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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549866/venom-of-the-peruvian-snake-bothriopsis-oligolepis-detection-of-antibacterial-activity-and-involvement-of-proteolytic-enzymes-and-c-type-lectins-in-growth-inhibition-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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M A Sulca, C Remuzgo, J Cárdenas, S Kiyota, E Cheng, M P Bemquerer, M T Machini
There is a rising interest in snake venoms proteins (SVPs) because these macromolecules are related to pharmacological properties that manifest themselves during poisoning and can lead to secondary microbial infections. Interestingly, researchers have somehow neglected the antimicrobial activity of SVPs. The aims of this study were: (i) to verify whether the venom of the Peruvian snake Bothriopsis oligolepis displays such activity; (ii) to isolate and identify some its antimicrobial constituents. Liquid growth inhibition assays revealed that the crude venom inhibited the growth of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, but not of Candida species...
May 23, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549573/the-dose-makes-the-poison-nutritional-overload-determines-the-life-traits-of-blood-feeding-arthropods
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REVIEW
Marcos Sterkel, José Henrique M Oliveira, Vanessa Bottino-Rojas, Gabriela O Paiva-Silva, Pedro L Oliveira
Vertebrate blood composition is heavily biased towards proteins, and hemoglobin, which is a hemeprotein, is by far the most abundant protein. Typically, hematophagous insects ingest blood volumes several times their weight before the blood meal. This barbarian feast offers an abundance of nutrients, but the degradation of blood proteins generates toxic concentrations of amino acids and heme, along with unparalleled microbiota growth. Despite this challenge, hematophagous arthropods have successfully developed mechanisms that bypass the toxicity of these molecules...
May 23, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539940/horizontal-and-vertical-distribution-of-heavy-metals-in-farm-produce-and-livestock-around-lead-contaminated-goldmine-in-dareta-and-abare-zamfara-state-northern-nigeria
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O E Orisakwe, O O Oladipo, G C Ajaezi, N A Udowelle
Background. Hitherto studies in response to the June 2010 lead poisoning, Zamfara State, Nigeria, have focused on clinical interventions without information on livestock and other metals. Objective. This study has investigated the distribution of heavy metals in farm produce and livestock around lead-contaminated goldmine in Dareta and Abare, Zamfara State, Nigeria. Methods. Vegetables, soil, water, blood, and different meat samples were harvested from goat, sheep, cattle, and chicken from Dareta, Abare, and Gusau communities...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536863/chemical-exposure-and-infant-leukaemia-development-of-an-adverse-outcome-pathway-aop-for-aetiology-and-risk-assessment-research
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REVIEW
Olavi Pelkonen, Andrea Terron, Antonio F Hernandez, Pablo Menendez, Susanne Hougaard Bennekou
Infant leukaemia (<1 year old) is a rare disease of an in utero origin at an early phase of foetal development. Rearrangements of the mixed-lineage leukaemia (MLL) gene producing abnormal fusion proteins are the most frequent genetic/molecular findings in infant B cell-acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. In small epidemiological studies, mother/foetus exposures to some chemicals including pesticides have been associated with infant leukaemia; however, the strength of evidence and power of these studies are weak at best...
May 23, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535979/mirtazapine-fatal-poisoning
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Claudia Vignali, Angelo Groppi, Francesca Brandolini, Francesco Maria Avato, Anna Talarico, Rosa Maria Gaudio, Luca Morini
Mirtazapine is a noradrenergic and specific serotoninergic antidepressant agent that stimulates norepinephrine and serotonin release while also blocking serotonin receptors (5-HT2 and 5-HT3). Although the drug is used extensively, at present we do not know of any fatal cases due to mirtazapine alone. On the contrary, the published literature describes several fatal poisoning cases related to the intake of mirtazapine together with other drugs. Here we describe a fatal case of mirtazapine self-poisoning, since the other drug detected (lorazepam), was within the therapeutic range...
May 8, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534001/frequency-of-acute-hepatitis-following-acute-paraphenylene-diamine-intoxication
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Rizwan Ishtiaq, Sadaf Shafiq, Ali Imran, Qazi Masroor Ali, Raheel Khan, Hassan Tariq, Daniyal Ishtiaq
INTRODUCTION: Paraphenylene diamine (PPD) ingestion is manifesting as one of the more common ways of committing suicide in Southern Punjab, Pakistan, especially Bahawalpur. PPD is an ingredient of a compound commonly known "Kala Pathar" which means "Black Stone" in Urdu. It is readily available in the market at low cost and is used to dye hair and fur. Its intoxication inhibits cellular oxidation and affects the muscles causing rhabdomyolysis. This leads to myoglobinuria followed by renal failure and edema of face and throat resulting in respiratory difficulty...
