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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647858/counter-intuitive-plasma-vitamin-d-and-zinc-status-in-hiv-1-infected-adults-with-persistent-low-level-viraemia-after-treatment-initiation-a-pilot-case-control-study
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H Melliez, A Duhamel, O Robineau, L Bocket, I Kim, E Sauser, F Loiseleur, N Viget, A Pasquet, E Senneville, D Seguy
Determinants of persistent low-level viraemia [PLLV, a viral load (VL) of between 50 and 500 copies/mL] have not been elucidated. In a case-control study, we evaluated the influence of micronutrients on PLLV in a population of 454 HIV-1 adults having initiated antiretroviral therapy (ART) between January 2007 and December 2011. Plasma levels of retinol (vitamin A), 25-OH vitamin D2 + D3, vitamin E and zinc were measured at ART initiation in cases (PLLV after 6 months of ART) and in controls (VL <50 copies/mL after 6 months)...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647607/bioaccessibility-and-risk-assessment-of-essential-and-non-essential-elements-in-vegetables-commonly-consumed-in-swaziland
#2
Robert Londi Mnisi, Peter P Ndibewu, Lihle D Mafu, Gabriel C Bwembya
The green leafy vegetables (Mormodica involucrate, Bidens pilosa and Amaranthus spinosus) are economic; seasonal; locally grown and easily available; easy to propagate and store; highly nutritious food substances that form an important component of diets. This study applies a physiology based extraction technique (PBET) to mimic digestion of these vegetables to determine the fraction of essential (Fe and Zn) and non-essential elements (Cd, Cr and Pb) that are made available for absorption after ingestion. Prior to the application of the PBET, the vegetables were cooked adopting indigenous Swazi cooking methods...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647606/role-of-streptomyces-pactum-in-phytoremediation-of-trace-elements-by-brassica-juncea-in-mine-polluted-soils
#3
Amjad Ali, Di Guo, Amanullah Mahar, Zhen Wang, Dost Muhammad, Ronghua Li, Ping Wang, Feng Shen, Quanhong Xue, Zengqiang Zhang
The industrial expansion, smelting, mining and agricultural practices have increased the release of toxic trace elements (TEs) in the environment and threaten living organisms. The microbe-assisted phytoremediation is environmentally safe and provide an effective approach to remediate TEs contaminated soils. A pot experiment was conducted to test the potential of an Actinomycete, subspecies Streptomyces pactum (Act12) along with medical stone compost (MSC) by growing Brassica juncea in smelter and mines polluted soils of Feng County (FC) and Tongguan (TG, China), respectively...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647605/will-heavy-metals-in-the-soils-of-newly-submerged-areas-threaten-the-water-quality-of-danjiangkou-reservoir-china
#4
Zhixin Song, Baoqing Shan, Wenzhong Tang, Chao Zhang
Soil heavy metal contents were measured in newly submerged areas of the Danjiangkou Reservoir, China. We aimed to determine the heavy metal distribution in this area and the associated ecological risk. Most of these heavy metal contents (except Pb and Mn) suggest enrichment compared with the background values of soils from Henan Province, especially As and Cd with mean geo-accumulation index (Igeo) values of 0.84 and 0.54. The spatial analysis results indicated that the highest heavy metal contents were distributed in the arable soils above 160m elevation, whereas low heavy metal contents were observed under other land-use types above 160m elevation...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647409/a-residue-specific-insight-into-the-arkadia-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-activity-and-conformational-plasticity
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Maria Birkou, Christos T Chasapis, Konstantinos D Marousis, Ariadni K Loutsidou, Detlef Bentrop, Moreno Lelli, Torsten Herrmann, Jonathon M Carthy, Vasso Episkopou, Georgios A Spyroulias
Arkadia (Rnf111) is an E3 Ubiquitin ligase that plays a central role in the amplification of TGF-β signaling responses by targeting for degradation the negative regulators of the pathway, Smad6 and Smad7 and the nuclear co-repressors Ski and Skil (SnoN). Arkadia's function in vivo depends on the RING-H2 interaction with the E2 enzyme UbcH5b in order to ligate ubiquitin chains on its substrates. A conserved tryptophan (W972) in the C-terminal α-helix is widely accepted as essential for E2 recruitment and interaction and thus also for E3 enzymatic activity...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647269/quantum-chemical-investigation-on-photodegradation-mechanisms-of-sulfamethoxypyridazine-with-dissolved-inorganic-matter-and-hydroxyl-radical
