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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549370/assessment-of-the-influence-of-key-abiotic-factors-on-the-alternative-microcystin-degradation-pathway-s-mlr-a-detailed-comparison-with-the-mlr-route-mlr
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Jesús Morón-López, Lucía Nieto-Reyes, Rehab El-Shehawy
Cyanobacterial proliferation and toxin production in water bodies around the world have led to global concern about the control of these issues. Indigenous bacteria have been shown to degrade the cyanotoxin microcystin (MC) in natural environments. The mlr cluster has been widely used as a marker for microcystin biodegradation; however, recent studies have shown that alternative pathway(s) also contribute to the natural removal of MCs in the ecosystem. The main objective of this study is to provide initial insights concerning how key abiotic factors affect the rate of MC biodegradation via alternative pathway(s) and to provide a detailed comparison with the mlr(+) pathway...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548657/the-endobacterium-of-an-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungus-modulates-the-expression-of-its-toxin-antitoxin-systems-during-the-life-cycle-of-its-host
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Alessandra Salvioli di Fossalunga, Justine Lipuma, Francesco Venice, Laurence Dupont, Paola Bonfante
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are widespread root symbionts that perform important ecological services, such as improving plant nutrient and water acquisition. Some AMF from the Gigasporaceae family host a population of endobacteria, Candidatus Glomeribacter gigasporarum (Cagg). The analysis of the Cagg genome identified six putative toxin-antitoxin modules (TAs), consisting of pairs of stable toxins and unstable antitoxins that affect diverse physiological functions. Sequence analysis suggested that these TA modules were acquired by horizontal transfer...
May 26, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548593/bilateral-deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-in-primary-meige-syndrome
#3
Shikun Zhan, Fafa Sun, Yixin Pan, Wei Liu, Peng Huang, Chunyan Cao, Jing Zhang, Dianyou Li, Bomin Sun
OBJECTIVE Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of primary Meige syndrome. However, assessments of its efficacy and safety have been limited to several case reports and small studies. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective study to assess the efficacy and safety of bilateral subthalamic nucleus stimulation in 15 patients with primary Meige syndrome who responded poorly to medical treatments or botulinum toxin injections. Using the movement and disability subscores of the Burke-Fahn-Marsden Dystonia Rating Scale, the authors evaluated the severity of patients' dystonia and related before surgery and at final follow-up during neurostimulation...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546954/pleiotropic-cytotoxicity-of-vaca-toxin-in-host-cells-and-its-impact-on-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Farnaz Fahimi, Mohammad Reza Tohidkia, Mehdi Fouladi, Reza Aghabeygi, Naser Samadi, Yadollah Omidi
Introduction: In the recent decades, a number of studies have highlighted the importance of Helicobacter pylori in the initiation and development of peptic ulcer and gastric cancer. Some potential virulence factors (e.g., urease, CagA, VacA, BabA) are exploited by this microorganism, facilitating its persistence through evading human defense mechanisms. Among these toxins and enzymes, vacuolating toxin A (VacA) is of a great importance in the pathogenesis of H. pylori. VacA toxin shows different pattern of cytotoxicity through binding to different cell surface receptors in various cells...
2017: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546950/genetic-polymorphisms-of-multidrug-and-toxin-extrusion-proteins-mate1-and-mate2-in-south-indian-population
#5
Gerard Marshall Raj, Jayanthi Mathaiyan, Mukta Wyawahare, Katiboina Srinivasa Rao, Rekha Priyadarshini
Introduction: Drug transporters are key determinants of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles of certain drugs. SLC47A1 (MATE1) and SLC47A2 (MATE2) are major efflux transporters involved in the hepatic and renal excretion of many cationic drugs including metformin. Our study was proposed to determine the normative frequencies of the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) rs2289669 and rs12943590 in the SLC47A1 and SLC47A2 genes, respectively, in South Indian population and also to compare those with those of the HapMap populations...
2017: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546483/finished-whole-genome-sequences-of-two-clostridium-botulinum-type-a-b-isolates
#6
Jessica L Halpin, Karen Hill, Shannon L Johnson, David Carlton Bruce, T Brian Shirey, Janet K Dykes, Carolina Lúquez
Clostridium botulinum secretes a potent neurotoxin that causes devastating effects when ingested, including paralysis and death if not treated. In the United States, some clinically significant strains produce toxin type A while also harboring a silent B gene. These are the first two closed genome sequences published for this subset.
May 25, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546460/common-toxidromes-in-movement-disorder-neurology
#7
N Malek, M R Baker
BACKGROUND: Physicians can come across patients who are exposed to certain prescription drugs or toxins that can result in adverse effects and complications which have high rates of morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: To summarise the key clinical features and management of the common movement disorder toxidromes relevant to physicians (with an interest in neurology). METHODS: We searched PUBMED from 1946 to 2016 for papers relating to movement toxidromes and their treatment...
