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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149742/stability-of-heavy-metals-in-soil-washing-residue-with-and-without-biochar-addition-under-accelerated-ageing
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Zhengtao Shen, Deyi Hou, Bin Zhao, Wendi Xu, Yong Sik Ok, Nanthi S Bolan, Daniel S Alessi
Soil washing residue (SWR), which typically concentrates the washed toxic metals and is comprised of high contents of clay particles, may pose risks to the surrounding environment. This study aims to simulate accelerated ageing to assess the stability of selected metals (Cd(2+) (132mg/kg), Cu(2+) (248mg/kg) and Pb(2+) (3470mg/kg)) in a SWR (89.68% of clay) with and without biochar treatment. The soil was incubated under constant moisture and wet-dry cycles (accelerated ageing), respectively, and the mobility and fractions of heavy metals in the soils with and without biochar treatment were examined...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149723/residual-effects-of-biochar-on-growth-photosynthesis-and-cadmium-uptake-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l-under-cd-stress-with-different-water-conditions
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Muhammad Rizwan, Shafaqat Ali, Tahir Abbas, Muhammad Adrees, Muhammad Zia-Ur-Rehman, Muhammad Ibrahim, Farhat Abbas, Muhammad Farooq Qayyum, Rab Nawaz
Soil cadmium (Cd) contamination and drought stress are among the main issues hindering global food security. Biochar has been used to reduce metal uptake by plants and water stress mitigation, but long-term residual effects of biochar under Cd stress at different moisture levels needs to be investigated. A following rice (Oryza sativa L.) was grown after wheat on Cd-contaminated soil amended with different levels of biochar (0, 3.0, and 5.0%, w/w). Thirty five days old plants were irrigated with three moisture levels including zero drought as a control (1-2 cm water layer on soil), mild drought (MD, 50% of soil water holding capacity, WHC), and severe drought (SD, 35% of soil WHC) for an accompanying 35 days...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149661/unraveling-the-effects-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungus-on-uptake-translocation-and-distribution-of-cadmium-in-phragmites-australis-cav-trin-ex-steud
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Xiaochen Huang, Li Wang, Shishu Zhu, Shih-Hsin Ho, Jieting Wu, Prasanta K Kalita, Fang Ma
Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud. has been reported to form a symbiosis with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF). However, the tolerance mechanism for AMF symbiosis on cadmium (Cd) phytotoxicity still remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of Rhizophagus irregularis inoculation on Cd-stressed (0, 1, and 20mgL(-1)) roots, stems, and leaves of P. australis with regard to subcellular Cd distribution and chemical forms of Cd. In addition, transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to investigate variations in subcellular structures and functional groups in plant organs...
November 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149643/the-role-of-the-p38-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathway-mediated-autophagy-in-cadmium-exposed-monogonont-rotifer-brachious-koreanus
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Hye-Min Kang, Chang-Bum Jeong, Min-Sub Kim, Jin-Sol Lee, Jiaying Zhou, Young Hwan Lee, Duck-Hyun Kim, Eunyoung Moon, Hee-Seok Kweon, Su-Jae Lee, Jae-Seong Lee
Autophagy is a 'self-eating' system that regulates the degradation of cellular components and is involved in various biological processes including survival and development. However, despite its crucial role in organisms, the regulatory mechanism of autophagy remains largely unclear, particularly in invertebrates. In this study, conserved autophagy in the rotifer Brachionus koreanus in response to cadmium (Cd) exposure was verified by measuring acidic vesicle organelles using acridine orange (AO) and neutral red (NR) staining, and by detecting LC3 I/II on Western blot and immunofluorescence...
