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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913019/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-shallow-percolated-water-of-the-alps-karst-system-zugspitze-summit-germany
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Walkiria Levy, Marchela Pandelova, Bernhard Henkelmann, Silke Bernhöft, Norbert Fischer, Felix Antritter, Karl-Werner Schramm
In the German Calcareous Alps at the Zugspitze, percolated water close to a permafrost bedrock in a tunnel system was monitored long-term for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDF), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), and 28 organochlorine pesticides (OCP). Semi-permeable membrane devices (SPMD) were deployed in a temporary surface water system at the Zugspitze plateau and analysed for PCB, PAH, and OCP. The high-volume water sampling was successfully implemented and all compounds were identified in the water percolated through the Karst system...
November 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912044/mutations-in-prosc-disrupt-cellular-pyridoxal-phosphate-homeostasis-and-cause-vitamin-b6-dependent-epilepsy
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Niklas Darin, Emma Reid, Laurence Prunetti, Lena Samuelsson, Ralf A Husain, Matthew Wilson, Basma El Yacoubi, Emma Footitt, W K Chong, Louise C Wilson, Helen Prunty, Simon Pope, Simon Heales, Karine Lascelles, Mike Champion, Evangeline Wassmer, Pierangelo Veggiotti, Valérie de Crécy-Lagard, Philippa B Mills, Peter T Clayton
Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), the active form of vitamin B6, functions as a cofactor in humans for more than 140 enzymes, many of which are involved in neurotransmitter synthesis and degradation. A deficiency of PLP can present, therefore, as seizures and other symptoms that are treatable with PLP and/or pyridoxine. Deficiency of PLP in the brain can be caused by inborn errors affecting B6 vitamer metabolism or by inactivation of PLP, which can occur when compounds accumulate as a result of inborn errors of other pathways or when small molecules are ingested...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908678/avoidance-of-late-rectal-toxicity-after-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-boost-treatment-for-prostate-cancer
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Borut Kragelj, Jernej Zlatic, Lijana Zaletel-Kragelj
PURPOSE: To elucidate potential risk factors important for the appearance of late rectal toxicity (LRT) after high-dose-rate boost treatment (HDRBT) of prostate cancer and to validate the predictive value of the minimal dose to the most exposed 2 cc of rectum received with HDRBT (D2ccrect). METHODS AND MATERIALS: The study of LRT, defined as relative deterioration of defecation problems (RDDP) (stool frequency, pain, rectal bleeding, fecal urgency, and incontinence) during follow-up period, was carried out on 88 patients, consecutively treated from October 2006 through April 2011 with HDRBT of 3 × 6-7 Gy to 50-50...
November 28, 2016: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908585/innovative-pretreatment-strategies-for-biogas-production
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REVIEW
Regina J Patinvoh, Osagie A Osadolor, Konstantinos Chandolias, Ilona Sárvári Horváth, Mohammad J Taherzadeh
Biogas or biomethane is traditionally produced via anaerobic digestion, or recently by thermochemical or a combination of thermochemical and biological processes via syngas (CO and H2) fermentation. However, many of the feedstocks have recalcitrant structure and are difficult to digest (e.g., lignocelluloses or keratins), or they have toxic compounds (such as fruit flavors or high ammonia content), or not digestible at all (e.g., plastics). To overcome these challenges, innovative strategies for enhanced and economically favorable biogas production were proposed in this review...
November 22, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907875/s-substituted-3-5-dinitrophenyl-1-3-4-oxadiazole-2-thiols-and-tetrazole-5-thiols-as-highly-efficient-antitubercular-agents
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Galina Karabanovich, Jan Němeček, Lenka Valášková, Alejandro Carazo, Klára Konečná, Jiřina Stolaříková, Alexandr Hrabálek, Oto Pavliš, Petr Pávek, Kateřina Vávrová, Jaroslav Roh, Věra Klimešová
Two new classes of antitubercular agents, namely 5-alkylsulfanyl-1-(3,5-dinitrophenyl)-1H-tetrazoles and 2-alkylsulfanyl-5-(3,5-dinitrophenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazoles, and their structure-activity relationships are described. These compounds possessed excellent activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, including the clinically isolated multidrug (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strains, with no cross resistance with first or second-line anti-TB drugs. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of the most promising compounds reached 0...
