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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646766/gaps-in-aquatic-toxicological-studies-of-microplastics
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REVIEW
Ali Karami
The contamination of aquatic environments with microplastics (MPs) has spurred an unprecedented interest among scientific communities to investigate their impacts on biota. Despite the rapid growth in the number of studies on the aquatic toxicology of MPs, controversy over the fate and biological impacts of MPs is increasingly growing mainly due to the absence of standardized laboratory bioassays. Given the complex features of MPs, such as the diversity of constituent polymers, additives, shapes and sizes, as well as continuous changes in the particle buoyancy as a result of fouling and defouling processes, it is necessary to modify conventional bioassay protocols before employing them for MP toxicity testings...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645885/the-threshold-of-toxicological-concern-for-prenatal-developmental-toxicity-in-rats-and-rabbits
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B van Ravenzwaay, X Jiang, T Luechtefeld, T Hartung
The Threshold Toxicological Concern (TTC) is based on the concept that in absence of experimental data reasonable assurance of safety can be given if exposure is sufficiently low. Using the REACH database the low 5th percentile of the NO(A)EL distribution, for prenatal developmental toxicity (OECD guideline 414) was determined. For rats, (434 NO(A)ELs values) for maternal toxicity, this value was 10 mg/kg-bw/day. For developmental toxicity (469 NO(A)ELs): 13 mg/kg-bw/day. For rabbits, (100 NO(A)ELs), the value for maternal toxicity was 4 mg/kg-bw/day, for developmental toxicity, (112 NO(A)EL values): 10 mg/kg-bw/day...
June 20, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645657/gross-pathology-physiological-and-toxicological-responses-in-relation-to-metals-and-persistent-organic-pollutants-pops-burden-in-tilapia-species-from-ogun-river-nigeria
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Oju R Ibor, Aina O Adeogun, Azubuike V Chukwuka, Augustine Arukwe
We have investigated gross pathology, physiological (steroid precursors) and toxicological responses (oxidative stress and phase II biotransformation) in relation to tissue contaminant burden in Tilapia species along the entire length (320 km) of Ogun River, Nigeria. The Ogun River is the longest and largest river in Southwestern Nigeria located along heavily industrialized cities and receives complex mixtures of effluents. A total of 1074 tilapias were collected from three sampling points (Abeokuta, Isheri and Ikorodu) and from an upstream control point (Igboho) and evaluated for gross pathological changes, hepatic transcript levels for oxidative stress and phase II biotransformation responses...
June 8, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644715/biological-responses-of-the-american-coot-fulica-americana-in-wetlands-with-contrasting-environmental-conditions-basin-of-m%C3%A3-xico
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María Eugenia López-Islas, Itzel Ibarra-Meza, Esperanza Ortiz-Ordóñez, Liliana Favari, J Elías Sedeño-Díaz, Eugenia López-López
Wetland ecosystems are subject to severe impacts (physical and chemical) and to the input of various xenobiotics that provoke toxicological consequences. Waterbirds are potential sentinel species of these environments. To analyze how habitat conditions affect the health of Fulica americana, early-warning biomarkers, histopathology, somatic indices, and water quality were examined in two wetlands of the Basin of Mexico: Xochimilco, an urban wetland highly eutrophic with a mixture of pollutants, and Tecocomulco (the reference site), a rural wetland with hunting migratory birds in winter, and with some agricultural contaminants...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644395/optical-tracking-and-digital-quantification-of-beating-behavior-in-bioengineered-human-cardiac-organoids
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Mahesh Devarasetty, Steven Forsythe, Thomas D Shupe, Shay Soker, Colin E Bishop, Anthony Atala, Aleksander Skardal
Organoid and organ-on-a-chip technologies are rapidly advancing towards deployment for drug and toxicology screening applications. Liver and cardiac toxicities account for the majority of drug candidate failures in human trials. Liver toxicity generally produces liver cell death, while cardiac toxicity causes adverse changes in heart beat kinetics. In traditional 2D cultures, beating kinetics can be measured by electrode arrays, but in some 3D constructs, quantifying beating kinetics can be more challenging...
