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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930619/asiatic-acid-nullified-aluminium-toxicity-in-in-vitro-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Mashoque Ahmad Rather, Arokiasamy Justin Thenmozhi, Thamilarasan Manivasagam, Jegadeesan Nataraj, Musthafa Mohamed Essa, Saravana Babu Chidambaram
Aluminium (Al) is a ubiquitously distributed environmental toxicant that lacks biological functions; however, its accumulation in the brain has been demonstrated to be linked to several neuropathological conditions particularly Alzheimer's disease (AD). Asiatic acid (AA), a triterpene extracted from Centella asiatica, has been reported to cross the blood brain barrier and also displayed antioxidant and neuroprotective activities. The present study was aimed to explore the neuroprotective effect of AA against aluminium maltolate (Al(mal)3) induced neurotoxicity by assessing cell viability, mitochondrial membrane potential, levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), DNA damage and apoptosis (Hoechst and dual staining, comet assay; expressions of pro-apoptotic, anti-apoptotic and signaling indices) via AKT/GSK-3β signaling pathway in SH-SY 5Y  neuroblastoma cells...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930585/leishmaniasis-treatment-update-of-possibilities-for-drug-repurposing
#2
Valter Viana Andrade-Neto, Edezio Ferreira Cunha-Junior, Viviane Dos Santos Faioes, Thais Pereira Martins, Raphaela Lopes Silva, Leonor Laura Leon, Eduardo Caio Torres-Santos
The leishmaniases represent a public health problem in under-developed countries and are considered a neglected disease by the World Health Organization (WHO). They are cuased by Leishmania  parasites with different clinical manifestations. Currently, there is no vaccine, and treatment is in-efficient and is associated with both serious side effects often leading to resistance to the parasites. Thus, it is essential to search for new treatment strategies, such as drug repurposing, i.e., the use of drugs that are already used for other diseases...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929958/-screening-of-corynebacterium-diphtheriae-corynebacterium-ulcerans-and-corynebacterium-pseudotuberculosis-in-throat-swab-specimens-of-children-with-upper-respiratory-tract-infections
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Zeynep Gökçe Gayretli Aydın, Gönül Tanır, Selin Nar Ötgün, Meral Turan, Türkan Aydın Teke, Ayşe Kaman, Selçuk Kılıç
Although a significant decrease has been reported in the incidence of diphteria in many regions of the world following the routine diphtheria immunization programs, the emergence of new cases indicated that toxigenic strains are still circulating in the community. Diphtheria vaccine does not provide protection against asymptomatic carriage and colonization of non-toxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae. It is a known fact that invasive infections may arise from non-toxigenic C.diphtheriae strains that the non-toxigenic strains can become toxigenic strains leading to diphteria...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929923/rethinking-brain-cancer-therapy-tumor-enzyme-activatable-theranostic-nanoparticles
#4
Heike E Daldrup-Link
This invited commentary discusses a recent article by Mohanty et al in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics about significant therapeutic efficacies of novel theranostic nanoparticles (TNPs) for the treatment of human brain cancers in mouse models. The TNPs were cleaved by enzymes in the tumor tissue, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP-14), which lead to release of a highly potent therapeutic drug, azademethylcolchicine. Data showed that the TNPs caused selective toxic effects in MMP-14-expressing glioblastoma and not normal brain...
