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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/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
#2
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
#3
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/29161501/phenanthrene-induced-apoptosis-and-its-underlying-mechanism
#4
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/29160836/an-in-vitro-study-of-the-photodynamic-effectiveness-of-go-ag-nanocomposites-against-human-breast-cancer-cells
#7
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/29160374/study-of-the-protective-effect-of-dexamethasone-on-cisplatin-induced-ototoxicity-in-rats
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Isabelle Oliveira Jatai Capelo, Avner Marcos Alves Batista, Yuri Neyson Ferreira Brito, Krissia Braga Diniz, Gerly Anne de Castro Brito, Marcos Rabelo de Freitas
PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of dexamethasone to protect against cisplatin (CDDP)-induced ototoxicity. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were divided into the following three groups: 1) Control (C): 6 animals received intraperitoneal (IP) saline solution, 8 ml/kg/day for four days; 2) C + CDDP: 11 animals received 8 ml/kg/day of IP saline and, 90 min after saline administration, 8 mg/kg/day of IP CDDP for four days; and 3) DEXA15 + CDDP: 11 animals received IP dexamethasone 15 mg/kg/day and, 90 min after dexamethasone administration, received 8 mg/kg/day of IP CDDP for four days...
October 2017: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160304/il11-is-a-crucial-determinant-of-cardiovascular-fibrosis
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Sebastian Schafer, Sivakumar Viswanathan, Anissa A Widjaja, Wei-Wen Lim, Aida Moreno-Moral, Daniel M DeLaughter, Benjamin Ng, Giannino Patone, Kingsley Chow, Ester Khin, Jessie Tan, Sonia P Chothani, Lei Ye, Owen J L Rackham, Nicole S J Ko, Norliza E Sahib, Chee Jian Pua, Nicole T G Zhen, Chen Xie, Mao Wang, Henrike Maatz, Shiqi Lim, Kathrin Saar, Susanne Blachut, Enrico Petretto, Sabine Schmidt, Tracy Putoczki, Nuno Guimarães-Camboa, Hiroko Wakimoto, Sebastiaan van Heesch, Kristmundur Sigmundsson, See L Lim, Jia L Soon, Victor T T Chao, Yeow L Chua, Teing E Tan, Sylvia M Evans, Yee J Loh, Muhammad H Jamal, Kim K Ong, Kim C Chua, Boon-Hean Ong, Mathew J Chakaramakkil, Jonathan G Seidman, Christine E Seidman, Norbert Hubner, Kenny Y K Sin, Stuart A Cook
Fibrosis is a final common pathology in cardiovascular disease(1). In the heart, fibrosis causes mechanical and electrical dysfunction(1,2) and in the kidney, it predicts the onset of renal failure(3). Transforming growth factor β1 (TGFB1) is the principal pro-fibrotic factor(4,5) but its inhibition is associated with side effects due to its pleiotropic roles(6,7). We hypothesised that downstream effectors of TGFB1 in fibroblasts could be attractive therapeutic targets and lack upstream toxicities. Using integrated imaging-genomics analyses of primary human fibroblasts, we found that Interleukin 11 (IL11) upregulation is the dominant transcriptional response to TGFB1 exposure and required for its profibrotic effect...
November 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159702/evaluation-of-levels-sources-and-health-hazards-of-road-dust-associated-toxic-metals-in-jalalabad-and-kabul-cities-afghanistan
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Waqar Azeem Jadoon, Wahdatullah Khpalwak, Russel Chrispine Garven Chidya, Sherif Mohamed Mohamed Ali Abdel-Dayem, Kazuhiko Takeda, Masood Arshad Makhdoom, Hiroshi Sakugawa
This study was designed to investigate selected road-dust associated heavy metals, their relations with natural and anthropogenic sources, and potential human and environmental health risks. For this purpose, 42 and 36 road-dusts samples were collected from Jalalabad and Kabul cities (Afghanistan), respectively. The following elements were found in descending concentrations: Mn, Zn, Pb, Ni, Cu, Cr, Co, and Cd in Jalalabad; and Mn, Zn, Ni, Cu, Cr, Pb, Co, and Cd in Kabul. Except for Ni, all the elemental contents were less than the Canadian permissible limits in residential/parkland soils...
