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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797629/molecular-and-morphological-survey-of-saxitoxin-producing-cyanobacterium-dolichospermum-circinale-anabaena-circinalis-isolated-from-geographically-distinct-regions-of-australia
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Joao P A Pereyra, Paul M D'Agostino, Rabia Mazmouz, Jason N Woodhouse, Russell Pickford, Ian Jameson, Brett A Neilan
The cyanobacterium Dolichospermum circinale (formerly Anabaena circinalis) is responsible for neurotoxic saxitoxin-producing blooms in Australia. Previous studies have reported distinct isolates of toxic D. circinale producing different saxitoxin analogues at varying amounts, but the mechanisms responsible remain poorly understood. To assess the characteristics that may be responsible for this variance, a morphological, molecular and chemical survey of 28 Anabaena isolates was conducted. Morphological characteristics, presence or absence of saxitoxin biosynthetic genes and toxin amount and profile were assessed...
August 7, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792214/aggregation-and-fibril-structure-of-a%C3%AE-m01-42-and-a%C3%AE-1-42
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Robert Silvers, Michael T Colvin, Kendra K Frederick, Angela C Jacavone, Susan L Lindquist, Sara Linse, Robert G Griffin
A mechanistic understanding of Aβ aggregation and high-resolution structures of Aβ fibrils and oligomers are vital to elucidating relevant details of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease, which will facilitate the rational design of diagnostic and therapeutic protocols. The most detailed and reproducible insights into the structure and kinetics of have been achieved using recombinant Aβ peptides produced by direct expression, which results in the addition of a methionine on the N-terminus. While the length of the C-terminus is well established to have a profound impact on the peptide's aggregation propensity, structure, and neurotoxicity, the impact of the N-terminal methionine on the aggregation pathways, and structure is unclear...
August 9, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791702/developmental-neurotoxicity-of-the-organophosphorus-insecticide-chlorpyrifos-from-clinical-findings-to-preclinical-models-and-potential-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Richard D Burke, Spencer W Todd, Eric Lumsden, Roger J Mullins, Jacek Mamczarz, William P Fawcett, Rao P Gullapalli, William R Randall, Edna F R Pereira, Edson X Albuquerque
Organophosphorus (OP) insecticides are pest-control agents heavily used worldwide. Unfortunately, they are also well known for the toxic effects that they can trigger in humans. Clinical manifestations of an acute exposure of humans to OP insecticides include a well-defined cholinergic crisis that develops as a result of the irreversible inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE), the enzyme that hydrolyzes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh). Prolonged exposures to levels of OP insecticides that are insufficient to trigger signs of acute intoxication, which are hereafter referred to as subacute exposures, have also been associated with neurological deficits...
August 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790819/kalopanacis-cortex-extract-capped-gold-nanoparticles-activate-nrf2-signaling-and-ameliorate-damage-in-human-neuronal-sh-sy5y-cells-exposed-to-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-and-reoxygenation
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Sun Young Park, Seon Yeong Chae, Jin Oh Park, Kyu Jin Lee, Geuntae Park
Recently, environment-friendly synthesis of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) has been extensively explored by biologists and chemists. However, significant research is still required to determine whether "eco-friendly" GNPs are beneficial to human health and to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of their effects on human cells. We used human neuronal SH-SY5Y cells to show that treatment with Kalopanacis Cortex extract-capped GNPs (KC-GNs), prepared via an eco-friendly, fast, one-pot synthetic route, protected neuronal cells against oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R)-induced damage...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780472/different-profiles-of-the-mrna-levels-of-dna-repair-genes-in-mcf-7-and-sh-sy5y-cells-after-treatment-with-combination-of-cisplatin-50-hz-electromagnetic-field-and-bleomycin
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Fatemeh Sanie-Jahromi, Mostafa Saadat
Neurotoxicity is known to be a major dose-limiting adverse effect of cisplatin (CDDP), alone or in combination with other chemicals. DNA repair capacity serve as a neuroprotective factor against CDDP. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of 50-Hz electromagnetic field (EMF) in combination with CDDP and bleomycin (Bleo) on expression of some of DNA repair genes (GADD45A, XRCC1, XRCC4, Ku70, Ku80, DNA-PKcs and LIG4) in MCF-7 (breast cancer) and SH-SY5Y (neuroblastoma) cell lines. MCF-7 and SH-SY5Y cells were pre-treated with CDDP in the presence or absence of EMF and then exposed to different concentration of Bleo...
