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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109771/assessment-of-learning-memory-and-attention-in-developmental-neurotoxicology-regulatory-testing-commentary-on-essentiality-of-cognitive-assessment-for-protecting-child-health
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Charles V Vorhees
This commentary is in response to the remarks of Drs. Christina Sobin, Mari Golub, and David Herr on the Special Issue of this Journal entitled "Assessment of Learning, Memory, and Attention in Developmental Neurotoxicology Regulatory Testing." I endorse the views expressed by Drs. Sobin, Golub, and Herr and add some discussion on a recent Organization on Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guideline, the Extended One Generation Reproductive Toxicology Guideline (OECD 446), in which testing for higher cognitive function (learning and memory) has been eliminated...
January 18, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108193/temporal-trends-of-polychlorinated-biphenyls-serum-levels-in-subjects-living-in-a-highly-polluted-area-from-2003-to-2015-a-follow-up-study
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Elena Raffetti, Fabrizio Speziani, Francesco Donato, Lucia Leonardi, Grazia Orizio, Carmelo Scarcella, Pietro Apostoli, Michele Magoni
INTRODUCTION: A chemical factory located in Brescia, an industrialized town in North Italy, produced polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) since the 1930s to the 1980s, determining a relevant pollution of soil, food and people. Since 2001, following a survey carried out in the general population living in the town, the individuals with PCB serum levels higher than the reference entered a follow-up study. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study including subjects with at least three PCB measures during the period 2003-2015...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106912/the-phycocyanobilin-chromophore-of-streptophyte-algal-phytochromes-is-synthesized-by-hy2
#3
Nathan C Rockwell, Shelley S Martin, Fay-Wei Li, Sarah Mathews, John Clark Lagarias
Land plant phytochromes perceive red and far-red light to control growth and development, using the linear tetrapyrrole (bilin) chromophore phytochromobilin (PΦB). Phytochromes from streptophyte algae, sister species to land plants, instead use phycocyanobilin (PCB). PCB and PΦB are synthesized by different ferredoxin-dependent bilin reductases (FDBRs): PΦB is synthesized by HY2, whereas PCB is synthesized by PcyA. The pathway for PCB biosynthesis in streptophyte algae is unknown. We used phylogenetic analysis and heterologous reconstitution of bilin biosynthesis to investigate bilin biosynthesis in streptophyte algae...
January 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106798/a-differential-resonant-accelerometer-with-low-cross-interference-and-temperature-drift
#4
Bo Li, Yulong Zhao, Cun Li, Rongjun Cheng, Dengqiang Sun, Songli Wang
Presented in this paper is a high-performance resonant accelerometer with low cross-interference, low temperature drift and digital output. The sensor consists of two quartz double-ended tuning forks (DETFs) and a silicon substrate. A new differential silicon substrate is proposed to reduce the temperature drift and cross-interference from the undesirable direction significantly. The natural frequency of the quartz DETF is theoretically calculated, and then the axial stress on the vibration beams is verified through finite element method (FEM) under a 100 g acceleration which is loaded on x-axis, y-axis and z-axis, respectively...
January 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101114/dietary-and-socio-demographic-determinants-of-serum-persistent-organic-pollutants-pops-levels-in-pregnant-women-in-tehran
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Bita Eslami, Batool Hossein-Rashidi, Kazem Naddafi, Noushin Rastkari, Abolghasem Djazayeri, Hossein Malekafzali
Objective: To determine the levels of Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and Polybrominateddiphenyl ethers (PBDEs) as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in serum of primiparous women at the third trimester of pregnancy and identify the main determinants of POPs levels such as socio-demographic, lifestyle, and diet in Tehran. Materials and methods: One- hundred eighty five serum samples from two simultaneous case-control studies were collected from September 2013 until August 2015.Ten most abundant PCB congeners (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) congeners 28, 52, 74, 99, 101, 118, 138, 153, 180 and 187) as well as eight PBDE congeners (IUPAC congeners 28, 47, 99, 100, 153, 154, 183 and 209)were analyzed by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)...
