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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107742/heavy-rare-earth-elements-affect-early-life-stages-in-paracentrotus-lividus-and-arbacia-lixula-sea-urchins
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Rahime Oral, Giovanni Pagano, Antonietta Siciliano, Maria Gravina, Anna Palumbo, Immacolata Castellano, Oriana Migliaccio, Philippe J Thomas, Marco Guida, Franca Tommasi, Marco Trifuoggi
BACKGROUND: Heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) have been scarcely studied for their toxicity, in spite of their applications in several technologies. Thus HREEs require timely investigations for their adverse health effects. METHODS: Paracentrotus lividus and Arbacia lixula embryos and sperm were exposed to trichloride salts of five HREEs (Dy, Ho, Er, Yb and Lu) and to Ce(III) as a light REE (LREE) reference to evaluate: 1) developmental defects (% DD) in HREE-exposed larvae or in the offspring of HREE-exposed sperm; 2) mitotic anomalies; 3) fertilization success; and 4) reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, and nitric oxide (NO) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107647/programmed-ribosomal-frameshifting-generates-a-copper-transporter-and-a-copper-chaperone-from-the-same-gene
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Sezen Meydan, Dorota Klepacki, Subbulakshmi Karthikeyan, Tõnu Margus, Paul Thomas, John E Jones, Yousuf Khan, Joseph Briggs, Jonathan D Dinman, Nora Vázquez-Laslop, Alexander S Mankin
Metal efflux pumps maintain ion homeostasis in the cell. The functions of the transporters are often supported by chaperone proteins, which scavenge the metal ions from the cytoplasm. Although the copper ion transporter CopA has been known in Escherichia coli, no gene for its chaperone had been identified. We show that the CopA chaperone is expressed in E. coli from the same gene that encodes the transporter. Some ribosomes translating copA undergo programmed frameshifting, terminate translation in the -1 frame, and generate the 70 aa-long polypeptide CopA(Z), which helps cells survive toxic copper concentrations...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104803/microrna-processing-enzymes-are-essential-for-survival-and-function-of-mature-retinal-pigmented-epithelial-cells-in-mice
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Thomas R Sundermeier, Sanae Sakami, Bhubanananda Sahu, Scott J Howell, Songqi Gao, Zhiqian Dong, Marcin Golczak, Akiko Maeda, Krzysztof Palczewski
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of irreversible vision loss. The neovascular or "wet" form of AMD can be treated to a varying degree with anti-angiogenic drugs, but geographic atrophy (GA) is an advanced stage of the more prevalent "dry" form of AMD for which there is no effective treatment. Development of GA has been linked to loss of the microRNA (miRNA)-processing enzyme DICER1 in the mature retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE). This loss results in the accumulation of toxic transcripts of Alu transposable elements which activate the NLRP3 inflammasome and additional downstream pathways that compromise the integrity and function of the RPE...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103133/role-of-choline-in-the-modulation-of-degenerative-processes-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-studies
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Tania Merinas-Amo, Inmaculada Tasset-Cuevas, Antonio M Díaz-Carretero, Ángeles Alonso-Moraga, Fernando Calahorro
The purpose of the present study was to examine the nutraceutical potential of choline as an added value to its well-known brain nutrient role. Several toxicity, antitoxicity, genotoxicity, antigenotoxicity, and longevity endpoints were checked in the somatic mutation and recombination test in in vivo Drosophila animal model. Cytotoxicity in human leukemia-60 cell line (HL-60) promyelocytic and NIH3T3 mouse fibroblast cells, proapoptotic DNA fragmentation, comet assay, methylation status, and macroautophagy (MA) activity were tested in in vitro assays...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101313/a-young-adult-with-unintended-acute-intravenous-iron-intoxication-treated-with-oral-chelation-the-use-of-liver-ferriscan-for-diagnosing-and-monitoring-tissue-iron-load
