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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434067/sediment-metal-contamination-in-the-kafue-river-of-zambia-and-ecological-risk-assessment
#1
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/28433929/pollution-characteristics-and-human-health-risks-of-potentially-eco-toxic-elements-ptes-in-road-dust-from-metropolitan-area-of-hefei-china
#2
Muhammad Ubaid Ali, Guijian Liu, Balal Yousaf, Qumber Abbas, Habib Ullah, Mehr Ahmed Mujtaba Munir, Biao Fu
This study aims to investigate the pollution characteristics of road dust and their associated health risks of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) to humans using array-based risk assessment models described by United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in a metropolitan area of Hefei, China. Geoaccumulation index (Igeo) was used to describe pollution characteristics of roadside dust in urban, periurban and industrial areas. Results indicate that industrial roadside dust was contaminated with Fe, Ni, Cu, Ti, V, Pb, Ba, Sb, Cr, Sn, Pb, As and Ga showing Igeo value (log2 (x)) between Igeo class 3 to 4...
April 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433918/chronic-responses-of-aerobic-granules-to-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-in-a-sequencing-batch-reactor-performing-simultaneous-nitrification-denitrification-and-phosphorus-removal
#3
Qiulai He, Shuxian Gao, Shilu Zhang, Wei Zhang, Hongyu Wang
The reactor performance, granules characteristics and microbial population dynamics were investigated to assess the chronic responses of aerobic granules to zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) of 0, 5, 10 and 20mg/L for a period of 180days. The results showed that ZnO NPs stimulated COD removal, whereas caused inhibition to both nitrification and denitrification. However, biological phosphorus removal remained effective and stable. Introduction of ZnO NPs sharply decreased the respiration of granules, while did not change the settleability...
April 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433906/treatment-of-urban-sludge-by-hydrothermal-carbonization
#4
Xiwei Xu, Enchen Jiang
Urban sludge was treated by Hydrothermal carbonization (HTC). The effect of hydrothermal carbonization temperature, mixing with or without catalysts on solid products yield, heavy metal contents, turbidity and COD value was evaluated. The result showed solid products yield decreased from 92.04% to 52.65% when the temperature increased from 180 to 300°C. And the Cu, Zn, and Pb contents under exchangeable states decreased and reached discharge standard. Addition of FeCl3 or Al(OH)3 resulted in a significant increase in the exchangeable states of Zn, Pb, Cr, and Cd and decrease in their residual states...
March 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433765/geochemical-processes-controlling-the-distribution-and-concentration-of-metals-in-soils-from-a-patagonian-argentina-salt-marsh-affected-by-mining-residues
#5
Yanina L Idaszkin, María Del Pilar Alvarez, Eleonora Carol
Heavy metal pollution that affects salt marshes is a major environmental concern due to its toxic nature, persistence, and potential risk to organisms and to human health. Mining waste deposits originated four decades ago, by the metallurgical extraction of heavy metals, are found near to the San Antonio salt marsh in Patagonia. The aim of the work was to determine the geochemical processes that control the distribution and concentration of Cu, Fe, Pb and Zn in the soils of this Patagonian salt marsh. A survey of the mining waste deposits was carried out where three dumps were identified...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433741/loss-of-the-neurodevelopmental-gene-zswim6-alters-striatal-morphology-and-motor-regulation
#6
David J Tischfield, Dave K Saraswat, Andrew Furash, Stephen C Fowler, Marc V Fuccillo, Stewart A Anderson
The zinc-finger SWIM domain-containing protein 6 (ZSWIM6) is a protein of unknown function that has been associated with schizophrenia and limited educational attainment by three independent genome-wide association studies. Additionally, a putatively causal point mutation in ZSWIM6 has been identified in several cases of acromelic frontonasal dysostosis with severe intellectual disability. Despite the growing number of studies implicating ZSWIM6 as an important regulator of brain development, its role in this process has never been examined...
April 19, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433709/pulmonary-pathobiology-induced-by-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-in-mice-a-24-hour-and-28-day-follow-up-study
#7
Hsiao-Chi Chuang, Kai-Jen Chuang, Jen-Kun Chen, His-En Hua, Yen-Ling Shen, Wei-Neng Liao, Chii-Hong Lee, Chih-Hong Pan, Kuan-Yuan Chen, Kang-Yun Lee, Ta-Chih Hsiao, Tsun-Jen Cheng
Inhaled zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) have high deposition rates in the alveolar region of the lungs; however, the adverse health effects of ZnONPs on the respiratory system are unclear. Herein, pathobiological responses of the respiratory system of mice that received intratracheal administration of ZnONPs were investigated by a combination of molecular and imaging (SPECT and CT) approaches. Also, normal BEAS-2B and adenocarcinoma A549 cells were used to confirm the results in mice. First, female BALB/c mice were administrated a series of doses of 20-nm ZnONPs and were compared to the phosphate-buffered saline control for 24-h and 28-day follow-up observations...
