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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224911/determination-of-total-cyanide-in-soil-by-isotope-dilution-gc-ms-following-pentafluorobenzyl-derivatization
#1
Beatrice Campanella, Lorenzo Biancalana, Lucia D'Ulivo, Massimo Onor, Emilia Bramanti, Zoltan Mester, Enea Pagliano
The high toxicity of cyanide, along with its widespread industrial use, has fuelled interest in the development of analytical methods for its determination in complex matrices. In this study, we propose a novel approach for the measurement of total cyanide in soil samples based on single-step derivatization with pentafluorobenzyl bromide (F5Bn-Br) followed by quantitation with gas chromatography mass spectrometry in negative chemical ionization mode. The reaction between CN(-) and F5Bn-Br resulted in the identification of several derivatives such as F5Bn-CN, (F5Bn)(F5Ph)CH-CN, and (F5Bn)2(F5Ph)C-CN...
April 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223076/leaching-of-rare-earth-elements-from-fluorescent-powder-using-the-tea-fungus-kombucha
#2
Stefanie Hopfe, Katrin Flemming, Falk Lehmann, Robert Möckel, Sabine Kutschke, Katrin Pollmann
In most modern technologies such as flat screens, highly effective magnets and lasers, as well as luminescence phosphors, Rare Earth Elements (REE) are used. Unfortunately no environmentally friendly recycling process exists so far. In comparison to other elements the interaction of microorganisms with REE has been studied to a less extent. However, as REE are ubiquitously present in nature it can be assumed that microorganisms play an important role in the biogeochemistry of REE. This study investigates the potential of organic acid-producing microbes for extracting REE from industrial waste...
February 17, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223069/evaluation-of-antibacterial-potential-and-toxicity-of-plant-volatile-compounds-using-new-broth-microdilution-volatilization-method-and-modified-mtt-assay
#3
Marketa Houdkova, Johana Rondevaldova, Ivo Doskocil, Ladislav Kokoska
With aim to develop effective proof-of-concept approach which can be used in a development of new preparations for the inhalation therapy, we designed a new screening method for simple and rapid simultaneous determination of antibacterial potential of plant volatiles in the liquid and the vapour phase at different concentrations. In addition, EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) capmat™ as vapour barrier cover was used as reliable modification of thiazolyl blue tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay for cytotoxicity testing of volatiles on microtiter plates...
February 18, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223025/transcriptional-regulation-of-human-paraoxonase-1-by-nuclear-receptors
#4
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N Ponce-Ruiz, F E Murillo-González, A E Rojas-García, Mike Mackness, Y Y Bernal-Hernández, B S Barrón-Vivanco, C A González-Arias, I M Medina-Díaz
Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) is a calcium-dependent esterase synthesized primarily in the liver and secreted into the plasma, where it is associates with high density lipoproteins (HDL). PON1 acts as antioxidant preventing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation which is believed to be critical in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Additionally, PON1 hydrolyzes and detoxifies some toxic metabolites of organophosphorus compounds (OPs). Thus, PON1 activity and expression levels are important for determining susceptibility to OPs intoxication and risk of diseases related to inflammation and oxidative stress...
