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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539940/horizontal-and-vertical-distribution-of-heavy-metals-in-farm-produce-and-livestock-around-lead-contaminated-goldmine-in-dareta-and-abare-zamfara-state-northern-nigeria
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O E Orisakwe, O O Oladipo, G C Ajaezi, N A Udowelle
Background. Hitherto studies in response to the June 2010 lead poisoning, Zamfara State, Nigeria, have focused on clinical interventions without information on livestock and other metals. Objective. This study has investigated the distribution of heavy metals in farm produce and livestock around lead-contaminated goldmine in Dareta and Abare, Zamfara State, Nigeria. Methods. Vegetables, soil, water, blood, and different meat samples were harvested from goat, sheep, cattle, and chicken from Dareta, Abare, and Gusau communities...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538697/mammalian-metallothionein-3-new-functional-and-structural-insights
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REVIEW
Milan Vašák, Gabriele Meloni
Metallothionein-3 (MT-3), a member of the mammalian metallothionein (MT) family, is mainly expressed in the central nervous system (CNS). MT-3 possesses a unique neuronal growth inhibitory activity, and the levels of this intra- and extracellularly occurring metalloprotein are markedly diminished in the brain of patients affected by a number of metal-linked neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). In these pathologies, the redox cycling of copper, accompanied by the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), plays a key role in the neuronal toxicity...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536273/metal-transporter-zip14-slc39a14-deletion-in-mice-increases-manganese-depositionnd-produces-neurotoxic-signaturesnd-diminished-motorctivity
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Tolunay Bekerydemir, Min-Hyun Kim, Jinhee Kim, Luis M Colon-Perez, Guita Banan, Thomas H Mareci, Marcelo Febo, Robert J Cousins
Mutations in human ZIP14 have been linked to symptoms of early onset of Parkinsonismnd Dystonia. This phenotype is likely related to excess manganeseccumulation in the central nervous system. The metal transporter ZIP14 (SLC39A14) is viewed primarilys zinc transporter that is inducible via proinflammatory stimuli. In vitro evidence shows that ZIP14 canlso transport manganese. To examine role for ZIP14 in manganese homeostasis, we used Zip14 knockout (KO) malend female mice to conduct comparative metabolic, imagingnd functional studies...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535482/multiple-metal-exposures-and-their-correlation-with-monoamine-neurotransmitter-metabolism-in-chinese-electroplating-workers
#4
Lin-Lin Wu, Wei Gong, Si-Peng Shen, Zhong-He Wang, Jia-Xi Yao, Jun Wang, Jing Yu, Rong Gao, Gang Wu
Excessive metal exposure has been recognized as one of the detrimental factors for brain damage. However, the potential adverse effects induced by heavy metals on monoamine neurotransmitter pathways remains poorly understood. Our study aimed to investigate the possible association between metal exposure and neurotransmitter metabolism. By a cross-sectional investigation, 224 electroplating workers and 213 non-electroplating exposure workers were recruited in the exposure and control groups. Metal exposure levels were analyzed using inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry and monoamine neurotransmitter pathway metabolites were measured by ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry in human urine samples...
April 26, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534099/effects-of-intermittent-and-continuous-magnetic-fields-on-trace-element-levels-in-guinea-pigs
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Onur Erdem, Cemal Akay, Sule Coşkun Cevher, Ayse Gulnihal Canseven, Ahmet Aydın, Nesrin Seyhan
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can affect living cells due to biochemical changes, followed by changes in levels of trace elements in serum and different organs. This study focuses on the effect of whole body exposure to EMF, presented everywhere in our environment, and on the levels of trace elements in serum, femur, brain, kidney, and liver tissues. The analyses performed on 29 guinea pigs were divided into five groups. Guinea pigs were exposed to a magnetic field of 50 Hz of 1.5 mT. Groups A and B were exposed to the magnetic field for a period of 4 h/day continuously (4 h/day) for 4 and 7 days, respectively...
