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Wei Yan, Li Li, Guangyu Li, Sujuan Zhao
It has been reported that exposure to microcystins altered adult zebrafish swimming performance parameters, but the possible mechanisms of action remain unknown. Neuronal activity depends on the balance between the number of excitatory and inhibitory processes which are associated with neurotransmitters. In the present study, zebrafish embryos (5 d post-fertilization) were exposed to 0, 0.3, 3 and 30μg/L (microcystin-LR) MCLR for 90day until reaching sexual maturity. To investigate the effects of MCLR on the neurotransmitter system, mRNA levels involved in amino acid g-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate metabolic pathways were tested using quantitative real-time PCR...
May 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
Morgan Michelle Steffen, Timothy W Davis, Robert Michael McKay, George S Bullerjahn, Lauren E Krausfeldt, Joshua M A Stough, Michelle L Neitzey, Naomi E Gilbert, Gregory L Boyer, Thomas H Johengen, Duane C Gossiaux, Ashley M Burtner, Danna Palladino, Mark Rowe, Gregory J Dick, Kevin Meyer, Shawn Levy, Braden Boone, Richard Stumpf, Timothy Wynne, Paul V Zimba, Danielle B Gutierrez, Steven W Wilhelm
Annual cyanobacterial blooms dominated by Microcystis have occurred in western Lake Erie (USA/Canada) during summer months since 1995. The production of toxins by bloom-forming cyanobacteria can lead to drinking water crises, such as the one experienced by the city of Toledo in August of 2014, when the city was rendered without drinking water for > 2 days. It is important to understand the conditions and environmental cues that were driving this specific bloom to provide a scientific framework for management of future bloom events...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Yi-Ting Chiu, Yi-Hsuan Chen, Ting-Shaun Wang, Hung-Kai Yen, Tsair-Fuh Lin
Harmful cyanobacteria have been an important concern for drinking water quality for quite some time, as they may produce cyanotoxins and odorants. Microcystis and Cylindrospermopsis are two common harmful cyanobacterial genera detected in freshwater lakes and reservoirs, with microcystins (MCs) and cylindrospermopsin (CYN) as their important metabolites, respectively. In this study, two sets of duplex qPCR systems were developed, one for quantifying potentially-toxigenic Microcystis and Microcystis, and the other one for cylindrospermopsin-producing cyanobacteria and Cylindrospermopsis...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Alukhethi Singo, Jan G Myburgh, Peter N Laver, Elizabeth A Venter, Gezina C H Ferreira, Gertruida M Rösemann, Christo J Botha
Cyanobacteria or blue green algae are known for their extensive and highly visible blooms in eutrophic, stagnant freshwater bodies. Climate change and global warming have also contributed to a rise in toxic cyanobacterial blooms. One of the most important cyanobacteria is Microcystis aeruginosa, which can synthesize various microcystins that can affect the health of terrestrial and aquatic animals. Commercial Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) farming in South Africa is based on keeping breeders (adult males and females) in big dams on farms (captive-bred approach)...
May 18, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Marcela Miranda, Natália Noyma, Felipe S Pacheco, Leonardo de Magalhães, Ernani Pinto, Suzan Santos, Maria Fernanda A Soares, Vera L Huszar, Miquel Lürling, Marcelo M Marinho
We tested the hypothesis that a combination of coagulant and ballast could be efficient for removal of positively buoyant harmful cyanobacteria in shallow tropical waterbodies, and will not promote the release of cyanotoxins. This laboratory study examined the efficacy of coagulants [polyaluminium chloride (PAC) and chitosan (made of shrimp shells)] alone, and combined with ballast (lanthanum modified bentonite, red soil or gravel) to remove the natural populations of cyanobacteria collected from a shallow eutrophic urban reservoir with alternating blooms of Cylindrospermopsis and Microcystis...
May 2017: Harmful Algae
Sara Bogialli, Claudio Bortolini, Iole Maria Di Gangi, Federica Nigro Di Gregorio, Luca Lucentini, Gabriella Favaro, Paolo Pastore
A comprehensive risk management on human exposure to cyanotoxins, whose production is actually unpredictable, is limited by reliable analytical tools for monitoring as many toxic algal metabolites as possible. Two analytical approaches based on a LC-QTOF system for target analysis and suspect screening of cyanotoxins in freshwater were presented. A database with 369 compounds belonging to cyanobacterial metabolites was developed and used for a retrospective data analysis based on high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS)...
