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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437769/contamination-study-of-forest-track-soils-located-in-a-recreational-area-and-filled-with-steel-industry-waste-30years-ago
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Leticia Gómez-Nubla, Julene Aramendia, Silvia Fdez-Ortiz de Vallejuelo, Juan Manuel Madariaga
The reuse of waste is increasingly widespread in order to avoid the exploitation of natural resources and to reduce costs. An example of that reuse is the employment of steel slag, a by-product from the steel making process. When the steel is produced through an electric arc furnace (EAF), two types of slag are generated: black and white slag. One application rarely used for this waste is as filler in forest tracks. In this work, two forest tracks of the Basque Country (northern Spain) filled with black and white slag 19 and 35years ago, respectively, have been studied...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436661/performance-of-van-der-waals-corrected-functionals-for-guest-adsorption-in-the-m2-dobdc-metal-organic-frameworks
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Bess Vlaisavljevich, Johanna M Huck, Zeric Hulvey, Kyuho Lee, Jarad A Mason, Jeffrey B Neaton, Jeffrey R Long, Craig M Brown, Dario Alfè, Angelos Michaelides, Berend Smit
Small molecule binding in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be accurately studied both experimentally and computationally, provided the proper tools are employed. Herein, we compare and contrast properties associated with guest binding by means of density functional theory (DFT) calculations using nine different functionals for the M2(dobdc) (dobdc4- = 2,5-dioxido,1,4-benzenedicarboxylate) series where M = Mg, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn. Additionally, we perform Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations for one system to determine if this method can be used to assess the performance of DFT...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436549/atrial-undersensing-secondary-to-quiet-timer-blanking-in-pediatric-and-congenital-heart-disease-patients
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Johannes C von Alvensleben, Michael Schaffer, Caitlin Brateng, Kathryn K Collins
BACKGROUND: Atrial undersensing despite normal atrial lead parameters and high amplitude electrograms has been described in adult patients as a consequence of atrial amplifier saturation. Repetitive inputs cause amplifier ringing and undersensing occurs as consequence of quiet timer blanking. High amplitude ventricular electrograms can also result in atrial blanking secondary to cross chamber effect. This has not been described in pediatric patients or epicardial pacing systems and specific risk factors are not known...
April 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436382/template-free-fabrication-of-graphene-wrapped-mesoporous-znmn2o4-nanorings-as-anode-materials-for-lithium-ion-batteries
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Weiwei Zhou, Dong Wang, Limin Zhao, Chunyan Ding, Xingtao Jia, Yu Du, Guangwu Wen, Huatao Wang
We rationally designed a facile two-step approach to synthesize ZnMn2O4@G composite anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), involving a template-free fabrication of ZnMn2O4 nanorings and subsequent coating of graphene sheets. Notably, it is the first time that ring-like ZnMn2O4 nanostructure is reported. Moreover, our system has been demonstrated to be quite powerful in producing ZnMn2O4 nanorings regardless of the types of Zn and Mn-containging metal salts reactants. The well-known inside-out Ostwald ripening process is tentatively proposed to clarify the formation mechanism of the hollow nanorings...
April 24, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436146/improving-zinc-accumulation-in-barley-endosperm-using-hvmtp1-a-transition-metal-transporter
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Paloma Menguer, Thomas Vincent, Anthony J Miller, James K M Brown, Eva Vincze, Søren Borg, Preben Bach Holm, Dale Sanders, Dorina Podar
Zinc (Zn) is essential for all life forms, including humans. It is estimated that around two billion people are deficient in their Zn intake. Human dietary Zn intake relies heavily on plants, which in many developing countries consists mainly of cereals. The inner part of cereal grain, the endosperm, is the part that is eaten after milling but contains only a quarter of the total grain Zn. Here we present results demonstrating that endosperm Zn content can be enhanced through expression of a transporter responsible for vacuolar Zn accumulation in cereals...
