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Environmental exposure

Thomas Jursa, Cheryl R Stein, Donald R Smith
Biomarkers of environmental metal exposure in children are important for elucidating exposure and health risk. While exposure biomarkers for As, Cd, and Pb are relatively well defined, there are not yet well-validated biomarkers of Mn exposure. Here, we measured hair Mn, Pb, Cd, and As levels in children from the Mid-Ohio Valley to determine within and between-subject predictors of hair metal levels. Occipital scalp hair was collected in 2009-2010 from 222 children aged 6-12 years (169 female, 53 male) participating in a study of chemical exposure and neurodevelopment in an industrial region of the Mid-Ohio Valley...
March 22, 2018: Toxics
Frits H M van Osch, Sylvia H J Jochems, Anke Wesselius, Frederik J van Schooten, Richard T Bryan, Maurice P Zeegers
Background : Active smoking is a major risk factor for urothelial bladder cancer (UBC). However, the evidence that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) either in childhood or adult life is also associated with UBC risk is ambiguous. With this meta-analysis, we aim to summarise how exposure to ETS is associated with UBC risk. Methods : In total, 11 studies (3 cohort studies, 8 case-control studies) were included in this meta-analysis and summary odds ratios (SORs) for UBC risk were calculated for never smokers who were exposed to ETS during childhood at home, during adulthood at home, or during adulthood in a work environment compared to never smokers who were never exposed to ETS...
March 22, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Ping-Yi Lin, Shu-Ping Lai, Min-Chao Wang, Jeng-Jong Liang, Chow-Feng Chiang, Hsien-Wen Kuo
This study aims to assess the relationship between risk perception, attitude, and avoidance among residents toward an urban incinerator in Taichung, Taiwan. A cross-sectional study was conducted and three schools were enrolled. The case group was composed of 514 residents who live near an incinerator. The control group was composed of 264 people nearly the same age and who have lived in that area basically the same period of time. All participants were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Results of this study showed that there was no significant difference between the exposure group and the control group in risk perception and attitude regarding the incinerator...
March 22, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
Alena Rajnochová Svobodová, Eva Gabrielová, Loizos Michaelides, Pavel Kosina, Alena Ryšavá, Jitka Ulrichová, Bohumil Zálešák, Jitka Vostálová
Exposure to solar radiation is a major cause of environmental human skin damage. The main constituent of solar UV light is UVA radiation (320-400 nm); however, the need for protection against UVA has been marginalized for a long time. As a result, there is still a lack of useful agents for UVA protection. In this study, the effect of silymarin (SM) and its main constituent silybin (SB) pre-treatment on UVA-stimulated damage to primary human dermal fibroblasts were carried out. The cells were pre-treated for 1 h with SB or SM and then were exposed to UVA light, using a solar simulator...
March 21, 2018: Archives of Dermatological Research
Patrizia Serratore, Emanuele Zavatta, Eleonora Fiocchi, Emanuele Serafini, Andrea Serraino, Federica Giacometti, Giorgia Bignami
V. vulnificus is a Gram-negative bacterium, commonly found in estuarine and coastal habitats, that can infect humans through seafood consumption or wound exposure. This study represents the first attempt to correlate the genotype of Vibrio vulnificus strains isolated in the north-western Adriatic Sea coastal area, with their antimicrobial susceptibility patterns. On the whole, 40 V. vulnificus strains, isolated from shellfish (n=20), different coastal water bodies (n=19), and the blood of a Carretta carretta turtle (n=1), were utilized...
October 20, 2017: Italian Journal of Food Safety
Chris N Glover
Ecological risk assessments principally rely on simplified metrics of organismal sensitivity that do not consider mechanism or biological traits. As such, they are unable to adequately extrapolate from standard laboratory tests to real-world settings, and largely fail to account for the diversity of organisms and environmental variables that occur in natural environments. However, an understanding of how stressors influence organism health can compensate for these limitations. Mechanistic knowledge can be used to account for species differences in basal biological function and variability in environmental factors, including spatial and temporal changes in the chemical, physical and biological milieu...
2018: Conservation Physiology
Claire S Teitelbaum, Shan Huang, Richard J Hall, Sonia Altizer
Long-distance animal movements can increase exposure to diverse parasites, but can also reduce infection risk through escape from contaminated habitats or culling of infected individuals. These mechanisms have been demonstrated within and between populations in single-host/single-parasite interactions, but how long-distance movement behaviours shape parasite diversity and prevalence across host taxa is largely unknown. Using a comparative approach, we analyse the parasite communities of 93 migratory, nomadic and resident ungulate species...
