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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822273/ligand-binding-characterization-of-simulated-%C3%AE-adrenergic-like-octopamine-receptor-in-schistocerca-gregaria-via-progressive-structure-simulation
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Hui-Meng Lu, Xiao-Li Lu, Jia-Hui Zhai, Ren-Bin Zhou, Yan-Li Qin, Jing-Di Li, Chen-Yan Zhang, Jian-Yu Shi
It is important to design insecticides having both low drug resistance and less undesirable toxicity for desert locust control. Specific GPCRs of Schistocerca gregaria, especially β-adrenergic-like octopamine receptor (SgOctβR), can be considered as its potential effective insecticide targets. However, either the unavailability of SgOctβR's structure or the inadequate capability of its sequence lead the development of insecticide for Schistocerca gregaria meets its plateau. To relax this difficulty, this paper develops a promising progressive structure simulation from SgOctβR's sequence, to its predicted structure of SgOctβR in vacuum, to its conformation as well as its complex with endogenous ligand octopamine in a solvent-membrane system...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822013/biomonitoring-of-chemicals-in-biota-of-two-wetland-protected-areas-exposed-to-different-levels-of-environmental-impact-results-of-the-previeni-project
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Cristiana Guerranti, Guido Perra, Eva Alessi, Davide Baroni, Dante Caserta, Donatella Caserta, Augusto De Sanctis, Emiliano Leonida Fanello, Cinzia La Rocca, Michela Mariottini, Monia Renzi, Sabrina Tait, Carlo Zaghi, Alberto Mantovani, Silvano Ettore Focardi
The PREVIENI project (funded by the Ministry of Environment) investigated the exposure to endocrine disrupters in samples of human population and environmental biota in Italy. The environmental biomonitoring considered two Italian WWF Oasis, with the aim to compare the presence and effects of endocrine disruptors in organisms from two protected natural areas, respectively, upstream and downstream a chemical emission site. Chemical analysis of pollutants' tissue levels was made on tissues from earthworm, barbell, trout, and coot, selected as bioindicator organisms...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821464/multi-elemental-nanoparticle-exposure-after-tantalum-component-failure-in-hip-arthroplasty-in-depth-analysis-of-a-single-case
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Janosch Schoon, Sven Geißler, Juliane Traeger, Andreas Luch, Jutta Tentschert, Giorgio Perino, Frank Schulze, Georg N Duda, Carsten Perka, Anastasia Rakow
Porous tantalum components are widely used for complex acetabular reconstructions in revision hip arthroplasty. Multiple other metal alloys such as titanium-aluminum-vanadium or cobalt-chromium-molybdenum are principally used in artificial joint setups. We report a case of tantalum component failure being both cause and effect of a multiple metal exposure. Our aims were to assess and to characterize associated particle exposure and biological consequences. Metal level quantification revealed substantial in vivo exposure to particulate and dissociated tantalum, zirconium, chromium, cobalt, molybdenum, titanium, aluminum and vanadium in periprosthetic compartments...
August 16, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820536/atp7a-and-atp7b-regulate-copper-homeostasis-in-developing-male-germ-cells-in-mice
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Mateusz Ogórek, Małgorzata Lenartowicz, Rafał Starzyński, Aneta Jończy, Robert Staroń, Andrzej Doniec, Wojciech Krzeptowski, Aleksandra Bednarz, Olga Pierzchała, Paweł Lipiński, Zenon Rajfur, Zbigniew Baster, Patrycja Gibas-Tybur, Paweł Grzmil
The maintenance of copper homeostasis is critical for all cells. As learned from mice with disturbed copper metabolism, this trace element is also important for spermatogenesis. The experiments conducted in yeasts have demonstrated that appropriate copper level must be preserved to enable meiosis progression; however, increased copper level is toxic for cells. This study aims to analyze the expression profile of Atp7a and Atp7b and other genes encoding copper-related proteins during spermatogenesis in mice...
