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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145289/mercury-poisoning-through-intravenous-administration-two-case-reports-with-literature-review
#1
Qiuying Lu, Zilong Liu, Xiaorui Chen
RATIONALE: Metallic mercury poisoning through intravenous injection is rare, especially for a homicide attempt. Diagnosis and treatment of the disease are challenging. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 34-year-old male presented with pyrexia, chill, fatigue, body aches, and pain of the dorsal aspect of right foot. Another case is that of a 29-year-old male who committed suicide by injecting himself metallic mercury 15 g intravenously and presented with dizzy, dyspnea, fatigue, sweatiness, and waist soreness...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145160/larval-development-ratio-test-with-the-calanoid-copepod-acartia-tonsa-as-a-new-bioassay-to-assess-marine-sediment-quality
#2
Isabella Buttino, Valentina Vitiello, Simona Macchia, Alice Scuderi, David Pellegrini
The copepod Acartia tonsa was used as a model species to assess marine sediment quality. Acute and chronic bioassays, such as larval development ratio (LDR) and different end-points were evaluated. As a pelagic species, A. tonsa is mainly exposed to water-soluble toxicants and bioassays are commonly performed in seawater. However, an interaction among A. tonsa eggs and the first larval stages with marine sediments might occur in shallow water environments. Here we tested two different LDR protocols by incubating A...
November 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145134/comparative-analyses-of-catalytic-degradation-of-pcdd-fs-in-the-laboratory-vs-industrial-conditions
#3
Ming-Xiu Zhan, Jian-Ying Fu, Long-Jie Ji, Ivan Deviatkin, Sheng-Yong Lu
This study investigates the efficiencies and mechanisms of the catalytic degradation of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs) first, in simulated laboratory conditions and then, in a commercial municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) plant. Five commercially available V2O5-WO3/TiO2 (VWTi) catalysts were tested. The degradation efficiency of PCDD/Fs in the simulated flue gas ranged 22.8-91.7% and was generally higher than that in the MSWI flue gas of 8.0-85.4%. The degradation efficiency of PCDD/Fs in the real flue gas of the MSWI plant was largely hindered by the complex composition of the flue gas, which could not be completely reproduced in the simulated laboratory conditions...
October 24, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144424/synthesis-characterization-and-biological-activities-of-biopolymeric-schiff-bases-prepared-with-chitosan-and-salicylaldehydes-and-their-pd-ii-and-pt-ii-complexes
#4
Hellen Franciane Gonçalves Barbosa, Maha Attjioui, Ana Paula Garcia Ferreira, Edward Ralph Dockal, Nour Eddine El Gueddari, Bruno M Moerschbacher, Éder Tadeu Gomes Cavalheiro
In an attempt to enhance chitosan biological activities, biopolymeric Schiff bases of chitosan and different salicylaldehydes and their palladium(II) and platinum(II) complexes were synthesized and tested. The chemical structures of these derivatives were characterized using ¹H-NMR, FTIR spectroscopy and XPRD. Thermal analysis was done through TGA/DTG-DTA. Electronic absorption spectra and surface morphologies were analyzed by SEM-EDAX. Chitosan and its derivatives were evaluated for their in vitro antimicrobial activity against two common bacterial and fungal plant pathogens Pseudomonas syringae pv...
November 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144383/monitoring-for-response-to-antineoplastic-drugs-the-potential-of-a-metabolomic-approach
#5
REVIEW
Jodi Rattner, Oliver F Bathe
For most cancers, chemotherapeutic options are rapidly expanding, providing the oncologist with substantial choices. Therefore, there is a growing need to select the best systemic therapy, for any individual, that effectively halts tumor progression with minimal toxicity. Having the capability to predict benefit and to anticipate toxicity would be ideal, but remains elusive at this time. An alternative approach is an adaptive approach that involves close observation for treatment response and emergence of resistance...