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Mohamed Yassin, Ashraf T Soliman, Vincenzo De Sanctis, Abbas Moustafa, Sandra Abou Samaan, Abdulqadir Nashwan
Acute iron intoxication (FeI) in humans has not been adequately studied. The manifestation of FeI, defined as a serum iron concentration >300 μg/dL (55 μmol/L) within 12 hours of ingestion, include various symptoms appearing in progressive stages. Systemic toxicity is expected with an intake of 60 mg/kg. A 27-year-old female nurse presented with unintended acute intravenous iron intoxication (FeI) a week after self-injecting herself with 20 ampoules of IV iron (4,000 mg elemental iron, 60 mg/kg). She had stable vital signs and mild hepatic tenderness...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099090/nutritional-evaluation-bioaccumulation-and-toxicological-assessment-of-heavy-metals-in-edible-fruits-of-ficussurforssk-moraceae
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Olumuyiwa O O Ogunlaja, Roshila Moodley, Himansu Baijnath, Sreekantha B Jonnalagadda
Ficussur (Moraceae) is an indigenous medicinal plant with a wide distribution in Africa. In this study, the nutritional potential fruit of this indigenous plant to meet domestic food demands and reduce food insecurity in KwaZulu-Natal. South Africa, was investigated. The proximate composition and concentrations of metals in the edible fruits collected from eight different sites in KwaZulu-Natal were determined to assess for nutritional value and the concentrations of metals in the growth soil was determined to evaluate the impact of soil quality on elemental uptake...
February 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098285/kb-po4-f-a-novel-acentric-deep-ultraviolet-material
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Ji-Hong Jiang, Lin-Chuan Zhang, Ya-Xi Huang, Zhi-Mei Sun, Yuanming Pan, Jin-Xiao Mi
Two challenges to grow KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF), the best known deep-ultraviolet nonlinear optical (NLO) material to date, are the limited crystal sizes and the use of a highly toxic element (Be). Herein we report on the discovery of a novel anhydrous non-centrosymmetric alkali fluorinated borophosphate KB(PO4)F (KBPF) featuring a cut-off wavelength of less than 200 nm and a large second-harmonic generation (SHG) effect similar to KH2PO4 (KDP), hence representing a new promising deep-ultraviolet NLO material. The KBPF crystals consisting of common elements can be grown using green and cost effective processes and do not show any detectable hygroscopicity...
January 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093694/comparative-analysis-on-the-effect-of-plantago-species-aqueous-extracts-on-tissue-trace-element-content-in-rats
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Evgenia R Gatiatulina, Olga N Nemereshina, Joanna Suliburska, Tejo Prakash Nagaraja, Anastasia A Skalnaya, Alexandr A Nikonorov, Anatoly V Skalny, Alexey A Tinkov
The primary objective of this study is to assess the influence of water extracts of Plantago major L., Plantago lanceolata L., and Plantago maxima Juss. ex Jacq. leaves on tissue trace element content in healthy adult Wistar rats. Twenty-eight female Wistar rats consumed pure drinking water or one of the three aqueous extracts of Plantago for 1 month. The extracts and liver, serum, hair, and adipose tissue of the rats were examined for trace element contents using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
January 16, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092841/phytochemical-study-and-protective-effect-of-trigonella-foenum-graecum-fenugreek-seeds-against-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-toxicity-in-liver-and-kidney-of-male-rat
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Sakhria Mbarki, Hichem Alimi, Hafsia Bouzenna, Abdelfettah Elfeki, Najla Hfaiedh
Liver and kidney diseases are a global concern, therefore considerable efforts to obtain fine herbs useful as drugs from medicinal plants are currently in progress. The aim of this work was to study the antioxidant effects of previous supplementation with fenugreek seeds (FS) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) toxicity in the liver and kidney. CCl4 toxicity was induced by one dose (i.g. 5ml CCl4/kg of body weight, 50% CCl4 in olive oil) after 7 weeks of normal diet or diet rich in 10% of grinded fenugreek seeds (20g of pellet rat food/rat/day)...
