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Roger A Sunde, Kevin M Thompson, Kevin L Fritsche, Jacqueline K Evenson
Second-generation selenium-deficient weanling rats fed graded levels of dietary Se were used (a) to study the impact of initial Se deficiency on dietary Se requirements; (b) to determine if further decreases in selenoperoxidase expression, especially glutathione peroxidase 4 (Gpx4), affect growth or gross disease; and (c) to examine the impact of vitamin E deficiency on biochemical and molecular biomarkers of Se status. Rats were fed a vitamin E-deficient and Se-deficient crystalline amino acid diet (3 ng Se/g diet) or that diet supplemented with 100 μg/g all-rac-α-tocopheryl acetate and/or 0, 0...
October 17, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Snober Ahmed, John Brockgreitens, Ke Xu, Abdennour Abbas
With increasing biomedical and engineering applications of selenium nanospheres (SeNS), new efficient methods are needed for the synthesis and long-term preservation of these nanomaterials. Currently, SeNS are mostly produced through the biosynthesis route using microorganisms or by using wet chemical reduction, both of which have several limitations in terms of nanoparticle size, yield, production time and long-term stability of the nanoparticles. Here, we introduce a novel approach for rapid synthesis and long-term preservation of SeNS on a solid microporous support by combining a mild hydrothermal process with chemical reduction...
October 17, 2016: Nanotechnology
Bishnu Thapa, H Bernhard Schlegel
A practical method for calculating the pKa's of selenols in aqueous solution has been developed using density functional theory with the SMD solvation model and up to three explicit water molecules. The pKa's of 30 different organoselenols, 16 with known experimental pKa's, have been calculated using three different functionals (wB97XD, B3LYP, and M06-2X) and two basis sets (6-31+G(d,p) and 6-311++G(d,p)). Calculations using wB97XD and B3LYP with SMD solvation without explicit waters are found have errors of 3-6 pKa units; the errors with M06-2X are somewhat smaller...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Balakrishna Ananthoju, Jeotikanta Mohapatra, Manoj K Jangid, D Bahadur, N V Medhekar, M Aslam
Cations and anions are replaced with Fe, Mn, and Se in CZTS in order to control the formations of the secondary phase, the band gap, and the micro structure of Cu2ZnSnS4. We demonstrate a simplified synthesis strategy for a range of quaternary chalcogenide nanoparticles such as Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), Cu2FeSnS4 (CFTS), Cu2MnSnS4 (CMTS), Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe), and Cu2ZnSn(S0.5Se0.5)4 (CZTSSe) by thermolysis of metal chloride precursors using long chain amine molecules. It is observed that the crystal structure, band gap and micro structure of the CZTS thin films are affected by the substitution of anion/cations...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
A L S Guimarães, S A Pereira, M N Diógenes, M A N Dode
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of adding a combination of insulin, transferrin and selenium (ITS) and l-ascorbic acid (AA) during in vitro maturation (IVM) and in vitro culture (IVC) on in vitro embryo production. To verify the effect of the supplements, cleavage and blastocyst rates, embryo size and total cell number were performed. Embryonic development data, embryo size categorization and kinetics of maturation were analyzed by chi-squared test, while the total cell number was analyzed by a Kruskal-Wallis test (P < 0...
October 17, 2016: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
Y Cedeño, M López-Alonso, M Miranda
OBJECTIVES: Defects in copper metabolism have been described in several dog breeds, and recently, it has been suggested that changes in other essential trace elements could be involved in the pathogenesis of hepatic disease. This study measured hepatic copper accumulation and its interactions with other essential trace and toxic metals in dogs diagnosed with chronic hepatitis. METHODS: Liver samples of 20 chronic hepatitis and 20 healthy dogs were collected. Samples were acid digested, and essential metals (cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molibdenum, selenium and zinc) and toxic metals (arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead) were analysed by inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Small Animal Practice
Mohamed E Abd El-Hack, Khalid Mahrose, Ali A Askar, Mahmoud Alagawany, Muhammad Arif, Muhammad Saeed, Farzana Abbasi, Rab Nawaz Soomro, Farman Ali Siyal, Maria Tabassum Chaudhry
A study was conducted using 162 Bovans laying hens to investigate the impacts of extra dietary vitamin A (0, 8000, 16,000 IU/kg), selenium (0, 0.25, 0.50 mg/kg), and their combinations on the performance, egg quality, and blood biological parameters of laying hens during summer months. Supplemental vitamin A up to 16,000 IU/kg diet significantly (P < 0.05) improved all productive traits studied except feed intake which increased with 8000 IU/kg diet compared with control. Feed intake and feed conversion of hens fed diet supplemented with selenium revealed high statistical (P = 0...
