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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793203/chemical-speciation-and-risk-assessment-of-cadmium-in-soils-around-a-typical-coal-mining-area-of-china
#1
Siwei Cheng, Guijian Liu, Chuncai Zhou, Ruoyu Sun
The distribution characteristics of Cadmium (Cd) fractions in soils around a coal mining area of Huaibei coalfield were investigated, with the aim to assess its ecological risk. The total Cd concentrations in soils ranged from 0.05 to 0.87 mg/kg. The high percentage of phyto-available Cd (58%) when redox or base-acid equilibria changed. Soil pH was found to be a crucial factor affecting soil Cd fraction, and carbonate-bound Cd can be significantly affected by both organic matter and pH of soils. The static ecological evaluation models, including potential ecological risk index (PERI), geo-accumulation index (Igeo ) and risk assessment code (RAC), revealed a moderate soil Cd contamination and prensented high Cd exposure risk in studied soils...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793180/insulin-is-a-potential-antioxidant-for-diabetes-associated-cognitive-decline-via-regulating-nrf2-dependent-antioxidant-enzymes
#2
Ying Song, Wei Ding, Yun Bei, Yan Xiao, Hai-Da Tong, Li-Bo Wang, Li-Yao Ai
PURPOSE: To investigate the neuroprotective effects of insulin on diabetic encephalopathy and its mechanism. EXPERIMENTAL AND APPROACH: The diabetic model was established by injection of streptozotocin. Behavior examinations were conducted by the Morris water maze. Histopathological alterations were detected by HE staining. ROS, CAT levels and SOD activity were measured using a microplate reader. In vitro, the viability of wild type and knock-down PC12 cells was detected by MTT assay, the morphology of cells was monitored under a microscope...
May 21, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793162/new-insights-into-the-formation-of-silver-based-nanoparticles-under-natural-and-semi-natural-conditions
#3
Andreas Wimmer, Anna Kalinnik, Michael Schuster
For the first time, the natural formation of silver-based nanoparticles (Ag-b-NPs) was studied in field investigations of two pre-alpine lakes in Germany that contain geogenic silver traces in the sub-ng L-1 range. Light-sensitive microorganisms most likely accumulate and transport these silver traces from deeper water layers to the surface. At the surface of the eutrophic lake, approximately 40% of total silver (5.7 ng L-1 ) consisted of Ag-b-NPs, whereas in the oligotrophic lake with similar enrichment of silver species, no Ag-b-NPs were detected...
May 10, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793144/structural-confirmation-and-spectroscopic-study-of-a-biomolecule-norepinephrine
#4
T Yadav, V Mukherjee
The present work deals with the conformational and vibrational spectroscopic study of an important bio-molecule named norepinephrine in gas phase. The FTIR and FTRaman spectrum of norepinephrine in amorphous form were recorded in wavenumber range 4000-400 cm-1 and 4000-50 cm-1 respectively. We have investigated twenty-seven stable conformational structures of norepinephrine molecule. All the calculations have been done using Density Functional Theory with exchange functional B3LYP incorporated with the 6-31++G(d, p) basis set...
May 21, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793138/computation-of-marginal-distributions-of-peak-heights-in-electropherograms-for-analysing-single-source-and-mixture-str-dna-samples
#5
Robert G Cowell
Current models for single source and mixture samples, and probabilistic genotyping software based on them used for analysing STR electropherogram data, assume simple probability distributions, such as the gamma distribution, to model the allelic peak height variability given the initial amount of DNA prior to PCR amplification. Here we illustrate how amplicon number distributions, for a model of the process of sample DNA collection and PCR amplification, may be efficiently computed by evaluating probability generating functions using discrete Fourier transforms...