April 24, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435971/-mechanisms-underlying-rat-coronary-arterial-vasoconstriction-induced-by-blockade-of-inward-rectifier-potassium-channels-with-bacl2
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Fang-Wen Fan, Ze-Fang He, Meng Shi, Rong Yang, Xiao-Min Hou, Yu Liu, Ming-Sheng Zhang
In order to explore the mechanisms underlying the vasoconstriction induced by blockade of inward rectifier K(+) channels (Kir) with BaCl2, myogenic tone of isolated rat coronary artery (RCA) was recorded with wire myograph. The dependence of BaCl2- induced contraction on intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) release and extracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]o) influx was studied by Ca(2+) deprivation and restoration. The mechanisms underlying BaCl2-induced RCA contraction were investigated with specific inhibitors. BaCl2 (0...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435959/luminescence-colour-changing-sensing-of-mn-2-and-ag-ions-based-on-a-white-light-emitting-lanthanide-coordination-polymer
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Yu-Xin Li, Shang-Ju Li, Peng-Fei Yan, Xin-Yu Wang, Xu Yao, Guang-Hui An, Guang-Ming Li
The white-light emission of a triple-component lanthanide coordination polymer turns to blue and red upon adding Mn(2+) and Ag(+) ions, respectively.
April 24, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435734/crystal-structure-of-tetra-aqua-bis-pyrimidin-1-ium-4-6-diolato-%C3%AE%C2%BAo-4-manganese-ii
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Khaled A Shennara, Ray J Butcher, Frederick T Greenaway
The Mn(II) ion in the structure of the mononuclear title compound, [Mn(C4H3N2O2)2(H2O)4], is situated on an inversion center and is coordinated by two O atoms from two deprotonated 4,6-di-hydroxy-pyrimidine ligands and by four O atoms from water mol-ecules giving rise to a slightly distorted octa-hedral coordination sphere. The complex includes an intra-molecular hydrogen bond between an aqua ligand and the non-protonated N ring atom. The extended structure is stabilized by inter-molecular hydrogen bonds between aqua ligands, by hydrogen bonds between N and O atoms of the ligands of adjacent mol-ecules, and by hydrogen bonds between aqua ligands and the non-coordinating O atom of an adjacent mol-ecule...
April 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435316/subanesthetic-ketamine-for-pain-management-in-hospitalized-children-adolescents-and-young-adults-a-single-center-cohort-study
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Kathy A Sheehy, Caroline Lippold, Amy L Rice, Raissa Nobrega, Julia C Finkel, Zenaide Mn Quezado
BACKGROUND: Subanesthetic doses of ketamine, an N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antagonist used as an adjuvant to opioid for the treatment of pain in adults with acute and chronic pain, have been shown, in some instances, to improve pain intensity and to decrease opioid intake. However, less is known about the role of ketamine in pain management in children, adolescents, and young adults. PURPOSE: We examined the effects of subanesthetic ketamine on pain intensity and opioid intake in children, adolescents, and young adults with acute and chronic pain syndromes treated in an inpatient setting...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435192/effect-of-peripartum-nutritional-management-on-plasma-profile-of-steroid-hormones-metabolites-and-postpartum-fertility-in-buffaloes
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R M Kalasariya, A J Dhami, K K Hadiya, D N Borkhatariya, J A Patel
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of peripartum protein and minerals supplementation on plasma profile of steroid hormones, metabolites, and fertility in rural buffaloes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 85 advanced pregnant (~8 months) pluriparous buffaloes selected at farmers' doorstep in three tribal villages of Middle Gujarat were randomly divided into two groups, viz., control (n=45) and nutrients treatment (40). The buffaloes of treatment group (n=40), in addition to farmers feeding schedule/control, received daily 1...
