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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346849/clostridium-perfringens-type-a-isolates-of-animal-origin-with-decreased-susceptibility-to-metronidazole-show-extensive-genetic-diversity
#1
Sergio Álvarez-Pérez, José L Blanco, Marta E García
Metronidazole is a first-line drug for the treatment of human infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. Although most Clostridium perfringens isolates are susceptible to metronidazole, a number of strains with decreased susceptibility have been obtained in clinical and environmental surveys. However, little is known yet about the toxinotype and genetic diversity of metronidazole-resistant C. perfringens strains. We tested for susceptibility to metronidazole and assessed the toxigenic status and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) diversity of a collection of 80 C...
March 27, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341572/cell-and-region-specificity-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-ahr-system-in-the-testis-and-the-epididymis
#2
A Wajda, J Łapczuk, M Grabowska, E Pius-Sadowska, M Słojewski, M Laszczynska, E Urasinska, B Machalinski, M Drozdzik
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) plays multiple important functions in adaptive responses. Exposure to AhR ligands may produce an altered metabolic activity controlled by the AhR pathways, and consequently affect drug/toxin responses, hormonal status and cellular homeostasis. This research revealed species-, cell- and region-specific pattern of the AhR system expression in the rat and human testis and epididymis, complementing the existing knowledge, especially within the epididymal segments. The study showed that AhR level in the rat and human epididymis is higher than in the testis...
March 21, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338636/survey-on-urinary-levels-of-aflatoxins-in-professionally-exposed-workers
#3
Fulvio Ferri, Carlo Brera, Barbara De Santis, Giorgio Fedrizzi, Tiziana Bacci, Lorena Bedogni, Sauro Capanni, Giorgia Collini, Enrica Crespi, Francesca Debegnach, Patrizia Ferdenzi, Angelo Gargano, Daniela Gattei, Ferdinando Luberto, Ines Magnani, Massimo Giuseppe Magnani, Pamela Mancuso, Simonetta Menotta, Stefania Mozzanica, Milva Olmi, Giuseppe Ombrini, Orietta Sala, Sabina Soricelli, Massimo Vicentini, Paolo Giorgi Rossi
Feed mill workers may handle or process maize contaminated with aflatoxins (AFs). This condition may lead to an unacceptable intake of toxins deriving from occupational exposure. This study assessed the serological and urinary levels of AFs in workers exposed to potentially contaminated dusts in two mills. From March to April 2014, blood and urine samples were collected, on Monday and Friday morning of the same working week from 29 exposed workers and 30 non-exposed controls. AFs (M₁, G₂, G₁, B₁, B₂) and aflatoxicol (AFOH) A were analyzed...
March 24, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337572/genetic-appraisal-of-serological-response-post-vaccination-against-enterotoxaemia-et-in-malpura-and-avikalin-sheep
#4
G R Gowane, Najif Akram, L L L Prince, Ved Prakash, Arun Kumar
Enterotoxaemia (ET) is a fatal enteric disease of small ruminants attributable to a toxigenic type of Clostridium perfringens. The key strategy for prevention of ET is the management and vaccination. Present study aimed at identifying the sources of variation for ET vaccine response especially against epsilon toxin in 173 sheep that included 83 Avikalin and 90 Malpura lambs raised at the institute flock in the semi-arid region of India. The mean age at vaccination was 90 days. Sera were tested by blocking ELISA...
March 23, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335863/zebrafish-in-toxicology-and-environmental-health
#5
Kathryn Bambino, Jaime Chu
As manufacturing processes and development of new synthetic compounds increase to keep pace with the expanding global demand, environmental health, and the effects of toxicant exposure are emerging as critical public health concerns. Additionally, chemicals that naturally occur in the environment, such as metals, have profound effects on human and animal health. Many of these compounds are in the news: lead, arsenic, and endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A have all been widely publicized as causing disease or damage to humans and wildlife in recent years...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335457/the-epigenetic-link-between-prenatal-adverse-environments-and-neurodevelopmental-disorders
#6
REVIEW
Marija Kundakovic, Ivana Jaric
Prenatal adverse environments, such as maternal stress, toxicological exposures, and viral infections, can disrupt normal brain development and contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, and autism. Increasing evidence shows that these short- and long-term effects of prenatal exposures on brain structure and function are mediated by epigenetic mechanisms. Animal studies demonstrate that prenatal exposure to stress, toxins, viral mimetics, and drugs induces lasting epigenetic changes in the brain, including genes encoding glucocorticoid receptor (Nr3c1) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf)...
