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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733017/combined-sonochemical-and-short-wavelength-uv-degradation-of-hydrophobic-perfluorinated-compounds
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Kazuhiko Sekiguchi, Takahisa Kudo, Kenshi Sankoda
Perfluorochemicals (PFCs), which are common in the aquatic environment, are toxic substances that have high chemical and heat resistance because of their strong C-F bonds. We investigated the effect of ultrasonication and short-wavelength UV irradiation on the degradation of perfluorooctane, perfluoropropionic acid, and perfluorooctanoic acid, which are examples of hydrophobic, hydrophilic, and intermediate PFCs, respectively. The results confirmed that ultrasonication was more effective for decomposing hydrophobic PFCs and UV irradiation was more effective for decomposing hydrophilic PFCs...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732295/determination-of-54-pesticides-in-waters-of-the-iberian-douro-river-estuary-and-risk-assessment-of-environmentally-relevant-mixtures-using-theoretical-approaches-and-artemia-salina-and-daphnia-magna-bioassays
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Catarina Cruzeiro, Sofia Amaral, Eduardo Rocha, Maria João Rocha
As a case study, the estuary of the international Douro River (Iberian Peninsula) was sampled over a year (2010) at six sampling sites to determine the presence of 56 pesticides of different categories (insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides). 96% of measured pesticides were detected in 79% of the quantified samples. Individual average pesticide concentrations ranged from 39 to 1 265ng/L, indicating a ubiquitous presence of the selected compounds; moreover, twelve pesticides were above the 2013/39/EU Directive limits...
July 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730718/impact-of-binding-mechanism-on-selective-inhibition-of-histone-deacetylase-isoforms
#3
Christian Meyners, Franz-Josef Meyer-Almes
Industrialized drug screening campaigns usually deliver hundreds of compounds that are active on a particular pharmaceutical target. In light of high failure rates of drug candidates due to unforeseeable off-target toxicity, the early identification of the most promising compounds with high potential for target selectivity is an urgent need to improve the quality of lead compounds and lower attrition rates in the drug development process. The reliable prediction of the selectivity of active substances for a target protein is a challenging task...
June 14, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729952/nano-sized-zeolites-as-modulators-of-thiacloprid-toxicity-on-chironomus-riparius
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Carla S Lorenz, Anna-Jorina Wicht, Leyla Guluzada, Barbara Crone, Uwe Karst, Hwa Jun Lee, Rita Triebskorn, Stefan B Haderlein, Carolin Huhn, Heinz-R Köhler
This study investigated whether zeolites of different size (Y30 (nano-sized) and H-Beta(OH)-III (forming large aggregates/agglomerates composed of 50 nm small primary particles)) exerted acute toxicity on larvae of the non-biting midge, Chironomus riparius, and whether such zeolites are able to modulate the toxicity of a common insecticide, thiacloprid, by means of adsorption of a dissolved toxicant. We conducted acute toxicity tests with fourth instar larvae of C. riparius. In these tests, larvae were exposed to zeolites or thiacloprid solely, or to mixtures of both compounds...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729667/effect-of-inoculation-of-burkholderia-sp-strain-sj98-on-bacterial-community-dynamics-and-para-nitrophenol-3-methyl-4-nitrophenol-and-2-chloro-4-nitrophenol-degradation-in-soil
#5
Jun Min, Bin Wang, Xiaoke Hu
para-Nitrophenol (PNP), 3-methyl-4-nitrophenol (3M4NP), and 2-chloro-4-nitrophenol (2C4NP) are highly toxic compounds that have caused serious environmental issues. We inoculated an artificially contaminated soil with Burkholderia sp. strain SJ98, which has the ability to degrade PNP, 3M4NP, and 2C4NP, and quantified bioremediation. There was accelerated degradation of all nitrophenols in inoculated treatments compared to the un-inoculated treatments. The indigenous bacteria were able to degrade PNP, but not 3M4NP or 2C4NP...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728086/nanostructured-lipid-systems-modified-with-waste-material-of-propolis-for-wound-healing-design-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
#6
Hélen Cássia Rosseto, Lucas de Alcântara Sica de Toledo, Lizziane Maria Belloto de Francisco, Elisabetta Esposito, Yunsook Lim, Giuseppe Valacchi, Rita Cortesi, Marcos Luciano Bruschi
Propolis, a natural compound that can accelerate the wound healing process, is mainly used as ethanolic extract. The extractive solution may also be obtained from the propolis by-product (BP), transforming this waste material into a pharmaceutical active ingredient. Even if propolis does not show toxicity, when used as an extract over harmed skin or mucosa, the present ethanol content may be harmful to the tissue recovering, besides hindering the drug release. This study describes the development of solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) as topical propolis delivery systems and the investigation of their in vitro and in vivo activities...
