025) Of more important note, though, was the significant interac

025). Of more important note, though, was the significant interaction between this lexical category factor and the semantics variable (F(1, 17) = 9.319, p = .007). This interaction was driven by significantly greater activation for concrete nouns (see Fig. 3) compared with concrete verbs in both the more anterior first (t(17) = 2.301, p < .035) and posterior (t(17) = 3.046, p < .01) frontal

regions. Whilst nouns generally evoked greater average activation than verbs in these regions, the difference between abstract nouns and verbs did not reach significance in the present study. Comparison of brain responses to concrete nouns to the pooled response to all three other word types confirmed the relatively enhanced signal to the former in the Tanespimycin in vitro anterior ROI (t(17) = 2.611, p = .018) and a trend in this direction in the posterior (t(17) = 1.672, p = .113). Note, furthermore, the similarity between the activation advantage for concrete nouns in this ROI defined by Martin et al. (1996) and the data-driven IFG/insular ROI found in the present study. Martin et al. had investigated animal and tool naming and these ROIs showed strongest responses in animal naming; in our study, which used words in a passive reading task, most of the concrete

nouns were also animal names. The inferior frontal region thus appears particularly engaged in animal name processing, regardless whether this occurs during naming or passive reading. In a study of abstract and concrete noun

and verb processing, we found a significant interaction effect of orthogonalized semantic (abstract vs. H 89 cell line concrete) and lexical (noun vs. verb) factors in the frontocentral motor system. In central and precentral motor cortex, activation to concrete verbs was generally enhanced compared with concrete nouns and, crucially, a similar difference for abstract word groups was absent. Inferior frontal regions suggested the opposite Protein kinase N1 contrast, activation greater for concrete nouns than for concrete verbs, but, once again, the contrast of nouns vs. verbs was not significant for abstract items. As statistically significant effects of lexical category appeared in interaction with semantic differences between abstract and concrete words, our results argue against a distinction between topographical patterns of brain activation in terms of the lexical categories of nouns and verbs. Rather, our data show that brain activation patterns to nouns and verbs depend on the semantic nature of these items. The most prominent brain distinctions include enhanced activity in central motor cortex to verbs typically used to speak about actions relative to object-related nouns, and relatively stronger activation in inferior frontal cortex to object nouns as compared with action verbs. Our neurometabolic data reveals a pattern of activation across frontal and temporal cortices typical of that generally seen in visual word processing (Bookheimer, 2002 and Kronbichler et al., 2004).

RAs acting on other targets than topoisomerases such as mutated R

RAs acting on other targets than topoisomerases such as mutated RNAP may be found as well in nature. With reverse antibiotics as a countermeasure for the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, all the living microorganisms co-existed on the earth by maintaining natural homeostasis. Therefore, by developing RAs and using them together with the extant antibiotics developed see more in the last century, we would be able to control most of the multidrug-resistant bacterial infection without trying in vain to

reach the unattainable goal of extinguishing the historically given our natural flora ( Fig. 7). The origin of mecA gene was traced back to S. fleurettii chromosome. Mutation of rpoB was found to play a major role in the development of vancomycin selleck kinase inhibitor resistance in S. aureus. Staphylococci never stop evolving: it may acquire a highly efficient plasmid carrying vanA gene in near future. We need to be vigilant on the clinical MIC data of S. aureus, and have to be prepared for the future by learning from the nature’s ecosystem to control them without

trying to extinguish them. By using reverse antibiotics, many extant antibiotics will regain their potency, and history of antimicrobial chemotherapy started by the discovery made by Alexander Fleming will finally be completed. This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid (S1201013) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology of Japan (MEXT) for the Foundation of Strategic Research Projects in Private Universities. “
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to Table 1 of Togo et al. (2014), which has been found to contain an error: the median values of Prostate volume (ml) and PSA (ng/ml) have been switched. Readers are referred to Table 1 in this corrigendum, which has been corrected for the errors. “
“Pediatric acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is caused by infection of the human immunodeficiency virus Parvulin (HIV), which is a single-stranded, positive-strand RNA virus with an envelope, belonging to the lentivirus genus of the Retroviridae family that has reverse transcriptase activity. The virus is classified into 2 types: HIV-1 and HIV-2. Both viruses were isolated from AIDS patients and identified in the 1980s by Luc Montagnier of the Pasteur Institute. Positive cases for HIV-2 are extremely rare in Japan, whereas HIV-1 infections have recently been a major problem. There are currently very few English reports about Japanese pediatric HIV. In this study, we introduce our experience with pediatric HIV in a single hospital, and review the present status of HIV infections in children in Japan. The patient was diagnosed as having hemophilia B at 2 months of age because of his bleeding tendency, and he thereafter received blood product transfusions irregularly. HIV antibody positivity was found at the age of 6 in 1988. He was susceptible to infections owing to his low CD4+ count since 8 years of age.

