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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161743/pharmacological-foundations-of-cannabis-chemovars
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Mark A Lewis, Ethan B Russo, Kevin M Smith
An advanced Mendelian Cannabis breeding program has been developed utilizing chemical markers to maximize the yield of phytocannabinoids and terpenoids with the aim to improve therapeutic efficacy and safety. Cannabis is often divided into several categories based on cannabinoid content. Type I, Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol-predominant, is the prevalent offering in both medical and recreational marketplaces. In recent years, the therapeutic benefits of cannabidiol have been better recognized, leading to the promotion of additional chemovars: Type II, Cannabis that contains both Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, and cannabidiol-predominant Type III Cannabis...
November 21, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161662/deiodination-of-iopamidol-by-zero-valent-iron-zvi-enhances-formation-of-iodinated-disinfection-by-products-during-chloramination
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Huiyu Dong, Zhimin Qiang, Junfeng Lian, Jin Li, Jianwei Yu, Jiuhui Qu
Iodinated X-ray contrast media (ICM) is considered as one of iodine sources for formation of toxic iodinated disinfection byproducts (I-DBPs) during disinfection. This study investigated transformation of a typical ICM, iopamidol (IPM) by zero valent iron (ZVI) and the effect of transformation on the formation of I-DBPs during chloramination. It was found that the presence of ZVI could deiodinate IPM into I(-) and the transformation of IPM exhibited a pseudo-first-order kinetics. Acidic circumstance, SO4(2-), Cl(-) and monochloramine could promote the transformation of IPM by ZVI, while SiO3(2-) inhibited the transformation of IPM...
November 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161651/enhanced-anticancer-effect-of-fabricated-gallic-acid-cds-on-the-rgo-nanosheets-on-human-glomerular-mesangial-ip15-and-epithelial-proximal-hk2-kidney-cell-lines-cytotoxicity-investigations
#3
Wei Peng, Pengcheng Luo, Dingwen Gui, Weidong Jiang, Haixia Wu, Jie Zhang
In spite of the technological innovation in the biomedical science, cancer remains a critical disease. In this study, we designed a gallic acid/cadmium sulfide (GA/CdS) nanocomposite fabricated on the reduced graphene oxide (GA/CdS-rGO) nanosheets for the treatment system of human kidney cancer cells. The GA/CdS-rGO nanosheets have been prepared using gallic acid as a reducing agent. The characterization of nanocomposites was studied using UV-Vis spectroscope, FT-IR, XRD, SEM and TEM. The microscopic images showed the spherical shape and nano-scaled CdS nanoparticles on the sheet like rGO nanomaterials...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161537/association-of-h3k79-monomethylation-an-epigenetic-signature-with-arsenic-induced-skin-lesions
#4
Pritha Bhattacharjee, Somnath Paul, Sandip Bhattacharjee, Ashok K Giri, Pritha Bhattacharjee
Arsenic, a non mutagenic carcinogen, poses a profound health risk upon prolonged exposure. The objective of the study was to analyze the post-translational modifications of the major histone H3 and the associated molecular crosstalk to identify the epigenetic signature of arsenic susceptibility. Herein, we identified significant upregulation of H3K79me1, in individuals with arsenic-induced skin lesion (WSL), and H3K79me1 was found to be regulated by the upstream methyltransferase DOT1L. Moreover, the downstream target molecule 53BP1, a tumor suppressor protein that has a docking preference for H3K79me1 at a site of a double-strand break (DSB), was downregulated, indicating greater DNA damage in the WSL group...
