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4OR: A Quarterly J. of Operations Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 1.073, h-index: 25)
AAPS J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 1.192, h-index: 74)
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Abdominal Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.723, h-index: 60)
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Academic Psychiatry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 22, SJR: 0.492, h-index: 32)
Academic Questions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.135, h-index: 6)
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Acoustical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.355, h-index: 20)
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Acta Neurochirurgica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.833, h-index: 73)
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Acta Oceanologica Sinica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.295, h-index: 17)
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Acta Politica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 0.658, h-index: 20)
adhäsion KLEBEN & DICHTEN     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.103, h-index: 4)
ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.871, h-index: 15)
Adhesion Adhesives & Sealants     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research     Partially Free   (Followers: 14, SJR: 0.795, h-index: 40)
Adsorption     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.774, h-index: 52)
Advances in Applied Clifford Algebras     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.319, h-index: 15)
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Advances in Computational Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15, SJR: 1.255, h-index: 44)
Advances in Contraception     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Data Analysis and Classification     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52, SJR: 1.113, h-index: 14)
Advances in Gerontology     Partially Free   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.141, h-index: 3)
Advances in Health Sciences Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23, SJR: 1.397, h-index: 42)
Advances in Manufacturing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.2, h-index: 4)
Advances in Polymer Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40, SJR: 0.637, h-index: 89)
Advances in Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.79, h-index: 44)
Aegean Review of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Aequationes Mathematicae     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.882, h-index: 23)
Aerobiologia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.511, h-index: 36)
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.821, h-index: 49)
African Archaeological Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 0.612, h-index: 24)
Afrika Matematika     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.248, h-index: 6)
AGE     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 1.358, h-index: 33)
Ageing Intl.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.337, h-index: 10)
Aggiornamenti CIO     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Aging Clinical and Experimental Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.529, h-index: 55)
Agricultural Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Agriculture and Human Values     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 1.197, h-index: 49)
Agroforestry Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.64, h-index: 56)
Agronomy for Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 1.732, h-index: 59)
AI & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.171, h-index: 19)
AIDS and Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 2.006, h-index: 71)
Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.706, h-index: 19)
Akupunktur & Aurikulomedizin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Algebra and Logic     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.566, h-index: 18)
Algebra Universalis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.388, h-index: 22)
Algebras and Representation Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.868, h-index: 20)
Algorithmica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.898, h-index: 56)
Allergo J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.183, h-index: 20)
Allergo J. Intl.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Alpine Botany     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.729, h-index: 20)
ALTEX : Alternatives to Animal Experimentation     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.392, h-index: 32)
AMBIO     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 1.094, h-index: 87)
American J. of Cardiovascular Drugs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.864, h-index: 39)
American J. of Community Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24, SJR: 1.237, h-index: 83)
American J. of Criminal Justice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.634, h-index: 13)
American J. of Cultural Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.283, h-index: 3)
American J. of Dance Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.175, h-index: 13)
American J. of Potato Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.558, h-index: 35)
American J. of Psychoanalysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21, SJR: 0.293, h-index: 13)
American Sociologist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.18, h-index: 13)
Amino Acids     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 1.362, h-index: 83)
AMS Review     Partially Free   (Followers: 4)
Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.21, h-index: 37)
Analysis and Mathematical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.665, h-index: 7)
Analysis in Theory and Applications     Hybrid Journal  
Analysis of Verbal Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28, SJR: 1.096, h-index: 123)
Anatomical Science Intl.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.301, h-index: 26)
Angewandte Schmerztherapie und Palliativmedizin     Hybrid Journal  
Angiogenesis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 2.212, h-index: 69)
Animal Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 1.122, h-index: 55)
Annales françaises de médecine d'urgence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.156, h-index: 4)
Annales Henri Poincaré     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.377, h-index: 32)
Annales mathématiques du Québec     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Annali dell'Universita di Ferrara     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.504, h-index: 14)
Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.167, h-index: 26)
Annals of Behavioral Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 2.112, h-index: 98)
Annals of Biomedical Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18, SJR: 1.182, h-index: 94)
Annals of Combinatorics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.849, h-index: 15)
Annals of Data Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Annals of Dyslexia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.857, h-index: 40)
Annals of Finance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27, SJR: 0.686, h-index: 14)
Annals of Forest Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.929, h-index: 57)
Annals of Global Analysis and Geometry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.136, h-index: 23)
