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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813138/quantifying-lake-water-quality-evolution-coupled-geochemistry-hydrodynamics-and-aquatic-ecology-in-an-acidic-pit-lake
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S Ursula Salmon, Matthew R Hipsey, Geoffrey W Wake, Gregory N Ivey, Carolyn E Oldham
Assessment of water quality evolution in the thousands of existing and future mine pit lakes worldwide requires new numerical tools that integrate geochemical, hydrological, and biological processes. A coupled model was used to test alternative hypothesized controls on water quality in a pit lake over ∼8 years. The evolution of pH, Al, and Fe were closely linked; field observations were reproduced with generic solubility equilibrium controls on Fe(III) and Al and a commonly reported acceleration of the abiotic Fe(II) oxidation rate by 2-3 orders of magnitude...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812956/toxicity-identification-and-evaluation-for-the-effluent-from-a-nonmetallic-mineral-mining-facility-in-korea-using-d-magna
#2
Sungjong Lee, Hongjoo Ha, JinKyung Hong, Guyoung Kang, Chunsang Hong
Industrial wastewater has attracted increasing attention in recent years because of its impact on ecosystems and human health. Whole-effluent tests are generally used to monitor toxicities of unknown chemicals and conventional pollutants from industrial effluent discharges. This study described identification evaluation (TIE) procedures to determine the acute toxicity of a nonmetallic mineral mining facility effluent that was toxic to Daphnia magna. In the characterization step (TIE phase I), toxic effects of heavy metals, organic compounds, oxidants, volatile organic compounds, suspended solids, and ammonia were screened...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812872/effect-of-mineral-dissolution-precipitation-and-co2-exsolution-on-co2-transport-in-geological-carbon-storage
#3
Ruina Xu, Rong Li, Jin Ma, Di He, Peixue Jiang
Geological carbon sequestration (GCS) in deep saline aquifers is an effective means for storing carbon dioxide to address global climate change. As the time after injection increases, the safety of storage increases as the CO2 transforms from a separate phase to CO2(aq) and HCO3(-) by dissolution and then to carbonates by mineral dissolution. However, subsequent depressurization could lead to dissolved CO2(aq) escaping from the formation water and creating a new separate phase which may reduce the GCS system safety...
August 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812774/self-adaptive-hydrogels-to-mineralization
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Tooba Shoaib, Ariel Carmichael, R E Corman, Yun Shen, Thanh H Nguyen, Randy H Ewoldt, Rosa M Espinosa-Marzal
Mineralized biological tissues, whose behavior can range from rigid to compliant, are an essential component of vertebrates and invertebrates. Little is known about how the behavior of mineralized yet compliant tissues can be tuned by the degree of mineralization. In this work, a synthesis route to tune the structure and mechanical response of agarose gels via ionic crosslinking and mineralization has been developed. A combination of experimental techniques demonstrates that crosslinking via cooperative hydrogen bonding in agarose gels is disturbed by calcium ions, but they promote ionic crosslinking that modifies the agarose network...
August 16, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812671/sulfate-radicals-enable-a-non-enzymatic-krebs-cycle-precursor
#5
Markus A Keller, Domen Kampjut, Stuart A Harrison, Markus Ralser
The evolutionary origins of the Krebs cycle (tricarboxylic acid cycle) are not currently clear. Despite the existence of a simple non-enzymatic Krebs cycle catalyst being dismissed only a few years ago as 'an appeal to magic', citrate and other intermediates have since been discovered on a carbonaceous meteorite and do interconvert non-enzymatically. To identify a metabolism-like non-enzymatic Krebs cycle catalyst, we used combinatorial, quantitative high-throughput metabolomics to systematically screen iron and sulfate compounds in a reaction mixture that orients on the typical components of Archaean sediment...
March 13, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812553/rapid-recovery-of-patagonian-plant-insect-associations-after-the-end-cretaceous-extinction
#6
Michael P Donovan, Ari Iglesias, Peter Wilf, Conrad C Labandeira, N Rubén Cúneo
The Southern Hemisphere may have provided biodiversity refugia after the Cretaceous/Palaeogene (K/Pg) mass extinction. However, few extinction and recovery studies have been conducted in the terrestrial realm using well-dated macrofossil sites that span the latest Cretaceous (late Maastrichtian) and early Palaeocene (Danian) outside western interior North America (WINA). Here, we analyse insect-feeding damage on 3,646 fossil leaves from the latest Maastrichtian and three time slices of the Danian in Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina (palaeolatitude approximately 50° S)...
November 7, 2016: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812320/the-relationship-between-periodontal-disease-tooth-loss-and-decreased-skeletal-bone-mineral-density-in-ageing-women
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Ivana Savić Pavičin, Jelena Dumančić, Tomislav Jukić, Tomislav Badel
AIM: Osteoporosis and periodontitis are both chronic diseases characterised by bone loss. Potential association is of great clinical importance because of multifactorial aetiology and common risk factors. The aim of this study was to determine relationship between bone mineral density (BMD), tooth loss and periodontal status taking into account age, number of years since onset of menopause and educational level. With increasing age, number of years since onset of menopause and lower educational level, decreased BMD, deteriorating periodontal status and greater tooth loss are expected...
