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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783168/fluorescence-probes-for-real-time-remote-cyanobacteria-monitoring-a-review-of-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Edoardo Bertone, Michele A Burford, David P Hamilton
In recent years, there has been a widespread deployment of submersible fluorescence sensors by water utilities. They are used to measure diagnostic pigments and estimate algae and cyanobacteria abundance in near real-time. Despite being useful and promising tools, operators and decision-makers often rely on the data provided by these probes without a full understanding of their limitations. As a result, this may lead to wrong and misleading estimations which, in turn, means that researchers and technicians distrust these sensors...
May 10, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783050/disruption-of-ergosterol-and-tryptophan-biosynthesis-as-well-as-cell-wall-integrity-pathway-and-the-intracellular-ph-homeostasis-lead-to-mono-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-toxicity-in-budding-yeast
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Linghuo Jiang, Litong Wang, Tianshu Fang, Vassilios Papadopoulos
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are substances in the environment, food, and consumer products that interfere with hormone homeostasis, metabolism or reproduction in humans and animals. One such EDC, the plasticizer di-(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate (DEHP), exerts its function through its principal bioactive metabolite, mono-(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate (MEHP). To fully understand the effects of MEHP on cellular processes and metabolism as well as to assess the impact of genetic alteration on the susceptibility to MEHP-induced toxicity, we screened MEHP-sensitive mutations on a genome-scale in the eukaryotic model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
May 15, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782897/metal-concentrations-in-fillet-and-gill-of-parrotfish-scarus-ghobban-from-the-persian-gulf-and-implications-for-human-health
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Yadolah Fakhri, Narottam Saha, Ali Miri, Aziz Rahimizadeh, Laleh Roomiani, Mansour Ghaderpoori, Mahmoud Taghavi, Hassan Keramati, Zohreh Bahmani, Bigard Moradi, Nazak Amanidaz
Despite the benefits of seafood's consumption, the bioaccumulation of metals in fish can endanger consumers' health. This study analyzed lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), Arsenic (As), and Cadmium (Cd) concentrations in fillet and gill of parrotfish (Scarus ghobban) using flame atomic adsorption spectroscopy (FAAS). The potential non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic health risks due to consumption of Scarus ghobban fillet were assessed by estimating average target hazard quotient (THQ) and total target hazard quotient (TTHQ) and Incremental Lifetime Cancer Risk cancer risk (ILCR) of the analyzed metals...
May 18, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782698/morphology-regulation-in-redox-destructible-amphiphilic-block-copolymers-and-impact-on-intracellular-drug-delivery
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Raju Bej, Jayita Sarkar, Debes Ray, Vinod K Aswal, Suhrit Ghosh
In two ABA type amphiphilic block copolymers (P1, P2), the hydrophobic B block consists of a bioreducible segmented poly(disulfide) (PDS), while poly-N-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAM) or poly(triethyleneglycol)methylether-methacrylate (PTEGMA) serve as the hydrophilic A blocks in P1 and P2, respectively, leading to the formation of polymersome and micelle, owing to the difference in the packing parameters. Both exhibit comparable doxorubicin (Dox) encapsulation efficiency, but glutathione (GSH) triggered release appears much faster from the polymersome than micelle owing to the complete degradation of the PDS segment in polymersome morphology unlike in micelle...
May 21, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782308/activation-of-herpes-simplex-infection-after-tattoo
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Antigona Begolli Gerqari, Mybera Ferizi, Merita Kotori, Aferdita Daka, Syzana Hapciu, Ilir Begolli, Mirije Begolli, Idriz Gerqari
Tattooing is a procedure where ink is applied to an area of the skin, mostly intraepidermally (1). This procedure is carried out mainly for aesthetic purposes. Lately, it has been used as a corrective medical procedure following amputation of mammilla. The procedure is aggressive (2), and the fact that skin is punctured many times with the same needle which cannot be fully sterilized may cause infection of the treated area with bacterial, fungal, or viral agents that may lead to health consequences manifesting in the form of verrucae vulgaris, molluscum contagiosum, and herpes simplex...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782000/induction-of-nephrotic-syndrome-in-mice-by-retrobulbar-injection-of-doxorubicin-and-prevention-of-volume-retention-by-sustained-release-aprotinin
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Bernhard N Bohnert, Ferruh Artunc
Nephrotic syndrome is the most extreme manifestation of proteinuric kidney disease and characterized by heavy proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia, and edema due to sodium retention and hyperlipidemia. To study the pathophysiology of this syndrome, rodent models have been developed based on the injection of toxic substances such as doxorubicin causing podocyte damage. In mice, only few strains are susceptible to this model. In wildtype 129S1/SvImJ mice, the administration of doxorubicin by rapid intravenous injection to the retrobulbar sinus induces experimental nephrotic syndrome that features all the symptoms of human disease including sodium retention and edema...
