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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731299/human-biomonitoring-of-lead-exposure
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Katrin Klotz, Thomas Göen
After a chronic exposure, lead accumulates in the human body, especially in bones and teeth. Critical effects of lead affect the nervous system, reproduction, fertility as well as genotoxicity and carcinogenicity [1]. Analyses of lead concentrations in human biological material are performed using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and atomic absorption spectrometry, but also electrochemical methods and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. The predominant sample matrices include blood and bone, as well as urine, hair, nail, and saliva...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728040/measures-and-predictors-of-varenicline-adherence-in-the-treatment-of-nicotine-dependence
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Annie R Peng, Mark Morales, E Paul Wileyto, Larry W Hawk, Paul Cinciripini, Tony P George, Neal L Benowitz, Nicole L Nollen, Caryn Lerman, Rachel F Tyndale, Robert Schnoll
INTRODUCTION: While adherence to medication in smoking cessation clinical trials is strongly associated with clinical outcome, very few studies have evaluated the validity of pill count as a measure of adherence relative to a biological assay, and evaluated a broad range of correlates of adherence. METHODS: In a smoking cessation clinical trial of varenicline, we compared pill counts collected over 4 different time periods to varenicline salivary levels taken after 2weeks of treatment, as well as evaluated predictors of adherence to varenicline...
July 12, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726338/household-fear-of-deportation-in-mexican-origin-families-relation-to-body-mass-index-percentiles-and-salivary-uric-acid
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Airín D Martínez, Lillian Ruelas, Douglas A Granger
OBJECTIVE: Fear of deportation (FOD) is a prevalent concern among mixed-status families. Yet, our understanding of how FOD shapes human health and development is in its infancy. To begin to address this knowledge gap, we examined the relationship between household FOD, body mass index (BMI) percentiles and salivary uric acid (sUA), a biomarker related to oxidative stress/hypertension/metabolic syndrome, among 111 individuals living in Mexican-origin families. METHODS: Participants were 65 children (2 months-17 years, 49% female) and 46 adults (20-58 years, 71% female) living in 30 Mexican-origin families with at least one immigrant parent in Phoenix, AZ...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723133/label-free-nanopore-biosensor-for-rapid-and-highly-sensitive-cocaine-detection-in-complex-biological-fluids
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Sana Rauf, Ling Zhang, Asghar Ali, Yang Liu, Jinghong Li
Detection of very low amounts of illicit drugs such as cocaine in clinical fluids like serum continues to be important for many areas in the fight against drug trafficking. Herein, we constructed a label-free nanopore biosensor for rapid and highly sensitive detection of cocaine in human serum and saliva samples based on target-induced strand release strategy. In this bioassay, an aptamer for cocaine was prehybridized with a short complementary DNA. Owing to cocaine specific binding with aptamer, the short DNA strand was displaced from aptamer and translocation of this output DNA through α-hemolysin nanopore generated distinct spike-like current blockages...
February 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715387/a-modified-trier-social-stress-test-for-vulnerable-mexican-american-adolescents
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Megan M Johnson, Julianna Deardorff, Kimberly Parra, Abbey Alkon, Brenda Eskenazi, Elizabeth Shirtcliff
The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) is a well validated and widely used social stressor that has been shown to induce a 2-4 fold increase in cortisol, the biological output produced by the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis in humans. While studies have explored how modifications to the TSST influence stress responsivity, few studies have created a modified TSST appropriate for vulnerable youth that elicits a significant cortisol stress response. Thus, the current study sought to modify or adjust the TSST in a culturally sensitive way for a vulnerable sample of 14 year-old adolescents...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714605/epigenetic-alterations-and-prenatal-maternal-depression
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REVIEW
Zsofia Nemoda, Moshe Szyf
Major depressive disorder of the mother affects 6 to 17% of pregnancies worldwide and can lead to negative outcomes, such as preterm delivery and later mental health problems of the child. It has been proposed that developmental programming has long-lasting effects in the offspring that might be mediated by epigenetic mechanisms, such as DNA methylation. Altered stress regulation or impaired immunological function of the mother can potentially affect DNA methylation processes of the fetus, changing gene expression levels in utero...
July 17, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712952/a-robust-high-throughput-fungal-biosensor-assay-for-the-detection-of-estrogen-activity
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Christoph Zutz, Karen Wagener, Desislava Yankova, Stefanie Eder, Erich Möstl, Marc Drillich, Kathrin Rychli, Martin Wagner, Joseph Strauss
Estrogenic active compounds are present in a variety of sources and may alter biological functions in vertebrates. Therefore, it is crucial to develop innovative analytical systems that allow us to screen a broad spectrum of matrices and deliver fast and reliable results. We present the adaptation and validation of a fungal biosensor for the detection of estrogen activity in cow derived samples and tested the clinical applicability for pregnancy diagnosis in 140 mares and 120 cows. As biosensor we used a previously engineered genetically modified strain of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans, which contains the human estrogen receptor alpha and a reporter construct, in which β-galactosidase gene expression is controlled by an estrogen-responsive-element...