August 1, 2017: Talanta
Young Dae Kim, Won Jin Kim, Yun Kyung Shin, Do-Hee Lee, Youn-Jung Kim, Jang Kyun Kim, Jae-Sung Rhee
Microcystins (MCs) are a major group of potent cyanobacterial toxins found in freshwater and even brackish waterbodies. To understand the putative correlation between bioconcentration of MCs and antioxidant responses of the digestive gland of bivalves, Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas and blue mussel Mytilus edulis were exposed to different concentrations (0.1, 1, 10 and 20μgL(-1)) of MC-Leucine-Arginine (LR) for seven days. MC-LR bioconcentrated in the digestive glands of both bivalves during exposure period...
May 8, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
Wenmin Zhang, Mingxia Lin, Meili Wang, Ping Tong, Qiaomei Lu, Lan Zhang
Microcystins (MCs) are cyclic heptapeptide toxins and tumor promoters produced by cyanobacteria, which threaten the health of humans. In this study, magnetic porous β-cyclodextrin polymer (Fe3O4@SiO2@P-CDP) was synthesized and characterized by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption porosimetry and vibrating sample magnetometer. The synthesized Fe3O4@SiO2@P-CDP particles were then used for magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) of MCs from environmental water samples, and exhibited excellent extraction performance, especially for MC-RR...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
Qian Liu, Juan Huan, Nan Hao, Jing Qian, Hanping Mao, Kun Wang
This work presents a heterojunction-mediated photoelectrochemical (PEC) biointerface for selective detection of microcystin-LR (MC-LR) by introducing a direct Z-scheme heterojunction as efficient visible-light-driven photoactive species. Specifically, the Z-scheme type CdTe-Bi2S3 heterojunction was designed and synthesized as an ideal photoactive material, which exhibited higher PEC activity as compared with either CdTe quantum dots or Bi2S3 nanorods due to the improved photogenerated charges separation efficiency of heterojunction...
May 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Macarena Pírez-Schirmer, Martin A Rossotti, Natalia Badagian, Carmen Leizagoyen, Beatriz Margarita Brena, Gualberto G Gonzalez-Sapienza
Owing to their reproducibility, stability and cost-effective production, the recombinant variable domains of heavy-chain-only antibodies (VHHs) are becoming a salient option as immunoassay reagents. Recently, there have been several reports describing their application to the detection of small molecules (haptens). However, lacking the heavy-light chain interface of conventional antibodies, VHHs are not particularly apt to bind small analytes and failures are not uncommon. Here we describe the construction of a VHH phage display library against the cyanobacterial hepatotoxin microcystin LR, and its selection using competitive panning and two novel panning strategies...
May 11, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Thanh-Luu Pham, Kazuya Shimizu, Thanh-Son Dao, Utsumi Motoo
The free and covalently bound microcystins (MCs) in three fish and two bivalves from the Dau Tieng Reservoir (DTR) were investigated for the first time in the present study. The results showed that all species were contaminated with MCs. Our findings indicated that eating the muscle of fish from the DTR is safe but not the bivalves during toxic cyanobacterial bloom episodes. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
May 11, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Assaf Sukenik, Yehudit Viner-Mozzini, Mordechay Tavassi, Shlomo Nir
Cyanobacteria and their toxins present potential hazard to consumers of water from lakes, reservoirs and rivers, thus their removal via water treatment is essential. The capacity of nano-composites of Octadecyltrimethyl-ammonium (ODTMA) complexed with clay to remove cyanobacterial and their toxins from laboratory cultures and from lake water, was evaluated. Column filters packed with micelles of ODTMA complexed with bentonite and granulated were shown to significantly reduce the number of cyanobacteria cells or filaments and their corresponding toxins from laboratory cultures...
May 2, 2017: Water Research
Evelyn Balsano, Maranda Esterhuizen-Londt, Enamul Hoque, Stephan Pflugmacher Lima
OBJECTIVES: To investigate antioxidative and biotransformation enzyme responses in Mucor hiemalis towards cyanotoxins considering its use in mycoremediation applications. RESULTS: Catalase (CAT), glutathione reductase (GR), and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) in M. hiemalis maintained their activities at all tested microcystin-LR (MC-LR) exposure concentrations. Cytosolic glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity decreased with exposure to 100 µg MC-LR l(-1) while microsomal GST remained constant...
May 8, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
Jia Wang, Lijuan Zhang, Jiajia Fan, Yuezhong Wen
Pesticide residues and nitrogen overload (which caused cyanobacteria blooms) have been two serious environmental concerns. In particular, chiral pesticides with different structures may have various impacts on cyanobacteria. Nitrogen may affect the behavior between pesticides and cyanobacteria (e.g., increase the adverse effects of pesticides on cyanobacteria). This study evaluated the impacts of Rac- and S-metolachlor on the cell integrity and toxin release of Microcystis aeruginosa cells at different nitrogen levels...
