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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817646/genetic-dissection-of-endothelial-transcriptional-activity-of-zebrafish-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptors-ahrs
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Wade W Sugden, Roberto C Leonardo-Mendonça, Darío Acuña-Castroviejo, Arndt F Siekmann
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is a basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor conserved across phyla from flies to humans. Activated by a number of endogenous ligands and environmental toxins, studies on AHR function and gene regulation have largely focused on a toxicological perspective relating to aromatic hydrocarbons generated by human activities and the often-deleterious effects of exposure on vertebrates mediated by AHR activation. A growing body of work has highlighted the importance of AHR in physiologic processes, including immune cell differentiation and vascular patterning...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815212/variable-virulence-of-biotype-3-vibrio-vulnificus-due-to-martx-toxin-effector-domain-composition
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Byoung Sik Kim, Hannah E Gavin, Karla J F Satchell
Vibrio vulnificus is an environmental organism that causes septic human infections characterized by high morbidity and mortality. The annual incidence and global distribution of this pathogen are increasing as ocean waters warm. Clinical strains exhibit variations in the primary virulence toxin, suggesting a potential for the emergence of new strains with altered virulence properties. A clonal outbreak of tilapia-associated wound infections in Israel serves as a natural experiment for the sudden emergence of a new V...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813461/epidemiology-of-clostridium-difficile-in-infants-in-oxfordshire-uk-risk-factors-for-colonization-and-carriage-and-genetic-overlap-with-regional-c-difficile-infection-strains
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Nicole Stoesser, David W Eyre, T Phuong Quan, Heather Godwin, Gemma Pill, Emily Mbuvi, Alison Vaughan, David Griffiths, Jessica Martin, Warren Fawley, Kate E Dingle, Sarah Oakley, Kazimierz Wanelik, John M Finney, Melina Kachrimanidou, Catrin E Moore, Sherwood Gorbach, Thomas V Riley, Derrick W Crook, Tim E A Peto, Mark H Wilcox, A Sarah Walker
BACKGROUND: Approximately 30-40% of children <1 year of age are Clostridium difficile colonized, and may represent a reservoir for adult C. difficile infections (CDI). Risk factors for colonization with toxigenic versus non-toxigenic C. difficile strains and longitudinal acquisition dynamics in infants remain incompletely characterized. METHODS: Predominantly healthy infants (≤2 years) were recruited in Oxfordshire, UK, and provided ≥1 fecal samples. Independent risk factors for toxigenic/non-toxigenic C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813028/detection-methodologies-for-pathogen-and-toxins-a-review
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REVIEW
Md Eshrat E Alahi, Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay
Pathogen and toxin-contaminated foods and beverages are a major source of illnesses, even death, and have a significant economic impact worldwide. Human health is always under a potential threat, including from biological warfare, due to these dangerous pathogens. The agricultural and food production chain consists of many steps such as harvesting, handling, processing, packaging, storage, distribution, preparation, and consumption. Each step is susceptible to threats of environmental contamination or failure to safeguard the processes...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811506/an-amphibian-chemical-defense-phenotype-is-inducible-across-life-history-stages
#5
Gary M Bucciarelli, H Bradley Shaffer, David B Green, Lee B Kats
Inducible phenotypic responses to environmental variation are ubiquitous across the tree of life, but it remains an open question whether amphibian chemical defense phenotypes are inducible. Tetrodotoxin (TTX) is a key chemical defense trait in North American and Eurasian newts (Salamandridae). We tested if TTX can be induced by exposing populations of adult and larval California newts (Taricha torosa) to sustained stressful conditions while longitudinally quantifying TTX concentrations. Adult newts rapidly increased chemical defenses in response to simulated predator attacks and consistently maintained elevated TTX concentrations relative to wild, non-captive individuals...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811347/tifa-signaling-in-gastric-epithelial-cells-initiates-the-cag-type-4-secretion-system-dependent-innate-immune-response-to-helicobacter-pylori-infection
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Alevtina Gall, Ryan G Gaudet, Scott D Gray-Owen, Nina R Salama
Helicobacter pylori is a bacterial pathogen that colonizes the human stomach, causing inflammation which, in some cases, leads to gastric ulcers and cancer. The clinical outcome of infection depends on a complex interplay of bacterial, host genetic, and environmental factors. Although H. pylori is recognized by both the innate and adaptive immune systems, this rarely results in bacterial clearance. Gastric epithelial cells are the first line of defense against H. pylori and alert the immune system to bacterial presence...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805376/discovery-and-biosensing-applications-of-diverse-rna-cleaving-dnazymes
#7
Meng Liu, Dingran Chang, Yingfu Li
DNA-based enzymes, or DNAzymes, are not known to exist in Nature but can be isolated from random-sequence DNA pools using test tube selection techniques. Since the report of the first DNAzyme in 1994, many catalytic DNA molecules for catalyzing wide-ranging chemical transformations have been isolated and studied. Our laboratory has a keen interest in searching for diverse DNAzymes capable of cleaving RNA-containing substrates, determining their sequence requirements and structural properties, and examining their potential as biosensors...
