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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738661/semiautomatic-sequential-extraction-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-elemental-bio-accessible-fraction-by-accelerated-solvent-extraction-on-a-single-particulate-matter-sample
#1
Maria Luisa Astolfi, Patrizia Di Filippo, Alessandra Gentili, Silvia Canepari
We describe the optimization and validation of a sequential extractive method for the determination of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and elements (Al, As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Se, V and Zn) that are chemically fractionated into bio-accessible and mineralized residual fractions on a single particulate matter filter. The extraction is performed by automatic accelerated solvent extraction (ASE); samples are sequentially treated with dichloromethane/acetone (4:1) for PAHs extraction and acetate buffer (0...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738613/a-selective-distance-based-paper-analytical-device-for-copper-ii-determination-using-a-porphyrin-derivative
#2
Rimadani Pratiwi, Michael P Nguyen, Slamet Ibrahim, Naoki Yoshioka, Charles S Henry, Daryono H Tjahjono
Meso-tetrakis(1,2-dimethylpyrazolium-4-yl)porphyrin sulfonate (TDMPzP), a water-soluble porphyrin derivative, was synthesized and used as a colorimetric reagent for Cu(2+) detection on a microfluidic paper-based analytical device (µPAD) using distance-based quantification. TDMPzP showed a high selectivity for Cu(2+) detection in aqueous solutions. When Cu(2+) was added to the TDMPzP under acidic conditions, a color change from green to a pink was observed by the naked eye. Under optimized conditions, the application of this system to a distance-based μPAD exhibited good analytical response...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738587/a-novel-calibration-strategy-based-on-background-correction-for-quantitative-circular-dichroism-spectroscopy
#3
Qi Zuo, Shun Xiong, Zeng-Ping Chen, Yao Chen, Ru-Qin Yu
When using circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy for quantitative analysis, the samples to be analyzed must be free of light-absorbing interferences. However, in real-world samples, the presence of background absorbers is practically unavoidable. The difference in the matrices between the real-world samples to be analyzed and the standard samples (on which either univariate or multivariate calibration model was built) would result in systematic errors in the quantification results of CD spectroscopy. In this contribution, a novel calibration strategy for quantitative CD spectroscopic analysis was proposed...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738572/sequential-determination-of-nickel-and-cadmium-in-tobacco-molasses-and-refill-solutions-for-e-cigarettes-samples-by-molecular-fluorescence
#4
María Carolina Talio, Magdalena Alesso, Mariano Acosta, Verónica S Wills, Liliana P Fernández
In this work, a new procedure was developed for separation and preconcentration of nickel(II) and cadmium(II) in several and varied tobacco samples. Tobacco samples were selected considering the main products consumed by segments of the population, in particular the age (youth) and lifestyle of the consumer. To guarantee representative samples, a randomized strategy of sampling was used. In the first step, a chemofiltration on nylon membrane is carried out employing eosin (Eo) and carbon nanotubes dispersed in sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) solution (phosphate buffer pH 7)...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738571/determination-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-infant-formula-using-solid-state-urea-clathrate-formation-with-gas-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#5
Zoltán Nyiri, Márton Novák, Zsolt Bodai, Noémi Petrovics, Zsuzsanna Eke
An analytical method has been developed for the quantitative determination of the 16 EU priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in infant formula. Prior to analysis infant formula is subjected to sample preparation including the extraction of PAHs from the sample, transesterification of the triglyceride content of the extract to fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs), and solid state urea clathrate formation to remove the FAMEs. Measurements were carried out with gas chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738557/multielemental-analysis-of-18-essential-and-toxic-elements-in-amniotic-fluid-samples-by-icp-ms-full-procedure-validation-and-estimation-of-measurement-uncertainty
#6
B Markiewicz, A Sajnóg, W Lorenc, A Hanć, I Komorowicz, J Suliburska, R Kocyłowski, D Barałkiewicz
Amniotic fluid is the substantial factor in the development of an embryo and fetus due to the fact that water and solutes contained in it penetrate the fetal membranes in an hydrostatic and osmotic way as well as being swallowed by the fetus. Elemental composition of amniotic fluid influences the growth and health of the fetus, therefore, an analysis of amniotic fluid is important because the results would indicate abnormal levels of minerals or toxic elements. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) is often used for determination of trace and ultra-trace level elements in a wide range of matrices including biological samples because of its unique analytical capabilities...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738527/evaluation-of-heavy-metal-mobilization-in-creek-sediment-influence-of-rac-values-and-ambient-environmental-factors
#7
Guannan Liang, Bo Zhang, Mao Lin, Simiao Wu, Hao Hou, Jia Zhang, Guangren Qian, Xin Huang, Jizhi Zhou
The risk assessment code (RAC) is a common method for assessing heavy metal (HM) mobility and their potential health risks, based on HM total concentration and chemical speciation. In this study, both the RAC and the influence of ambient environmental factors were investigated in a river sediment system. Sixty-eight sediment samples were collected from the main river system in Shanghai, China. The total concentration and chemical speciation of Cu, Zn, Ni, Pb, Cd, Cr, As, and Hg were determined in the samples...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738401/serum-vitamins-and-minerals-at-diagnosis-and-follow-up-in-children-with-celiac-disease
#8
Vini Deora, Nicole Aylward, AbdulRazaq Sokoro, Wael El-Matary
OBJECTIVES: Children with celiac disease (CD) may experience deficiencies of several micronutrients. The objectives of the present study were to determine the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies in children with CD at diagnosis, 6 months, and 18 months after the start of a gluten-free diet (GFD), and examine any correlation between micronutrient deficiencies, serum tissue transglutaminase (TtG) immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibody titers, and the degree of mucosal damage at diagnosis...