Annals of Hematology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 1.117, h-index: 62)
Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.593, h-index: 42)
Annals of Microbiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.402, h-index: 26)
Annals of Nuclear Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.68, h-index: 45)
Annals of Operations Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 1.186, h-index: 78)
Annals of Regional Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.405, h-index: 42)
Annals of Software Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Annals of Solid and Structural Mechanics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.553, h-index: 8)
Annals of Surgical Oncology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 1.902, h-index: 127)
Annals of Telecommunications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.315, h-index: 25)
Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.931, h-index: 31)
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.992, h-index: 87)
Apidologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.14, h-index: 57)
APOPTOSIS     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 1.554, h-index: 87)
Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.354, h-index: 27)
Applications of Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.274, h-index: 20)
Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44, SJR: 0.575, h-index: 80)
Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.267, h-index: 26)
Applied Categorical Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.361, h-index: 21)
Applied Composite Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45, SJR: 0.705, h-index: 35)
Applied Entomology and Zoology     Partially Free   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.554, h-index: 34)
Applied Geomatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.323, h-index: 9)
Applied Geophysics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.541, h-index: 13)
Applied Intelligence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 0.777, h-index: 43)
Applied Magnetic Resonance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.358, h-index: 34)
Applied Mathematics & Optimization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.955, h-index: 33)
Applied Mathematics - A J. of Chinese Universities     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.275, h-index: 8)
Applied Mathematics and Mechanics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.37, h-index: 26)
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 61, SJR: 1.262, h-index: 161)
Applied Physics A     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.535, h-index: 121)
Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23, SJR: 0.983, h-index: 104)
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.677, h-index: 47)
Applied Research in Quality of Life     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.288, h-index: 15)
Applied Solar Energy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15, SJR: 0.251, h-index: 6)
Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.351, h-index: 9)
Aquaculture Intl.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21, SJR: 0.613, h-index: 40)
Aquarium Sciences and Conservation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Aquatic Ecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30, SJR: 0.646, h-index: 44)
Aquatic Geochemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.764, h-index: 39)
Aquatic Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 1.172, h-index: 53)
Arabian J. for Science and Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.345, h-index: 20)
Arabian J. of Geosciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.417, h-index: 16)
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21, SJR: 1.056, h-index: 15)
Archaeologies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.397, h-index: 13)
Archiv der Mathematik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.597, h-index: 29)
Archival Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 51, SJR: 0.804, h-index: 22)
Archive for History of Exact Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.28, h-index: 15)
Archive for Mathematical Logic     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.946, h-index: 23)
Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 4.091, h-index: 66)
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Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 2.841, h-index: 40)
Archives of Dermatological Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.9, h-index: 65)
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.846, h-index: 84)
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Archives of Microbiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.702, h-index: 85)
Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 1.039, h-index: 56)
Archives of Osteoporosis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 1.092, h-index: 13)
Archives of Sexual Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 1.198, h-index: 74)
Archives of Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15, SJR: 1.595, h-index: 76)
Archives of Virology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 1.086, h-index: 90)
Archives of Women's Mental Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 1.264, h-index: 50)
Archivio di Ortopedia e Reumatologia     Hybrid Journal  
Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 1.2, h-index: 42)
ArgoSpine News & J.     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.102, h-index: 3)
Argumentation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.295, h-index: 18)
Arid Ecosystems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Arkiv för Matematik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.948, h-index: 22)
Arnold Mathematical J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Arthropod-Plant Interactions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.797, h-index: 17)
Arthroskopie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.145, h-index: 8)
Artificial Intelligence and Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.288, h-index: 25)
Artificial Intelligence Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15, SJR: 0.948, h-index: 48)
Artificial Life and Robotics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.231, h-index: 14)
Asia Europe J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.247, h-index: 9)
Asia Pacific Education Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.371, h-index: 17)
Asia Pacific J. of Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 1.676, h-index: 50)
Asia-Pacific Education Researcher     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.353, h-index: 13)
Asia-Pacific Financial Markets     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.19, h-index: 15)
Asia-Pacific J. of Atmospheric Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 1.006, h-index: 14)
Asian Business & Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.41, h-index: 10)
Asian J. of Business Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Asian J. of Criminology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.263, h-index: 8)
AStA Advances in Statistical Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.681, h-index: 15)
AStA Wirtschafts- und Sozialstatistisches Archiv     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.195, h-index: 5)
ästhetische dermatologie & kosmetologie     Full-text available via subscription  
Astronomy and Astrophysics Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21, SJR: 4.511, h-index: 44)
