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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650684/intentional-ingestion-of-elemental-mercury-requiring-multi-step-decontamination-and-prophylactic-appendectomy-a-case-report-and-treatment-proposal
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Andrea Michielan, Azzurra Schicchi, Roberto Cappuccio, Davide Lonati, Francesca Lamboglia, Alessandra Vitalba, Alessandro Caroli, Marta Crevani, Carlo A Locatelli, Giorgio Betetto
BACKGROUND: Ingestion of elemental mercury (Hg0) is considered non-toxic. After massive ingestion, local intestinal complications may develop: retention within appendix is quite frequent but treatment is debated. We describe a case of intentional ingestion of Hg0 requiring multi-step decontamination and prophylactic appendectomy. Case detail: A 19-year-old woman was admitted to ED for abdominal pain. History revealed ingestion of large amount of Hg0 as suicide attempt. To prevent absorption, facilitate elimination, and avoid complications a conservative approach was started...
June 26, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649238/clostridium-chauvoei-an-evolutionary-dead-end-pathogen
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Lorenz Rychener, Saria InAlbon, Steven P Djordjevic, Piklu R Chowdhury, Rosangela E Ziech, Agueda C de Vargas, Joachim Frey, Laurent Falquet
Full genome sequences of 20 strains of Clostridium chauvoei, the etiological agent of blackleg of cattle and sheep, isolated from four different continents over a period of 64 years (1951-2015) were determined and analyzed. The study reveals that the genome of the species C. chauvoei is highly homogeneous compared to the closely related species C. perfringens, a widespread pathogen that affects human and many animal species. Analysis of the CRISPR locus is sufficient to differentiate most C. chauvoei strains and is the most heterogenous region in the genome, containing in total 187 different spacer elements that are distributed as 30 - 77 copies in the various strains...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648731/degradation-characteristics-of-dioxin-in-the-fly-ash-by-washing-and-ball-milling-treatment
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Baohua Li, Zhiyi Deng, Wenxiang Wang, Hongsheng Fang, Haibiao Zhou, Fangxin Deng, Ling Huang, Huiying Li
In this study, samples were taken from different types of municipal waste incineration plants in the Pearl River Delta, China. Analyzing the distributive characters of elements and dioxin congeners in fly ash, the method of washing-ball milling was utilized to remove chloride and degrade dioxin in fly ash. The results showed that more than 90% of particles were in the range of 1∼50μm and most of dioxin and metals existed in 0.030∼0.075mm of particles. K, Na, Cl and Br in fly ash could be removed by washing efficiently, however dioxin and other metals remained in the solid phase...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647606/role-of-streptomyces-pactum-in-phytoremediation-of-trace-elements-by-brassica-juncea-in-mine-polluted-soils
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Amjad Ali, Di Guo, Amanullah Mahar, Zhen Wang, Dost Muhammad, Ronghua Li, Ping Wang, Feng Shen, Quanhong Xue, Zengqiang Zhang
The industrial expansion, smelting, mining and agricultural practices have increased the release of toxic trace elements (TEs) in the environment and threaten living organisms. The microbe-assisted phytoremediation is environmentally safe and provide an effective approach to remediate TEs contaminated soils. A pot experiment was conducted to test the potential of an Actinomycete, subspecies Streptomyces pactum (Act12) along with medical stone compost (MSC) by growing Brassica juncea in smelter and mines polluted soils of Feng County (FC) and Tongguan (TG, China), respectively...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647516/health-risk-assessment-of-heavy-metals-via-dietary-intake-of-five-pistachio-pistacia-vera-l-cultivars-collected-from-different-geographical-sites-of-iran
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Seyedeh Faezeh Taghizadeh, Gholamhossein Davarynejad, Javad Asili, Seyed Hossein Nemati, Ramin Rezaee, Marina Goumenou, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Gholamreza Karimi
Pistachio is an important horticultural product and Iran is considered as a main pistachio producing country. Assessment of heavy metals in this export fruit is crucial for protecting public health against toxic heavy metals. The concentration of selected heavy metals in soil, water and five pistachio cultivars from four geographical regions of Iran were measured. Although none of the elements were detected in water irrigation, infield metal content in the soil had good correlation with that of pistachio. The highest amounts of Al, As, Co, Ni and Se were reported in samples collected from Sarakhs, Iran...