May 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527997/zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-mediated-cytotoxicity-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-and-level-of-antioxidants-in-presence-of-melatonin
#6
Sruthi S, N Millot, Mohanan Pv
Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) are widely used in a variety of products and are currently being investigated for biomedical applications. However, they have the potential to interact with macromolecules like proteins, lipids and DNA within the cells which makes the safe biomedical application difficult. The toxicity of the ZnO NP is mainly attributed reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Different strategies like iron doping, polymer coating and external supply of antioxidants have been evaluated to minimize the toxic potential of ZnO NPs...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527331/analysis-of-zip-zrt-irt-related-protein-transporter-gene-expression-in-murine-neural-stem-progenitor-cells
#7
Mayu Nishikawa, Hideki Mori, Masayuki Hara
Zinc plays important roles for brain development. Zrt-, Irt-related protein (ZIP) is a major transporter family to regulate the intracellular zinc levels. Neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) are more sensitive than their differentiated progeny (neural/glial cells) to zinc in vitro (Nishikawa et al., 2015). We analyzed relative gene expression of 14 different ZIPs in murine NSPCs and differentiated cells by real-time polymerase chain reaction technique. Expression of Zip4 and that of Zip12 drastically increased, while that of Zip8 clearly decreased after differentiation of NSPCs...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523558/epigenome-editing-in-the-brain
#8
Pavel Bashtrykov, Albert Jeltsch
Epigenome editing aims for an introduction or removal of chromatin marks at a defined genomic region using artificial EpiEffectors resulting in a modulation of the activity of the targeted functional DNA elements. Rationally designed EpiEffectors consist of a targeting DNA-binding module (such as a zinc finger protein, TAL effector, or CRISPR/Cas complex) and usually, but not exclusively, a catalytic domain of a chromatin-modifying enzyme. Epigenome editing opens a completely new strategy for basic research of the central nervous system and causal treatment of psychiatric and neurological diseases, because rewriting of epigenetic information can lead to the direct and durable control of the expression of disease-associated genes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512252/epigenetic-regulation-of-zbtb18-promotes-glioblastoma-progression
#9
Vita Fedele, Fangping Dai, Anie Masilamani, Dieter Henrik Heiland, Eva Kling, Ana Gätjens-Sanchez, Roberto Ferrarese, Leonardo Platania, Soroush Doostkam, Hyunsoo Kim, Sven Nelander, Astrid Weyerbrock, Marco Prinz, Andrea Califano, Antonio Iavarone, Markus Bredel, Maria Stella Carro
Glioblastoma (GBM) is comprised of distinct subtypes characterized by their molecular profile. Mesenchymal identity in GBM has been associated with a comparatively unfavorable prognosis, primarily due to inherent resistance of these tumors to current therapies. The identification of molecular determinants of mesenchymal transformation could potentially allow for the discovery of new therapeutic targets. Zinc Finger and BTB Domain Containing 18 (ZBTB18/ZNF238/RP58) is a zinc finger transcriptional repressor with a crucial role in brain development and neuronal differentiation...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500320/oral-administration-of-trace-element-magnesium-significantly-improving-the-cognition-and-locomotion-in-hepatic-encephalopathy-rats
#10
Ying Li, Chang Xue Ji, Li Hong Mei, Jin Wei Qiang, Shuai Ju
The therapeutic effects of iron, zinc and magnesium trace elements, as well as rifaximin were investigated and compared in HE rats. In this study, HE rats were treated with either ferrous sulfate (HE-Fe, 30 mg/kg/day), zinc sulfate (HE-Zn, 30 mg/kg/day), magnesium sulfate (HE-Mg, 50 mg/kg/day) or rifaximin (HE-Rf, 50 mg/kg/day), which was mixed with water and administered orally for 61 days. The Morris water maze (MWM) and open-field tests were used to evaluate cognitive and locomotor function. The blood ammonia levels before and after administration of the glutamine challenge test, manganese concentration and glutamine synthetase (GS) activity were measured...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489958/zinc-metalloproteinase-zmpc-suppresses-experimental-pneumococcal-meningitis-by-inhibiting-bacterial-invasion-of-central-nervous-systems
#11
Masaya Yamaguchi, Masanobu Nakata, Ryuichi Sumioka, Yujiro Hirose, Satoshi Wada, Yukihiro Akeda, Tomoko Sumitomo, Shigetada Kawabata
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis. Here, we investigated whether pneumococcal paralogous zinc metalloproteases contribute to meningitis onset. Findings of codon-based phylogenetic analyses indicated three major clusters in the Zmp family; ZmpA, ZmpC, and ZmpB, with ZmpD as a subgroup. In vitro invasion assays of human brain microvascular endothelial cells (hBMECs) showed that deletion of the zmpC gene in S. pneumoniae strain TIGR4 significantly increased bacterial invasion into hBMECs, whereas deletion of either zmpA or zmpB had no effect...