November 21, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905617/a-novel-ag-i-calix-4-arene-coordination-polymer-for-the-sensitive-detection-and-efficient-photodegradation-of-nitrobenzene-in-aqueous-solution
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Lei-Lei Liu, Jing Chen, Cai-Xia Yu, Wen-Xing Lv, Hui-Ying Yu, Xiao-Qing Cui, Lin Liu
Nitrobenzene (NB) is a widespread and highly toxic organic pollutant in water, and consequently its detection and removal have attracted considerable attention. In the present study, we designed and synthesized a novel coordination polymer, [AgL0.5(NO3)]n (1), {L = 25,26,27,28-tetra[(3-pyridylmethyl)oxy]calix[4]arene}, from AgNO3 and a tetra-pyridyl-functionalized calix[4]arene ligand, which possessed a 2D network based on [Ag4L(NO3)4] units. The 1-modified glassy carbon electrode (1/GCE) exhibited good electrocatalytic activity toward the reduction of NB, offering the selective detection of NB in a wide linear range (1-2450 μM) and a low detection limit (0...
December 1, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905279/cloning-of-the-dna-vaccine-candidate-lack-gene-of-leishmania-infantum
#7
Serkan Karaca, Şirin Sahra Ceylan, Süleyman Yazar, Salih Kuk
OBJECTIVE: Leishmaniasis is caused by an obligate intracellular protozoa belonging to Leishmania genus and listed among major tropical diseases by WHO. Because of the high costs, toxicity, and adverse effects of routinely used compounds in the treatment, alternative treatment and vaccine studies are underway. An effective vaccine has not been developed to date. In this study, we aimed to clone one of the most promising DNA vaccine candidates: the homolog-activated C kinase (LACK) gene of Leishmania infantum...
September 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903287/high-content-imaging-quantification-of-multiple-in-vitro-human-neurogenesis-events-after-neurotoxin-exposure
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Xian Wu, Anirban Majumder, Robin Webb, Steven L Stice
BACKGROUND: Our objective was to test neural active compounds in a human developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) model that represents neural tube stages of vulnerability. Previously we showed that 14 days in vitro (DIV 14) was sufficient to generate cryopreserved neuronal cells for post thaw neurite recovery assays. However, short exposure and assessment may not detect toxicants that affect an early neurogenesis continuum, from a mitotic human neural progenitor (hNP) cell population through the course of neurite outgrowth in differentiating neurons...
December 1, 2016: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901175/adme-studies-and-preliminary-safety-pharmacology-of-ldt5-a-lead-compound-for-the-treatment-of-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia
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F Noël, J B Nascimento-Viana, L A S Romeiro, R O Silva, L F N Lemes, A S Oliveira, T B S Giorno, P D Fernandes, C L M Silva
This study aimed to estimate the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) properties and safety of LDT5, a lead compound for oral treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia that has previously been characterized as a multi-target antagonist of α1A-, α1D-adrenoceptors and 5-HT1A receptors. The preclinical characterization of this compound comprised the evaluation of its in vitro properties, including plasma, microsomal and hepatocytes stability, cytochrome P450 metabolism and inhibition, plasma protein binding, and permeability using MDCK-MDR1 cells...
