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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150503/carbon-amendments-alter-microbial-community-structure-and-net-mercury-methylation-potential-in-sediments
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Geoff A Christensen, Anil C Somenahally, James G Moberly, Carrie M Miller, Andrew J King, Cynthia C Gilmour, Steven D Brown, Mircea Podar, Craig C Brandt, Scott C Brooks, Anthony V Palumbo, Judy D Wall, Dwayne A Elias
Neurotoxic methylmercury (MeHg) is produced by anaerobic Bacteria and Archaea possessing the genes hgcAB, but it is unknown how organic substrate and electron acceptor availability impact the distribution and abundance of these organisms. We evaluated the impact of organic substrate amendments on mercury (Hg) methylation rates, microbial community structure, and the distribution of hgcAB(+) microbes with sediments. Sediment slurries were amended with short-chain fatty acids, alcohols, or a polysaccharide. Minimal increases in MeHg were observed following lactate, ethanol and methanol amendments while a significant decrease (∼70%) was observed with cellobiose incubations...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150334/a-routinely-used-protein-staining-dye-acts-as-an-inhibitor-of-wild-type-and-mutant-alpha-synuclein-aggregation-and-modulator-of-neurotoxicity
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Nuzhat Ahsan, Ibrar Ahmed Siddique, Sarika Gupta, Avadhesha Surolia
Inhibition of amyloid formation along with modulation of toxicity employing small molecules is emerging as a potential therapeutic approach for protein misfolding disorders which includes Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Multiple System Atrophy etc. Countless current interventional strategies for treating α-synucleinopathies consider using peptidic and non-peptidic inhibitors for arresting fibrillisation, disrupting existing fibrils and reducing associated toxicity. One group of molecules less exploited in this regard are triphenylmethane dyes...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150331/anti-amyloidogenic-and-anti-apoptotic-effect-of-%C3%AE-bisabolol-against-a%C3%AE-induced-neurotoxicity-in-pc12-cells
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Balakrishnan Shanmuganathan, Venkatesan Suryanarayanan, Sethuraman Sathya, Muralidharan Narenkumar, Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Kandasamy Ruckmani, Kasi Pandima Devi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a life-threatening neurodegenerative disorder leading to dementia, with a progressive decline in memory and other thinking skills of elderly populace. Of the multiple etiological factors of AD, the accumulation of senile plaques (SPs) particularly as Aβ oligomers correlates with the relentlessness cognitive impairment in AD patients and play a vital role in AD pathology. Since natural essential oil constituents have successfully served as a source of drugs for AD treatment, the present study aims at the in vitro and in silico investigation of anti-amyloidogenic potential and anti-apoptotic property of the α-bisabolol against Aβ25-35 induced neurotoxicity in PC12 cells...
October 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150325/ilex-paraguariensis-potential-antioxidant-on-aluminium-toxicity-in-an-experimental-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Pâmela M Bortoli, Carla Alves, Eduarda Costa, Ana Paula Vanin, Jéssica R Sofiatti, Diego P Siqueira, Rogério M Dallago, Helen Treichel, Gean Delise L P Vargas, Rosilene R Kaizer
Ilex paraguariensis, yerba mate is a native plant from the southern region of Brazil. Studies showed that yerba mate has an antioxidant potential, which could help to reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases, as Alzheimer's Disease (AD). It's known that I. paraguariensis grows in acid soils with aluminium (Al), which is bioavailable in these soils. Al has a neurotoxic potential related with the progression of neurological disorders. This study aim was to evaluate the potential of I. paraguariensis in the etiology of AD using strains of Caenorhabditis elegans and the concentration of Al and antioxidants in the yerba mate extract...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149976/clinical-challenges-of-tacrolimus-for-maintenance-immunosuppression-post-lung-transplantation
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S Ivulich, M Dooley, C Kirkpatrick, G Snell
Lung transplantation (LTx) is a successful treatment option for end-stage lung disease, and immunosuppressant regimens, utilized to prevent rejection of the transplanted graft, are paramount to maintaining long-term graft survival. Immunosuppression can be classified as induction, maintenance, and antirejection therapy. This article focuses on maintenance immunosuppression that includes a combination of a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI), cell cycle inhibitor, and corticosteroid. CNIs remain the cornerstone of immunosuppression following LTx, and tacrolimus is now the preferred CNI, based on a better adverse effect profile and some limited evidence for enhanced efficacy...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149763/formulation-and-anti-neurotoxic-activity-of-baicalein-incorporating-neutral-nanoliposome
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Farhang Aliakbari, Ali Akbar Shabani, Hassan Bardania, Hossein Mohammad-Beigi, Amir Tayaranian Marvian, Faezeh Dehghani Esmatabad, Abbas Ali Vafaei, Seyed Abbas Shojaosadati, Ali Akbar Saboury, Gunna Christiansen, Daniel E Otzen, Dina Morshedi
Despite extensive studies of the effects of herbal-derived small molecules in the biopharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, their low solubility and stability remain a challenge. Here we focus on baicalein, a small molecule showing potential against neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. However, therapeutic usage in vivo is challenged by low solubility and stability. To address this we have applied neutrally-charged nanoliposome (NLP) as carrier for baicalein. Baicalein was incorporated into NLP to form NLP-Ba at molar baicalain:lipid ratios of up to 1:3, giving a drug entrapment efficiency of 96...