July 13, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711776/sleep-wake-profiles-and-circadian-rhythms-of-core-temperature-and-melatonin-in-young-people-with-affective-disorders
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Joanne S Carpenter, Rébecca Robillard, Daniel F Hermens, Sharon L Naismith, Christopher Gordon, Elizabeth M Scott, Ian B Hickie
While disturbances of the sleep-wake cycle are common in people with affective disorders, the characteristics of these disturbances differ greatly between individuals. This heterogeneity is likely to reflect multiple underlying pathophysiologies, with different perturbations in circadian systems contributing to the variation in sleep-wake cycle disturbances. Such disturbances may be particularly relevant in adolescents and young adults with affective disorders as circadian rhythms undergo considerable change during this key developmental period...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706787/effect-of-scaling-root-planing-on-the-activity-of-alp-in-gcf-serum-of-patients-with-gingivitis-chronic-and-aggressive-periodontitis-a-comparative-study
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Nishi Singh, Siddhartha Chandel, Harmurti Singh, Amiya Agrawal, A N Savitha
INTRODUCTION: Host response and environmental factors are known to modify periodontal status adversely. Presently serum, saliva, and GCF are being investigated for its biochemical constituents. GCF contains array of biochemical factors, offering potential use as a diagnostic or prognostic biomarker of the biologic state of the periodontium in health and disease. Alkaline phosphatase is produced locally in the periodontium and shows positive correlation with disease activity and PD. Present study was designed to analyze the levels of ALP in GCF and serum of patients with gingivitis, chronic & aggressive periodontitis before and after SRP & to compare the difference within the study groups...
May 2017: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704370/insights-into-the-sand-fly-saliva-blood-feeding-and-immune-interactions-between-sand-flies-hosts-and-leishmania
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REVIEW
Tereza Lestinova, Iva Rohousova, Michal Sima, Camila I de Oliveira, Petr Volf
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniases are parasitic diseases present worldwide that are transmitted to the vertebrate host by the bite of an infected sand fly during a blood feeding. Phlebotomine sand flies inoculate into the mammalian host Leishmania parasites embedded in promastigote secretory gel (PSG) with saliva, which is composed of a diverse group of molecules with pharmacological and immunomodulatory properties. METHODS AND FINDINGS: In this review, we focus on 3 main aspects of sand fly salivary molecules: (1) structure and composition of salivary glands, including the properties of salivary molecules related to hemostasis and blood feeding, (2) immunomodulatory properties of salivary molecules and the diverse impacts of these molecules on leishmaniasis, ranging from disease exacerbation to vaccine development, and (3) use of salivary molecules for field applications, including monitoring host exposure to sand flies and the risk of Leishmania transmission...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702560/amperometric-micro-ph-measurements-in-oxygenated-saliva
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Korbua Chaisiwamongkhol, Christopher Batchelor-McAuley, Richard G Compton
An amperometric micro pH sensor has been developed based on the chemical oxidation of carbon fibre surfaces (diameter of 9 μm and length of ca. 1 mm) to enhance the population of surface quinone groups for the measurement of salivary pH. The pH analysis utilises the electrochemically reversible two-electron, two-proton behaviour of surface quinone groups on the micro-wire electrodes. A Nernstian response is observed across the pH range 2-8 which is the pH range of many biological fluids. We highlight the measurement of pH in small volumes of biological fluids without the need for oxygen removal and specifically the micro pH electrode is examined by measuring the pH of commercial synthetic saliva and authentic human saliva samples...
July 12, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699557/-where-we-put-little-fish-in-the-water-there-are-no-mosquitoes-a-cross-sectional-study-on-biological-control-of-the-aedes-aegypti-vector-in-90-coastal-region-communities-of-guerrero-mexico
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Arcadio Morales-Pérez, Elizabeth Nava-Aguilera, José Legorreta-Soberanis, Antonio Juan Cortés-Guzmán, Alejandro Balanzar-Martínez, Eva Harris, Josefina Coloma, Víctor M Alvarado-Castro, Mónica Violeta Bonilla-Leon, Liliana Morales-Nava, Robert J Ledogar, Anne Cockcroft, Neil Andersson
BACKGROUND: In the Mexican state of Guerrero, some households place fish in water storage containers to prevent the development of mosquito larvae. Studies have shown that larvivorous fish reduce larva count in household water containers, but there is a lack of evidence about whether the use of fish is associated with a reduction in dengue virus infection. We used data from the follow up survey of the Camino Verde cluster randomised controlled trial of community mobilisation to reduce dengue risk to study this association...
May 30, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691183/association-between-early-life-adversity-and-inflammation-during-infancy
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Jason David, Jeffrey Measelle, Brendan Ostlund, Jennifer Ablow
Early life adversity is associated with adult elevations of inflammatory markers such as circulating levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). Few studies have measured inflammation or its association with psychosocial stress during infancy. Existing evidence suggests that early adversity can embed itself into young children's biology with implications for lifelong development. This study examined the association between psychosocial stress and salivary CRP in infants. Early adversity in the form of socioeconomic disadvantage and maternal psychosocial stress were measured when infants were 17 months old...