Astronomy Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.58, h-index: 30)
Astronomy Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.473, h-index: 23)
Astrophysical Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.469, h-index: 11)

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   ISSN (Print) 1432-0738 - ISSN (Online) 0340-5761
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  • Adverse outcome pathway development from protein alkylation to liver
    • Authors: Tomislav Horvat; Brigitte Landesmann; Alfonso Lostia; Mathieu Vinken; Sharon Munn; Maurice Whelan
      Pages: 1523 - 1543
      Abstract: Abstract In modern toxicology, substantial efforts are undertaken to develop alternative solutions for in vivo toxicity testing. The adverse outcome pathway (AOP) concept could facilitate knowledge-based safety assessment of chemicals that does not rely exclusively on in vivo toxicity testing. The construction of an AOP is based on understanding toxicological processes at different levels of biological organisation. Here, we present the developed AOP for liver fibrosis and demonstrate a linkage between hepatic injury caused by chemical protein alkylation and the formation of liver fibrosis, supported by coherent and consistent scientific data. This long-term process, in which inflammation, tissue destruction, and repair occur simultaneously, results from the complex interplay between various hepatic cell types, receptors, and signalling pathways. Due to the complexity of the process, an adequate liver fibrosis cell model for in vitro evaluation of a chemical’s fibrogenic potential is not yet available. Liver fibrosis poses an important human health issue that is also relevant for regulatory purposes. An AOP described with enough mechanistic detail might support chemical risk assessment by indicating early markers for downstream events and thus facilitating the development of an in vitro testing strategy. With this work, we demonstrate how the AOP framework can support the assembly and coherent display of distributed mechanistic information from the literature to support the use of alternative approaches for prediction of toxicity. This AOP was developed according to the guidance document on developing and assessing AOPs and its supplement, the users’ handbook, issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1814-8
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • The importance of protein binding for the in vitro–in vivo extrapolation
           (IVIVE)—example of ibuprofen, a highly protein-bound substance
    • Authors: H. Mielke; E. Di Consiglio; R. Kreutz; F. Partosch; E. Testai; U. Gundert-Remy
      Pages: 1663 - 1670
      Abstract: Abstract A physiologically based human kinetic model (PBHKM) was used to predict the in vivo ibuprofen dose leading to the same concentration–time profile as measured in cultured human hepatic cells (Truisi et al. in Toxicol Lett 233(2):172–186, 2015). We parameterized the PBHKM with data from an in vivo study. Tissue partition coefficients were calculated by an algorithm and also derived from the experimental in vitro data for the liver. The predicted concentration–time profile in plasma was in excellent agreement with human experimental data when the liver partition coefficient was calculated by the algorithm (3.01) demonstrating values in line with findings obtained from human postmortem tissues. The results were less adequate when the liver partition coefficient was based on the experimental in vitro data (11.1). The in vivo doses necessary to reach the in vitro concentrations in the liver cells were 3610 mg using the best fitting model with a liver partition coefficient of 3.01 compared to 2840 mg with the in vitro liver partition coefficient of 11.1. We found that this difference is possibly attributable to the difference between protein binding in vivo (99.9 %) and in vitro (nearly zero) as the partition coefficient is highly dependent on protein binding. Hence, the fraction freely diffusible in the liver tissue is several times higher in vitro than in vivo. In consequence, when extrapolating from in vitro to in vivo liver toxicity, it is important to consider non-intended in vitro/in vivo differences in the tissue concentration which may occur due to a low protein content of the medium.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1863-z
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • Bisphenol A suppresses glucocorticoid target gene (ENaCγ) expression via
           a novel ERβ/NF-κB/GR signalling pathway in lung epithelial cells
    • Authors: Ayten Hijazi; Haiyan Guan; Kaiping Yang
      Pages: 1727 - 1737
      Abstract: Abstract We previously demonstrated that prenatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) disrupts fetal lung maturation likely through the glucocorticoid signalling pathway, but the precise molecular mechanisms remain obscure. Given that BPA diminished the expression of epithelial sodium channel-γ (ENaCγ), a well-known glucocorticoid receptor (GR) target gene, in fetal lungs, we used this GR target gene to delineate the molecular pathway through which BPA exerts its effects on lung cells. The A549 lung epithelial cell line was used as an in vitro model system. As a first step, we validated our in vitro cell model by demonstrating a robust concentration-dependent suppression of ENaCγ expression following BPA exposure. We also showed that both dexamethasone and siRNA-mediated knockdown of GR expression blocked/abrogated the inhibitory effects of BPA on ENaCγ expression, suggesting that BPA repressed ENaCγ expression via inhibition of GR activity. Given the well-known antagonistic interactions between the pro-inflammatory transcriptional factor NF-κB and GR, we then showed that BPA inhibited GR activity through the activation of NF-κB. Lastly, since BPA is known to function as a pro-inflammatory factor via the estrogen receptor β (ERβ), we provided evidence that BPA signals through ERβ to activate the NF-κB signalling pathway. Taken together, these findings demonstrate that BPA acts on ERβ to activate the NF-κB signalling pathway, which in turn leads to diminished GR activity and consequent repression of ENaCγ expression in lung epithelial cells. Thus, our present study reveals a novel BPA signalling pathway that involves ERβ, NF-κB and GR.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1807-7
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • Understanding chemical allergen potency: role of NLRP12 and Blimp-1 in the
           induction of IL-18 in human keratinocytes
    • Authors: Angela Papale; Elena Kummer; Valentina Galbiati; Marina Marinovich; Corrado L. Galli; Emanuela Corsini
      Pages: 1783 - 1794