May 10, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489907/anti-oxidative-effects-of-4-hydroxybenzyl-alcohol-in-astrocytes-confer-protective-effects-in-autocrine-and-paracrine-manners
#12
Lidan Luo, Seung-Woo Kim, Hye-Kyung Lee, Il-Doo Kim, Hahnbie Lee, Ja-Kyeong Lee
4-Hydroxybenzyl alcohol (4-HBA) is an important phenolic constituent of Gastrodia elata Blume (GEB), a traditional herbal medicine used in East Asia. Many activities have been reported to underlie the beneficial effects of 4-HBA in the brain, and in particular, its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-zinc-toxic effects have been implicated in the postischemic brain. Here, the authors investigated the anti-oxidative effect of 4-HBA on astrocytes and sought to identify the underlying molecular mechanisms involved...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487399/the-zinc-paradigm-for-metalloneurochemistry
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REVIEW
Chelsea A Barr, Shawn C Burdette
Neurotransmission and sensory perception are shaped through metal ion-protein interactions in various brain regions. The term "metalloneurochemistry" defines the unique field of bioinorganic chemistry focusing on these processes, and zinc has been the leading target of metalloneurochemists in the almost 15 years since the definition was introduced. Zinc in the hippocampus interacts with receptors that dictate ion flow and neurotransmitter release. Understanding the intricacies of these interactions is crucial to uncovering the role that zinc plays in learning and memory...
May 9, 2017: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485986/lotus-root-extract-stimulates-bdnf-gene-expression-through-potential-mechanism-depending-on-ho-1-activity-in-c6-glioma-cells
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Naoyoshi Nishibori, Reina Kishibuchi, Song Her, Mi-Sook Lee, Kyoji Morita
Polyphenolic compounds have been suggested to be involved in the preservation of neural function via the production of neurotrophic factors in the brain. The nonedible joint part of lotus root (a rhizome of Nelumbo nucifera) has been reported to contain large amounts of polyphenolic compounds and, therefore, is expected to improve neural function by stimulating the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in glial cells. The effect of the aqueous extract prepared from the joint part of lotus root on BDNF gene expression was examined in C6 glioma cells as an in vitro model...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463572/nanoparticles-as-potential-clinical-therapeutic-agents-in-alzheimer-s-disease-focus-on-selenium-nanoparticles
#15
Mustafa Nazıroğlu, Salina Muhamad, Laszlo Pecze
In etiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD), involvement of amyloid β (Aβ) plaque accumulation and oxidative stress in the brain have important roles. Several nanoparticles such as titanium dioxide, silica dioxide, silver and zinc oxide have been experimentally using for treatment of neurological disease. In the last decade, there has been a great interest on combination of antioxidant bioactive compounds such as selenium (Se) and flavonoids with the oxidant nanoparticles in AD. We evaluated the most current data available on the physiological effects of oxidant and antioxidant nanoparticles...