June 21, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646768/source-profiling-of-arsenic-and-heavy-metals-in-the-selangor-river-basin-and-their-maternal-and-cord-blood-levels-in-selangor-state-malaysia
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Nobumitsu Sakai, Zohour Alsaad, Nguyen Thi Thuong, Kenji Shiota, Minoru Yoneda, Mustafa Ali Mohd
Arsenic and 5 heavy metals (nickel, copper, zinc, cadmium and lead) were quantitated in surface water (n = 18) and soil/ore samples (n = 45) collected from 5 land uses (oil palm converted from forest, oil palm in peat swamp, bare land, quarry and forest) in the Selangor River basin by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Geographic information system (GIS) was used as a spatial analytical tool to classify 4 land uses (forest, agriculture/peat, urban and bare land) from a satellite image taken by Landsat 8...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646447/microbial-transformations-of-selenite-by-methane-oxidizing-bacteria
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Abdurrahman S Eswayah, Thomas J Smith, Andreas C Scheinost, Nicole Hondow, Philip H E Gardiner
Methane-oxidizing bacteria are well known for their role in the global methane cycle and their potential for microbial transformation of wide range of hydrocarbon and chlorinated hydrocarbon pollution. Recently, it has also emerged that methane-oxidizing bacteria interact with inorganic pollutants in the environment. Here, we report what we believe to be the first study of the interaction of pure strains of methane-oxidizing bacteria with selenite. Results indicate that the commonly used laboratory model strains of methane-oxidizing bacteria, Methylococcus capsulatus (Bath) and Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b, are both able to reduce the toxic selenite (SeO3(2-)) but not selenate (SeO4(2-)) to red spherical nanoparticulate elemental selenium (Se(0)), which was characterized via energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS)...
June 23, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646113/aerosolization-of-mycotoxins-after-growth-of-toxinogenic-fungi-on-wallpaper
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Brankica Aleksic, Marjorie Draghi, Sebastien Ritoux, Sylviane Bailly, Marlène Lacroix, Isabelle P Oswald, Jean-Denis Bailly, Enric Robine
Many fungi can develop on building material in indoor environments if moisture is high enough. Among species that are frequently observed, some are known to be potent mycotoxin producers. This presence of toxinogenic fungi in indoor environments raises the question of the possible exposure of occupants to these toxic compounds by inhalation after aerosolization.This study investigated the mycotoxin production by Penicillium brevicompactum, Aspergillus versicolor and Stachybotrys chartarum during their growth on wallpaper and the possible subsequent aerosolization of produced mycotoxins from contaminated substrates...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645051/enantioselective-disturbance-of-chiral-herbicide-dichlorprop-to-nitrogen-metabolism-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-regular-analysis-and-stable-isotope-attempt
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Zunwei Chen, Jia Wang, Siyu Chen, Yuezhong Wen
As the most essential element, nitrogen play a pivotal role in plant physiological process, which is susceptible to contaminants. However, the enantioselective effects of chiral herbicides on nitrogen metabolism have not been comprehensively understood. In this study, effects of chiral herbicide dichlorprop (DCPP) on the nitrogen behaviors in Arabidopsis thaliana were investigated. The results revealed that the uptakes of inorganic nitrogen (NO3(-) and NH4(+)) were preferentially impacted by herbicidal active (R)-DCPP, where the transportation of beneficial NO3(-) was inhibited but the toxic NH4(+) was accumulated...
