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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734264/a-small-scale-portable-method-for-extracting-microplastics-from-marine-sediments
#1
Rachel L Coppock, Matthew Cole, Penelope K Lindeque, Ana M Queirós, Tamara S Galloway
Microplastics (plastic particles, 0.1 μm-5 mm in size) are widespread marine pollutants, accumulating in benthic sediments and shorelines the world over. To gain a clearer understanding of microplastic availability to marine life, and the risks they pose to the health of benthic communities, ecological processes and food security, it is important to obtain accurate measures of microplastic abundance in marine sediments. To date, methods for extracting microplastics from marine sediments have been disadvantaged by complexity, expense, low extraction efficiencies and incompatibility with very fine sediments...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734216/releasing-of-hexabromocyclododecanes-from-expanded-polystyrenes-in-seawater-field-and-laboratory-experiments
#2
Manviri Rani, Won Joon Shim, Mi Jang, Gi Myung Han, Sang Hee Hong
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a major component of marine debris globally. Recently, hazardous hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDDs) were detected in EPS buoys used for aquaculture farming. Subsequently, enrichment of HBCDDs was found in nearby marine sediments and mussels growing on EPS buoys. It was suspected that EPS buoys and their debris might be sources of HBCDDs. To confirm this, the release of HBCDDs from EPS spherules detached from a buoy to seawater was investigated under field (open sea surface and closed outdoor chambers with sun exposure and in the dark) and laboratory (particle-size) conditions...
July 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732338/toxic-organic-substances-and-marker-compounds-in-size-segregated-urban-particulate-matter-implications-for-involvement-in-the-in%C3%A2-vitro-bioactivity-of-the-extractable-organic-matter
#3
Athanasios Besis, Alexandra Tsolakidou, Dimitra Balla, Constantini Samara, Dimitra Voutsa, Anastasia Pantazaki, Theodora Choli-Papadopoulou, Theodore S Lialiaris
Toxic organic substances and polar organic marker compounds, i.e. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their nitro-derivatives (N-PAHs), as well as dicarboxylic acids (DCAs) and sugars/sugar anhydrites (S/SAs) were analyzed in size-segregated PM samples (<0.49, 0.49-0.97, 0.97-3 and >3 μm) collected at two urban sites (urban traffic and urban background) during the cold and the warm season...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731859/air-pollution-and-parkinson-s-disease-evidence-and-future-directions
#4
REVIEW
Natalia Palacios
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease of unknown etiology that is thought to be caused by a complex combination of environmental and/or genetic factors. Air pollution exposure is linked to numerous adverse effects on human health, including brain inflammation and oxidative stress, processes that are believed to contribute to the development and progression of PD. This review provides an overview of recent advances in the epidemiology of air pollution and PD, including evidence of the effects of various pollutants (ozone, PM10, PM2...
July 21, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731618/controlling-the-near-infrared-transparency-of-costal-cartilage-by-impregnation-with-clearing-agents-and-magnetite-nanoparticles
#5
Yulia Alexandrovskaya, Kirill Sadovnikov, Andrey Sharov, Anna Sherstneva, Evgeniy Evtushenko, Alexander Omelchenko, Mariya Obrezkova, Valery Tuchin, Valery Lunin, Emil Sobol
Penetration depth of near infrared laser radiation to costal cartilage is controlled by the tissue absorption and scattering and it is the critical parameter to provide the relaxation of mechanical stress throughout the whole thickness of cartilage implant. To enhance the penetration for the laser radiation on 1.56 μm the optical clearing solutions of glycerol and fructose of various concentrations are tested. The effective and reversible tissue clearance was achieved. However, the increasing absorption of radiation should be concerned: 5-8(ᴼ) C increase of tissue temperature was detected...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731428/development-of-nasal-lipid-nanocarriers-containing-curcumin-for-brain-targeting
#6