February 18, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222317/synthesis-antimalarial-activity-heme-binding-and-docking-studies-of-n-substituted-4-aminoquinoline-pyrimidine-molecular-hybrids
#5
Shiv Shyam Maurya, Shabana I Khan, Aparna Bahuguna, Deepak Kumar, Diwan S Rawat
A series of novel N-substituted 4-aminoquinoline-pyrimidine hybrids have been synthesized via simple and economic route and evaluated for their antimalarial activity. Most compounds showed potent antimalarial activity against both CQ-sensitive and CQ-resistant strains with high selectivity index. All the compounds were found to be non-toxic to the mammalian cell lines. The most active compound 7b was analysed for heme binding activity using UV-spectrophotometer. Compound was found to interact with heme and a complex formation between compound and heme in a 1:1 stoichiometry ratio was determined using job plots...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222315/allylic-isothiouronium-salts-the-discovery-of-a-novel-class-of-thiourea-analogues-with-antitumor-activity
#6
Misael Ferreira, Laura Sartori Assunção, Adny Henrique Silva, Fabíola Branco Filippin-Monteiro, Tânia Beatriz Creczynski-Pasa, Marcus Mandolesi Sá
A series of 28 aryl- and alkyl-substituted isothiouronium salts were readily synthesized in high yields through the reaction of allylic bromides with thiourea, N-monosubstituted thioureas or thiosemicarbazide. The S-allylic isothiouronium salts substituted with aliphatic groups were found to be the most effective against leukemia cells. These compounds combine high antitumor activity and low toxicity toward non-tumoral cells, with selectivity index higher than 20 in some cases. Furthermore, the selected isothiouronium salts induced G2/M cell cycle arrest and cell death, possibly by apoptosis...
February 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220163/a-microneedle-biosensor-for-minimally-invasive-transdermal-detection-of-nerve-agents
#7
Rupesh K Mishra, A M Vinu Mohan, Fernando Soto, Robert Chrostowski, Joseph Wang
A microneedle electrochemical biosensor for the minimally invasive detection of organophosphate (OP) chemical agents is described. The new sensor relies on the coupling of the effective biocatalytic action of organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH) with a hollow-microneedle modified carbon-paste array electrode transducer, and involves rapid square-wave voltammetric (SWV) measurements of the p-nitrophenol product of the OPH enzymatic reaction in the presence of the OP substrate. The scanning-potential SWV transduction mode offers an additional dimension of selectivity compared to common fixed-potential OPH-amperometric biosensors...
February 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219526/antifungal-activity-of-ionic-liquids-based-on-menthol-a-mechanism-study
#8
Jakub Suchodolski, Joanna Feder-Kubis, Anna Krasowska
The mechanism of toxicity of chiral ionic liquids with (1R,2S,5R)-(-)-menthol [Cn-Am-Men][Cl] (n=10, 11 or 12) in the fungus Candida albicans is reported here. Ionic liquids were more toxic towards Candida strain lacking all identified multidrug resistance efflux pumps. Moreover, the compounds tested inhibited C. albicans filamentation at the concentration at which detached fungal cells also adhered to the plastic surface. Our results showed the high activity of all the tested chiral ionic liquids in the permeabilization of C...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219521/butyrate-influences-intracellular-levels-of-adenine-and-adenine-derivatives-in-the-fungus-penicillium-restrictum
#9
Christoph Zutz, Yi Ming Chiang, Bettina Faehnrich, Markus Bacher, Roland Hellinger, Bernhard Kluger, Martin Wagner, Joseph Strauss, Kathrin Rychli
Butyrate, a small fatty acid, has an important role in the colon of ruminants and mammalians including the inhibition of inflammation and the regulation of cell proliferation. There is also growing evidence that butyrate is influencing the histone structure in mammalian cells by inhibition of histone deacetylation. Butyrate shows furthermore an antimicrobial activity against fungi, yeast and bacteria, which is linked to its toxicity at a high concentration. In fungi there are indications that butyrate induces the production of secondary metabolites potentially via inhibition of histone deacetylases...
April 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217795/understanding-the-microscopic-binding-mechanism-of-hydroxylated-and-sulfated-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-with-transthyretin-by-molecular-docking-molecular-dynamics-simulations-and-binding-free-energy-calculations
#10
Huiming Cao, Yuzhen Sun, Ling Wang, Chunyan Zhao, Jianjie Fu, Aiqian Zhang
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), one typical type of persistent environmental contaminant, have toxicological effects such as disrupting thyroid homeostasis in the human body. The high binding affinities of hydroxylated metabolites of PBDEs (OH-PBDEs) with transthyretin (TTR) were considered to be one major reason for their extraordinary capacity of passing through the blood-brain barrier via competitive thyroid hormone (T4) transport protein binding. Recent findings showed that sulfated PBDEs can be formed in human liver cytosol as phase-II metabolites...