March 28, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Mark I McCormick, Sue-Ann Watson, Stephen D Simpson, Bridie J M Allan
Oceans of the future are predicted to be more acidic and noisier, particularly along the productive coastal fringe. This study examined the independent and combined effects of short-term exposure to elevated CO2 and boat noise on the predator-prey interactions of a pair of common coral reef fishes ( Pomacentrus wardi and its predator, Pseudochromis fuscus ). Successful capture of prey by predators was the same regardless of whether the pairs had been exposed to ambient control conditions, the addition of either playback of boat noise, elevated CO2 (925 µatm) or both stressors simultaneously...
March 28, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Zhouyang Li, Yinfang Wu, Haipin Chen, Chen Zhu, Lingling Dong, Yong Wang, Huiwen Liu, Xuchen Xu, Jiesen Zhou, Yanping Wu, Wen Li, Songmin Ying, Huahao Shen, Zhihua Chen
Increasing toxicological and epidemiological studies have demonstrated that ambient particulate matter (PM) could cause adverse health effects including inflammation in the lung. Alveolar macrophages represent a major type of innate immune responses to foreign substances. However, the detailed mechanisms of inflammatory responses induced by PM exposure in macrophages are still unclear. We observed that coarse PM treatment rapidly activated mechanistic target of rapamycin (MTOR) in mouse alveolar macrophages in vivo, and in cultured mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages, mouse peritoneal macrophages, and RAW264...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Pooja Jain, Paolo Vineis, Benoît Liquet, Jelle Vlaanderen, Barbara Bodinier, Karin van Veldhoven, Manolis Kogevinas, Toby J Athersuch, Laia Font-Ribera, Cristina M Villanueva, Roel Vermeulen, Marc Chadeau-Hyam
Epidemiological studies provide evidence that environmental exposures may affect health through complex mixtures. Formal investigation of the effect of exposure mixtures is usually achieved by modelling interactions, which relies on strong assumptions relating to the identity and the number of the exposures involved in such interactions, and on the order and parametric form of these interactions. These hypotheses become difficult to formulate and justify in an exposome context, where influential exposures are numerous and heterogeneous...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Karmel W Choi, Renate Houts, Louise Arseneault, Carmine Pariante, Kathleen J Sikkema, Terrie E Moffitt
Mothers who have experienced childhood maltreatment are more likely to have children also exposed to maltreatment, a phenomenon known as intergenerational transmission. Factors in the perinatal period may contribute uniquely to this transmission, but timing effects have not been ascertained. Using structural equation modeling with 1,016 mothers and their 2,032 children in the Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, we tested the mediating role of postpartum depression between maternal childhood maltreatment and a cascade of negative child outcomes, specifically child exposure to maltreatment, internalizing symptoms, and externalizing symptoms: (a) adjusting for later maternal depression, (b) comparing across sex differences, and (c) examining the relative role of maltreatment subtypes...
March 22, 2018: Development and Psychopathology
William O Asiche, Oscar W Mitalo, Yuka Kasahara, Yasuaki Tosa, Eric G Mworia, Willis O Owino, Koichiro Ushijima, Ryohei Nakano, Kentaro Yano, Yasutaka Kubo
BACKGROUND: Kiwifruit are classified as climacteric since exogenous ethylene (or its analogue propylene) induces rapid ripening accompanied by ethylene production under positive feedback regulation. However, most of the ripening-associated changes (Phase 1 ripening) in kiwifruit during storage and on-vine occur largely in the absence of any detectable ethylene. This ripening behavior is often attributed to basal levels of system I ethylene, although it is suggested to be modulated by low temperature...
March 21, 2018: BMC Plant Biology
Neelam Pandey, Sarbani Giri
Increasing male infertility of unknown aetiology can be associated with environmental factors. Extensive use of mobile phones has exposed the general population to unprecedented levels of radiofrequency radiations (RFRs) that may adversely affect male reproductive health. Therefore, the present study investigated the effect of RFR Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) type, 900 MHz and melatonin supplementation on germ cell development during spermatogenesis. Swiss albino mice were divided into four groups...