May 4, 2018: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793110/remembrance-of-inferences-past-amortization-in-human-hypothesis-generation
#6
Ishita Dasgupta, Eric Schulz, Noah D Goodman, Samuel J Gershman
Bayesian models of cognition assume that people compute probability distributions over hypotheses. However, the required computations are frequently intractable or prohibitively expensive. Since people often encounter many closely related distributions, selective reuse of computations (amortized inference) is a computationally efficient use of the brain's limited resources. We present three experiments that provide evidence for amortization in human probabilistic reasoning. When sequentially answering two related queries about natural scenes, participants' responses to the second query systematically depend on the structure of the first query...
May 21, 2018: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793081/geochemical-anomalies-of-trace-elements-in-unremediated-soils-of-mt-karcz%C3%A3-wka-a-historic-lead-mining-area-in-the-city-of-kielce-poland
#7
Agnieszka Gałuszka, Zdzisław M Migaszewski, Sabina Dołęgowska, Artur Michalik
Concentrations of selected trace elements (Ag, As, Ba, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn) and rare earth elements were determined in 61 samples of surface soils collected from Mt. Karczówka, a historic Pb ore mining area located in the city of Kielce, south-central Poland. Some of these samples were subjected to XRD analyses and Pb stable isotope measurements. The mineral and chemical composition of rock samples were also examined. Mining activity in the study area was conducted mostly during 15th-17th centuries using technologically primitive methods, and was finally ceased in the first half of the 19th century...
May 21, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793079/shifts-in-wind-energy-potential-following-land-use-driven-vegetation-dynamics-in-complex-terrain
#8
Jiannong Fang, Alexander Peringer, Mihai-Sorin Stupariu, Ileana Pǎtru-Stupariu, Alexandre Buttler, Francois Golay, Fernando Porté-Agel
Many mountainous regions with high wind energy potential are characterized by multi-scale variabilities of vegetation in both spatial and time dimensions, which strongly affect the spatial distribution of wind resource and its time evolution. To this end, we developed a coupled interdisciplinary modeling framework capable of assessing the shifts in wind energy potential following land-use driven vegetation dynamics in complex mountain terrain. It was applied to a case study area in the Romanian Carpathians...
May 21, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793065/arsenic-removal-by-as-hyperaccumulator-pteris-vittata-from-two-contaminated-soils-a-5-year-study
#9
Evandro B da Silva, Jason T Lessl, Ann C Wilkie, Xue Liu, Yungen Liu, Lena Q Ma
The ability of As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata to remove As from two contaminated soils (CCA from an As-treated wood facility and DVA from a cattle-dipping vat) over 5 years was investigated for the first time. The goal was to evaluate P. vittata's ability to continuously remove As during 10 harvests and identify how soil As was affected by P. vittata under P-sufficient (P-fertilizer) and P-limiting (phosphate rock) conditions. Sequential extraction was used to determine changes in metal distribution among different soil fractions...
May 10, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793064/industrial-waste-as-a-source-of-surface-and-groundwater-pollution-for-more-than-half-a-century-in-a-sector-of-the-r%C3%A3-o-de-la-plata-coastal-plain-argentina
#10
Lucía Santucci, Eleonora Carol, Carolina Tanjal
Environmental liabilities have become one of the most important problems of the last years, especially those of contaminated sites located in urban areas which have been abandoned by pollution intensive industries. Such sites may contain hazardous materials that pose risks to human health and the environment. Industrial waste from the ancient sulfuric acid industry is scattered in a local area at the petrochemical pole in a sector of the Río de la Plata coastal plain. The aim of this work is to define the geochemical processes that determine the alteration of waste in the old sulfuric acid industry (OSAI) area and to study the migration of soluble pollutants to groundwater...
