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Paula Pierozan, Marie Andersson, Ingvar Brandt, Oskar Karlsson
The environmental neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) is a glutamate receptor agonist that can induce oxidative stress and has been implicated as a possible risk factor for neurodegenerative disease. Detection of BMAA in mussels, crustaceans, and fish illustrates that the sources of human exposure to this toxin are more abundant than previously anticipated. The aim of this study was to determine uptake of BMAA in the pineal gland and subsequent effects on melatonin production in primary pinealocyte cultures and a rat model...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
Serenella Anzilotti, Paola Brancaccio, Giuseppe Simeone, Valeria Valsecchi, Antonio Vinciguerra, Agnese Secondo, Tiziana Petrozziello, Natascia Guida, Rossana Sirabella, Ornella Cuomo, Pasquale Cepparulo, Andrè Herchuelz, Salvatore Amoroso, Gianfranco Di Renzo, Lucio Annunziato, Giuseppe Pignataro
Preconditioning (PC) is a phenomenon wherein a mild insult induces resistance to a later, severe injury. Although PC has been extensively studied in several neurological disorders, no studies have been performed in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Here we hypothesize that a sub-toxic acute exposure to the cycad neurotoxin beta-methylamino-L-alanine (L-BMAA) is able to delay ALS progression in SOD1 G93A mice and that NCX3, a membrane transporter able to handle the deregulation of ionic homeostasis occurring during ALS, takes part to this neuroprotective effect...
February 12, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Oddvar Myhre, Dag Marcus Eide, Synne Kleiven, Hans Christian Utkilen, Tim Hofer
The cyanobacterial toxins β-methylamino-L-alanine (L-BMAA) and microcystin-LR (MC-LR; a potent liver toxin) are suspected to cause neurological disorders. Adult male C57BL/6JOlaHsd mice aged approximately 11 months were subcutaneously injected for five consecutive days with L-BMAA and microcystin-LR alone, or as a mixture. A dose-range study determined a tolerable daily dose to be ~31 µg MC-LR/kg BW/day based on survival, serum liver status enzymes, and relative liver and kidney weight. Mice tolerating the first one-two doses also tolerated the subsequent three-four doses indicating adaptation...
February 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Suramya Waidyanatha, Kristen Ryan, J Michael Sanders, Jacob D McDonald, Christopher J Wegerski, Melanie Doyle-Eisle, C Edwin Garner
β-N-methylamino-l-alanine (L-BMAA) is produced by cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). Human exposure to L-BMAA occurs via consumption of L-BMAA-contaminated water and food. It is speculated that exposure to L-BMAA, and subsequent brain accumulation, may contribute to an increased incidence of neurodegenerative diseases indicating the need to evaluate risk of L-BMAA exposure to humans. As an initial step in this process, we have evaluated disposition following a single or repeated gavage administration of 1, 10 or 100mg/kg [14 C]L-BMAA in rats and mice...
January 15, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
R A Dunlop, J Powell, G J Guillemin, P A Cox
β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (L-BMAA) is a neurotoxic non-protein amino acid produced by cyanobacteria. Recently, chronic dietary exposure to L-BMAA was shown to trigger neuropathology in nonhuman primates consistent with Guamanian ALS/PDC, a paralytic disease that afflicts Chamorro villagers who consume traditional food items contaminated with L-BMAA. However, the addition of the naturally occurring amino acid L-serine to the diet of the nonhuman primates resulted in a significant reduction in ALS/PDC neuropathology...
January 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
R A Dunlop, J T Powell, J S Metcalf, G J Guillemin, P A Cox
The unfolded protein response (UPR) is a highly evolutionarily conserved response to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, which functions to return cells to homeostasis or send them into apoptosis, depending on the degree of cellular damage. β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (L-BMAA) has been shown to induce ER stress in a variety of models and has been linked to several types of neurodegenerative disease including Guamanian amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Parkinsonism dementia complex (ALS/PDC). L-Serine, an amino acid critical for cellular metabolism and neurological signaling, has been shown to be protective against L-BMAA-induced neurotoxicity in both animal and cell culture models...