November 14, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161513/insights-into-molecular-basis-of-acute-contact-toxicity-of-diverse-organic-chemical-in-honey-bee
#5
Xiao Li, Yuan Zhang, Hongna Chen, Huanhuan Li, Yong Zhao
The chemical pollutants, including pesticides and other industrial chemicals, have resulted in significant risks to the whole ecosystem. Therefore, the ecological risk assessment of chemicals is vital and necessary. Since honey bee (Apis mellifera) is probably among the most exposed species to the polluting chemicals, we focused on the in silico estimation of honey bee toxicity (HBT) of chemical and the analysis of the relevance of chemical HBT and several key physical-chemical properties and structural characteristics...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161501/phenanthrene-induced-apoptosis-and-its-underlying-mechanism
#6
Xiangsheng Hong, Jianhui Qin, Rui Chen, Lilai Yuan, Jinmiao Zha, Chao Huang, Na Li, Xiaoya Ji, Zijian Wang
Phenanthrene (Phe) is one of the most abundant low-molecular-weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Widespread human and aquatic organism exposure to Phe has been reported, but the toxic effects of Phe and potential mechanisms are unclear. We focused on the chronic hepatotoxicity of Phe in adult Chinese rare minnows (Gobiocypris rarus) and the underlying mechanisms. The chronic effects of exposing Chinese rare minnows to 8.9, 82.3, or 510.0 μg/L Phe for 30 days were examined by histopathological observation, TUNEL assays, caspase activity assays, and gene expression profiles...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161500/a-small-molecule-mimetic-of-the-humanin-peptide-as-a-candidate-for-modulating-nmda-induced-neurotoxicity
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Mohammad Parvez Alam, Tina Bilousova, Patricia Spilman, Kanagasabai Vadivel, Dongsheng Bai, Denis Evseenko, Varghese John
Humanin (HN), a 24-amino acid bioactive peptide, has been shown to increase cell survival of neurons after exposure to Aβ and NMDA-induced toxicity and thus could be beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The neuroprotection by HN is reported to be primarily through its agonist binding properties to the gp130 receptor. However, peptidic nature of HN presents challenges in its development as a therapeutic for AD. We report here for the first time the elucidation of the binding site of Humanin (HN) peptide to gp130 receptor extracellular domain through modeling and the synthesis of small molecule mimetics that interact with the HN binding site on the gp130 receptor that provides protection against NMDA-induced neurotoxicity in primary hippocampal neurons...
November 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161446/microglia-activation-and-gene-expression-alteration-of-neurotrophins-in-the-hippocampus-following-early-life-exposure-to-e-cigarette-aerosols-in-a-murine-model
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Judith T Zelikoff, Nancy Parmalee, Kevin Corbett, Terry Gordon, Catherine B Klein, Michael Aschner
Recent epidemiological data indicate that the popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), and consequently nicotine use, is rising in both adolescent and adult populations. As nicotine is a known developmental neurotoxin, these products present a potential threat for those exposed during early life stages. Despite this, few studies have evaluated the toxicity of e-cigarettes on the developing central nervous system (CNS). The goal of this study was to assess neurotoxicity resulting from early life exposure to electronic cigarette aerosols in an in vivo model...
November 17, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161404/mutation-dependent-aggregation-and-toxicity-in-a-drosophila-model-for-ubqln2-associated-als
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Sang Hwa Kim, Shannon G Stiles, Joseph M Feichtmeier, Nandini Ramesh, Lihong Zhan, Mark A Scalf, Lloyd M Smith, Udai Bhan Pandey, Randal S Tibbetts
Members of the conserved ubiquilin (UBQLN) family of ubiquitin (Ub) chaperones harbor an antipodal UBL (Ub-like)-UBA (Ub-associated) domain arrangement and participate in proteasome and autophagosome-mediated protein degradation. Mutations in a proline-rich-repeat region (PRR) of UBQLN2 cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/frontotemporal dementia (FTD); however, neither the normal functions of the PRR nor impacts of ALS-associated mutations within it are well understood. In this study we show that ALS mutations perturb UBQLN2 solubility and folding in a mutation-specific manner...