May 14, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793061/microstructural-imaging-of-the-human-brain-with-a-super-scanner-10-key-advantages-of-ultra-strong-gradients-for-diffusion-mri
#11
D K Jones, D C Alexander, R Bowtell, M Cercignani, F Dell'Acqua, D J McHugh, K L Miller, M Palombo, G J M Parker, U S Rudrapatna, C M W Tax
The key component of a microstructural diffusion MRI 'super-scanner' is a dedicated high-strength gradient system that enables stronger diffusion weightings per unit time compared to conventional gradient designs. This can, in turn, drastically shorten the time needed for diffusion encoding, increase the signal-to-noise ratio, and facilitate measurements at shorter diffusion times. This review, written from the perspective of the National Facility for In Vivo MR Imaging of Human Tissue Microstructure, an initiative to establish a shared 300 mT/m-gradient facility amongst the microstructural imaging community, describes ten advantages of ultra-strong gradients for microstructural imaging...
May 21, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793029/oxidative-degradation-of-atenolol-by-heat-activated-persulfate-kinetics-degradation-pathways-and-distribution-of-transformation-intermediates
#12
Dong Miao, Jianbiao Peng, Xiaohuan Zhou, Li Qian, Mengjie Wang, Li Zhai, Shixiang Gao
Atenolol (ATL) has been widely detected in wastewater and aquatic environment. Although satisfactory removal of ATL from wastewater could be achieved, the mineralization ratio is usually low, which may result in the accumulation of its transformation products in the effluent and cause additional ecological risk to the environment. The aim of this study is to explore the effectiveness of heat activated persulfate (PS) in the removal of ATL from wastewater. Influencing factors including temperature, PS dosage, solution pH, existence of NO3 - , Cl- , HCO3 - and Suwannee river fulvic acid (SRFA) were examined...
May 17, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793028/cytosolic-distributions-of-highly-toxic-metals-cd-and-tl-and-several-essential-elements-in-the-liver-of-brown-trout-salmo-trutta-l-analyzed-by-size-exclusion-chromatography-and-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
#13
Zrinka Dragun, Nesrete Krasnići, Nicol Kolar, Vlatka Filipović Marijić, Dušica Ivanković, Marijana Erk
Cytosolic distributions of nonessential metals Cd and Tl and seven essential elements among compounds of different molecular masses were studied in the liver of brown trout (Salmo trutta) from the karstic Krka River in Croatia. Analyses were done by size exclusion high performance liquid chromatography and high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Common feature of Cd and Tl, as highly toxic elements, was their distribution within only two narrow peaks. The increase of cytosolic Cd concentrations was reflected in marked increase of Cd elution within low molecular mass peak (maximum at ∼15 kDa), presumably containing metallothioneins (MTs), which indicated successful Cd detoxification in brown trout liver under studied exposure conditions...
May 15, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792990/identification-of-group-a-rotaviruses-from-zambian-fruit-bats-provides-evidence-for-long-distance-dispersal-events-in-africa
#14
Michihito Sasaki, Masahiro Kajihara, Katendi Changula, Akina Mori-Kajihara, Hirohito Ogawa, Bernard M Hang'ombe, Aaron S Mweene, Martin Simuunza, Reiko Yoshida, Michael Carr, Yasuko Orba, Ayato Takada, Hirofumi Sawa
Group A rotavirus (RVA) is a major cause of diarrhea in children worldwide. Although RVA infects many animals, little is known about RVA in bats. The present study investigated the genetic diversity of RVA in Zambian bats. We identified RVA from two straw-colored fruit bats (Eidolon helvum) and an Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus), and analyzed the genome sequences of these strains. Genome segments of the RVA strains from Zambian E. helvum showed 97%-99% nucleotide sequence identity with those of other RVA strains from E...
May 21, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792989/novel-genotypes-and-multilocus-genotypes-of-enterocytozoon-bieneusi-in-pigs-in-northwestern-china-a-public-health-concern
#15
Sha-Sha Wang, Jun-Qiang Li, Yun-Hui Li, Xiang-Wei Wang, Xian-Chen Fan, Xin Liu, Zi-Juan Li, Jun-Ke Song, Long-Xian Zhang, Guang-Hui Zhao
Enterocytozoon bieneusi, the most important and common microsporidian species, inhabits in most animals and humans causing diarrhea and systemic diseases. The objectives of the present study were to examine the prevalence and genetic variability of E. bieneusi in pigs in Shaanxi province, northwestern China. A total of 560 pig faecal samples were collected from five different farms in Shaanxi province and molecularly characterized using multilocus genotyping (MLST) technology. High E. bieneusi infection rate (78...