August 18, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820390/small-molecule-inhibitors-of-dna-pk-for-tumor-sensitization-to-anticancer-therapy
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M Pospisilova, M Seifrtova, M Rezacova
The most sensitive cell structure - a DNA molecule, is the common target of cancer therapy. DNA damage response (controlled by enzymes from the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-related kinases family - PIKK) presents many encouraging targets for improving both conventional cytotoxic anticancer therapy and individualized monotherapy. DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) is a member of the PIKK superfamily and plays an important role in the detection and repair of DNA double-strand breaks via the non-homologous end-joining pathway...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817665/concentrations-of-trace-elements-in-human-milk-comparisons-among-women-in-argentina-namibia-poland-and-the-united-states
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Laura D Klein, Alicia A Breakey, Brooke Scelza, Claudia Valeggia, Grazyna Jasienska, Katie Hinde
Human milk contains essential micronutrients for growth and development during early life. Environmental pollutants, such as potentially toxic metals, can also be transferred to the infant through human milk. These elements have been well-studied, but changing diets and environments and advances in laboratory technology require re-examining these elements in a variety of settings. The aim of this study was to characterize the concentrations of essential and toxic metals in human milk from four diverse populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815642/nox4-and-nrf2-mediated-oxidative-stress-induced-by-silver-nanoparticles-in-vascular-endothelial-cells
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Xia Sun, Yi Yang, Junpeng Shi, Chengcheng Wang, Zhenfeng Yu, Hongwu Zhang
It has been widely reported that silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) induce oxidative stress in various cell lines. However, the mechanism for this effect and its consequences for cellular signaling are poorly understood. In this study, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were used to assess the toxicity and investigate the associated molecular mechanisms caused by exposure to AgNPs. We demonstrated that AgNP exposure significantly and dose-dependently decreased the cell viability, induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and led to early apoptosis in HUVECs...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814522/characterization-of-cis-acting-rna-elements-of-zika-virus-by-using-a-self-splicing-ribozyme-dependent-infectious-clone
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Zhong-Yu Liu, Jiu-Yang Yu, Xing-Yao Huang, Hang Fan, Xiao-Feng Li, Yong-Qiang Deng, Xue Ji, Meng-Li Cheng, Qing Ye, Hui Zhao, Jian-Feng Han, Xiao-Ping An, Tao Jiang, Bo Zhang, Yi-Gang Tong, Cheng-Feng Qin
Zika virus (ZIKV) has caused significant outbreaks and epidemics in the Americas recently, raising global concern due to its ability to cause microcephaly and other neurological complications. A stable and efficient infectious clone of ZIKV is urgently needed. However, the instability and toxicity of flavivirus cDNA clones in E. coli hosts has hindered the development of ZIKV infectious clones. Herein, using a novel self-splicing ribozyme-based strategy, we have generated a stable infectious cDNA clone of a contemporary ZIKV strain imported from Venezuela to China in 2016...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812058/environmental-pollutants-and-neurodevelopment-review-of-benefits-from-closure-of-a-coal-burning-power-plant-in-tongliang-china
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Vrinda Kalia, Frederica Perera, Deliang Tang
Background. Understanding preventable causes of neurodevelopmental disorders is a public health priority. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from combustion of fossil fuel, lead, and mercury are among known neurodevelopmental toxicants. Method. For the first time, we comprehensively review the findings from a study by the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health and Chinese partners that followed 2 groups of mother-child pairs, one from 2002 and another from 2005, in Tongliang County, China. Pregnant mothers in the 2 cohorts experienced different exposure to PAH because a local coal-burning power plant was shut down in 2004...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811719/refractory-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-a-patient-with-hypothyroidism-another-element-in-ammonia-metabolism
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Fernando Díaz-Fontenla, Marta Castillo-Pradillo, Arantxa Díaz-Gómez, Luis Ibañez-Samaniego, Pilar Gancedo, Juan Adan Guzmán-de-Villoria, Pilar Fernández-García, Rafael Bañares-Cañizares, Rita García-Martínez
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) remains a diagnosis of exclusion due to the lack of specific signs and symptoms. Refractory HE is an uncommon but serious condition that requires the search of hidden precipitating events (i.e., portosystemic shunt) and alternative diagnosis. Hypothyroidism shares clinical manifestations with HE and is usually considered within the differential diagnosis of HE. Here, we describe a patient with refractory HE who presented a large portosystemic shunt and post-ablative hypothyroidism...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811267/app-a%C3%AE-structural-diversity-and-alzheimer-s-disease-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Alex E Roher, Tyler A Kokjohn, Steven G Clarke, Michael R Sierks, Chera L Maarouf, Geidy E Serrano, Marwan S Sabbagh, Thomas G Beach
The amyloid cascade hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) proposes amyloid- β (Aβ) is a chief pathological element of dementia. AD therapies have targeted monomeric and oligomeric Aβ 1-40 and 1-42 peptides. However, alternative APP proteolytic processing produces a complex roster of Aβ species. In addition, Aβ peptides are subject to extensive posttranslational modification (PTM). We propose that amplified production of some APP/Aβ species, perhaps exacerbated by differential gene expression and reduced peptide degradation, creates a diverse spectrum of modified species which disrupt brain homeostasis and accelerate AD neurodegeneration...