Gustavo Richter Vaz, Gabriela Hädrich, Juliana Bidone, Jamile Lima Rodrigues, Mariana Corrêa Falkembach, Jean-Luc Putaux, Mariana Appel Hort, José Maria Monserrat, Antônio Sergio Varela Junior, Helder Ferreira Teixeira, Ana Luiza Muccillo-Baisch, Ana Paula Horn, Cristiana Lima Dora
BACKGROUND: Curcumin (CUR) has properties that can be useful for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Such properties are the inhibition of amyloid-β-protein (Aβ) aggregation, Aβ-induced inflammation, and activities of β-secretase and acetylcholinesterase. However, previous studies have revealed that CUR exhibited low bioavailability and difficulties in reaching the brain. OBJECTIVE: To overcome such drawbacks, this study aims at developing nasal lipid nanocarriers loaded with CUR to effectively target the brain...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731349/improved-metrological-traceability-of-particle-size-values-measured-with-line-start-incremental-centrifugal-liquid-sedimentation
#7
Vikram Kestens, Victoria A Coleman, Pieter-Jan De Temmerman, Caterina Minelli, Holger Woehlecke, Gert Roebben
Line-start incremental centrifugal liquid sedimentation (disc-CLS) is a powerful method to determine particle size. It is based on Stokes' law and on the measurement of particle sedimentation rate through a liquid with a density gradient. Because several of the input quantities of the Stokes' equation cannot be easily determined for this case of a rotating disc, the usual disc-CLS approach relies on calibrating the sedimentation time scale with commercially available PVC reference particles. To use these calibrant particles for establishing metrological traceability, they must fulfil the same requirements as those imposed on a certified reference material, i...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729952/nano-sized-zeolites-as-modulators-of-thiacloprid-toxicity-on-chironomus-riparius
#8
Carla S Lorenz, Anna-Jorina Wicht, Leyla Guluzada, Barbara Crone, Uwe Karst, Hwa Jun Lee, Rita Triebskorn, Stefan B Haderlein, Carolin Huhn, Heinz-R Köhler
This study investigated whether zeolites of different size (Y30 (nano-sized) and H-Beta(OH)-III (forming large aggregates/agglomerates composed of 50 nm small primary particles)) exerted acute toxicity on larvae of the non-biting midge, Chironomus riparius, and whether such zeolites are able to modulate the toxicity of a common insecticide, thiacloprid, by means of adsorption of a dissolved toxicant. We conducted acute toxicity tests with fourth instar larvae of C. riparius. In these tests, larvae were exposed to zeolites or thiacloprid solely, or to mixtures of both compounds...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729718/magnetic-activated-atp-fe3o4-nanocomposite-as-an-efficient-fenton-like-heterogeneous-catalyst-for-degradation-of-ethidium-bromide
#9
Shuwen Han, Hemin Yu, Tingting Yang, Shengsen Wang, Xiaozhi Wang
Magnetic attapulgite-Fe3O4 nanocomposites (ATP-Fe3O4) were prepared by coprecipitation of Fe3O4 on ATP. The composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopey, X-ray diffractometry, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive spectrometer and transmission electron microscopy. Surface characterization showed that Fe3O4 particles with an average size of approximately 15 nm were successfully embedded in matrix of ATP. The capacity of the Fe3O4-activated ATP (A-ATP@Fe3O4) composites for catalytic degradation of ethidium bromide (EtBr, 80 mg/L) at different pH values, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) concentrations, temperatures, and catalyst dosages was investigated...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729631/therapeutic-effects-of-long-circulating-mir-135a-containing-cationic-immunoliposomes-against-gallbladder-carcinoma
#10
Guanghua Yang, Baobing Yin
Gallbladder carcinoma (GBC) is the most common malignant tumour in the biliary tract, but effective therapeutics are lacking. Based on our previous studies, miR-135a is a potential tool to inhibit GBC proliferation. In this study, we constructed miR-135a-loaded DSPE-PEG2000 liposomes modified with Anti-EGFR antibodies (Anti-EGFR-CIL-miR-135a). The results of an analysis of their physicochemical properties indicated the particle size of it was 222.0 ± 2.1 nm in diameter with an uptake efficiency of 86...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729216/self-assembled-aunps-for-ingrain-pigmentation-of-silk-fabrics-with-antibacterial-potency
