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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904261/the-north-south-divide-in-snake-bite-envenomation-in-india
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REVIEW
Vivek Chauhan, Suman Thakur
Snake bite envenomations are common in rural areas and the incidence peaks during monsoons in India. Prominent venomous species have been traditionally labeled as the 'big four' that includes Cobra, Krait, Russel's viper and Saw scaled viper. Systematic attempts for identification and classification of prevalent snakes in various states of India are missing till now and there is no concrete data on this aspect. The published literature however shows that some species of snakes are more prevalent in a particular region than the other parts of India e...
October 2016: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903287/high-content-imaging-quantification-of-multiple-in-vitro-human-neurogenesis-events-after-neurotoxin-exposure
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Xian Wu, Anirban Majumder, Robin Webb, Steven L Stice
BACKGROUND: Our objective was to test neural active compounds in a human developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) model that represents neural tube stages of vulnerability. Previously we showed that 14 days in vitro (DIV 14) was sufficient to generate cryopreserved neuronal cells for post thaw neurite recovery assays. However, short exposure and assessment may not detect toxicants that affect an early neurogenesis continuum, from a mitotic human neural progenitor (hNP) cell population through the course of neurite outgrowth in differentiating neurons...
December 1, 2016: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903226/protective-effects-of-caffeic-acid-and-the-alzheimer-s-brain-an-update
#3
Solomon Habtemariam
Caffeic acid (CA) and related phenylpropanoic acids are ubiquitous natural products of the shikimic acid pathway origin. Due to the presence of diorthohydroxyl aromatic (catecholic) moiety, CA is not only one of the most potent antioxidant phenyl propanoids but also display numerous other pharmacological effects ranging from antiinflammatory to anticancer effects. Recent studies also demonstrated that CA both in its free form or conjugated with other groups such as quinic acid and sugars display profound effects in the brain including protection from toxicity induced by a variety of agents and/or experimental models of Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
November 29, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903075/australian-taipan-oxyuranus-spp-envenoming-clinical-effects-and-potential-benefits-of-early-antivenom-therapy-australian-snakebite-project-asp-25
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Christopher I Johnston, Nicole M Ryan, Margaret A O'Leary, Simon G A Brown, Geoffrey K Isbister
CONTEXT: Taipans (Oxyuranus spp.) are medically important venomous snakes from Australia and Papua New Guinea. The objective of this study was to describe taipan envenoming in Australian and its response to antivenom. METHODS: Confirmed taipan bites were recruited from the Australian Snakebite Project. Data were collected prospectively on all snakebites, including patient demographics, bite circumstances, clinical effects, laboratory results, complications and treatment...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901493/has-aidi-injection-the-attenuation-and-synergistic-efficacy-to-gemcitabine-and-cisplatin-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-meta-analysis-of-36-randomized-controlled-trials
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Zheng Xiao, Chengqiong Wang, Ling Chen, Xuemei Tang, Lianhong Li, Nana Li, Jing Li, Qihai Gong, Fushan Tang, Jihong Feng, Xiaofei Li
Gemcitabine and cisplatin is the first line chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer with high toxicity. Aidi injection is a cantharidin and astragalu-based Chinese herbs injection in China. Has Aidi injection attenuation and synergistic efficacy to GP in NSCLC? There is lack of strong evidence to prove it. To further reveal it, we systematically evaluated all related studies. We collected all studies about Aidi injection plus GP for NSCLC in Medline, Embase, Web of Science, CNKI, VIP, Wanfang Database, CBM, CCRCT, Chi-CTR, and US-clinical trials (established to June 2015)...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900944/amoxicillin-a-potential-epileptogenic-drug
#6
João Raposo, Rute Teotónio, Conceição Bento, Francisco Sales
Beta-lactams are known to cause a wide spectrum of neurotoxic manifestations including epileptic seizures. The neurotoxicity of penicillin was first reported in 1945 by Johnson and Walker and is believed to exert an inhibitory effect on gamma-aminobutyric acid transmission of cortical pyramidal cells, due to its beta-lactam ring structure. Epileptogenicity is also a feature of the semisynthetic beta-lactams including aminopenicillins. In this report, we present a patient with a recurrent history of discrete body twitching/jerks of epileptic nature in the context of amoxicillin exposure...
November 29, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900887/toward-modeling-the-human-nervous-system-in-a-dish-recent-progress-and-outstanding-challenges
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Barbora Vagaska, Patrizia Ferretti
Studying the cellular and molecular bases governing development, and normal and abnormal functions of the human CNS is hampered by its complexity and the very limited possibility of experimentally manipulating it in vivo. Development of 3D, tissue-like culture systems offers much promise for boosting our understanding of human neural development, birth defects, neurodegenerative diseases and neural injury, and for providing platforms that will more accurately predict efficacy of putative therapeutic compounds and assess responses to potentially neurotoxic agents...