August 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811111/cell-cultures-in-drug-discovery-and-development-the-need-of-reliable-in-vitro-in-vivo-extrapolation-for-pharmacodynamics-and-pharmacokinetics-assessment
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REVIEW
Karol Jaroch, Alina Jaroch, Barbara Bojko
For ethical and cost-related reasons, use of animals for the assessment of mode of action, metabolism and/or toxicity of new drug candidates has been increasingly scrutinized in research and industrial applications. Implementation of the 3 "Rs"(1); rule (Reduction, Replacement, Refinement) through development of in silico or in vitro assays has become an essential element of risk assessment. Physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK(2)) modeling is the most potent in silico tool used for extrapolation of pharmacokinetic parameters to animal or human models from results obtained in vitro...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811029/use-of-diffusive-gradient-in-thin-films-for-in-situ-measurements-a-review-on-the-progress-in-chemical-fractionation-speciation-and-bioavailability-of-metals-in-waters
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REVIEW
Amauri Antonio Menegário, Lauren N Marques Yabuki, Karen S Luko, Paul N Williams, Daniel M Blackburn
Chemical fractionation, speciation analysis and bioavailability of metals and metalloids in waters have received increased attention in recent years. However, this interest is not matched by progress in improving species integrity during standard 'grab' sample collection, processing and storage. Time-averaged, low disturbance sampling, in situ, of trace element species, in particular, is a more reliable approach for environmental chemical surveillance and methods based on the diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique stand out as one of the most widely used of the passive sampler classes, and hence will be the primary focus of this review...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808127/the-components-of-the-unique-zur-regulon-of-cupriavidus-metallidurans-mediate-cytoplasmic-zinc-handling
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Lucy Bütof, Christopher Schmidt-Vogler, Martin Herzberg, Cornelia Große, Dietrich H Nies
Zinc is an essential trace element and at the same time it is toxic at high concentrations. In the beta-proteobacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans the highly efficient removal of surplus zinc from the periplasm is responsible for its outstanding metal resistance. Rather than having a typical Zur-dependent, high-affinity ATP-binding cassette transporter of the ABC protein superfamily for zinc uptake at low concentrations, C. metallidurans instead has the secondary zinc importer ZupT of the ZRT/IRT (ZIP) family...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806549/liming-impacts-on-soils-crops-and-biodiversity-in-the-uk-a-review
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REVIEW
J E Holland, A E Bennett, A C Newton, P J White, B M McKenzie, T S George, R J Pakeman, J S Bailey, D A Fornara, R C Hayes
Fertile soil is fundamental to our ability to achieve food security, but problems with soil degradation (such as acidification) are exacerbated by poor management. Consequently, there is a need to better understand management approaches that deliver multiple ecosystem services from agricultural land. There is global interest in sustainable soil management including the re-evaluation of existing management practices. Liming is a long established practice to ameliorate acidic soils and many liming-induced changes are well understood...