      Abstract: Abstract Keratinocytes (KCs) play a key role in all phases of skin sensitization. We recently identified interleukin-18 (IL-18) production as useful end point for determination of contact sensitization potential of low molecular weight chemicals. The aim of this study was to identify genes involved in skin sensitizer-induced inflammasome activation and to establish their role in IL-18 production. For gene expression analysis, cells were treated for 6 h with p-phenylenediamine (PPD) as reference contact allergen; total RNA was extracted and examined with a commercially available Inflammasome Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) array. Among genes induced, NLRP12 (Nod-like receptor P12) was selected for further investigation. NLRP12 promoter region contains Blimp-1 (B-lymphocyte-induced maturation protein-1)/PRDM1 binding site, and from the literature, it is reported that Blimp-1 reduces NLRP12 activity and expression in monocytes/macrophages. Their expression and role in KCs are currently unknown. To confirm NLRP12 expression and to investigate its relationship with Blimp-1, cells were exposed for different times (3, 6 and 24 h) to the extreme sensitizer 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB) and the strong sensitizer PPD. Allergens were able to induce both genes, however, with different kinetic, with DNCB more rapidly upregulating Blimp-1 and inducing IL-18 production, compared to PPD. NLRP12 and Blimp-1 expression appeared to be inversely correlated: Blimp-1 silencing resulted in increased NLRP12 expression and reduced contact allergen-induced IL-18 production. Overall results indicate that contact allergens of different potency differently modulate Blimp-1/NLRP12 expression, with strong allergen more rapidly downregulating NLRP12, thus more rapidly inducing IL-18 production. Data confirm that also in KCs, NLRP12 has an inhibitory effect on inflammasome activation assessed by IL-18 maturation.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1806-8
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • Comparison of biological effects with albumin adducts of
           4,4′-methylenediphenyl diisocyanate in workers
    • Authors: Gabriele Sabbioni; Lakshiminiranjan Reddy Vanimireddy; Zana L. Lummus; David I. Bernstein
      Pages: 1809 - 1814
      Abstract: Abstract Lung sensitization and asthma are the main health effects of 4,4′-methylenediphenyl diisocyanate (MDI). Albumin adducts (isocyanate-specific adducts) of MDI might be involved in the etiology of sensitization reactions. Albumin adducts of MDI were analyzed in sera of diisocyanate-exposed worker with and without diisocyanate occupational asthma (DA), as well as in exposed workers with and without diisocyanate-specific IgG antibodies. In DA-positive workers and IgG-positive workers, albumin adducts were significantly higher versus workers without DA and those who were specific IgG negative. The odds ratio to be DA-positive was 57 times larger for workers with adduct levels above 230 fmol/mg. The odds ratio to be IgG-positive was 10 times larger for workers with adduct levels above 113 fmol/mg. Therefore, albumin adducts appear to be a good predictor of the biological effects. The albumin-adduct levels in workers without biological effects were in the range of the adduct levels found in previous studies of healthy MDI-factory and construction site workers.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1846-0
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • Self-assembled 3D spheroids and hollow-fibre bioreactors improve
           MSC-derived hepatocyte-like cell maturation in vitro
    • Authors: Madalena Cipriano; Nora Freyer; Fanny Knöspel; Nuno G. Oliveira; Rita Barcia; Pedro E. Cruz; Helder Cruz; Matilde Castro; Jorge M. Santos; Katrin Zeilinger; Joana P. Miranda
      Pages: 1815 - 1832
      Abstract: Abstract 3D cultures of human stem cell-derived hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) have emerged as promising models for short- and long-term maintenance of hepatocyte phenotype in vitro cultures by better resembling the in vivo environment of the liver and consequently increase the translational value of the resulting data. In this study, the first stage of hepatic differentiation of human neonatal mesenchymal stem cells (hnMSCs) was performed in 2D monolayer cultures for 17 days. The second stage was performed by either maintaining cells in 2D cultures for an extra 10 days, as control, or alternatively cultured in 3D as self-assembled spheroids or in multicompartment membrane bioreactor system. All systems enabled hnMSC differentiation into HLCs as shown by positive immune staining of hepatic markers CK-18, HNF-4α, albumin, the hepatic transporters OATP-C and MRP-2 as well as drug-metabolizing enzymes like CYP1A2 and CYP3A4. Similarly, all models also displayed relevant glucose, phase I and phase II metabolism, the ability to produce albumin and to convert ammonia into urea. However, EROD activity and urea production were increased in both 3D systems. Moreover, the spheroids revealed higher bupropion conversion, whereas bioreactor showed increased albumin production and capacity to biotransform diclofenac. Additionally, diclofenac resulted in an IC50 value of 1.51 ± 0.05 and 0.98 ± 0.03 in 2D and spheroid cultures, respectively. These data suggest that the 3D models tested improved HLC maturation showing a relevant biotransformation capacity and thus provide more appropriate reliable models for mechanistic studies and more predictive systems for in vitro toxicology applications.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1838-0
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • Hepatotoxicity by combination treatment of temozolomide, artesunate and
           Chinese herbs in a glioblastoma multiforme patient: case report review of
           the literature
    • Authors: Thomas Efferth; Ursula Schöttler; Sanjeev Krishna; Peter Schmiedek; Frederik Wenz; Frank A. Giordano
      Pages: 1833 - 1846
      Abstract: Abstract Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) represents an aggressive tumor type with poor prognosis. The majority of GBM patients cannot be cured. There is high willingness among patients for the compassionate use of non-approved medications, which might occasionally lead to profound toxicity. A 65-year-old patient with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) has been treated with radiochemotherapy including temozolomide (TMZ) after surgery. The treatment outcome was evaluated as stable disease with a tendency to slow tumor progression. In addition to standard medication (ondansetron, valproic acid, levetiracetam, lorazepam, clobazam), the patient took the antimalarial drug artesunate (ART) and a decoction of Chinese herbs (Coptis chinensis, Siegesbeckia orientalis, Artemisia scoparia, Dictamnus dasycarpus). In consequence, the clinical status deteriorated. Elevated liver enzymes were noted with peak values of 238 U/L (GPT/ALAT), 226 U/L (GOT/ASAT), and 347 U/L (γ-GT), respectively. After cessation of ART and Chinese herbs, the values returned back to normal and the patient felt well again. In the literature, hepatotoxicity is well documented for TMZ, but is very rare for ART. Among the Chinese herbs used, Dictamnus dasycarpus has been reported to induce liver injury. Additional medication included valproic acid and levetiracetam, which are also reported to exert hepatotoxicity. While all drugs alone may bear a minor risk for hepatotoxicity, the combination treatment might have caused increased liver enzyme activities. It can be speculated that the combination of these drugs caused liver injury. We conclude that the compassionate use of ART and Chinese herbs is not recommended during standard radiochemotherapy with TMZ for GBM.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1810-z
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • Effect of natural uranium on the UMR-106 osteoblastic cell line:
           impairment of the autophagic process as an underlying mechanism of uranium
    • Authors: Valérie Pierrefite-Carle; Sabine Santucci-Darmanin; Véronique Breuil; Tatiana Gritsaenko; Claude Vidaud; Gaelle Creff; Pier Lorenzo Solari; Sophie Pagnotta; Rasha Al-Sahlanee; Christophe Den Auwer; Georges F. Carle
      Pages: 1903 - 1914