November 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161298/controlled-placement-of-multiple-cns-cell-populations-to-create-complex-neuronal-cultures
#10
D Soscia, A Belle, N Fischer, H Enright, A Sales, J Osburn, W Benett, E Mukerjee, K Kulp, S Pannu, E Wheeler
In vitro brain-on-a-chip platforms hold promise in many areas including: drug discovery, evaluating effects of toxicants and pathogens, and disease modelling. A more accurate recapitulation of the intricate organization of the brain in vivo may require a complex in vitro system including organization of multiple neuronal cell types in an anatomically-relevant manner. Most approaches for compartmentalizing or segregating multiple cell types on microfabricated substrates use either permanent physical surface features or chemical surface functionalization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161262/the-value-of-confirmatory-testing-in-early-infant-hiv-diagnosis-programmes-in-south-africa-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Lorna Dunning, Jordan A Francke, Divya Mallampati, Rachel L MacLean, Martina Penazzato, Taige Hou, Landon Myer, Elaine J Abrams, Rochelle P Walensky, Valériane Leroy, Kenneth A Freedberg, Andrea Ciaranello
BACKGROUND: The specificity of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) used for early infant diagnosis (EID) of HIV infection is <100%, leading some HIV-uninfected infants to be incorrectly identified as HIV-infected. The World Health Organization recommends that infants undergo a second NAAT to confirm any positive test result, but implementation is limited. Our objective was to determine the impact and cost-effectiveness of confirmatory HIV testing for EID programmes in South Africa...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161237/bilateral-visual-field-defects-in-a-patient-treated-with-the-mek-and-braf-inhibitors-trametinib-and-dabrafenib-for-melanoma-of-unknown-origin
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Jakob Siedlecki, Marc Mackert, Armin Wolf, Carola Berking, Siegfried G Priglinger, Kirsten Eibl-Lindner
INTRODUCTION: Although the introduction of BRAF and MEK inhibitors has greatly enhanced treatment possibilities in advanced BRAFV600-mutated melanoma, class-related toxicities are rather frequent and often involve the eye. Ophthalmologic side effects most commonly include central/diffuse serous retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion. Affection of the optic nerve head however has not been described clinically. CASE REPORT: A 29-year-old man presented in our eye clinic with bilateral blurred vision...
April 17, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161179/synergistic-induction-of-apoptosis-by-quercetin-and-curcumin-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-k562-cells
#13
Ergül Mutlu Altundağ, Ayşe Mine Yılmaz, Semra Koçtürk, Yavuz Taga, A Suha Yalçın
Chronic myeloid leukemia is a major hematopoietic malignancy characterized by expansion of myeloid cells. In this study, we have investigated whether quercetin, curcumin and their combination induce apoptosis and inhibit growth of K562 cells. We have observed that quercetin and curcumin combination induced apoptosis accompanied by increased ROS and decreased GSH levels as well as loss of mitochondrial membrane potential. Our mRNA and protein expression results suggested that cytochrome c was released from mitochondria causing PARP and caspase-9 cleavages, the hallmarks of mitochondrial apoptotic pathway...
November 21, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161017/detecting-interactions-between-nanomaterials-and-cell-membranes-by-synthetic-nanopores
#14
Binquan Luan, Shuo Zhou, Deqiang Wang, Ruhong Zhou
Engineered nanomaterials have been increasingly utilized in industry for various consumer products, environment treatments, energy storages and biomedical applications. Meanwhile, it has been established that certain nanomaterials can be toxic to biological cells from extensive experimental and theoretical studies. Despite that the exact molecular mechanisms of these nanomaterials' toxicity are still not well understood, it is ubiquitous that their interactions with cell membranes, through either endocytosis or penetration (and thus potential lysis), act as the first step towards the inflammation or even the death of a cell...
November 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161015/exploring-the-potential-of-biocompatible-osmoprotectants-as-high-efficient-cryoprotectants
#15
Jing Yang, Chao Pan, Jiamin Zhang, Xiaojie Sui, Yingnan Zhu, Chiyu Wen, Lei Zhang
Cryoprotectants (CPAs) are critical to successful cryopreservation because they can protect cells from cryoinjuries. Due to the limitations of current CPAs, especially the toxicity, the search for new effective CPAs is attracting increasing attentions. In this work, we reported that natural biocompatible osmoprotectants, which could protect cells from osmotic injury in various biological systems, might also be ideal candidates for CPAs. Three representative biocompatible osmoprotectants (proline, glycine and taurine) were tested and compared...
