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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808954/heavy-metal-pollutants-in-selected-organs-of-african-giant-rats-from-three-agro-ecological-zones-of-nigeria-evidence-for-their-role-as-an-environmental-specimen-bank
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Ifukibot Levi Usende, Benjamin O Emikpe, James Olukayode Olopade
An assessment of the concentration of heavy metals in the liver, brain, kidney, bone, and lungs of African giant rats (AGRs) from three agro-ecological zones of Nigeria having different industrial activities was carried out using atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Twenty adult AGRs from cities in mangrove/freshwater swamp, rainforest, and woodland/tall grass savanna agro-ecological zones of Nigeria were used for this study. AGRs were euthanized, carefully dissected, and the brains, liver, lungs, bone, and kidneys were harvested, digested, and analyzed for concentrations of vanadium (V), lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), zinc (Zn), selenium (Se), copper (Cu), and iron (Fe)...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806518/in-vivo-biosynthesized-zinc-and-iron-oxide-nanoclusters-for-high-spatiotemporal-dual-modality-bioimaging-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Lanmei Lai, Xuerui Jiang, Shanying Han, Chunqiu Zhao, Tianyu Du, Fawad Ur Rehman, Youkun Zheng, Xiaoqi Li, Xiaoli Liu, Hui Jiang, Xuemei Wang
Alzheimer's disease is still incurable neurodegenerative, and lack of detection method with high sensitivity and specificity. In this study, by taking different month old Alzheimer's mice as models, we have explored the possibility of the target bioimaging of the diseased sites through the initial injection of zinc gluconate solution into Alzheimer's model mice post tail-vein, and then combination of the further injection of ferrous chloride (FeCl2) solution into the same Alzheimer's model mice post stomach...
August 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805771/-synergistic-application-of-zinc-and-vitamin-c-to-support-memory-attention-and-the-reduction-of-the-risk-of-the-neurological-diseases
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O A Gromova, I Yu Torshin, A V Pronin, M A Kilchevsky
Zinc and vitamin C supplementation of the body is important for CNS functioning. Zinc ions are involved in the neurotransmission (signal transmission from acetylcholine, catecholamine, serotonin, prostaglandin receptors) and in ubiquitin-related protein degradation. Zinc deficits are associated with Alzheimer's disease and depression. Zinc supplementation (10-30 mg daily) improves neurologic recovery rate in patients with stroke and brain injury, has a positive impact on memory and reduces hyperactivity in children...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803067/ppargc1a-is-upregulated-and-facilitates-lung-cancer-metastasis
#4
Jin-Dong Li, Qing-Chuan Feng, Yu Qi, Guanghui Cui, Song Zhao
Lung cancer remains a leading cause of cancer-related mortality, with metastatic progression remaining the single largest cause of lung cancer mortality. Hence it is imperative to determine reliable biomarkers for lung cancer prognosis. We performed quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis to explore epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) inducers that regulate EMT process in three patients with advanced lung cancer disease. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARGC1A) was uniformly the topmost overexpressed gene in all three human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patient samples...
August 9, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801265/fluoxetine-coupled-with-zinc-in-a-chronic-mild-stress-model-of-depression-providing-a-reservoir-for-optimum-zinc-signaling-and-neuronal-remodeling
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Nesreen Nabil Omar, Reham Fathy Tash
BACKGROUND: Recently, depression has been envisioned as more than an alteration in neurotransmitters centered around receptor signaling pathways. Consequently, the precise mechanisms of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs such as fluoxetine are being revisited. Zinc is a trace element that has been long implicated in the psychopathology and therapy of depression. Zinc has been found to be sequestered and dispensed during stress and inflammation through a family of proteins called metallothioneins (MTs)...
August 9, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791347/dysregulation-of-zinc-lipid-metabolism%C3%A2-associated-genes-in-the-rat-hippocampus-and-cerebral-cortex-in-early-adulthood-following-recurrent-neonatal-seizures
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Zhen-Hong Li, Li-Li Li, Mei-Fang Jin, Xu-Qin Chen, Qi Sun, Hong Ni
Although it has been established that recurrent or prolonged clinical seizures during infancy may cause lifelong brain damage, the underlying molecular mechanism is still not well elucidated. The present study, to the best of our knowledge, is the first to investigate the expression of twenty zinc (Zn)/lipid metabolism‑associated genes in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex of rats following recurrent neonatal seizures. In the current study, 6‑day‑old Sprague‑Dawley rats were randomly divided into control (CONT) and recurrent neonatal seizure (RS) groups...