July 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726764/fluorination-of-naturally-occurring-n%C3%A2-benzyladenosine-remarkably-increased-its-antiviral-activity-and-selectivity
#7
Vladimir E Oslovsky, Mikhail S Drenichev, Liang Sun, Nikolay N Kurochkin, Vladislav E Kunetsky, Carmen Mirabelli, Johan Neyts, Pieter Leyssen, Sergey N Mikhailov
Recently, we demonstrated that the natural cytokinin nucleosides N⁶-isopentenyladenosine (iPR) and N⁶-benzyladenosine (BAPR) exert a potent and selective antiviral effect on the replication of human enterovirus 71. In order to further characterize the antiviral profile of this class of compounds, we generated a series of fluorinated derivatives of BAPR and evaluated their activity on the replication of human enterovirus 71 in a cytopathic effect (CPE) reduction assay. The monofluorination of the BAPR-phenyl group changed the selectivity index (SI) slightly because of the concomitant high cell toxicity...
July 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726718/inhibitory-effects-of-trapping-agents-of-sulfur-drug-reactive-intermediates-against-major-human-cytochrome-p450-isoforms
#8
Jasleen K Sodhi, Erlie Marie Delarosa, Jason S Halladay, James P Driscoll, Teresa Mulder, Patrick M Dansette, S Cyrus Khojasteh
In some cases, the formation of reactive species from the metabolism of xenobiotics has been linked to toxicity and therefore it is imperative to detect potential bioactivation for candidate drugs during drug discovery. Reactive species can covalently bind to trapping agents in in vitro incubations of compound with human liver microsomes (HLM) fortified with β-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH), resulting in a stable conjugate of trapping agent and reactive species, thereby facilitating analytical detection and providing evidence of short-lived reactive metabolites...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726199/a-study-of-the-protective-properties-of-an-antibody-based-antidote-metabolizing-organophosphorus-pesticide-paraoxon
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Yu A Mokrushina, A V Stepanova, V A Palikov, A V Stepanov, G I Belous, I A Dyachenko, V D Knorre, I V Smirnov, A G Gabibov
A catalytic antibody A17 and its mutants highly efficiently interact with organophosphorus pesticide paraoxon. In this work, we studied the protective properties of antibody A17-K47 in paraoxon poisoning using a mouse model. The optimal paraoxon dose simulating the acute toxic effect of organophosphorus compounds was 550 μg/kg. The pharmacokinetic parameters of A17-K47 antibody were t1/2distr =7.2±1.4 min, t1/2el =330±20 min. The antibody did not cause toxic effects when administered at a ten-fold calculated therapeutic dose (610 mg/kg)...