January 2017: Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929768/protein-corona-analysis-of-silver-nanoparticles-links-to-their-cellular-effects
#5
Sabine Juling, Alicia Niedzwiecka, Linda Böhmert, Dajana Lichtenstein, Soeren Selve, Albert Braeuning, Andreas F Thünemann, Eberhard Krause, Alfonso Lampen
The breadth of applications of nanoparticles and the access to food-associated consumer products containing nano-sized materials lead to oral human exposure to such particles. In biological fluids nanoparticles dynamically interact with biomolecules and form a protein corona. Knowledge about the protein corona is of great interest for understanding the molecular effects of particles as well as their fate inside the human body. We used a mass spectrometry-based toxicoproteomics approach to elucidate mechanisms of toxicity of silver nanoparticles and to comprehensively characterize the protein corona formed around silver nanoparticles in Caco-2 human intestinal epithelial cells...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929003/fatal-cobalt-toxicity-after-a-non-metal-on-metal-total-hip-arthroplasty
#6
Rinne M Peters, Pax Willemse, Paul C Rijk, Mels Hoogendoorn, Wierd P Zijlstra
This case illustrates the potential for systemic cobalt toxicity in non-metal-on-metal bearings and its potentially devastating consequences. We present a 71-year-old male with grinding sensations in his right hip following ceramic-on-ceramic total hip arthroplasty (THA). After diagnosing a fractured ceramic liner, the hip prosthesis was revised into a metal-on-polyethylene bearing. At one year postoperatively, X-rays and MARS-MRI showed a fixed reversed hybrid THA, with periarticular densities, flattening of the femoral head component, and a pattern of periarticular metal wear debris and pseudotumor formation...
2017: Case Reports in Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928801/ginsenoside-rb1-inhibits-hypoxia-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-ovarian-cancer-cells-by-regulating-microrna-25
#7
Dan Liu, Ting Liu, Yue Teng, Wei Chen, Le Zhao, Xu Li
Metastasis frequently occurs in advanced ovarian cancer, which not only leads to substantial mortality but also becomes a major challenge to effective treatment. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a key mechanism facilitating cancer metastasis. Targeting the EMT process with more efficacious and less toxic agents to prevent metastasis is of significant therapeutic value for ovarian cancer treatment. The anti-EMT function and mechanism of ginsenoside Rb1, a monomer composition extracted from the traditional Chinese herb Panax ginseng or P...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928754/responses-of-plant-proteins-to-heavy-metal-stress-a-review
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Md Kamrul Hasan, Yuan Cheng, Mukesh K Kanwar, Xian-Yao Chu, Golam J Ahammed, Zhen-Yu Qi
Plants respond to environmental pollutants such as heavy metal(s) by triggering the expression of genes that encode proteins involved in stress response. Toxic metal ions profoundly affect the cellular protein homeostasis by interfering with the folding process and aggregation of nascent or non-native proteins leading to decreased cell viability. However, plants possess a range of ubiquitous cellular surveillance systems that enable them to efficiently detoxify heavy metals toward enhanced tolerance to metal stress...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928443/affected-energy-metabolism-under-manganese-stress-governs-cellular-toxicity
#9
Gursharan Kaur, Vineet Kumar, Amit Arora, Ajay Tomar, Ashish, Runa Sur, Dipak Dutta
Excessive manganese exposure is toxic, but a comprehensive biochemical picture of this assault is poorly understood. Whether oxidative stress or reduced energy metabolism under manganese exposure causes toxicity is still a debate. To address this, we chose Δmnt P Escherichia coli, a highly manganese-sensitive strain, in this study. Combining microarray, proteomics, and biochemical analyses, we show that the chronic manganese exposure rewires diverse regulatory and metabolic pathways. Manganese stress affects protein and other macromolecular stability, and envelope biogenesis...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928122/discovery-and-preclinical-characterization-of-gsk1278863-daprodustat-a-small-molecule-hypoxia-inducible-factor-hif-prolyl-hydroxylase-inhibitor-for-anemia
#10
Jennifer L Ariazi, Kevin J Duffy, David F Adams, Duke M Fitch, Lusong Luo, Melissa Pappalardi, Mangatt Biju, Erin Hugger DiFilippo, Tony Shaw, Ken Wiggall, Connie Erickson-Miller
Decreased erythropoietin (EPO) production, shortened erythrocyte survival, and other factors reducing the response to EPO contribute to anemia in patients with a variety of underlying pathologies such as chronic kidney disease (CKD). Treatment with recombinant human EPO (rHuEPO) at supraphysiological concentrations has proven to be efficacious. However, it does not ameliorate the condition in all patients and presents its own risks, including cardiovascular complications. The transcription factors hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)1α and HIF2α control the physiological response to hypoxia and invoke a program of increased erythropoeisis...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928079/polyglutamine-expansion-diseases-more-than-simple-repeats