November 16, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144303/zero-valent-aluminum-mediated-degradation-of-bisphenol-a-in-the-presence-of-common-oxidants
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I Arslan-Alaton, T Olmez-Hanci, M Dogan, T Ozturk
The use of a commercial, nano-scale zero-valent aluminum (ZVA) powder was explored for the treatment of aqueous Bisphenol A (BPA). The study focused on the (i) activation of hydrogen peroxide (HP) and persulfate (PS) oxidants with ZVA to accelerate BPA degradation, (ii) comparison of the treatment performance in pure and real surface water (SW) samples, (iii) effects on toxicity and (iv) reuse potential of ZVA nanoparticles after ZVA/HP and ZVA/PS treatments. In pure water, ZVA coupled with HP or PS provided an effective means of BPA treatment particularly when PS was employed as the oxidant...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143854/in-vitro-biotransformation-of-pyrrolizidine-alkaloids-in-different-species-part%C3%A2-i-microsomal-degradation
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Franziska Kolrep, Jorge Numata, Carsten Kneuer, Angelika Preiss-Weigert, Monika Lahrssen-Wiederholt, Dieter Schrenk, Anja These
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) are secondary metabolites of certain flowering plants. The ingestion of PAs may result in acute and chronic effects in man and livestock with hepatotoxicity, mutagenicity, and carcinogenicity being identified as predominant effects. Several hundred PAs sharing the diol pyrrolizidine as a core structure are formed by plants. Although many congeners may cause adverse effects, differences in the toxic potency have been detected in animal tests. It is generally accepted that PAs themselves are biologically and toxicologically inactive and require metabolic activation...
November 16, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143781/biological-properties-of-low-toxic-plga-and-plga-phb-fibrous-nanocomposite-scaffolds-for-osseous-tissue-regeneration-evaluation-of-potential-bioactivity
#8
Boguslawa Żywicka, Izabella Krucińska, Jerzy Garcarek, Maria Szymonowicz, Agnieszka Komisarczyk, Zbigniew Rybak
Abstracts: The aim of the study was to evaluate the biocompatibility and bioactivity of two new prototype implants for bone tissue regeneration made from biodegradable fibrous materials. The first is a newly developed poly(l-lactide-co-glycolide), (PLGA), and the second is a blend of PLGA with synthetic poly([R,S]-3-hydroxybutyrate) (PLGA/PHB). The implant prototypes comprise PLGA or PLGA/PHB nonwoven fabrics with designed pore structures to create the best conditions for cell proliferation. The bioactivity of the proposed implants was enhanced by introducing a hydroxyapatite material and a biologically active agent, namely, growth factor IGF1, encapsulated in calcium alginate microspheres...
October 28, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143265/is-caenorhabditis-elegans-representative-of-freshwater-nematode-species-in-toxicity-testing
#9
Arne Haegerbaeumer, Sebastian Höss, Peter Heininger, Walter Traunspurger
Multi-species toxicity tests were conducted using a broad range of freshwater nematode species to assess interspecific differences in sensitivity to chemical stress and to compare the toxicity to that on the standard test organism Caenorhabditis elegans. The lethal effects of nine different chemical treatments, including metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in single and mixture application, were determined for nematodes exposed for 48 h to spiked aqueous solutions. The investigated freshwater nematodes exhibited distinct differences in their sensitivity...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143263/enhanced-stabilization-of-pb-zn-and-cd-in-contaminated-soils-using-oxalic-acid-activated-phosphate-rocks
#10
Zhuo Zhang, Guanlin Guo, Mei Wang, Jia Zhang, Zhixin Wang, Fasheng Li, Honghan Chen
Phosphate amendments, especially phosphate rock (PR), are one of the most commonly used materials to stabilize heavy metals in contaminated soils. However, most of PR reserve consists of low-grade ore, which limits the efficiency of PR for stabilizing heavy metals. This study was to enhance the stabilization of heavy metals through improving the available phosphorous (P) release of PR by oxalic acid activation. Raw PR and activated PR (APR) were characterized by scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface analysis, and laser diffraction to determine the changes of structure and composition of APR...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142433/prosopis-juliflora-pods-alkaloid-rich-fraction-in-vitro-anthelmintic-activity-on-goat-gastrointestinal-parasites-and-its-cytotoxicity-on-vero-cells