February 20, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217004/rna-silencing-in-plants-mechanisms-technologies-and-applications-in-horticultural-crops
#11
Qigao Guo, Qing Liu, Neil A Smith, Guolu Liang, Ming-Bo Wang
Understanding the fundamental nature of a molecular process or a biological pathway is often a catalyst for the development of new technologies in biology. Indeed, studies from late 1990s to early 2000s have uncovered multiple overlapping but functionally distinct RNA silencing pathways in plants, including the posttranscriptional microRNA and small interfering RNA pathways and the transcriptional RNA-directed DNA methylation pathway. These findings have in turn been exploited for developing artificial RNA silencing technologies such as hairpin RNA, artificial microRNA, intrinsic direct repeat, 3' UTR inverted repeat, artificial trans-acting siRNA, and virus-induced gene silencing technologies...
December 2016: Current Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216602/selenium-and-tellurium-based-antioxidants-for-modulating-inflammation-and-effects-on-osteoblastic-activity
#12
Xi Lu, Gemma Mestres, Vijay Pal Singh, Pedram Effati, Jia-Fei Poon, Lars Engman, Marjam Karlsson Ott
Increased oxidative stress plays a significant role in the etiology of bone diseases. Heightened levels of H2O2 disrupt bone homeostasis, leading to greater bone resorption than bone formation. Organochalcogen compounds could act as free radical trapping agents or glutathione peroxidase mimetics, reducing oxidative stress in inflammatory diseases. In this report, we synthesized and screened a library of organoselenium and organotellurium compounds for hydrogen peroxide scavenging activity, using macrophagic cell lines RAW264...
February 14, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216416/in-silico-analysis-sheds-light-on-the-structural-basis-underlying-the-ribotoxicity-of-trichothecenes-a-tool-for-supporting-the-hazard-identification-process
#13
Luca Dellafiora, Gianni Galaverna, Chiara Dall'Asta
Deoxynivalenol is a foodborne mycotoxin belonging to the trichothecenes family that may cause severe injuries in human and animals. The inhibition of protein synthesis via the interaction with the ribosome has been identified as a crucial mechanism underlying toxic action. However, it is not still fully understood how and to what extent compounds belonging to trichothecenes family affect human and animal health. In turn, this scenario causes delay in managing the related health risk. Aimed at supporting the hazard identification process, the in silico analysis may be a straightforward tool to investigate the structure-activity relationship of trichothecenes, finding out molecules of possible concern to carry forth in the risk assessment process...
February 16, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216165/isolation-and-identification-of-new-chemical-constituents-from-chinese-chive-allium-tuberosum-and-toxicological-evaluation-of-raw-and-cooked-chinese-chive
#14
Quan Gao, Xia-Bing Li, Jia Sun, Er-Dong Xia, Feng Tang, Hai-Qun Cao, Hang Xun
Chinese chive (jiu cai) is a popular vegetable in China and has a unique flavour and aroma. The molecular basis of the characteristic fragrance and nutritional properties of Chinese chive has not been previously identified. Sequential extractions in a series of solvents and high-performance liquid chromatography were used to isolate 40 compounds from Chinese chive. The compounds were identified based on high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectra, 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance techniques, and circular dichroism spectra...
February 16, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214842/inhibition-of-methylglyoxal-induced-ages-rage-expression-contributes-to-dermal-protection-by-n-acetyl-l-cysteine
#15
Chun-Tao Yang, Fu-Hui Meng, Li Chen, Xiang Li, Lai-Jian Cen, Yu-Hua Wen, Cai-Chen Li, Hui Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIM: Accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is a major cause of diabetes mellitus (DM) skin complications. Methylglyoxal (MGO), a reactive dicarbonyl compound, is a crucial intermediate of AGEs generation. N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), an active ingredient of some medicines, can induce endogenous GSH and hydrogen sulfide generation, and set off a condensation reaction with MGO. However, there is rare evidence to show NAC can alleviate DM-induced skin injury through inhibition of AGEs generation or toxicity...