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Shaheen Shah, Ce Hao
Sulfamethoxypyridazine (SMP) is one of the commonly used sulfonamide antibiotics (SAs). SAs are mainly studied to undergo triplet-sensitized photodegradation in water under natural sunlight with other coexisting aquatic environmental organic pollutants. In this work, SMP was selected as a representative of SAs. We studied the mechanisms of triplet-sensitized photodegradation of SMP and the influence of selected dissolved inorganic matter, i.e., anions (Br(-), Cl(-), and NO3(-)) and cations ions (Ca(2+), Mg(2+), and Zn(2+)) on SMP photodegradation mechanism by quantum chemical methods...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647220/investigation-of-zinc-recovery-by-hydrogen-reduction-assisted-pyrolysis-of-alkaline-and-zinc-carbon-battery-waste
#7
Burçak Ebin, Martina Petranikova, Britt-Marie Steenari, Christian Ekberg
Zinc (Zn) recovery from alkaline and zinc-carbon (Zn-C) battery waste were studied by a laboratory scale pyrolysis process at a reaction temperature of 950°C for 15-60min residence time using 5%H2(g)-N2(g) mixture at 1.0L/min gas flow rate. The effect of different cooling rates on the properties of pyrolysis residue, manganese oxide particles, were also investigated. Morphological and structural characterization of the produced Zn particles were performed. The battery black mass was characterized with respect to the properties and chemical composition of the waste battery particles...
June 21, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647123/zinc-solubilizing-bacillus-spp-potential-candidates-for-biofortification-in-maize
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Muhammad Zahid Mumtaz, Maqshoof Ahmad, Moazzam Jamil, Tanveer Hussain
Bioaugmentation of Zn solubilizing rhizobacteria could be a sustainable intervention to increase bioavailability of Zn in soil which can be helpful in mitigation of yield loss and malnutrition of zinc. In present study, a number of pure rhizobacterial colonies were isolated from maize rhizosphere and screened for their ability to solubilize zinc oxide. These isolates were screened on the basis of zinc and phosphate solubilization, IAA production, protease production, catalase activity and starch hydrolysis...
September 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647040/synthesis-of-some-transition-metal-m-25mn-27co-28ni-29cu-30zn-47ag-48cd-sulfide-nanostructures-by-hydrothermal-method
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Hamid Emadi, Masoud Salavati-Niasari, Azam Sobhani
The design of nanostructures with favored shape, particle size and structure is one of the most important fields of nanoscience. To reach this target hydrothermal method is one of the most applicable methods which allow us to obtain favored structures by changing some parameters. This review focuses on synthesis of some transition metal sulfides by hydrothermal method because of technological importance of this group of material. The common sulfides of Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ag and Cd are introduced and a mechanism proposed for their synthesis...
June 16, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646769/health-benefit-from-decreasing-exposure-to-heavy-metals-and-metalloid-after-strict-pollution-control-measures-near-a-typical-river-basin-area-in-china
#10
Suzhen Cao, Xiaoli Duan, Yingqun Ma, Xiuge Zhao, Yanwen Qin, Yan Liu, Sai Li, Binghui Zheng, Fusheng Wei
The metal(loid) pollution still is a great concern due to the effects from urbanization and industrialization. While, the health risks from the toxic metal(loid)s could decrease if strict pollution control measures were adopted. However, few studies to date investigate the health risks of heavy metal(loid)s in a systematic river basin for the dependent residents, after taking pollution control measures. Thus, the contents of metal(loid)s (Cu, Pb, Zn, Cd, Mn, As) in surface water along a typical river basin were investigated in this study, and the potential non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic health risks posed to the residents were assessed...