September 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094296/hydrophobic-residues-near-the-bilin-chromophore-binding-pocket-modulate-spectral-tuning-of-insert-cys-subfamily-cyanobacteriochromes
#6
Sung Mi Cho, Sae Chae Jeoung, Ji-Young Song, Ji-Joon Song, Youn-Il Park
Cyanobacteriochromes (CBCRs) are a subfamily of phytochrome photoreceptors found exclusively in photosynthetic cyanobacteria. Four CBCRs containing a second Cys in the insert region (insert-Cys) have been identified from the nonheterocystous cyanobacterium Microcoleus B353 (Mbr3854g4 and Mbl3738g2) and the nitrogen fixing, heterocystous cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme (NpF2164g3 and NpR1597g2). These insert-Cys CBCRs can sense light in the near-UV to orange range, but key residues responsible for tuning their colour sensitivity have not been reported...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091997/comparative-assessment-of-metallurgical-recovery-of-metals-from-electronic-waste-with-special-emphasis-on-bioleaching
#7
Anshu Priya, Subrata Hait
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or electronic waste (e-waste) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the urban environment worldwide. The core component of printed circuit board (PCB) in e-waste contains a complex array of metals in rich quantity, some of which are toxic to the environment and all of which are valuable resources. Therefore, the recycling of e-waste is an important aspect not only from the point of waste treatment but also from the recovery of metals for economic growth...
January 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089717/persistent-organic-pollutants-pops-in-human-follicular-fluid-and-in-vitro-fertilization-outcomes-a-pilot-study
#8
Michael S Bloom, Victor Y Fujimoto, Robin Storm, Li Zhang, Celeste D Butts, Diana Sollohub, Robert L Jansing
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are ubiquitously distributed among the U.S. population and adversely impact human reproduction. These compounds have been detected in human ovarian follicular fluid (FF), where they directly contact a developing oocyte. As a pilot investigation, we measured 43 polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners, p,p'-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), and its persistent metabolite p,p'-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) in residual FF collected from 32 women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)...
January 9, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088023/a-novel-model-to-predict-gas-phase-hydroxyl-radical-oxidation-kinetics-of-polychlorinated-compounds
#9
Shuang Luo, Zongsu Wei, Richard Spinney, Zhihui Yang, Liyuan Chai, Ruiyang Xiao
In this study, a novel model based on aromatic meta-substituent grouping was presented to predict the second-order rate constants (k) for OH oxidation of PCBs in gas-phase. Since the oxidation kinetics are dependent on the chlorination degree and position, we hypothesized that it may be more accurate for k value prediction if we group PCB congeners based on substitution positions (i.e., ortho (o), meta (m), and para (p)). To test this hypothesis, we examined the correlation of polarizability (α), a quantum chemical based descriptor for k values, with an empirical Hammett constant (σ(+)) on each substitution position...
January 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078073/soft-encapsulation-of-flexible-electrical-stimulation-implant-challenges-and-innovations
#10
Adrien Debelle, Laura Hermans, Maxime Bosquet, Sam Dehaeck, Laurent Lonys, Benoit Scheid, Antoine Nonclercq, Anne Vanhoestenberghe
In this document we discuss the main challenges encountered when producing flexible electrical stimulation implants, and present our approach to solving them for prototype production. We include a study of the optimization of the flexible PCB design, the selection of additive manufacturing materials for the mold, and the chemical compatibility of the different materials. Our approach was tested on a flexible gastro-stimulator as part of the ENDOGES research program.
