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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786863/acute-ammonia-toxicity-to-the-larvae-glochidia-of-the-tropical-australian-freshwater-mussel-velesunio-spp-using-a-modified-toxicity-test-protocol
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Linda S Kleinhenz, Melanie A Trenfield, Thomas J Mooney, Christopher L Humphrey, Rick A van Dam, Dayanthi Nugegoda, Andrew J Harford
Ammonia is recognised as a major pollutant worldwide, originating from natural and anthropogenic sources. Studies have reported that freshwater mussels are amongst the most sensitive taxa to ammonia, but there is a lack of data available on ammonia toxicity for the early life stages of freshwater mussels from tropical regions. This paper reports the modification of a 24-h acute toxicity test protocol for tropical freshwater mussels and application of the test using ammonia. Velesunio spp. from three different sites were used to assess the toxicity of ammonia at a targeted pH of 6...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786782/preclinical-impact-of-high-dose-intermittent-antiangiogenic-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-pazopanib-in-intrinsically-resistant-tumor-models
#2
Elaine Reguera-Nuñez, Shan Man, Ping Xu, Robert S Kerbel
Antiangiogenic tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) target vascular endothelial growth factor receptors and other receptor tyrosine kinases. As a result of toxicity, the clinical failures or the modest benefits associated with antiangiogenic TKI therapy may be related in some cases to suboptimal drug dosing and scheduling, thereby facilitating resistance. Most antiangiogenic TKIs, including pazopanib, are administered on a continuous daily basis. Here, instead, we evaluated the impact of increasing the dose and administering the drug intermittently...
May 21, 2018: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786635/mechanical-behavior-optimization-of-chitosan-extracted-from-shrimp-shells-as-a-sustainable-material-for-shopping-bags
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Giacomo D'Angelo, Amal Elhussieny, Marwa Faisal, I S Fahim, Nicola M Everitt
The use of biodegradable materials for shopping bag production, and other products made from plastics, has recently been an object of intense research-with the aim of reducing the environmental burdens given by conventional materials. Chitosan is a potential material because of its biocompatibility, degradability, and non-toxicity. It is a semi-natural biopolymeric material produced by the deacetylation of chitin, which is the second most abundant natural biopolymer (after cellulose). Chitin is found in the exoskeleton of insects, marine crustaceans, and the cell walls of certain fungi and algae...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786560/microfabrication-of-liver-and-heart-tissues-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
Grace E Brown, Salman R Khetani
Drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity remain among the leading causes of preclinical and clinical drug attrition, marketplace drug withdrawals and black-box warnings on marketed drugs. Unfortunately, animal testing has proven to be insufficient for accurately predicting drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity across many drug classes, likely due to significant differences in tissue functions across species. Thus, the field of in vitro human tissue engineering has gained increasing importance over the last 10 years...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786558/new-substrates-for-stem-cell-control
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REVIEW
Sara Schmidt, Annamaria Lilienkampf, Mark Bradley
The capacity to culture stem cells in a controllable, robust and scalable manner is necessary in order to develop successful strategies for the generation of cellular and tissue platforms for drug screening, toxicity testing, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Creating substrates that support the expansion, maintenance or directional differentiation of stem cells would greatly aid these efforts. Optimally, the substrates used should be chemically defined and synthetically scalable, allowing growth under defined, serum-free culture conditions...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786552/intestinal-organoids-for-modelling-intestinal-development-and-disease
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REVIEW
Kathryn L Fair, Jennifer Colquhoun, Nicholas R F Hannan
Gastrointestinal diseases are becoming increasingly prevalent in developed countries. Immortalized cells and animal models have delivered important but limited insight into the mechanisms that initiate and propagate these diseases. Human-specific models of intestinal development and disease are desperately needed that can recapitulate structure and function of the gut in vitro Advances in pluripotent stem cells and primary tissue culture techniques have made it possible to culture intestinal epithelial cells in three dimensions that self-assemble to form 'intestinal organoids'...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786148/ecotoxicological-assessment-of-immersion-samples-from-fa%C3%A3-ade-render-containing-free-or-encapsulated-biocides
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Etiënne L M Vermeirssen, Sophie Campiche, Conrad Dietschweiler, Inge Werner, Michael Burkhardt
To protect house façades from fouling by microorganisms, biocides can be added to a render or paint before it is applied. During driving rain events, these biocides gradually leach out and have the potential to pollute soil or aquatic ecosystems. We studied the leaching behaviour of biocides and toxicity of leachates from renders with either free or encapsulated biocides. Both render types contained equal amounts of terbutryn, 2-octyl-3(2H)-isothiazolinone (OIT) and 4,5-dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolino-3-one (DCOIT)...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785465/causes-and-treatment-of-acute-ischemic-stroke-during-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Ina Terón, Melissa S Eng, Jeffrey M Katz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Treatment recommendations for pregnancy associated ischemic stroke are scarce. This may be due to the fact that, in general, obstetricians tend not to make recommendations for stroke patients and neurologists are not commonly involved in the care of pregnant women. Herein, we review the multiple etiologies of ischemic stroke during pregnancy, considerations for diagnostic testing, and acute treatment and prevention options, including associated risks specific to the pregnant and puerperal state...