#11
Alexandra Silva, Ana Viana de Almeida, Sandra Macedo-Ribeiro
Polyglutamine (polyQ) repeat-containing proteins are widespread in the human proteome but only nine of them are associated with highly incapacitating neurodegenerative disorders. The genetic expansion of the polyQ tract in disease-related proteins triggers a series of events resulting in neurodegeneration. The polyQ tract plays the leading role in the aggregation mechanism, but other elements modulate the aggregation propensity in the context of the full-length proteins, as implied by variations in the length of the polyQ tract required to trigger the onset of a given polyQ disease...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927358/understanding-fe-2-toxicity-and-p-deficiency-tolerance-in-rice-for-enhancing-productivity-under-acidic-soils
#12
Sudip Das, Wricha Tyagi, Mayank Rai, Julia S Yumnam
Plants experience low phosphorus (P) and high iron (Fe) levels in acidic lowland soils that lead to reduced crop productivity. A better understanding of the relationship between these two stresses at molecular and physiological level will lead to development of suitable strategies to increase crop productivity in such poor soils. Tolerance for most abiotic stresses including P deficiency and Fe toxicity is a quantitative trait in rice. Recent studies in the areas of physiology, genetics, and overall metabolic pathways in response to P deficiency of rice plants have improved our understanding of low P tolerance...
April 2017: Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927268/discovery-of-pb-free-perovskite-solar-cells-via-high-throughput-simulation-on-k-computer
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Takahito Nakajima, Keisuke Sawada
We performed a systematic high-throughput simulation with density functional theory for 11,025 compositions of hybrid organic-inorganic halide compounds in ABX3 and A2BB'X6 forms, where A is an organic or inorganic component, B/B' is a metal atom, and X is a halogen atom. The computational results were compiled as a materials database. We performed massive computational simulation by using the K computer, which is a massively parallel many-core supercomputer in Japan. By applying the screening procedure to all the compounds in the materials database, we discovered novel candidates for environmentally friendly lead-free perovskite solar cells and propose 51 low-toxic halide single and double perovskites, most of which are newly proposed in this study...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926834/heme-oxygenase-activity-and-heme-binding-in-a-neonatal-mouse-model
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Stephanie Kourula, Joyce Ang, Hui Zhao, Flora Kalish, Peter Vandenabeele, Karl G Sylvester, Ronald J Wong, David K Stevenson
BACKGROUND: Severe hemolytic disease of the newborn leads to the release of pro-oxidative free heme (FH). Heme oxygenase (HO) is primarily responsible for detoxifying FH. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the protective effects of HO in a model of heme overload. METHODS: For in vitro studies, NIH3T3 HO-1-luc cells were incubated with 10, 30, or 60 µM FH or methemalbumin (MHA). HO-1 promoter activity was assessed 3, 6, and 24 h after treatment. Cell survival was indexed by viability assays...
September 20, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925976/shiga-toxin-therapeutics-beyond-neutralization
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REVIEW
Gregory Hall, Shinichiro Kurosawa, Deborah J Stearns-Kurosawa
Ribotoxic Shiga toxins are the primary cause of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in patients infected with Shiga toxin-producing enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (STEC), a pathogen class responsible for epidemic outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease around the globe. HUS is a leading cause of pediatric renal failure in otherwise healthy children, resulting in a mortality rate of 10% and a chronic morbidity rate near 25%. There are currently no available therapeutics to prevent or treat HUS in STEC patients despite decades of work elucidating the mechanisms of Shiga toxicity in sensitive cells...
September 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925387/a-vital-sugar-code-for-ricin-toxicity
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Jasmin Taubenschmid, Johannes Stadlmann, Markus Jost, Tove Irene Klokk, Cory D Rillahan, Andreas Leibbrandt, Karl Mechtler, James C Paulson, Julian Jude, Johannes Zuber, Kirsten Sandvig, Ulrich Elling, Thorsten Marquardt, Christian Thiel, Christian Koerner, Josef M Penninger
Ricin is one of the most feared bioweapons in the world due to its extreme toxicity and easy access. Since no antidote exists, it is of paramount importance to identify the pathways underlying ricin toxicity. Here, we demonstrate that the Golgi GDP-fucose transporter Slc35c1 and fucosyltransferase Fut9 are key regulators of ricin toxicity. Genetic and pharmacological inhibition of fucosylation renders diverse cell types resistant to ricin via deregulated intracellular trafficking. Importantly, cells from a patient with SLC35C1 deficiency are also resistant to ricin...
