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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915147/highly-sensitive-optical-interferometric-technique-reveals-stress-dependent-instantaneous-nanometric-growth-fluctuations-of-chinese-chive-leaf-under-heavy-metal-stress
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Kokge Thilini Kanchana Muthumali DeSilva, Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan, Hirofumi Kadono
Plant growth apart from being a complex and highly dynamic is dependent on its immediate environment. Leaf expansion measurements using Statistical Interferometry Technique, a sensitive interferometric technique at nanometric accuracy and at sub-second levels revealed the presence of characteristic nanometric intrinsic fluctuations [Plant Biotechnology 31, 195 (2014)]. In this paper, we demonstrate that the nanometric intrinsic fluctuations are sensitive enough that they change under exposure of heavy metals, essential micronutrient zinc and non-essential element cadmium, at relatively low concentrations in the leaves of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum)...
December 1, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915140/two-zinc-aminoclays-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-assessment-in-hela-cells-and-in-vivo-embryotoxicity-assay-in-zebrafish
#2
Hang-Suk Chun, Duckshin Park, Song Eun Lim, Kwang-Hun Jeong, Ji-Seon Park, Han-Jin Park, Shinyoung Kang, Kyoung Suk Kang, Hyun Gyu Park, Ha-Rim An, Yun Suk Huh, Young-Chul Lee
Two zinc-aminoclays [ZnACs] with functionalized primary amines [(-CH2)3NH2] were prepared by a simple sol-gel reaction using cationic metal precursors of ZnCl2 and Zn(NO3)2 with 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane [APTES] under ambient conditions. Due to the facile interaction of heavy metals with primary amine sites and Zn-related intrinsic antimicrobial activity, toxicity assays of ZnACs nanoparticles (NPs) prior to their environmental and human-health applications are essential. However, such reports remain rare...
December 1, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899761/rehabilitation-augments-hematoma-clearance-and-attenuates-oxidative-injury-and-ion-dyshomeostasis-after-brain-hemorrhage
#3
Michael R Williamson, Kristen Dietrich, Mark J Hackett, Sally Caine, Colby A Nadeau, Jasmine R Aziz, Helen Nichol, Phyllis G Paterson, Frederick Colbourne
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We assessed the elemental and biochemical effects of rehabilitation after intracerebral hemorrhage, with emphasis on iron-mediated oxidative stress, using a novel multimodal biospectroscopic imaging approach. METHODS: Collagenase-induced striatal hemorrhage was produced in rats that were randomized to enriched rehabilitation or control intervention starting on day 7. Animals were euthanized on day 14 or 21, a period of ongoing cell death...
November 29, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899269/pixe-study-on-the-effects-of-parathyroid-hormone-on-elemental-content-in-rat-bones
#4
M H Eisa, H Shen, W Jin, Abdulaziz S Alaamer, M A Al-Rajhi, Hajo Idriss
Parathyroid hormone (PTH) has attracted considerable interest as a bone anabolic agent. PTH plays a central role in regulating calcium phosphate metabolism and its increases in production in response to low serum calcium levels. A continuous hypersecretion of PTH, as occurs in primary hyperparathyroidism, leads to bone resorption. In this study, the effect of different doses of parathyroid hormone (PTH) on bone mineral content (BMC) in rats was investigated by particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE). This study will help in investigating further the toxicity of extremely high doses of PTH on BMC...
November 26, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896614/modulatory-effects-of-zn-2-ions-on-the-toxicity-of-citrate-and-pvp-capped-gold-nanoparticles-towards-freshwater-algae-scenedesmus-obliquus
#5
V Iswarya, J B Johnson, Abhinav Parashar, Mrudula Pulimi, N Chandrasekaran, Amitava Mukherjee
Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are widely used for medical purposes, both in diagnostics as well as drug delivery, and hence are prone to release and distribution in the environment. Thus, we have explored the effects of GNPs with two distinct surface capping (citrate and PVP), and three different sizes (16, 27, and 37 nm) at 0.01-, 0.1-, and 1-mg L(-1) concentrations on a predominant freshwater alga Scenedesmus obliquus in the sterile freshwater matrix. We have also investigated how an abundant metal ion from freshwater, i...