August 3, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780604/mir-338-5p-promotes-glioma-cell-invasion-by-regulating-tshz3-and-mmp2
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Yanyan Li, Yulun Huang, Zhenyu Qi, Ting Sun, Youxin Zhou
This study was designed to examine differential expression of miR-338-5p in gliomas and the role of miR-338-5p in glioma cell invasion via its potential target gene TSHZ3 encoding Teashirt zinc finger homobox 3, predicted by bioinformatics, and matrix metallopeptidase 2 (MMP2), the key pro-invasive protease overexpressed in gliomas. Quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) and Spearman correlation analysis were used to determine differential expressions of miR-338-5p and TSHZ3 in astrocytic gliomas of different grades (n = 35) and glioblastoma cell lines (U87 and U251) in comparison to non-neoplastic brain (NNB) tissues (n = 6)...
August 5, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775165/ezh2-palmitoylation-mediated-by-zdhhc5-in-p53-mutant-glioma-drives-malignant-development-and-progression
#8
Xueran Chen, Huihui Ma, Zhen Wang, Shangrong Zhang, Haoran Yang, Zhiyou Fang
Gilomas with mutant p53 occurring in 30% of giloma patients exhibit therapeutic resistance and poor outcomes. In this study, we identify a novel mechanism through which mutant p53 drives cancer cell survival and malignant growth. We documented overexpression of the zinc finger protein ZDHHC5 in glioma compared to normal brain tissue and that this event to be tightly correlated with p53 mutations. Mechanistic investigations revealed that mutant p53 transcriptionally upregulated ZDHHC5 along with the nuclear transcription factor NF-Y...
August 3, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770438/differential-effects-of-low-and-high-dose-zinc-supplementation-on-synaptic-plasticity-and-neurogenesis-in-the-hippocampus-of-control-and-high-fat-diet-fed-mice
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Sung Min Nam, Jong Whi Kim, Hyun Jung Kwon, Dae Young Yoo, Hyo Young Jung, Dae Won Kim, In Koo Hwang, Je Kyung Seong, Yeo Sung Yoon
In the present study, we investigated the concentration-dependent effect of zinc (Zn) supplementation on the adult hippocampus in a high-fat diet (HFD)-fed obese mouse model. Four-weeks after HFD- and control diet (CD)-feeding, mice were provided with low (15 ppm) or high (60 ppm) doses of Zn in their drinking water for additional 4 more weeks along with their respective diets. Compared to the CD-fed mice, HFD-feeding elicited the reduction of neurogenic markers such as nestin, Ki67, doublecortin (DCX), and 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) in the dentate gyrus...
August 2, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763689/investigation-of-novel-pharmacological-chaperones-for-gaucher-disease
#10
Buge Yilmazer, Z Begum Yagci, Emre Bakar, Burcu Ozden, Kutlu Ulgen, Elif Ozkirimli
Beta-Glucocerebrosidase (GBA) is a lysosomal protein that is responsible for the hydrolysis of glycosylceramide into glucose and ceramide. Mutations in GBA lead to the accumulation of glycosylceramide in the lysosome causing an enlargement of the spleen and the liver and skeletal deformations. This disease is called Gaucher Disease. Enzyme replacement therapies and substrate reduction methods that are used to treat Gaucher Disease fail when the disease is neuropathic because they fail to pass the blood brain barrier...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751976/manganese-transporter-slc39a14-deficiency-revealed-its-key-role-in-maintaining-manganese-homeostasis-in-mice
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Yongjuan Xin, Hong Gao, Jia Wang, Yuzhen Qiang, Mustapha Umar Imam, Yang Li, Jianyao Wang, Ruochen Zhang, Huizhen Zhang, Yingying Yu, Hao Wang, Haiyang Luo, Changhe Shi, Yuming Xu, Shintaro Hojyo, Toshiyuki Fukada, Junxia Min, Fudi Wang
SLC39A14 (also known as ZIP14), a member of the SLC39A transmembrane metal transporter family, has been reported to mediate the cellular uptake of iron and zinc. Recently, however, mutations in the SLC39A14 gene have been linked to manganese (Mn) accumulation in the brain and childhood-onset parkinsonism dystonia. It has therefore been suggested that SLC39A14 deficiency impairs hepatic Mn uptake and biliary excretion, resulting in the accumulation of Mn in the circulation and brain. To test this hypothesis, we generated and characterized global Slc39a14-knockout (Slc39a14(-/-) ) mice and hepatocyte-specific Slc39a14-knockout (Slc39a14(fl/fl);Alb-Cre(+) ) mice...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731302/lead-ii-binding-in-metallothioneins