August 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738286/emodin-suppresses-cadmium-induced-osteoporosis-by-inhibiting-osteoclast-formation
#9
Xiao Chen, Shuai Ren, Guoying Zhu, Zhongqiu Wang, Xiaolin Wen
Environmental level of cadmium (Cd) exposure can induce bone loss. Emodin, a naturally compound found in Asian herbal medicines, could influence osteoblast/osteoclast differentiation. However, the effects of emodin on Cd-induced bone damage are not clarified. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of emodin on Cd-induced osteoporosis. Sprague-Dawley male rats were divided into three groups which were given 0mg/L, 50mg Cd/L and 50mg Cd/L plus emodin (50mg/kg body weight). Bone histological investigation, microCT analysis, metabolic biomarker determination and immunohistochemical staining were performed at the 12th week...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738233/association-of-the-il-15-and-il-15r%C3%AE-genes-with-celiac-disease
#10
Celia Escudero-Hernández, Leticia Plaza-Izurieta, José A Garrote, José Ramón Bilbao, Eduardo Arranz
Celiac disease is a chronic autoimmune condition triggered by dietary gluten in genetically predisposed individuals and the treatment is a strict gluten-free diet. The major predisposing genes are HLA-DQA1 and HLA-DQB1, but these are not sufficient for disease development. One of the candidate genes worth studying is interleukin (IL)-15 gene, together with its specific receptor, IL-15Rα, as they participate in promoting lymphocyte signaling and survival, and the establishment of appropriate conditions for villous atrophy, then acting as key players in the immunopathogenesis of CD...
July 21, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737936/a-ii-geteo6-a-mn-cd-pb-non-centrosymmetric-layered-tellurates-with-pbsb2o6-related-structure
#11
Sun Woo Kim, Zheng Deng, Shuang Yu, Haricharan Padmanabhan, Weiguo Zhang, Venkatraman Gopalan, Changqing Jin, Martha Greenblatt
A(II)GeTeO6 (A = Mn, Cd, Pb), new non-centrosymmetric (NCS) honeycomb-layered tellurates, were synthesized and characterized. A(II)GeTeO6 (A = Mn, Cd, Pb) crystallize in trigonal space group P312 (No. 149) of edge-sharing Ge(4+)O6 and Te(6+)O6 octahedra, which form honeycomb-like-layers in the ab-plane with A(II) (A = Mn, Cd, Pb) cations located between the layers. Their crystal structures are PbSb2O6-related, and the ordering of Ge(4+) and Te(6+) in octahedral environment breaks the inversion symmetry of the parent PbSb2O6 structure...
July 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737924/linking-ph-temperature-and-k-concentration-for-dna-i-motif-formation
#12
Tra Nguyen, Claudette Fraire, Richard D Sheardy
The conformation a particular DNA segment assumes depends upon its sequence context and the environment under which it is prepared. To complement our findings with G-rich sequences related to the human telomere, we have been investigating the pH induced transition from single strand to i-motif for sequences related to the human telomere C-rich strand. We have carried out titrations of (CCCTAA)4 from pH 7.0 to pH 5.0 at temperatures ranging from 15 to 45 (o)C at 115 mM K(+) and at K(+) concentrations ranging from 15 to 315 mM at 25 (o)C...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737682/cadmium-handling-toxicity-and-molecular-targets-involved-during-pregnancy-lessons-from-experimental-models
#13
REVIEW
Tania Jacobo-Estrada, Mitzi Santoyo-Sánchez, Frank Thévenod, Olivier Barbier
Even decades after the discovery of Cadmium (Cd) toxicity, research on this heavy metal is still a hot topic in scientific literature: as we wrote this review, more than 1440 scientific articles had been published and listed by the PubMed.gov website during 2017. Cadmium is one of the most common and harmful heavy metals present in our environment. Since pregnancy is a very particular physiological condition that could impact and modify essential pathways involved in the handling of Cd, the prenatal life is a critical stage for exposure to this non-essential element...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737078/effect-heating-dwell-time-has-on-the-retention-of-heavy-metals-in-the-structure-of-lightweight-aggregates-manufactured-from-wastes
#14
Beatriz González-Corrochano, Jacinto Alonso-Azcárate, Luis Rodríguez, Agripino Pérez Lorenzo, María Fernández Torío, Juan José Tejado Ramos, María Dolores Corvinos, Carlos Muro
The main objective of this paper was to study how effective thermal treatment is in the retention of different heavy metals (HMs) within the structure of artificial lightweight aggregates (LWAs). These LWAs were manufactured by washing aggregate sludge and sewage sludge. The consequence of increasing the heating dwell time whilst manufacturing these LWAs was also determined. Partitioning of the HMs (Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb) in both the waste raw materials and in the LWAs was studied by means of the optimized BCR sequential extraction procedure with lithium metaborate in the final fusion...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736999/regulatory-t-cell-subsets-in-peripheral-blood-of-celiac-disease-patients-and-tlr2-expression-correlation-with-oxidative-stress
#15
Sanjay Kumar, Sadhna Lal, Archana Bhatnagar
The study was carried out to study expression of Toll like receptors 2 (TLR2), natural/inducible Treg and Interferon-γ alongside oxidative stress and understand their significance in pediatric samples. Influence of oxidative stress on Celiac Disease was analysed by evaluating lipid peroxidation, reduced glutathione, Glutathione peroxidase, etc. A comparison was performed among CD patients, CD patients on gluten free diet (GFD), and healthy controls. Peripheral nTregs exhibited a similar pattern of reduced numbers in CD and GFD cases when compared to healthy controls...