November 28, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890528/pathological-concentration-of-zinc-dramatically-accelerates-abnormal-aggregation-of-full-length-human-tau-and-thereby-significantly-increases-tau-toxicity-in-neuronal-cells
#6
Ji-Ying Hu, De-Lin Zhang, Xiao-Ling Liu, Xue-Shou Li, Xiao-Qing Cheng, Jie Chen, Hai-Ning Du, Yi Liang
A pathological hallmark of Alzheimer disease and other tauopathies is the formation of neurofibrillary tangles mainly composed of bundles of fibrils formed by microtubule-associated protein Tau. Here we study the effects of Zn(2+) on abnormal aggregation and cytotoxicity of a pathological mutant ΔK280 of full-length human Tau. As revealed by Congo red binding assays, transmission electron microscopy, immunofluorescence, Western blot, and immunogold electron microscopy, pathological concentration of Zn(2+) dramatically accelerates the fibrillization of ΔK280 both in vitro and in SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells...
November 23, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889504/responses-of-the-sea-anemone-exaiptasia-pallida-to-ocean-acidification-conditions-and-zinc-or-nickel-exposure
#7
Christina G Duckworth, Codie R Picariello, Rachel K Thomason, Krina S Patel, Gretchen K Bielmyer-Fraser
Ocean acidification, caused by increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), is a growing concern in marine environments. Land-based sources of pollution, such as metals, have also been a noted problem; however, little research has addressed the combined exposure of both pollutants to coral reef organisms. In this study we examined tissue metal accumulation and physiological effects (activity of anti-oxidant enzymes, catalase and glutathione reductase) in the sea anemone, Exaiptasia pallida after exposure to increased CO2, as well as zinc (Zn) or nickel (Ni)...
November 17, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881232/serum-copper-zinc-and-iron-levels-and-markers-of-carbohydrate-metabolism-in-postmenopausal-women-with-prediabetes-and-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#8
Margarita G Skalnaya, Anatoly V Skalny, Alexey A Tinkov
The objective of the present study was to evaluate serum level of copper, zinc, iron and metabolic parameters in postmenopausal women with diabetes. A total of 413 postmenopausal women were enrolled in the current study. Women were divided into 4 groups with equal age and body mass index according to glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels (≤5.5; 5.5-6.0; 6.0-6.5; >6.5%). Serum Fe, Cu, and Zn levels were assessed using inductively-coupled plasma mass-spectrometry. Blood HbA1c, serum glucose, insulin, C-reactive protein (CRP), ferritin, and ceruloplasmin (Cp) were assessed using commercial kits...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880678/evidence-for-an-alternative-mechanism-of-toxin-production-in-the-box-jellyfish-alatina-alata
#9
Cheryl Lewis Ames, Jason Macrander
Cubozoans (box jellyfish) have a reputation as the most venomous animals on the planet. Herein, we provide a review of cubozoan prey capture and digestion informed by the scientific literature. Like all cnidarians, box jellyfish envenomation originates from structures secreted within nematocyte post-Golgi vesicles called nematocysts. When tentacles come in contact with prey or would-be predators, a cocktail of toxins is rapidly deployed from nematocysts via a long spiny tubule that serves to immobilize the target organism...
November 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879349/ncam1-polysialylation-the-prion-protein-s-elusive-reason-for-being
#10
REVIEW
Mohadeseh Mehrabian, Herbert Hildebrandt, Gerold Schmitt-Ulms
Much confusion surrounds the physiological function of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)). It is, however, anticipated that knowledge of its function will shed light on its contribution to neurodegenerative diseases and suggest ways to interfere with the cellular toxicity central to them. Consequently, efforts to elucidate its function have been all but exhaustive. Building on earlier work that uncovered the evolutionary descent of the prion founder gene from an ancestral ZIP zinc transporter, we recently investigated a possible role of PrP(C) in a morphogenetic program referred to as epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT)...