March 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335428/an-updated-review-of-ciguatera-fish-poisoning-clinical-epidemiological-environmental-and-public-health-management
#7
REVIEW
Melissa A Friedman, Mercedes Fernandez, Lorraine C Backer, Robert W Dickey, Jeffrey Bernstein, Kathleen Schrank, Steven Kibler, Wendy Stephan, Matthew O Gribble, Paul Bienfang, Robert E Bowen, Stacey Degrasse, Harold A Flores Quintana, Christopher R Loeffler, Richard Weisman, Donna Blythe, Elisa Berdalet, Ram Ayyar, Danielle Clarkson-Townsend, Karen Swajian, Ronald Benner, Tom Brewer, Lora E Fleming
Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) is the most frequently reported seafood-toxin illness in the world. It causes substantial human health, social, and economic impacts. The illness produces a complex array of gastrointestinal, neurological and neuropsychological, and cardiovascular symptoms, which may last days, weeks, or months. This paper is a general review of CFP including the human health effects of exposure to ciguatoxins (CTXs), diagnosis, human pathophysiology of CFP, treatment, detection of CTXs in fish, epidemiology of the illness, global dimensions, prevention, future directions, and recommendations for clinicians and patients...
March 14, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330075/a-novel-multiplex-pcr-method-for-the-detection-of-virulence-associated-genes-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-food
#8
Vo Van Giau, Thuy Trang Nguyen, Thi Kim Oanh Nguyen, Thi Thuy Hang Le, Tien Dung Nguyen
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) strains are foodborne infectious agents that cause a number of life-threatening diseases, including hemorrhagic colitis (HC) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Shiga toxin 1 (stx1), shiga toxin 2 (stx2), or a combination of both are responsible for most clinical symptoms of these diseases. Hence, various diagnostic methods have been developed so far to detect shiga toxins such as cell culture, ELISA, Rapid Latex Agglutination (RPLA) and hybridization, but due to high costs and labor time in addition to low sensitivity, they have not received much attention...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323217/effects-of-algal-toxin-okadaic-acid-on-the-non-specific-immune-and-antioxidant-response-of-bay-scallop-argopecten-irradians
#9
Cheng Chi, Sib Sankar Giri, Jin Woo Jun, Hyoun Joong Kim, Sang Wha Kim, Saekil Yun, Se Chang Park
Okadaic acid (OA) is produced by dinoflagellates during harmful algal blooms and is a diarrhetic shellfish-poisoning (DSP) toxin. This toxin is particularly problematic for bivalves that are cultured for human consumption. This study aimed to reveal the effects of exposure to OA on the non-specific immune responses of bay scallop, Argopecten irradians. Various immunological parameters (superoxide dismutase (SOD), acid phosphatase (ACP), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), lysozyme activities, and total protein level) were assessed in the hemolymph of bay scallops at 3, 6, 12, 24, and 48 h post-exposure (hpe) to different concentrations (50, 100, and 500 nM) of OA...
March 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320735/the-retinoblastoma-homolog-rbr1-mediates-localization-of-the-repair-protein-rad51-to-dna-lesions-in-arabidopsis
#10
Sascha Biedermann, Hirofumi Harashima, Poyu Chen, Maren Heese, Daniel Bouyer, Kostika Sofroni, Arp Schnittger
The retinoblastoma protein (Rb), which typically functions as a transcriptional repressor of E2F-regulated genes, represents a major control hub of the cell cycle. Here, we show that loss of the Arabidopsis Rb homolog RETINOBLASTOMA-RELATED 1 (RBR1) leads to cell death, especially upon exposure to genotoxic drugs such as the environmental toxin aluminum. While cell death can be suppressed by reduced cell-proliferation rates, rbr1 mutant cells exhibit elevated levels of DNA lesions, indicating a direct role of RBR1 in the DNA-damage response (DDR)...
