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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432518/correlation-between-heavy-metal-exposure-and-gstm1-polymorphism-in-iranian-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Mehdi Aliomrani, Mohammad A Sahraian, Hamid Shirkhanloo, Mohammad Sharifzadeh, Mohammad R Khoshayand, Mohammad H Ghahremani
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune-mediated chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. Various exposures to heavy metals can lead to toxicity and oxidative stress. While glutathione-S-transferases are known as oxidative stress-related genes and involved in metal biotransformation. The aim of the present study is to investigate the correlation of GSTM1 polymorphism in MS patients and the possible association with blood concentration of arsenic (As) and cadmium (Cd) as major heavy metal pollutants...
April 21, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431548/water-pipe-smoke-condensate-increases-the-internalization-of-mycobacterium-bovis-of-type-ii-alveolar-epithelial-cells-a549
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Esmaeil Mortaz, Shamila D Alipoor, Masoud Movassaghi, Mohammad Varahram, Jahangir Ghorbani, Gert Folkerts, Johan Garssen, Ian M Adcock
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major global health problem, and there is an association between tobacco smoke and TB. Water pipe smoking has become an increasing problem not only in Middle Eastern countries but also globally because users consider it as safer than cigarettes. The presence of high levels of toxic substances in water-pipe smoke may be a predisposing factor that enhances the incidence of pulmonary disorders. For example, uncontrolled macropinocytosis in alveolar epithelial cells following exposure to water-pipe smoke may predispose subjects to pulmonary infection...
April 21, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428175/flavored-e-cigarette-liquids-reduce-proliferation-and-viability-in-the-calu3-airway-epithelial-cell-line
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Temperance R Rowell, Steven L Reeber, Shernita L Lee, Rachel A Harris, Rachel C Nethery, Amy H Herring, Gary L Glish, Robert Tarran
E-cigarettes are generally thought of as a safer smoking alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, little is known about the effects of e-cigarette liquids (e-liquids) on the lung. Since over 7,000 unique flavors have been identified for purchase in the USA, our goal was to conduct a screen that would test whether different flavored e-liquids exhibited different toxicant profiles. We tested the effects of 13 different flavored e-liquids (with nicotine and propylene glycol/vegetable glycerin (PG/VG) serving as controls) on a lung epithelial cell line (CALU3)...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423681/sulforaphane-for-the-chemoprevention-of-bladder-cancer-molecular-mechanism-targeted-approach
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REVIEW
Andrew Leone, Gregory Diorio, Wade Sexton, Michael Schell, Mark Alexandrow, Jed W Fahey, Nagi B Kumar
The clinical course for both early and late stage Bladder Cancer (BC) continues to be characterized by significant patient burden due to numerous occurrences and recurrences requiring frequent surveillance strategies, intravesical drug therapies, and even more aggressive treatments in patients with locally advanced or metastatic disease. For these reasons, BC is also the most expensive cancer to treat. Fortunately, BC offers an excellent platform for chemoprevention interventions with potential to optimize the systemic and local exposure of promising agents to the bladder mucosa...
March 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418431/body-burdens-sources-and-interrelations-of-selected-toxic-and-essential-elements-among-the-nine-cree-first-nations-of-eeyou-istchee-james-bay-region-of-northern-quebec-canada
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Evert Nieboer, Ian D Martin, Eric N Liberda, Eric Dewailly, Elizabeth Robinson, Leonard J S Tsuji
BACKGROUND: this article constitutes a report on the comprehensive Nituuchischaayihtitaau Aschii multi-community environment-and-health study conducted among the Cree peoples (Eeyouch) of northern Quebec, Canada. OBJECTIVES: to interpret observed concentrations of a suite of chemical elements in a multi-media biological monitoring study in terms of sources and predictors. METHODS: the concentrations of 5 essential and 6 toxic chemical elements were measured in whole blood, and/or in urine or hair by ICP-MS...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409208/inhibitors-of-ceramide-de-novo-biosynthesis-rescue-damages-induced-by-cigarette-smoke-in-airways-epithelia
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Aida Zulueta, Anna Caretti, Giuseppe Matteo Campisi, Andrea Brizzolari, Jose Luis Abad, Rita Paroni, Paola Signorelli, Riccardo Ghidoni
Exposure to cigarette smoke represents the most important risk factor for the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways, imbalance of proteolytic activity resulting in the destruction of lung parenchyma, alveolar hypoxia, oxidative stress, and apoptosis. Sphingolipids are structural membrane components whose metabolism is altered during stress. Known as apoptosis and inflammation inducer, the sphingolipid ceramide was found to accumulate in COPD airways and its plasma concentration increased as well...