August 3, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772184/assessing-the-ecotoxicity-of-potentially-neurotoxic-substances-evaluation-of-a-behavioural-parameter-in-the-embryogenesis-of-danio-rerio
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Fabian G Weichert, Carolin Floeter, Adriana S Meza Artmann, Ulrike Kammann
The pollution of the aquatic environment is currently characterised by a large number of contaminants, especially by mixtures of micro-pollutants including neurotoxins. The ecotoxicological consequences of this burden are not yet assessable. Within the present study, a new test method was applied which evaluates behavioural changes in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos to quantify the neurotoxic effect of selected chemicals. Changes in the frequency of spontaneous tail movements - a parameter of locomotion - occurring during embryogenesis was assessed as parameter for neurotoxic effects...
July 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766123/screening-the-toxcast-phase-ii-libraries-for-alterations-in-network-function-using-cortical-neurons-grown-on-multi-well-microelectrode-array-mwmea-plates
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Jenna D Strickland, Matthew T Martin, Ann M Richard, Keith A Houck, Timothy J Shafer
Methods are needed for rapid screening of environmental compounds for neurotoxicity, particularly ones that assess function. To demonstrate the utility of microelectrode array (MEA)-based approaches as a rapid neurotoxicity screening tool, 1055 chemicals from EPA's phase II ToxCast library were evaluated for effects on neural function and cell health. Primary cortical networks were grown on multi-well microelectrode array (mwMEA) plates. On day in vitro 13, baseline activity (40 min) was recorded prior to exposure to each compound (40 µM)...
August 2, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765079/developmental-neurotoxicity-and-autism-a-potential-link-between-indoor-neuroactive-pollutants-and-the-curious-birth-order-risk-factor
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REVIEW
Wesley A Gray, Vincent A Billock
Epidemiological and demographic studies find an increased risk of autism among first-borns. Toxicological studies show that some semi-volatile substances found in infant products produce adverse effects in neural and endocrine systems of animals, including behavioral and developmental effects. Several factors elevate the exposure of human infants to these chemicals. The highest exposures found in infants are comparable to the exposures that induce neural toxicity in animals. A review of these literatures suggests a linking hypothesis that could bridge the epidemiological and toxicological lines of evidence: an infant's exposure to neuroactive compounds emitted by infant products is increased by product newness and abundance; exposure is likely maximized for first-born children in families that can afford new products...
July 29, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757310/recommendations-for-harmonization-of-data-collection-and-analysis-of-developmental-neurotoxicity-endpoints-in-regulatory-guideline-studies-proceedings-of-workshops-presented-at-society-of-toxicology-and-joint-teratology-society-and-neurobehavioral-teratology
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REVIEW
Abby A Li, Larry P Sheets, Kathleen Raffaele, Virginia Moser, Angela Hofstra, Alan Hoberman, Susan L Makris, Robert Garman, Brad Bolon, Wolfgang Kaufmann, Roland Auer, Edmund Lau, Thomas Vidmar, Wayne J Bowers
The potential for developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) of environmental chemicals may be evaluated using specific test guidelines from the US Environmental Protection Agency or the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). These guidelines generate neurobehavioral, neuropathological, and morphometric data that are evaluated by regulatory agencies globally. Data from these DNT guideline studies, or the more recent OECD extended one-generation reproductive toxicity guideline, play a pivotal role in children's health risk assessment in different world areas...