April 19, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433597/prediction-of-toxicity-of-zinc-and-nickel-mixtures-to-artemia-sp-at-various-salinities-from-additivity-to-antagonism
#8
Évila Pinheiro Damasceno, Lívia Pitombeira de Figuerêdo, Marcionília Fernandes Pimentel, Susana Loureiro, Letícia Veras Costa-Lotufo
Few studies have examined the toxicity of metal mixtures to marine organisms exposed to different salinities. The aim of the present study was to investigate the acute toxicity of zinc and nickel exposures singly and in combination to Artemia sp. under salinities of 10, 17, and 35 psu. The mixture concentrations were determined according to individual toxic units (TUs) to follow a fixed ratio design. Zinc was more toxic than nickel, and both their individual toxicities were higher at lower salinities. These changes in toxicity can be attributed to the Biotic Ligand Model (BLM) rather than to metal speciation...
April 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433583/effect-of-the-reaction-medium-on-the-immobilization-of-nutrients-in-hydrochars-obtained-using-sugarcane-industry-residues
#9
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/28433395/distribution-enrichment-and-source-of-heavy-metals-in-rizhao-offshore-area-southeast-shandong-province
#10
Hongying Song, Jinqing Liu, Ping Yin, Yong Zhang
50 surface sediments were collected from Rizhao offshore area to determine heavy metals (Cu, Pb, Zn, Cr, Cd, As, Hg) pollution. High heavy metal values were located near the two ports in the north and south study areas, which was consistent with the distribution of fine-grained sediments. According to threshold effect level (TEL) and probable effect level (PEL), Cu and As had occasionally adverse biological effects on the aquatic ecosystems. The enrichment factor (EF) values showed that most of the study area was moderate or moderately severe enrichment for As, and minor enrichment for Pb, but Hg was only moderately enriched in the river estuaries...
April 19, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433105/symptomatic-treatment-of-neurologic-symptoms-in-wilson-disease
#11
Tomasz Litwin, Petr Dušek, Anna Członkowska
Wilson disease (WD) is a potentially treatable neurodegenerative disorder. In the majority of cases, treatment with drugs that induce a negative copper balance (usually chelators or zinc salts) leads to improvements in liver function and neurologic signs. However, some patients show severe neurologic symptoms at diagnosis, such as tremor, dystonia, parkinsonism, and chorea. In this patient group, some neurologic deficits may persist despite adequate treatment, and further neurologic deterioration may be observed after treatment initiation...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433101/wilson-disease-currently-used-anticopper-therapy
#12
Anna Członkowska, Tomasz Litwin
Wilson disease (WD) is a genetic disorder of copper metabolism that can be treated successfully with pharmacologic treatment. Two groups of drugs are currently used: chelators (e.g., d-penicillamine and trientine), which increase urinary copper excretion, and zinc salts, which inhibit copper absorption in the digestive tract. The mechanisms of action lead to a negative copper balance, stopping pathologic accumulation of copper in the tissues and clearing affected organs of copper overload. Due to a lack of prospective clinical trials, the use of drugs depends mainly on center experience and the accessibility in different countries or regions...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433098/wilson-disease-in-children
#13
Eve A Roberts, Piotr Socha
Wilson disease (WD) is an inherited disorder mainly of hepatocellular copper disposition, due to dysfunction of the Wilson ATPase, a P1B-ATPase encoded by the gene ATP7B. In children, as in older age brackets, clinical disease is highly diverse. Although hepatic disease is the common presentation in children/adolescents, neurologic, psychiatric, and hematologic clinical presentations do occur. Very young children may have clinically evident liver disease due to WD. Early diagnosis, preferably when the child/adolescent is asymptomatic, is most likely to result in near-normal longevity with generally good health so long as the patient tolerates effective medication, is adherent to the lifelong treatment regimen, and has consistent access to the medication...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433060/enhanced-photoresponsive-polyethyleneimine-citric-acid-co-carbonized-dots-for-facile-and-selective-sensing-and-intracellular-imaging-of-cobalt-ions-at-physiologic-ph
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Wen-Sheng Zou, Qing-Chun Zhao, Jun Zhang, Xiao-Ming Chen, Xiu-Fang Wang, Lin Zhao, Shao-Hua Chen, Ya-Qin Wang
Whether as an important biological element or as a radioactive source/medicine, the monitoring of trace levels of cobalt ions (Co) has become a non-negligible factor for human health and green environment. Current technologies for the detection of Co are cost-expensive and time-consuming, and require cumbersome sample pretreatment process. Herein a novel sensing platform has been developed for Co detection based on the quenching of the enhanced fluorescence signal of polyamine functionalized C-dots. Amine groups at the surface of the C-dots can capture Zn(2+)/Cd(2+) to form coordination compound, which can inhibit the photoinduced electron transfer pathways of C-dots and then induce the fluorescence enhancement of the C-dots by ∼80% margin...