July 18, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725364/interspecific-variation-in-persistence-of-buried-weed-seeds-follows-trade-offs-among-physiological-chemical-and-physical-seed-defenses
#10
Adam S Davis, Xianhui Fu, Brian J Schutte, Mark A Berhow, James W Dalling
Soil seedbanks drive infestations of annual weeds, yet weed management focuses largely on seedling mortality. As weed seedbanks increasingly become reservoirs of herbicide resistance, species-specific seedbank management approaches will be essential to weed control. However, the development of seedbank management strategies can only develop from an understanding of how seed traits affect persistence.We quantified interspecific trade-offs among physiological, chemical, and physical traits of weed seeds and their persistence in the soil seedbank in a common garden study...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725220/a-novel-derivative-of-mycousnine-produced-by-the-endophytic-fungus-mycosphaerella-nawae-exhibits-high-and-selective-immunosuppressive-activity-on-t-cells
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Li-Wei Wang, Jin-Liang Wang, Jing Chen, Jia-Jie Chen, Jia-Wei Shen, Xiao-Xiao Feng, Christian P Kubicek, Fu-Cheng Lin, Chu-Long Zhang, Feng-Yang Chen
An endophytic fungus, Mycosphaerella nawae ZJLQ129, was isolated from the leaves of the traditional Chinese medicine Smilax china. From the fermentation broth and mycelium, a dibenzofurane compound (-)mycousnine (1) was isolated. Chemical modification of it to the amide derivative (-)mycousnine enamine (2), which is new to science, was found to have high and selective immunosuppressive activity: similar to cyclosporin A, (-)mycousnine enamine (2) selectively inhibited T cell proliferation, suppressed the expression of the surface activation antigens CD25 and CD69 and the formation and expression of the cytokines interleukin-2 as well as interferon γ in activated T cells, but did not show any effect on the proliferation of B cells and cancer cells (PANC-1 and A549) and the activation of macrophages...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723127/fluorescent-chemosensors-with-varying-degrees-of-intramolecular-charge-transfer-for-detection-of-a-nerve-agent-mimic-in-solutions-and-in-vapor
#12
Yuan-Chao Cai, Chen Li, Qin-Hua Song
Nerve agents are highly toxic organophosphorus compounds, and their possible use in terrorist attacks has led to increasing interest in the development of reliable and accurate methods to detect these lethal chemicals. In this paper, we have prepared six 6-aminoquinolines with various N-substituents as chemosensors for a nerve-agent mimic diethylchlorophosphate (DCP). The chemosensors with the nucleophilic pyridine-N atom as the active site detect DCP via a catalytic hydrolysis approach to form the protonated sensor...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720735/a-nonredundant-phosphopantetheinyl-transferase-ppta-is-a-novel-antifungal-target-that-directs-secondary-metabolite-siderophore-and-lysine-biosynthesis-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-and-is-critical-for-pathogenicity
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Anna Johns, Daniel H Scharf, Fabio Gsaller, Hella Schmidt, Thorsten Heinekamp, Maria Straßburger, Jason D Oliver, Mike Birch, Nicola Beckmann, Katharine S Dobb, Jane Gilsenan, Bharatkumar Rash, Elaine Bignell, Axel A Brakhage, Michael J Bromley
Secondary metabolites are key mediators of virulence for many pathogens. Aspergillus fumigatus produces a vast array of these bioactive molecules, the biosynthesis of which is catalyzed by nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) or polyketide synthases (PKSs). Both NRPSs and PKSs harbor carrier domains that are primed for acceptance of secondary metabolic building blocks by a phosphopantetheinyl transferase (P-pant). The A. fumigatus P-pant PptA has been shown to prime the putative NRPS Pes1 in vitro and has an independent role in lysine biosynthesis; however, its role in global secondary metabolism and its impact on virulence has not been described...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718961/photodegradation-kinetics-transformation-and-toxicity-prediction-of-ketoprofen-carprofen-and-diclofenac-acid-in-aqueous-solutions
#14
Jian Li, Li-Yun Ma, Lu-Shuang Li, Li Xu
In this study, the photodegradation of three commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ketoprofen (KET), carprofen (CAR) and diclofenac acid (DIC), was conducted under UV irradiation. The kinetic results showed that the studied three pharmaceuticals obeyed to the first-order reaction with the decreasing rate constants of 1.54×10(-4) s(-1) , 5.91×10(-5) s(-1) and 7.78×10(-6) s(-1) for CAR, KET and DIC, respectively. Moreover, the main transformation products (TPs) were identified by ion-pair liquid-liquid extraction combined with injection port derivatization-gas chromatography-mass spectrometer and high performance liquidchromatography-quadrupole-time of flight mass spectrometer analysis...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715784/elemental-content-of-the-placenta-a-comparison-between-two-high-risk-obstetrical-populations-adult-women-carrying-multiples-and-adolescents-carrying-singletons
#15
Paolo de Angelis, Richard K Miller, Thomas H Darrah, Philip J Katzman, Eva K Pressman, Tera R Kent, Kimberly O O'Brien
BACKGROUND: The placenta is responsible for the exchange of nutrients and for preventing harmful compounds from entering the fetal circulation. With increasing industrialization, exposures to commercial and toxic metals become a concern for both pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy. The understanding of transport mechanisms and pharmacokinetics for most inorganic elements is incomplete and limited to normal term deliveries. OBJECTIVES: To obtain novel data on 46 inorganic elements in placentae from two high-risk obstetric populations, women carrying multiples and adolescents carrying singletons, evaluating differences, if present, and identifying predictors of placental content...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715707/design-synthesis-and-2d-qsar-study-of-novel-pyridine-and-quinolone-hydrazone-derivatives-as-potential-antimicrobial-and-antitubercular-agents
#16
Mohamed A Abdelrahman, Ismail Salama, Mohamed S Gomaa, Mahmoud M Elaasser, Marwa M Abdel-Aziz, Dalia H Soliman
The increased development of highly resistant bacterial strains and tuberculosis, constitute a serious public health threat, highlighting the urgent need of novel antibacterial agents. In this work, two novel series of nicotinic acid hydrazone derivatives (6a-r) and quinolone hydrazide derivatives (12a-l) were synthesized and evaluated as antimicrobial and antitubercular agents. The synthesized compounds were evaluated in vitro for their antibacterial, antifungal and antimycobacterial activities. Compounds 6f and 6p bearing the 3,4,5- (OCH3)3 and 2,5-(OCH3)2 benzylidene motifs were the most potent and as antibacterial, antifungal (MIC: 0...