May 2, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461116/anti-neuronal-anti-bodies-in-patients-with-early-psychosis
#16
O Mantere, M Saarela, T Kieseppä, T Raij, T Mäntylä, M Lindgren, E Rikandi, W Stoecker, B Teegen, J Suvisaari
It may be challenging to distinguish autoimmune encephalitis associated with anti-neuronal autoantibodies from primary psychiatric disorders. Here, serum was drawn from patients with a first-episode psychosis (n=70) or a clinical high-risk for psychosis (n=6) and controls (n=34). We investigated the serum prevalence of 24 anti-neuronal autoantibodies: IgG antibodies for anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate-type glutamate receptor (anti-NMDAR), glutamate and γ-aminobutyric acid alpha and beta receptors (GABA-a, GABA-b), alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPA), glycine receptor (GlyR), metabotropic glutamate receptor 1 and 5 (mGluR1, mGluR5), anti-Tr/Delta/notch-like epidermal growth factor-related receptor (DNER), contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CASPR2), myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG), glutamic acid decarboxylase-65 (GAD65), collapsin response mediator protein 5/crossveinless-2 (CV2), aquaporin-4 (AQP4), anti-dipeptidyl-peptidase-like protein-6 (DPPX), type 1 anti-neuronal nuclear antibody (ANNA-1, Hu), Ri, Yo, IgLON5, Ma2, zinc finger protein 4 (ZIC4), Rho GTPase-activating protein 26, amphiphysin, and recoverin, as well as IgA and IgM for dopamine-2-receptor (DRD2)...
April 28, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456933/genetic-deletion-of-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factor-11-aggravates-ischemic-brain-injury
#17
Xuelian Tang, Kai Liu, Milton H Hamblin, Yun Xu, Ke-Jie Yin
Krüppel-like factors (KLFs) belong to the zinc finger family of transcription factors, and their function in the CNS is largely unexplored. KLF11 is a member of the KLF family, and we have previously demonstrated that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma-mediated cerebral protection during ischemic insults needs recruitment of KLF11 as its critical coactivator. Here, we sought to determine the role of KLF11 itself in cerebrovascular function and the pathogenesis of ischemic stroke. Transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) was performed in KLF11 knockout and wild-type control mice, and brain infarction was analyzed by TTC staining...
April 29, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455101/sip-1-mutations-cause-disturbances-in-the-activity-of-nmda-and-ampa-but-not-kainate-receptors-of-neurons-in-the-cerebral-cortex
#18
Maria V Turovskaya, Alexei A Babaev, Valery P Zinchenko, Ekaterina A Epifanova, Ekaterina V Borisova, Victor S Tarabykin, Egor A Turovsky
Smad-interacting protein-1 (Sip1) [Zinc finger homeobox (Zfhx1b), Zeb2] is a transcription factor implicated in the genesis of Mowat-Wilson syndrome (MWS) in humans. MWS is a rare genetic autosomal dominant disease caused by a mutation in the Sip1 gene (aka Zeb2 or Zfhx1b) mapped to 2q22.3 locus. MWS affects 1 in every 50-100 newborns worldwide. It is characterized by mental retardation, small stature, typical facial abnormalities as well as disturbances in the development of the cardio-vascular and renal systems as well as some other organs...
April 25, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453480/a-multifunctional-biocompatible-drug-candidate-is-highly-effective-in-delaying-pathological-signs-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-5xfad-mice
#19
Hadar Segal-Gavish, Ortal Danino, Yael Barhum, Tali Ben-Zur, Ella Shai, David Varon, Daniel Offen, Bilha Fischer
BACKGROUND: Metal-ion-chelation was suggested to prevent zinc and copper ions-induced amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation and oxidative stress, both implicated in the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In a quest for biocompatible metal-ion chelators potentially useful for AD therapy, we previously tested a series of nucleoside 5'-phosphorothioate derivatives as agents for decomposition of Cu(I)/Cu(II)/Zn(II)-Aβ-aggregates, and as inhibitors of OH radicals formation in Cu(I) or Fe(II) /H2O2 solution...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451884/manganese-tissue-accumulation-and-tyrosine-hydroxylase-immunostaining-response-in-the-neotropical-freshwater-crab-dilocarcinus-pagei-exposed-to-manganese
#20
Silvia Ponzoni
Manganese (Mn) is an essential metal for the development and function of the mammalian brain; however, excess Mn accumulation may cause neurological abnormalities resembling Parkinson's disease due to reductions in brain dopamine levels. Because dopamine also regulates many functions in crustaceans, this study examined the effects of Mn accumulation in Dilocarcinus pagei, a Neotropical freshwater crab. Following a 72-h exposure to graded concentrations of MnCl2, Mn accumulation was assessed in several tissues...
June 2017: Invertebrate Neuroscience: IN
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