November 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159543/endosulfan-is-toxic-to-the-reproductive-health-of-male-freshwater-fish-cyprinion-watsoni
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Fakhar Ul Islam, Samina Jalali, Mustafa Nawaz Shafqat, Syed Tahir Abbas Shah
Endosulfan is an organochlorine pesticide that is toxic to aquatic life. Endosulfan might hamper the reproductive health of indigenous fish in agricultural areas of Pakistan where this pesticide is sprayed widely. The aim of the current study is to investigate the toxic effects of endosulfan on selected reproductive parameters of male freshwater fish, Cyprinion watsoni. Two concentrations of endosulfan (0.5 and 1 ppb for 30 days exposure) were tested for their effects on body weight, body length, and testicular weight, length, and width...
November 20, 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159542/evaluation-of-the-removal-of-potassium-cyanide-and-its-toxicity-in-green-algae-chlorella-vulgaris
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Qingqing Liu, Guangsheng Zhang, Jiannan Ding, Hua Zou, Hongxing Shi, Chaoqun Huang
To evaluate the removal of potassium cyanide (KCN) and its toxicity in algae, an initial comprehensive analysis was performed with Chlorella vulgaris. The algae showed potential removal capability for KCN, with the maximal removal rate of 61%. Moreover, effects of KCN on growth, cellular morphology and antioxidant defense system of C. vulgaris were evaluated. Cell number and chlorophyll a content decreased in most cases, with the maximal inhibition rates of 48% and 99%, respectively. The 100 mg L(- 1) KCN seriously damaged the algal cell membrane...
November 20, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159438/polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-pbdes-and-hydroxylated-pbdes-in-human-serum-from-shanghai-china-a-study-on-their-presence-and-correlations
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Bentuo Xu, Minghong Wu, Mingnan Wang, Chenyuan Pan, Wenhui Qiu, Liang Tang, Gang Xu
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are becoming a public health concern because of their potential toxicity, from endocrine disruption system to neurodevelopmental impairments. Nonetheless, information on their levels in human blood is scarce. In this study, human serum samples collected in Shanghai, China, were analyzed for the concentrations of PBDEs and their hydroxylated metabolites (OH-PBDEs). Eight PBDE congeners and six OH-PBDE congeners were quantified in serum samples by gas chromatography with mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and high-performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS)...
November 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159232/application-of-bi-clustering-of-gene-expression-data-and-gene-set-enrichment-analysis-methods-to-identify-potentially-disease-causing-nanomaterials
#14
Andrew Williams, Sabina Halappanavar
This article contains data related to the research article 'Application of bi-clustering of gene expression data and gene set enrichment analysis methods to identify potentially disease causing nanomaterials' (Williams and Halappanavar, 2015) [1]. The presence of diverse types of nanomaterials (NMs) in commerce has grown significantly in the past decade and as a result, human exposure to these materials in the environment is inevitable. The traditional toxicity testing approaches that are reliant on animals are both time- and cost- intensive; employing which, it is not possible to complete the challenging task of safety assessment of NMs currently on the market in a timely manner...
December 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159011/proton-therapy-for-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-a-three-case-series-describing-the-clinical-and-dosimetric-advantages-of-proton-based-therapy
#15
Howard Lee, Jing Zeng, Stephen R Bowen, Ramesh Rengan
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a malignancy of the pleural cavity that typically presents at an advanced stage. Due to its large, circumferential clinical target volume (CTV) and proximity to major structures, including the heart and contralateral lung, delivering hemithoracic intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) with photon therapy to achieve loco-regional control following macroscopic complete resection is challenging. Intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) has been shown to be a method for achieving higher therapeutic doses while limiting exposure to organs at risk (OARs), but patient outcomes after treatment have yet to be reported...