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Daisy L Wong, Maureen E Merrifield-MacRae, Martin J Stillman
Heavy metal exposure has long been associated with metallothionein (MT) regulation and its functions. MT is a ubiquitous, cysteine-rich protein that is involved in homeostatic metal response for the essential metals zinc and copper, as well as detoxification of heavy metals; the most commonly proposed being cadmium. MT binds in vivo to a number of metals in addition to zinc, cadmium and copper, such as bismuth. In vitro, metallation with a wide range of metals (especially mercury, arsenic, and lead) has been reported using a variety of analytical methods...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724918/contrast-enhancement-of-biological-nanoporous-materials-with-zinc-oxide-infiltration-for-electron-and-x-ray-nanoscale-microscopy
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L E Ocola, V Sampathkumar, N Kasthuri, R P Winarski
We show that using infiltration of ZnO metal oxide can be useful for high resolution imaging of biological samples in electron and X-ray microscopy. The method is compatible with standard fixation techniques that leave the sample dry, such as finishing with super critical CO2 drying, or simple vacuum drying up to 95 °C. We demonstrate this technique can be applied on tooth and brain tissue samples. We also show that high resolution X-ray tomography can be performed on biological systems using Zn K edge (1s) absorption to enhance internal structures, and obtained the first nanoscale 10 KeV X-ray absorption images of the interior regions of a tooth...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717667/haploinsufficiency-of-bcl11a-associated-with-cerebellar-abnormalities-in-2p15p16-1-deletion-syndrome
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Hiroko Shimbo, Takayuki Yokoi, Noriko Aida, Seiji Mizuno, Hiroshi Suzumura, Junichi Nagai, Kazumi Ida, Yumi Enomoto, Chihiro Hatano, Kenji Kurosawa
BACKGROUND: Chromosome 2p15p16.1 deletion syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by intellectual disability (ID), neurodevelopmental delay, language delay, growth retardation, microcephaly, structural brain abnormalities, and dysmorphic features. More than 30 patients with 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome have been reported in the literature. METHODS: Molecular analysis was performed using microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH)...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684912/the-effects-of-grafted-mesenchymal-stem-cells-labeled-with-iron-oxide-or-cobalt-zinc-iron-nanoparticles-on-the-biological-macromolecules-of-rat-brain-tissue-extracts
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Bozena Novotna, Vit Herynek, Pavel Rossner, Karolina Turnovcova, Pavla Jendelova
INTRODUCTION: Rat mesenchymal stem cells (rMSCs) labeled with 1) poly-l-lysine-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles or 2) silica-coated cobalt-zinc-iron nanoparticles were implanted into the left brain hemisphere of rats, to assess their effects on the levels of oxidative damage to biological macromolecules in brain tissue. METHODS: Controls were implanted with unlabeled rMSCs. Animals were sacrificed 24 hours or 4 weeks after the treatment, and the implantation site along with the surrounding tissue was isolated from the brain...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671686/the-methyltransferase-setdb1-regulates-a-large-neuron-specific-topological-chromatin-domain
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Yan Jiang, Yong-Hwee Eddie Loh, Prashanth Rajarajan, Teruyoshi Hirayama, Will Liao, Bibi S Kassim, Behnam Javidfar, Brigham J Hartley, Lisa Kleofas, Royce B Park, Benoit Labonte, Seok-Man Ho, Sandhya Chandrasekaran, Catherine Do, Brianna R Ramirez, Cyril J Peter, Julia T C W, Brian M Safaie, Hirofumi Morishita, Panos Roussos, Eric J Nestler, Anne Schaefer, Benjamin Tycko, Kristen J Brennand, Takeshi Yagi, Li Shen, Schahram Akbarian
We report locus-specific disintegration of megabase-scale chromosomal conformations in brain after neuronal ablation of Setdb1 (also known as Kmt1e; encodes a histone H3 lysine 9 methyltransferase), including a large topologically associated 1.2-Mb domain conserved in humans and mice that encompasses >70 genes at the clustered protocadherin locus (hereafter referred to as cPcdh). The cPcdh topologically associated domain (TAD(cPcdh)) in neurons from mutant mice showed abnormal accumulation of the transcriptional regulator and three-dimensional (3D) genome organizer CTCF at cryptic binding sites, in conjunction with DNA cytosine hypomethylation, histone hyperacetylation and upregulated expression...