June 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646768/source-profiling-of-arsenic-and-heavy-metals-in-the-selangor-river-basin-and-their-maternal-and-cord-blood-levels-in-selangor-state-malaysia
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Nobumitsu Sakai, Zohour Alsaad, Nguyen Thi Thuong, Kenji Shiota, Minoru Yoneda, Mustafa Ali Mohd
Arsenic and 5 heavy metals (nickel, copper, zinc, cadmium and lead) were quantitated in surface water (n = 18) and soil/ore samples (n = 45) collected from 5 land uses (oil palm converted from forest, oil palm in peat swamp, bare land, quarry and forest) in the Selangor River basin by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Geographic information system (GIS) was used as a spatial analytical tool to classify 4 land uses (forest, agriculture/peat, urban and bare land) from a satellite image taken by Landsat 8...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646756/protein-functionalization-of-zno-nanostructure-exhibits-selective-and-enhanced-toxicity-to-breast-cancer-cells-through-oxidative-stress-based-cell-death-mechanism
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Sailendra Mahanta, S Prathap, Deependra Kumar Ban, Subhankar Paul
Zinc oxide nanostructure (ZnONS) was chemically synthesized and functionalized (FZnONSBLA) with a small protein bovine α-lactalbumin (BLA) by chemical cross-linking methods. Both nano-structures were characterized using various techniques such as electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR, photo-luminescence and X-ray diffraction. Electron microscopy and DLS analysis revealed their (ZnONS and FZnONSBLA) average size of 200nm and 450nm, respectively. When cytotoxicity of both the nanostructures were assessed in breast cancer cells MCF-7 and MDAMB231 by MTT assay and PI/Annexin V staining (FACS), FZnONSBLA demonstrated higher cell death than ZnONS primarily due to generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646737/pollution-characteristics-and-source-identification-of-trace-metals-in-riparian-soils-of-miyun-reservoir-china
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Lanfang Han, Bo Gao, Jin Lu, Yang Zhou, Dongyu Xu, Li Gao, Ke Sun
The South-to-North Water Diversion Project, one of China's largest water diversion projects, has aroused widespread concerns about its potential ecological impacts, especially the potential release of trace metals from shoreline soils into Miyun Reservoir (MYR). Here, riparian soil samples from three elevations and four types of land use were collected. Soil particle size distributions, contents and chemical fractionations of trace metals and lead (Pb) isotopic compositions were analyzed. Results showed that soil texture was basically similar in four types of land use, being mainly composed of sand, with minor portions of clay and silt, while recreational land contained more abundant chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn) and cadmium (Cd), suggesting a possible anthropogenic source for this soil pollution...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646724/zinc-and-calcium-alter-the-relationship-between-mitochondrial-respiration-ros-and-membrane-potential-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-liver-mitochondria
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Mahmoud S Sharaf, Don Stevens, Collins Kamunde
At excess levels, zinc (Zn) disrupts mitochondrial functional integrity and induces oxidative stress in aquatic organisms. Although much is known about the modulation of Zn toxicity by calcium (Ca) in fish, their interactions at the mitochondrial level have scarcely been investigated. Here we assessed the individual and combined effects of Zn and Ca on the relationship between mitochondrial respiration, ROS and membrane potential (ΔΨmt) in rainbow trout liver mitochondria. We tested if cation uptake through the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is a prerequisite for Zn- and/or Ca-induced alteration of mitochondrial function...
June 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646309/influence-of-polymethyl-acrylate-additive-on-the-formation-of-particulate-matter-and-nox-emission-of-a-biodiesel-diesel-fueled-engine
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Islam Mohammad Monirul, Haji Hassan Masjuki, Mohammad Abdul Kalam, Nurin Wahidah Mohd Zulkifli, Islam Shancita
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the polymethyl acrylate (PMA) additive on the formation of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emission from a diesel coconut and/or Calophyllum inophyllum biodiesel-fueled engine. The physicochemical properties of 20% of coconut and/or C. inophyllum biodiesel-diesel blend (B20), 0.03 wt% of PMA with B20 (B20P), and diesel fuel were measured and compared to ASTM D6751, D7467, and EN 14214 standard. The test results showed that the addition of PMA additive with B20 significantly improves the cold-flow properties such as pour point (PP), cloud point (CP), and cold filter plugging point (CFPP)...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646227/size-dependent-uptake-and-hemolytic-effect-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-on-erythrocytes-and-biomedical-potential-of-zno-ferulic-acid-conjugates