November 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149214/new-insights-on-the-species-specific-allelopathic-interactions-between-macrophytes-and-marine-hab-dinoflagellates
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Hela Ben Gharbia, Ons Kéfi-Daly Yahia, Philippe Cecchi, Estelle Masseret, Zouher Amzil, Fabienne Herve, Georges Rovillon, Habiba Nouri, Charaf M'Rabet, Douglas Couet, Habiba Zmerli Triki, Mohamed Laabir
Macrophytes are known to release allelochemicals that have the ability to inhibit the proliferation of their competitors. Here, we investigated the effects of the fresh leaves of two magnoliophytes (Zostera noltei and Cymodocea nodosa) and thalli of the macroalgae Ulva rigida on three HAB-forming benthic dinoflagellates (Ostreopsis cf. ovata, Prorocentrum lima, and Coolia monotis). The effects of C. nodosa and U. rigida were also tested against the neurotoxic planktonic dinoflagellate Alexandrium pacificum Litaker sp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147953/impact-of-perfluorochemicals-on-human-health-and-reproduction-a-male-s-perspective
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REVIEW
C Foresta, S Tescari, A Di Nisio
Perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) are a class of organic molecules used in industry and consumer products. PFCs are non-biodegradable and bioaccumulate in the environment and for these reasons they have been a major subject of research regarding their toxicity, environmental fate, and sources of human exposure, since they have been shown to induce severe health consequences, such as neonatal mortality, neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity. The aim of this review is to explore the existing knowledge of the interplay between PFCs exposure and human health, with a focus on male reproductive health, given the emerging gender differences in PFCs clearance and their interaction with sex hormones receptors...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146504/minocycline-protects-developing-brain-against-ethanol-induced-damage
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Xin Wang, Kai Zhang, Fanmuyi Yang, Zhenhua Ren, Mei Xu, Jacqueline A Frank, Zun-Ji Ke, Jia Luo
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are caused by ethanol exposure during the pregnancy and is the leading cause of mental retardation. Ethanol exposure during the development results in the loss of neurons in the developing brain, which may underlie many neurobehavioral deficits associated with FASD. It is important to understand the mechanisms underlying ethanol-induced neuronal loss and develop appropriate therapeutic strategies. One of the potential mechanisms involves neuroimmune activation. Using a third trimester equivalent mouse model of ethanol exposure, we demonstrated that ethanol induced a wide-spread neuroapoptosis, microglial activation, and neuroinflammation in C57BL/6 mice...
November 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146215/-acute-methotrexate-related-neurotoxicity-and-pseudo-stroke-syndrome
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V Deneux, N Leboucq, L Saumet, S Haouy, T Akbaraly, N Sirvent
Treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia requires high-dose systemic and/or intrathecal methotrexate to prevent and/or treat central nervous system disorders. Acute neurotoxicity of methotrexate, of unknown etiopathogenesis, is characterized by the polymorphism of clinical manifestations, responsible for a potentially harmful diagnostic delay in these immunosuppressed patients. We describe five episodes of transient acute leukoencephalopathy mimicking a stroke, reported in the literature as "pseudo-stroke syndrome"...