Thus, there appears to be a reduction in the number of functional

Thus, there appears to be a reduction in the number of functional cortical circuits available to process visual information during SD. A ‘functional circuit’, refers to the assembly

of neurons activated during the performance of a particular task. It could include neurons in close proximity, for example, those in visual cortex, as well as clusters connected by long-range fibers, such as those OSI906 in frontal and parietal areas mediating attention. Sustained wakefulness results in an increase in homeostatic sleep pressure resulting in ‘local sleep’ where circumscribed patches of cerebral cortex demonstrate physiological features of sleep in drowsy but still responsive animals 44 and 74]. Goal directed behavior like reaching, is more likely to fail during periods when clusters of frontal and parietal neurons show transient reductions in multi-unit activity [43••]. In human volunteers, correct responses elicit lower BOLD signal changes in the sleep-deprived state than in the rested state. This suggests that in the rested state, there may be some redundancy in circuit activation allowing for random failures without compromising behavioral performance. When sleep-deprived, this reserve is reduced, leading to occasional behavioral lapses. This

‘local sleep’ account of neurobehavioral degradation in SD is attractive in that it is relevant in both top-down or bottom-up sensory system failure accounts of degraded performance as well as time-on-task effects. However, at the present time, it is unclear whether ‘local sleep’ GSI-IX in vitro triggers altered connectivity or, if brainstem, hypothalamic and basal forebrain structures are the originators of lower cortical connectivity and reduced cortical activation 9 and 75]. Newer methods to evaluate ‘dynamic functional connectivity’ [76••] over temporal windows spanning seconds instead of minutes using both fMRI and EEG promise to shed light on this open question. Deficits in visual perception or visual processing capacity are central to explaining neurobehavioral changes in sleep deprivation. Reduced engagement of fronto-parietal regions that mediate top-down control of attention

has been demonstrated in multiple experiments evaluating different facets of attention and visual processing capacity. Independently of, or consequent to this, visual extrastriate cortex activation is markedly reduced. AZD9291 molecular weight The onset of ‘local sleep’ at random intervals in these heavily engaged brain areas following sustained wakefulness could account for the observed reduction in task-related activation. Concurrently, several changes in cortical-cortical as well as thalamo-cortical connectivity can disrupt the normal passage of sensory information to association cortex. Over minutes, these physiological changes can be reliably distinguished from rested wakefulness. However, from trial-to-trial, on a temporal scale of seconds, they appear more stochastic, having the characteristics of ‘wake-state’ instability.

In conclusion, poor outcome from pneumococcal meningitis in Malaw

In conclusion, poor outcome from pneumococcal meningitis in Malawi is likely to be multifactorial RGFP966 and our data

suggest that anti-cytokine adjunctive treatments in sub-Saharan Africa are unlikely to be effective. Alternative strategies such as pneumococcal vaccination in HIV infected adults, reducing pre-hospital delays to treatment, optimising in-hospital care, investigating alternative adjunctive treatments targeting pneumococcal toxins and optimising macrophage phagocytosis13, 23, 25, 26 and 27, should be on-going research priorities. The bacterial load work was funded by the Wellcome Trust (CDF 061231 and 089671/B/09/Z) (Clinical PhD fellowship to EW) and NIHR Biomedical Research funding to SG. The cytokine analysis was funded by the Wellcome Trust (Research fellowship to SBG). The steroid and glycerol adjunctive therapy studies were funded by the Meningitis Research Foundation. Neither the funding bodies nor

the trial sponsors had any role www.selleckchem.com/products/ve-822.html in the laboratory work, data analysis, manuscript preparation or decision to publish. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. We are grateful for the assistance of Professor Ray Borrow and Dr Malcolm Guiver of Public Health England meningitis reference laboratory for verifying the CSF bacterial load data. We thank Professor Tom Solomon for his help in obtaining ethical permission for the acquisition of normal CSF to validate the bacterial load assay and Chris Ambrose for his assistance with the laboratory work. Professor. J. Weiser kindly donated purified genomic DNA for the standard curves. “
“Staphylococcus aureus is an important cause of infections in both primary and secondary care. Carriage prevalences of ∼30% have been found consistently in studies