2016: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900358/structural-and-antitrypanosomal-data-of-different-carbasones-of-piperitone
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Amoussatou Sakirigui, Fernand Gbaguidi, Urbain C Kasséhin, Jacques Poupaert, Georges C Accrombessi, Simeon O Kotchoni
This article reports data on four carbazones of piperitone: semicarbazone 1, thiosemicarbazone 2, 4-phenyl semicarbazone 3 and 4-phenyl thiosemicarbazone 4 prepared directly in situ from essential oil of Cymbopogon schoenantus, whose GC-FID and GC-MS analysis revealed piperitone as major component (68.20%). The structures of hemi-synthesized compounds were confirmed by high throughput IR, MS, (1)H and (13)C NMR based spectrometric analysis. Their antiparasitic activities were evaluated in vitro on Trypanosoma brucei brucei (Tbb)...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896563/broad-spectrum-antiviral-properties-of-andrographolide
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REVIEW
Swati Gupta, K P Mishra, Lilly Ganju
Andrographolide, a diterpenoid, is known for its anti-inflammatory effects. It can be isolated from various plants of the genus Andrographis, commonly known as 'creat'. This purified compound has been tested for its anti-inflammatory effects in various stressful conditions, such as ischemia, pyrogenesis, arthritis, hepatic or neural toxicity, carcinoma, and oxidative stress, Apart from its anti-inflammatory effects, andrographolide also exhibits immunomodulatory effects by effectively enhancing cytotoxic T cells, natural killer (NK) cells, phagocytosis, and antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC)...
November 28, 2016: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895021/1-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activity-of-sulfur-containing-linear-bisphosphonates-against-apicomplexan-parasites
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Sergio H Szajnman, Tamila Galaka, Zhu-Hong Li, Catherine Li, Nathan M Howell, María N Chao, Boris Striepen, Vasant Muralidharan, Silvia N J Moreno, Juan B Rodriguez
We tested a series of sulfur-containing linear bisphosphonates against Toxoplasma gondii, the etiologic agent of toxoplasmosis. The most potent compound ( 22: , 1-[(n-decylsulfonyl)ethyl]-1,1-biphosphonic acid) is a sulfone-containing compound, which had an EC50 of 0.11 ± 0.02 μM against intracellular tachyzoites. The compound showed low toxicity when tested in tissue culture with a selectivity index of >2,000. 22: also showed high activity in vivo in a toxoplasmosis mouse model. The compound inhibited the Toxoplasma farnesyl diphosphate synthase (TgFPPS) but the concentration needed to inhibit 50% of the enzymatic activity (IC50) was higher than the concentration that inhibited 50% of growth...
November 28, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894726/petroleum-hydrocarbon-persistence-following-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-as-a-function-of-shoreline-energy
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Meredith Evans, Jiqing Liu, Hernando Bacosa, Brad E Rosenheim, Zhanfei Liu
An important aspect of oil spill science is understanding how the compounds within spilled oil, especially toxic components, change with weathering. In this study we follow the evolution of petroleum hydrocarbons, including n-alkanes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and alkylated PAHs, on a Louisiana beach and salt marsh for three years following the Deepwater Horizon spill. Relative to source oil, we report overall depletion of low molecular weight n-alkanes and PAHs in all locations with time. The magnitude of depletion, however, depends on the sampling location, whereby sites with highest wave energy have highest compound depletion...
November 26, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894681/results-of-micronucleus-assays-with-individuals-who-are-occupationally-and-environmentally-exposed-to-mercury-lead-and-cadmium
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REVIEW
Armen Nersesyan, Michael Kundi, Monika Waldherr, Tahereh Setayesh, Miroslav Mišík, Georg Wultsch, Metka Filipic, Gustavo Rafael Mazzaron Barcelos, Siegfried Knasmueller
Millions of humans are exposed occupationally and environmentally to lead, mercury and cadmium compounds. Mercury compounds are less abundant but some of them belong to the most toxic chemicals which are known. We evaluated the literature to find out if these metals act in humans as genotoxic carcinogens and if their health effects can be predicted by use of micronucleus (MN) assays with lymphocytes and/or with other genotoxicity tests. Numerous studies showed that lead and mercury induce cancer in humans and also in animals, in vitro experiments with cultured cells indicate that they cause DNA damage via different molecular mechanisms including release of reactive oxygen species and interactions with DNA repair processes...