January 1, 2018: Toxicology and Industrial Health
Suzanne M de la Monte, Ming Tong, Jack R Wands
The Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (JAD), founded in 1998, played a pivotal role in broadening the field of research on Alzheimer's disease (AD) by publishing a diverse range of clinical, pathological, molecular, biochemical, epidemiological, experimental, and review articles from its birth. This article recounts my own journey as an author who contributed articles to JAD over the 20 years of the journal's existence. In retrospect, it seems remarkable that a considerable body of work that originated from our group marks a trail that began with studies of vascular, stress, and mitochondrial factors in AD pathogenesis, exploded into the concept of 'Type 3 Diabetes', and continued with the characterization of how environmental, exposure, and lifestyle factors promote neurodegeneration and which therapeutic strategies could reverse the neurodegeneration cascade...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Chiara Fenoglio, Elio Scarpini, Maria Serpente, Daniela Galimberti
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) represent the first cause of dementia in senile and pre-senile population, respectively. A percentage of cases have a genetic cause, inherited with an autosomal dominant pattern of transmission. The majority of cases, however, derive from complex interactions between a number of genetic and environmental factors. Gene variants may act as risk or protective factors. Their combination with a variety of environmental exposures may result in increased susceptibility to these diseases or may influence their course...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Andrew VonHandorf, Francisco Javier Sánchez-Martín, Jacek Biesiada, Hongxia Zhang, Xiang Zhang, Mario Medvedovic, Alvaro Puga
Hexavalent chromium compounds are well-established respiratory carcinogens used in industrial processes. While inhalation exposure constitutes an occupational risk affecting mostly chromium workers, environmental exposure from drinking water is a widespread gastrointestinal cancer risk, affecting millions of people throughout the world. Cr(VI) is genotoxic, forming protein-Cr-DNA adducts and silencing tumor suppressor genes, but its mechanism of action at the molecular level is poorly understood. Our prior work using FAIRE showed that Cr(VI) disrupted the binding of transcription factors CTCF and AP-1 to their cognate chromatin sites...
March 21, 2018: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Jennifer D Jeffrey, Kelly D Hannan, Caleb T Hasler, Cory D Suski
Multiple environmental stressors may interact in complex ways to exceed or diminish the impacts of individual stressors. In the present study, the interactive effects of two ecologically-relevant stressors (increased temperature and partial pressure of carbon dioxide, pCO2 ) were assessed for freshwater mussels - a group of organisms that are among the most sensitive and rapidly declining worldwide. The individual and combined effects of elevated temperature (22-34˚C) and pCO2 (~230, 58,000 µatm) on juvenile Lampsilis siliquoidea were quantified over a 5- or 14-day period, where physiological and whole-animal responses were measured...
March 21, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Kaleb S Abbott, Hope M Queener, Lisa A Ostrin
SIGNIFICANCE: We investigated links between the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells, light exposure, refractive error, and sleep. Results showed that morning melatonin was associated with light exposure, with modest differences in sleep quality between myopes and emmetropes. Findings suggest a complex relationship between light exposure and these physiological processes. PURPOSE: Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) signal environmental light, with pathways to the midbrain to control pupil size and circadian rhythm...
March 21, 2018: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Yuet-Kin Leung, Bin Ouyang, Liang Niu, Changchun Xie, Jun Ying, Mario Medvedovic, Aimin Chen, Pal Weihe, Damaskini Valvi, Philippe Grandjean, Shuk-Mei Ho
Faroe islanders consume marine foods contaminated with methylmercury (MeHg), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other toxicants associated with chronic disease risks. Differential DNA methylation at specific CpG sites in cord blood may serve as a surrogate biomarker of health impacts from chemical exposures. We aimed to identify key environmental chemicals in cord blood associated with DNA methylation changes in a population with elevated exposure to chemical mixtures. We studied 72 participants of a Faroese birth cohort recruited between 1986 and 1987 and followed until adulthood...
March 21, 2018: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Jessica R Morrice, Cheryl Y Gregory-Evans, Christopher A Shaw
Zebrafish have been used to investigate motor neuron degeneration, including as a model system to examine the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The use of zebrafish for this purpose has some advantages over other in vivo model systems. In the current paper, we show that bisphenol A (BPA) exposure in zebrafish embryos results in motor neuron degeneration with affected motor function, reduced motor axon length and branching, reduced neuromuscular junction integrity, motor neuron cell death and the presence of activated microglia...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
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