performed over six decades, 1 with the anterior nares the primary site of colonisation. 1, 2 and 3 Nasal carriers are at greater risk of infection than non-carriers 4, 5, 6 and 7 and the carried and invasive strains are indistinguishable in ∼80% of cases. 5 and 8 Non-carriers of S. aureus have a higher mortality following S. aureus bacteraemia Nintedanib nmr suggesting recent S. aureus acquisition around the time of infection is associated with poorer subsequent outcome. 5 The dynamic nature of S. aureus carriage creates complexity for cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, with people acquiring and losing all genotypes of S. aureus (the species level) and also acquiring and losing different genotypes within S. aureus. 9 For example, one study found multiple genotypes were present in 7% of carriage samples. 10 Rather than considering S. aureus loss and acquisition as separate events, studies have almost universally combined both these aspects and classified individuals as “persistent”, “intermittent” or “non” carriers.

g , by the presentation

g., by the presentation AC220 mw of a target at the same location where the cue was presented. In these paradigms, the critical factor is the cue-to-target interstimulus (ISI) interval as e.g., a study by Hopfinger and Mangun (1998) revealed. At short ISIs (between about 50–250 ms) a target presented at the same location as the cue elicits a larger P1 than a target presented at the uncued location. At long ISIs (between about 550–750 ms), however, the opposite finding is observed: The P1 is smaller at the cued location. Reflexive non-spatial attention can be studied

by using targets with pop-out stimulus properties (e.g., color targets). Research reviewed by Taylor (2002) shows that pop-out targets generally elicit a larger P1 than non-pop out targets. In a similar way, Busch, Herrmann and colleagues have shown that stimulus size and eccentricity elicit a larger P1 (cf. Section 2.5). Hemifield preferences for object features may also be considered a special type of reflexive attention (cf. Section 2.3.1). The recognition of an object Verteporfin datasheet is a fast process. It can be accomplished within a few hundred milliseconds. As an example, complex pictures (such as e.g., natural scenes) can be categorized with a median reaction time (RT) of about 380 ms (e.g., VanRullen and Thorpe, 2001a). As RT is a measure that comprises

also the motor response, one interesting question is, when an object can be identified. This question can be investigated by determining the time, when Linifanib (ABT-869) the ERP waveforms for targets and non targets start to differ. Research by Thorpe et al. (1996) and VanRullen and Thorpe (2001b) have shown that differences between targets and non targets can be found reliably at around 150 ms. Other studies, however, found very early

differences starting already about 50–80 ms (cf. the review in Rousselet et al., 2007). At least two factors are of importance here, object category and type of comparison. As an example, faces represent a category that may be processed particularly fast (cf. Thorpe et al., 1996). But also the type of comparison plays an important role. If targets and non targets are compared one has to consider the possibility that stimuli of the target and non target category (e.g. human faces vs. animal faces) may differ with respect to ‘low level’ physical properties. One way to tackle only object specific effects is to change the target status of the stimulus category. As an example, in counterbalanced blocks subjects are asked to respond to human faces (and to ignore animal faces) and then to respond to animal faces (and to ignore human faces). The calculation of task related differences between e.g., human faces as targets vs. non targets will now show differences that are object specific. By using such an approach, Rousselet et al.

Then, we form the T  -by-2M2M matrix Gxy=[Gx,Gy]Gxy=[Gx,Gy], with

Then, we form the T  -by-2M2M matrix Gxy=[Gx,Gy]Gxy=[Gx,Gy], with GxGx and GyGy being the anomalies of Gx0 and Gy0, respectively. We decompose GxyGxy into PCs and empirical orthogonal functions (EOFs). The i  th

leading PC, PCi(t  ), represents the temporal evolution (over time period t=1,2,…,Tt=1,2,…,T) of the i  th spatial pattern, EOFi(j)EOFi(j) (i=1,2,…,minT,2Mi=1,2,…,minT,2M; here T>2MT>2M, thus, i=1,2,…,2Mi=1,2,…,2M). Each of the EOFs here is a vector of length 2M2M, with the first half (j=1,2,…,Mj=1,2,…,M) describing the PD0332991 clinical trial spatial pattern of GxGx (i.e., the U component of wind over locations m=1,2,…,Mm=1,2,…,M), and the second half (j=M+1,M+2,…,2Mj=M+1,M+2,…,2M), the pattern of GyGy (i.e., V component of wind over locations m=1,2,…,Mm=1,2,…,M). The product of PCi(t  ) and EOFi(j)EOFi(j) is the i  -th leading component of GxyGxy, denoted as Gxy,iGxy,i.