      Abstract: Abstract Natural uranium (U), which is present in our environment, exerts a chemical toxicity, particularly in bone where it accumulates. Generally, U is found at oxidation state +VI in its oxocationic form \(\{ {{\text{U}}({\text{VI}}){\text{O}}_{2}^{2+}}\}\) in aqueous media. Although U(VI) has been reported to induce cell death in osteoblasts, the cells in charge of bone formation, the molecular mechanism for U(VI) effects in these cells remains poorly understood. The objective of our study was to explore U(VI) effect at doses ranging from 5 to 600 µM, on mineralization and autophagy induction in the UMR-106 model osteoblastic cell line and to determine U(VI) speciation after cellular uptake. Our results indicate that U(VI) affects mineralization function, even at subtoxic concentrations (<100 µM). The combination of thermodynamic modeling of U with EXAFS data in the culture medium and in the cells clearly indicates the biotransformation of U(VI) carbonate species into a meta-autunite phase upon uptake by osteoblasts. We next assessed U(VI) effect at 100 and 300 µM on autophagy, a survival process triggered by various stresses such as metal exposure. We observed that U(VI) was able to rapidly activate autophagy but an inhibition of the autophagic flux was observed after 24 h. Thus, our results indicate that U(VI) perturbs osteoblastic functions by reducing mineralization capacity. Our study identifies for the first time U(VI) in the form of meta-autunite in mammalian cells. In addition, U(VI)-mediated inhibition of the autophagic flux may be one of the underlying mechanisms leading to the decreased mineralization and the toxicity observed in osteoblasts.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1833-5
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • Dioxin-like rather than non-dioxin-like PCBs promote the development of
           endometriosis through stimulation of endocrine–inflammation interactions
    • Authors: Qiansheng Huang; Yajie Chen; Qionghua Chen; Huanteng Zhang; Yi Lin; Maobi Zhu; Sijun Dong
      Pages: 1915 - 1924
      Abstract: Abstract Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) contain 209 congeners with various structure–activities. Exposure to PCBs was related to disorders of female reproduction. Endometriosis (EM) is an estrogen- and inflammation-dependent disease with high prevalence and severe health outcomes. Epidemiological studies have shown the effects of PCBs exposure on EM in regard to various structures of PCBs. However, little evidence is available from the toxicology considering the structure of PCBs. In the study, environmentally relevant concentrations of PCBs were used to treat primary cultured endometrial cells and an EM mouse model. Dioxin-like CB126, but not non-dioxin-like CB153, significantly enhanced 17β-estradiol (E2) biosynthesis in a dose-dependent manner. Among the genes related to estrogen metabolism, the level of 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 7 (HSD17B7) showed significant increase following CB126 exposure. We further found that CB126 exposure decreased the methylation of the HSD17B7 promoter. Elevated expression of HSD17B7 was observed in the eutopic endometrium of EM patients. CB126 rather than CB153 triggered the inflammatory response by directly stimulating the secretion of inflammatory factors and indirectly reducing the level of lipoxin A4 (LXA4). Furthermore, the inflammation enhanced the expression of HSD17B7. Antagonism of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) diminished the effects induced by CB126. In vivo, the PCB-treated EM mouse model confirmed that CB126 rather than CB153 increased the levels of both E2 and inflammatory factors in peritoneal fluid and promoted the development of endometriotic lesions. In all, CB126, but not CB153, triggered EM development by stimulating estrogen biosynthesis, inflammation and their interactions and that these effects were mediated by the AhR receptor.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1854-0
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • TLR4-mediated inflammation is a key pathogenic event leading to kidney
           damage and fibrosis in cyclosporine nephrotoxicity
    • Authors: Cristian González-Guerrero; Pablo Cannata-Ortiz; Consuelo Guerri; Jesús Egido; Alberto Ortiz; Adrián M. Ramos
      Pages: 1925 - 1939
      Abstract: Abstract Cyclosporine A (CsA) successfully prevents allograft rejection, but nephrotoxicity is still a dose-limiting adverse effect. TLR4 activation promotes kidney damage but whether this innate immunity receptor mediates CsA nephrotoxicity is unknown. The in vivo role of TLR4 during CsA nephrotoxicity was studied in mice co-treated with CsA and the TLR4 inhibitor TAK242 and also in TLR4−/− mice. CsA-induced renal TLR4 expression in wild-type mice. Pharmacological or genetic targeting of TLR4 reduced the activation of proinflammatory signaling, including JNK/c-jun, JAK2/STAT3, IRE1α and NF-κB and the expression of Fn14. Expression of proinflammatory factors and cytokines was also decreased, and kidney monocyte and lymphocyte influx was prevented. TLR4 inhibition also reduced tubular damage and drastically prevented the development of kidney fibrosis. In vivo and in vitro CsA promoted secretion of the TLR ligand HMGB1 by tubular cells upstream of TLR4 activation, and prevention of HMGB1 secretion significantly reduced CsA-induced synthesis of MCP-1, suggesting that HMGB1 may be one of the mediators of CsA-induced TLR4 activation. These results suggest that TLR4 is a potential pharmacological target in CsA nephrotoxicity.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1830-8
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • Omnisphero: a high-content image analysis (HCA) approach for phenotypic
           developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) screenings of organoid neurosphere
           cultures in vitro
    • Authors: Martin R. Schmuck; Thomas Temme; Katharina Dach; Denise de Boer; Marta Barenys; Farina Bendt; Axel Mosig; Ellen Fritsche
      Pages: 2017 - 2028
      Abstract: Abstract Current developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) testing in animals faces major limitations, such as high cost and time demands as well as uncertainties in their methodology, evaluation and regulation. Therefore, the use of human-based 3D in vitro systems in combination with high-content image analysis (HCA) might contribute to DNT testing with lower costs, increased throughput and enhanced predictivity for human hazard identification. Human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) grown as 3D neurospheres mimic basic processes of brain development including hNPC migration and differentiation and are therefore useful for DNT hazard identification. HCA of migrated neurospheres creates new challenges for automated evaluations because it encompasses variable cell densities, inconsistent z-layers and heterogeneous cell populations. We tackle those challenges with our Omnisphero software, which assesses multiple endpoints of the ‘Neurosphere Assay.’ For neuronal identification, Omnisphero reaches a true positive rate (TPR) of 83.8 % and a false discovery rate (FDR) of 11.4 %, thus being comparable to the interindividual difference among two researchers (TPR = 94.3, FDR = 11.0 %) and largely improving the results obtained by an existing HCA approach, whose TPR does not exceed 50 % at a FDR above 50 %. The high FDR of existing methods results in incorrect measurements of neuronal morphological features accompanied by an overestimation of compound effects. Omnisphero additionally includes novel algorithms to assess ‘neurosphere-specific’ endpoints like radial migration and neuronal density distribution within the migration area. Furthermore, a user-assisted parameter optimization procedure makes Omnisphero accessible to non-expert end users.