May 6, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781867/accelerated-onset-of-retinal-toxicity-from-hydroxychloroquine-use-with-concomitant-breast-cancer-therapy
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Aman Sharma, Alejandra M Maiz, William R Tucker, Catherine Cukras
PURPOSE: To report a case of accelerated retinal toxicity due to hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) use for treatment of Sjögren syndrome in a patient treated with concomitant chemotherapy for breast cancer. METHODS: Observational case report. RESULTS: A 56-year-old white woman using 400 mg HCQ (7.1 mg/kg real body weight) daily for a total of 2 years and 10 months for treatment of Sjögren syndrome with concomitant use of docetaxel and cyclophosphamide therapy (21-day cycle, 4 cycles) followed by anastrozole for breast cancer, presented with visual complaints and findings of severe HCQ toxicity...
May 16, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781250/low-level-aflatoxin-exposure-associated-with-greater-linear-growth-in-southern-mexico-a-longitudinal-study
#8
Jef L Leroy, Celeste Sununtnasuk, Armando García-Guerra, Jia-Sheng Wang
Aflatoxins are a group of naturally occurring mycotoxins, which can lead to death and are a known cause of hepatocellular carcinoma. AF exposure has been hypothesised to lead to stunted growth in children, but separating the AF effect from other determinants of linear growth retardation is difficult. The study used secondary data from an efficacy trial conducted in young children in southern Mexico to test the comparative efficacy of a milk-based multiple micronutrient-fortified food, a multiple micronutrient syrup, or a multiple micronutrient powder...
May 21, 2018: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781188/a-novel-anti-malarial-drug-derivative-inhibits-cyclic-gmp-amp-synthase-in-trex1-deficient-mice
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Jie An, Joshua J Woodward, Weinan Lai, Mark Minie, Xizhang Sun, Lena Tanaka, Jessica M Snyder, Tomikazu Sasaki, Keith B Elkon
OBJECTIVE: Type I interferon (IFN-I) is strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) as well as rare monogenic 'interferonopathies' such as Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome (AGS) caused by mutations in the DNA exonuclease, TREX1. The DNA-activated IFN-I pathway, cyclic GMP-AMP (cGAMP) synthase (cGAS), is linked to subsets of AGS and lupus. We identified inhibitors of DNA-cGAS interaction and tested lead candidate, X6, in a mouse model of AGS. METHODS: Trex1-/- mice were treated orally from birth with either X6 or HCQ for 8 weeks...
May 21, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781146/modulation-of-serine-threonine-phosphatases-by-melatonin-therapeutic-approaches-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
#10
REVIEW
Raquel L Arribas, Alejandro Romero, Javier Egea, Cristóbal de Los Ríos
Melatonin is an endogenous hormone produced by the pineal gland as well as many other tissues and organs. The natural decline in melatonin levels with aging strongly contributes to the development of neurodegenerative disorders. Neurodegenerative diseases share common mechanisms of toxicity such as proteinopathy, mitochondrial dysfunction, metal dyshomeostasis, oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and an imbalance in the phosphorylation/dephosphorylation ratio. Several reports have proved the usefulness of melatonin in counteracting the events that lead to a neurodegenerative scenario...