April 13, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399471/cigarette-smoke-extract-cse-induces-rage-mediated-inflammation-in-the-ca9-22-gingival-carcinoma-epithelial-cell-line
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Nolan T Sanders, Derek J Dutson, Justin W Durrant, Joshua B Lewis, Shalene H Wilcox, Duane R Winden, Juan A Arroyo, Benjamin T Bikman, Paul R Reynolds
OBJECTIVE: The oral environment is anatomically positioned as a significant gateway for exposure to environmental toxicants. Cigarette smoke exposure compromises oral health by orchestrating inflammation. The receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) has been implicated in smoke-induced inflammatory effects; however, its role in the oral cavity is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine RAGE expression by immortalized gingival carcinoma cells and the degree to which RAGE-mediated signaling influences inflammation...
March 31, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393137/aldehyde-detection-in-electronic-cigarette-aerosols
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Mumiye A Ogunwale, Mingxiao Li, Mandapati V Ramakrishnam Raju, Yizheng Chen, Michael H Nantz, Daniel J Conklin, Xiao-An Fu
Acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde are the principal toxic aldehydes present in cigarette smoke and contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease and noncancerous pulmonary disease. The rapid growth of the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has raised concerns over emissions of these harmful aldehydes. This work determines emissions of these aldehydes in both free and bound (aldehyde-hemiacetal) forms and other carbonyls from the use of e-cigarettes. A novel silicon microreactor with a coating phase of 4-(2-aminooxyethyl)-morpholin-4-ium chloride (AMAH) was used to trap carbonyl compounds in the aerosols of e-cigarettes via oximation reactions...
March 31, 2017: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392919/respiratory-bronchiolitis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease-secondary-to-electronic-nicotine-delivery-system-use-confirmed-with-open-lung-biopsy
#9
Mark Flower, Lakshmy Nandakumar, Mahendra Singh, David Wyld, Morgan Windsor, David Fielding
As a modern phenomenon, there is currently limited understanding of the possible toxic effects and broader implications of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Large volumes of aerosolized particles are inhaled during "vaping" and there are now an increasing number of case reports demonstrating toxic effects of ENDS, as well as human studies demonstrating impaired lung function in users. This article presents a case of respiratory bronchiolitis interstitial lung disease (RB-ILD) precipitated by vaping in a 33-year-old male with 10 pack years of traditional cigarette and prior treatment for mixed germ cell tumour...
May 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387073/-electronic-cigarette-state-of-the-science-about-toxicological-aspects
#10
REVIEW
M Deville, C Charlier
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are presented as a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking. They are designed to contain a solution which is heated to produce an aerosol inhaled by the user. The liquid is mainly composed of propylene glycol, glycerol, flavours and, in some cases, nicotine. Except for nicotine, which can be fatal when ingested at high dose, these components are generally considered as safe. However, the potential effect of long term exposure to inhaled propylene glycol is unknown at this time...