#11
Hanan B Ahmed, Nancy S El-Hawary, Hossam E Emam
Nanogold was self-assembled for ingrain pigmentation of silk fabric with antibacterial properties. The functional groups of silk macromolecular polymeric chains were exploited for generation and stabilization of nanogold. Hydrogen peroxide was used for activation of silk molecular chains through increasing their reactivity and accessibility to be functionalized as manufacturer of nanogold without using any external agents. Effect of procedure sequencing was studied through addition of peroxide firstly (group A) and with Au salt (group B)...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729175/brain-targeting-efficiency-of-antimigrain-drug-loaded-mucoadhesive-intranasal-nanoemulsion
#12
Ebtsam M Abdou, Soha M Kandil, Hala M F El Miniawy
Zolmitriptan (ZT) is a well-tolerated drug in migraine treatment suffering from low bioavailability due to low amount of the drug that reaches the brain after oral and nasal delivery. Development of new nasal mucoadhesive nanoemulsion formulation for zolmitriptan may success in delivering the drug directly from the nose to the brain to achieve rapid onset of action and high drug concentration in the brain which is required for treatment of acute migraine. ZT mucoadhesive nanoemulsion were prepared and characterized for drug content, zeta potential, particle size, morphology, residence time and permeation through the nasal mucosa...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728434/economic-model-predictive-control-of-bihormonal-artificial-pancreas-system-based-on-switching-control-and-dynamic-r-parameter
#13
Fengna Tang, Youqing Wang
BACKGROUND: Blood glucose (BG) regulation is a long-term task for people with diabetes. In recent years, more and more researchers have attempted to achieve automated regulation of BG using automatic control algorithms, called the artificial pancreas (AP) system. In clinical practice, it is equally important to guarantee the treatment effect and reduce the treatment costs. The main motivation of this study is to reduce the cure burden. METHODS: The dynamic R-parameter economic model predictive control (R-EMPC) is chosen to regulate the delivery rates of exogenous hormones (insulin and glucagon)...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728419/apoferritin-nanocage-for-brain-targeted-doxorubicin-delivery
#14
Zhijiang Chen, Meifang Zhai, Xiang Yang Xie, Yue Zhang, Siyu Ma, Zhiping Li, Fanglin Yu, Baoquan Zhao, Min Zhang, Yang Yang, Xingguo Mei
An ideal brain-targeted nanocarrier must be sufficiently potent to penetrate the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and sufficiently competent to target the cells of interest with adequate optimized physiochemical features and biocompatibility. However, it is an enormous challenge to the researchers to organize the abovementioned properties into a single nanocarrier particle. New frontiers in nanomedicine are advancing the research of new biomaterials. Herein, we demonstrate a straightforward strategy for brain targeting by encapsulating doxorubicin (DOX) into a naturally available and unmodified apoferritin nanocage (DOX-loaded APO)...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728033/deposition-pattern-and-tracer-particle-motion-of-evaporating-multi-component-sessile-droplets
#15
Muhammad Amjad, Yang Yang, Ghulam Raza, Hui Gao, Jun Zhang, Leping Zhou, Xiaoze Du, Dongsheng Wen
The understanding of near-wall motion, evaporation behavior and dry pattern of sessile nanofluid droplets is fundamental to a wide range of applications such as painting, spray drying, thin film coating, fuel injection and inkjet printing. However, a deep insight into the heat transfer, fluid flow, near-wall particle velocity and their effects on the resulting dry patterns is still much needed to take the full advantage of these nano-sized particles in the droplet. This work investigates the effect of direct absorptive silicon/silver (Si/Ag) hybrid nanofluids via two experiments...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727146/antimicrobial-effects-of-silver-nanoparticles-synthesized-by-fatsia-japonica-leaf-extracts-for-preservation-of-citrus-fruits
#16
Jing Zhang, Guoguo Si, Jun Zou, Ruiliang Fan, Ailing Guo, Xuetuan Wei