May 21, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792988/towards-quantitative-prediction-of-the-performance-of-dry-powder-inhalers-by-multi-scale-simulations-and-experiments
#16
Duy Nguyen, Johan Remmelgas, Ingela Niklasson Björn, Berend van Wachem, Kyrre Thalberg
This work demonstrates the use of multi-scale simulations coupled with experiments to build a quantitative prediction tool for the performance of adhesive mixtures in a dry powder inhaler (DPI). Using discrete element model (DEM), the behaviour of fine-carrier particle assemblies upon different mechanisms encountered during dose entrainment and dispersion can be described at the individual particle level. Combining these results with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, the complete dosing event from a DPI can be captured and key performance measures can be extracted...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792962/effect-of-casein-and-inulin-addition-on-physico-chemical-characteristics-of-low-fat-camel-dairy-cream
#17
Leila Ziaeifar, Mohsen Labbafi Mazrae Shahi, Maryam Salami, Gholam R Askari
The effect of the addition of the camel casein fraction on some physico-chemical properties of low fat camel milk cream was studied. Oil-in-water emulsions, 25, 30, and 35 (w/w) fat, were prepared using inulin, camel skim milk, milk fat and variable percentages of casein (1, 2, and 3% w/w). The droplet size, ζ-potential, surface protein concentration, viscosity and surface tension of low fat dairy creams was measured. Cream containing 2% (w/w) casein had better stability. The modifications in physico-chemical properties appeared to be driven by changes in particle size distribution caused by droplet aggregation...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792943/the-development-of-a-screening-protocol-for-salmonella-spp-and-enteropathogenic-yersinia-spp-in-samples-from-wild-boar-sus-scrofa-also-generating-mlva-data-for-y-enterocolitica-and-y-pseudotuberculosis
#18
Axel Sannö, Magdalena Jacobson, Sandra Sterner, Susanne Thisted-Lambertz, Anna Aspán
Salmonellosis and yersiniosis are notifiable human diseases that are commonly associated with contaminated food. Domestic pigs as well as wild boars and other wild-life have been identified as reservoirs of these bacteria. Methods for cultivation and molecular epidemiological investigations of Salmonella spp. are well established, however, cultivation of enteropathogenic Yersinia spp. is time- consuming and the commonly used method for molecular epidemiological investigations, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, lack in discriminatory power...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792933/role-of-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-in-slowly-progressive-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-in-the-zitter-rat
#19
Ayuka Ehara, Kazuhiko Nakadate, Hiroyuki Sugimoto, Kanji Yoshimoto, Shuichi Ueda
Neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) is involved in nigrostriatal dopaminergic (DA) neurodegeneration. However, little is known about the distribution patterns and functions of nNOS in slowly progressive DA neurodegeneration. Here we describe the spatiotemporal change in nNOS expression over the course of neurodegeneration and the effect of short- or long-term treatment with the nNOS inhibitor, 7-nitroindazole (7-NI), in zitter (zi/zi) rats. In the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc), nNOS expression was significantly increased with progression of neurodegeneration...
May 21, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792920/inner-ear-drug-delivery-recent-advances-challenges-and-perspective
#20
Jinsong Hao, S Kevin Li
Effective and safe treatment of auditory and vestibular diseases has become increasingly dependent on inner ear drug delivery systems. This review highlights recent advances in inner ear drug delivery research and technologies. The focus is on strategies to overcome delivery barriers and to improve drug residence and targeting, with special attention to in vivo animal and human studies. The research in gene and stem cell delivery to the inner ear is briefly reviewed. Newly developed research tools to address experimental challenges and safety issues are discussed...
May 21, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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