June 23, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641560/functional-and-catalytic-characterization-of-the-detoxifying-enzyme-haloalkane-dehalogenase-from-rhizobium-leguminosarum
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Nikolaos Georgakis, Evangelia Chronopoulou, Maria Anna Gad, Dimitrios Skliros, Rodica Efrose, Emmanouil Flemetakis, Nikolaos E Labrou
Haloalkanes are acutely toxic to animals and humans and their toxic effects are mainly observed in the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. In the present work, the haloalkane dehalogenase from Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii (DrlA) was characterized. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis and enzyme activity assays revealed that the DrlA gene expression in R. leguminosarum bv. trifolii is induced by 1,2-dibromoethane (1,2-DBE) during the early exponential phase. The gene of the enzyme was isolated, cloned and expressed in E...
June 20, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641544/post-mortem-redistribution-of-drugs-current-state-of-knowledge
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Caroline Sastre, Christophe Bartoli, Valerie Baillif-Couniou, Georges Leonetti, Anne-Laure Pelissier-Alicot
BACKGROUND: Drug concentrations obtained from post mortem samples do not necessarily reflect the concentrations at the time of death, and variations of concentration may be observed between different sites and/or different sampling times. These phenomena, collectively termed post mortem redistribution, concern numerous molecules (medications, drugs of abuse, gases, etc.) and can complicate the interpretation of toxicological analyses. METHODS: Literature review...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641506/regulatory-forum-opinion-piece-imaging-applications-in-toxicologic-pathology-recommendations-for-use-in-regulated-nonclinical-toxicity-studies
#8
Robert R Maronpot, Abraham Nyska, Sean P Troth, Kathleen Gabrielson, Polina Sysa-Shah, Vyacheslav Kalchenko, Yuri Kuznetsov, Alon Harmelin, Yael S Schiffenbauer, David Bonnel, Jonathan Stauber, Yuval Ramot
Available imaging systems for use in preclinical toxicology studies increasingly show utility as important tools in the toxicologic pathologist's armamentarium, permit longitudinal evaluation of functional and morphological changes in tissues, and provide important information such as organ and lesion volume not obtained by conventional toxicology study parameters. Representative examples of practical imaging applications in toxicology research and preclinical studies are presented for ultrasound, positron emission tomography/single-photon emission computed tomography, optical, magnetic resonance imaging, and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-imaging mass spectrometry imaging...
June 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639230/intracellular-pharmacokinetics-of-antibacterials-and-their-clinical-implications
#9
REVIEW
Federico Pea
The intracellular pharmacokinetics of the different classes of antimicrobials into surrogate markers of tissue accumulation (alveolar macrophages and/or total alveolar cells collected by means of bronchoalveolar lavage or peripheral white blood cells) was reviewed. The aim of this review was to discuss the clinical implications of the intracellular pharmacokinetics of antibacterials, either from the therapeutic or toxicological perspective. The different pharmacokinetic behaviour of antimicrobials within cells is mainly related to their physicochemical properties (hydrophilicity and lipophilicity), and may have several clinical implications...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635673/toxicity-of-naphthalene-and-benzene-on-tribollium-castaneum-herbst
#10
Nerlis Pajaro-Castro, Karina Caballero-Gallardo, Jesus Olivero-Verbel
Naphthalene and benzene are widely-used volatile organic compounds. The aim of this research was to examine the toxicological effects of naphthalene and benzene against Tribolium castaneum as an animal model. Adult insects were exposed to these aromatic compounds to assess mortality after 4-48 h of exposure. The lethal concentration 50 (LC50) for naphthalene, naphthalin, and benzene were 63.6 µL/L, 20.0 µL/L, and 115.9 µL/L in air, respectively. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis revealed expression changes in genes related to oxidative stress and metabolism [Glutathione S-Transferase (Gst), and Cytochrome P450 6BQ8 (Cyp6bq8)]; reproduction and metamorphosis [Hormone receptor in 39-like protein (Hr39), Ecdysone receptor: (Ecr), and Chitin synthase 2 (Chs2)]; and neurotransmission [Histamine-gated chloride channel 2 (Hiscl2)] in insects exposed for 4 h to 70...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634814/assessment-of-waterborne-amine-coated-silver-nanoparticle-ag-np-induced-toxicity-in-labeo-rohita-by-histological-and-hematological-profiles
#11
Muhammad Saleem Khan, Naureen Aziz Qureshi, Farhat Jabeen, Muhammad Shakeel, Muhammad Saleem Asghar
Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) have wide applications in the medical field; however, the toxicological effects are still poorly studied. The study was aimed to determine the effects of 15.78 nm spherical and amine-coated Ag-NPs on hematology and histology of gills and liver tissues in 28 days treated Labeo rohita (L. rohita). It was found that Ag-NPs induced alterations in the hematological parameters in a dose dependent manner. The Ag-NPs also induced histological alterations in a dose-dependent manner. In gill tissues, it induced fusion of secondary lamellae, separation of gill epithelium, fusion and necrosis of lamellar cells, hyperplasia, deformed cartilaginous skeleton, separation and lifting of epithelium, and curling of lamellae in a dose dependent manner...
