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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435068/metal-metal-interaction-mediates-the-iron-induction-of-drosophila-mtnb
#1
Wenjia Qiang, Yunpeng Huang, Zhihui Wan, Bing Zhou
Metallothionein (MT) protein families are a class of small and universal proteins rich in cysteine residues. They are synthesized in response to heavy metal stresses to sequester the toxic ions by metal-thiolate bridges. Five MT family members, namely MtnA, MtnB, MtnC, MtnD and MtnE, have been discovered and identified in Drosophila. These five isoforms of MTs are regulated by metal responsive transcription factor dMTF-1 and play differentiated but overlapping roles in detoxification of metal ions. Previous researches have shown that Drosophila MtnB responds to copper (Cu), cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn)...
April 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433105/symptomatic-treatment-of-neurologic-symptoms-in-wilson-disease
#2
Tomasz Litwin, Petr Dušek, Anna Członkowska
Wilson disease (WD) is a potentially treatable neurodegenerative disorder. In the majority of cases, treatment with drugs that induce a negative copper balance (usually chelators or zinc salts) leads to improvements in liver function and neurologic signs. However, some patients show severe neurologic symptoms at diagnosis, such as tremor, dystonia, parkinsonism, and chorea. In this patient group, some neurologic deficits may persist despite adequate treatment, and further neurologic deterioration may be observed after treatment initiation...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433101/wilson-disease-currently-used-anticopper-therapy
#3
Anna Członkowska, Tomasz Litwin
Wilson disease (WD) is a genetic disorder of copper metabolism that can be treated successfully with pharmacologic treatment. Two groups of drugs are currently used: chelators (e.g., d-penicillamine and trientine), which increase urinary copper excretion, and zinc salts, which inhibit copper absorption in the digestive tract. The mechanisms of action lead to a negative copper balance, stopping pathologic accumulation of copper in the tissues and clearing affected organs of copper overload. Due to a lack of prospective clinical trials, the use of drugs depends mainly on center experience and the accessibility in different countries or regions...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433098/wilson-disease-in-children
#4
Eve A Roberts, Piotr Socha
Wilson disease (WD) is an inherited disorder mainly of hepatocellular copper disposition, due to dysfunction of the Wilson ATPase, a P1B-ATPase encoded by the gene ATP7B. In children, as in older age brackets, clinical disease is highly diverse. Although hepatic disease is the common presentation in children/adolescents, neurologic, psychiatric, and hematologic clinical presentations do occur. Very young children may have clinically evident liver disease due to WD. Early diagnosis, preferably when the child/adolescent is asymptomatic, is most likely to result in near-normal longevity with generally good health so long as the patient tolerates effective medication, is adherent to the lifelong treatment regimen, and has consistent access to the medication...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433004/plackett-burman-design-and-response-surface-optimization-of-medium-trace-nutrients-for-glycolipopeptide-biosurfactant-production
#5
Maurice George Ekpenyong, Sylvester Peter Antai, Atim David Asitok, Bassey Offiong Ekpo
Background: A glycolipopeptide biosurfactant produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain IKW1 reduced the surface tension of fermentation broth from 71.31 to 24.62 dynes/cm at a critical micelle concentration of 20.80 mg/L. The compound proved suitable for applications in emulsion stabilization in food, as well as in cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulations. Method: In the present study, Plackett-Burman design (PBD) and response surface method (RSM) were employed to screen and optimize concentrations of trace nutrients in the fermentation medium, to increase surfactant yield...
April 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425040/schiff-base-complexes-of-copper-and-zinc-as-potential-anti-colitic-compounds
#6
Elaine M Conner, John Reglinski, W Ewen Smith, I Jack Zeitlin
The design, synthesis and activity of polymodal compounds for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease are reported. The compounds, being based on a metal-Schiff base motif, are designed to degrade during intestinal transit to release the bioactive components in the gut. The compounds have been developed sequential with the biomodal compounds combining copper or zinc with a salicylaldehyde adduct. These compounds were tested in a formalin induced colonic inflammation model in BK:A mice. From these studies a trimodal compound based on a zinc Schiff base analogue of sulfasalazine was designed...
April 19, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424000/heavy-metals-and-pahs-in-canned-fish-supplies-on-the-serbian-market
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Nikolina J Novakov, Željko A Mihaljev, Brankica D Kartalović, Bojan J Blagojević, Jelana M Petrović, Miroslav A Ćirković, Dragan R Rogan
The aim of this study was to determine the level of heavy metals and PAHs in 57 samples of canned tuna, 25 samples of canned sardines and 16 samples of canned smoked sprouts, collected from supermarkets in Serbia. Heavy metal levels (lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, iron, copper and zinc) were determined using an ICP-MS method. Sixteen analyzed PAHs were determined using a GC-MS method. The trace elements in canned fish were in the range (mg kg(-1)) of 0.01-0.28 for lead, 0.003-0.08 for cadmium, 0.007-0.64 for mercury, 0...