November 30, 2016: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899981/the-effect-and-clinical-efficacy-of-lienal-polypeptide-injection-combined-with-folfox-chemotherapy-regimen-in-colon-cancer-patients
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Juan Zhou, Guoping Niu, Yunfeng Pei, Chunping Cao, Chen Ding, Guangming Sun, Jing Guo, Yong Liu, Yang Yu
The aim was to investigate the clinical efficacy and immunomodulatory effect of lienal polypeptide injection combined with postoperative FOLFOX chemotherapy regimen in colon cancer patients. A total of 84 colon cancer patients were selected between January, 2014 and December, 2015. The selected patients were randomly divided into the observation (42 patients) and control (42 patients) groups. The observation group patients were treated with FOLFOX chemotherapy regimen combined with lienal polypeptide, whereas, the control group patients were treated with FOLFOX chemotherapeutic regimen only...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899317/neurotrophic-factor-mediated-neuronal-differentiation-of-human-cord-blood-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-their-applicability-to-assess-the-developmental-neurotoxicity
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Sadaf Jahan, Dipak Kumar, Ashvini Kumar, Chetan Singh Rajpurohit, Shripriya Singh, Akriti Srivastava, Ankita Pandey, A B Pant
Plasticity and developmental capacity of stem cells have now been established as a promising tool to restore the degenerative disorders. The linearity differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) into adipogenic, chondrogenic, osteogenic and even in neuronal subtypes has been demonstrated. The number of xenobiotics such as dexamethasone, insulin, isobutyl 1-methyle xanthine and retinoic acid has been reported for the potential to differentiate hMSCs into neuronal subtypes. But, the applicability of indigenous neurotrphic factor-nerve growth factor (NGF) has not been explored for the purpose...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898327/effects-of-three-different-embryonic-exposure-modes-of-2-2-4-4-tetrabromodiphenyl-ether-on-the-path-angle-and-social-activity-of-zebrafish-larvae
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Bin Zhang, Xiaoling Chen, Ruijie Pan, Ting Xu, Jing Zhao, Wenping Huang, Youyu Liu, Daqiang Yin
The toxicological research of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) has focused on its neurotoxicity; however, many questions still remain. For example, behavioral effects other than basic locomotion are seldom reported. To further evaluate the neurobehavioral toxicity of 2, 2', 4, 4'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47), a typical PBDE congener in animal tissues, we employed three different exposure modes, namely, continuous, early pulse, and interval exposure, to investigate the path angle and social activity changes of zebrafish larvae exposed to BDE-47 using automated equipment (Zebrabox)...
November 26, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898041/ribosome-inactivating-proteins-from-plants-a-historical-overview
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REVIEW
Andrea Bolognesi, Massimo Bortolotti, Stefania Maiello, Maria Giulia Battelli, Letizia Polito
This review provides a historical overview of the research on plant ribosome-inactivating proteins (RIPs), starting from the first studies at the end of eighteenth century involving the purification of abrin and ricin, as well as the immunological experiments of Paul Erlich. Interest in these plant toxins was revived in 1970 by the observation of their anticancer activity, which has given rise to a large amount of research contributing to the development of various scientific fields. Biochemistry analyses succeeded in identifying the enzymatic activity of RIPs and allowed for a better understanding of the ribosomal machinery...
November 26, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895665/sugammadex-enhanced-neuronal-apoptosis-following-neonatal-sevoflurane-exposure-in-mice
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Maiko Satomoto, Zhongliang Sun, Yushi U Adachi, Koshi Makita
In rodents, neonatal sevoflurane exposure induces neonatal apoptosis in the brain and results in learning deficits. Sugammadex is a new selective neuromuscular blockade (NMB) binding agent that anesthesiologists can use to achieve immediate reversal of an NMB with few side effects. Given its molecular weight of 2178, sugammadex is thought to be unable to pass through the blood brain barrier (BBB). Volatile anesthetics can influence BBB opening and integrity. Therefore, we investigated whether the intraperitoneal administration of sugammadex could exacerbate neuronal damage following neonatal 2% sevoflurane exposure via changes in BBB integrity...
2016: Anesthesiology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895385/involvement-of-reactive-oxygen-species-derived-from-mitochondria-in-neuronal-injury-elicited-by-methylmercury
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Yasuhiro Ishihara, Mayumi Tsuji, Toshihiro Kawamoto, Takeshi Yamazaki
Methylmercury induces oxidative stress and subsequent neuronal injury. However, the mechanism by which methylmercury elicits reactive oxygen species (ROS) production remains under debate. In this study, we investigated the involvement of mitochondrial ROS in methylmercury-induced neuronal cell injury using human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y-derived ρ(0) cells, which have a deletion of mitochondrial DNA and thus decreased respiratory activity. SH-SY5Y cells were cultured for 60 days in the presence of ethidium bromide to produce ρ(0) cells...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894893/the-blood-brain-barrier-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#14
REVIEW
A Chakraborty, N M de Wit, W M van der Flier, H E de Vries
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia, affecting millions of people worldwide. One of the prominent causative factors of AD pathogenesis is cerebral vascular dysfunction, which results in diminished cerebral perfusion. Moreover, due to the loss of the protective function of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), impaired clearance of excess neurotoxic amyloid beta (Aβ) occurs, causing vascular perturbation and diminished cognitive functioning. The relationship between the prevalence of AD and vascular risk factors is complex and not fully understood...