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Helimar Gonçalves Lima, Danilo Cavalcante Gomes, Nathália Silva Santos, Êuder Reis Dias, Mariana Borges Botura, Maria José Moreira Batatinha, Alexsandro Branco
Background: This study was designed to assess the in vitro anthelmintic activity of the fraction containing alkaloid from Prosopis juliflora pods on goat gastrointestinal nematodes using the egg hatch assay (EHA), larval migration inhibition assay (LMIA), and larval motility assay (LMA). Materials and Methods: The alkaloid-rich fraction (AF) - content juliprosopine as major alkaloid - was obtained from ethyl acetate extract after fractionation in Sephadex LH-20 chromatography column and its characterization were made by nuclear magnetic resonance analysis together with literature data comparison...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142432/inhibition-of-glycation-induced-cytotoxicity-protein-glycation-and-activity-of-proteolytic-enzymes-by-extract-from-perovskia-atriplicifolia-roots
#12
Mehran Miroliaei, Akram Aminjafari, Sylwester Ślusarczyk, Izabela Nawrot-Hadzik, Mehdi Rahimmalek, Adam Matkowski
Background: Protein glycation and glycotoxicity belong to the main oxidative-stress related complications in diabetes. Perovskia species are used in Asian folk medicine as antidiabetic herbs. Objective: The aim of this study was to verify the ability of the methanolic extract from Perovskia atriplicifolia Benth. roots to diminish glycation of albumin and to prevent cell damage in vitro. Furthermore, we tested the extract for in vitro antioxidant activity and inhibition of elastase and collagenase...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142428/in-vitro-protoscolicidal-effects-of-cinnamomum-zeylanicum-essential-oil-and-its-toxicity-in-mice
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Hossein Mahmoudvand, Hormoz Mahmoudvand, Razieh Tavakoli Oliaee, Amir Tavakoli Kareshk, Seyed Reza Mirbadie, Mohammad Reza Aflatoonian
Background: This study investigates the scolicidal effects of Cinnamomum zeylanicum essential oil against the protoscoleces of hydatid cysts and its toxicity in the mice model. Materials and Methods: Gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy analyses were used to identify the constituents of essential oil. Protoscoleces were treated with different concentrations of the essential oil (6.25-100 µL/mL) in each test tube for 5-30 min. The viability of protoscoleces was confirmed using eosin exclusion test (0...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142410/methanolic-extract-of-costus-pictus-d-don-induces-cytotoxicity-in-liver-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-mediated-by-histone-deacetylase-inhibition
#14
P V Neethu, K Suthindhiran, M A Jayasri
Background: Leaves of Costus pictus D. Don, (insulin plant) are used as dietary supplement for the treatment of diabetes. Objective: The antidiabetic activity of this plant is well documented, but its activity on different cell types and mechanism remains unknown. Thus, the present study evaluates the cytotoxicity of C. pictus methanolic extract (CPME) against various cancer and normal cells. Materials and Methods: Dried leaves of C. pictus were extracted using methanol and were subjected to histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibition and toxicity studies...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140155/persistent-prevention-of-oxaliplatin-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-using-calmangafodipir-pledox-%C3%A2-a-placebo-controlled-randomised-phase-ii-study-pliant
#15
Bengt Glimelius, Nebojsa Manojlovic, Per Pfeiffer, Baadur Mosidze, Galina Kurteva, Mia Karlberg, Devalingam Mahalingam, Peter Buhl Jensen, Jan Kowalski, Marie Bengtson, Malin Nittve, Jacques Näsström
PURPOSE: Oxaliplatin causes disabling acute and chronic peripheral neuropathy. We explored the preventive effects of calmangafodipir, mimicking the mitochondrial enzyme manganese superoxide dismutase, thereby protecting cells from oxidative stress, in a placebo-controlled, double-blinded randomised phase II study (ClinicalTrials.gov.NCT01619423) in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). PATIENT AND METHODS: mCRC patients treated with modified FOLFOX-6 (folinic acid 200 mg/m(2), 5-fluorouracil bolus 400 mg/m(2), oxaliplatin 85 mg/m(2) and 5-fluorouracil 2400 mg/m(2) continuous infusion for 46 h) every fortnight for 8 cycles in first or second line were eligible...