June 20, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633102/an-integrated-assessment-of-ceftazidime-and-photoproducts-on-the-feeding-behavior-of-rotifers-from-exposure-to-post-exposure
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Yanhua Liu, Yaqi Wang, Jie Zhang, Liu Sun, Anqi Zhang, Oscar Lopez Torres, Ruixin Guo, Jianqiu Chen
Compared to traditional toxicological studies, which depict the dose-effect of contaminants themselves on organisms at the given time, the exposure and post-exposure impacts of antibiotic ceftazidime and its photoproducts are carried out to systematically evaluate the environmental risk fate of ceftazidime in aquatic environments. For the exposure process, the promotion effect of ceftazidime on the feeding behavior of the rotifers decreased when the target compound was irradiated by sunlight, and the promotion effect was converted into inhibition effect, which indicated that the highest toxicity of ceftazidime on the feeding behavior of the rotifers was found after UV-B irradiation...
June 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630216/fractionated-dosing-improves-preclinical-therapeutic-index-of-pyrrolobenzodiazepine-containing-antibody-drug-conjugates
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Mary Jane Hinrichs, Pauline M Ryan, Bo Zheng, Shameen Afif-Rider, Xiang-Qing Yu, Michele Gunsior, Haihong Zhong, Jay Harper, Binyam Bezabeh, Kapil Vashisht, Marlon Rebelatto, Molly Reed, Patricia C Ryan, Shannon Breen, Neki Patel, Cui Chen, Luke A Masterson, Arnaud Tiberghien, Philip W Howard, Nazzareno Dimasi, Rakesh Dixit
                Purpose:  To use preclinical models to identify a dosing schedule that improves tolerability of highly potent pyrrolobenzodiazepine dimers (PBD) antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) without compromising anti-tumor activity.  <p>                Experimental design:   A series of dose-fractionation studies were conducted to investigate the pharmacokinetic drivers of safety and efficacy of PBD ADCs in animal models.  The exposure-activity relationship was investigated in mouse xenograft models of human prostate cancer, breast and gastric cancer by comparing anti-tumor activity after single and fractionated dosing with tumor-targeting ADCs conjugated to SG3249, a potent PBD dimer...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627763/suspected-methadone-toxicity-from-hospital-to-autopsy-bed
#14
Jaber Gharehdaghi, Asieh Takalloo-Bakhtiari, Hossein Hassanian-Moghaddam, Nasim Zamani, Mohammad-Javad Hedayatshode
High mortality rates have been reported for methadone in both adults and children. We aimed to determine the pattern of toxicity, possible underlying diseases and treatment challenges in patients referred to our center with early diagnosis of methadone toxicity and who later died. Medical files of all methadone-poisoned patients who had been admitted to a referral center of toxicology between March 2011 and March 2016, died during the hospital stay and sent for autopsy to Legal Medicine Organization were retrospectively evaluated...