June 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433004/plackett-burman-design-and-response-surface-optimization-of-medium-trace-nutrients-for-glycolipopeptide-biosurfactant-production
#15
Maurice George Ekpenyong, Sylvester Peter Antai, Atim David Asitok, Bassey Offiong Ekpo
Background: A glycolipopeptide biosurfactant produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain IKW1 reduced the surface tension of fermentation broth from 71.31 to 24.62 dynes/cm at a critical micelle concentration of 20.80 mg/L. The compound proved suitable for applications in emulsion stabilization in food, as well as in cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulations. Method: In the present study, Plackett-Burman design (PBD) and response surface method (RSM) were employed to screen and optimize concentrations of trace nutrients in the fermentation medium, to increase surfactant yield...
April 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432977/effect-of-short-term-zn-pb-or-long-term-multi-metal-stress-on-physiological-and-morphological-parameters-of-metallicolous-and-nonmetallicolous-echium-vulgare-l-populations
#16
Sławomir Dresler, Magdalena Wójciak-Kosior, Ireneusz Sowa, Grzegorz Stanisławski, Izabela Bany, Małgorzata Wójcik
The aim of the study was to determine the response of metallicolous and nonmetallicolous Echium vulgare L. populations to chronic multi-metal (Zn, Pb, Cd) and acute Zn (200, 400 μM) and Pb (30, 60 μM) stress. Three populations of E. vulgare, one from uncontaminated and two from metal-contaminated areas, were studied. Two types of experiments were performed - a short-term hydroponic experiment with acute Zn or Pb stress and a long-term manipulative soil experiment with the use of soils from the sites of origin of the three populations...
April 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432969/quantitative-effects-of-amination-degree-on-the-magnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-mionps-using-as-adsorbents-to-remove-aqueous-heavy-metal-ions
#17
Sen Lin, Meng Xu, Wei Zhang, Xiufu Hua, Kuangfei Lin
The hierarchical effect of amine-functionalization on nanoparticle properties, magnetism especially, and adsorption of Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Pb(2+) and Zn(2+) by aminated MIONPs were investigated elaboratively. The results reflected that the dispersibility and stability of nanoparticles in aqueous solution were both enhanced as MIONPs grafted with amine groups, while saturation magnetism and magnetic recovery conveniences had a negatively correlative relation with the amination degree. In addition, the adsorption performances of Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Pb(2+) and Zn(2+) by different aminated MIONPs were also studied comprehensively...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432944/phototoxic-action-of-a-zinc-ii-phthalocyanine-encapsulated-into-poloxamine-polymeric-micelles-in-2d-and-3d-colon-carcinoma-cell-cultures
#18
Nicolás Chiarante, María C García Vior, Josefina Awruch, Julieta Marino, Leonor P Roguin
Photodynamic therapy is emerging as a hopeful method for the treatment of oncological diseases. In the search of novel therapeutic strategies for colorectal cancer, in this work we reported the photocytotoxic activity of a lipophilic zinc(II) phthalocyanine on a murine colon adenocarcinoma cell line (CT26 cells). The 2,9(10),16(17),23(24) tetrakis[(2-dimethylamino)ethylsulfanyl]phthalocyaninatozinc(II), named Pc9, was encapsulated into Tetronic® 1107 polymeric poloxamine micelles (T1107) and assayed in 2D and 3D cell cultures...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432880/immobilization-of-cu-zn-cd-and-pb-in-mine-drainage-stream-sediment-using-chinese-loess
#19
Fei Zang, Shengli Wang, Zhongren Nan, Jianmin Ma, Yepu Li, Qian Zhang, Yazhou Chen
The in situ immobilization of metal-contaminated sediment, using various amendments, has attracted great attention owing to their cost-effectiveness. The present study investigated the effectiveness of Chinese loess on Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb stabilization by decreasing their bioavailability in contaminated sediment. The loess was mixed with the sediment in doses of 0, 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 kg. Approximately 70 d after loess application, the effectiveness was evaluated using the Tessier sequential extraction procedure and single extractants, including ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt (EDTA-2Na), diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), calcium chloride (CaCl2) and hydrochloric acid (HCl)...
April 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432702/tunable-porous-coordination-polymers-for-the-capture-recovery-and-storage-of-inhalation-anesthetics
#20
Brendan Francis Abrahams, David Dharma, Paul Stephen Donnelly, Timothy Adam Hudson, Cameron J Kepert, Richard Robson, Peter D Southon, Keith Forrest White
The uptake of inhalation anesthetics by three topologically identical frameworks is described. The 3D network materials, which possess square channels of different dimensions, are formed from the relatively simple combination of Zn(II) centres and dianionic ligands that contain a phenolate and a carboxylate group at opposite ends. All three framework materials are able to adsorb N2O, Xe and isoflurane. Whilst the framework with the widest channels is able to adsorb large quantities of the various guests from the gas phase, the frameworks with the narrower channels have superior binding enthalpies and exhibit higher levels of retention...
April 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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