September 19, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925102/continued-alcohol-misuse-in-human-cirrhosis-is-associated-with-an-impaired-gut-liver-axis
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Jasmohan S Bajaj, Genta Kakiyama, Derrick Zhao, Hajime Takei, Andrew Fagan, Phillip Hylemon, Huiping Zhou, William M Pandak, Hiroshi Nittono, Oliver Fiehn, Nita Salzman, Mary Holtz, Pippa Simpson, Edith A Gavis, Douglas M Heuman, Runping Liu, Dae Joong Kang, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, Patrick M Gillevet
BACKGROUND: Cirrhosis and alcohol can independently affect the gut-liver axis with systemic inflammation. However their concurrent impact in humans is unclear. AIM: Determine the effect of continued alcohol misuse on the gut-liver axis in cirrhotic patients. METHODS: Age and MELD-balanced cirrhotic patients who were currently drinking (Alc) or abstinent (NAlc), and healthy controls underwent serum and stool collection. A subset underwent upper endoscopy and colonoscopy for biopsies and duodenal fluid collection...
September 19, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924833/rho-inhibiting-c2in-c3-fusion-toxin-inhibits-chemotactic-recruitment-of-human-monocytes-ex-vivo-and-in-mice-in-vivo
#18
Tobias Martin, Amelie Möglich, Ina Felix, Christina Förtsch, Anne Rittlinger, Annette Palmer, Stephanie Denk, Julian Schneider, Lena Notbohm, Mona Vogel, Hartmut Geiger, Stephan Paschke, Markus Huber-Lang, Holger Barth
Bacterial protein toxins became valuable molecular tools for the targeted modulation of cell functions in experimental pharmacology and attractive therapeutics because of their potent and specific mode of action in human cells. C2IN-C3lim, a recombinant fusion toxin (~50 kDa) of the Rho-inhibiting C3lim from Clostridium (C.) limosum and a non-toxic portion of the C. botulinum C2 toxin (C2IN), is selectively internalized into the cytosol of monocytic cells where C3lim specifically ADP-ribosylates Rho A and -B, thereby inhibiting Rho-mediated signaling...
September 18, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924728/a-review-on-the-mechanism-risk-evaluation-and-prevention-of-coal-spontaneous-combustion-in-china
#19
Biao Kong, Zenghua Li, Yongliang Yang, Zhen Liu, Daocheng Yan
In recent years, the ecology, security, and sustainable development of modern mines have become the theme of coal mine development worldwide. However, spontaneous combustion of coal under conditions of oxygen supply and automatic exothermic heating during coal mining lead to coalfield fires. Coal spontaneous combustion (CSC) causes huge economic losses and casualties, with the toxic and harmful gases produced during coal combustion not only polluting the working environment, but also causing great damage to the ecological environment...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924552/schisandra-sphenanthera-extract-wuzhi-tablet-protects-against-chronic-binge-and-acute-alcohol-induced-liver-injury-by-regulating-the-nrf2-are-pathway-in-mice
#20
Xuezhen Zeng, Xi Li, Chenshu Xu, Fulin Jiang, Yufei Mo, Xiaomei Fan, Yaoting Li, Yiming Jiang, Dongshun Li, Min Huang, Huichang Bi
Alcohol abuse leads to alcoholic liver disease and no effective therapy is currently available. Wuzhi Tablet (WZ), a preparation of extract from Schisandra sphenanthera that is a traditional hepato-protective herb, exerted a significant protective effect against acetaminophen-induced liver injury in our recent studies, but whether WZ can alleviate alcohol-induced toxicity remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate the contribution of WZ to alcohol-induced liver injury by using chronic-binge and acute models of alcohol feeding...
September 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
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