November 13, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146197/illicit-drug-ketamine-induces-adverse-effects-from-behavioral-alterations-and-oxidative-stress-to-p53-regulated-apoptosis-in-medaka-fish-under-environmentally-relevant-exposures
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Pei-Han Liao, Wen-Kai Yang, Ching-Hsin Yang, Chun-Hon Lin, Chin-Chu Hwang, Pei-Jen Chen
With increasing problems of drug abuse worldwide, aquatic ecosystems are contaminated by human pharmaceuticals from the discharge of hospital or municipal effluent. However, ecotoxicity data and related toxic mechanism for neuroactive controlled or illicit drugs are still lacking, so assessing the associated hazardous risk is difficult. This study aims to investigate the behavioral changes, oxidative stress, gene expression and neurotoxic or apoptosis effect(s) in larvae of medaka fish (Oryzias latipes) with environmentally relevant exposures of ketamine (KET) solutions for 1-14 days...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145874/peripheral-immune-tolerance-alleviates-the-intracranial-lipopolysaccharide-injection-induced-neuroinflammation-and-protects-the-dopaminergic-neurons-from-neuroinflammation-related-neurotoxicity
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Yang Liu, Xin Xie, Li-Ping Xia, Hong Lv, Fan Lou, Yan Ren, Zhi-Yi He, Xiao-Guang Luo
BACKGROUND: Neuroinflammation plays a critical role in the onset and development of neurodegeneration disorders such as Parkinson's disease. The immune activities of the central nervous system are profoundly affected by peripheral immune activities. Immune tolerance refers to the unresponsiveness of the immune system to continuous or repeated stimulation to avoid excessive inflammation and unnecessary by-stander injury in the face of continuous antigen threat. It has been proved that the immune tolerance could suppress the development of various peripheral inflammation-related diseases...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145211/patient-reported-outcome-results-from-the-open-label-randomized-phase-iii-select-bc-trial-evaluating-first-line-s-1-therapy-for-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Takuya Kawahara, Kojiro Shimozuma, Takeru Shiroiwa, Yasuhiro Hagiwara, Yukari Uemura, Takanori Watanabe, Naruto Taira, Takashi Fukuda, Yasuo Ohashi, Hirofumi Mukai
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of S-1, an orally administered 5-FU agent, versus taxane on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in the SELECT BC trial. METHODS: Patients with HER2-negative and endocrine treatment-resistant breast cancer with metastasis or recurrence after surgery were randomly assigned to receive first-line taxane or S-1. PROs (secondary endpoint) were assessed using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30) and Patient Neurotoxicity Questionnaire (PNQ) at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12 months...
November 17, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144959/induction-of-innervation-by-encapsulated-adipocytes-with-engineered-vitamin-a-metabolism
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Q Shen, R Yasmeen, J Marbourg, L Xu, J L Yu, P Fadda, A Flechtner, L J Lee, P G Popovich, O Ziouzenkova
Innervation is a fundamental basis for function and survival of tissues. In the peripheral tissues, degenerative diseases create a neurotoxic metabolic milieu that either causes neurodegeneration or fails to sustain regenerative growth and reinnervation of injured/diseased tissues. Encapsulation of cells producing neurotrophic factors can augment axon growth and neuron survival; however, sustained innervation in vivo requires a combination of factors promoting axon growth and guidance pathway that are released in a tissue-specific context...