November 15, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139620/changing-patterns-in-water-toxicity-associated-with-current-use-pesticides-in-three-california-agriculture-regions
#16
Brian S Anderson, Bryn M Phillips, Jennifer P Voorhees, Xin Deng, Jeff Geraci, Karen Worcester, Ron S Tjeerdema
Regulation of agriculture irrigation water discharges in California is assessed and controlled by its nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards under the jurisdiction of the California State Water Resources Control Board. Each Regional Water Board has developed programs to control pesticides in runoff as part of the waste discharge requirements implemented through each Region's Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. This study assessed how pesticide use patterns differ in the Imperial (Imperial County), Salinas and Santa Maria (Monterey County) valleys, which host three of California's prime agriculture areas...
November 15, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139254/-clinical-analysis-of-cervus-and-cucumis-polypeptide-injection-for-lumbar-vertebrae-diseases-based-on-real-world-hospital-information-system
#17
Ming-Yue Gao, Yan-Ming Xie, Yuan-Yuan Li, Yin Zhang, Yan Zhuang
To analyze the clinical drug use characteristics and medication rules of cervus and cucumis polypeptide injection (CCP injection) for the patients with lumbar vertebra diseases. Based on the electronic medical data of 6 990 patients with CCP injection for lumbar vertebra diseases from 25 first-class hospitals over the whole country from 2004, statistical analysis was conducted for their general information, diagnostic information, orders information, laboratory test information and treatment results. The results showed that the age distribution was highest in patients aged 45 to 64 (3 883, 55...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138970/development-of-an-acute-toxicity-test-with-the-tropical-marine-amphipod-parhyale-hawaiensis
#18
Mariana Coletty Artal, Amanda Dos Santos, Theodore Burdick Henry, Gisela de Aragão Umbuzeiro
There is a lack of suitable tropical marine species for ecotoxicity tests. An attractive model organism for ecotoxicology is the marine amphipod Parhyale hawaiensis, which is already a model for genetic and developmental studies. This species is widespread, can tolerate changes in salinity, is easy to handle and is representative of circumtropical regions. The aim of this work was to describe standardized procedures for laboratory husbandry, define conditions for acute toxicity tests, and to provide acute toxicity test results for some reference toxicants...
November 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138910/metabolic-synergies-in-the-biotransformation-of-organic-and-metallic-toxic-compounds-by-a-saprotrophic-soil-fungus
#19
Andrea Ceci, Flavia Pinzari, Carmela Riccardi, Oriana Maggi, Lucia Pierro, Marco Petrangeli Papini, Geoffrey Michael Gadd, Anna Maria Persiani
The saprotrophic fungus Penicillium griseofulvum was chosen as model organism to study responses to a mixture of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) isomers (α-HCH, β-HCH, γ-HCH, δ-HCH) and potentially toxic metals (vanadium, lead) in solid and liquid media. The P. griseofulvum FBL 500 strain was isolated from polluted soil containing high concentrations of HCH isomers and potentially toxic elements (Pb, V). Experiments were performed in order to analyse the tolerance/resistance of this fungus to xenobiotics and to shed further light on fungal potential in inorganic and organic biotransformations...
November 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138537/development-of-novel-ultrashort-antimicrobial-peptide-nanoparticles-with-potent-antimicrobial-and-antibiofilm-activities-against-multidrug-resistant-bacteria
#20
Ammar Almaaytah, Gubran Khalil Mohammed, Ahmad Abualhaijaa, Qosay Al-Balas
Conventional antibiotics are facing strong microbial resistance that has recently reached critical levels. This situation is leading to significantly reduced therapeutic potential of a huge proportion of antimicrobial agents currently used in clinical settings. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) could provide the medical community with an alternative strategy to traditional antibiotics for combating microbial resistance. However, the development of AMPs into clinically useful antibiotics is hampered by their relatively low stability, toxicity, and high manufacturing costs...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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