November 10, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149616/protective-effects-of-proanthocyanidins-against-cadmium-induced-testicular-injury-through-the-modification-of-nrf2-keap1-signal-path-in-rats
#5
Liu He, Peng Li, Li-Hui Yu, Lin Li, Yi Zhang, Yang Guo, Miao Long, Jian-Bin He, Shu-Hua Yang
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential chemoprotective effects of proanthocyanidins (PAs) against cadmium (Cd)-induced oxidative damage of testes via Nrf2-Keap1 signal pathway in rats. Briefly, by using biochemical histological analysis, as well as the real time PCR and western blot approach, oxidative damage in rat testicular tissue was observed after exposure to Cd. In addition, significant down-regulations of mRNA and protein levels of nuclear erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1), γ-glutamyl cysteine synthetase (γ-GCS), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1), as well as a significant up-regulation of Kelch sample related protein-1 (Keap1) levels in testicular tissue were observed after Cd exposure...
November 3, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149569/blue-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-polymers-with-nonconjugated-backbone-and-through-space-charge-transfer-effect
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Shiyang Shao, Jun Hu, Xingdong Wang, Lixiang Wang, Xiabin Jing, Fosong Wang
We demonstrate a novel molecular design concept for thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) polymers based on a nonconjugated polyethylene backbone with through-space charge transfer effect between pendant electron donor (D) and electron acceptor (A) units. Different from conventional conjugated D-A polymers with through-bond charge transfer effect, the nonconjugated architecture avoids the direct conjugation between D and A units, enabling us to realize blue emission. Meanwhile, the spatial π-π interaction between the physically separated D and A units results in both small singlet-triplet energy splitting (0...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149564/binding-thermodynamics-and-kinetics-calculations-using-chemical-host-and-guest-a-comprehensive-picture-of-molecular-recognition
#7
Zhiye Tang, Chia-En A Chang
Understanding the fine balance between changes of entropy and enthalpy and the competition between a guest and water molecules in molecular binding is crucial in fundamental studies and practical applications. Experiments provide measurements. However, illustrating the binding/unbinding processes gives a complete picture of molecular recognition not directly available from experiments, and computational methods bridge the gaps. Here, we investigated guest association/dissociation with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) by using microsecond-timescale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, post-analysis and numerical calculations...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149364/bioecological-aspects-and-heavy-metal-contamination-of-the-mollusk-donax-denticulatus-in-the-colombian-caribbean-coastline
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Juan Valdelamar-Villegas, Jesus Olivero-Verbel
Donax denticulatus is a key mollusk for the ecology of sandy beaches, serving as a controller of organic matter, microorganisms, and as bioindicator of heavy metals pollution. The goal of this study was to characterize some ecological aspects of D. denticulatus and its relationship with the content of heavy metals in their tissue, in three beaches of the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The results showed the study populations were different in terms of morphological characteristics and density (Berrugas-Sucre < Cartagena-Bolívar < Riohacha-Guajira), but not in sexual proportion; although density was clearly related to beach occupancy by tourists...
November 17, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149279/impact-of-isolating-clostridium-difficile-carriers-on-the-burden-of-isolation-precautions-a-time-series-analysis
#9
Yasi Xiao, Bianka Paquet-Bolduc, Christophe Garenc, Philippe Gervais, Sylvie Trottier, Jean-François Roussy, Jean Longtin, Vivian G Loo, Yves Longtin
Background: The isolation of asymptomatic Clostridium difficile (CD) carriers may decrease the incidence of hospital-associated C. difficile infections (CDI), but its impact on isolation precaution needs is unknown. Methods: Time series analysis to investigate the impact of isolating CD carriers on the burden of isolation precautions from 2008 to 2016 in a Canadian hospital. To account for the changes in C. difficile infection control policies, the series was divided into three intervention periods...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149110/-does-omega-3-supplementation-after-the-age-of-65-influence-cognitive-function-results-of-a-systematic-review
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J Baleztena, M Arana, M Bes-Rastrollo, M C Castellanos, M J Gozalo, M Ruiz-Canela
BACKGROUND: The percentage of the older population is progressively increasing as are diseases associated with aging such as cognitive decline (CD) and dementia. Observational epidemiological studies suggest that diets rich in omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (w3-PUFA) might reduce the risk of CD and dementia. The main objective was to assess whether there is sufficient scientific evidence about the relationship between w3-PUFA supplementation in patients aged 65 or older and cognitive performance...