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Translational Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075418/serum-polychlorinated-biphenyls-increase-and-oxidative-stress-decreases-with-a-protein-pacing-caloric-restriction-diet-in-obese-men-and-women
#11
Feng He, Li Zuo, Emery Ward, Paul J Arciero
The purposes were to compare the effects of a: (1) 12-week P-CR weight loss (WL) diet (Phase 1) between obese men and women and; (2) 52-week modified P-CR (mP-CR) vs. heart healthy (HH) weight maintenance (WM) diet (Phase 2) on serum PCBs and oxidative stress biomarkers (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, TBARS; total antioxidant capacity, TAC) in 40 obese participants (men, n = 21; women, n = 19). Participants received dietary counseling and monitoring of compliance. PCBs, TBARS, and TAC were assessed at weeks -1 (CON), 12 (WL), and 64 (WM)...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071720/polychlorinated-biphenyls-target-notch-dll-and-vegf-r2-in-the-mouse-placenta-and-human-trophoblast-cell-lines-for-their-anti-angiogenic-effects
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Satyan Kalkunte, Zheping Huang, Eliana Lippe, Sunil Kumar, Larry W Robertson, Surendra Sharma
The intrauterine environment is particularly vulnerable to environmental exposures. We previously established a mouse model that provided evidence for pregnancy complications and placental anti-angiogenesis in response to Aroclor 1254 (A-1254), a mixture of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Importantly, these effects were observed in IL-10(-/-), but not wild type, mice, suggesting that IL-10 deficiency predisposes to pregnancy disruptive effects of environmental toxicants. However, the mechanisms by which PCBs cause anti-angiogenic effects are unclear...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069368/polychlorinated-dibenzo-p-dioxins-dibenzofurans-and-flame-retardants-in-northern-gannet-morus-bassanus-eggs-from-bonaventure-island-gulf-of-st-lawrence-1994-2014
#13
Louise Champoux, Jean-François Rail, Raphael A Lavoie
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) eggs from Bonaventure Island, Québec, Canada, were collected to monitor concentrations of contaminants. Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDDs/Fs) and non-ortho polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were measured in eggs from 2004 and 2009, and several brominated and nonbrominated flame retardants (FRs) were measured every 2-5 years in eggs from 1994 to 2014. The sum (Σ) concentrations of PCDDs/Fs were significantly lower in 2009 relative to 2004, but the total toxic equivalent concentrations for PCDDs, PCDFs, and PCBs showed no significant differences (196 ng/kg wet weight (ww) in 2004 and 220 ng/kg ww in 2009)...
January 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063657/persistent-organic-pollutants-pops-in-the-atmosphere-of-three-chilean-cities-using-passive-air-samplers
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Karla Pozo, Germán Oyola, Victor H Estellano, Tom Harner, Anny Rudolph, Petra Prybilova, Petr Kukucka, Ondrej Audi, Jana Klánová, America Metzdorff, Silvano Focardi
In this study passive air samplers containing polyurethane foam (PUF) disks were deployed in three cities across Chile; Santiago (STG) (n=5, sampling sites), Concepciόn (CON) (n=6) and Temuco (TEM) (n=6) from 2008 to 2009. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) (7 indicator congeners), chlorinated pesticides hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs), dichlorodiphenyl trichloroethanes (DDTs) and flame retardants such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were determined by gas chromatography coupled mass spectrometry (GC/MS)...
January 4, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062097/vicissitudes-of-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-in-the-estuarine-crab-scylla-serrata-with-reference-to-dry-and-wet-weather-conditions-in-ennore-estuary-tamil-nadu-india
#15
M G Ragunathan
The primary objective of this study was to understand the impact of monsoon and summer seasons on the Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB's) and petroleum hydrocarbon compounds (PHC's) load in Ennore estuary and how the physiological response of estuarine Scylla serrata inhabiting in this estuary changed with reference to antioxidant defense. Seasonal levels of PCB's and PHC's were assessed in the water along with their bioaccumulation in gills, hemolymph, hepatopancreas and ovary of S. serrata. Concentration of PCB's and PHC's in water and their bioaccumulation was found to be higher in summer season when compared to monsoon season...