#16
E Preedia Babu, A Subastri, A Suyavaran, K Premkumar, V Sujatha, B Aristatile, Ghedeir M Alshammari, V Dharuman, C Thirunavukkarasu
Despite zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) being increasingly used as carriers in biomedical fields due to their multifaceted properties and therapeutic importance, better understanding of the mechanisms and cellular consequences resulting from their interaction with cells and cellular components has been warranted. In the present study, we investigate the size-dependent interaction of ZnONPs on RBCs, and its impact on cell viability, DNA damage, ROS generation and morphological changes, employing cellular and analytical methods...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646015/determination-of-the-heart-to-mediastinum-ratio-of-123-i-mibg-uptake-using-dual-isotope-123-i-mibg-99m-tc-tetrofosmin-multi-pinhole-czt-spect-in-patients-with-heart-failure
#17
Tanguy Blaire, Alban Bailliez, Fayçal Ben Bouallègue, Dimitri Bellevre, Denis Agostini, Alain Manrique
The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the heart-to-mediastinum ratio (HMR) of (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) uptake obtained using a multi-pinhole cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT)-based camera (Discovery NM 530c, DNM-530c, GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI, USA) in comparison with that obtained using conventional planar imaging (Infinia, GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI, USA). Methods: Forty consecutive heart failure patients underwent planar acquisition 4 h after (123)I-MIBG injection (191±41 MBq)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645424/occurrence-of-selected-trace-metals-and-their-oral-bioaccessibility-in-urban-soils-of-kindergartens-and-parks-in-bratislava-slovak-republic-as-evaluated-by-simple-in-vitro-digestion-procedure
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Edgar Hiller, Martin Mihaljevič, Lenka Filová, Lucia Lachká, Ľubomír Jurkovič, Tatsiana Kulikova, Katarína Fajčíková, Mária Šimurková, Veronika Tatarková
A total of eighty surface soil samples were collected from public kindergartens and urban parks in the city of Bratislava, and the <150µm soil fraction was evaluated for total concentrations of five metals, Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn, their oral bioaccessibilities, non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic health risks to children, and lead isotopic composition. The mean metal concentrations in urban soils (0.29, 36.1, 0.13, 30.9 and 113mg/kg for Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn, respectively) were about two times higher compared with background soil concentrations...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645283/oocyte-polarized-light-microscopy-assay-of-specific-follicular-fluid-metabolites-and-gene-expression-in-cumulus-cells-as-different-approaches-to-predict-fertilization-efficiency-after-icsi
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Alberto Revelli, Stefano Canosa, Loredana Bergandi, Oleksii A Skorokhod, Valentina Biasoni, Andrea Carosso, Angela Bertagna, Milena Maule, Elisabetta Aldieri, Maria Diletta D'Eufemia, Francesca Evangelista, Nicola Colacurci, Chiara Benedetto
BACKGROUND: The complex relationship between oocyte morphology, specific follicular fluid metabolites, gene expression in cumulus granulosa cells, and oocyte competence toward fertilization and embryo development still needs further clarification. METHODS: Forty-six oocytes retrieved from the largest pre-ovulatory follicle of patients undergoing intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) were considered assessing: (a) oocyte morphological characteristics at polarized light microscopy (PLM), (b) specific follicular fluid (FF) metabolites previously suggested to influence oocyte competence (AMH, markers of redox status and of cytotoxicity), (c) transcription of AMH and AMH type II receptor genes in cumulus cells...
June 23, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645052/cardiorespiratory-responses-of-air-filtration-a-randomized-crossover-intervention-trial-in-seniors-living-in-beijing-beijing-indoor-air-purifier-study-biapsy
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Danqing Shao, Yipeng Du, Shuo Liu, Bert Brunekreef, Kees Meliefste, Qian Zhao, Jie Chen, Xiaoming Song, Meng Wang, Juan Wang, Hongbing Xu, Rongshan Wu, Tong Wang, Baihuan Feng, Candice Shih-Chun Lung, Xian Wang, Bei He, Wei Huang
In this Beijing Indoor Air Purifier StudY (BIAPSY), we conducted a randomized crossover intervention trial in a panel of 35 non-smoking senior participants with free-living, with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Portable air filtration units were randomly allocated to active-(filter in) for 2weeks and sham-mode (filter out) for 2weeks in the households. We examined the differences in indoor air pollutant concentrations in 20 study homes and a suite of cardio-respiratory biomarker levels in study participants between filtration modes, with and without adjustment for potential confounders...
June 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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