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Francesco Cubadda, Marilena D'Amato, Federica Aureli, Andrea Raggi, Alberto Mantovani
Dietary exposure of the Italian population to inorganic arsenic has been assessed in the national Total Diet Study (TDS) carried out in 2012-2014. Within the TDS, food samples (>3000) were collected to be representative of the whole diet of the population, prepared as consumed, and pooled into 51 food groups, thus modelling the Italian diet. Inorganic arsenic was determined by HPLC-ICP-MS after chemical extraction and quantified in all samples. Occurrence data were combined with national individual consumption data to estimate mean and high level dietary exposure of the general population and of population subgroups according to age and gender, both at the national level and for each of the four main geographical areas of Italy...
October 15, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Hao Li, Jizong Zhao, Wen Wang, Lu Zhang, Qing Lan, Jiangfei Wang, Yong Cao, Jizong Zhao
BACKGROUND: Intracranial aneurysm (IA) is a cerebrovascular disorder characterized by an abnormally bulged artery in the brain and subarachnoid hemorrhage caused by IA rupture with a high ratio of fatality and morbidity. However, the genetic etiology of IA remains largely unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A dysregulated lncRNA-associated competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) network was constructed by utilizing sample-matched microRNA (miRNA), long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) and mRNA expression profiles in 12 saccular IA samples and paired control arteries...
October 14, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Yanqin Ma, Zhenhua Ma, Shuqin Yin, Xiaoyan Yan, Jundong Wang
Excessive amount of inorganic arsenic (iAs) and fluoride (F) coexist in drinking water in many regions, which is associated with high risk of vascular diseases. However, the underlying mechanisms are not well studied. The present study was to evaluate the effects of iAs and F individual or combined exposure on endothelial activation and apoptosis in vitro. Primary human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were exposed to 5 μM As2O3 and/or 1 mM NaF. Changes in endothelial cell apoptosis, inflammation, oxidative stress and nitric oxide (NO) production were analyzed...
October 14, 2016: Chemosphere
Jinlong Li, Xiaoxu Duan, Dandan Dong, Yang Zhang, Lu Zhao, Wei Li, Jinli Chen, Guifan Sun, Bing Li
Groundwater contaminated with inorganic arsenic (iAs) is the main source of human exposure to arsenic and generates a global health issue. In this study, the urinary excretion, as well as the time-course distributions of various arsenic species in murine tissues, especially in different brain regions were determined after a single oral administration of 2.5, 5, 10 and 20mg/kg sodium arsenite (NaAsO2). Our data showed that the peak times of urinary, hepatic and nephritic total arsenic (TAs) were happened at about 1h, then TAs levels decreased gradually and almost could not be observed after 72h...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Sirui Zhou, Amirthagowri Ambalavanan, Daniel Rochefort, Pingxing Xie, Cynthia V Bourassa, Pascale Hince, Alexandre Dionne-Laporte, Dan Spiegelman, Ziv Gan-Or, Cathy Mirarchi, Vessela Zaharieva, Nicolas Dupré, Hatasu Kobayashi, Toshiaki Hitomi, Kouji Harada, Akio Koizumi, Lan Xiong, Patrick A Dion, Guy A Rouleau
Intracranial aneurysms (IAs) are the result of focal weakness in the artery wall and have a complex genetic makeup. To date, genome-wide association and sequencing studies have had limited success in identifying IA risk factors. Distinct populations, such as the French-Canadian (FC) population, have increased IA prevalence. In our study, we used exome sequencing to prioritize risk variants in a discovery cohort of six FC families affected by IA, and the analysis revealed an increased variation burden for ring finger protein 213 (RNF213)...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Hsuan-Lun Lu, Tung-Wu Lu, Hsiu-Chen Lin, Hong-Jung Hsieh, Wing P Chan
Treadmills are often used in clinical settings to improve walking balance control in patients with gait impairments. However, knowledge of the effects of belt speed on balance control remains incomplete. The current study determined such effects in terms of inclination angles (IA) and the rate of change (RCIA) of the center of mass (COM) motion relative to the center of pressure (COP) in twelve healthy adults at five belt speeds, including the subjects' preferred walking speed (PWS), as measured using a motion capture system and an instrumented treadmill...
September 29, 2016: Gait & Posture
Halina B Röllin, Kalavati Channa, Bukola G Olutola, Jon Ø Odland
Early life exposure to inorganic arsenic (iAs) has been shown to interfere with foetal and early childhood development, and is associated with morbidity and mortality in adulthood. The purpose of this study was to evaluate exposure to As in utero, to determine the association between maternal and cord blood of As and birth outcomes in South African populations. Total arsenic was measured in maternal blood of a total cohort (n=650) and in paired cord blood and urine of a subset cohort (n=317). Overall, the geometric mean (GM) of As in maternal blood was 0...