July 10, 2017: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690983/the-essential-role-of-tick-salivary-glands-and-saliva-in-tick-feeding-and-pathogen-transmission
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REVIEW
Ladislav Šimo, Maria Kazimirova, Jennifer Richardson, Sarah I Bonnet
As long-term pool feeders, ticks have developed myriad strategies to remain discreetly but solidly attached to their hosts for the duration of their blood meal. The critical biological material that dampens host defenses and facilitates the flow of blood-thus assuring adequate feeding-is tick saliva. Saliva exhibits cytolytic, vasodilator, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, and immunosuppressive activity. This essential fluid is secreted by the salivary glands, which also mediate several other biological functions, including secretion of cement and hygroscopic components, as well as the watery component of blood as regards hard ticks...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681595/assessment-of-the-therapeutic-potential-of-persimmon-leaf-extract-on-prediabetic-subjects
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Mohd M Khan, Bao Quoc Tran, Yoon-Jin Jang, Soo-Hyun Park, William E Fondrie, Khadiza Chowdhury, Sung Hwan Yoon, David R Goodlett, Soo-Wan Chae, Han-Jung Chae, Seung-Young Seo, Young Ah Goo
Dietary supplements have exhibited myriads of positive health effects on human health conditions and with the advent of new technological advances, including in the fields of proteomics, genomics, and metabolomics, biological and pharmacological activities of dietary supplements are being evaluated for their ameliorative effects in human ailments. Recent interests in understanding and discovering the molecular targets of phytochemical-gene-protein-metabolite dynamics resulted in discovery of a few protein signature candidates that could potentially be used to assess the effects of dietary supplements on human health...
July 6, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680796/usefulness-of-biomarkers-in-work-related-airway-disease
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REVIEW
Agnieszka Lipińska-Ojrzanowska, Andrzej Marcinkiewicz, Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa
Determination of biomarkers may be useful in the surveillance of occupational exposure and workers' health. The possibility of predicting development/clinical course of specific disorders or current disease, diagnosing in early steps, and health condition monitoring is a real necessity. Various agents present in the workplace environment (or their metabolites) can be measured in samples possessed from human body (blood and urine, saliva, etc.). On the other hand, inhalant exposure may induce specific or non-specific, local or systemic, acute or chronic biological response expressed by synthesis or releasing specific or non-specific substances/mediators that also can be determined in blood, nasal and bronchial lavage or sputum, tear fluid, exhaled breath, etc...
2017: Current Treatment Options in Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679314/pre-treatment-of-different-biological-matrices-for-exogenous-testosterone-analysis-a-review
#17
Edna Carolina Pizzato, Marcelo Filonzi, Hemerson Silva da Rosa, André Valle de Bairros
Exogenous testosterone presence has been monitored mainly in urine and blood, however other biological matrices such as hair, nails and saliva samples can be used with successful for in vivo measurement. Chromatographic analysis requires pre-treatment to obtain free testosterone and its metabolites. Among the pre-treatment procedures, digestion, hydrolysis and solvolysis steps are used to reach the analytical purpose. Digestion assay is indicated for hair and nails samples. First, it is recommended decontamination step...
July 5, 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677506/mephedrone-concentrations-in-cases-of-clinical-intoxication
#18
Esther Papaseit, Eulàlia Olesti, Rafael de la Torre, Marta Torrens, Magí Farré
Background Mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone, 4-MMC), a ring-substituted synthetic cathinone derivative has become established as a permanent illicit drug in the dynamic new psychoactive substances (NPS) scene. Objective This review summarizes current knowledge on mephedrone concentrations in biological samples from cases of acute intoxications (fatal and non-fatal), pharmacokinetics studies, wastewater and anonymous pooled urine analysis in order to provide an overview of the reliable scientific knowledge on toxicokinetics of mephedrone in humans...
July 4, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672276/biological-stress-reactivity-as-an-index-of-the-two-polarities-of-the-experience-model
#19
Jaime R Silva, Anastassia Vivanco-Carlevari, Mauricio Barrientos, Claudio Martínez, Luis A Salazar, Mariane Krause
The two-polarities model of personality argues that experience is organized around two axes: interpersonal relatedness and self-definition. Differential emphasis on one of these poles defines adaptive and pathological experiences, generating anaclitic or introjective tendencies. The anaclitic pattern, on one hand, has been conceptually related with an exaggerated emphasis on interpersonal relatedness. On the other hand, the introjective pattern has been connected to high levels of self-criticism. The aim of this study was to investigate the psychophysiological basis for this relationship...
June 24, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668961/single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-the-aetiology-of-caries-systematic-literature-review
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Paula Piekoszewska-Ziętek, Anna Turska-Szybka, Dorota Olczak-Kowalczyk
Recent progress in the field of molecular biology and techniques of DNA sequence analysis allowed determining the meaning of hereditary factors of many common human diseases. Studies of genetic mechanisms in the aetiology of caries encompass, primarily, 4 main groups of genes responsible for (1) the development of enamel, (2) formation and composition of saliva, (3) immunological responses, and (4) carbohydrate metabolism. The aim of this study was to present current knowledge about the influence of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genetic variants on the occurrence of dental caries...
July 1, 2017: Caries Research
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