July 24, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736787/carbon-quantum-dots-with-intrinsic-mitochondrial-targeting-ability-for-mitochondria-based-theranostics
#16
Xian-Wu Hua, Yan-Wen Bao, Zhan Chen, Fu-Gen Wu
We prepare for the first time a novel type of fluorescent carbon quantum dot (or carbon dot, CD) with intrinsic mitochondrial targeting ability by a one-step hydrothermal treatment of chitosan, ethylenediamine and mercaptosuccinic acid. The as-prepared CDs can realize mitochondrial imaging and mitochondria-targeted photodynamic cancer therapy without further modifications of other mitochondriotropic ligands (such as triphenylphosphine, TPP). Currently, many commercial mitochondrial probes suffer from the lack of modifiable groups, poor photostability, short tracking time, high cost and/or complicated staining procedures, which severely limit their applications in live-cell mitochondrial imaging...
July 24, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736729/factors-promoting-development-of-fibrosis-in-crohn-s-disease
#17
REVIEW
Gerhard Rogler, Martin Hausmann
The concepts on the pathophysiology of intestinal fibrosis in Crohn's disease (CD) have changed in recent years. Some years ago fibrosis was regarded to be a consequence of long-standing inflammation with subsequent destruction of the gut wall matrix followed by scar formation and collagen deposition. Fibrosis in CD patients appeared to be an irreversible process that could hardly be influenced. Therefore, the main target in CD therapy was to control inflammation to avoid fibrosis development. Many of these assumptions seem to be only partially true...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736539/reviewing-the-effectiveness-of-music-interventions-in-treating-depression
#18
REVIEW
Daniel Leubner, Thilo Hinterberger
Depression is a very common mood disorder, resulting in a loss of social function, reduced quality of life and increased mortality. Music interventions have been shown to be a potential alternative for depression therapy but the number of up-to-date research literature is quite limited. We present a review of original research trials which utilize music or music therapy as intervention to treat participants with depressive symptoms. Our goal was to differentiate the impact of certain therapeutic uses of music used in the various experiments...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736173/low-doses-of-17%C3%AE-ethinyl-estradiol-alter-the-maternal-brain-and-induce-stereotypies-in-cd-1-mice-exposed-during-pregnancy-and-lactation
#19
Mary C Catanese, Laura N Vandenberg
Maternal care is critical for the survival, development and long-term success of offspring. Despite our current understanding of the role of endogenous estrogen in both maternal behavior and the maternal brain, the potential effects of exogenous estrogens on these endpoints remain poorly understood. Here, pregnant CD-1 mice were exposed to low doses of 17α-ethinyl estradiol (EE2), commonly used as a positive control in studies of other xenoestrogens, from day 9 of pregnancy until weaning. Using traditional maternal behavior assays, we document no significant changes in maternal behavior throughout the lactational period...
July 20, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735966/distribution-and-enrichment-of-trace-metals-in-surface-marine-sediments-in-the-gulf-of-pozzuoli-and-off-the-coast-of-the-brownfield-metallurgical-site-of-ilva-of-bagnoli-campania-italy
#20
Marco Trifuoggi, Carlo Donadio, Olga Mangoni, Luciano Ferrara, Francesco Bolinesi, Rosa Anna Nastro, Corrado Stanislao, Maria Toscanesi, Gabriella Di Natale, Michele Arienzo
The distribution of metals in surface sediments of Gulf of Pozzuoli (GoP), embedding the former second Italian largest integrated steelworks of Bagnoli, was studied based on sediment dispersal, quality guidelines (SQGs) and quantitative pollution indices of the respective metals. As, Cd, Hg, Pb, Zn largely exceeded the limits. Hg had a mean of 5.8mg/kg, twentyfold higher the rule, accumulating primarily near Bagnoli site. The mean effective range quotient, m-ERM-Q, revealed a high potential for negative biological effects especially in the area nearby the Bagnoli site...
July 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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