May 20, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781056/phase-ib-study-of-pevonedistat-a-nedd8-activating-enzyme-inhibitor-in-combination-with-docetaxel-carboplatin-and-paclitaxel-or-gemcitabine-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors
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A Craig Lockhart, Todd M Bauer, Charu Aggarwal, Carrie B Lee, R Donald Harvey, Roger B Cohen, Farhad Sedarati, Tsz Keung Nip, Hélène Faessel, Ajeeta B Dash, Bruce J Dezube, Douglas V Faller, Afshin Dowlati
Purpose This phase Ib study (NCT01862328) evaluated the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), safety, and efficacy of pevonedistat in combination with standard-of-care chemotherapies in patients with solid tumors. Methods Patients received pevonedistat with docetaxel (arm 1, n = 22), carboplatin plus paclitaxel (arm 2, n = 26), or gemcitabine (arm 3, n = 10) in 21-days (arms 1 and 2) or 28-days (arm 3) cycles. A lead-in cohort (arm 2a, n = 6) determined the arm 2 carboplatin dose. Dose escalation proceeded via continual modified reassessment...
May 21, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780646/incorporating-cystatin-c-to-predict-methotrexate-elimination-in-patients-with-cns-lymphoma-and-suspicious-renal-function
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Jason N Barreto, Allison L McClanahan, Andrew D Rule, Carrie A Thompson, Erin Frazee
High-dose methotrexate (MTX; ≥1 g/m2 ) is a renally eliminated and nephrotoxic first-line therapy for central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma. Creatinine-based estimation of renal function is the recommended approach to dosing MTX in these cases, but nonrenal determinants of creatinine production and elimination in cancer patients such as malnutrition and cachexia lead to overestimation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) by this method and a heightened risk for drug toxicity. Serum cystatin C is one of the first readily available, relatively inexpensive, endogenous biomarkers to emerge as a practical adjunct to creatinine for estimation of renal function for drug dosing...
2018: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779799/impact-of-low-skeletal-muscle-mass-on-non-lung-cancer-mortality-after-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-patients-with-stage-i-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Yukinori Matsuo, Takamasa Mitsuyoshi, Takashi Shintani, Yusuke Iizuka, Takashi Mizowaki
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to retrospectively evaluate impact of pre-treatment skeletal muscle mass (SMM) on overall survival and non-lung cancer mortality after stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: One-hundred and eighty-six patients whose abdominal CT before the treatment was available were enrolled into this study. The patients were divided into two groups of SMM according to gender-specific thresholds for unilateral psoas area...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779479/optimizing-antitumor-efficacy-and-adverse-effects-of-pegylated-liposomal-doxorubicin-by-scheduled-plasmapheresis-impact-of-timing-and-dosing
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Romeo Ngoune, Christine Contini, Michael Marcus Hoffmann, Dominik Elverfeldt, Karl Winkler, Gerhard Putz
BACKGROUND: Nanoscale drug delivery systems accumulate in solid tumors preferentially by the enhanced permeation and retention effect (EPR-effect). Nevertheless, only a miniscule fraction of a given dosage reaches the tumor, while >90% of the given drug ends up in otherwise healthy tissues, leading to the severe toxic reactions observed during chemotherapy. Once accumulation in tumor has reached its maximum, extracorporeal elimination of circulating nanoparticles by plasmapheresis can diminish toxicities...
May 18, 2018: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778937/copper-ii-and-or-arsenite-induced-oxidative-stress-cascades-apoptosis-and-autophagy-in-the-skeletal-muscles-of-chicken
#15
Yu Wang, Hongjing Zhao, Yizhi Shao, Juanjuan Liu, Jinglun Li, Liyang Luo, Mingwei Xing
Arsenic (As) is a ubiquitous environmental toxin and robust inducer of oxidative stress (OxS). Copper (Cu) is an essential microelement, which participates in OxS as a cofactor for certain enzymes, with narrow optimal range between essential and toxic concentrations. However, their effects are rarely studied in chicken skeletal muscles, which have soaring per capita consumption andare susceptible to oxidative damage. In the present study, we demonstrated that the administration of copper sulfate (300 mg kg-1 ) or arsenite (30 mg kg-1 ) individually or their co-administration leads to varying degrees of OxS in the skeletal muscles of chickens...