March 20, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320039/the-role-of-peganum-harmala-ethanolic-extract-and-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-system-in-biofilm-formation
#11
Nasrin Valizadeh, Firuzeh Valian, Nourkhoda Sadeghifard, Shahriar Karami, Iraj Pakzad, Hossein Kazemian, Sobhan Ghafourian
Toxin antitoxin system is a regulatory system that antitoxin inhibits the toxin. We aimed to determine the role of TA loci in biofilm formation in K. pneumoniae clinical and environmental isolates; also inhibition of biofilm formation by Peganum harmala. So, 40 K. pneumoniae clinical and environmental isolates were subjected for PCR to determine the frequency of mazEF, relEB, and mqsRA TA loci. Biofilm formation assay subjected for all isolates. Then, P. harmala was tested against positive biofilm formation strains...
March 20, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318385/arsenic-induced-sumoylation-of-mus81-is-involved-in-regulating-genomic-stability
#12
Liyan Hu, Feikun Yang, Lou Lu, Wei Dai
Chronic environmental exposure to metal toxicants such as chromium and arsenic is closely related to the development of several types of common cancers. Genetic and epigenetic studies in the past decade reveal that post-translational modifications of histones play a role in metal carcinogenesis. However, exact molecular mechanisms of metal carcinogenesis remain to be elucidated. In this study we found that As2O3, an environmental metal toxicant, up-regulated overall modifications of many cellular proteins by SUMO2/3...
March 20, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316051/pathogenic-multiple-antimicrobial-resistant-escherichia-coli-serotypes-in-recreational-waters-of-mumbai-india-a-potential-public-health-risk
#13
Aayushi Maloo, Abhay B Fulke, Najmuddin Mulani, Soniya Sukumaran, Anirudh Ram
Globally, coastal waters have emerged into a pool of antibiotic resistance genes and multiple antibiotic resistant microorganisms, and pathogenicity of these resistant microorganisms in terms of serotypes and virulence genes has made the environment vulnerable. The current study underscores the presence of multiple antibiotic resistant pathogenic serotypes and pathotypes of Escherichia coli, the predominant faecal indicator bacteria (FIB), in surface water and sediment samples of famous recreational beaches (Juhu, Versova, Mahim, Dadar, and Girgaon) of Mumbai...
March 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302047/neuroinflammation-as-a-common-mechanism-associated-with-the-modifiable-risk-factors-for-alzheimer-s-and-parkinson-s-diseases
#14
Jordan Alexander McKenzie, Lindsay J Spielman, Caitlin B Pointer, Jessica R Lowry, Ekta Bajwa, Carolyn W Lee, Andis Klegeris
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD) are among the most common causes of dementia, which increasingly contribute to morbidity and mortality worldwide. A common hallmark in the pathogenesis of these two diseases is neuroinflammation, which is initially triggered by the presence of pathological structures associated with these disorders. Chronic neuroinflammation is sustained by persistent and aberrant microglial activation in the brain, which results in damage and death of neighboring cells, including neurons and glial cells...