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-016-1852-2
      Issue No: Vol. 91, No. 4 (2017)
  • Tributyltin in male mice disrupts glucose homeostasis as well as recovery
           after exposure: mechanism analysis
    • Authors: Bingshui Li; Jiaojiao Guo; Zhihui Xi; Jing Xu; Zhenghong Zuo; Chonggang Wang
      Abstract: Abstract Organotin compounds such as tributyltin (TBT) and triphenyltin can induce diabetes and insulin resistance. However, the development of diabetes caused by organotins and its underlying mechanisms remain unclear. In the present study, male KM mice were orally administered with TBT (0.5, 5, and 50 μg/kg) once every 3 days for 45 days. Their body weights increased and reached a significant difference compared to the control, and the fasting blood glucose levels were significantly elevated. The fasting levels of serum insulin and adiponectin increased, while glucagon levels decreased in the animals treated with TBT. The expression of the insulin receptor (IR) signaling cascade, including IR, IR substrate, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, Akt, and glucose transporter 4, was inhibited both in the skeletal muscle and the liver, which might be a main reason for the hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia. After removing the TBT stress for 60 days, the animals which had received exposure to TBT could recover normoglycemia, accompanied with a recovery of the suppressed IR signal pathway and fasting insulin levels. However, the fasting levels of serum adiponectin and glucagon were lower than that of the control mice, which would remain a potential risk inducing the disruption of glucose homeostasis.
      PubDate: 2017-04-10
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-017-1961-6
  • Lanthanum chloride precipitation-based toxicoproteomic analysis of
           3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol toxicity in rat kidney reveals involvement of
           extracellular signal-regulated kinase 2
    • Authors: Axel Oberemm; Monique Braun; Stefanie Sawada; Mario Pink; Falko Frenzel; Christel Rozycki; Christine Meckert; Elke Zabinsky; Albert Braeuning; Alfonso Lampen
      Abstract: Abstract The heat-induced food contaminant 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) and its fatty acid esters exert nephrotoxicity in rodents. Previous studies including a non-targeted toxicoproteomics approach using samples from a 28-day oral toxicity study in rats with 10 mg/kg body weight (b.w.) of 3-MCPD, an equimolar dose of 53 mg/kg b.w. 3-MCPD dipalmitate and a lower dose of 13.3 mg/kg b.w. of 3-MCPD dipalmitate, revealed substance-induced alterations in metabolic pathways, especially for glycolysis and energy metabolism. In order to obtain deeper insight into mechanisms of 3-MCPD toxicity, samples from the above-mentioned study were reanalyzed using a lanthanum chloride precipitation-based toxicoproteomics approach in order to increase the yield of phosphorylated proteins, crucial players in cellular signaling. A comparison of standard 2D-gel-based proteomics and lanthanum chloride precipitation was performed, thus providing a comprehensive case study on these two methods using in vivo effects of an important food toxicant in a primary target organ. While resulting in similar 2D-gel electrophoresis pherograms and spot counts, data analysis demonstrated that lanthanum precipitation yielded more significantly deregulated proteins thus considerably improving our knowledge on 3-MCPD-dependent proteomic alterations in the kidney. 3-MCPD-induced deregulation of the phosphorylated, active version of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 2 (ERK2) in rat kidney was demonstrated using mass spectrometry and immunohistochemistry. In summary, this paper for the first time links 3-MCPD effects to deregulation of the ERK/mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathway in rat kidney and demonstrates that lanthanum chloride precipitation is suited to support the gain of mechanistic knowledge on organ toxicity using 2D-gel-based proteomics.