May 11, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778464/peroxiredoxin-2-deficiency-accelerates-age-related-ovarian-failure-through-the-reactive-oxygen-species-mediated-jnk-pathway-in-mice
#16
Sun-Ji Park, Jung-Hak Kim, Dong Gil Lee, Jin-Man Kim, Dong-Seok Lee
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced in biological reactions have been shown to contribute to ovarian aging. Peroxiredoxin 2 (Prx2) is an antioxidant enzyme that protects cells by scavenging ROS; however, its effect on age-related, oxidative stress-associated ovarian failure has not been reported. Here, we investigated its role in age-related ovarian dysfunction and 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide (VCD)-induced premature ovarian failure using Prx2-deficient mice. Compared to those in wildtype (WT) mice, serum levels of anti-Müllerian hormone, 17β-estradiol, and progesterone and numbers of follicles and corpora lutea were significantly lower in 18-month-old Prx2-/- mice...
May 17, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778037/efficient-electrochemical-degradation-of-multiwall-carbon-nanotubes
#17
Vytas Reipa, Shannon K Hanna, Aaron Urbas, Lane Sander, John Elliott, Joseph Conny, Elijah J Petersen
As the production mass of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) increases, the potential for human and environmental exposure to MWCNTs may also increase. We have shown that exposing an aqueous suspension of pristine MWCNTs to an intense oxidative treatment in an electrochemical reactor, equipped with an efficient hydroxyl radical generating Boron Doped Diamond (BDD) anode, leads to their almost complete mineralization. Thermal optical transmittance analysis showed a total carbon mass loss of over two orders of magnitude due to the electrochemical treatment, a result consistent with measurements of the degraded MWCNT suspensions using UV-vis absorbance...
April 26, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777137/enhanced-efficacy-of-combined-temozolomide-and-bromodomain-inhibitor-therapy-for-gliomas-using-targeted-nanoparticles
#18
Fred C Lam, Stephen W Morton, Jeffrey Wyckoff, Tu-Lan Vu Han, Mun Kyung Hwang, Amanda Maffa, Elena Balkanska-Sinclair, Michael B Yaffe, Scott R Floyd, Paula T Hammond
Effective treatment for glioblastoma (GBM) is limited by the presence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and rapid resistance to single agent therapies. To address these issues, we developed a transferrin-functionalized nanoparticle (Tf-NP) that can deliver dual combination therapies. Using intravital imaging, we show the ability of Tf-NPs to traverse intact BBB in mice as well as achieve direct tumor binding in two intracranial orthotopic models of GBM. Treatment of tumor-bearing mice with Tf-NPs loaded with temozolomide and the bromodomain inhibitor JQ1 leads to increased DNA damage and apoptosis that correlates with a 1...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777103/bacterial-encapsulins-as-orthogonal-compartments-for-mammalian-cell-engineering
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Felix Sigmund, Christoph Massner, Philipp Erdmann, Anja Stelzl, Hannes Rolbieski, Mitul Desai, Sarah Bricault, Tobias P Wörner, Joost Snijder, Arie Geerlof, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis, Albert J R Heck, Alan Jasanoff, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Jürgen Plitzko, Gil G Westmeyer
We genetically controlled compartmentalization in eukaryotic cells by heterologous expression of bacterial encapsulin shell and cargo proteins to engineer enclosed enzymatic reactions and size-constrained metal biomineralization. The shell protein (EncA) from Myxococcus xanthus auto-assembles into nanocompartments inside mammalian cells to which sets of native (EncB,C,D) and engineered cargo proteins self-target enabling localized bimolecular fluorescence and enzyme complementation. Encapsulation of the enzyme tyrosinase leads to the confinement of toxic melanin production for robust detection via multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT)...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776592/response-to-metals-treatment-of-fra1-a-member-of-the-ap-1-transcription-factor-family-in-p-lividus-sea-urchin-embryos
#20
Roberta Russo, Rosa Bonaventura, Marco Chiaramonte, Caterina Costa, Valeria Matranga, Francesca Zito
Lithium (Li), Nickel (Ni), and Zinc (Zn) are metals normally present in the seawater, although they can have adverse effects on the marine ecosystem at high concentrations by interfering with many biological processes. These metals are toxic for sea urchin embryos, affecting their morphology and developmental pathways. In particular, they perturb differently the correct organization of the embryonic axes (animal-vegetal, dorso-ventral): Li is a vegetalizing agent and Ni disrupts the dorso-ventral axis, while Zn has an animalizing effect...
May 5, 2018: Marine Environmental Research
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