January 2017: Revue Médicale de Liège
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387072/-e-cigarette-and-smoking-cessation-current-situation-in-belgium
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REVIEW
P Bartsch, M Delvaux, E Englebert, M H Beaupain, R Louis
Because of the devastating health effect of chronic burned tobacco inhalation, smoking cessation is a public health priority. After a short review of the validated pharmacological tools for smoking cessation we have analysed the clinical data obtained with the increasingly popular e-cigarette as an aid to help current smokers to quit. Although e-cigarette has not proved its effectiveness in smoking cessation yet, the public health authorities have usually adopted a pragmatic position. They recommend trying e-cigarette when validated pharmacological tools have failed in making patients abstinent, on the basis that e-cigarette is strongly assumed to be less toxic and may still help reducing the amount of smoked cigarettes...
January 2017: Revue Médicale de Liège
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382283/protective-effect-of-white-fleshed-peach-prunus-persica-l-batsch-on-chronic-nicotine-induced-toxicity
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Hyun-Jeong Kim, Kwang-Kyun Park, Won-Yoon Chung, Sun Kyoung Lee, Ki-Rim Kim
BACKGROUND: Nicotine is a major toxic component of tobacco smoke and has been recognized as a risk factor to induce oxidative tissue damage, which is a precursor to cardiovascular diseases, lung-related diseases, and cancers. Peaches (Prunus persica) have been used for the treatment of degenerative disorders, such as hypermenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and infertility in Asian countries. In this study, we investigated the effects of white-fleshed peach on the excretion of nicotine metabolites and 1-hydroxypyrene in smokers and chronic nicotine-induced tissue damages in mice...
March 2017: Journal of Cancer Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381639/gestational-exposure-to-sidestream-secondhand-cigarette-smoke-promotes-transgenerational-epigenetic-transmission-of-exacerbated-allergic-asthma-and-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia
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Shashi P Singh, Hitendra S Chand, Raymond J Langley, Neerad Mishra, Ted Barrett, Karin Rudolph, Carmen Tellez, Piotr T Filipczak, Steve Belinsky, Ali I Saeed, Aryaz Sheybani, Vernat Exil, Hemant Agarwal, Venkataramana K Sidhaye, Thomas Sussan, Shyam Biswal, Mohan Sopori
Embryonic development is highly sensitive to xenobiotic toxicity and in utero exposure to environmental toxins affects physiological responses of the progeny. In the United States, the prevalence of allergic asthma (AA) is inexplicably rising and in utero exposure to cigarette smoke increases the risk of AA and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in children and animal models. We reported that gestational exposure to sidestream cigarette smoke (SS), or secondhand smoke, promoted nicotinic acetylcholine receptor-dependent exacerbation of AA and BPD in mice...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381414/comparison-of-a-preferred-versus-non-preferred-waterpipe-tobacco-flavour-subjective-experience-smoking-behaviour-and-toxicant-exposure
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Eleanor L Leavens, Leslie M Driskill, Neil Molina, Thomas Eissenberg, Alan Shihadeh, Emma I Brett, Evan Floyd, Theodore L Wagener
INTRODUCTION: One possible reason for the rapid proliferation of waterpipe (WP) smoking is the pervasive use of flavoured WP tobacco. To begin to understand the impact of WP tobacco flavours, the current study examined the impact of a preferred WP tobacco flavour compared with a non-preferred tobacco flavoured control on user's smoking behaviour, toxicant exposure and subjective smoking experience. METHOD: Thirty-six current WP smokers completed two, 45-minute ad libitum smoking sessions (preferred flavour vs non-preferred tobacco flavour control) in a randomised cross-over design...
April 5, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379177/a-comparative-health-risk-assessment-of-electronic-cigarettes-and-conventional-cigarettes
#15
Jinsong Chen, Chris Bullen, Kim Dirks
Background: Although some studies have identified hazardous substances in electronic cigarette (EC) liquids and emissions, there is limited information about the health risks of using ECs. Methods: In this study, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health risk assessment model and findings of a literature review were used to determine and profile hazards. Focus was put on the toxicants reported in the literature on conventional cigarette (CC) smoke that most strongly associated with adverse health effects...
