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#1
Stephanie L Wright, Frank J Kelly
Microplastics are a pollutant of environmental concern. Their presence in food destined for human consumption and in air samples has been reported. Thus, microplastic exposure via diet or inhalation could occur, the human health effects of which are unknown. The current review article draws upon cross-disciplinary scientific literature to discuss and evaluate the potential human health impacts of microplastics and outlines urgent areas for future research. Key literature up to September 2016 relating to bioaccumulation, particle toxicity, and chemical and microbial contaminants were critically examined...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520784/presynaptic-a%C3%AE-40-prevents-synapse-addition-in-the-adult-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
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Begoña López-Arias, Enrique Turiégano, Ignacio Monedero, Inmaculada Canal, Laura Torroja
Complexity in the processing of the Amyloid Precursor Protein, which generates a mixture of βamyloid peptides, lies beneath the difficulty in understanding the etiology of Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, whether Aβ peptides have any physiological role in neurons is an unresolved question. By expressing single, defined Aβ peptides in Drosophila, specific effects can be discriminated in vivo. Here, we show that in the adult neuromuscular junction (NMJ), presynaptic expression of Aβ40 hinders the synaptic addition that normally occurs in adults, yielding NMJs with an invariable number of active zones at all ages tested...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513855/technical-note-system-for-evaluating-local-hypothermia-as-a-radioprotector-of-the-rectum-in-a-small-animal-model
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Brian A Hrycushko, Chenchen Bing, Cecil Futch, Michelle Wodzak, Strahinja Stojadinovic, Paul M Medin, Rajiv Chopra
PURPOSE: The protective effects of induced or even accidental hypothermia on the human body are widespread with several medical uses currently under active research. In vitro experiments using human cell lines have shown hypothermia provides a radioprotective effect that becomes more pronounced at large, single-fraction doses common to stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) treatments. This work describes the development of a system to evaluate local hypothermia for a radioprotive effect of the rat rectum during a large dose of radiation relevant to prostate SBRT...
May 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511354/occurrence-distribution-and-sources-of-bisphenol-analogues-in-a-shallow-chinese-freshwater-lake-taihu-lake-implications-for-ecological-and-human-health-risk
#4
Yanhua Liu, Shenghu Zhang, Ninghui Song, Ruixin Guo, Meihong Chen, Dina Mai, Zhengyu Yan, Zhihua Han, Jianqiu Chen
Since the production and use of BPA were regulated in China around 2008, several bisphenol analogues were widely used to substitute BPA in the manufacture of polycarbonates, epoxy resins, and plastics. However, there is limited understanding of the spatial distribution, potential sources and risk assessment for those bisphenol analogues. In this study, seven bisphenol analogues were investigated in water and sediment samples from Taihu Lake, China. Compared to the same lake in 2013 (range: 5.4-87ng/L for waters and 0...
May 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506834/safety-evaluation-of-dermal-exposure-to-phthalates-metabolism-dependent-percutaneous-absorption
#5
Masahiro Sugino, Tomomi Hatanaka, Hiroaki Todo, Yuko Mashimo, Takamasa Suzuki, Miho Kobayashi, Osamu Hosoya, Hideto Jinno, Kazuhiko Juni, Kenji Sugibayashi
Phthalates, known as reproductive toxicants and endocrine disruptors, are widely used as plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride products. The present study was conducted for risk identification of dermal exposure to phthalates. When dibutyl phthalate was applied to the skin of hairless rats and humans, only monobutyl phthalate appeared through the skin, and the permeability of the skin was higher than that after the application of the monoester directly. The inhibition of skin esterases made the skin impermeable to the metabolite following dermal exposure to dibutyl ester, whereas removal of the stratum corneum from the skin did not change the skin permeation behavior...