March 15, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298639/benzyl-butyl-phthalate-decreases-myogenic-differentiation-of-endometrial-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-through-mir-137-mediated-regulation-of-pitx2
#15
Hung-Sheng Chen, Chia-Yi Hsu, Yu-Chia Chang, Hui-Yu Chuang, Cheng-Yu Long, Tsung-Hua Hsieh, Eing-Mei Tsai
Phthalate, an environmental toxin, has been considered as an endocrine-disrupting chemical. Growing evidence has demonstrated links between endocrine-disrupting chemicals, tissue development, and reproductive physiology, but the mechanisms of gene expression regulation by environmental factors that affect cell differentiation are unclear. Herein, we investigated the effects of butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) on human endometrial mesenchymal stem/stromal cell (EN-MSC) differentiation and identified a novel signaling pathway...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292710/bacterial-persistence-from-a-system-level-perspective
#16
REVIEW
Jakub Leszek Radzikowski, Hannah Schramke, Matthias Heinemann
In recent years, our understanding about bacterial persistence has significantly advanced: we comprehend the persister phenotype better, more triggers for persistence entry have been found, and more insights in the involvement and role of toxin-antitoxin systems and other molecular mechanisms have been unravelled. In this review, we attempt to put these findings into an integrated, system-level perspective. From this point of view, persistence can be seen as a response to a strong perturbation of metabolic homeostasis, either triggered environmentally, or by means of intracellular stochasticity...
March 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292241/microbial-pest-control-agents-are-they-a-specific-and-safe-tool-for-insect-pest-management
#17
Caroline Deshayes, Myriam Siegwart, David Pauron, Josy-Anne Froger, Bruno Lapied, Véronique Apaire-Marchais
Microorganisms (viruses, bacteria and fungi) or their bioactive agents can be used as active substances and therefore are referred as Microbial Pest Control Agents (MPCA). They are used as alternative strategies to chemical insecticides to counteract the development of resistances and to reduce adverse effects on both environment and human health. These natural entomopathogenic agents, which have specific modes of action, are generally considered safer as compared to conventional chemical insecticides. Baculoviruses are the only viruses being used as the safest biological control agents...
March 14, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288865/retinal-npy-and-5-ht-inputs-to-the-aged-suprachiasmatic-nucleus-in-common-marmosets-callithrix-jacchus
#18
Rovena C G J Engelberth, Kayo D de Azevedo Silva, Felipe Porto Fiuza, Joacil Germano Soares, Miriam S M O Costa, Ruthnaldo R de Melo Lima, Expedito Silva do Nascimento, José R Dos Santos, José R L P Cavalcanti, Jeferson S Cavalcante
The circadian timing system (CTS) anticipates optimal physiological patterns in response to environmental fluctuations, such as light-dark cycle. Since age-related disruption of circadian synchronization is linked to several pathological conditions, we characterized alterations of neurochemical constituents and retinal projections to the major pacemaker of CTS, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), in adult and aged marmosets. We used intraocular injections of neural tracer Cholera toxin b (CTb) to report age-related reductions in CTb, neuropeptide Y and serotonin immunoreactivities...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286206/simplified-qpcr-method-for-detecting-excessive-mtdna-damage-induced-by-exogenous-factors
#19
Artem P Gureev, Ekaterina A Shaforostova, Anatoly A Starkov, Vasily N Popov
Damage to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is a meaningful biomarker for evaluating genotoxicity of drugs and environmental toxins. Existing PCR methods utilize long mtDNA fragments (∼8-10kb), which complicates detecting exact sites of mtDNA damage. To identify the mtDNA regions most susceptible to damage, we have developed and validated a set of primers to amplify ∼2kb long fragments, while covering over 95% of mouse mtDNA. We have modified the detection method by greatly increasing the enrichment of mtDNA, which allows us solving the problem of non-specific primer annealing to nuclear DNA...
March 9, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282927/in-vivo-crystallization-of-three-domain-cry-toxins
#20
REVIEW
Rooma Adalat, Faiza Saleem, Neil Crickmore, Shagufta Naz, Abdul Rauf Shakoori
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is the most successful, environmentally-friendly, and intensively studied microbial insecticide. The major characteristic of Bt is the production of proteinaceous crystals containing toxins with specific activity against many pests including dipteran, lepidopteran, and coleopteran insects, as well as nematodes, protozoa, flukes, and mites. These crystals allow large quantities of the protein toxins to remain stable in the environment until ingested by a susceptible host. It has been previously established that 135 kDa Cry proteins have a crystallization domain at their C-terminal end...
March 9, 2017: Toxins
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