October 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894680/frequency-of-micronuclei-and-other-biomarkers-of-dna-damage-in-populations-exposed-to-dusts-asbestos-and-other-fibers-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Stefano Bonassi, Mirta Milić, Monica Neri
Airborne particles are small, solid particles projected into the air either by natural forces, or by mechanical or man-made processes, and include fibers and dusts. Their toxicity is usually subsequent to inhalation and can lead to pulmonary dysfunctions and diseases, including cancer. Cytochalasin B blocked micronucleus assay in lymphocytes (L-CBMN) has been shown as a sensitive and reliable technique in assessing genotoxic exposure, An extensive search of the PubMed and Web of Science databases allowed retrieval of 18 articles on occupational or environmental exposure evaluating L-CBMN in subjects exposed to fibers or dusts (asbestos, silica, rockwool, beryllium, tobacco, and wood)...
October 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894362/the-trypanosome-alternative-oxidase-a-potential-drug-target
#16
Stefanie K Menzies, Lindsay B Tulloch, Gordon J Florence, Terry K Smith
New drugs against Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of Human African Trypanosomiasis, are urgently needed to replace the highly toxic and largely ineffective therapies currently used. The trypanosome alternative oxidase (TAO) is an essential and unique mitochondrial protein in these parasites and is absent from mammalian mitochondria, making it an attractive drug target. The structure and function of the protein are now well characterized, with several inhibitors reported in the literature, which show potential as clinical drug candidates...
November 29, 2016: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893829/sansevieria-roxburghiana-schult-schult-f-family-asparagaceae-attenuates-type-2-diabetes-and-its-associated-cardiomyopathy
#17
Niloy Bhattacharjee, Ritu Khanra, Tarun K Dua, Susmita Das, Bratati De, M Zia-Ul-Haq, Vincenzo De Feo, Saikat Dewanjee
BACKGROUND: Sansevieria roxburghiana Schult. & Schult. F. (Family: Asparagaceae) rhizome has been claimed to possess antidiabetic activity in the ethno-medicinal literature in India. Therefore, present experiments were carried out to explore the protective role of edible (aqueous) extract of S. roxburghiana rhizome (SR) against experimentally induced type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and its associated cardiomyopathy in Wistar rats. METHODS: SR was chemically characterized by GC-MS analysis...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891329/effects-of-lead-in-various-preparatory-stages-of-nagabhasma-on-function-and-histopathology-of-cornu-ammonis-of-hippocampus
#18
Lydia S Quadros, Hemalatha Bangera, Sushma R Kotian, Kumar M R Bhat
INTRODUCTION: Heavy metals are frequently used in the preparations of traditional/folk medicines. One such preparation in Ayurveda is Nagabhasma, in which lead is the main ingredient. Lead is non-essential element to the human body and is known toxic substance to many organ systems. However, it is claimed that, the highly toxic metallic lead will be converted into health beneficial organo-metallic compound when raw lead is subjected to various traditional methods of purification during preparation as mentioned in the ancient medicinal system...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889512/genotoxicity-and-growth-inhibition-effects-of-aniline-on-wheat
#19
Nan Tao, Guanyi Liu, Lu Bai, Lu Tang, Changhong Guo
Aniline is a synthetic compound widely used in industrial and pesticide production, which can lead to environmental pollution. Its high concentration in rivers and lakes is hazardous to aquatic species. Although the mechanism of aniline toxicity has been studied extensively in animals and algae, little is known about its genotoxicity in plants. In this study, we investigated the genotoxicity effects of aniline on wheat root tip cells. The mitotic index of wheat root tip cells decreased when the aniline test concentration was higher than 10 mg L(-1)...
November 24, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889456/synthesis-of-new-morpholine-connected-pyrazolidine-derivatives-and-their-antimicrobial-antioxidant-and-cytotoxic-activities
#20
Radhakrishnan Surendra Kumar, Meera Moydeen, Salem S Al-Deyab, Aseer Manilal, Akbar Idhayadhulla
A simple and convenient one-pot four-component synthesis of morpholine-connected pyrazolidine derivatives 2a-f and 4a-f was developed using direct metal-free catalysis, with the identities of the synthesized compounds confirmed by IR, NMR ((1)H and (13)C), mass spectrometry, and elemental analysis. The prepared compounds were inspected for antimicrobial, antioxidant, and cytotoxic activities. Antimicrobial and antifungal activities against five bacterial and four fungal pathogens, respectively, were investigated using the disc diffusion technique...
November 14, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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