January 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
Marie Andersson, Oskar Karlsson, Ingvar Brandt
The neurotoxic amino acid β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) has been implicated in the etiology of neurodegenerative disorders. BMAA is also a known developmental neurotoxin and research indicates that the sources of human and wildlife exposure may be more diverse than previously anticipated. The aim of the present study was therefore to examine whether BMAA can be transferred into birds' eggs. Egg laying quail were dosed with 14 C-labeled BMAA. The distribution of radioactivity in the birds and their laid eggs was then examined at different time points by autoradiography and phosphoimaging analysis...
January 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Vanessa X Tan, Claire Mazzocco, Bianca Varney, Dominique Bodet, Tristan A Guillemin, Alban Bessede, Gilles J Guillemin
We show for the first time that a newly developed polyclonal antibody (pAb) can specifically target the cyanotoxin β-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) and can be used to enable direct visualization of BMAA entry and accumulation in primary brain cells. We used this pAb to investigate the effect of acute and chronic accumulation, and toxicity of both BMAA and its natural isomer 2,4-diaminobutyric acid (DAB), separately or in combination, on primary cultures of rat neurons. We further present evidence that co-treatment with BMAA and DAB increased neuronal death, as measured by MAP2 fluorescence level, and appeared to reduce BMAA accumulation...
January 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
J S Metcalf, Doug Lobner, Sandra Anne Banack, Gregory A Cox, Peter B Nunn, Peter B Wyatt, Paul Alan Cox
Chronic dietary exposure to the cyanobacterial toxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) triggers neuropathology in non-human primates, providing support for the theory that BMAA causes a fatal neurodegenerative illness among the indigenous Chamorro people of Guam. However, since there are two stereoisomers of BMAA, it is important to know if both can occur in nature, and if so, what role they might play in disease causation. As a first step, we analysed both BMAA enantiomers in cyanobacteria, cycads, and in mammals orally dosed with L-BMAA, to determine if enantiomeric changes could occur in vivo...
August 2017: Amino Acids
Laura Louise Scott, Simoné Downing, Timothy Grant Downing
Chronic inhalation of aerosolized β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) could serve as potenital route for exposure to this cyanobacterial neurotoxin implicated in the development of neurodegenerative disease. We investigated environmental aerosol BMAA loads and the fate of inhaled isotopically labeled aerosolized BMAA in adult male Sprague Dawley rats, with doses corresponding to chronic aerosolized environmental BMAA exposure of over 65 days and up to 266 years. Environmental BMAA aerosol concentrations ranged from 6-39 pg L¯1 ...
January 2018: Neurotoxicity Research
Marie Andersson, Lisa Ersson, Ingvar Brandt, Ulrika Bergström
β-N-methylamino-alanine (BMAA) is a non-protein amino acid produced by cyanobacteria, diatoms and dinoflagellates. BMAA has potential to biomagnify in a terrestrial food chain, and to bioaccumulate in fish and shellfish. We have reported that administration of [14 C]l-BMAA to lactating mice and rats results in a mother to off-spring transfer via the milk. A preferential enantiomer-specific uptake of [14 C]l-BMAA has also been demonstrated in differentiated murine mammary epithelium HC11 cells. These findings, together with neurotoxic effects of BMAA demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo, highlight the need to determine whether such transfer could also occur in humans...
April 1, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Estefanía de Munck, Valle Palomo, Emma Muñoz-Sáez, Daniel I Perez, Begoña Gómez-Miguel, M Teresa Solas, Carmen Gil, Ana Martínez, Rosa M Arahuetes
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive motor neuron degenerative disease that has no effective treatment up to date. Drug discovery tasks have been hampered due to the lack of knowledge in its molecular etiology together with the limited animal models for research. Recently, a motor neuron disease animal model has been developed using β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (L-BMAA), a neurotoxic amino acid related to the appearing of ALS. In the present work, the neuroprotective role of VP2.51, a small heterocyclic GSK-3 inhibitor, is analysed in this novel murine model together with the analysis of autophagy...