May 12, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506823/hyperammonemia-compromises-glutamate-metabolism-and-reduces-bdnf-in-the-rat-hippocampus
#6
Fabiana Galland, Elisa Negri, Carollina Da Ré, Fernanda Fróes, Liliane Strapazzon, Maria Cristina Guerra, Lucas Silva Tortorelli, Carlos-Alberto Gonçalves, Marina Concli Leite
Ammonia is putatively the major toxin associated with hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a neuropsychiatric manifestation that results in cognitive impairment, poor concentration and psychomotor alterations. The hippocampus, a brain region involved in cognitive impairment and depressive behavior, has been studied less than neocortical regions. Herein, we investigated hippocampal astrocyte parameters in a hyperammonemic model without hepatic lesion and in acute hippocampal slices exposed to ammonia. We also measured hippocampal BDNF, a neurotrophin commonly related to synaptic plasticity and cognitive deficit, and peripheral S100B protein, used as a marker for brain damage...
May 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505424/addressing-the-issue-of-microplastics-in-the-wake-of-the-microbead-free-waters-act-a-new-standard-can-facilitate-improved-policy
#7
Jason P McDevitt, Craig S Criddle, Molly Morse, Robert Clark Hale, Charles B Bott, Chelsea M Rochman
The United States Microbead-Free Waters Act was signed into law in December 2015. It is a bipartisan agreement that will eliminate one preventable source of microplastic pollution in the United States. Still, the bill is criticized for being too limited in scope, and also for discouraging the development of biodegradable alternatives that ultimately are needed to solve the bigger issue of plastics in the environment. Due to a lack of an acknowledged, appropriate standard for environmentally safe microplastics, the bill banned all plastic microbeads in selected cosmetic products...
May 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503266/inhalation-toxicity-of-bisphenol-a-and-its-effect-on-estrous-cycle-spatial-learning-and-memory-in-rats-upon-whole-body-exposure
#8
Yong Hyun Chung, Jeong Hee Han, Sung-Bae Lee, Yong-Hoon Lee
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a monomer used in a polymerization reaction in the production of polycarbonate plastics. It has been used in many consumer products, including plastics, polyvinyl chloride, food packaging, dental sealants, and thermal receipts. However, there is little information available on the inhalation toxicity of BPA. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine its inhalation toxicity and effects on the estrous cycle, spatial learning, and memory. Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to 0, 10, 30, and 90 mg/m(3) BPA, 6 hr/day, 5 days/week for 8 weeks via whole-body inhalation...
April 2017: Toxicological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500731/alternative-plasticizer-4-cyclohexene-1-2-dicarboxylic-acid-dinonyl-ester-for-blood-containers-with-protective-effects-on-red-blood-cells-and-improved-cold-resistance
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Yuki Morishita, Yusuke Nomura, Chie Fukui, Ayano Fujisawa, Kayo Watanabe, Hideo Fujimaki, Hidefumi Kumada, Kaoru Inoue, Tomomi Morikawa, Miwa Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Kawakami, Hideyuki Sakoda, Tomokazu Mukai, Toshiyasu Yuba, Ken-Ichi Inamura, Akito Tanoue, Ken-Ichi Miyazaki, Ung-Il Chung, Kumiko Ogawa, Midori Yoshida, Yuji Haishima
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), a typical plasticizer used for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is eluted from PVC-made blood containers and protects against red blood cell (RBC) hemolysis. However, concerns have arisen regarding the reproductive and developmental risks of DEHP in humans, and the use of alternative plasticizers for medical devices has been recommended worldwide. In this study, we propose that the use of a novel plasticizer, 4-cyclohexene-1,2-dicarboxylic acid dinonyl ester (DL9TH), could help produce more useful and safe blood containers...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485048/cyclohexylamine-inexplicably-induces-antennae-loss-in-formosan-subterranean-termites-coptotermes-formosanus-shiraki-cyclohexylamine-hydrogen-phosphate-salts-are-novel-termiticides
#10
Brantley Grimball, Lucas Veillon, Tara Calhoun, Frank R Fronczek, Emily Arceneaux, Roger A Laine
BACKGROUND: In experiments with Formosan Subterranean Termites (Coptotermes formosanus Shirakii), myo-inositol-2-monophosphate as the di-cyclohexylammonium salt was tested among other sugar derivatives, and was found to be toxic to C. formosanus when added to a moistened filter paper food source in plastic petri dishes. RESULTS: Curiously, over a 9 day period, the moniliform (beaded) antennae of C. formosanus deteriorated in a stepwise fashion with the most distal pseudosegment (bead) turning brown and falling off, followed by the penultimate pseudosegment, sequentially until 7-9 days when only a stub of the antennae remained...