June 2017: Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546115/both-polarity-and-aromatic-ring-in-the-side-chain-of-tryptophan-246-are-involved-in-binding-activity-of-vibrio-vulnificus-hemolysin-to-target-cells
#8
Takashige Kashimoto, Tomoe Akita, Takehiro Kado, Kohei Yamazaki, Shunji Ueno
Vibrio vulnificus secretes a hemolysin/cytolysin (VVH) that induces cytolysis against a variety of mammalian cells by forming pores on the cellular membrane. VVH is known to bind to the cellular membrane as a monomer, and then convert to a pore-forming oligomer. However, the structural basis for binding of this toxin to target cells remains unknown. We show here that the polarity and indole ring on the side chain of Trp 246 (W246) of VVH, which sits on a bottom loop, participates in binding to cellular membrane...
May 22, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546029/gardnerella-vaginalis-bacteremia-associated-with-severe-acute-encephalopathy-in-a-young-female-patient
#9
Jacques Tankovic, Albertas Timinskas, Migle Janulaitiene, Milda Zilnyte, Jean-Luc Baudel, Eric Maury, Aurelija Zvirbliene, Milda Pleckaityte
Gardnerella vaginalis is a facultative anaerobic bacterium that inhabits the genitourinary tract of both healthy women and those with bacterial vaginosis. We report a case of G. vaginalis bacteremia associated with severe toxic encephalopathy in a young woman. Anaerobic blood cultures yielded pure growth of small gram-variable rods later identified as G. vaginalis by both rapid biochemical tests and 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The patient recovered after treatment with amoxicillin-clavulanate according to the in vitro susceptibility testing...
May 22, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545941/sevoflurane-anaesthesia-for-nasal-surgery-in-a-patient-with-multiple-chemical-sensitivity
#10
M T Fernández Martín, J C Álvarez López
Multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome is a group of complex disorders that include psychiatric disorders, chronic fatigue and/or respiratory problems. This syndrome could be triggered by specific allergens and toxins that cause neurophysiological sensitization and the appearance of the clinical symptomatology. Anaesthesia for these patients always poses a challenge for the anaesthetist, because they need to find and use drugs that do not trigger or aggravate the symptoms of the disease. Therefore, sevoflurane in these circumstances might be "the ideal anaesthetic"...
May 22, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545504/a-case-report-of-zinc-phosphide-poisoning-complicated-by-acute-renal-failure-and-tubulo-interstitial-nephritis
#11
Nilukshana Yogendranathan, H M M T B Herath, Thenuka Sivasundaram, R Constantine, Aruna Kulatunga
BACKGROUND: Run Rat® is a rodenticide widely used against small mammals. It comprises of a minimum of 32% zinc phosphide which is highly toxic in acute exposures to humans. It may be consumed accidentally or intentionally. It enters the body via skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. Zinc phosphide is hydrolyzed by the gastric acid and is transformed into phosphine gas. Phosphine is a respiratory toxin that inhibits cytochrome C oxidase system resulting in renal failure and liver failure...
May 25, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545467/expression-of-deleted-atoxic-atypical-recombinant-beta2-toxin-in-a-baculovirus-system-and-production-of-polyclonal-and-monoclonal-antibodies
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Anna Serroni, Chiara Francesca Magistrali, Giovanni Pezzotti, Luca Bano, Martina Pellegrini, Giulio Severi, Chiara Di Pancrazio, Mirella Luciani, Manuela Tittarelli, Silvia Tofani, Antonio De Giuseppe
BACKGROUND: Clostridium perfringens is an important animal and human pathogen that can produce more than 16 different major and minor toxins. The beta-2 minor toxin (CPB2), comprising atypical and consensus variants, appears to be involved in both human and animal enterotoxaemia syndrome. The exact role of CPB2 in pathogenesis is poorly investigated, and its mechanism of action at the molecular level is still unknown because of the lack of specific reagents such as monoclonal antibodies against the CPB2 protein and/or the availability of a highly purified antigen...
May 25, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545305/clostridium-difficile-toxins-a-and-b-receptors-pores-and-translocation-into-cells
#13
Kathleen E Orrell, Zhifen Zhang, Seiji N Sugiman-Marangos, Roman A Melnyk
The most potent toxins secreted by pathogenic bacteria contain enzymatic moieties that must reach the cytosol of target cells to exert their full toxicity. Toxins such as anthrax, diphtheria, and botulinum toxin all use three well-defined functional domains to intoxicate cells: a receptor-binding moiety that triggers endocytosis into acidified vesicles by binding to a specific host-cell receptor, a translocation domain that forms pores across the endosomal membrane in response to acidic pH, and an enzyme that translocates through these pores to catalytically inactivate an essential host cytosolic substrate...
May 26, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545227/potential-use-of-chemoprotectants-against-the-toxic-effects-of-cyanotoxins-a-review
#14
REVIEW
Remedios Guzmán-Guillén, María Puerto, Daniel Gutiérrez-Praena, Ana I Prieto, Silvia Pichardo, Ángeles Jos, Alexandre Campos, Vitor Vasconcelos, Ana M Cameán
Cyanobacterial toxins, particularly microcystins (MCs) and cylindrospermopsin (CYN), are responsible for toxic effects in humans and wildlife. In order to counteract or prevent their toxicity, various strategies have been followed, such as the potential application of chemoprotectants. A review of the main substances evaluated for this aim, as well as the doses and their influence on cyanotoxin-induced toxicity, has been performed. A search of the literature shows that research on MCs is much more abundant than research on CYN...
