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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343040/the-influence-of-lead-content-in-drinking-water-household-dust-soil-and-paint-on-blood-lead-levels-of-children-in-flin-flon-manitoba-and-creighton-saskatchewan
#1
Adam M Safruk, Erin McGregor, Melissa L Whitfield Aslund, Paul H Cheung, Celine Pinsent, Blair J Jackson, Alan T Hair, Murray Lee, Elliot A Sigal
Lead exposure continues to be an important health issue despite the general removal of lead sources in commercial and industrial applications. Low levels of lead exposure have been found to produce adverse neurodevelopmental effects in children with no evidence that a threshold exists for this critical endpoint. Blood lead levels (BLLs) were measured in children (n=118) under the age of 7years in the northern Canadian smelter community of Flin Flon, Manitoba and Creighton, Saskatchewan. An environmental sampling component was included to examine the relationship between lead content in outdoor soil, household dust, tap water, and paint within a given household and the corresponding BLLs in participating children...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342616/performance-of-leading-artifact-removal-algorithms-assessed-across-microwave-breast-imaging-prototype-scan-configurations
#2
M A Elahi, C Curtis, B R Lavoie, M Glavin, E Jones, E Fear, M O'Halloran
Microwave imaging is a promising imaging modality for the detection of early-stage breast cancer. One of the most important signal processing components of microwave radar-based breast imaging is early-stage artifact removal. Several artifact removal algorithms have been reported in the literature. However, the neighbourhood-based skin subtraction and hybrid artifact removal algorithms have shown particularly promising results in different realistic 3D breast phantoms. For the first time in this paper, both algorithms have been evaluated and compared using the scan approaches of the most common microwave breast imaging prototype systems...
March 2, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342358/insight-into-highly-efficient-co-removal-of-p-nitrophenol-and-lead-by-nitrogen-functionalized-magnetic-ordered-mesoporous-carbon-performance-and-modelling
#3
Yaoyu Zhou, Xiaocheng Liu, Lin Tang, Fengfeng Zhang, Guangming Zeng, Xiangqi Peng, Lin Luo, Yaochen Deng, Ya Pang, Jiachao Zhang
Highly efficient simultaneous removal of Pb(II) and p-nitrophenol (PNP) contamination from water was accomplished by nitrogen-functionalized magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon (N-Fe/OMC). The mutual effects and inner mechanisms of their adsorption onto N-Fe/OMC were systematically investigated by sole and binary systems, and thermodynamic, sorption isotherm and adsorption kinetics models. The liquid-film diffusion step might be the rate-limiting step for PNP and Pb(II). The fitting of experimental data with Temkin model indicates that the adsorption process of PNP and Pb(II) involve physisorption and chemisorption...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340420/extended-anaerobic-conditions-in-the-biological-wastewater-treatment-higher-reduction-of-toxicity-compared-to-target-organic-micropollutants
#4
Johannes Völker, Tobias Vogt, Sandro Castronovo, Arne Wick, Thomas A Ternes, Adriano Joss, Jörg Oehlmann, Martin Wagner
Extended anaerobic conditions during biological wastewater treatment may enhance the biodegradation of micropollutants. To explore this, we combined iron-reducing or substrate-limited anaerobic conditions and aerobic pilot-scale reactors directly at a wastewater treatment plant. To investigate the detoxification by these processes, we applied two in vitro bioassays for baseline toxicity (Microtox) and reactive toxicity (AREc32) as well as in vivo bioassays with aquatic model species in two laboratory experiments (Desmodesmus subspicatus, Daphnia magna) and two on-site, flow-through experiments (Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Lumbriculus variegatus)...
March 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340252/urinary-tract-infection-recent-insight-into-the-evolutionary-arms-race-between-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli-and-our-immune-system
#5
Sebastian Schwab, Katarzyna Jobin, Christian Kurts
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common bacterial infections worldwide. Humans evolved various immune-dependent and independent defense mechanisms, while pathogens evolved multiple virulence factors to fight back. This article summarizes recent findings regarding the arms race between hosts and pathogens in UTIs. It was recently reported that macrophage subsets regulate neutrophil-mediated defense in primary UTIs but seem to subvert adaptive immunity upon re-infection. Moreover, some bacterial strains can survive inside macrophages, leading to recurrent infections...