Then, equation(13) Gxy=∑i=12MGxy,i. Note that the directions of the gradient associated with each EOF are “constant” while its magnitude varies over time. We write “constant” in quotes because depending on the phase of each pattern, the direction may vary 180°°, with the waves generated for each case being in completely opposite directions and affecting a different part of the domain. To account for this variation, we further divide the PCiPCi into their positive and negative phases: PCi+=PCiif PCi>0,0otherwise, equation(14) PCi-=PCiif PCi<0,0otherwise, Secondly, for each chosen leading pattern EOFiEOFi (i=1,2,…,Ni=1,2,…,N, with N<2MN<2M) and each INCB018424 price phase, we calculate the set of n0n0 points of influence from which swell waves may arrive to a certain point mPmP. As described in Eq. (4), waves can be generated and propagated within a sector ±90°±90° around the wind MG-132 manufacturer direction. Specifically, for each target point mPmP, a point m   is considered as one of influence (m0m0) if the imaginary straight line between points mPmP and m   is within the sector

comprising ±90°±90° around the direction defined by Gxy,iGxy,i at point m   and does not cross any coastline (i.e. it is not interfered by any land obstacle). To account for refraction effects that would make those waves travelling near coast turning towards it, a certain angle tolerance level (5°5°) is used so that wave trains that travel very close to the coast are not accounted for. Obviously, this method simplifies the real world situation, in which wave direction can be further modified by local phenomena like diffraction. Different from Wang et al. (2012), we do not include the leading PCs of SLP anomalies in this study; and we include the leading PCs of GxyGxy in a different way, namely in the term ΔswΔsw, to account for swell wave trains, which is detailed below in this section. Fig. 4 shows an example of the n0n0 selected points of influence for a wave grid point m   and for the first leading pattern EOF1EOF1, which explains 36% of the variability in GxyGxy and can be associated with a typical Mistral event (see Section 2.

In contrast, for A549 lung cancer cells (FR −ve), the uptake was

In contrast, for A549 lung cancer cells (FR −ve), the uptake was independent

on the sequence of loading. The FR-nanogel-CDDP displayed superior antitumour activity towards A2780 xenografts in contrast to free CDDP [ 24]. The intracellular delivery of carboplatin has been investigated by coupling i.p. Fluorouracil manufacturer administration with a folate-receptor-targeted liposomal system. The cytotoxicity is enhanced (twofold) in comparison to carboplatin itself towards human ovarian IGROV-I (FR +ve) cancer cells. Mice bearing the i.p.-grown human IGROV-1 ovarian tumour xenografts treated with FRT-carboplatin liposomes had an 83% survival rate [25]. EGF is another potential targeting ligand due to the overexpression of the EGF receptor in human tumours, in particular NSCLC non-small cell lung cancer. Bhirde et al. have attached cisplatin (dissolved in DMSO) and EGF to oxidised SWCNTs to target squamous cancer. In vivo studies revealed SWCNT–CDDP–EGF (19) were selective towards HNSCC head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Tumour growth regression was significant in mice treated with SWCNT–CDDP–EGF bearing HNSCC xenografts in contrast to mice treated with SWCNT–CDDP [ 26•]. Biotinylated PFT�� epidermal growth factor (bEGF)

conjugated to a Pt(NH3)22+-gelatin nanocomplex (GP-Pt-bEGF, 20) gives rise to a twofold higher Pt concentration in A549 human adenocarcinoma (EGF +ve) compared to HFL1 lung fibroblasts (EGF −ve). Immunodeficient mice injected with an A549 cell suspension treated with GP-Pt-bEGF nanoparticles displayed a reduction in tumour volume compared to mice treated with free CDDP which the tumour volume grew rapidly [ 27••]. The high molecular weight of full length EGFR monoclonal antibody if used as a targeting ligand may hinder its penetration into tumour cells; furthermore interaction with the Fc receptor on normal tissues may disturb its specific targeting. Therefore, single-chain antibodies against the EGFR (ScFvEGFR) lacking the Fc receptor have been conjugated onto the surface of ScFvEGFR-heparin-CDDP nanoparticles