October 28, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144200/mechanisms-underlying-melatonin-mediated-prevention-of-fenvalerate-induced-behavioral-and-oxidative-toxicity-in-zebrafish
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Jingjing Han, Cheng Ji, Yichen Guo, Rui Yan, Ting Hong, Yuanyan Dou, Yan An, Shasha Tao, Fenju Qin, Jihua Nie, Chen Ji, Han Wang, Jian Tong, Wei Xiao, Jie Zhang
The neurotoxic effects attributed to the pesticide fenvalerate (FEN) are well-established. The aim of this study was to determine whether melatonin (MLT) was able to protect against FEN-induced behavior, oxidative stress, apoptosis, and neurogenesis using zebrafish (Danio rerio) model. Zebrafish exposed to 100 μg/L FEN for 120 h exhibited decreased swimming activity accompanied by downregulated expression of neurogenesis-related genes (Dlx2, Shha, Ngn1, Elavl3, and Gfap), suggesting that neurogenesis were impaired...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143350/dna-variants-and-organophosphate-neurotoxicity-among-emerging-farmers-in-the-western-cape-of-south-africa
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Tracy Glass, Mohamed A Dalvie, Zelda Holtman, Anna A Vorster, Rajkumar S Ramesar, Leslie London
BACKGROUND: Previous epidemiological studies investigating modification of organophosphate (OP) neurotoxicity by xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes (XMEs) polymorphisms have produced inconsistent results. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 301 emerging farmers was conducted. Neurotoxicity testing included forward and backward recall, digit span, and vibration sensitivity testing. Questionnaire data included demography, potential confounders, and work history of pesticide exposures...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143286/doxycycline-inducible-and-astrocyte-specific-hiv-1-tat-transgenic-mice-itat-as-an-hiv-neuroaids-model
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Dianne Langford, Byung Oh Kim, Wei Zou, Yan Fan, Pejman Rahimain, Ying Liu, Johnny J He
HIV-1 Tat is known to be neurotoxic and important for HIV/neuroAIDS pathogenesis. However, the overwhelming majority of the studies involved use of recombinant Tat protein. To understand the contributions of Tat protein to HIV/neuroAIDS and the underlying molecular mechanisms of HIV-1 Tat neurotoxicity in the context of a whole organism and independently of HIV-1 infection, a doxycycline-inducible astrocyte-specific HIV-1 Tat transgenic mouse (iTat) was created. Tat expression in the brains of iTat mice was determined to be in the range of 1-5 ng/ml and led to astrocytosis, loss of neuronal dendrites, and neuroinflammation...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142460/efficacy-and-safety-of-duloxetine-in-chinese-breast-cancer-patients-with-paclitaxel-induced-peripheral-neuropathy
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Jiani Wang, Qing Li, Binghe Xu, Tongtong Zhang, Shanshan Chen, Yang Luo
Objective: Chemotherapy with paclitaxel is associated with significant neurotoxicity that may offset patients' quality of life and therapeutic benefits. This prospective, non-randomized control study evaluated the efficacy and safety of an antidepressant drug, duloxetine, at 30 or 60 mg/d, in the treatment of paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy (PIPN) in Chinese breast cancer patients. Methods: A total of 102 patients with a median age of 50 (range, 25-60) years, treated in the Department of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, between November 2014 and January 2017 were finally enrolled...
October 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142416/protective-effect-of-pluchea-lanceolata-against-aluminum-chloride-induced-neurotoxicity-in-swiss-albino-mice
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Ravi Mundugaru, Senthilkumar Sivanesan, Padmaja Udaykumar, Niranjan Rao, Naveen Chandra
Background: Aluminum chloride (AlCl3) is a known potent environmental neurotoxin causing progressive neurodegenerative changes in the brain. The herb Pluchea lanceolata is commonly known as "Rasana" and used as a nerve tonic in neuroinflammatory conditions in Indian system of medicine. Objective: To evaluate the neuroprotective activity of hydroalcoholic extract of P. lanceolata in chronic AlCl3-induced neurotoxicity in Swiss albino mice. Materials and Methods: Albino mice were categorized into four different groups; Group 1served as vehicle control, Group 2 mice were administered with AlCl3, 40 mg/kg body weight by intraperitoneal route for 45 consecutive days...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142106/soluble-a%C3%AE-aggregates-can-inhibit-prion-propagation
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Claire J Sarell, Emma Quarterman, Daniel C-M Yip, Cassandra Terry, Andrew J Nicoll, Jonathan D F Wadsworth, Mark A Farrow, Dominic M Walsh, John Collinge
Mammalian prions cause lethal neurodegenerative diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and consist of multi-chain assemblies of misfolded cellular prion protein (PrP(C)). Ligands that bind to PrP(C) can inhibit prion propagation and neurotoxicity. Extensive prior work established that certain soluble assemblies of the Alzheimer's disease (AD)-associated amyloid β-protein (Aβ) can tightly bind to PrP(C), and that this interaction may be relevant to their toxicity in AD. Here, we investigated whether such soluble Aβ assemblies might, conversely, have an inhibitory effect on prion propagation...
November 2017: Open Biology
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