March 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339957/effects-of-caponization-and-age-on-the-histology-lipid-localization-and-fiber-diameter-in-muscles-from-greenleg-partridge-cockerels
#6
M Gesek, M Zawacka, D Murawska
The preference of modern consumers for high-quality meat has forced breeders to use native breeds to produce capons. Caponization, both chemical and surgical, leads to androgen deficiency and changes in lipid metabolism and results in the accumulation of abdominal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular lipids, which change the sensory values of the meat. The aim of this study was to histologically evaluate selected skeletal muscles from Greenleg Partridge capons and cockerels. We examined lipid localization in the muscular tissue and also assessed both fiber type and fiber diameter in the pectoral muscles...
March 3, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339758/safety-and-efficacy-of-the-new-bidirectional-rotational-evolution%C3%A2-mechanical-lead-extraction-sheath-results-from-a-multicentre-italian-registry
#7
Patrizio Mazzone, Federico Migliore, Emanuele Bertaglia, Domenico Facchin, Elisabetta Daleffe, Vittorio Calzolari, Martino Crosato, Francesco Melillo, Francesco Peruzza, Alessandra Marzi, Nicoleta Sora, Paolo Della Bella
Aims: The aim of this prospective multicentre study is to evaluate safety and efficacy of the new bidirectional rotational mechanical lead extraction (LE) sheath (Evolution RL, Cook Medical, USA) in chronically implanted leads (>1-year-old leads). Methods and results: Between September 2013 and June 2016, a total of 238 leads in 124 consecutive patients were removed by using the new Evolution RL rotational mechanical sheath. Indications for LE were cardiac device infection in 63 (50...
February 23, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339585/success-and-complication-rates-of-lead-extraction-with-the-first-vs-the-second-generation-evolution-mechanical-sheath
#8
Olivier A Witte, Ahmet Adiyaman, Jaap Jan J Smit, Anand R Ramdat Misier, Arif Elvan, Abdul Ghani, Peter Paul H M Delnoy
Aims: The Evolution sheath (Cook Medical, USA) is a power sheath frequently used for chronic lead extraction. In 2013, a novel type (bidirectional) of Evolution sheath (the RL type) was introduced. We evaluated differences in success and complication rates of the two types. Methods and results: From 2009 to 2015, all lead extractions requiring the use of an Evolution sheath were prospectively examined. According to the current guidelines, complete procedural success was defined as the removal of all targeted lead materials...
October 6, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338601/mycotoxin-biotransformation-by-native-and-commercial-enzymes-present-and-future-perspectives
#9
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Martina Loi, Francesca Fanelli, Vania C Liuzzi, Antonio F Logrieco, Giuseppina Mulè
Worldwide mycotoxins contamination has a significant impact on animal and human health, and leads to economic losses accounted for billions of dollars annually. Since the application of pre- and post- harvest strategies, including chemical or physical removal, are not sufficiently effective, biological transformation is considered the most promising yet challenging approach to reduce mycotoxins accumulation. Although several microorganisms were reported to degrade mycotoxins, only a few enzymes have been identified, purified and characterized for this activity...