October 15, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Pervez Ahmed Khoso, Tingru Pan, Na Wan, Zijiang Yang, Ci Liu, Shu Li
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of selenium (Se) deficiency on autophagy-related genes and on ultrastructural changes in the spleen, bursa of Fabricius, and thymus of chickens. The Se deficiency group was fed a basal diet containing Se at 0.033 mg/kg and the control group was fed the same basal diet containing Se at 0.15 mg/kg. The messenger RNA (mRNA) levels of the autophagy genes microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3)-I, LC3-II, Beclin 1, dynein, autophagy associated gene 5 (ATG5), and target of rapamycin complex 1 (TORC1) were assessed using real-time qPCR...
October 15, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Jacob Barlow, Kevin Gozzi, Chase P Kelley, Benjamin M Geilich, Thomas J Webster, Yunrong Chai, Srinivas Sridhar, Anne L van de Ven
Encapsulating bacteria within constrained microenvironments can promote the manifestation of specialized behaviors. Using double-emulsion droplet-generating microfluidic synthesis, live Bacillus subtilis bacteria were encapsulated in a semi-permeable membrane composed of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(D,L-lactic acid) (mPEG-PDLLA). This polymer membrane was sufficiently permeable to permit exponential bacterial growth, metabolite-induced gene expression, and rapid biofilm growth. The biodegradable microparticles retained structural integrity for several days and could be successfully degraded with time or sustained bacterial activity...
October 15, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Portia Munyangane, Hassina Mouri, Jan Kramers
The present investigation was conducted in order to evaluate the occurrence and distribution patterns of some potentially harmful trace elements in the borehole water of the Greater Giyani area, Limpopo, South Africa, and their possible implications on human health. Twenty-nine borehole water samples were collected in the dry season (July/August 2012) and another 27 samples from the same localities in the wet season (March 2013) from the study area. The samples were analysed for trace elements arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), selenium (Se), and lead (Pb) using the inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry technique...
October 15, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Magali Lucia, Hallvard Strøm, Paco Bustamante, Geir W Gabrielsen
The ivory gull is a high-Arctic species considered endangered in most parts of its breeding range. Ivory gulls must cope with both the reduction of sea ice cover triggered by climate change and increasing contaminant loads due to changes in global contaminant pathways. The objective of this study was to assess the concentration of 14 essential and nonessential trace elements at four colonies of ivory gulls breeding on Barentsøya, Svalbard, and the relationship between contaminant exposure and the diet of individuals...
October 15, 2016: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
R Jiménez-Ballesta, F J García-Navarro, S Bravo, J A Amorós, C Pérez-de-Los-Reyes, M Mejías
Contamination of aquatic systems with potentially toxic trace elements (PTEs) is a major problem throughout the world. The National Park Tablas de Daimiel (NPTD) is considered to make up one of the two most important wetlands in the Biosphere Reserve called "Wet Spot." Since PTEs are good indicator of the prevailing environmental conditions and possible contamination, soil samples collected from 43 sites were analyzed in order to investigate the levels and its distribution of these elements, in the inundated floodplain area of the NPTD wetland...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Steve Gregory, Yasmin Iles-Caven, Joseph R Hibbeln, Caroline M Taylor, Jean Golding
OBJECTIVES: There have been conflicting data suggesting that prenatal mercury exposure is associated with adverse cardiovascular measures in children. We therefore analysed a large prospective population study to investigate whether prenatal mercury exposure might influence offspring blood pressure (BP) and heart rate adversely. DESIGN: Prospective birth cohort. SETTING: The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). PARTICIPANTS: Maternal whole blood collected in the first half of pregnancy was assayed for mercury and selenium...
October 14, 2016: BMJ Open
Sedat Doğan, Hasmet Yazici, Esin Yalçinkaya, Halil Ibrahim Erdoğdu, Sibel Alicura Tokgöz, Furkan Sarici, Mehmet Namuslu, Yasin Sarikaya
Cisplatin is an effective chemotherapeutic agent in the treatment of several types of malignant solid tumors but its clinical use is associated with ototoxicity. In the present study, we investigated the effect of selenium administration on lipid peroxidation (malondialdehyde [MDA]) and cisplatin-induced ototoxicity in rats. Healthy wistar albino rats (n = 21) were randomly divided into 3 groups: control (C), cisplatin (Cis), cisplatin and selenium (Cis+Se). Cisplatin was administered for 3 days to Cis and Cis+Se groups...