August 14, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804700/abridged-version-of-the-awmf-guideline-for-the-medical-clinical-diagnostics-of-indoor-mould-exposure-s2k-guideline-of-the-german-society-of-hygiene-environmental-medicine-and-preventive-medicine-ghup-in-collaboration-with-the-german-association-of-allergists
#8
Gerhard A Wiesmüller, Birger Heinzow, Ute Aurbach, Karl-Christian Bergmann, Albrecht Bufe, Walter Buzina, Oliver A Cornely, Steffen Engelhart, Guido Fischer, Thomas Gabrio, Werner Heinz, Caroline E W Herr, Jörg Kleine-Tebbe, Ludger Klimek, Martin Köberle, Herbert Lichtnecker, Thomas Lob-Corzilius, Rolf Merget, Norbert Mülleneisen, Dennis Nowak, Uta Rabe, Monika Raulf, Hans Peter Seidl, Jens-Oliver Steiß, Regine Szewszyk, Peter Thomas, Kerttu Valtanen, Julia Hurraß
This article is an abridged version of the AWMF mould guideline "Medical clinical diagnostics of indoor mould exposure" presented in April 2016 by the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental Medicine and Preventive Medicine (Gesellschaft für Hygiene, Umweltmedizin und Präventivmedizin, GHUP), in collaboration with the above-mentioned scientific medical societies, German and Austrian societies, medical associations and experts. Indoor mould growth is a potential health risk, even if a quantitative and/or causal relationship between the occurrence of individual mould species and health problems has yet to be established...
2017: Allergo Journal International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803056/analysis-of-microcystin-lr-and-nodularin-using-triple-quad-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-histopathology-in-experimental-fish
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Daljit Vudathala, Stephen Smith, Lester Khoo, David D Kuhn, Mary E Mainous, James Steadman, Lisa Murphy
Microcystins (MCs) are hepatotoxic cyanobacterial metabolites produced sporadically in aquatic environments under favorable environmental conditions. Affinity of these toxins to covalently bind with protein phosphatases poses a challenge in their detection. Lemieux oxidation to release 2-methyl-3-methoxy-4-phenylbutyric acid (MMPB), a common moiety to all MCs congeners, has been used in detection of these compounds, however a lack of sensitivity has limited the usefulness of the method. In this study, modifications of the oxidation and solid phase extraction procedures, combined with a sensitive LC/MS/MS (liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry) detection, have resulted in 25 ng/g method detection limits in both liver and plasma samples...
August 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801050/electron-transfer-through-arsenite-oxidase-insights-into-rieske-interaction-with-cytochrome-c
#10
Cameron Watson, Dimitri Niks, Russ Hille, Marta Vieira, Barbara Schoepp-Cothenet, Alexandra T Marques, Maria João Romão, Teresa Santos-Silva, Joanne M Santini
Arsenic is a widely distributed environmental toxin whose presence in drinking water poses a threat to >140 million people worldwide. The respiratory enzyme arsenite oxidase from various bacteria catalyses the oxidation of arsenite to arsenate and is being developed as a biosensor for arsenite. The arsenite oxidase from Rhizobium sp. str. NT-26 (a member of the Alphaproteobacteria) is a heterotetramer consisting of a large catalytic subunit (AioA), which contains a molybdenum centre and a 3Fe-4S cluster, and a small subunit (AioB) containing a Rieske 2Fe-2S cluster...