November 17, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149053/laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-for-rapid-discrimination-of-heavy-metal-contaminated-seafood-tegillarca-granosa
#11
Guoli Ji, Pengchao Ye, Yijian Shi, Leiming Yuan, Xiaojing Chen, Mingshun Yuan, Dehua Zhu, Xi Chen, Xinyu Hu, Jing Jiang
Tegillarca granosa samples contaminated artificially by three kinds of toxic heavy metals including zinc (Zn), cadmium (Cd), and lead (Pb) were attempted to be distinguished using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technology and pattern recognition methods in this study. The measured spectra were firstly processed by a wavelet transform algorithm (WTA), then the generated characteristic information was subsequently expressed by an information gain algorithm (IGA). As a result, 30 variables obtained were used as input variables for three classifiers: partial least square discriminant analysis (PLS-DA), support vector machine (SVM), and random forest (RF), among which the RF model exhibited the best performance, with 93...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148707/versatile-supermolecular-inclusion-complex-based-on-host-guest-interaction-for-targeted-gene-delivery
#12
Yunxia Sun, Jingyi Zhu, Wen-Xiu Qiu, Qi Lei, Si Chen, Xian-Zheng Zhang
A facile and targeted gene delivery system was prepared by conjugating β-cyclodextrin modified polyethylenimine (PEI-CD) and adamantyl peptide (AdGRGDS) based on host-guest interaction. With the rational design between PEI-CD and AdGRGDS, PEI-CD/AdGRGDS gene delivery system showed excellent DNA binding capability, and exhibited good ability to compact DNA into uniform spherical nanoparticles. In vitro luciferase assay showed that gene expression transfected by PEI-CD/AdGRGDS was stronger than that by PEI-CD in HeLa cells, whereas, gene expression transfected by PEI-CD/AdGRGDS and PEI-CD was similar to each other in COS7 cells...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148267/detection-of-teschovirus-type-13-from-two-swine-herds-exhibiting-nervous-clinical-signs-in-growing-pigs
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J Carnero, C Prieto, L Polledo, F J Martínez-Lobo
Recently, the number of clinical reports of growing pigs showing neurological signs possibly related to viral infections has increased. The objective of this report was to describe two outbreaks of an atypical condition observed in 6- to 7-week-old pigs with a morbidity of 20% and a fatality rate of 60% in two unrelated farms of the same company. During the acute phase of the disease, fever, sudden death, neurological signs, ear necrosis and occasional corneal opacity were observed. Histopathological examination revealed interstitial pneumonia, lymphoid depletion and lymphocytic vasculitis in different organs and mild polioencephalomyelitis suggesting a potential viral infection...
November 16, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148003/prevalence-of-medical-adhesive-related-skin-injury-at-peripherally-inserted-central-catheter-insertion-site-in-oncology-patients
#14
Huihan Zhao, Yu He, Huiqiao Huang, Ying Ling, Xuemei Zhou, Qin Wei, Yonghong Lei, Yanping Ying
INTRODUCTION: The aim of our study was to identify the prevalence and risk factors of medical adhesive-related skin injuries (MARSI) at peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) insertion site in oncology patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study lasting two weeks was carried out in four inpatient departments. Skin assessment data and photographs of skin were collected during PICC maintenance. Other related information came from medical records...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147988/phytoextraction-with-salix-viminalis-in-a-moderately-to-strongly-contaminated-area
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Dávid Tőzsér, Sándor Harangi, Edina Baranyai, Gyula Lakatos, Zoltán Fülöp, Béla Tóthmérész, Edina Simon
We tested the suitability of Salix viminalis for phytoextraction with the analysis of selected elements in soil, root, and leaf, and by visual tree condition assessment in an area with varying levels of contamination. Bioconcentration factor (BCF) and translocation factor (TF) were used to assess the phytoextraction potential of willows. The middle part of the study area was strongly contaminated, while the northern and southern parts were moderately contaminated. We found increasing element concentrations toward deeper layers...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147878/knowledge-gaps-in-the-management-of-postoperative-crohn-s-disease-a-us-national-survey
#16
Vu Q Nguyen, Jessica L Mays, Marissa Lang, Yingxing Wu, Themistocles Dassopoulos, Miguel Regueiro, Alan Moss, Deborah D Proctor, Dario Sorrentino
BACKGROUND: Postoperative recurrence (POR) of Crohn's disease (CD) is common. Guidelines on POR management have recently been issued, but clinical practice may vary. AIMS: To examine the current clinical practice of POR management in the USA METHODS: A web-based survey was sent to all members of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American College of Gastroenterology. The survey consisted of multiple-choice questions with clinical scenarios to assess how participants manage POR...