April 20, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422987/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-shows-a-specific-micronutrient-profile-in-people-with-down-syndrome-lower-blood-calcium-selenium-and-zinc-higher-red-blood-cell-copper-and-zinc-and-higher-salivary-calcium-and-sodium
#8
Amene Saghazadeh, Maryam Mahmoudi, Atefeh Dehghani Ashkezari, Nooshin Oliaie Rezaie, Nima Rezaei
Different metabolic profiles as well as comorbidities are common in people with Down Syndrome (DS). Therefore it is relevant to know whether micronutrient levels in people with DS are also different. This systematic review was designed to review the literature on micronutrient levels in people with DS compared to age and sex-matched controls without DS. We identified sixty nine studies from January 1967 to April 2016 through main electronic medical databases PubMed, Scopus, and Web of knowledge. We carried out meta-analysis of the data on four essential trace elements (Cu, Fe, Se, and Zn), six minerals (Ca, Cl, K, Mg, Na, and P), and five vitamins (vitamin A, B9, B12, D, and E)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422333/assembling-porphyrins-into-extended-network-structures-employing-aromatic-dicarboxylates-synthesis-metal-exchange-and-heterogeneous-catalytic-studies
#9
Srinivasan Natarajan, Gargi Dutta, Ajay Kumar Jana
Three new metal-organic porphyrinic framework compounds of zinc and 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-pyridyl)porphyrin(TPyP) have been synthesized under solvothermal conditions. The compounds [Zn5(C40H24N8)(C8H4O4)2(NO3)6(DMA)2](DMA)3(H2O)8, 1; [Zn3(C40H24N8)(C8H4O4)2(DMF)](DMF)5(H2O)12, 2; and [Zn3(C40H24N8)(C12H6O4)2(DMA)2](H2O)7, 3 have two- (1) and three- dimensionally (2 and 3) extended structures. All the three structures contain porphyrinic unit connected through the carboxylate linkers. The nitrates binds the metal centers and not hydrogen bonded...
April 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421744/a-mini-hip-hop-assay-uncovers-a-central-role-for-copper-and-zinc-in-the-antifungal-mode-of-action-of-allicin
#10
Thomas A K Prescott, Barry Panaretou
Garlic contains the organosulfur compound allicin which exhibits potent antifungal activity. Here we demonstrate the use of a highly simplified yeast chemical genetic screen to characterize its mode of action. By screening 24 validated yeast gene deletion "signature" strains for which hypersensitivity is characteristic for common antifungal modes of action, yeast lacking the high affinity Cu2+ transporter Ctr1 was found to be hypersensitive to allicin. Focusing on transition metal related genes identified two more hypersensitive strains lacking the Cu2+ and Zn2+ transcription factors Mac1 and Zap1...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421430/imbalance-of-morphofunctional-responses-of-jurkat-t-lymphoblasts-at-short-term-culturing-with-relief-zinc-or-copper-containing-calcium-phosphate-coating-on-titanium
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L S Litvinova, V V Shupletsova, N A Dunets, O G Khaziakhmatova, K A Yurova, M Yu Khlusova, G B Slepchenko, E G Cherempey, Yu P Sharkeev, E G Komarova, M B Sedelnikova, I A Khlusov
Morphofunctional response of Jurkat T cells that were cultured for 24 h on substrates prepared from commercially pure titanium with relief microarc bilateral calcium phosphate coating containing copper or zinc was studied. Changes in the concentration of essential trace elements contained in this coating can cause significant imbalance of molecular processes of differentiation, secretion, apoptosis, and necrosis and reduce tumor cell survival.
January 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420950/metallothionein-copper-and-alpha-synuclein-in-alpha-synucleinopathies
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Yuho Okita, Alexandre N Rcom-H'cheo-Gauthier, Michael Goulding, Roger S Chung, Peter Faller, Dean L Pountney
Metallothioneins (MTs) are proteins that function by metal exchange to regulate the bioavailability of metals, such as zinc and copper. Copper functions in the brain to regulate mitochondria, neurotransmitter production, and cell signaling. Inappropriate copper binding can result in loss of protein function and Cu(I)/(II) redox cycling can generate reactive oxygen species. Copper accumulates in the brain with aging and has been shown to bind alpha-synuclein and initiate its aggregation, the primary aetiological factor in Parkinson's disease (PD), and other alpha-synucleinopathies...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420186/using-moss-to-assess-airborne-heavy-metal-pollution-in-taizhou-china
#13
Xiaoli Zhou, Qin Chen, Chang Liu, Yanming Fang
Bryophytes act as bioindicators and bioaccumulators of metal deposition in the environment. To understand the atmospheric deposition of heavy metals (cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn)) in Taizhou, East China, samples of moss (Haplocladium microphyllum) were collected from 60 sites selected by a systematic sampling method during the summer of 2012, and the concentrations of these heavy metals were determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES)...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417916/metallothionein-gene-family-in-the-sea-urchin-paracentrotus-lividus-gene-structure-differential-expression-and-phylogenetic-analysis
#14
Maria Antonietta Ragusa, Aldo Nicosia, Salvatore Costa, Angela Cuttitta, Fabrizio Gianguzza
Metallothioneins (MT) are small and cysteine-rich proteins that bind metal ions such as zinc, copper, cadmium, and nickel. In order to shed some light on MT gene structure and evolution, we cloned seven Paracentrotus lividus MT genes, comparing them to Echinodermata and Chordata genes. Moreover, we performed a phylogenetic analysis of 32 MTs from different classes of echinoderms and 13 MTs from the most ancient chordates, highlighting the relationships between them. Since MTs have multiple roles in the cells, we performed RT-qPCR and in situ hybridization experiments to understand better MT functions in sea urchin embryos...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416857/compositional-variability-of-nutrients-and-phytochemicals-in-corn-after-processing
#15
P S Prasanthi, N Naveena, M Vishnuvardhana Rao, K Bhaskarachary
The result of various process strategies on the nutrient and phytochemical composition of corn samples were studied. Fresh and cooked baby corn, sweet corn, dent corn and industrially processed and cooked popcorn, corn grits, corn flour and corn flakes were analysed for the determination of proximate, minerals, xanthophylls and phenolic acids content. This study revealed that the proximate composition of popcorn is high compared to the other corn products analyzed while the mineral composition of these maize products showed higher concentration of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and low concentration of calcium, manganese, zinc, iron, copper, and sodium...