May 9, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482635/the-anti-amyloid-%C3%AE-and-neuroprotective-properties-of-a-novel-tricyclic-pyrone-molecule
#11
Izumi Maezawa, Bende Zou, Jacopo Di Lucente, William S Cao, Conrado Pascual, Sahani Weerasekara, Man Zhang, Xinmin Simon Xie, Duy H Hua, Lee-Way Jin
There is an urgent unmet need for new therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia in the elderly. Therapeutic approaches targeting amyloid-β (Aβ) and its downstream toxicities have become major strategies in AD drug development. We have taken a rational design approach and synthesized a class of tricyclic pyrone (TP) compounds that show anti-Aβ and other neuroprotective actions. The in vivo efficacy of a lead TP named CP2 to ameliorate AD-like pathologies has been shown in mouse models...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482459/synthetic-fibers-as-microplastics-in-the-marine-environment-a-review-from-textile-perspective-with-a-focus-on-domestic-washings
#12
REVIEW
Flavia Salvador Cesa, Alexander Turra, Julia Baruque-Ramos
The ubiquity of plastic materials in the environment has been, for long, a matter of discussion. Smaller particles, named microplastics (<5mm), gained attention more recently and are now the focus of many studies, especially for their particularities regarding sources, characteristics and effects (e.g., surface-area-to-volume ratio which can increase their potential to transport toxic substances). Fibers from textile materials are a subgroup of microplastics and can be originated from domestic washings, as machine filters and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are not specifically designed to retain them...
May 2, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458925/pathological-role-of-peptidyl-prolyl-isomerase-pin1-in-the-disruption-of-synaptic-plasticity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#13
Lingyan Xu, Zhiyun Ren, Frances E Chow, Richard Tsai, Tongzheng Liu, Flavio Rizzolio, Silvia Boffo, Yungen Xu, Shaohui Huang, Carol F Lippa, Yuesong Gong
Synaptic loss is the structural basis for memory impairment in Alzheimer's disease (AD). While the underlying pathological mechanism remains elusive, it is known that misfolded proteins accumulate as β-amyloid (Aβ) plaques and hyperphosphorylated Tau tangles decades before the onset of clinical disease. The loss of Pin1 facilitates the formation of these misfolded proteins in AD. Pin1 protein controls cell-cycle progression and determines the fate of proteins by the ubiquitin proteasome system. The activity of the ubiquitin proteasome system directly affects the functional and structural plasticity of the synapse...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441609/dechlorane-plus-induces-oxidative-stress-and-decreases-cyclooxygenase-activity-in-the-blue-mussel
#14
Pierre-Luc Gagné, Marlène Fortier, Marc Fraser, Lise Parent, Cathy Vaillancourt, Jonathan Verreault
Dechlorane Plus (DP) is a chlorinated flame retardant used mainly in electrical wire and cable coating, computer connectors, and plastic roofing materials. Concentrations of DP (syn and anti isomers) are increasingly being reported in aquatic ecosystems worldwide. However, there is exceedingly little information on the exposure-related toxicity of DP in aquatic organisms, especially in bivalves. The objective of this study was to investigate the in vivo and in vitro effects of DP exposure on histopathology, lipid peroxidation (LPO) levels, cyclooxygenase (COX) activity, phagocytosis capacity and efficiency, and DNA strand breakage in the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) following a 29days exposure (0...