(with Pt(NH3)22+ bound to carboxylates, 21). Nanoparticle HSP90 conjugate 21 was most potent towards H292 (EGF +ve) human lung cancer cells with an IC50 of 1.1 μm. Kidneys from mice treated with 21 showed no change in either blood urea nitrogen (BUN) or creatine (CRE) levels, in contrast to CDDP which gave significant changes consistent with impaired renal function [28••]. Xu et al. have coupled a Pt(NH3)2-herceptin (L2, Figure 2g) dicarboxylato binding ligand onto dumbbell-like Au-Fe3O4 nanoparticles (22) to act as nanocarriers to deliver the platinum pharamacophore into SK-Br3 breast cancer (HER2 +ve) cells. Without the targeting agent, the platin-Au-Fe3O4-NPs were still active, but less than CDDP. Thus, herceptin enhances Pt uptake in SK-Br3 cells giving greater cytotoxicity owing to the specific targeting.

2000) but an important feature of this phototrophic

2000) but an important feature of this phototrophic Sotrastaurin dinoflagellate species is its capability to eat other protists. Mixotrophy appears common amongdinoflagellates ( Sanders & Porter 1988, Li et al. 1996) and has been proposed to contribute to their success under varying nutrient conditions ( Stoecker et al. 1997). For example, Gyrodinium galatheanum has been observed eating cryptophytes in Chesapeake Bay ( Li et al. 1996). Here, the strong temporal correlation between Gyrodinium sp. and Hemiselmis sp. demonstrates their co-occurrence in the GSV and suggests that Hemiselmis sp. could be part of the diet of Gyrodinium sp. in the coastal waters of the

GSV. For diatoms, C. closterium was negatively correlated to salinity (ρ= –0.259, p<0.05) and NS wind direction (ρ= -0.350,

p0.001) During February, the community was dominated by the diatom C. closterium, a meroplanktonic species that can exploit a half-planktonic, half-benthic existence ( Round 1981). These species are resuspended in the water column by mixing events and return to the sediment under calm conditions ( Kingston 2009). C. closterium usually attains high densities in the water column following wind mixing events. In our study, the bloom of C. closterium corresponds to strong wind events (i.e. 15.44 ± 3.99 m s−1). Since the growth buy Talazoparib rate of this species has been observed to be much higher than that of many other diatom species ( Tanaka 1984), this could explain why it prospered in the favourable conditions and dominated the community in February. In contrast, Chaetoceros spp. bloomed in autumn and winter. It was positively correlated to the EW wind direction (ρ= 0.298, p<0.05) and N (ρ= 0.310, p<0.05) and negatively correlated to temperature (ρ= –0.551, p<0.001) and NS wind direction (ρ= –0.616, p<0.001). Species of the genus Chaetoceros may be harmful Methocarbamol to fish, should their spines become lodged within gills. This diatom indeed has siliceous spikes and barbs which characterise its genus and can penetrate

the gill membranes of fish. The penetration of the spikes and barbs of the gill membranes would cause a reduction of gas exchange in the gills, caused by mucus production when the gill epithelium is irritated by the spines ( Rensel 1993). In 2013, a fish kill event occurred in the GSV and was related partly to species of the genus Chaetoceros ( PIRSA report 2013). Finally, for the haptophytes, Chrysochromulina spp. were negatively correlated to N (ρ= -0.280, p<0.001) but positively correlated to wind speed (ρ= 0.261, p<0.05) and EW wind direction (ρ= 0.360, p<0.001). On the other hand, Emiliania huxleyi was negatively correlated to N (ρ= -0.364, p<0.001), N:P ratio (ρ= -0.375, p<0.001) and EW wind direction (ρ= -0.405, p<0.001), and positively correlated to temperature (ρ= 0.381, p<0.001), wind speed (ρ= 0.353, p<0.001) and NS wind direction (ρ= 0.591, p<0.001). Here, E. huxleyi was negatively correlated to the N:P ratio. Previously, Lessard et al.