October 12, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Anne E Nigra, Keeve E Nachman, David C Love, Maria Grau-Perez, Ana Navas-Acien
BACKGROUND: Arsenicals (roxarsone and nitarsone) used in poultry production likely increase inorganic arsenic (iAs), monomethylarsonic acid (MMA), dimethylarsinic acid (DMA), and roxarsone or nitarsone concentrations in poultry meat. The association between poultry intake and exposure to these arsenic species, as reflected in elevated urinary arsenic concentrations, however, is unknown. OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the association between 24-hour dietary recall of poultry consumption and arsenic exposure in the U...
October 13, 2016: Environmental Health Perspectives
Keeve E Nachman, David C Love, Patrick A Baron, Anne E Nigra, Manuela Murko, Georg Raber, Kevin A Francesconi, Ana Navas-Acien
BACKGROUND: Use of nitarsone, an arsenic-based poultry drug, may result in dietary exposures to inorganic arsenic (iAs) and other arsenic species. Nitarsone was withdrawn from the US market in 2015, but use in other countries may continue. OBJECTIVES: Characterize the impact of nitarsone use on arsenic species in turkey meat and arsenic exposures among turkey consumers, and estimate cancer risk increases from consuming turkey treated with nitarsone prior to its 2015 US withdrawal...
October 13, 2016: Environmental Health Perspectives
Sara de la Fuente, Carmen de Mendoza
Despite the fact that HIV infection can still not be eradicated from carriers, tremendous advances in antiretroviral therapy have led to achieving sustained suppression of HIV replication in most treated individuals. This translates into huge benefits for both patients and their sexual partners. This message was emphasized during the last IAS Conference, held in Durban, South Africa, at the end of July 2016. In parallel with this major AIDS event, two major publications were released: the updated recommendations on HIV therapy and the PARTNER study...
July 2016: AIDS Reviews
Miranda R Jones, Maria Tellez-Plaza, Dhananjay Vaidya, Maria Grau, Kevin A Francesconi, Walter Goessler, Eliseo Guallar, Wendy S Post, Joel D Kaufman, Ana Navas-Acien
The sum of urinary inorganic arsenic (iAs) and methylated arsenic (monomethylarsonate and dimethylarsinate (DMA)) species is the main biomarker of iAs exposure. Assessing iAs exposure, however, is difficult in populations with moderate-to-high seafood intakes. In the present study, we used subsamples from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (2000-2002) (n = 310) and the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (n = 1,175). We calibrated urinary concentrations of non-seafood-derived iAs, DMA, and methylarsonate, as well as the sum of inorganic and methylated arsenic species, in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and of DMA in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by regressing their original concentrations by arsenobetaine and extracting model residuals...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Epidemiology
Meredith Eckstein, Rebekah Eleazer, Matthew Rea, Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf
Arsenic is a ubiquitous metalloid that is not mutagenic but is carcinogenic. The mechanism(s) by which arsenic causes cancer remain unknown. To date, several mechanisms have been proposed, including the arsenic-induced generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, it is also becoming evident that inorganic arsenic (iAs) may exert its carcinogenic effects by changing the epigenome, and thereby modifying chromatin structure and dynamics. These epigenetic changes alter the accessibility of gene regulatory factors to DNA, resulting in specific changes in gene expression both at the levels of transcription initiation and gene splicing...
October 4, 2016: Reviews on Environmental Health
Anthonius F J de Bruin, Arthur Tavy, Koene van der Sloot, Anke Smits, Bert Van Ramshorst, Christiaan E Boerma, Peter Kars, Peter G Noordzij, Djamila Boerma, Mat van Iterson
AIM: To investigate whether an image acquisition stabilizer (IAS) mounted on the sidestream dark field camera (SDF) during gastrointestinal surgery improves image stability and acquisition. METHODS: Serosal SDF imaging was compared with SDF imaging combined with an IAS (SDF + IAS) during gastrointestinal surgery. Stability was assessed as the image drift in pixels and the time to obtain stable images. The success rate was determined as the percentage of analyzable images after recording...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Vascular Research
Kevin O'Gallagher, Evelyn Chou, Swarna Jeyabraba, Aish Sinha, Daniel Robb, Jonathan Byrne
An 80-year-old female presented with progressive breathlessness, worse on sitting or standing and relieved by lying flat. Subsequent investigations identified a patent foramen ovale (PFO) with right-to-left flow across the interatrial septum (IAS). A diagnosis of platypnoea orthodeoxia syndrome secondary to inter-atrial shunting was made. Technical features precluded a percutaneous PFO closure so an open surgical repair was performed with complete resolution of symptoms. We discuss the pathophysiology and management of platypnoea orthodeoxia syndrome...