January 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092765/cytotoxic-genotoxic-and-mutagenic-evaluation-of-surface-waters-from-a-coal-exploration-region
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Cynthia Silva Porta, Débora Lemes Dos Santos, Hélio Vieira Bernardes, Bruno Corrêa Bellagamba, Anaí Duarte, Johnny Ferraz Dias, Fernanda Rabaioli da Silva, Mauricio Lehmann, Juliana da Silva, Rafael Rodrigues Dihl
Coal mining generates a considerable amount of waste, which is disposed of in piles or dams near mining sites. As a result, leachates may reach rivers and streams, promoting the wide dispersion of contaminants in solution and as particulate matter. The present study evaluated the cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic action of surface waters collected around a thermoelectric power plant and the largest mining area in Brazil (Candiota). Four sites in Candiota stream were selected, and samples were collected in winter and summer...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092735/toxicity-assessment-of-arsenic-and-cobalt-in-the-presence-of-aquatic-humic-substances-of-different-molecular-sizes
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Cláudia Hitomi Watanabe, Adnivia Santos Costa Monteiro, Erik Sartori Jeunon Gontijo, Vivian Silva Lira, Carolina de Castro Bueno, Nirmal Tej Kumar, Renata Fracácio, André Henrique Rosa
The release of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems can be influenced by humic acids. In this study, toxicity tests using environmentally relevant concentrations of arsenic and cobalt were conducted both in the presence and absence of aquatic humic substances (AHS) and the fractions of different molecular sizes in the range of (<5, 5-10;10-30; 30-100 and >100kDa) using the microcrustacean Ceriodaphnia dubia. AHS together with arsenic reduced the toxicity, and the toxicity decreased in fractions of larger molecular size AHS...
January 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091884/pre-mining-trace-element-and-radiation-exposure-to-biota-from-a-breccia-pipe-uranium-mine-in-the-grand-canyon-arizona-usa-watershed
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Jo Ellen Hinck, Danielle Cleveland, William G Brumbaugh, Greg Linder, Julia Lankton
The risks to wildlife and humans from uranium (U) mining in the Grand Canyon watershed are largely unknown. In addition to U, other co-occurring ore constituents contribute to risks to biological receptors depending on their toxicological profiles. This study characterizes the pre-mining concentrations of total arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), nickel (Ni), selenium (Se), thallium (Tl), U, and zinc (Zn); radiation levels; and histopathology in biota (vegetation, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, and mammals) at the Canyon Mine...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091750/ectomycorrhizal-fungal-diversity-associated-with-endemic-tristaniopsis-spp-myrtaceae-in-ultramafic-and-volcano-sedimentary-soils-in-new-caledonia
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Muhammad Waseem, Marc Ducousso, Yves Prin, Odile Domergue, Laure Hannibal, Clarisse Majorel, Philippe Jourand, Antoine Galiana
New Caledonian serpentine (ultramafic) soils contain high levels of toxic heavy metals, in particular nickel, (up to 20 g kg(-1)) and are deficient in essential elements like carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus while having a high magnesium/calcium ratio. Although previous studies showed that ectomycorrhizal symbioses could play an important role in the adaptation of the endemic plants to ultramafic soils (FEMS Microbiol Ecol 72:238-49, 2010), none of them have compared the diversity of microbial communities from ultramafic vs non-ultramafic soils in New Caledonia...
January 13, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088891/recent-advances-in-developing-photosensitizers-for-photodynamic-cancer-therapy
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Cong Chen, Jianmin Wang, Xiaoyan Li, Xiaolong Liu, Xiao Han
Photosensitizers are key molecules used in photodynamic cancer therapy (PDT), which is an effective therapeutic modality option for several diseases and non-oncological disorders. Due to its lower systemic toxicity and its ability to destroy tumors selectively, PDT has been considered clinical avenue for the treatment of several cancers. Three essential elements are involved in a PDT procedure: a photosensitizer, light of a specific wavelength, and singlet oxygen. However, the properties of conventional photosensitizers exhibit some drawbacks that may limit their use...