April 17, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440923/ecotoxicity-testing-of-microplastics-considering-the-heterogeneity-of-physicochemical-properties
#15
Scott Lambert, Christian Scherer, Martin Wagner
"Microplastic" is an umbrella term that covers many particle shapes, sizes, and polymer types, and as such the physical and chemical properties of environmental microplastics will differ from the primary microbeads commonly used for ecotoxicity testing. In the present article, we discuss the physical and chemical properties of microplastics that are potentially relevant to their ecotoxicity, including particle size, particle shape, crystallinity, surface chemistry, and polymer and additive composition. Overall, there is a need for a structured approach to the testing of different properties to identify which are the most relevant drivers of microplastic toxicity...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438486/pti-125-binds-and-reverses-an-altered-conformation-of-filamin-a-to-reduce-alzheimer-s-disease-pathogenesis
#16
Hoau-Yan Wang, Kuo-Chieh Lee, Zhe Pei, Amber Khan, Kalindi Bakshi, Lindsay H Burns
We show that amyloid-β1-42 (Aβ42) triggers a conformational change in the scaffolding protein filamin A (FLNA) to induce FLNA associations with α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) and toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). These aberrant associations respectively enable Aβ42's toxic signaling via α7nAChR to hyperphosphorylate tau protein, and TLR4 activation to release inflammatory cytokines. PTI-125 is a small molecule that preferentially binds altered FLNA and restores its native conformation, restoring receptor and synaptic activities and reducing its α7nAChR/TLR4 associations and downstream pathologies...
March 31, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434655/apolipoprotein-e-receptors-and-modulation-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#17
REVIEW
Na Zhao, Chia-Chen Liu, Wenhui Qiao, Guojun Bu
Apolipoprotein E (apoE) is a lipid carrier in both the peripheral and the central nervous systems. Lipid-loaded apoE lipoprotein particles bind to several cell surface receptors to support membrane homeostasis and injury repair in the brain. Considering prevalence and relative risk magnitude, the ε4 allele of the APOE gene is the strongest genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). ApoE4 contributes to AD pathogenesis by modulating multiple pathways, including but not limited to the metabolism, aggregation, and toxicity of amyloid-β peptide, tauopathy, synaptic plasticity, lipid transport, glucose metabolism, mitochondrial function, vascular integrity, and neuroinflammation...
March 14, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433178/preparation-and-characterization-of-biodegradable-nanocomposites-derived-from-carboxymethyl-cellulose-and-hydroxyapatite
#18
K Azzaoui, E Mejdoubi, A Lamhamdi, S Jodeh, O Hamed, M Berrabah, S Jerdioui, R Salghi, N Akartasse, A Errich, Á Ríos, M Zougagh
Development of a cost-effective technology for extraction and quantification of carcinogenic and toxic organic materials which are widely used in the industry are critical to humans. Membrane technology received much attention and has already been widely used in this area. In this work, we offer a newly developed bio-based nanocomposite membrane for removal of bisphenol-A (BPA) from water. Three natural components hydroxyapatite (HAp), carboxymethyl cellulose and lysine as a diluent were used for making the bio-based membrane...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431184/congener-specific-disposition-of-chiral-polychlorinated-biphenyls-in-lactating-mice-and-their-offspring-implications-for-pcb-developmental-neurotoxicity
#19
Izabela Kania-Korwel, Tracy Lukasiewicz, Christopher D Barnhart, Marianna Stamou, Haeun Chung, Kevin M Kelly, Stelvio Bandiera, Pamela J Lein, Hans-Joachim Lehmler
Chiral polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners have been implicated by laboratory and epidemiological studies in PCB developmental neurotoxicity. These congeners are metabolized by cytochrome P450 (P450) enzymes to potentially neurotoxic hydroxylated metabolites (OH-PCBs). The present study explores the enantioselective disposition and toxicity of two environmentally relevant, neurotoxic PCB congeners and their OH-PCB metabolites in lactating mice and their offspring following dietary exposure of the dam. Female C57BL/6N mice (8 weeks old) were fed daily, beginning two weeks prior to conception and continuing throughout gestation and lactation, with 3...
April 14, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430022/safety-by-design-of-printed-multilayer-materials-intended-for-food-packaging
#20
Celia Domeño, Margarita Aznar, Cristina Nerín, Francesca Isella, Mauro Fedeli, Osvaldo Bosetti
Printing inks are commonly used in multilayer plastics materials used for food packaging and compounds present in inks can migrate to the food either by diffusion through the multilayers or because of set-off phenomena. To avoid this problem the right design of the packaging is crucial. In this work, the safety by design of multilayer materials has been studied. First, the migration from 4 different multilayers manufactured using polyethylene terephthalate (PET), aluminium (Al) and polyethylene (PE) was determined...
April 21, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
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