Due to their potent antimicrobial activity, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesized by biomass might be promising in food preservation, whereas effects of AgNPs on Penicillium italicum-induced rot of Citrus fruits have not been investigated. In this study, a novel AgNPs biosynthesis method was developed based on Fatsia japonica leaf extracts. It was revealed that concentrations of leaf extracts, AgNO3 and NaCl affected AgNPs yields and particle sizes obviously. Under the optimized conditions (8 mg/mL extracts, 2 mM AgNO3 and 1 mM NaCl), AgNPs, synthesized within 80 min, showed potent preservative effect against P...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727063/effect-of-dietary-fiber-and-diet-particle-size-on-nutrient-digestibility-and-gastrointestinal-secretory-function-in-growing-pigs
#17
M Saqui-Salces, Z Luo, P E Urriola, B J Kerr, G C Shurson
Reduction of diet particle size (PS) increases feed efficiency due to an increase in the apparent total tract (ATTD) of GE. However, other effects of PS on the gut secretory function are not known. Therefore, the objective of this experiment was to measure the effect of diet composition (DC) and PS on nutrient digestibility, gastrointestinal hormones, total bile acids (TBA), total cholesterol and glucose concentrations in plasma of finishing pigs ( = 8/diet). Pigs were fed finely (374 ± 29 µm) or coarsely (631 ± 35 µm) ground corn-soybean meal (CSB), CSB + 35% corn dried distillers' grains with solubles (DDGS), and CSB with 21% soybean hulls (SBH) diets for 49 d...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726714/performance-of-a-novel-recycling-magnetic-flocculation-membrane-filtration-process-for-tetracycline-polluted-surface-water-treatment
#18
Yufei Wang, Hui Jia, Hongwei Zhang, Jie Wang, Wenjin Liu
A recycling magnetic flocculation membrane filtration (RMFMF) process integrating circulating coagulation, magnetic enhanced flocculation and membrane filtration was investigated for the treatment of surface water micro-polluted by tetracycline, a typical pharmaceutical and personal care product. A bench-scale experiment was conducted and several water quality parameters including turbidity, ultraviolet absorbance at 254 nm (UV254), total organic carbon and tetracycline concentration were evaluated, taking coagulation membrane filtration and magnetic flocculation membrane filtration processes as reference treatments...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726349/aspherical-nanostructured-microparticles-for-targeted-gene-delivery-to-alveolar-macrophages
#19
Michael Möhwald, Shashank Reddy Pinnapireddy, Bodo Wonnenberg, Marcel Pourasghar, Marijas Jurisic, Andrea Jung, Claudia Fink-Straube, Thomas Tschernig, Udo Bakowsky, Marc Schneider
Introducing novel shapes to particulate carrier systems adds unique features to modern drug and gene delivery. Depending on the route of administration, particle geometry can influence deposition and fate within biological environments. In this work, a template-assisted engineering technique is applied, providing full control of size and shape in the preparation of aspherical, nanostructured microparticles. Based on the interconnection of nanoparticles, stabilized by a functional layer-by-layer (LbL) coating, the resulting cylindrical micrometer architecture is especially qualified for pulmonary delivery...
July 20, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725442/identification-of-dust-storm-origin-in-south-west-of-iran
#20
Parya Broomandi, Bahram Dabir, Babak Bonakdarpour, Yousef Rashidi
BACKGROUND: Deserts are the main sources of emitted dust, and are highly responsive to wind erosion. Low content of soil moisture and lack of vegetation cover lead to fine particle's release. One of the semi-arid bare lands in Iran, located in the South-West of Iran in Khoozestan province, was selected to investigate Sand and Dust storm potential. METHODS: This paper focused on the metrological parameters of the sampling site, their changes and the relationship between these changes and dust storm occurrence, estimation of Reconaissance Drought Index, the Atterberg limits of soil samples and their relation with soil erosion ability, the chemical composition, size distribution of soil and airborne dust samples, and estimation of vertical mass flux by COMSALT through considering the effect of saffman force and interparticle cohesion forces during warm period (April-September) in 2010...
2017: Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering
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