April 26, 2017: Chemosphere
Xuewen Jiang, Seungjun Lee, Chulkyoon Mok, Jiyoung Lee
Microcystins (MCs) are a family of cyanotoxins and pose detrimental effects on human, animal, and ecological health. Conventional water treatment processes have limited success in removing MCs without producing harmful byproducts. Therefore, there is an urgent need for cost-effective and environmentally-friendly methods for treating MCs. The objective of this study was to develop sustainable and non-chemical-based methods for controlling MCs, such as using cold plasma and ultra violet (UV) light with titanium dioxide (TiO₂) coating, which can be applied for diverse scale and settings...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Wenyi Liu, Lingqiao Wang, Xiaohong Yang, Hui Zeng, Renping Zhang, Chaowen Pu, Chuanfen Zheng, Yao Tan, Yang Luo, Xiaobin Feng, Yingqiao Tian, Guosheng Xiao, Jia Wang, Yujing Huang, Jiaohua Luo, Lei Feng, Feng Wang, Changyou Yuan, Yuan Yao, Zhiqun Qiu, Ji-An Chen, Liping Wu, Qingqing Nong, Hui Lin, Weiqun Shu
Three liver hazards, two confirmed-hepatitis B virus (HBV) and aflatoxin (AFB), and one rarely studied in populations-microcystin (MC), simultaneously exist in tropical and humid areas; however, there are no epidemiological data on their risks in the same population. We conducted a community-based cross-sectional survey among 5493 adults in two rural towns and statistically analyzed the comparative and combinative effects of the three factors after detecting HBsAg and HBV DNA titers, determining estimated daily intakes (EDIs) of AFB1 and MC-LR and testing serum AST and ALT as liver injury markers for each participant...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Yanyan Chen, Xianghu Huang, Jianzhu Wang, Changling Li
Microcystins (MCs) in freshwater and marine waters released by toxin-producing cyanobacteria have negative impacts to the aquatic environment. This study aimed to investigate the effect of pure microcystin-LR on activity and transcript level of immune-related enzymes in the white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. After exposed to varying concentrations of pure microcystin-LR (MC-LR) for 30 days, the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), lysozyme (LZM), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), peroxidase (POD), acid phosphatase (ACP), alkaline phosphatase (AKP) and transcript level of cMn-sod, lzm, gpx were investigated in the hepatopancreas of white shrimp (L...
May 2, 2017: Ecotoxicology
Haiting Zhang, Yongbo Dan, Craig D Adams, Honglan Shi, Yinfa Ma, Todd Eichholz
In this research, the release and degradation of intracellular microcystin-LR (MC-LR) due to oxidation of Microcystis aeruginosa (M. aeruginosa) was examined kinetically. Brief exposure to free chlorine with no measureable oxidant exposure was demonstrated to be sufficient to induce rapid release of intracellular MC-LR from M. aeruginosa. Thus, in a water treatment plant, there is currently no level of prechlorination that can be assumed to be safe, since very low preoxidation prior to filtration and no measureable free chlorine residual may still observe the release and buildup of extracellular MC-LR...
April 24, 2017: Chemosphere
Virginie Gaget, Melody Lau, Barbara Sendall, Suzanne Froscio, Andrew R Humpage
The presence of toxigenic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in drinking water reservoirs poses a risk to human and animal health worldwide. Guidelines and health alert levels have been issued in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines for three major toxins, which are therefore the subject of routine monitoring: microcystin, cylindrospermopsin and saxitoxin. While it is agreed that these toxic compounds should be monitored closely, the routine surveillance of these bioactive chemicals can be done in various ways and deciding which technique to use can therefore be challenging...
July 1, 2017: Water Research
Guofei Dai, Ningyan Peng, Jiayou Zhong, Ping Yang, Binchun Zou, Hui Chen, Qian Lou, Yuanyuan Fang, Wei Zhang
Metals can react with microcystin (MC), which is released from cyanobacterial blooms through various mechanisms; these reactions may mitigate the environmental and health risks of MCs but may also cause harm to aquatic ecosystems and humans. Several studies were conducted, including laboratory tests, ecological simulations, and a field investigation of Poyang Lake. The laboratory studies showed that Fe(3+), Cu(2+), and Pb(2+) stimulated MC photodegradation under high light intensity at the water-sediment interface, which reduced the MC accumulation in the sediment...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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