March 24, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337986/simultaneous-treatment-of-temporomandibular-joint-ankylosis-with-severe-mandibular-deficiency-by-standard-tmj-prosthesis
#10
YiHui Hu, LuZhu Zhang, DongMei He, Chi Yang, MinJie Chen, ShanYong Zhang, Hui Li, Edward Ellis Iii
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) ankylosis is a refractory disease that is difficult to predictably treat. This study evaluated the prognosis of using standard alloplastic TMJ prostheses for the treatment of TMJ ankylosis in Chinese patients with severe mandibular deficiency. Patients treated from 2013 to 2015 were reviewed. The computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) technique was used to guide bony mass removal and locate the TMJ prosthesis (Biomet, USA). Eleven patients were included in this study. All prostheses were successfully installed and stabilized intraoperatively...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337961/biosorption-of-heavy-metals-from-aqueous-solution-by-bacteria-isolated-from-contaminated-soil
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Pradeep Dhanwal Anil Kumar Shruti Dudeja Hemlata Badgujar Rohit Chauhan Abhishek Kumar Poonam Dhull Vinod Chhokar Vikas Beniwal
The study was carried out to analyze the heavy metals biosorption potential of bacteria isolated from electroplating industrial effluents contaminated soil. Bacterial isolates were screened for their multi-metal biosorption potential against copper, nickel, lead and chromium. Bacterial isolate CU4A showed maximum uptake of copper, nickel, lead and chromium in aqueous solution with biosorption efficiency as 87.16 %, 79.62%, 84.92% and 68.12%, respectively. The bacterial strain CU4A was identified as Bacillus cereus following 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis...
March 9, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336328/bone-healing-is-achievable-despite-extensive-wound-dehiscence-and-wide-plate-and-screws-exposure-in-children
#12
Elias Melhem, Wael Bayoud, Ismat Ghanem
BACKGROUD: Extensive wound dehiscence and wide plate and screw exposure in the early weeks following orthopaedic surgery in children is usually managed either by extensive debridement, lavage and secondary closure or hardware removal and external fixation. PATIENTS: Three children with LCP plate and screws exposure were managed by simple repetitive debridement and local wound care without any IV antibiotics, nor secondary closure or hardware removal. All three cases occurred in the tibia, one following tibial osteotomy in lateral hemimelia with a long history of previous surgeries, one following wide excision of a tibial Ewing sarcoma with chemo and radiotherapy, and the third following wide excision of a 12cm necrotic tibial segment due to chronic osteomyelitis...
March 20, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335974/selective-solid-phase-extraction-of-lanthanides-from-tap-and-river-waters-with-ion-imprinted-polymers
#13
Manel Moussa, Massamba Mbacké Ndiaye, Thomas Pinta, Valérie Pichon, Thomas Vercouter, Nathalie Delaunay
For the first time, an ion imprinted polymer (IIP) able to selectively extract simultaneously all the lanthanide ions was successfully synthesized in acetonitrile using Nd(3+) as a template ion, methacrylic acid as a complexing monomer, and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a cross-linker. A non-imprinted polymer (NIP) was synthesized under the same conditions as those of the IIP, but in the absence of the template ion. After the removal of the template ions, grounding and sieving, the IIP particles were packed in solid phase extraction (SPE) cartridges...
April 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335864/using-zebrafish-to-study-kidney-development-and-disease
#14
Stephanie Jerman, Zhaoxia Sun
The kidneys are a crucial pair of organs that are responsible for filtering the blood to remove waste, maintain electrolyte and water homeostasis, and regulate blood pressure. There are a number of factors, both genetic and environmental, that can impair the function of the kidneys resulting in significant morbidity and mortality for millions of people affected by kidney disease worldwide. The zebrafish, Danio rerio, has emerged as an attractive vertebrate model in the study of kidney development and disease and has proven to be a powerful tool in the advancement of how kidney development occurs in vertebrates and how the kidney repairs itself after injury...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335772/production-of-s-2-aminobutyric-acid-and-s-2-aminobutanol-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#15
Nora Weber, Anaëlle Hatsch, Ludivine Labagnere, Harald Heider
BACKGROUND: Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast) has great potential as a whole-cell biocatalyst for multistep synthesis of various organic molecules. To date, however, few examples exist in the literature of the successful biosynthetic production of chemical compounds, in yeast, that do not exist in nature. Considering that more than 30% of all drugs on the market are purely chemical compounds, often produced by harsh synthetic chemistry or with very low yields, novel and environmentally sound production routes are highly desirable...