      PubDate: 2017-04-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-017-1959-0
  • Rat precision-cut liver slices predict drug-induced cholestatic injury
    • Authors: Viktoriia Starokozhko; Rick Greupink; Petra van de Broek; Nashwa Soliman; Samiksha Ghimire; Inge A. M. de Graaf; Geny M. M. Groothuis
      Abstract: Abstract Drug-induced cholestasis (DIC) is one of the leading manifestations of drug-induced liver injury (DILI). As the underlying mechanisms for DIC are not fully known and specific and predictive biomarkers and pre-clinical models are lacking, the occurrence of DIC is often only reported when the drug has been approved for registration. Therefore, appropriate models that predict the cholestatic potential of drug candidates and/or provide insight into the mechanism of DIC are highly needed. We investigated the application of rat precision-cut liver slices (PCLS) to predict DIC, using several biomarkers of cholestasis: hepatocyte viability, intracellular accumulation of total as well as individual bile acids and changes in the expression of genes known to play a role in cholestasis. Rat PCLS exposed to the cholestatic drugs chlorpromazine, cyclosporine A and glibenclamide for 48 h in the presence of a 60 μM physiological bile acid (BA) mix reflected various changes associated with cholestasis, such as decrease in hepatocyte viability, accumulation and changes in the composition of BA and changes in the gene expression of Fxr, Bsep and Ntcp. The toxicity of the drugs was correlated with the accumulation of BA, and especially DCA and CDCA and their conjugates, but to a different extent for different drugs, indicating that BA toxicity is not the only cause for the toxicity of cholestatic drugs. Moreover, our study supports the use of several biomarkers to test drugs for DIC. In conclusion, our results indicate that PCLS may represent a physiological and valuable model to identify cholestatic drugs and provide insight into the mechanisms underlying DIC.
      PubDate: 2017-04-08
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-017-1960-7
  • 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)-mediated deregulation of
           myeloid and sebaceous gland stem/progenitor cell homeostasis
    • Authors: Karl Walter Bock
      Abstract: Abstract Studies of TCDD toxicity stimulated identification of the responsible aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), a multifunctional, ligand-activated transcription factor of the basic helix–loop–helix/Per-Arnt-Sim family. Accumulating evidence suggests a role of this receptor in homeostasis of stem/progenitor cells, in addition to its known role in xenobiotic metabolism. (1) Regulation of myelopoiesis is complex. As one example, AHR-mediated downregulation of human CD34+ progenitor differentiation to monocytes/macrophages is discussed. (2) Accumulation of TCDD in sebum leads to deregulation of sebocyte differentiation via Blimp1-mediated inhibition of c-Myc signaling and stimulation of Wnt-mediated proliferation of interfollicular epidermis. The resulting sebaceous gland atrophy and formation of dermal cysts may explain the pathogenesis of chloracne, the hallmark of TCDD toxicity. (3) TCDD treatment of confluent liver stem cell-like rat WB-F344 cells leads to release from cell–cell contact inhibition via AHR-mediated crosstalk with multiple signaling pathways. Further work is needed to delineate AHR function in crosstalk with other signaling pathways.
      PubDate: 2017-04-06
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-017-1965-2
  • Interplay between lysosomal, mitochondrial and death receptor pathways
           during manganese-induced apoptosis in glial cells
    • Authors: R. M. Gorojod; A. Alaimo; S. Porte Alcon; F. Saravia; M. L. Kotler
      Abstract: Abstract Manganese (Mn) is an essential trace metal which plays a critical role in brain physiology by acting as a cofactor for several enzymes. However, upon overexposure, Mn preferentially accumulates within the basal ganglia leading to the development of a Parkinsonism known as Manganism. Data from our group have proved that Mn induces oxidative stress-mediated apoptosis in astrocytoma C6 cells. In the present study we described how cathepsins impact on different steps of each apoptotic cascade. Evidence obtained demonstrated that Mn generates lysosomal membrane permeabilization (LMP) and cathepsin release. Both cathepsins B (Ca-074 Me) and D (Pepstatin A) inhibitors as well as Bafilomycin A1 prevented caspases-3, -7, -8 and -9 activation, FasL upregulation, Bid cleavage, Δφm disruption and cytochrome c release. Results from in vivo studies showed that intrastriatal Mn injection increased cathepsin D levels from corpus striatum and substantia nigra pars compacta. Our results point to LMP and lysosomal cathepsins as key mediators in the apoptotic process triggered by Mn. These findings highlight the relevance of targeting the lysosomal pathway for Manganism therapy.
      PubDate: 2017-04-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-017-1936-7
  • Comprehensive analysis of the in vitro and ex ovo hemocompatibility of
           surface engineered iron oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications
    • Authors: Florian Schlenk; Sebastian Werner; Martin Rabel; Franziska Jacobs; Christian Bergemann; Joachim H. Clement; Dagmar Fischer
      Abstract: Abstract A set of biomedically relevant iron oxide nanoparticles with systematically modified polymer surfaces was investigated regarding their interaction with the first contact partners after systemic administration such as blood cells, blood proteins, and the endothelial blood vessels, to establish structure–activity relationships. All nanoparticles were intensively characterized regarding their physicochemical parameters. Cyto- and hemocompatibility tests showed that (1) the properties of the core material itself were not relevant in short-term incubation studies, and (2) toxicities increased with higher polymer mass, neutral = anionic < cationic surface charge and charge density, as well as agglomeration. Based on this, it was possible to classify the nanoparticles in three groups, to establish structure–activity relationships and to predict nanosafety. While the results between cyto- and hemotoxicity tests correlated well for the polymers, data were not fully transferable for the nanoparticles, especially in case of cationic low molar mass polymer coatings. To evaluate the prediction efficacy of the static in vitro models, the results were compared to those obtained in an ex ovo shell-less hen’s egg test after microinjection under dynamic flow conditions. While the polymers demonstrated hemotoxicity profiles comparable to the in vitro tests, the size-dependent risks of nanoparticles could be more efficiently simulated in the more complex ex ovo environment, making the shell-less egg model an efficient alternative to animal studies according to the 3R concept.