June 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645012/associations-between-toxic-and-essential-trace-elements-in-maternal-blood-and-fetal-congenital-heart-defects
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Yanqiu Ou, Michael S Bloom, Zhiqiang Nie, Fengzhen Han, Jinzhuang Mai, Jimei Chen, Shao Lin, Xiaoqing Liu, Jian Zhuang
Prenatal exposure to toxic trace elements, including heavy metals, is an important public health concern. Few studies have assessed if individual and multiple trace elements simultaneously affect cardiac development. The current study evaluated the association between maternal blood lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se) levels and congenital heart defects (CHDs) in offspring. This hospital-based case-control study included 112 case and 107 control infants. Maternal peripheral blood draw was made during gestational weeks 17-40 and used to determine trace element levels by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644982/assessment-of-sublethal-endpoints-after-chronic-exposure-of-the-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans-to-palladium-platinum-and-rhodium
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Gerhard Schertzinger, Sonja Zimmermann, Daniel Grabner, Bernd Sures
The aim of this study was to investigate chronic effects of the platinum-group elements (PGE) palladium (Pd), platinum (Pt) and rhodium (Rh) on the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Aquatic toxicity testing was carried out according to ISO 10872 by determining 96 h EC50 values for sublethal endpoints, including growth, fertility and reproduction. Single PGE standard solutions were used as metal source. Based on the EC50 values for Pt, reproduction (96 h EC50 = 497 μg/L) was the most sensitive endpoint followed by fertility (96 h EC50 = 726 μg/L) and growth (96 h EC50 = 808 μg/L)...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644125/exploiting-crispr-cas-to-manipulate-enterococcus-faecalis-populations
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Karthik Hullahalli, Marinelle Rodrigues, Kelli L Palmer
CRISPR-Cas provides a barrier to horizontal gene transfer in prokaryotes. It was previously observed that functional CRISPR-Cas systems are absent from multidrug-resistant (MDR) Enterococcus faecalis, which only possess an orphan CRISPR locus, termed CRISPR2, lacking cas genes. It was of interest to investigate how the interplay between CRISPR-Cas genome defense and antibiotic selection for mobile genetic elements shapes E. faecalis populations. Here, we demonstrate that CRISPR2 can be reactivated for genome defense in MDR strains...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643569/iron-overload-directly-affecting-the-ovaries-in-a-patient-with-diamond-blackfan-anaemia-a-case-report
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Mariano Mascarenhas, Victoria Rawnsley, Adam Balen
Iron is a 'one-way' element and the primary point of regulation of body iron stores is at the level of intestinal iron absorption. Repeated blood transfusions for congenital anaemias bypass this regulatory checkpoint and inevitably lead to iron overload in the long-term. Iron overload causes multi-organ dysfunction of the heart, liver, pancreas and joints. It also causes reproductive toxicity primarily through its damaging effect on the anterior pituitary leading to hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism. Another less understood mechanism of reproductive toxicity is direct gonadal damage of excess free iron...
June 23, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643471/molecular-self-assembly-fabrication-and-carrier-dynamics-of-stable-and-efficient-ch3nh3pb-1-x-snxi3-perovskite-solar-cells
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Jiandong Fan, Chong Liu, Hongliang Li, Cuilin Zhang, Wenze Li, Yaohua Mai
The Sn-based perovskite solar cells (PSCs) provide the possibility that swaps the Pb element toward toxic-free PSCs. Here, we innovatively employed a molecular self-assembly approach to obtain a series CH3NH3Pb(1-x)SnxI3 (0≤x≤1) perovskite thin films with full coverage. The optimized planar CH3NH3Pb0.75Sn0.25I3 PSCs with inverted structure was consequently realized with a maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 14 %, which displayed a stabilized power output (SPO) over 12 % within 200 s at 0.6 V forward bias...
June 22, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643047/trace-elements-in-pleural-effusion-correlates-with-smokers-with-lung-cancer
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Kang-Yun Lee, Po-Hao Feng, Hsiao-Chi Chuang, Sheng-Ming Wu, Wen-Te Liu, Kuan-Yuan Chen, Chien-Ying Liu, Shu-Chuan Ho
Smoking leads to the presence of various elements, including toxic metals and metalloids, in tissues and fluids, thus contributing to cancer risk. This study assessed the concentrations of 14 elements (Ag, Al, As, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Mn, Mo, Pb, Sn, V, and Zn) and biochemical parameters (glucose, lactate dehydrogenase, and total protein) in the pleural effusion (PE) of patients with lung cancer. The potential association of these parameters with smoking was assessed. Total of 48 patients with lung cancer (26 non-smokers and 22 smokers) received thoracocentesis for PE removal...