2016: PloS One
Marie Andersson, Oskar Karlsson, Sandra Anne Banack, Ingvar Brandt
The cyanobacterial non-proteinogenic amino acid β-N-methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA) is proposed to be involved in the etiology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/parkinsonism dementia complex. When administered as single doses to neonatal rats, BMAA gives rise to cognitive and neurodegenerative impairments in the adult animal. Here, we employed mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and autoradiographic imaging to examine the mother-to-pup transfer of BMAA in rats. The results show that unchanged BMAA was secreted into the milk and distributed to the suckling pups...
September 6, 2016: Toxicology Letters
Matjaž Novak, Klara Hercog, Bojana Žegura
A neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (L-BMAA) is a non-protein amino acid produced by most cyanobacteria ubiquitously present in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Due to its global presence in surface waters, a widespread human exposure is possible and therefore this toxin represents a health risk for humans and animals. L-BMAA has been linked to the development of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases. Its neurotoxic activity has been extensively studied, while nothing is known on its genotoxic properties...
August 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Paul Alan Cox, David A Davis, Deborah C Mash, James S Metcalf, Sandra Anne Banack
Vervets with chronic dietary exposure to BMAA develop neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) and sparse β-amyloid plaque-like deposits in the brain. Macaques dosed via oral gavage with BMAA developed marked neurological signs in the absence of cell death. These differences may result from increased vulnerability of macaques to BMAA, the higher effective dose they received via oral gavage, and the possibility of stable adducts due to the bicarbonate used to neutralize their BMAA dose. Confirmation of chromatolysis and cell death in macaque brains was visualized using toluidine staining...
December 2016: Neurotoxicology
P S Spencer, C E Garner, V S Palmer, G E Kisby
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September 2016: Neurotoxicology
Paul Alan Cox, David A Davis, Deborah C Mash, James S Metcalf, Sandra Anne Banack
Neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) and β-amyloid plaques are the neurological hallmarks of both Alzheimer's disease and an unusual paralytic illness suffered by Chamorro villagers on the Pacific island of Guam. Many Chamorros with the disease suffer dementia, and in some villages one-quarter of the adults perished from the disease. Like Alzheimer's, the causal factors of Guamanian amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/parkinsonism dementia complex (ALS/PDC) are poorly understood. In replicated experiments, we found that chronic dietary exposure to a cyanobacterial toxin present in the traditional Chamorro diet, β-N-methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA), triggers the formation of both NFT and β-amyloid deposits similar in structure and density to those found in brain tissues of Chamorros who died with ALS/PDC...
January 27, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Maitham Ahmed Al-Sammak, Douglas G Rogers, Kyle D Hoagland
The cyanobacterial neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) is considered to be an "excitotoxin," and its suggested mechanism of action is killing neurons. Long-term exposure to L-BMAA is believed to lead to neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). Objectives of this study were to determine the presumptive median lethal dose (LD50), the Lowest-Observed-Adverse-Effect Level (LOAEL), and histopathologic lesions caused by the naturally occurring BMAA isomer, L-BMAA, in mice...
2015: Journal of Toxicology
Elisabeth J Faassen, María García-Altares, Mariana Mendes e Mello, Miquel Lürling
β-N-Methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA) is a neurotoxin that is suspected to play a role in the neurological diseases amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. BMAA has been detected in phytoplankton and globally, the main exposure routes for humans to BMAA are through direct contact with phytoplankton-infested waters and consumption of BMAA-contaminated fish and invertebrates. As BMAA can be transferred from mothers to offspring in mammals, BMAA exposure is expected to have transgenerational effects...
November 2015: Aquatic Toxicology
Nuria de Pedro, Juan Cantizani, Francisco Javier Ortiz-López, Victor González-Menéndez, Bastien Cautain, Lorena Rodríguez, Gerald F Bills, Fernando Reyes, Olga Genilloud, Francisca Vicente
Parkinson's disease (PD) and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are neurodegenerative disorders characterized by loss of dopaminergic or motor neurons, respectively. Although understanding of the PD and ALS pathogenesis remains incomplete, increasing evidence from human and animal studies has suggested that aberrant GSK3β, oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage are involved in their pathogenesis. Using two different molecular models, treatment with L-BMAA for ALS and rotenone for PD the effect of isolecanoric acid, a natural product isolated from a fungal culture, was evaluated...
February 2016: Neuropharmacology
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