April 5, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377982/mechanistic-insight-into-the-effects-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-activation-on-osteogenic-differentiation
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Chawon Yun, Joseph A Weiner, Danielle S Chun, Jonghwa Yun, Ralph W Cook, Michael S Schallmo, Abhishek S Kannan, Sean M Mitchell, Ryan D Freshman, Christian Park, Wellington K Hsu, Erin L Hsu
While inhibition of bone healing and increased rates of pseudarthrosis are known adverse outcomes associated with cigarette smoking, the underlying mechanisms by which this occurs are not well understood. Recent work has implicated the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (Ahr) as one mediator of the anti-osteogenic effects of cigarette smoke (CS), which contains numerous toxic ligands for the Ahr. 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD, dioxin) is a high-affinity Ahr ligand frequently used to evaluate Ahr pathway activation...
June 2017: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376827/lead-exposure-at-firing-ranges-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Mark A S Laidlaw, Gabriel Filippelli, Howard Mielke, Brian Gulson, Andrew S Ball
BACKGROUND: Lead (Pb) is a toxic substance with well-known, multiple, long-term, adverse health outcomes. Shooting guns at firing ranges is an occupational necessity for security personnel, police officers, members of the military, and increasingly a recreational activity by the public. In the United States alone, an estimated 16,000-18,000 firing ranges exist. Discharge of Pb dust and gases is a consequence of shooting guns. METHODS: The objectives of this study are to review the literature on blood lead levels (BLLs) and potential adverse health effects associated with the shooting population...
April 4, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371351/identification-of-pyrolysis-products-of-the-new-psychoactive-substance-2-amino-1-4-bromo-2-5-dimethoxyphenyl-ethanone-hydrochloride-bk-2c-b-and-its-iodo-analog-bk-2c-i
#18
Kelly B Texter, Rachel Waymach, Pierce V Kavanagh, John E O'Brien, Brian Talbot, Simon D Brandt, Elizabeth A Gardner
2-Amino-1-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanone hydrochloride (bk-2C-B) has recently emerged as a new psychoactive substance (NPS). It is most commonly consumed orally although there are indications that it might also be ingested by inhalation or 'smoking'. Information about the stability of bk-2C-B when exposed to heat is unavailable and the potential for pyrolytic degradation and formation of unknown substances available for inhalation prompted an investigation using a simulated 'meth pipe' scenario. Twelve products following pyrolysis of bk-2C-B were detected and verified by organic synthesis of the corresponding standards...
March 31, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368973/effect-of-smoking-on-macular-function-and-structure-in-active-smokers-versus-passive-smokers
#19
Amany Abd El-Fattah El-Shazly, Yousra Ahmed Thabet Farweez, Yasser Abdelmageuid Elzankalony, Lamia Salah Elewa, Botheina Ahmed Thabet Farweez
PURPOSE: The aim is to study the effects of cigarette smoking on the structural and functional alterations of the macula in eyes of healthy young smokers. METHODS: Cross-sectional clinical study included 100 active smokers (Group 1) and 100 age- and sex-matched healthy passive smokers (Group 2). All participants underwent a complete ophthalmologic assessment, axial length measurement, central corneal thickness measurement, spectral domain optical coherence tomography, and multifocal electroretinogram...
March 30, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363516/vascular-disease-in-cocaine-addiction
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REVIEW
Keren Bachi, Venkatesh Mani, Devi Jeyachandran, Zahi A Fayad, Rita Z Goldstein, Nelly Alia-Klein
Cocaine, a powerful vasoconstrictor, induces immune responses including cytokine elevations. Chronic cocaine use is associated with functional brain impairments potentially mediated by vascular pathology. Although the Crack-Cocaine epidemic has declined, its vascular consequences are increasingly becoming evident among individuals with cocaine use disorder of that period, now aging. Paradoxically, during the period when prevention efforts could make a difference, this population receives psychosocial treatment at best...
March 14, 2017: Atherosclerosis
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