The addition of a health coach to the patient care team could pot

The addition of a health coach to the patient care team could potentially change patients’ trust in their PCPs. For example, health coaching might ‘replace’ some of the trust-building interactions PCPs have their patients. By activating and empowering the patients to ask questions or disagree with their PCP, health coaching might undermine the provider–patient selleck inhibitor relationship and thereby reduce the level of patient trust. It is also possible

that health coaches could increase patients’ trust in their PCP, for example by improving learn more communication. We examined the impact of adding a health coach to the primary care team on patients trust in their PCP in the context of a randomized clinical trial of the impact health coach vs. usual care on control of

chronic disease. The Health Coaching in Primary Care (HCPC) study is a randomized controlled trial of 12 months of health coaching vs. usual care for low-income patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, hypertensions, and/or hyperlipidemia with the primary outcome being control of diabetes, hypertension, and/or hyperlipidemia. A detailed description of the HCPC study design and methods has previously been published [18]. In this Mannose-binding protein-associated serine protease paper we report on the effect of health coaching on patient trust in, and satisfaction with, their PCP. The study was conducted at two federally qualified health centers (‘safety-net clinics’) in San Francisco between from March 2011 to May of 2013. Patients were considered eligible if they were between ages of 18 and 75, spoke Spanish or English, could be reached by phone, and had poorly

controlled diabetes (HbA1C >8.0%), hypertension (systolic blood pressure ≥140 mmHg for non-diabetic patients or ≥130 for patients with diabetes), or hyperlipidemia (LDL ≥ 160 mg/dl for non-diabetic patients or ≥100 mg/dl for diabetic patients). A total of 664 eligible patients were identified at the two clinic sites, of which 441 (66.4%) were consented and enrolled (see Fig. 1). After enrollment and completion of baseline measures, participants were randomized to the health coaching arm (n = 224) or the usual care arm (n = 217) by opening the next randomly ordered, sealed envelope.

Exposure to cylindrospermopsin also induced damage to pulmonary p

Exposure to cylindrospermopsin also induced damage to pulmonary parenchyma as indicated by the increased amount of alveolar collapse, PMN influx, and oxidative stress. In the lungs the toxin concentration decreased and in the liver it increased as a function of time. In the present study we used a sub-lethal dose (0.07 mg/kg) of cylindrospermopsin once human and animal exposures to non-lethal concentrations are more common than acute intoxications. Indeed, no death occurred during the experiments. The literature shows that LD50 of this toxin presents a toxicity that varies in the time of death according to the intraperitoneal dose in mice: 2.0 mg/kg BW causes death in 24 h and 0.2 mg/kg BW along 5–6 days (Norris et al.,

2002). selleck chemicals Hence, this may suggest its slow and progressive process of poisoning

in the face of sub-lethal doses. In fact, animal and human exposures to these doses occur more frequently than lethal events, damaging many organs, such as liver, kidneys, thymus, heart and lung (Falconer et al., 1999; Humpage and Falconer, 2003; Pegram et al., 2007). We could detect a higher concentration of cylindrospermopsin in the lung along the first 24 h after intratracheal instillation (Fig. 4), possibly due to the direct pathway of the toxin. Furthermore, we observed that the concentration in the liver increased significantly at 96 h after instillation. Since cylindrospermopsin was administered by the intratracheal route, it rapidly reached the lung, then going to the target organs, MK-2206 such as liver and kidneys. Considering OSBPL9 that the kinetics of cylindrospermopsin and its metabolites in the liver, and mainly in other organs and bloodstream, is poorly understood, the present work does not provide a proven explanation for the increase

in the toxin concentration in the liver at 96 h after intoxication. The kidneys seem to be the most sensitive organs in mice exposed sub-chronically to cylindrospermopsin (Humpage and Falconer, 2003), while the liver plays a key role in the metabolism of that toxin, with the involvement of cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzymatic system. Froscio et al. (2003) observed protection from cylindrospermopsin toxicity by CYP450 inhibitors; thus it is possible that the early and higher toxicity is related to CYP450-dependent activation, once more toxic cylindrospermopsin metabolites can spread by the bloodstream (Norris et al., 2001). Indeed, these authors reported the presence of the toxin’s metabolites in the liver and kidney tissues of mice exposed intraperitoneally to radiolabelled cylindrospermopsin. According to Bryant and Knights (2010), the parent cylindrospermopsin can also enter the bloodstream and reach other organs. Unfortunately, there is no information in the literature concerning the bloodstream transport of cylindrospermopsin metabolites. The later toxicity would be a consequence of protein synthesis inhibition (Runnegar et al., 2002).