October 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Christopher Gilfillan, Pratyusha Naidu, Florence Gunawan, Fadwa Hassan, Pei Tian, Ngaire Elwood
AIMS: Telomeres undergo shortening with cell division, accelerated by increased oxidative stress. We aimed to demonstrate shortened telomeres in the offspring of mothers who have diabetes as a consequence of exposure to increased oxidative stress during intrauterine development. METHODS: We examined the level of glycaemia (glucose, HbA1c, fructosamine), oxidative stress (lipid peroxidation) and the levels of antioxidant enzymes (Superoxide dismutase (SOD) and Selenium dependent glutathione peroxidase) and correlate these findings with mean telomere length (TL) in maternal and foetal blood in groups of pregnant women with pre-gestational diabetes (PGD), gestational diabetes (GD) and a euglycaemic control group...
2016: PloS One
Milan Dastych, Michal Šenkyřík, Milan Dastych, František Novák, Petr Wohl, Jan Maňák, Pavel Kohout
BACKGROUND: The objective of the present study was to determine concentrations of zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), selenium (Se) in blood plasma and manganese (Mn) in the whole blood in patients with long-term home parenteral nutrition (HPN) in comparison to the control group. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We examined 68 patients (16 men and 52 women) aged from 28 to 68 years on a long-term HPN lasting from 4 to 96 months. The short bowel syndrome was an indication for HPN...
October 14, 2016: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
Katarzyna Sidoryk, Lucie Rárová, Jana Oklešťková, Zbigniew Pakulski, Miroslav Strnad, Piotr Cmoch, Roman Luboradzki
A practical synthesis of 28a-homo-28a-selenolupane triterpenes and the corresponding selenosaponins containing d-mannose, l-arabinose, l-rhamnose, and d-idose moieties is described. Selenium containing triterpenes were obtained from the readily available 3-O-allyl-homobetulin mesylate by nucleophilic substitution with the selenocyanate ion which upon reduction of the -SeCN group afforded the free selenol. Glycosylation using classical Schmidt donors gave 1,2-trans selenosaponins as the main product as well as minute amounts of 1,2-cis isomers...
October 13, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
M Leo, L Bartalena, G Rotondo Dottore, E Piantanida, P Premoli, I Ionni, M Di Cera, E Masiello, L Sassi, M L Tanda, F Latrofa, P Vitti, C Marcocci, M Marinò
OBJECTIVE: In spite of previous conflicting results, an adjuvant role of selenium in the treatment of Graves' disease (GD) hyperthyroidism has been proposed. To address this issue, a randomized clinical trial was carried out aimed at investigating whether selenium is beneficial on the short-term control of GD hyperthyroidism treated with methimazole (MMI). METHODS: Thirty newly diagnosed hyperthyroid GD patients were randomly assigned to treatment with: (i) MMI or (ii) MMI plus selenium...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Sougat Misra, Arun Kumar Selvam, Marita Wallenberg, Aditya Ambati, András Matolcsy, Isabelle Magalhaes, Gilbert Lauter, Mikael Björnstedt
Selective targeting of the PML/RARα oncoprotein demonstrates a successful molecular targeted therapy in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) with a typical t(15:17) chromosomal translocation. The zinc-thiolate coordination is critical for structural stability of zinc finger proteins, including the PML moiety of PML/RARα. Based on the known interaction of redox-active selenium compounds with thiolate ligands of zinc, we herein have investigated the abrogatory effects of selenite alone or in combination with all-trans retinoic acid on PML/RARα and the possible effects on differentiation in these cells...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Abdulkerim Kasim Baltaci, Rasim Mogulkoc, Mustafa Akil, Mursel Bicer
Selenium (Se), which is commonly found in nature, is one of the essential trace elements necessary for the normal development of human and animal organisms. Selenium was first defined in 1818 by the Swedish chemist Berzelius in sulfuric acid residues. At the end of 1960s, the role of selenium in human health began to attract attention and human diseases that resembled animal diseases responding to selenium was started to be investigated. Selenium, which is highly important for human health, is necessary for a variety of metabolic processes, including thyroid hormone metabolism, protection against oxidative stress and immunity functions...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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