April 21, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532053/functionalized-fe3o4-graphene-oxide-nanocomposites-with-hairpin-aptamers-for-the-separation-and-preconcentration-of-trace-pb-2-from-biological-samples-prior-to-determination-by-icp-ms
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Mojtaba Shamsipur, Leila Farzin, Mahmoud Amouzadeh Tabrizi, Shahab Sheibani
Lead (Pb) as a topically poisonous metal represents a serious threat to the ecological environment and especially to human beings. Therefore, it is urgent to develop a rapid and reliable monitoring technique for this heavy metal in the environmental samples. In the present study, we have designed a selective and sensitive method for the determination of ultratrace contents of Pb(2+) in biological samples, based on the guanine (G)-quadruplex formed by the aptamer with hairpin structure and Pb(2+). For this purpose, Pb(2+) specific aptamer serving as affinity probe to capture and separate trace amounts of the analyte, was covalently linked to Fe3O4/graphene oxide (GO) surface by using a suitable cross-linking agent...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528525/urban-youth-knowledge-and-attitudes-regarding-lead-poisoning
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Sandra Bogar, Aniko Szabo, Shane Woodruff, Sheri Johnson
Environmental health literacy (EHL) is a promising and evolving field of research that could benefit from youth engagement. Yet studies focused on youths' environmental health awareness and concerns are limited. For example, although lead exposure remains a threat to youth development in urban environments, no published studies have measured urban youth's knowledge of lead poisoning. A CBPR partnership established a youth advisory council (YAC) who helped to design, interpret and disseminate a mixed methods study exploring environmental health perceptions among urban youths ages 10-18...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526119/effects-of-temperature-salinity-and-composition-of-the-dinoflagellate-assemblage-on-the-growth-of-gambierdiscus-carpenteri-isolated-from-the-great-barrier-reef
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Leanne Sparrow, Paolo Momigliano, Garry R Russ, Kirsten Heimann
Increases in reported incidence of ciguatera fish poisoning (hereafter ciguatera) have been linked to warmer sea temperatures that are known to trigger coral bleaching events. The drivers that trigger blooms of ciguatera-causing dinoflagellates on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) are poorly understood. This study investigated the effects of increased temperatures and lowered salinities, often associated with environmental disturbance events, on the population growth of two strains of the potentially ciguatera-causing dinoflagellate, Gambierdiscus carpenteri (NQAIF116 and NQAIF380)...
May 2017: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520816/high-prevalence-of-elevated-blood-lead-levels-in-both-rural-and-urban-iowa-newborns-spatial-patterns-and-area-level-covariates
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Margaret Carrel, David Zahrieh, Sean G Young, Jacob Oleson, Kelli K Ryckman, Brian Wels, Donald L Simmons, Audrey Saftlas
Lead in maternal blood can cross the placenta and result in elevated blood lead levels in newborns, potentially producing negative effects on neurocognitive function, particularly if combined with childhood lead exposure. Little research exists, however, into the burden of elevated blood lead levels in newborns, or the places and populations in which elevated lead levels are observed in newborns, particularly in rural settings. Using ~2300 dried bloods spots collected within 1-3 days of birth among Iowa newborns, linked with the area of mother's residence at the time of birth, we examine the spatial patterns of elevated (>5 μg/dL) blood lead levels and the ecological-level predictors of elevated blood lead levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516259/-poisoning-caused-by-marine-biotoxins
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REVIEW
Philipp Hess
This paper presents a short summary of the knowledge on marine biotoxins. As toxins are known for their acute effects, they have been classified here according to the effects they cause in acute human poisoning incidents. Toxins may thus be distinguished into those that affect the nervous system (paralytic and other neurotoxins), memory (amnesic poisons), and the digestive system (diarrhetic toxins). Furthermore, newly emerging toxins, such as ciguatoxins or shark toxins, and factors that lead to the introduction of toxins in new areas, are presented...
May 17, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514934/a-hypothesis-king-henry-viii-s-1491-1547-personality-change-a-case-of-lead-poisoning
#12
Anne Charlton
Henry VIII (1491-1547) became King of England in 1509. He started out as a good monarch, sensible, reasonable and pleasant, but later his behaviour changed drastically. He became irascible, intolerant, violent and tyrannical. In January 1536, Henry had a serious jousting accident and was unconscious for 2 h. It is generally believed that this accident played a major role in his personality change. Letters of that time, however, indicate that the change began insidiously in 1534 and became most drastic in 1535, a year before the accident...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Biography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508028/data-in-support-of-poisoning-related-mortalities-from-southern-himachal-pradesh
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Shivkant Sharma, Kuldeep Kumar, Saurabh Bhargava, V S Jamwal, Arun Sharma, Rajvinder Singh
Poisoning has always been pointed as one of the leading causes of human death throughout the world. Despite the best efforts made by many research institutes, the worldwide true figure on mortalities with poisoning could never be achieved due to many reasons. One of the main reasons is the unavailability of complete database from the rural and catchment areas of the world where these types of incidents are usual. People can be made aware about this problem by presenting data articles on regular basis, therefore to mark a resource document these data should be regularly up-dated...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501383/intentional-misuse-and-abuse-of-loperamide-a-new-look-at-a-drug-with-low-abuse-potential
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Stephen W Borron, Susan H Watts, Jonathan Tull, Salvador Baeza, Stephanie Diebold, Alison Barrow
BACKGROUND: Despite its opioid properties, loperamide has long been thought to have low abuse potential due to its poor absorption from the gastrointestinal tract and limited potential to cross the blood-brain barrier. A recent patient reportedly taking loperamide to avoid heroin withdrawal symptoms, at doses approximately 100 times those recommended, directed our attention to this issue. OBJECTIVES: 1) Investigate number of cases of intentional loperamide abuse and misuse reported to poison centers between 2009 and 2015; 2) Compile reports of clinical effects of loperamide abuse; and 3) Search for evidence of increasing Internet interest in the central opioid effects of loperamide...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498799/dietary-luteolin-attenuates-chronic-liver-injury-induced-by-mercuric-chloride-via-the-nrf2-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p53-signaling-pathway-in-rats
#15
Haili Zhang, Xiao Tan, Daqian Yang, Jingjing Lu, Biying Liu, Ruiqi Baiyun, Zhigang Zhang
Mercury exposure is a common cause of metal poisoning which is biotransformed to highly toxic metabolites thus eliciting biochemical alterations and oxidative stress. Luteolin, a phenolic compound found in many natural products, has multiple biological functions. Our study was aimed to explore the biological effects of luteolin in a liver injury model induced in rats by mercuric chloride (HgCl2). Criteria for injury included liver enzyme, glutathione and malondialdehyde levels, histopathology, TUNEL assay, hepatocyte viability and reactive oxygen species levels...