January 3, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059454/cancer-incidence-among-capacitor-manufacturing-workers-exposed-to-polychlorinated-biphenyls
#16
Avima M Ruder, Misty J Hein, Nancy B Hopf, Martha A Waters
BACKGROUND: We evaluated cancer incidence in a cohort of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) exposed workers. METHODS: Incident cancers, identified using state registries, were compared to those in a national population using standardized incidence ratios. Trends in prostate cancer incidence with cumulative PCB exposure were evaluated using standardized rate ratios and Cox regression models. For selected sites, cumulative PCB exposure was compared between aggressive (fatal/distant stage) and localized/regional cancers...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059285/analog-electromagnetically-induced-transparency-for-circularly-polarized-wave-using-three-dimensional-chiral-metamaterials
#17
Hai Lin, Dong Yang, Song Han, Yangjie Liu, Helin Yang
In this paper, we theoretically and experimentally demonstrate a three-dimensional metamaterial that can motivate electromagnetic induced transparency (EIT) by using circular polarized wave as stimulations. The unit cell consists of a pair of metallic strips printed on both sides of the printed circuit board (PCB), where a conductive cylinder junction is used to connect the metal strips by drilling a hole inside the substrate. When a right circularly polarized wave is incident, destructive interference is excited between meta-atoms of the 3D structure, the transmission spectrum demonstrates a sharp transparency window...
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055111/there-and-back-again-loss-and-reacquisition-of-two-cys-photocycles-in-cyanobacteriochromes
#18
Nathan C Rockwell, Shelley S Martin, J Clark Lagarias
Cyanobacteriochromes (CBCRs) are cyanobacterial photoreceptors distantly related to phytochromes. Both families use linear tetrapyrrole (bilin) chromophores that are covalently attached to a conserved Cys residue. CBCRs are more spectrally diverse than phytochromes, with known examples detecting light from the near ultraviolet to the edge of the infrared (370-750 nm). Detection of ultraviolet to blue light by CBCRs is mediated by a second Cys residue, which forms a covalent linkage to the bilin C10 atom. Second linkage formation is best understood in a subfamily possessing a conserved Asp-Xaa-Cys-Phe (DXCF) motif...
January 5, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051297/source-apportionment-of-atmospheric-polychlorinated-biphenyls-in-new-jersey-1997-2011
#19
Pornsawai Praipipat, Qing Yu Meng, Robert J Miskewitz, Lisa A Rodenburg
Concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the Delaware River currently exceed the Water Quality Criteria of 16 pg/L for the sum of PCBs due in part to atmospheric deposition. The purpose of this work was to use a source apportionment tool called Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) to identify the sources of PCBs to the atmosphere in this area and determine whether their concentrations are declining over time. The data set was compiled by the Delaware Atmospheric Deposition Network (DADN) from samples taken in Camden, NJ from 1999 to 2011 and New Brunswick, NJ from 1997 to 2011...
January 4, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050904/paper-based-analytical-biosensor-chip-designed-from-graphene-nanoplatelet-amphiphilic-di-block-co-polymer-composite-for-cortisol-detection-in-human-saliva
#20
Muhammad Khan, Santosh K Misra, Zhen Wang, Enrique A Daza, Aaron Schwartz-Duval, Joseph Kus, Debanjan Pan, Dipanjan Pan
Cortisol has been identified as a biomarker in saliva to monitor psychological stress. In this work, we report label-free paper-based electrical biosensor chip to quantify salivary cortisol at a point-of-care (POC) level. A high specificity of the sensor chip to detect cortisol with detection limit of 3 pg/mL was achieved by conjugating anti-cortisol antibody (anti-CAB) on top of gold (Au) microelectrodes using 3,3'-Dithiodipropionic acid di(N-hydroxysuccinimide ester (DTSP) - as self-assembled monolayer (SAM) agent...
January 4, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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