December 2016: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851980/co-delivery-of-zinc-and-5-aminosalicylic-acid-from-alginate-n-succinyl-chitosan-blend-microspheres-for-synergistic-therapy-of-colitis
#11
Haogang Duan, Shaoyu Lü, Hongyan Qin, Chunmei Gao, Xiao Bai, Yuhui Wei, Xin'an Wu, Mingzhu Liu, Xinyu Zhang, Zhen Liu
The present study developed novel zinc ion cross-linked alginate/N-succinyl-chitosan (NSC) blend microspheres (MS) for co-delivery of zinc and 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) for synergistic therapy of colitis. Physicochemical characterization of blend MS was assessed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS). In vitro release studies demonstrated that blend MS has a pH-dependent release property. Both 5-ASA and zinc have lower release in acid medium and higher release in colonic environment...
November 13, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830451/tissue-specific-regulation-of-the-contents-and-correlations-of-mineral-elements-in-hens-by-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles
#12
Yong Zhao, Yan-Ni Feng, Lan Li, Hong-Fu Zhang, Yu-Na Zhang, Peng-Fei Zhang, Xin-Qi Liu, Wei-Dong Zhang, Ting-Ting Huang, Li Zhao, Wei Shen, Zhi-Hui Hao
Due to their small size, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) are readily absorbed and easily cross biological barriers, which make them promising candidates as diet additives. However, some studies have reported that ZnO NPs cause toxicity; therefore, their safety and potency as diet additives for farm animals should be established. This study was the first to fully evaluate the effects of ZnO NPs on the homeostasis of eight elements in seven organs/tissues. The regulation of element homeostasis was found to be organ specific with no influence on oxidation status, anti-oxidation capability, or organ damage...
November 10, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822692/genetic-and-biochemical-characterization-of-rhizobacterial-strains-and-their-potential-use-in-combination-with-chelants-for-assisted-phytoremediation
#13
Cicatelli Angela, Guarino Francesco, Baldan Enrico, Castiglione Stefano
Copper and zinc are essential micronutrients in plants but, at high concentrations, they are toxic. Assisted phytoremediation is an emerging "green" technology that aims to improve the efficiency of tolerant species to remove metals from soils through the use of chelants or microorganisms. Rhizobacteria can promote plant growth and tolerance and also affect the mobility, bioavailability, and complexation of metals. A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the phytoremediation effectiveness of sunflowers cultivated in a Cu- and Zn-spiked soil, in the presence or absence of bacterial consortium and/or chelants...
November 7, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821343/synergistic-effect-of-chemo-photothermal-for-breast-cancer-therapy-using-folic-acid-fa-modified-zinc-oxide-nanosheet
#14
Karuppaiya Vimala, Krishnamurthy Shanthi, Shenbagamurthy Sundarraj, Soundarapandian Kannan
Modern therapies for malignant breast cancer in clinics are not efficacious and often result in deprived patient compliance owing to squat therapeutic effectiveness and strong systemic side effects. In order to overcome this, we combined chemo-photothermal targeted therapy of breast cancer within one novel multifunctional drug delivery system. Folic Acid-functionalized polyethylene glycol coated Zinc Oxide nanosheet (FA-PEG-ZnO NS), was successfully synthesized, characterized and introduced to the drug delivery field for the first time...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820866/bioactive-polymeric-nanoparticles-for-periodontal-therapy
#15
Raquel Osorio, Camilo Andrés Alfonso-Rodríguez, Antonio L Medina-Castillo, Miguel Alaminos, Manuel Toledano
AIMS: to design calcium and zinc-loaded bioactive and cytocompatible nanoparticles for the treatment of periodontal disease. METHODS: PolymP-nActive nanoparticles were zinc or calcium loaded. Biomimetic calcium phosphate precipitation on polymeric particles was assessed after 7 days immersion in simulated body fluid, by scanning electron microscopy attached to an energy dispersive analysis system. Amorphous mineral deposition was probed by X-ray diffraction. Cell viability analysis was performed using oral mucosa fibroblasts by: 1) quantifying the liberated deoxyribonucleic acid from dead cells, 2) detecting the amount of lactate dehydrogenase enzyme released by cells with damaged membranes, and 3) by examining the cytoplasmic esterase function and cell membranes integrity with a fluorescence-based method using the Live/Dead commercial kit...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815112/induction-of-heme-oxygenase-1-with-hemin-alleviates-cisplatin-induced-reproductive-toxicity-in-male-rats-and-enhances-its-cytotoxicity-in-prostate-cancer-cell-line
#16
Gehan Hussein Heeba, Alaaeldin Ahmed Hamza, Soha Osama Hassanin
Cisplatin-induced testicular damage is a major obstacle in the application of cisplatin as chemotherapeutic agent. However, it remains as one of the most widely employed anticancer agents in treating various solid tumors including prostate cancer. Since heme-oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a cytoprotective enzyme with anti-oxidative stress, anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities, we investigated the effects of up-regulation of HO-1 by hemin and its inhibition by zinc protoporphyrin-IX (ZnPP) on cisplatin-induced testicular toxicity in adult rats...