July 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714917/larvicidal-and-nematicidal-activities-of-3-acylbarbituric-acid-analogues-against-asian-tiger-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-and-pine-wood-nematode-bursaphelenchus-xylophilus
#17
Seon-Mi Seo, Hyo-Rim Lee, Ji-Eun Lee, Yong-Chul Jeong, Hyung-Wook Kwon, Joon-Kwan Moon, Mark G Moloney, Il-Kwon Park
Widespread concern for the occurrence of resistant strains, along with the avoidance of the use of highly toxic insecticides and their wide environmental dispersal, highlights the need for the development of new and safer pest control agents. Natural products provide inspiration for new chemical entities with biological activities, and their analogues are good lead compounds for the development of new pest control agents. For this purpose, we evaluated the larvicidal and nematicidal activities of 48 3-acylbarbituric acid analogues against the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus and the pine wood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, organisms of increasing global concern...
July 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713784/identification-of-novel-and-efficacious-chemical-compounds-that-disturb-influenza-a-virus-entry-in-vitro
#18
Hany Khalil, Tamer El Malah, Ahmed I Abd El Maksoud, Ibrahim El Halfawy, Ahmed A El Rashedy, Mahmoud El Hefnawy
Influenza A virus is a negative RNA stranded virus of the family Orthomyxoviridae, and represents a major public health threat, compounding existing disease conditions. Influenza A virus replicates rapidly within its host and the segmented nature of its genome facilitates re-assortment, whereby whole genes are exchanged between influenza virus subtypes during replication. Antiviral medications are important pharmacological tools in influenza virus prophylaxis and therapy. However, the use of currently available antiviral is impeded by sometimes high levels of resistance in circulating virus strains...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713333/algevir-an-expression-system-for-microalgae-based-on-viral-vectors
#19
Bernardo Bañuelos-Hernández, Elizabeth Monreal-Escalante, Omar González-Ortega, Carlos Angulo, Sergio Rosales-Mendoza
The use of recombinant algae for the production of valuable compounds is opening promising biotechnological applications. However, the development of efficient expression approaches is still needed to expand the exploitation of microalgae in biotechnology. Herein, the concept of using viral expression vectors in microalgae was explored for the first time. An inducible geminiviral vector leading to Rep-mediated replication of the expression cassette allowed the production of antigenic proteins at high levels...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711273/treatment-methods-following-suicidal-self-administration-of-iv-organophosphate-what-can-additional-lipid-administration-change
#20
Kenan Ahmet Turkdogan, Ali Duman, Mucahit Avcil, Ayhan Akoz, Selcuk Eren Canakcı, Burcak Kantekin
Organic phosphor compounds are highly toxic and life-threatening compounds that are widely used in agriculture, households and gardens worldwide. While oral intakes are observed frequently, toxic effects can also be seen through contract or inhalation. However, toxic cases through the parenteral route have rarely been reported. We had three main aims: first, to present a male patient who self-administered 2ml of monocrotophos intravenously to commit suicide. Our second goal was to present the current multiple treatment methods, such as fast general support, antidote treatment, lipid emulsion treatment, and plasmapheresis along with the literature...
July 8, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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