex-tubifex-invertebrate
#8
R S Prosser, A J Bartlett, D Milani, E A M Holman, H Ikert, D Schissler, J Toito, J L Parrott, P L Gillis, V K Balakrishnan
Substituted phenylamine antioxidants (SPAs) are produced in relatively high volumes and used in a range of applications (e.g., rubber, polyurethane); however, little is known about their toxicity to aquatic biota. Therefore, current study examined the effects of chronic exposure (28 d) to four sediment-associated SPAs on epibenthic (Hyalella azteca) and endobenthic (Tubifex tubifex) organisms. In addition, acute (96-h), water-only exposures were conducted with H. azteca. Mortality, growth and biomass production were assessed in juvenile H...
April 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448545/vitamin-d3-induced-hypercalcemia-increases-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-hepatotoxicity-through-elevated-oxidative-stress-in-mice
#9
Hiroki Yoshioka, Haruki Usuda, Nobuhiko Miura, Nobuyuki Fukuishi, Tsunemasa Nonogaki, Satomi Onosaka
The aim of this study was to determine whether calcium potentiates acute carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) -induced toxicity. Elevated calcium levels were induced in mice by pre-treatment with cholecalciferol (vitamin D3; V.D3), a compound that has previously been shown to induce hypercalcemia in human and animal models. As seen previously, mice injected with CCl4 exhibited increased plasma levels of alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, and creatinine; transient body weight loss; and increased lipid peroxidation along with decreased total antioxidant power, glutathione, ATP, and NADPH...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448366/project-tendr
#10
Laura Anderko
: Chemicals are ubiquitous in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the products we use at work and in our personal lives. Toxic chemicals increase the risk of cognitive, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders throughout the life span. The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 was intended to allow for the collection of data on and regulation of these chemicals but has been criticized for its significant limitations in protecting the public's health. In recognition of the scientific evidence demonstrating the connection between toxic environmental chemicals and neurodevelopmental disorders, Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks)-a collaborative initiative of scientists, health professionals, and children's health advocates-produced a call to action last July with the aim of reducing exposure to chemicals and pollutants that contribute to the development of these disorders...
May 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448247/oleuropein-isolated-from-fraxinus-rhynchophylla-inhibits-glutamate-induced-neuronal-cell-death-by-attenuating-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#11
Mi Hye Kim, Ju-Sik Min, Joon Yeop Lee, Unbin Chae, Eun-Ju Yang, Kyung-Sik Song, Hyun-Shik Lee, Hong Jun Lee, Sang-Rae Lee, Dong-Seok Lee
Glutamate-induced neurotoxicity is related to excessive oxidative stress accumulation and results in the increase of neuronal cell death. In addition, glutamate has been reported to lead to neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.It is well known that Fraxinus rhynchophylla contains a significant level of oleuropein (Ole), which exerts various pharmacological effects. However, the mechanism of neuroprotective effects of Ole is still poorly defined. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether Ole prevents glutamate-induced toxicity in HT-22 hippocampal neuronal cells...
April 27, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448110/heavy-metals-induce-decline-of-derivatives-of-5-methycytosine-in-both-dna-and-rna-of-stem-cells
#12
Jun Xiong, Xiaona Liu, Qing-Yun Cheng, Shan Xiao, Lai-Xin Xia, Bifeng Yuan, Yu-Qi Feng
Toxic heavy metals have been considered to be harmful environmental contaminations. The molecular mechanisms of heavy metals-induced cytotoxicity and carcinogenicity are still not well elucidated. Previous reports showed exposures to toxic heavy metals can cause change of DNA cytosine methylation (5-methylcytosine, 5-mC). However, it is still not clear whether heavy metals have effects on the recently identified new epigenetic marks in both DNA and RNA, i.e., 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC), 5-formylcytosine (5-foC), and 5-carboxylcytosine (5-caC)...