March 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434892/effective-humoral-immune-response-from-a-h1n1-dna-vaccine-delivered-to-the-skin-by-microneedles-coated-with-plga-based-cationic-nanoparticles
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Hae-Yong Seok, Jin Yong No, Dae Yong Lee, Sung Jin Kim, Chang Seon Song, Yeu Chun Kim
Intradermal DNA vaccination is a promising method of immunization that overcomes some practical drawbacks of conventional intramuscular vaccinations. However, it is difficult to deliver DNA vaccines to target cells in the skin and polyplexes. This study outlines the development of an intradermal pH1N1 DNA vaccine delivery platform using microneedles (MNs) coated with a polyplex containing poly lactic-co-glycolic acid/polyethyleneimine (PLGA/PEI) nanoparticles (NPs). Stainless steel MNs with enhanced hydrophilicity have been manufactured by silanization, which improves coating efficiency...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434820/interrelationships-of-metal-transfer-factor-under-wastewater-reuse-and-soil-pollution
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D Papaioannou, I K Kalavrouziotis, P H Koukoulakis, F Papadopoulos, P Psoma
The transfer of heavy metals under soil pollution wastewater reuse was studied in a Greenhouse experiment using a randomized block design, including 6 treatments of heavy metals mixtures composed of Zn, Mn, Cd, Co, Cu, Cr, Ni, and Pb, where each metal was taking part in the mixture with 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 mg/kg respectively, in four replications. The Beta vulgaris L (beet) was used as a test plant. It was found that the metal transfer factors were statistically significantly related to the: (i) DTPA extractable soil metals, (ii) the soil pollution level as assessed by the pollution indices, (iii) the soil pH, (iv) the beet dry matter yield and (v) the interactions between the heavy metals in the soil...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434666/heavy-metal-distribution-and-contamination-status-in-the-sedimentary-environment-of-cochin-estuary
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P M Salas, C H Sujatha, C S Ratheesh Kumar, Eldhose Cheriyan
Heavy metals (Fe, Mn, Cr, Zn, Ni, Pb, Cu, Co and Cd) in the surface sediments of Cochin estuary, Southwest coast of India were analyzed to understand the spatio-temporal variation and contamination status via six sampling campaigns. Pollution indices like enrichment factor, geoaccumulation index and pollution load index inferred that the sediments of the northern arm of the estuary exhibited severe trace metal accumulation. Numerical sediment quality guidelines were applied to assess adverse biological effects of the trace metals, suggesting that occasional biological effect may occur due to Cr, Cu, Ni and Pb...
April 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434067/sediment-metal-contamination-in-the-kafue-river-of-zambia-and-ecological-risk-assessment
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Ethel M'kandawire, Kennedy Choongo, John Yabe, Maxwell Mwase, Ngonda Saasa, Shouta M M Nakayama, Nesta Bortey-Sam, Claudia A Blindauer
Zambia's Kafue River receives wastes from various sources, resulting in metal pollution. This study determined the degree of contamination of 13 metals (Al, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Cd, Hg and Pb) in Kafue River sediment and the associated ecological risks at six sites in three different seasons. The level of contamination for most metals showed significant site and seasonal differences. The contamination factor and pollution load index indicated that concentrations of most metals particularly copper (Cu), cobalt (Co), manganese (Mn) and arsenic (As) were very high at sites within the Copperbelt mining area...
April 22, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434066/toxicity-and-genotoxicity-of-three-antimicrobials-commonly-used-in-veterinary-medicine
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Anahí Magdaleno, Sofía Carusso, Juan Moretton
The toxicity of chlortetracycline (CTC), oxytetracycline (OTC) and enrofloxacin (ENF) was tested on two green algal species: the international standard Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and the native Argentine species Ankistrodesmus fusiformis. All three antibiotics inhibited the algal growth. The most sensitive species was P. subcapitata, for which the EC50 for CTC, OTC and ENF were 1.19 ± 0.53, 0.92 ± 0.30 and 5.18 ± 3.80 mg L(-1), respectively. The EC50 for A. fusiformis, were 3.23 ± 0...
April 22, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433583/effect-of-the-reaction-medium-on-the-immobilization-of-nutrients-in-hydrochars-obtained-using-sugarcane-industry-residues
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Camila Centurion Silva, Camila Almeida Melo, Francisco Holanda Soares Junior, Altair Benedito Moreira, Odair Pastor Ferreira, Márcia Cristina Bisinoti
In this study, nutrients were immobilized on the hydrochars obtained by hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) of a vinasse and sugarcane bagasse mixture, in the presence of acid, base and salt additives at temperatures of 150, 190 and 230°C. The increase in temperature caused higher immobilization of Ca, Mg, K, N, Cu, Mn, Zn, B, P and Fe in all hydrochars produced. H3PO4 and NaOH immobilized higher amounts of P, Mg and Mn, while Ca was immobilized in higher quantities in the presence of H3PO4 and (NH4)2SO4. The addition of H2SO4, H3PO4 and (NH4)2SO4 was responsible for an increased immobilization of P, N, Ca, Mg and K...