August 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798954/acute-effect-of-pore-forming-clostridium-perfringens-%C3%AE%C2%B5-toxin-on-compound-action-potentials-of-optic-nerve-of-mouse
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Mercè Cases, Artur Llobet, Beatrice Terni, Inmaculada Gómez de Aranda, Marta Blanch, Briain Doohan, Alexander Revill, Angus M Brown, Juan Blasi, Carles Solsona
ε-Toxin is a pore forming toxin produced by Clostridium perfringens types B and D. It is synthesized as a less active prototoxin form that becomes fully active upon proteolytic activation. The toxin produces highly lethal enterotoxaemia in ruminants, has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and specifically binds to myelinated fibers. We discovered that the toxin induced a release of ATP from isolated mice optic nerves, which are composed of myelinated fibers that are extended from the central nervous system...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798375/recurrent-horizontal-transfer-of-arsenite-methyltransferase-genes-facilitated-adaptation-of-life-to-arsenic
#12
Song-Can Chen, Guo-Xin Sun, Barry P Rosen, Si-Yu Zhang, Ye Deng, Bo-Kai Zhu, Christopher Rensing, Yong-Guan Zhu
The toxic metalloid arsenic has been environmentally ubiquitous since life first arose nearly four billion years ago and presents a challenge for the survival of all living organisms. Its bioavailability has varied dramatically over the history of life on Earth. As life spread, biogeochemical and climate changes cyclically increased and decreased bioavailable arsenic. To elucidate the history of arsenic adaptation across the tree of life, we reconstructed the phylogeny of the arsM gene that encodes the As(III) S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) methyltransferase...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782227/short-androgen-receptor-poly-glutamine-promoted-endometrial-cancer-is-associated-with-benzo-a-pyrene-mediated-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-activation
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Lumin Chen, Bo-Ying Bao, Wei-Chun Chang, Jason Yen-Ping Ho, Bi-Hua Cheng, Chung-Lin Wang, Qifeng Tang, Wei-Chung Cheng, Hui-Wen Chang, Yao-Ching Hung, Wen-Lung Ma
The androgen receptor (AR) poly-glutamine polymorphism (AR-Q) was reported to play role in endometrial cancer (EMCA) development, yet controversial. Environmental factors interact with genetic variation have been reported in EMCA. Aerosol toxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), are EMCA facilitators. This report examined the interplay between AR-Qs and BaP in EMCA. During analysing patient AR-Q polymorphism and Aryl hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) expressions, we found overall survival (OS) benefit is ascending with AR-Q lengths (5-year OS of 61...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780448/establishment-of-a-three-step-method-to-evaluate-effects-of-chemicals-on-development-of-zebrafish-embryo-larvae
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Guangyu Li, Huike Ye, Guanyong Su, Zhihua Han, Congxin Xie, Bingsheng Zhou, Robert J Letcher, John P Giesy, Hongxia Yu, Chunsheng Liu
Core endpoints in zebrafish embryos are crucial indicators in screening harmful effects of chemicals. In this study, we established a three-step process to more quantitatively and less-subjective determine effects of chemicals on phenotypes of developing zebrafish embryos. Embryos were exposed to each of two concentrations of the representative chemicals cadmium chloride (CdCl2), tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCIPP) or 1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-nonafluoro-1-hexanol (4:2 FTOH) from 0.75 h post-fertilization (hpf) to 96 hpf...