May 21, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784768/b-alleviates-al-toxicity-by-promoting-alkalization-in-root-transition-zone-via-polar-auxin-transport
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Xuewen Li, Ya Lin Li, Jingwen Mai, Lin Tao, Mei Qu, Jia You Liu, Ren Fang Shen, Gui Lian Xu, Ying Ming Feng, Hong Dong Xiao, Li Shu Wu, Lei Shi, Shao Xue Guo, Jian Liang, Yiyong Zhu, Yongming He, Frantisek Baluska, Sergey Shabala, Min Yu
Boron (B) supply alleviates aluminum (Al) toxicity in higher plants. The underlying mechanisms behind this phenomenon remain elusive. Here we demonstrate that B promotes, while Al inhibits, surface pH gradients, leading to alkalization in the root transition zone and acidification in the elongation zone, as shown by using a bromocresol green pH indicator. B supply significantly decreased Al accumulation in the transition zone (~ 1.0-2.5 mm from the apex) of lateral pea (Pisum sativum) roots, thus alleviated Al-induced inhibition of root elongation...
May 21, 2018: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783866/effect-of-the-flame-retardant-tris-1-3-dichloro-2-propyl-phosphate-tdcpp-on-na-k-atpase-and-cl-transport-in-hela-cells
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Simona Latronico, Maria Elena Giordano, Emanuela Urso, Maria Giulia Lionetto, Trifone Schettino
Tris (1, 3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) is one of the most diffused phosphorus flame retardants in the environment and is highly persistent and abundant in residential dust samples. To date the cellular targets and mechanisms underlying its toxic effects are not completely understood. The aim of this work was to study the effects of TDCPP on ion transport mechanisms fundamental for the cellular ionic homeostasis, such as Na+ -K+ -ATPase and Cl- transport. HeLa cells were used as experimental model. TDCPP showed a dose-dependent effect on cell viability in cells exposed for 24h as assessed by MTT test (IC50 = 52...
May 21, 2018: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783758/investigation-of-daphnia-magna-sub-lethal-exposure-to-organophosphate-esters-in-the-presence-of-dissolved-organic-matter-using-%C3%A2-h-nmr-based-metabolomics
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Vera Kovacevic, André J Simpson, Myrna J Simpson
Organophosphate esters (OPEs) are frequently detected in aquatic environments. Hydrophobic OPEs with high octanol-water partition coefficients (Log KOW ) will likely sorb to dissolved organic matter (DOM) and consequently alter OPE bioavailability and sub-lethal toxicity. ¹H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabolomics was used to evaluate how DOM (5 mg organic carbon/L) alters the metabolic response of Daphnia magna exposed to sub-lethal concentrations of three individual OPEs with varying hydrophobicity...
May 19, 2018: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783625/a-simple-alternative-method-for-preservation-of-2-methylisoborneol-in-water-samples
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Chun-Cheng Fan, Yi-Ting Chiu, Tsair-Fuh Lin
2-Methylisoborneol (2-MIB) is one of the most commonly observed taste and odor (T&O) compounds present in drinking water sources. As it is biodegradable, a preservation agent, typically mercury chloride, is needed if the water is not analyzed right after sampling. Since mercury is a toxic metal, an alternative chemical that is cheaper and less toxic is desirable. In this study, two chemicals commonly used in water treatment processes, chlorine (as sodium hypochlorite) and KMnO₄ (potassium permanganate), are studied to determine their feasibility as preservation agents for 2-MIB in water...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783196/activity-concentrations-of-238-u-and-226-ra-in-two-european-black-shales-and-their-experimentally-derived-leachates
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Franziska D H Wilke, Georg Schettler, Andrea Vieth-Hillebrand, Michael Kühn, Heike Rothe
The production of gas from unconventional resources became an important position in the world energy economics. In 2012, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre estimate 16 trillion cubic meters (Tcm) of technically recoverable shale gas in Europe. Taking into account that the exploitation of unconventional gas can be accompanied by serious health risks due to the release of toxic chemical components and natural occurring radionuclides into the return flow water and their near-surface accumulation in secondary precipitates, we investigated the release of U, Th and Ra from black shales by interaction with drilling fluids containing additives that are commonly employed for shale gas exploitation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782981/cationic-starch-safe-and-economic-harvesting-flocculant-for-microalgal-biomass-and-inhibiting-e-coli-growth
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Mehrez E E El-Naggar, Farag A Samhan, Abeer A A Salama, Rehab M Hamdy, Gamila H Ali
Cationized starch-based flocculation processes are the subject of increasing attention because of their non-toxicity, biodegradability and relatively low price synthesized. The study aimed to evaluate the flocculability of different cationic starches using different concentrations of glycidyltrimethylammonium chloride (GTAC) with different degree of substitution (DS) ranged from 0.13 to 0.57. Cationized starch were characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and toxicity checked using experimental animal procedure...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782898/incorporation-of-absorption-and-metabolism-into-liver-toxicity-prediction-for-phytochemicals-a-tiered-in-silico-qsar-approach
#15
Yitong Liu
An increased use of herbal dietary supplements has been associated with adverse liver effects such as elevated serum enzymes and liver failure. The safety assessment for herbal dietary supplements is challenging since they often contain complex mixtures of phytochemicals, most of which have unknown pharmacokinetic and toxicological properties. Rapid tools are needed to evaluate large numbers of phytochemicals for potential liver toxicity. The current study demonstrates a tiered approach combining identification of phytochemicals in liver toxic botanicals, followed by in silico quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) evaluation of these phytochemicals for absorption (e...