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Konstantinos Paterakis, Stelios Koutsias, Chrysoula Doxani, Paraskevi Xanthopoulou, Chrysoula Kokkali, Ioanna Mpoulimari, Maria Tziastoudi, Ioannis Karampelas, Efthimios Dardiotis, Georgios Hadjigeorgiou, Alexandros G Brotis, Elias Zintzaras
BACKGROUND: The presence of an intracranial aneurysm (IA) is thought to have a genetic origin. The genetic association studies (GAS) that investigated the association between IA and elastin gene (ELN) variants have produced contradictory or inconclusive results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In order to decrease the uncertainty of estimated genetic risk effects, a meta-analysis of published GAS-related variants in the ELN gene (ELN INT20 1315T > C, EX20 1264G > A, INT23 1501 + 24T > C and INT4 196 + 71G > A) with susceptibility to IA was conducted using a genetic model-free approach...
August 14, 2016: International Journal of Neuroscience
Ester García-Casarrubios, Carlos de Moura, Ana I Arroba, Nuria Pescador, María Calderon-Dominguez, Laura Garcia, Laura Herrero, Dolors Serra, Susana Cadenas, Flavio Reis, Eugenia Carvalho, Maria Jesus Obregon, Ángela M Valverde
New onset diabetes after transplantation (NODAT) is a metabolic disorder that affects 40% of patients on immunosuppressive agent (IA) treatment, such as rapamycin (also known as sirolimus). IAs negatively modulate insulin action in peripheral tissues including skeletal muscle, liver and white fat. However, the effects of IAs on insulin sensitivity and thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue (BAT) have not been investigated. We have analyzed the impact of rapamycin on insulin signaling, thermogenic gene-expression and mitochondrial respiration in BAT...
September 26, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Chuan Wu, Qi Zou, Sheng-Guo Xue, Wei-Song Pan, Xu Yue, William Hartley, Liu Huang, Jing-Yu Mo
Four rice genotypes, two hybrid and two indica, were selected to investigate the effects of silicate (Si) application on arsenic (As) accumulation and speciation in rice and As fractionation in soil. There were significant differences in root, straw and grain biomass among genotypes (p < 0.05), and Si application significantly increased root (p < 0.05) and grain biomass (p < 0.001). Silicate addition reduced the proportion of As associated with well-crystallized hydrous oxides of Fe and Al and residual phases, whilst increasing the proportions of specifically-sorbed As and As associated with amorphous and poorly-crystalline Fe and Al hydrous oxides...
December 2016: Chemosphere
Pedro Aguilar-Salinas, Leonardo B C Brasiliense, Douglas Gonsales, Bartley Mitchell, Andrey Lima, Eric Sauvageau, Ricardo Hanel
Refinements in endovascular technology have revolutionized the treatment of intracranial aneurysms (IAs) with the development of flow-diversion technology. The first generation of the Pipelin Embolization Device (PED) has demonstrated its safety and efficacy. However, the deployment technique was a difficult task that often led to complex maneuvers. The Pipeline Flex Embolization Device (PED Flex) is the second generation and its introduction has arrived with high expectations due to a completely redesigned delivery system that intends to overcome deployment difficulties seen in the previous generation...
October 2016: Expert Review of Medical Devices
Dimos Sioutis, Ranee Thakar, Abdul H Sultan
OBJECTIVES: To identify the accuracy of clinically diagnosed OASIS using 3D endoanal ultrasound and compare symptoms and anal manometry measurements between those whose anal sphincters were adequately repaired to those who had persistent anal sphincter defects. METHODS: The endoanal scan images of women who sustained OASIS and attended the perineal clinic over a 10 year period (2003 - 2013) were re-analysed from data entered prospectively of women with clinically diagnosed and repaired OASIS...
September 19, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Xushen Chen, Xiaojuan Guo, Ping He, Jing Nie, Xiaoyan Yan, Jinqiu Zhu, Luoping Zhang, Guangyun Mao, Hongmei Wu, Zhiyue Liu, Diana Aga, Peilin Xu, Martyn Smith, Xuefeng Ren
Chronic arsenic exposure via drinking water has become a worldwide public health concern. In humans, inorganic arsenic (iAs) is metabolized to monomethylarsonic acid (MMA) and dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) mainly mediated by arsenic (+3 oxidation state) methyltransferase (As3MT). We reported recently that N-6 adenine-specific DNA methyltransferase 1 (N6AMT1) was involved in arsenic metabolism, and examined its interactive effect with As3MT on arsenic metabolism in vitro To further evaluate the interactive effect of N6AMT1 and As3MT on arsenic biomethylation in humans, we conducted a human population-based study including 289 subjects living in rural villages in Inner Mongolia, China, and assessed their urinary arsenic metabolites profiles in relation to genetic polymorphisms and haplotypes of N6AMT1 and As3MT Five N6AMT1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs; rs1003671, rs7282257, rs2065266, rs2738966, rs2248501) and the N6AMT1 haplotype 2_GGCCAT were significantly associated with the percentage of iAs (% iAs) in urine (e...
September 16, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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