November 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160922/igf1r-signalling-in-testicular-germ-cell-tumour-cells-impacts-on-cell-survival-and-acquired-cisplatin-resistance
#16
Joanna Selfe, Neil C Goddard, Alan McIntyre, Kathryn R Taylor, Jane Renshaw, Sergey D Popov, Khin Thway, Brenda Summersgill, Robert A Huddart, Duncan C Gilbert, Janet M Shipley
Testicular germ cell tumours (TGCT) are the most frequent malignancy and cause of death from solid tumours in the 20-40 year age group. Although most cases show sensitivity to cis-platinum-based chemotherapy, this is associated with long-term toxicities and chemo-resistance. Roles for receptor tyrosine kinases other than KIT are largely unknown in TGCT. We therefore conducted a phosphoproteomic screen and identified the insulin growth factor receptor-1 (IGF1R) as both highly expressed and activated in TGCT cell lines representing the non-seminomatous subtype...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160852/the-complete-chloroplast-genome-sequences-of-aconitum-pseudolaeve-and-aconitum-longecassidatum-and-development-of-molecular-markers-for-distinguishing-species-in-the-aconitum-subgenus-lycoctonum
#17
Inkyu Park, Sungyu Yang, Goya Choi, Wook Jin Kim, Byeong Cheol Moon
Aconitum pseudolaeve Nakai and Aconitum longecassidatum Nakai, which belong to the Aconitum subgenus Lycoctonum, are distributed in East Asia and Korea. Aconitum species are used in herbal medicine and contain highly toxic components, including aconitine. A. pseudolaeve, an endemic species of Korea, is a commercially valuable material that has been used in the manufacture of cosmetics and perfumes. Although Aconitum species are important plant resources, they have not been extensively studied, and genomic information is limited...
November 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160836/an-in-vitro-study-of-the-photodynamic-effectiveness-of-go-ag-nanocomposites-against-human-breast-cancer-cells
#18
Fozia Shaheen, Muhammad Hammad Aziz, Muhammad Fakhar-E-Alam, Muhammad Atif, Mahvish Fatima, Riaz Ahmad, Atif Hanif, Saqib Anwar, Fatima Zafar, Ghazanfar Abbas, Syed Mansoor Ali, Mukhtar Ahmed
Graphene-based materials have garnered significant attention because of their versatile bioapplications and extraordinary properties. Graphene oxide (GO) is an extremely oxidized form of graphene accompanied by the functional groups of oxygen on its surface. GO is an outstanding platform on which to pacify silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs), which gives rise to the graphene oxide-silver nanoparticle (GO-Ag) nanocomposite. In this experimental study, the toxicity of graphene oxide-silver (GO-Ag) nanocomposites was assessed in an in vitro human breast cancer model to optimize the parameters of photodynamic therapy...
November 21, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160790/communication-or-toxicity-what-is-the-effect-of-cycloheximide-on-leaf-cutting-ant-workers
#19
Kátia Kaelly Andrade Sousa, Roberto da Silva Camargo, Luiz Carlos Forti
Leaf-cutting ants are insects that use plant material to grow fungus from which they feed. These fungus-growing ants perform various behavioral activities to establish an environment conducive to the fungus. Among these behaviors are activities that can serve to detect materials harmful to the colony, such as licking, scraping, chopping, etc. However, there are substances that may not be detected as harmful to the fungus on first contact. Cycloheximide (CHX) is one such substance, described as a fungicide that inhibits the synthesis of proteins in eukaryotes, although its mechanism of action remains unclear...
November 21, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160760/identification-of-organic-compounds-in-landfill-leachate-treated-by-advanced-oxidation-processes
#20
Ana Paula Jambers Scandelai, Eliane Sloboda Rigobello, Beatriz Lopes Corso de Oliveira, Célia Regina Granhen Tavares
Landfill leachates are considered to be complex effluents of a variable composition containing many compounds which are difficult to biodegrade and is highly toxic both to the environment and to human health.For this purpose and considering the shortage of studies concerning the treatment of landfill leachates using ozone, as well as its combination with catalysts, the aim of this paper was to identify the organic compounds in the landfill leachate of Maringá, Paraná, Brazil treated with advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) of ozonation (O3), heterogeneous catalytic ozonation with TiO2 (O3/TiO2), and heterogeneous catalytic ozonation with ZnO (O3/ZnO)...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Technology
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