September 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158524/mechanisms-underlying-the-antiproliferative-effects-of-a-series-of-quinoxaline-derived-chalcones
#16
Tânia R Mielcke, Thaís C Muradás, Eduardo C Filippi-Chiela, Maria Eduarda A Amaral, Luiza W Kist, Maurício R Bogo, Alessandra Mascarello, Patrícia D Neuenfeldt, Ricardo J Nunes, Maria M Campos
The present study aimed to characterize the effects of quinoxaline-derived chalcones, designed on the basis of the selective PI3Kγ inhibitor AS605240, in oral cancer cells. Three lead compounds, namely N9, N17 and N23, were selected from a series of 20 quinoxaline-derived chalcones, based on an initial screening using human and rat squamous cell carcinoma lineages, representing compounds with at least one methoxy radical at the A-ring. The selected chalcones, mainly N9 and N17, displayed marked antiproliferative effects, via apoptosis and autophagy induction, with an increase of sub-G1 population and Akt inhibition...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158370/ovarian-and-uterine-functions-in-female-survivors-of-childhood-cancers
#17
REVIEW
Ozgur Oktem, Samuel S Kim, Ugur Selek, Glenn Schatmann, Bulent Urman
Adult survivors of childhood cancers are more prone to developing poor reproductive and obstetrical outcomes than their siblings and the general population as a result of previous exposure to chemotherapy and radiation during childhood. Chemotherapy drugs exert cytotoxic effects systemically and therefore can damage the ovaries, leading to infertility, premature ovarian failure, and, to a lesser extent, spontaneous abortions. They have very limited or no deleterious effects on the uterus that can be recognized clinically...
November 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157261/role-of-omics-techniques-in-the-toxicity-testing-of-nanoparticles
#18
REVIEW
Eleonore Fröhlich
Nanotechnology is regarded as a key technology of the twenty-first century. Despite the many advantages of nanotechnology it is also known that engineered nanoparticles (NPs) may cause adverse health effects in humans. Reports on toxic effects of NPs relay mainly on conventional (phenotypic) testing but studies of changes in epigenome, transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome induced by NPs have also been performed. NPs most relevant for human exposure in consumer, health and food products are metal, metal oxide and carbon-based NPs...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157202/target-proteins-reprogrammed-by-as-and-as%C3%A2-%C3%A2-si-treatments-in-solanum-lycopersicum-l-fruit
#19
Marta Marmiroli, Francesca Mussi, Davide Imperiale, Nelson Marmiroli
BACKGROUND: Arsenic is an important contaminant of many arable soils worldwide, while silicon, one of the most abundant elements in the earth's crust, interacts with As in the context of plant metabolism. As toxicity results largely from its stimulation of reactive oxygen species, and it is believed that Si can mitigate this process through reduction of the level of oxidative stress. Experiments targeting the proteomic impact of exposure to As and Si have to date largely focused on analyses of root, shoot and seed of a range of mainly non-solanaceous species, thus it remains unclear whether oxidative stress is the most important manifestation of As toxicity in Solanum lycopersicum fruit which during ripening go through drastic physiological and molecular readjustments...
November 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157187/quantitative-weight-of-evidence-assessment-of-higher-tier-studies-on-the-toxicity-and-risks-of-neonicotinoid-insecticides-in-honeybees-1-methods
#20
Keith R Solomon, Gladys L Stephenson
A quantitative weight of evidence (QWoE) methodology was developed and used to assess many higher-tier studies on the effects of three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin (CTD), imidacloprid (IMI), and thiamethoxam (TMX) on honeybees. A general problem formulation, a conceptual model for exposures of honeybees, and an analysis plan were developed. A QWoE methodology was used to characterize the quality of the available studies from the literature and unpublished reports of studies conducted by or for the registrants...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
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