July 27, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751497/cdk5-mcl-1-axis-promotes-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-neurodegeneration-in-alzheimer-s-disease-model
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Kumar Nikhil, Kavita Shah
Cdk5 deregulation is highly neurotoxic in AD. We identified Mcl-1 as a direct Cdk5 substrate using an innovative chemical screen in mouse brain lysates. Our data demonstrate that Mcl-1 levels determine the threshold for cellular damage in response to neurotoxic insults. Mcl-1 is a disease-specific target of Cdk5, which associates with Cdk5 under basal conditions, however, is not regulated by it. Neurotoxic insults hyperactivate Cdk5 causing Mcl-1 phosphorylation at T92. This phosphorylation event triggers Mcl-1 ubiquitylation, which directly correlates with mitochondrial dysfunction...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731447/chromatin-bound-oxidized-%C3%AE-synuclein-causes-strand-breaks-in-neuronal-genomes-in-in-vitro-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Velmarini Vasquez, Joy Mitra, Pavana M Hegde, Arvind Pandey, Shiladitya Sengupta, Sankar Mitra, K S Rao, Muralidhar L Hegde
Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) overexpression and misfolding/aggregation in degenerating dopaminergic neurons have long been implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD). The neurotoxicity of α-Syn is enhanced by iron (Fe) and other pro-oxidant metals, leading to generation of reactive oxygen species in PD brain. Although α-Syn is predominantly localized in presynaptic nerve terminals, a small fraction exists in neuronal nuclei. However, the functional and/or pathological role of nuclear α-Syn is unclear. Following up on our earlier report that α-Syn directly binds DNA in vitro, here we confirm the nuclear localization and chromatin association of α-Syn in neurons using proximity ligation and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730152/zebrafish-get-connected-investigating-neurotransmission-targets-and-alterations-in-chemical-toxicity
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Katharine A Horzmann, Jennifer L Freeman
Neurotransmission is the basis of neuronal communication and is critical for normal brain development, behavior, learning, and memory. Exposure to drugs and chemicals can alter neurotransmission, often through unknown pathways and mechanisms. The zebrafish (Danio rerio) model system is increasingly being used to study the brain and chemical neurotoxicity. In this review, the major neurotransmitter systems, including glutamate, GABA, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, acetylcholine, histamine, and glutamate are surveyed and pathways of synthesis, transport, metabolism, and action are examined...
September 2016: Toxics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728787/prenatal-co-exposure-to-manganese-and-depression-and-24-months-neurodevelopment
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Teresa Verenice Muñoz-Rocha, Marcela Tamayo Y Ortiz, Martín Romero, Ivan Pantic, Lourdes Schnaas, David Bellinger, Birgit Claus-Henn, Rosalind Wright, Robert O Wright, Mara Téllez-Rojo
BACKGROUND: Normal prenatal neurodevelopment follows stages that are potentially influenced by both chemical and psychosocial environments. Exposure to elevated manganese during this critically vulnerable period has been found to be neurotoxic. Independently, maternal prenatal depression has been associated with subsequent neurodevelopmental decrements in children. The association between child neurodevelopment and prenatal co-exposure to manganese and maternal depression has not been sufficiently studied...
July 17, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727611/formula-feeding-as-a-risk-factor-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-is-bisphenol-a-exposure-a-smoking-gun
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Andrew Adesman, Derek Soled, Lisa Rosen
OBJECTIVE: Breastfeeding during infancy is associated with a lower risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although this is presumably due to breast milk's nutritional advantages, formula-fed infants have, until recently, also been exposed to bisphenol A (BPA), a neurotoxic chemical previously used to manufacture baby bottles and formula cans. Our goal was to examine the association between formula feeding and preschool ADHD in 2 comparable, serial cohorts of preschool children who differ in BPA exposure during infancy...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723268/assay-of-calcium-transients-and-synapses-in-rat-hippocampal-neurons-by-kinetic-image-cytometry-and-high-content-analysis-an-in-vitro-model-system-for-postchemotherapy-cognitive-impairment
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Patrick M McDonough, Natalie L Prigozhina, Ranor C B Basa, Jeffrey H Price
Postchemotherapy cognitive impairment (PCCI) is commonly exhibited by cancer patients treated with a variety of chemotherapeutic agents, including the endocrine disruptor tamoxifen (TAM). The etiology of PCCI is poorly understood. Our goal was to develop high-throughput assay methods to test the effects of chemicals on neuronal function applicable to PCCI. Rat hippocampal neurons (RHNs) were plated in 96- or 384-well dishes and exposed to test compounds (forskolin [FSK], 17β-estradiol [ES]), TAM or fulvestrant [FUL], aka ICI 182,780) for 6-14 days...