March 23, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334750/ctc1-mediated-c-strand-fill-in-is-an-essential-step-in-telomere-length-maintenance
#16
Xuyang Feng, Shih-Jui Hsu, Christopher Kasbek, Mary Chaiken, Carolyn M Price
To prevent progressive telomere shortening as a result of conventional DNA replication, new telomeric DNA must be added onto the chromosome end. The de novo DNA synthesis involves elongation of the G-rich strand of the telomere by telomerase. In human cells, the CST complex (CTC1-STN1-TEN1) also functions in telomere replication. CST first aids in duplication of the telomeric dsDNA. Then after telomerase has extended the G-rich strand, CST facilitates fill-in synthesis of the complementary C-strand. Here, we analyze telomere structure after disruption of human CTC1 and demonstrate that functional CST is essential for telomere length maintenance due to its role in mediating C-strand fill-in...
February 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334666/bio-refractory-dissolved-organic-matter-and-colorants-in-cassava-distillery-wastewater-characterization-coagulation-treatment-and-mechanisms
#17
Ming Zhang, Zhou Wang, Penghui Li, Hua Zhang, Li Xie
An important portion of organic matter and colorants still remain in the biologically treated distillery wastewater, leaving the dark brown and odorous downstream with the heavy loading of chemical oxygen demand and the potential of forming disinfection byproducts. However, those bio-recalcitrant colorants have not been clearly recognized. The current study investigated the features of the bio-refractory organic matter and colorants in a typical distillery effluent, cassava distillery wastewater; special attention was paid to their change and behaviors in the coagulation treatment following the bio-processes...
March 20, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333639/robust-dynamic-multi-objective-vehicle-routing-optimization-method
#18
Yi-Nan Guo, Jian Cheng, Sha Luo, Dun-Wei Gong
For dynamic multi-objective vehicle routing problems, the waiting time of vehicle, the number of serving vehicles, the total distance of routes were normally considered as the optimization objectives. Except for above objectives, fuel consumption that leads to the environmental pollution and energy consumption was focused on in this paper. Considering the vehicles' load and the driving distance, corresponding carbon emission model was built and set as an optimization objective. Dynamic multi-objective vehicle routing problems with hard time windows and randomly appeared dynamic customers, subsequently, were modeled...
March 21, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332748/guest-induced-assembly-of-bis-thiosemicarbazonato-zinc-ii-coordination-nanotubes
#19
Brett M Paterson, Keith F White, Jonathan M White, Brendan F Abrahams, Paul S Donnelly
A Zn(II) complex of the dianionic tetradentate ligand formed by deprotonation of glyoxal-bis(4-phenyl-3-thiosemicarbazone) (H2 gtsp) is a [3+3] trinuclear triangular prism. Recrystallization of this complex in the presence of either CO2 , CS2 , or CH3 CN leads to the formation of [4+4] open-ended charge-neutral tetranuclear coordination nanotubes, approximately 2 nm in length and with internal dimensions large enough to accommodate linear guest molecules, which serve to template their formation. Upon removal of the templating molecules the nanotubes demonstrated reversible sorption of CO2 with an isosteric enthalpy of sorption of 28 kJ mol(-1) at low loading...
March 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332562/new-insights-on-the-biomineralisation-process-developing-in-human-lungs-around-inhaled-asbestos-fibres
#20
Fabrizio Bardelli, Giulia Veronesi, Silvana Capella, Donata Bellis, Laurent Charlet, Alessia Cedola, Elena Belluso
Once penetrated into the lungs of exposed people, asbestos induces an in vivo biomineralisation process that leads to the formation of a ferruginous coating embedding the fibres. The ensemble of the fibre and the coating is referred to as asbestos body and is believed to be responsible for the high toxicological outcome of asbestos. Lung tissue of two individuals subjected to prolonged occupational exposure to crocidolite asbestos was investigated using synchrotron radiation micro-probe tools. The distribution of K and of elements heavier than Fe (Zn, Cu, As, and Ba) in the asbestos bodies was observed for the first time...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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