August 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780361/untreated-urban-waste-contaminates-indian-river-sediments-with-resistance-genes-to-last-resort-antibiotics
#15
Nachiket P Marathe, Chandan Pal, Swapnil S Gaikwad, Viktor Jonsson, Erik Kristiansson, D G Joakim Larsson
Efficient sewage treatment is critical for limiting environmental transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In many low and middle income countries, however, large proportions of sewage are still released untreated into receiving water bodies. In-depth knowledge of how such discharges of untreated urban waste influences the environmental resistome is largely lacking. Here, we highlight the impact of uncontrolled discharge of partially treated and/or untreated wastewater on the structure of bacterial communities and resistome of sediments collected from Mutha river flowing through Pune city in India...
July 25, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780195/calcium-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-slowing-the-progression-of-parkinson-s-disease
#16
REVIEW
D James Surmeier, Glenda M Halliday, Tanya Simuni
Parkinson's disease is characterized by progressively distributed Lewy pathology and neurodegeneration. The motor symptoms of cPD are unequivocally linked to the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc). Several features of these neurons appear to make them selectively vulnerable to factors thought to cause cPD, like aging, genetic mutations and environmental toxins. Among these features, Ca(2+) entry through Cav1 channels is particularly amenable to pharmacotherapy in early stage cPD patients...
August 2, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777960/in-situ-surface-transfer-process-of-cry1ac-protein-on-sio2%C3%AF-the-effect-of-biosurfactants-for-desorption
#17
Shuzhou Miao, Xingzhong Yuan, Yunshan Liang, Hou Wang, Lijian Leng, Zhibin Wu, Longbo Jiang, Yifu Li, Dan Mo, Guangming Zeng
Genetically modified Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crops, which have been widely used in agricultural transgenic plants, express insecticidal Cry proteins and release the toxin into soils. Taking into consideration the environmental risk of Cry proteins, biosurfactant-rhamnolipids were applied to desorb Cry proteins from soil environment, which has not been elucidated before. Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) was used in this article to investigate the adsorption and desorption behaviors of Cry1Ac on SiO2 surface (model soil)...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771148/influence-of-environmental-variables-on-saxitoxin-yields-by-cylindrospermopsis-raciborskii-in-a-mesotrophic-subtropical-reservoir
#18
Simone Pereira Casali, André Cordeiro Alves Dos Santos, Patrícia Bortoletto de Falco, Maria do Carmo Calijuri
Saxitoxins are a class of toxins produced by at least two groups of evolutionarily distant organisms (cyanobacteria and dinoflagellates). While the toxicity of these toxins is relatively well characterized, to date little is known about their drivers and ecological functions, especially in lower latitude tropical and subtropical freshwater ecosystems. In the present study, we aimed to obtain a better understanding of the main drivers of saxitoxin concentrations in aquatic environments. We investigated the relationships among saxitoxin concentrations in a mesotrophic subtropical reservoir dominated by the cyanobacteria Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii with physical, chemical and biological water variables...
August 2017: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767092/molecular-identification-of-gambierdiscus-and-fukuyoa-dinophyceae-from-environmental-samples
#19
Kirsty F Smith, Laura Biessy, Phoebe A Argyle, Tom Trnski, Tuikolongahau Halafihi, Lesley L Rhodes
Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) is increasing across the Pacific and the distribution of the causative dinoflagellates appears to be expanding. Subtle differences in thecal plate morphology are used to distinguish dinoflagellate species, which are difficult to determine using light microscopy. For these reasons we sought to develop a Quantitative PCR assay that would detect all species from both Gambierdiscus and Fukuyoa genera in order to rapidly screen environmental samples for potentially toxic species. Additionally, a specific assay for F...
August 2, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761936/clostridium-difficile-colonizes-alternative-nutrient-niches-during-infection-across-distinct-murine-gut-microbiomes
#20
Matthew L Jenior, Jhansi L Leslie, Vincent B Young, Patrick D Schloss
Clostridium difficile is the largest single cause of hospital-acquired infection in the United States. A major risk factor for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is prior exposure to antibiotics, as they disrupt the gut bacterial community which protects from C. difficile colonization. Multiple antibiotic classes have been associated with CDI susceptibility, many leading to distinct community structures stemming from variation in bacterial targets of action. These community structures present separate metabolic challenges to C...
July 2017: MSystems
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