May 23, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545143/haemophilus-parasuis-cytolethal-distending-toxin-induces-cell-cycle-arrest-and-p53-dependent-apoptosis
#15
Gang Li, Hui Niu, Yanhe Zhang, Yanling Li, Fang Xie, Paul R Langford, Siguo Liu, Chunlai Wang
Haemophilus parasuis is the causative agent of Glasser's disease in pigs. Cytolethal distending toxin (CDT) is an important virulence factor of H. parasuis. It is composed of three subunits: CdtA, CdtB and CdtC and all were successfully expressed in soluble form in Escherichia coli when the signal peptides were removed. Purified CdtB had DNase activity, i.e. caused DNA double strand damage, in vitro and in vivo prior to cell arrest and apoptosis. Flow cytometry analysis showed CdtB alone could induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in PK-15 porcine kidney and pulmonary alveolar macrophage (PAM) cells, which could be enhanced by CdtA or/and CdtC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544902/extraction-and-applications-of-cyanotoxins-and-other-cyanobacterial-secondary-metabolites
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REVIEW
Fatima Haque, Sara Banayan, Josephine Yee, Yi Wai Chiang
The rapid proliferation of cyanobacteria in bodies of water has caused cyanobacterial blooms, which have become an increasing cause of concern, largely due to the presence of toxic secondary metabolites (or cyanotoxins). Cyanotoxins are the toxins produced by cyanobacteria that may be harmful to surrounding wildlife. They include hepatotoxins, neurotoxins and dermatotoxins, and are classified based on the organs they affect. There are also non-toxic secondary metabolites that include chelators and UV-absorbing compounds...
May 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544588/the-in-vivo-th17-and-treg-immune-responses-to-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans
#17
Susan Mahabady, Natalia Tjokro, Shant Aharonian, Homayoun H Zadeh, Casey Chen, Hooman Allayee, Parish P Sedghizadeh
The periodontal pathogen Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is known to elicit systemic immune response in infected host, and occasionally causes non-oral infections. Detailed information on its immunopathological responses and the involvement of bacterial virulence factors remains to be elucidated. The aim of this study was to assess the systemic immune response to A. actinomycetemcomitans oral infection. We used an animal model that simulates systemic dissemination of the bacteria by injecting live wild type (WT) D7S-1 and double knockout mutant of leukotoxin and cytolethal distending toxin (ΔltxΔcdt) A...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544414/effective-low-cost-recovery-of-toxic-arsenate-anions-from-water-using-hollow-sphere-trapper-geodes
#18
Sherif A El-Safty, Mohamed A Shenashen, Naeem Akhtar, Mahmoud M Selim, Wafaa M Morsy, Hitoshi Yamaguchi, Satoshi Kawada, Abdulaziz A Alhamid, Naoki Ohashi, Izumi Ichinose, Ahmed Alamoudi
Because of the devastating impacts of arsenic to terrestrial and aquatic organisms, recovery, removal, disposal and management of arsenic-contaminated water has a considerable challenge and become an urgent necessity in the field of water treatment. This study reports control fabrication of low-cost adsorbents based on microscopic NiO hollow sphere geode-shelled a 100 nm of poly-CN nano-sphere particles-like nodules of poly-carbon nitride that intrinsically stacked and wrapped around the hollow nest spheres to form 500-700 nm shell...
May 22, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544313/neuropeptide-y-npy-inhibits-spontaneous-contraction-of-the-mouse-atrium-by-possible-activation-of-the-npy1-receptor
#19
Y Oki, H Teraoka, T Kitazawa
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) causes various central and peripheral actions through activation of G-protein-coupled NPY receptors. Although a species-dependent difference in cardiac actions of NPY has been reported, the responses to NPY have not been examined in mice, widely used experimental animals. This study aimed to clarify the responses to NPY and the receptor subtype involved in the responses in mouse atrium. Neuropeptide Y caused negative inotropic and negative chronotropic actions in spontaneous beating right atria...
March 2017: Autonomic & Autacoid Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543534/a-chimeric-protein-of-cfa-i-cs6-subunits-and-ltb-sta-toxoid-could-protect-immunized-mice-against-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli
#20
Narges Zeinalzadeh, Ali Hatef Salmanian, Goli Goujani, Jafar Amani, Ghasem Ahangari, Asal Akhavian, Mahyat Jafari
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia Coli (ETEC) strains are the most common bacteria causing diarrhea in children in developing countries and travelers to these areas. Colonization factors (CFs) and enterotoxins are the main virulence determinants in ETEC pathogenesis. Heterogeneity of CFs commonly considered as the bottleneck to achieve an effective vaccine. On the other hand, it is believed that a broad spectrum protection against ETEC would be available when the anti-CF and anti-enterotoxin immunity were induced simultaneously...
May 23, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
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