July 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719868/quantitative-meta-analytic-approaches-for-the-systematic-synthesis-of-data-and-hazard-identification-a-case-study-of-decreased-pain-sensitivity-due-to-trimethylbenzene-exposure
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J Allen Davis, Andrew Kraft
Traditionally, human health risk assessments have relied on qualitative approaches for hazard identification, which involves weight of evidence determinations that integrate evidence across multiple studies. Recently, the National Research Council has recommended the development of quantitative approaches for evidence integration, including the application of meta-analyses, to help summarize and evaluate the results of a systematic review. In the meta-analytic approach, a pooled effect size is calculated after consideration of multiple potential confounding factors in order to determine whether the entire database under consideration indicates a chemical is a hazard...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719176/investigation-on-the-electrocatalytic-determination-and-photocatalytic-degradation-of-neurotoxicity-drug-clioquinol-by-sn-moo4-2-nanoplates
#17
Raj Karthik, Jeyaraj Vinoth Kumar, Shen-Ming Chen, Kumar Seerangan, Chelladurai Karuppiah, Tse-Wei Chen, Velluchamy Muthuraj
Transition-metal molybdates have concerned enormous curiosity as supercapacitors, photocatalysts, and electrocatalysts. These materials are the best alternatives to noble-metal-based catalysts, which are generally show a limited photocatalytic and electrocatalytic activity. In addition, the antiprotozoal drug can usually pollute the environment through improper disposable and incomplete metabolism, and it is very dangerous to humans as well as aquatic animals. Therefore, here, we have studied the electrochemical determination and photodegradation of neurotoxicity clioquinol (CQL) by nanoplate-like tin molybdate (Sn(MoO4)2, denoted as SnM), which is used as both an electro- and a photocatalyst...
August 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717106/a-carcinogenicity-study-of-diphenylarsinic-acid-in-f344-rats-in-drinking-water-for-104-weeks
#18
Takashi Yamaguchi, Min Gi, Masaki Fujioka, Kenichiro Doi, Takahiro Okuno, Anna Kakehashi, Hideki Wanibuchi
Diphenylarsinic acid (DPAA), a neurotoxic organic arsenical used as a chemical warfare agent, is present in the groundwater and soil in some regions of Japan due to illegal dumping after World War II. We previously demonstrated that DPAA promotes diethylnitrosamine-induced liver carcinogenesis in a medium-term rat liver bioassay. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the potential carcinogenicity of DPAA, including investigation of whether the bile duct hyperplasia in the liver that was observed in a previous 52 week rat chronic study develops into a tumor, when administered to rats in their drinking water for 104 weeks...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712825/use-of-biomarkers-to-evaluate-the-effects-of-environmental-stressors-on-mytilus-galloprovincialis-sampled-along-the-moroccan-coasts-integrating-biological-and-chemical-data
#19
Bouchra El Haimeur, Mina Bouhallaoui, Mariama Zbiry, Najat Elkhiati, Sophia Talba, Susanna Sforzini, Aldo Viarengo, Ali Benhra
A biomonitoring study using wild Mytilus galloprovincialis mussels sampled from six sites along the Moroccan coasts evaluated whether select biomarkers are suitable for identifying and quantifying pollution-induced stress syndrome in mussels. Lysosomal membrane stability was confirmed to be a highly sensitive biological parameter, and acetylcholinesterase activity was found a suitable biomarker of neurotoxicity. Metallothionein concentrations were in line with heavy metal concentrations detected in mussel tissues...
June 13, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709981/relative-toxicity-for-indoor-semi-volatile-organic-compounds-based-on-neuronal-death
#20
Kevin Fournier, Emmanuel Baumont, Philippe Glorennec, Nathalie Bonvallot
BACKGROUND: Semi Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs) are contaminants commonly found in dwellings as a result of their use as plasticizers, flame retardants, or pesticides in building materials and consumer products. Many SVOCs are suspected of being neurotoxic, based on mammal experimentation (impairment of locomotor activity, spatial learning/memory or behavioral changes), raising the question of cumulative risk assessment. The aim of this work is to estimate the relative toxicity of such SVOCs, based on neuronal death...
July 12, 2017: Toxicology Letters
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