August 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666838/mmp-2-a-modulator-of-neuronal-precursor-activity-and-cognitive-and-motor-behaviors
#17
Qi Li, Michael Michaud, Ravi Shankar, Sandra Canosa, Michael Schwartz, Joseph A Madri
Matrix Metalloproteinase2, (MMP2, gelatinase A) is a zinc-containing enzyme with a broad substrate specificity including components of the extracellular matrix, cell surface molecules and a wide range bioactive molecules. MMP2 is known to play important roles in a variety of signaling pathways and processes in a wide range of cell types and tissues. In this report we elucidate the effects of the absence of MMP2 in Neural Precursor Cells (NPC) derived from C57BL/6 MMP2 KO mice and in primary and secondary neurosphere formation...
June 27, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666327/the-rna-binding-protein-zc3h14-is-required-for-proper-poly-a-tail-length-control-expression-of-synaptic-proteins-and-brain-function-in-mice
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Jennifer Rha, Stephanie K Jones, Jonathan Fidler, Ayan Banerjee, Sara W Leung, Kevin J Morris, Jennifer C Wong, George Andrew S Inglis, Lindsey Shapiro, Qiudong Deng, Alicia A Cutler, Adam M Hanif, Machelle T Pardue, Ashleigh Schaffer, Nicholas T Seyfried, Kenneth H Moberg, Gary J Bassell, Andrew Escayg, Paul S García, Anita H Corbett
A number of mutations in genes that encode ubiquitously expressed RNA-binding proteins cause tissue specific disease. Many of these diseases are neurological in nature revealing critical roles for this class of proteins in the brain. We recently identified mutations in a gene that encodes a ubiquitously expressed polyadenosine RNA-binding protein, ZC3H14 (Zinc finger CysCysCysHis domain-containing protein 14), that cause a nonsyndromic, autosomal recessive form of intellectual disability. This finding reveals the molecular basis for disease and provides evidence that ZC3H14 is essential for proper brain function...
June 29, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661483/gene-knockout-of-zmym3-in-mice-arrests-spermatogenesis-at-meiotic-metaphase-with-defects-in-spindle-assembly-checkpoint
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Xiangjing Hu, Bin Shen, Shangying Liao, Yan Ning, Longfei Ma, Jian Chen, Xiwen Lin, Daoqin Zhang, Zhen Li, Chunwei Zheng, Yanmin Feng, Xingxu Huang, Chunsheng Han
ZMYM3, a member of the MYM-type zinc finger protein family and a component of a LSD1-containing transcription repressor complex, is predominantly expressed in the mouse brain and testis. Here, we show that ZMYM3 in the mouse testis is expressed in somatic cells and germ cells until pachytene spermatocytes. Knockout (KO) of Zmym3 in mice using the CRISPR-Cas9 system resulted in adult male infertility. Spermatogenesis of the KO mice was arrested at the metaphase of the first meiotic division (MI). ZMYM3 co-immunoprecipitated with LSD1 in spermatogonial stem cells, but its KO did not change the levels of LSD1 or H3K4me1/2 or H3K9me2...
June 29, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624432/zinc-transporter-3-znt3-and-vesicular-zinc-in-central-nervous-system-function
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REVIEW
Brendan B McAllister, Richard H Dyck
Zinc transporter 3 (ZnT3) is the sole mechanism responsible for concentrating zinc ions within synaptic vesicles in a subset of the brain's glutamatergic neurons. This vesicular zinc can then be released into the synaptic cleft in an activity-dependent fashion, where it can exert many signaling functions. This review provides a comprehensive discussion of the localization and function of ZnT3 and vesicular zinc in the central nervous system. We begin by reviewing the fundamentals of zinc homeostasis and transport, and the discovery of ZnT3...
June 15, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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