August 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805962/medicago-truncatula-molybdate-transporter-type-1-mtmot1-3-is-a-plasma-membrane-molybdenum-transporter-required-for-nitrogenase-activity-in-root-nodules-under-molybdenum-deficiency
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Manuel Tejada-Jiménez, Patricia Gil-Díez, Javier León-Mediavilla, Jiangqi Wen, Kirankumar S Mysore, Juan Imperial, Manuel González-Guerrero
Molybdenum, as a component of the iron-molybdenum cofactor of nitrogenase, is essential for symbiotic nitrogen fixation. This nutrient has to be provided by the host plant through molybdate transporters. Members of the molybdate transporter family Molybdate Transporter type 1 (MOT1) were identified in the model legume Medicago truncatula and their expression in nodules was determined. Yeast toxicity assays, confocal microscopy, and phenotypical characterization of a Transposable Element from Nicotiana tabacum (Tnt1) insertional mutant line were carried out in the one M...
August 14, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803809/improved-androgen-specificity-of-ar-ecoscreen-by-crispr-based-glucocorticoid-receptor-knockout
#17
Nick Zwart, Dave Andringa, Willem-Jan de Leeuw, Hiroyuki Kojima, Mitsuru Iida, Corine Houtman, Jacob de Boer, Jeroen Kool, Marja Lamoree, Timo Hamers
The AR-EcoScreen is a widely used reporter assay for the detection of androgens and anti-androgens. Endogenous expression of glucocorticoid receptors and their affinity for the androgen responsive element that drives reporter expression, however, makes the reporter cells sensitive to interference by glucocorticoids and less specific for (anti-)androgens. To create a glucocorticoid insensitive derivative of the AR-EcoScreen, CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing was used to develop glucocorticoid receptor knockout mutants by targeting various sites in the glucocorticoid gene...
August 10, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803204/silver-nanoparticles-or-free-silver-ions-work-an-enantioselective-phytotoxicity-study-with-a-chiral-tool
#18
Zunwei Chen, Xiaolin Sheng, Jia Wang, Yuezhong Wen
Nowadays, silver nanoparticles (AgNP) have been widely used and there are raising concerns about their potential adverse effects on organism. As for the exact toxicity mechanism of AgNP, opinions still vary and whether the released silver ions (Ag(+)) or AgNP themselves are responsible for the toxicity remains debatable. In the present study, we have designed two exposure systems where Ag(+) and AgNP coexisted but differed in quantification by using photo-reduced method with cysteine enantiomers, and their toxicities to freshwater microalgae Scenedesmus obliquus and model plant Arabidopsis thaliana were determined...
August 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802224/speciation-of-the-trivalent-f-elements-eu-iii-and-cm-iii-in-digestive-media
#19
Claudia Wilke, Astrid Barkleit, Thorsten Stumpf, Atsushi Ikeda-Ohno
In case radioactive materials are released into the environment, their incorporation into our digestive system would be a significant concern. Trivalent f-elements, i.e., trivalent actinides and lanthanides, could potentially represent a serious health risk due to their chemo- and radiotoxicity, nevertheless the biochemical behavior of these elements are mostly unknown even to date. This study, therefore, focuses on the chemical speciation of trivalent f-elements in the human gastrointestinal tract. To simulate the digestive system artificial digestive juices (saliva, gastric juice, pancreatic juice and bile fluid) were prepared...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800687/the-profound-effect-of-harmful-cyanobacterial-blooms-from-food-web-and-management-perspectives
#20
Sigitas Šulčius, Danguolė Montvydienė, Hanna Mazur-Marzec, Jūratė Kasperovičienė, Rokas Rulevičius, Živilė Cibulskaitė
Sustainable and effective water management plans must have a reliable risk assessment strategies for harmful cyanobacterial blooms (HABs) that would enable timely decisions to be made, thus avoiding the trespassing of ecological thresholds, leading to the collapse of ecosystem structure and function. Such strategies are usually based on cyanobacterial biomass and/or on the monitoring of known toxins, which may, however, in many cases, under- or over-represent the actual toxicity of the HAB. Therefore, in this study, by the application of growth-inhibition assays using different bacteria, algae, zooplankton and fish species, we assessed the toxicological potential of two cyanobacterial blooms that differed in total cyanobacterial biomass, species composition and cyanopeptide profiles...
August 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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