May 18, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782497/exploration-of-alternative-test-methods-to-evaluate-phototoxicity-of-ophthalmic-agents-by-using-statens-seruminstitut-rabbit-cornea-cell-lines-and-3d-human-reconstituted-cornea-models
#16
Soyoung Kim, Ki Hwan Choi, Jaesuk Yun
Many chemicals have been reported to induce phototoxicity. The absorbance of light energy within the sunlight range is a common characteristic of phototoxicity. The 3T3 NRU phototoxicity test (PT) in 3T3 mouse skin fibroblasts has been used to identify the phototoxic potential induced by excited chemicals after exposure to ultra violet (UV). However, as phototoxicity may occur in ocular cells, it is necessary to develop a more suitable test for cornea-derived cells. In this study, we attempted to establish a new in vitro PT method in rabbit corneal cell lines (SIRC)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782209/practical-assessment-and-management-of-vulnerabilities-in-older-patients-receiving-chemotherapy-asco-guideline-for-geriatric-oncology
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Supriya G Mohile, William Dale, Mark R Somerfield, Mara A Schonberg, Cynthia M Boyd, Peggy S Burhenn, Beverly Canin, Harvey Jay Cohen, Holly M Holmes, Judith O Hopkins, Michelle C Janelsins, Alok A Khorana, Heidi D Klepin, Stuart M Lichtman, Karen M Mustian, William P Tew, Arti Hurria
Purpose To provide guidance regarding the practical assessment and management of vulnerabilities in older patients undergoing chemotherapy. Methods An Expert Panel was convened to develop clinical practice guideline recommendations based on a systematic review of the medical literature. Results A total of 68 studies met eligibility criteria and form the evidentiary basis for the recommendations. Recommendations In patients ≥ 65 years receiving chemotherapy, geriatric assessment (GA) should be used to identify vulnerabilities that are not routinely captured in oncology assessments...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781607/preparation-of-pga-pae-micelles-for-enhanced-anti-tumor-efficacy-of-cisplatin
#18
Yazhou Chen, Li Zhang, Yingjie Liu, Shiming Tan, Ruidan Qu, Zirong Wu, Yue Zhou, Jing Huang
Poly-γ-L-glutamic acid (PGA) is an outstanding drug carrier candidate owning to its excellent biodegradability and biocompatibility. PGA carrier may shield toxic drugs from the body and enable the delivery of poorly soluble or unstable drugs thereby minimize the side effects and improve drug efficacy. However, the limitation of PGA as a drug carrier is low drug loading efficiency (DLE), which is usually below 30%. In this study, we reported a chemical modification method using L-phenylalanine ethyl ester (PAE)...
May 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781332/a-novel-phenolic-propanediamine-moiety-based-lung-targeting-therapy-for-asthma
#19
Jianbo Li, Yang Yang, Didi Wan, Youmei Peng, Jinjie Zhang
Asthma is one of the most prevalent chronic inflammatory diseases of lung. Current asthma therapy using inhaled corticosteroid often results in undesired treatment outcome due to poor compliance and drugs' lack of tissue specificity. N,N,N'-trimethyl-N'-(2-hydroxyl-3-methyl-5-123 Iiodobenzyl)-1,3-propanediamine (HIPD), a phenolic propanediamine derivative, has been used as an imaging agent for localized pulmonary diseases. Inspired by this, N,N,N'-trimethyl-N'-(4-hydroxyl-benzyl)-1,3-propanediamine (TPD), a new HIPD analog, was proposed as a lung-targeting ligand and covalently conjugated to an anti-inflammatory compound Rhein for asthma therapy...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781317/combination-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-her2-positive-breast-cancer-current-and-future-prospects
#20
Mariana Brandão, Noam F Pondé, Francesca Poggio, Nuria Kotecki, Mauren Salis, Matteo Lambertini, Evandro de Azambuja
HER2-positive disease is an aggressive subtype of breast cancer that has been revolutionized by anti-HER2 directed therapies. Multiple drugs have been developed and are currently in clinical use, including trastuzumab, lapatinib, pertuzumab, T-DM1 and neratinib, alone or combined in "dual HER2-blockade" regimens. Areas covered: A comprehensive literature review was performed regarding the current state and the future of combination regimens containing anti-HER2 agents, focusing on their efficacy, toxicity and cost-effectiveness...
May 21, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
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