November 25, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894788/neurotoxic-mechanisms-of-paclitaxel-are-local-to-the-distal-axon-and-independent-of-transport-defects
#15
Erica L Gornstein, Thomas L Schwarz
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a dose-limiting side effect of paclitaxel and other chemotherapeutic agents. Paclitaxel binds and stabilizes microtubules, but the cellular mechanisms that underlie paclitaxel's neurotoxic effects are not well understood. We therefore used primary cultures of adult murine dorsal root ganglion neurons, the cell type affected in patients, to examine leading hypotheses to explain paclitaxel neurotoxicity. We address the role of microtubule hyperstabilization and its downstream effects...
November 25, 2016: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893888/potential-neuroprotective-effects-of-an-lsd1-inhibitor-in-retinal-ganglion-cells-via-p38-mapk-activity
#16
Takayuki Tsutsumi, Keiichiro Iwao, Hideki Hayashi, Tomoko Kirihara, Takahiro Kawaji, Toshihiro Inoue, Shinjiro Hino, Mitsuyoshi Nakao, Hidenobu Tanihara
Purpose: The epigenetic mechanisms associated with ocular neurodegenerative diseases remain unclear. The present study aimed to determine the role of lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1), which represses transcription by removing the methyl group from methylated lysine 4 of histone H3, in retinal ganglion cell (RGC) survival, and to investigate the details of the neuroprotective mechanism of tranylcypromine, a major LSD1 inhibitor. Methods: The authors evaluated whether tranylcypromine contributes to neuronal survival following stress-induced damage using primary cultured rat RGCs and in vivo N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-induced excitotoxicity...
November 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893608/ape1-protects-against-mpp-induced-neurotoxicity-through-erk1-2-signaling-in-pc12-cells
#17
Bei Kang, Shengzhi Mu, Qian Yang, Shenglong Guo, Xiaoli Chen, Hena Guo
Oxidative stress, induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS), is an apoptosis activator. Oxidative stress causes dopaminergic neuron loss and plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). A recent study showed that apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1 (Ape1) decreases cytotoxicity and promotes neuron survival under oxidative stress. Furthermore, it has been proven that Ape1 is involved in the pathogenesis of PD. However, little is known about the contribution of Ape1 toward the development of PD...
January 1, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893183/toxic-effects-of-human-and-rodent-variants-of-alpha-synuclein-in-vivo
#18
Natalie Landeck, Kerstin Buck, Deniz Kirik
In Parkinson's disease, abnormal alpha-synuclein (asyn) accumulation leads to the formation of soluble oligomeric species thought to be toxic to cells as well as intraneuronal inclusions. To date, the precise mechanisms leading to aggregation of asyn in the brain is not well understood. Previous studies in yeast, drosophila and transgenic mice suggested that a non-A beta component depleted version of human asyn [h-asyn(D70-83)] or human beta-synuclein (h-bsyn), naturally lacking this centrally located hydrophobic region, are less prone to form aggregates in vitro and are expected to be less toxic compared to h-asyn in vivo, although not all experimental studies unequivocally support the latter view...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891738/treatment-of-prurigo-nodularis-with-lenalidomide
#19
Lidia Ossorio-García, David Jiménez-Gallo, María Eugenia Rodríguez-Mateos, Cintia Arjona-Aguilera, Mario Linares-Barrios
Prurigo nodularis (PN) is an intensely pruriginous dermatological disorder whose treatment is challenging for dermatologists. It is characterized by eruptions of papules and hyperkeratotic nodules, some of which are eroded, on the extensor surfaces of the limbs. The most commonly used treatments for this condition are oral antihistamines and topical or systemic steroids. Thalidomide is an effective treatment option in cases of recalcitrant PN; however, its most frequent adverse effect is neurotoxicity, which often results in its discontinuation...
November 28, 2016: Dermatologic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890800/metabolic-responses-of-haliotis-diversicolor-to-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-infection
#20
Jie Lu, Yanyan Shi, Shuhui Cai, Jianghua Feng
Vibrio parahemolyticus is a devastating bacterial pathogen that often causes outbreak of vibriosis in abalone Haliotis diversicolor. Elucidation of metabolic mechanisms of abalones in responding to V. parahemolyticus infection is essential for controlling the epidemic. In this work, (1)H NMR-based metabolomic techniques along with correlation and network analyses are used to investigate characteristic metabolites, as well as corresponding disturbed pathways in hepatopancreas and gill of H. diversicolor after V...
November 24, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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