January 13, 2017: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088849/effect-of-gallium-exposure-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-is-similar-to-aluminum-stress
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Hsin-Fang Chang, Shan-Li Wang, Kuo-Chen Yeh
Although gallium (Ga) is a rare element, it is widely used in semiconductor devices. Ga contamination of the environment has been found in semiconductor-producing countries. Here, the physiological and molecular impacts of Ga in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana were investigated in medium culture. The primary symptom of Ga toxicity is inhibition of root growth. The increased production of malondialdehyde (MDA) suggests that Ga stress could cause oxidative damage in plants. Roots were the main Ga accumulating sites...
January 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088388/activation-of-gr-but-not-pxr-by-dexamethasone-attenuated-acetaminophen-hepatotoxicities-via-fgf21-induction
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Saurabh G Vispute, Pengli Bu, Yuan Le, Xingguo Cheng
Glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling is indispensable for cell growth and development, and plays important roles in drug metabolism. Fibroblast growth factor (Fgf) 21, an important regulator of glucose, lipid, and energy metabolism, plays a cytoprotective role by attenuating toxicities induced by chemicals such as dioxins, acetaminophen (APAP), and alcohols. The present study investigates the impact of dexamethasone (DEX)-activated GR on Fgf21 expression and how it affects the progression of APAP-induced hepatotoxicity...
January 11, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088268/aberrant-%C3%AE-catenin-expression-in-urothelial-carcinomas-in-blackfoot-disease-endemic-areas
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Yi-Ting Chen, Chun-Chieh Wu, Xuan-Ping Liu, Chee-Yin Chai
Arsenic is a well-known toxic element and carcinogenic agent. The aim of this study was to investigate p63, E-cadherin, and β-catenin proteins in urothelial carcinoma (UC) in both arsenic contaminated areas [so-called blackfoot disease (BFD) area] and non-BFD areas. The expressions of p63, E-cadherin, and β-catenin proteins in 20 UC cases of blackfoot disease and 22 UC cases in non-BFD areas were detected using immunohistochemical methods. The results revealed a high p63 expression in 20 (47.6%) UC cases and high E-cadherin expression in six (14...
January 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088092/aptamer-based-environmental-biosensors-for-small-molecule-contaminants
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REVIEW
Van-Thuan Nguyen, Young Seop Kwon, Man Bock Gu
Aptasensors are promising biosensors, which take advantage of using aptamers as a recognition element. The combination of the excellent characteristics of aptamers and the leading detection platform techniques, such as optical, electrochemical with nanomaterial-integrated, or mass-sensitive techniques with high sensitivity and specificity draws a promising view for the application of the aptasensors for the detection of harmful small toxic chemicals and real-time monitoring in the environments. In spite of attraction of aptasensors, application of them is limited to the complex environment due to the facts that how the immobilization of aptamers onto the surface affects the functions of aptamers and their structures for the detection of environmental contaminants are not clearly known...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087659/plant-parasitic-nematodes-towards-understanding-molecular-players-in-stress-responses
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REVIEW
François-Xavier Gillet, Caroline Bournaud, Jose Dijair Antonino de Souza Júnior, Maria Fatima Grossi-de-Sa
BACKGROUND: Plant-parasitic nematode interactions occur within a vast molecular plant immunity network. Following initial contact with the host plant roots, plant-parasitic nematodes (PPNs) activate basal immune responses. Defence priming involves the release in the apoplast of toxic molecules derived from reactive species or secondary metabolism. In turn, PPNs must overcome the poisonous and stressful environment at the plant-nematode interface. The ability of PPNs to escape this first line of plant immunity is crucial and will determine its virulence...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087364/aquaglyceroporins-are-the-entry-pathway-of-boric-acid-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Sabrina Marsiccobetre, Alexis Rodríguez-Acosta, Florian Lang, Katherine Figarella, Néstor L Uzcátegui
The boron element possesses a range of different effects on living beings. It is essential to beneficial at low concentrations, but toxic at excessive concentrations. Recently, some boron-based compounds have been identified as promising molecules against Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of sleeping sickness. However, until now, the boron metabolism and its access route into the parasite remained elusive. The present study addressed the permeability of T. brucei aquaglyceroporins (TbAQPs) for boric acid, the main natural boron species...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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