November 1, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814545/effect-of-spatial-resolution-of-soil-data-on-predictions-of-eggshell-trace-element-levels-in-the-rook-corvus-frugilegus
#17
Grzegorz Orłowski, Grzegorz Siebielec, Zbigniew Kasprzykowski, Wojciech Dobicki, Przemysław Pokorny, Andrzej Wuczyński, Ryszard Polechoński, Tomasz D Mazgajski
Although a considerable research effort has gone into studying the dietary pathways of metals to the bodies of laying female birds and their eggs in recent years, no detailed investigations have yet been carried out relating the properties of the biogeochemical environment at large spatial scales to eggshell trace element levels in typical soil-invertebrate feeding birds under natural conditions. We used data from a large-scale nationwide monitoring survey of soil quality in Poland (3724 sampling points from the 43 792 available) to predict levels of five trace elements (copper [Cu], cadmium [Cd], nickel [Ni], zinc [Zn] and lead [Pb]) in Rook Corvus frugilegus eggshells from 42 breeding colonies...
October 28, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812550/reducing-zno-nanoparticles-toxicity-through-silica-coating
#18
Sing Ling Chia, David Tai Leong
ZnO NPs have good antimicrobial activity that can be utilized as agents to prevent harmful microorganism growth in food. However, the use of ZnO NPs as food additive is limited by the perceived high toxicity of ZnO NPs in many earlier toxicity studies. In this study, surface modification by silica coating was used to reduce the toxicity of ZnO NPs by significantly reducing the dissolution of the core ZnO NPs. To more accurately recapitulate the scenario of ingested ZnO NPs, we tested our as synthesized ZnO NPs in ingestion fluids (synthetic saliva and synthetic gastric juice) to determine the possible forms of ZnO NPs in digestive system before exposing the products to colorectal cell lines...
October 2016: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812015/understanding-the-antifungal-mechanism-of-ag-zno-core-shell-nanocomposites-against-candida-krusei
#19
Bhaskar Das, Md Imran Khan, R Jayabalan, Susanta K Behera, Soon-Il Yun, Suraj K Tripathy, Amrita Mishra
In the present paper, facile synthesis of Ag@ZnO core-shell nanocomposites is reported where zinc oxide is coated on biogenic silver nanoparticles synthesized using Andrographis paniculata and Aloe vera leaf extract. Structural features of as synthesized nanocomposites are characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, XRD, and FTIR. Morphology of the above core-shell nanocomposites is investigated by electron microscopy. As synthesized nanocomposite material has shown antimicrobial activity against Candida krusei, which is an opportunistic pathogen known to cause candidemia...
November 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810541/chitosan-zinc-oxide-nanocomposite-coatings-for-the-prevention-of-marine-biofouling
#20
Laila Al-Naamani, Sergey Dobretsov, Joydeep Dutta, J Grant Burgess
Marine biofouling is a worldwide problem affecting maritime industries. Global concerns about the high toxicity of antifouling paints have highlighted the need to develop less toxic antifouling coatings. Chitosan is a natural polymer with antimicrobial, antifungal and antialgal properties that is obtained from partial deacetylation of crustacean waste. In the present study, nanocomposite chitosan-zinc oxide (chitosan-ZnO) nanoparticle hybrid coatings were developed and their antifouling activity was tested...
October 28, 2016: Chemosphere
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