June 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642709/new-frontiers-in-the-pathobiology-and-treatment-of-cancer-regimen-related-mucosal-injury
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REVIEW
Marika Cinausero, Giuseppe Aprile, Paola Ermacora, Debora Basile, Maria G Vitale, Valentina Fanotto, Giuseppe Parisi, Lorenzo Calvetti, Stephen T Sonis
Mucositis is a common complication of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and targeted agents. It often affects compliance to anticancer therapies as it frequently causes schedule delays, interruptions or discontinuations of treatment. Moreover, the economic impact related to the management of mucositis is topical and several estimations of additional hospital costs due to this clinical condition have been recently reported. The ability to determine risk factors for mucositis, to early detect its onset, to assess correctly the degree of this toxicity and to plan its multidisciplinary management are all key elements to guarantee the quality of life of patients and to avoid useless dose reduction or interruption of treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642008/concurrent-once-daily-versus-twice-daily-chemoradiotherapy-in-patients-with-limited-stage-small-cell-lung-cancer-convert-an-open-label-phase-3-randomised-superiority-trial
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Corinne Faivre-Finn, Michael Snee, Linda Ashcroft, Wiebke Appel, Fabrice Barlesi, Adityanarayan Bhatnagar, Andrea Bezjak, Felipe Cardenal, Pierre Fournel, Susan Harden, Cecile Le Pechoux, Rhona McMenemin, Nazia Mohammed, Mary O'Brien, Jason Pantarotto, Veerle Surmont, Jan P Van Meerbeeck, Penella J Woll, Paul Lorigan, Fiona Blackhall
BACKGROUND: Concurrent chemoradiotherapy is the standard of care in limited-stage small-cell lung cancer, but the optimal radiotherapy schedule and dose remains controversial. The aim of this study was to establish a standard chemoradiotherapy treatment regimen in limited-stage small-cell lung cancer. METHODS: The CONVERT trial was an open-label, phase 3, randomised superiority trial. We enrolled adult patients (aged ≥18 years) who had cytologically or histologically confirmed limited-stage small-cell lung cancer, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0-2, and adequate pulmonary function...
June 19, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641540/metallothionein-is-a-potential-therapeutic-strategy-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#18
Shin-Ichi Ono
Lou Gehrig's disease, a synonym of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is an adult-onset lethal neurodegenerative disorder. Irrespective of extensive efforts to elucidate the pathogenesis of the disease and searches for therapies, no favorable pharmacotherapeutic strategies have yet to be proposed. In a popular rodent model of ALS, G93A SOD1 mice, intracellular copper conditions were geared toward copper accumulation inside cells, resulting in an acceleration of oxidative stress and apoptotic process. Disruption of intracellular copper homeostasis was common to transgenic mice expressing human mutant SOD1s...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641224/elemental-copper-nanoparticle-toxicity-to-anaerobic-ammonium-oxidation-and-the-influence-of-ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic-acid-edta-on-copper-toxicity
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Jorge Gonzalez-Estrella, Guangbin Li, Sarah E Neely, Daniel Puyol, Reyes Sierra-Alvarez, Jim A Field
Soluble ions released by elemental copper nanoparticles (Cu(0) NP) are toxic to key microorganisms of wastewater treatment processes. However, their toxicity to anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) has not yet been studied. Chelating agents occurring in wastewater may decrease copper ions (Cu(2+)) concentration and consequently, decrease copper toxicity. This study evaluated Cu(0) NP and CuCl2 toxicity to anammox and the influence of ethylene diamine-tetra acetic acid (EDTA) on copper toxicity. Bioassays were supplemented with Cu(0) NP or CuCl2 with and without EDTA...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639207/the-cell-biology-of-the-thyroid-disrupting-mechanism-of-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane-ddt
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REVIEW
M Rossi, A R Taddei, I Fasciani, R Maggio, F Giorgi
OBJECTIVE: Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) is an organochlorine known for its pesticide properties and for its negative effects on human health. It was banned in most countries for its toxicity to the endocrine system, but due to its persistence at clinically relevant concentrations in both soil and animal tissues, DDT is still linked to several health and social problems. METHODS: We have previously shown that DDT exposure is causally related to the extracellular release of vesicular organelles such as microvesicles and/or exosomes by using immunocytochemistry with gold-tagged antibodies and various fluorescent membrane markers...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
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