      PubDate: 2017-04-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-017-1968-z
  • Toxification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by commensal bacteria
           from human skin
    • Authors: Juliane Sowada; Lisa Lemoine; Karsten Schön; Christoph Hutzler; Andreas Luch; Tewes Tralau
      Abstract: Abstract The ubiquitous occurrence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) leads to constant human exposure at low levels. Toxicologically relevant are especially the high-molecular weight substances due to their (pro-)carcinogenic potential. Following ingestion or uptake, the eukaryotic phase I metabolism often activates these substances to become potent DNA binders, and unsurprisingly metabolism and DNA-adduct formation of model substances such as benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) are well studied. However, apart from being subjected to eukaryotic transformations PAHs are also carbon and energy sources for the myriads of commensal microbes inhabiting man’s every surface. Yet, we know little about the microbiome’s PAH-metabolism capacity and its potentially adverse impact on the human host. This study now shows that readily isolable skin commensals transform B[a]P into a range of highly cyto- and genotoxic metabolites that are excreted in toxicologically relevant concentrations during growth. The respective bacterial supernatants contain a mixture of established eukaryotic as well as hitherto unknown prokaryotic metabolites, the combination of which leads to an increased toxicity. Altogether we show that PAH metabolism of the microbiome has to be considered a potential hazard.
      PubDate: 2017-04-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-017-1964-3
  • Chalcone flavokawain B induces autophagic-cell death via reactive oxygen
           species-mediated signaling pathways in human gastric carcinoma and
           suppresses tumor growth in nude mice
    • Authors: Chia-Ting Chang; You-Cheng Hseu; Varadharajan Thiyagarajan; Kai-Yuan Lin; Tzong-Der Way; Mallikarjuna Korivi; Jiuun-Wang Liao; Hsin-Ling Yang
      Abstract: Abstract Flavokawain B (FKB), a naturally occurring chalcone in kava extracts, has been reported to possess anticancer activity. However, the effect of FKB on gastric cancer remains unclear. We examined the in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity and autophagy involvement of FKB and determined the underlying molecular mechanisms. FKB is potently cytotoxic to human gastric cancer cells (AGS/NCI-N87/KATO-III/TSGH9201) and mildly toxic towards normal (Hs738) cells and primary mouse hepatocytes. FKB-induced AGS cell death was characterized by autophagy, not apoptosis, as evidenced by increased LC3-II accumulation, GFP-LC3 puncta and acidic vesicular organelles (AVOs) formation, without resulting procaspase-3/PARP cleavage. FKB further caused p62/SQSTM1 activation, mTOR downregulation, ATG4B inhibition, and Beclin-1/Bcl-2 dysregulation. Silencing autophagy inhibitors CQ/3-MA and LC3 (shRNA) significantly reversed the FKB-induced cell death of AGS cells. FKB-triggered ROS generation and ROS inhibition by NAC pre-treatment diminished FKB-induced cell death, LC3 conversion, AVO formation, p62/SQSTM1 activation, ATG4B inhibition and Beclin-1/Bcl-2 dysregulation, which indicated ROS-mediated autophagy in AGS cells. Furthermore, FKB induces G2/M arrest and alters cell-cycle proteins through ROS-JNK signaling. Interestingly, FKB-induced autophagy is associated with the suppression of HER-2 and PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling cascades. FKB inhibits apoptotic Bax expression, and Bax-transfected AGS cells exhibit both apoptosis and autophagy; thus, FKB-inactivated Bax results in apoptosis inhibition. In vivo data demonstrated that FKB effectively inhibited tumor growth, prolonged the survival rate, and induced autophagy in AGS-xenografted mice. Notably, silencing of LC3 attenuated FKB-induced autophagy in AGS-xenografted tumors. FKB may be a potential chemopreventive agent in the activation of ROS-mediated autophagy of gastric cancer cells.
      PubDate: 2017-04-03
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-017-1967-0
  • Glyphosate toxicity and carcinogenicity: a review of the scientific basis
           of the European Union assessment and its differences with IARC
    • Authors: Jose V. Tarazona; Daniele Court-Marques; Manuela Tiramani; Hermine Reich; Rudolf Pfeil; Frederique Istace; Federica Crivellente
      Abstract: Abstract Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide worldwide. It is a broad spectrum herbicide and its agricultural uses increased considerably after the development of glyphosate-resistant genetically modified (GM) varieties. Since glyphosate was introduced in 1974, all regulatory assessments have established that glyphosate has low hazard potential to mammals, however, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded in March 2015 that it is probably carcinogenic. The IARC conclusion was not confirmed by the EU assessment or the recent joint WHO/FAO evaluation, both using additional evidence. Glyphosate is not the first topic of disagreement between IARC and regulatory evaluations, but has received greater attention. This review presents the scientific basis of the glyphosate health assessment conducted within the European Union (EU) renewal process, and explains the differences in the carcinogenicity assessment with IARC. Use of different data sets, particularly on long-term toxicity/carcinogenicity in rodents, could partially explain the divergent views; but methodological differences in the evaluation of the available evidence have been identified. The EU assessment did not identify a carcinogenicity hazard, revised the toxicological profile proposing new toxicological reference values, and conducted a risk assessment for some representatives uses. Two complementary exposure assessments, human-biomonitoring and food-residues-monitoring, suggests that actual exposure levels are below these reference values and do not represent a public concern.
      PubDate: 2017-04-03
      DOI: 10.1007/s00204-017-1962-5
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