April 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491823/comparative-proteomics-reveals-differences-in-host-pathogen-interaction-between-infectious-and-commensal-relationship-with-campylobacter-jejuni
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Nieves Ayllón, Ángeles Jiménez-Marín, Héctor Argüello, Sara Zaldívar-López, Margarita Villar, Carmen Aguilar, Angela Moreno, José De La Fuente, Juan J Garrido
Campylobacter jejuni is the leading food-borne poisoning in industrialized countries. While the bacteria causes disease in humans, it merely colonizes the gut in poultry or pigs, where seems to establish a commensal relationship. Until now, few studies have been conducted to elucidate the relationship between C. jejuni and its different hosts. In this work, a comparative proteomics approach was used to identify the underlying mechanisms involved in the divergent outcome following C. jejuni infection in human and porcine host...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481656/multiple-naloxone-administrations-among-emergency-medical-service-providers-is-increasing
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Mark Faul, Peter Lurie, Jeremiah M Kinsman, Michael W Dailey, Charmaine Crabaugh, Scott M Sasser
BACKGROUND: Opioid overdoses are at epidemic levels in the United States. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers may administer naloxone to restore patient breathing and prevent respiratory arrest. There was a need for contemporary data to examine the number of naloxone administrations in an EMS encounter. METHODS: Using data from the National Emergency Medical Services Information System, we examined data from 2012-5 to determine trends in patients receiving multiple naloxone administrations (MNAs)...
May 8, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480221/liver-x-receptor-agonist-to901317-attenuates-paraquat-induced-acute-lung-injury-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jnk-p38-mapk-signal-pathways
#18
Xiao Hu, Haitao Shen, Yu Wang, Min Zhao
Paraquat (PQ) is a widely used herbicide with extremely high poisoning mortality mostly from acute lung injury (ALI) or progressive pulmonary fibrosis. Toxicity mechanisms remain unclear, but a redox cycling process that generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) is involved, as are inflammation and cell apoptosis. We established an ALI mouse model by intraperitoneal injection of PQ (28 mg/kg) and then investigated the effects of a potent liver X receptor (LXR) agonist, TO901317 (5 or 20 mg/kg), injected intraperitoneally 30 min after PQ administration...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480199/a-rare-case-of-epilepsy-and-acute-pancreatitis-induced-by-severe-paraquat-poisoning
#19
Hongxia Dong, Xiaobo Peng, Zewu Qiu
Paraquat can lead to injury of multiple organs. As there is no specific treatment for paraquat poisoning, it represents a serious clinical problem. Antioxidants are required to treat oxidative stress in paraquat poisoning and paraquat-induced injury. In this study, we report on successful treatment of a rare case of epilepsy and acute pancreatitis caused by paraquat poisoning. A 29-year-old woman at our hospital presented with a 13-day history of nausea and vomiting after ingesting 20 mL of paraquat (20% W/V)...
April 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476140/anemia-risk-in-relation-to-lead-exposure-in-lead-related-manufacturing
#20
Nan-Hung Hsieh, Shun-Hui Chung, Szu-Chieh Chen, Wei-Yu Chen, Yi-Hsien Cheng, Yi-Jun Lin, Su-Han You, Chung-Min Liao
BACKGROUND: Lead-exposed workers may suffer adverse health effects under the currently regulated blood lead (BPb) levels. However, a probabilistic assessment about lead exposure-associated anemia risk is lacking. The goal of this study was to examine the association between lead exposure and anemia risk among factory workers in Taiwan. METHODS: We first collated BPb and indicators of hematopoietic function data via health examination records that included 533 male and 218 female lead-exposed workers between 2012 and 2014...
May 5, 2017: BMC Public Health
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