13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214649/evaluation-of-dioxins-and-dioxin-like-compounds-from-a-cement-plant-using-carbide-slag-from-chlor-alkali-industry-as-the-major-raw-material
#16
Yuyang Zhao, Jiayu Zhan, Guorui Liu, Minghui Zheng, Rong Jin, Lili Yang, Liwei Hao, Xiaolin Wu, Xian Zhang, Pu Wang
Carbide slag produced from chlor-alkali industry contains high amounts of calcium compounds and can potentially be used as raw material for cement production; however, it contains large amounts of chlorine so it is essential to evaluate the emissions of chlorinated organic pollutants, including polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs). A field study of the emission profiles of these pollutants in a cement plant using such slag was performed...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213222/development-of-a-qcm-d-biosensor-for-ochratoxin-a-detection-in-red-wine
#17
Aleksandra Karczmarczyk, Karsten Haupt, Karl-Heinz Feller
Ochratoxin A (OTA), a highly toxic compound, is one of the most widely spread mycotoxins that contaminates a large variety of agricultural commodities. Due to its presence in the food chain, it imposes a hazard on both human and animal health. Therefore, there is a need for precise, fast and simple methods for toxin quantification. Herein, a novel sensor based on a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) and antibodies for specific analyte recognition was developed for rapid and sensitive detection of OTA in red wine...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212623/lysozyme-enhances-the-bactericidal-effect-of-bp100-peptide-against-erwinia-amylovora-the-causal-agent-of-fire-blight-of-rosaceous-plants
#18
Jordi Cabrefiga, Emilio Montesinos
BACKGROUND: Fire blight is an important disease affecting rosaceous plants. The causal agent is the bacteria Erwinia amylovora which is poorly controlled with the use of conventional bactericides and biopesticides. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have been proposed as a new compounds suitable for plant disease control. BP100, a synthetic linear undecapeptide (KKLFKKILKYL-NH2), has been reported to be effective against E. amylovora infections. Moreover, BP100 showed bacteriolytic activity, moderate susceptibility to protease degradation and low toxicity...
February 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212474/-zinc-phosphide-poisoning-in-pediatric-patients-from-a-toxicology-center-at-mexico-city
#19
María Carmen Socorro Sánchez-Villegas, Alejandro Bárcena-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Zinc phosphide is a chemical compound that is frequently used as a rodenticide; it is a highly toxic product that is widely used, among other spaces, at home. Given that it is a highly commercialized pesticide and that there is no antidote, it is mandatory to establish favorably the clinical manifestations of the intoxication. The aim was to describe the epidemiological and clinical profile of children intoxicated with zinc phosphide attended in a toxicological center of a tertiary referral hospital...
2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211535/arylmethylamino-steroids-as-antiparasitic-agents
#20
Reimar Krieg, Esther Jortzik, Alice-Anne Goetz, Stéphanie Blandin, Sergio Wittlin, Mourad Elhabiri, Mahsa Rahbari, Selbi Nuryyeva, Kerstin Voigt, Hans-Martin Dahse, Axel Brakhage, Svenja Beckmann, Thomas Quack, Christoph G Grevelding, Anthony B Pinkerton, Bruno Schönecker, Jeremy Burrows, Elisabeth Davioud-Charvet, Stefan Rahlfs, Katja Becker
In search of antiparasitic agents, we here identify arylmethylamino steroids as potent compounds and characterize more than 60 derivatives. The lead compound 1o is fast acting and highly active against intraerythrocytic stages of chloroquine-sensitive and resistant Plasmodium falciparum parasites (IC50 1-5 nM) as well as against gametocytes. In P. berghei-infected mice, oral administration of 1o drastically reduces parasitaemia and cures the animals. Furthermore, 1o efficiently blocks parasite transmission from mice to mosquitoes...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
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