June 19, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623915/safety-pharmacology-and-subchronic-toxicity-of-jinqing-granules-in-rats
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Xuerong Zhou, Qian Rong, Min Xu, Yuanli Zhang, Qi Dong, Yuanling Xiao, Qiji Liu, Helin Chen, Xiaoyu Yang, Kaisheng Yu, Yinglun Li, Ling Zhao, Gang Ye, Fei Shi, Cheng Lv
BACKGROUND: Jinqing granules which are made of a mixture extract that contains Radix Tinosporae and Canarii fructus in proportions according to a longstanding formula have a good effect on the prevention and treatment of gastric ulcer disease. It has not been through safety through systematic toxicological studies, however. To provide basis for clinical application, we performed safety pharmacology and subchronic toxicity experiments in specific pathogen-free Sprague-Dawley rats. RESULTS: In safety pharmacology experiments, Jinqing granules had no evident adverse effects on the central nervous, cardiovascular, or respiratory systems...
June 17, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622824/toxicological-assessment-of-nano-and-micron-sized-tungsten-oxide-after-28days-repeated-oral-administration-to-wistar-rats
#16
Srinivas Chinde, Paramjit Grover
Tungsten oxide (WO3) nanoparticles (NPs) are being used in various applications. However, the health consequences of WO3 NPs exposure have not been explored extensively. Hence, the goal of this study was to evaluate the toxicity of WO3 NPs and their microparticles (MPs) after 28days repeated oral administration in Wistar rats. The particles were characterised by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV), Brunner-Emmett-Teller (BET), X- ray diffraction (XRD), and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES)...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622373/a-versatile-and-low-cost-open-source-pipetting-robot-for-automation-of-toxicological-and-ecotoxicological-bioassays
#17
Sebastian Steffens, Leonie Nüßer, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Nadine Ruchter, Mark Schumann, Ricarda Döring, Catrina Cofalla, Avi Ostfeld, Elad Salomons, Holger Schüttrumpf, Henner Hollert, Markus Brinkmann
In the past decades, bioassays and whole-organism bioassay have become important tools not only in compliance testing of industrial chemicals and plant protection products, but also in the monitoring of environmental quality. With few exceptions, such test systems are discontinuous. They require exposure of the biological test material in small units, such as multiwell plates, during prolonged incubation periods, and do not allow online read-outs. It is mostly due to these shortcomings that applications in continuous monitoring of, e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618666/the-toxicity-of-oil-sands-process-affected-water-ospw-a-critical-review
#18
REVIEW
Chao Li, Li Fu, James Stafford, Miodrag Belosevic, Mohamed Gamal El-Din
Large volumes of oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) are produced by the surface-mining oil sands industry in Alberta. Both laboratory and field studies have demonstrated that the exposure to OSPW leads to many physiological changes in a variety of organisms. Adverse effects include compromised immunological function, developmental delays, impaired reproduction, disrupted endocrine system, and higher prevalence of tissue-specific pathological manifestations. The composition of OSPW varies with several factors such as ore sources, mining process, and tailings management practices...
June 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618231/a-high-resolution-study-of-dynamic-changes-of-ce2o3-and-ceo2-nanoparticles-in-complex-environmental-media
#19
Ruth Corrin Merrifield, Kenton P Arkill, Richard E Palmer, Jamie R Lead
Ceria nanoparticles (NPs) rapidly and easily cycle between Ce(III) and Ce(IV) oxidation states, making them prime candidates for commercial and other applications. Increased commercial use has resulted in increased discharge to the environment and increased associated risk. Once in complex media such as environmental waters or toxicology exposure media, the same redox transformations can occur, causing altered behavior and effects compared to the pristine NPs. This study used high resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy to investigate changes in structure and oxidation state of small, polymer-coated ceria suspensions in complex media...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617866/characterization-of-trace-metal-content-in-the-developing-zebrafish-embryo
#20
Rebecca T Thomason, Michael A Pettiglio, Carolina Herrera, Clara Kao, Jonathan D Gitlin, Thomas B Bartnikas
Trace metals are essential for health but toxic when present in excess. The maintenance of trace metals at physiologic levels reflects both import and export by cells and absorption and excretion by organs. The mechanism by which this maintenance is achieved in vertebrate organisms is incompletely understood. To explore this, we chose zebrafish as our model organism, as they are amenable to both pharmacologic and genetic manipulation and comprise an ideal system for genetic screens and toxicological studies...
2017: PloS One
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