April 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414730/elements-including-metals-in-the-atomizer-and-aerosol-of-disposable-electronic-cigarettes-and-electronic-hookahs
#16
Monique Williams, Krassimir Bozhilov, Sanjay Ghai, Prue Talbot
OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to quantify 36 inorganic chemical elements in aerosols from disposable electronic cigarettes (ECs) and electronic hookahs (EHs), examine the effect of puffing topography on elements in aerosols, and identify the source of the elements. METHODS: Thirty-six inorganic chemical elements and their concentrations in EC/EH aerosols were determined using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy, and their source was identified by analyzing disassembled atomizers using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413723/physiological-effects-of-five-different-marine-natural-organic-matters-noms-and-three-different-metals-cu-pb-zn-on-early-life-stages-of-the-blue-mussel-mytilus-galloprovincialis
#17
Lygia Sega Nogueira, Adalto Bianchini, Scott Smith, Marianna Basso Jorge, Rachael L Diamond, Chris M Wood
Metals are present in aquatic environments as a result of natural and anthropogenic inputs, and may induce toxicity to organisms. One of the main factors that influence this toxicity in fresh water is natural organic matter (NOM) but all NOMs are not the same in this regard. In sea water, possible protection by marine NOMs is not well understood. Thus, our study isolated marine NOMs by solid-phase extraction from five different sites and characterized them by excitation-emission fluorescence analysis-one inshore (terrigenous origin), two offshore (autochthonous origin), and two intermediate in composition (indicative of a mixed origin)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411570/impacts-of-coal-fly-ash-on-plant-growth-and-accumulation-of-essential-nutrients-and-trace-elements-by-alfalfa-medicago-sativa-grown-in-a-loessial-soil
#18
Honghua He, Zhigang Dong, Qi Peng, Xia Wang, Chenbin Fan, Xingchang Zhang
Coal fly ash (CFA) is a problematic solid waste all over the world. One distinct beneficial reuse of CFA is its utilization in land application as a soil amendment. A pot experiment was carried out to assess the feasibility of using CFA to improve plant growth and increase the supply of plant-essential elements and selenium (Se) of a loessial soil for agricultural purpose. Plants of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) were grown in a loessial soil amended with different rates (5%, 10%, 20% and 40%) of CFA for two years and subjected to four successive cuttings...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409194/heavy-metals-in-the-blue-crab-callinectes-sapidus-in-mersin-bay-turkey
#19
H Y Çoğun, Ö Firat, T Aytekin, G Firidin, Ö Firat, H Varkal, Ö Temiz, F Kargin
The concentrations of four metals (copper, cadmium, zinc and lead) were quantified in blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) tissues collected in January, April, June and September at two stations in Mersin Bay, northeastern Mediterranean Sea, using ICP-MS. The metal concentrations in crabs from the two stations differed significantly. The hepatopancreas was the major organ accumulating metals, followed by gill and muscle tissues. Except for lead, the highest concentrations of metals were measured in the hepatopancreas...
April 13, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407499/alleviation-of-heavy-metal-toxicity-and-phytostimulation-of-brassica-campestris-l-by-endophytic-mucor-sp-mhr-7
#20
Mahwish Zahoor, Muhammad Irshad, Hazir Rahman, Muhammad Qasim, Sahib Gul Afridi, Muhammad Qadir, Anwar Hussain
Heavy metal (HM) pollution is of great concern in countries like Pakistan where a huge proportion of human population is exposed to it. These toxic metals are making their way from water bodies to soil where it not only interferes with plant growth and development but also initiates serious health issues in human consuming the produce of such soils. Bioremediation is one of the most viable and efficient solution for the problem. Purpose of the current study was to isolate endophytic fungi from plants grown on HM contaminated soil and screen them for their ability to tolerate multiple HM including chromium (Cr(6+)), manganese (Mn(2+)), cobalt (Co(2+)), copper (Cu(2+)) and zinc (Zn(2+))...
April 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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