November 17, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147692/topological-transformation-of-a-trefoil-knot-into-a-2-catenane
#17
Thirumurugan Prakasam, Rana A Bilbeisi, Roberto El-Khoury, Loïc J Charbonnière, Mourad Elhabiri, Gennaro Esposito, John-Carl Olsen, Ali Trabolsi
Topological transformation of a zinc-templated trefoil knot, Zn-TK, into a zinc-templated [2]catenane, Zn-[2]C, was studied. The net reaction 2 Zn-TK → 3 Zn-[2]C was accomplished in 89% yield by heating a solution of Zn-TK in D2O. Kinetic investigation by (1)H NMR spectroscopy and high resolution mass spectrometry revealed that the mechanism is complex, involving a large pool of intermediates that form after imine bond cleavage. Bromide ions, which can occupy the central cavity of Zn-TK, inhibited the reaction...
November 17, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147485/the-effects-of-anti-fas-ribozyme-on-t-lymphocyte-apoptosis-in-mice-model-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#18
Song-Ming Zhuo, Si-Cong Li, Yong-Qun Lin, Hai-Bin Yu, Na Li
Objectives: In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of anti-Fas ribozyme on the apoptosis of T lymphocytes (T cells) in mice model with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Materials and Methods: Male 6-week-old C57BL/6 mice were used to establish the COPD model by exposure to cigarette smoke. The COPD mice were sacrificed for spleen dissection and T cell isolation. T cells were randomly divided into four groups (n=10 per group). Group A was used as the control...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147110/colorectal-malignancy-in-a-prospective-irish-inflammatory-bowel-disease-population-15-years-since-diagnosis-comparison-with-the-ec-ibd-cohort
#19
Mary Shuhaibar, Colm O'Morain
Background and Aim: As part of the EC-IBD prospective inception cohort study, we had unique opportunity to follow up our patients since diagnosis in the early 1990s. Patients and Methods: All patients from the greater Dublin area (n = 192) were followed up from inception between 1991 and 1993 until the 30 September 2009. Patients who developed malignancies were logged electronically with verification of the site and histology. Results: Of the initial 192 patients, 133 were included in the 15-year follow-up...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146988/variations-in-nutrient-and-trace-element-composition-of-rice-in-an-organic-rice-frog-coculture-system
#20
Zhimin Sha, Qingnan Chu, Zheng Zhao, Yubo Yue, Linfang Lu, Jing Yuan, Linkui Cao
Introducing frogs into paddy fields can control pests and diseases, and organic farming can improve soil fertility and rice growth. The aim of this 2-year field study was compare the yield and elemental composition of rice between an organic farming system including frogs (ORF) and a conventional rice culture system (CR). The grain yields were almost the same in the ORF system and the CR system. The ORF significantly increased the contents of phosphorus (P), ion (Fe), zinc (Zn), molybdenum (Mo) and selenium (Se) in rice grain at one or both years...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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