April 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433439/cardiac-amyloidosis-shows-decreased-diastolic-function-as-assessed-by-echocardiographic-parameterized-diastolic-filling
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Katrin Salman, Peter A Cain, Benjamin T Fitzgerald, Martin G Sundqvist, Martin Ugander
Cardiac amyloidosis is a rare but serious condition with poor survival. One of the early findings by echocardiography is impaired diastolic function, even before the development of cardiac symptoms. Early diagnosis is important, permitting initiation of treatment aimed at improving survival. The parameterized diastolic filling (PDF) formalism entails describing the left ventricular filling pattern during early diastole using the mathematical equation for the motion of a damped harmonic oscillator. We hypothesized that echocardiographic PDF analysis could detect differences in diastolic function between patients with amyloidosis and controls...
April 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432891/modification-of-an-existing-in%C3%A2-vitro-method-to-predict-relative-bioavailable-arsenic-in-soils
#18
Shane Whitacre, Nicholas Basta, Brooke Stevens, Valerie Hanley, Richard Anderson, Kirk Scheckel
The soil matrix can sequester arsenic (As) and reduces its exposure by soil ingestion. In vivo dosing studies and in vitro gastrointestinal (IVG) methods have been used to predict relative bioavailable (RBA) As. Originally, the Ohio State University (OSU-IVG) method predicted RBA As for soils exclusively from mining and smelting sites with a median of 5,636 mg As kg(-1). The objectives of the current study were to (i) evaluate the ability of the OSU-IVG method to predict RBA As for As contaminated soils with a wider range of As content and As contaminant sources, and (ii) evaluate a modified extraction procedure's ability to improve prediction of RBA As...
April 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432298/endogenous-two-photon-excited-fluorescence-imaging-characterizes-neuron-and-astrocyte-metabolic-responses-to-manganese-toxicity
#19
Emily Stuntz, Yusi Gong, Disha Sood, Volha Liaudanskaya, Dimitra Pouli, Kyle P Quinn, Carlo Alonzo, Zhiyi Liu, David L Kaplan, Irene Georgakoudi
As neurodegenerative conditions are increasingly linked to mitochondrial dysfunction, methods for studying brain cell metabolism at high spatial resolution are needed to elucidate neurodegeneration mechanisms. Two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) imaging is a non-destructive, high-resolution technique for studying cell metabolism via endogenous fluorescence of reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (phosphate) (NAD(P)H) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). We employed TPEF to study the metabolism of primary rat astrocyte and neuronal cultures under normal growth conditions and in response to manganese (Mn) treatment...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431812/potency-of-whole-virus-particle-and-split-virion-vaccines-using-dissolving-microneedle-against-challenges-of-h1n1-and-h5n1-influenza-viruses-in-mice
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Akihiro Nakatsukasa, Koji Kuruma, Masatoshi Okamatsu, Takahiro Hiono, Mizuho Suzuki, Keita Matsuno, Hiroshi Kida, Takayoshi Oyamada, Yoshihiro Sakoda
Transdermal vaccination using a microneedle (MN) confers enhanced immunity compared with subcutaneous (SC) vaccination. Here we developed a novel dissolving MN patch for the influenza vaccine. The potencies of split virion and whole virus particle (WVP) vaccines prepared from A/Puerto Rico/8/1934 (H1N1) and A/duck/Hokkaido/Vac-3/2007 (H5N1), respectively, were evaluated. MN vaccination induced higher neutralizing antibody responses than SC vaccination in mice. Moreover, MN vaccination with a lower dose of antigens conferred protective immunity against lethal challenges of influenza viruses than SC vaccination in mice...
April 18, 2017: Vaccine
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