April 27, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447724/effects-of-gap-junction-intercellular-communication-on-the-docetaxel-induced-cytotoxicity-in-rat-hepatocytes
#13
Nan Tang, Jinghua Liu, Bo Chen, Yuan Zhang, Meiling Yu, Ziqing Cai, Hongpeng Chen
The effect of gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) on docetaxel-induced hepatotoxicity and its underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. The present study involved investigating the effect of downregulating GJs derived from connexin (Cx) 32 in BRL-3A cells by three different mechanisms: Using a low-density culture; suppression of Cx32 using small interfering RNA; and use of the chemical inhibitor 2‑aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2‑APB), all of which led to attenuated docetaxel hepatotoxicity. In order to investigate the relevant mechanisms involved, apoptosis and caspase activities of BRL‑3A cells were determined...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447619/little-cigars-are-more-toxic-than-cigarettes-and-uniquely-change-the-airway-gene-and-protein-expression
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Arunava Ghosh, Sabri H Abdelwahab, Steven L Reeber, Boris Reidel, Abigail J Marklew, Andrew J Garrison, Shernita Lee, Hong Dang, Amy H Herring, Gary L Glish, Mehmet Kesimer, Robert Tarran
Little cigars (LCs) are regulated differently than cigarettes, allowing them to be potentially targeted at youth/young adults. We exposed human bronchial epithelial cultures (HBECs) to air or whole tobacco smoke from cigarettes vs. LCs. Chronic smoke exposure increased the number of dead cells, lactate dehydrogenase release, and interleukin-8 (IL-8) secretion and decreased apical cilia, cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein levels, and transepithelial resistance. These adverse effects were significantly greater in LC-exposed HBECs than cigarette exposed cultures...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447316/mining-and-environmental-health-disparities-in-native-american-communities
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REVIEW
Johnnye Lewis, Joseph Hoover, Debra MacKenzie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: More than a century of hard rock mining has left a legacy of >160,000 abandoned mines in the Western USA that are home to the majority of Native American lands. This article describes how abrogation of treaty rights, ineffective policies, lack of infrastructure, and a lack of research in Native communities converge to create chronic exposure, ill-defined risks, and tribal health concerns. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent results show that Native Americans living near abandoned uranium mines have an increased likelihood for kidney disease and hypertension, and an increased likelihood of developing multiple chronic diseases linked to their proximity to the mine waste and activities bringing them in contact with the waste...
April 26, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447152/expression-changes-in-metal-resistance-genes-in-microbacterium-liquefaciens-under-nickel-and-vanadium-exposure
#16
Grisel Fierros-Romero, José A Wrosek-Cabrera, Marlenne Gómez-Ramírez, Reynaldo C Pless, A M Rivas-Castillo, Norma G Rojas-Avelizapa
Microbacterium liquefaciens MNSH2-PHGII-2 is a nickel-vanadium-resistant bacterium isolated from mine tailings located in Guanajuato, Mexico. In PHGII liquid media, M. liquefaciens has the ability to remove 29.5 ppm of Ni and 168.3 ppm of V. The present study reports, for the first time in M. liquefaciens, the presence of the genes nccA (Ni-Co-Cd resistance), hant (high-affinity nickel transporter), smtA, a metal-binding protein gene, and VAN2 (V resistance), which showed an increased expression under exposure to 200 ppm of Ni and 200 ppm of V during the logarithmic growth phase of the microorganism in PHGII liquid media...
April 27, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447136/-environmental-health-relevance-of-airborne-microorganisms-in-ambient-and-indoor-air
#17
REVIEW
Sandra M Walser, Bernhard Brenner, Stefanie Heinze, Regine Szewzyk, Eike Wolter, Caroline E W Herr
Airborne microorganisms occur ubiquitously in the ambient air. Besides allergic and irritative-toxic effects, they can cause infections after inhalation. Occupational studies have shown that an increased incidence of respiratory diseases is found in adequately exposed workers. In addition to respiratory diseases, severe systemic infections can also occur in particular cases, such as in the case of a hantavirus infection that is recognized as an occupational disease. In studies from environmental medicine, respiratory diseases have also been observed in residents living in the vicinity of livestock facilities and evaporative cooling towers...
April 26, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446841/occupation-related-chromium-toxicity-a-rare-cause-of-renal-failure-and-rhabdomyolysis
#18
Manjeera Jagannati, I Ramya, Sowmya Sathyendra
A 21-year-old gentleman, a worker in a mobile phone shop, was admitted with rhabdomyolysis, renal failure, and pulmonary edema requiring mechanical ventilation and hemodialysis. After extensive workup and ruling out other causes, heavy metal poisoning was considered. Investigations during the course of the hospital stay revealed chromium poisoning. With repeated hemodialysis, his parameters normalized and he was discharged home in a stable condition. Diagnosis of chromium toxicity needs high index of suspicion...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446769/identification-of-key-proteins-and-pathways-in-cadmium-tolerance-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-strains-by-proteomic-analysis
#19
Qixiao Zhai, Yue Xiao, Jianxin Zhao, Fengwei Tian, Hao Zhang, Arjan Narbad, Wei Chen
Our previous study confirmed the protective potential of Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum) strains in alleviation of cadmium (Cd) toxicity in vivo and demonstrated that the observed protection largely depended on the tolerance of the strains to Cd-induced stress. It was also observed that there were significant intra-species differences in Cd tolerance of L. plantarum strains. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of Cd induced stress response of L. plantarum strains using the isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) based comparative proteomics...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446067/the-chemical-disruption-of-human-metabolism
#20
Stephen J Genuis, Edmond Kyrillos
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence highlights the reality of unprecedented human exposure to toxic chemical agents found throughout our environment - in our food and water supply, in the air we breathe, in the products we apply to our skin, in the medical and dental materials placed into our bodies, and even within the confines of the womb. With biomonitoring confirming the widespread bioaccumulation of myriad toxicants among population groups, expanding research continues to explore the pathobiological impact of these agents on human metabolism...
April 26, 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
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