August 15, 2017: Gerodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812206/differences-in-femoral-neck-structure-between-elderly-caucasian-and-chinese-populations-a-cross-sectional-study-of-perth-beijing-cohorts
#8
L Wang, B C C Khoo, X G Cheng, K Brown, J R Lewis, Y B Su, Z Guo, K Li, R L Prince
Structural skeletal differences of the femoral neck of older Beijing-Chinese and Perth-Caucasian women were compared; adjusting for frame size-related differences, Beijing-Chinese have lower periosteal width; however, indices of internal bone distribution suggest that Beijing-Chinese may exhibit increased resistance to fracture that may relate to the reduced hip fracture incidence. INTRODUCTION: Ethnic differences in skeletal structure may relate to differences in hip fracture risk in Chinese and Caucasian populations...
August 15, 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812200/dust-emission-and-dispersion-from-mineral-storage-piles
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Andrea Romeo, Laura Capelli, Selena Sironi, Giuseppe Nano, Renato Rota, Valentina Busini
Dust pollution is a complex problem of growing interest because of its environmental, health, economic and political impact. Environmental impact assessment methods for dust pollution management are often based on the simulation of dust dispersion, which requires a precise characterization of the source term and of the source parameters. The source term model should be as simple and as accurate as possible and requires low time consumption in order to be easily connected to a more complex algorithm for the dispersion calculations...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812195/design-and-evaluation-of-a-compact-photocatalytic-reactor-for-water-treatment
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Marko Kete, Olena Pliekhova, Lev Matoh, Urška Lavrenčič Štangar
A compact reactor for photocatalytic oxidation and photocatalytic ozonation water treatment was developed and evaluated by using four model pollutants. Additionally, combinations of pollutants were evaluated. Specially produced Al2O3 porous reticulated monolith foams served as TiO2 carriers, offering a high surface area support. UV lamps were placed in the interior to achieve reduced dimensions of the reactor (12 cm in diameter × 20 cm in height). Despite its small size, the overall photocatalytic cleaning capacity was substantial...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812194/amorphous-silica-promoted-lysine-dimerization-a-thermodynamic-prediction
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Norio Kitadai, Kumiko Nishiuchi, Akari Nishii, Keisuke Fukushi
It has long been suggested that mineral surfaces played a crucial role in the abiotic polymerization of amino acids that preceded the origin of life. Nevertheless, it remains unclear where the prebiotic process took place on the primitive Earth, because the amino acid-mineral interaction and its dependence on environmental conditions have yet to be understood adequately. Here we examined experimentally the adsorption of L-lysine (Lys) and its dimer (LysLys) on amorphous silica over a wide range of pH, ionic strength, adsorbate concentration, and the solid/water ratio, and determined the reaction stoichiometries and the equilibrium constants based on the extended triple-layer model (ETLM)...
August 15, 2017: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812130/studies-on-the-radiographic-visibility-of-the-periodontal-ligament-in-lower-third-molars-can-the-olze-method-be-used-in-the-chinese-population
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Yu-Cheng Guo, Mu-Jia Li, Andreas Olze, Sven Schmidt, Ronald Schulz, Hong Zhou, Heidi Pfeiffer, Teng Chen, Andreas Schmeling
The purpose of the present research is to study the radiographic visibility of the periodontal ligament in third molars from a northern Chinese population to determine if this methodology could be used for the 18-year threshold. A total of 1300 conventional orthopantomograms from 650 males and 650 females of northern Chinese subjects aged between 15 and 40 years were analyzed. The radiographic visibility of the periodontal membrane of fully mineralized third molars was assessed using the stages described by Olze et al...
August 15, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812035/bioabsorbable-versus-metal-screw-in-the-fixation-of-tibial-tubercle-transfer-a-cadaveric-biomechanical-study
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Janne T Nurmi, Ari Itälä, Raine Sihvonen, Petri Sillanpää, Pekka Kannus, Harri Sievänen, Teppo L N Järvinen
BACKGROUND: In tibial tubercle transfer (TTT) procedures, the osteotomized and transferred tibial tubercle is usually fixed into the host bone using metal screws. PURPOSE: To compare the strength of fixation provided by a single bioabsorbable screw versus a metal screw for TTT. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Twenty-two pairs of human cadaveric tibiae were used to compare the fixation strength of a single 4...
July 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811510/temporal-changes-in-the-radiocesium-distribution-in-forests-over-the-five-years-after-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant-accident
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Naohiro Imamura, Masabumi Komatsu, Shinta Ohashi, Shoji Hashimoto, Takuya Kajimoto, Shinji Kaneko, Tsutomu Takano
To elucidate the temporal changes in the radiocesium distribution in forests contaminated by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, we monitored the (137)Cs concentration and inventory within forests from 2011 to 2015 across nine plots containing variable tree species and different contamination levels. The (137)Cs concentrations in needles and branches decreased exponentially at all coniferous plots, with effective ecological half-lives of 0.45-1.55 yr for needles and 0.83-1.69 yr for branches...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811183/deletion-of-protein-kinase-d1-in-osteoprogenitor-cells-results-in-decreased-osteogenesis-in-vitro-and-reduced-bone-mineral-density-in-vivo
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Wendy B Bollag, Vivek Choudhary, Qing Zhong, Ke-Hong Ding, Jianrui Xu, Ranya Elsayed, Kanglun Yu, Yun Su, Lakiea J Bailey, Xing-Ming Shi, Mohammed Elsalanty, Maribeth H Johnson, Meghan E McGee-Lawrence, Carlos M Isales
Protein kinase D1 (PRKD1) is thought to play a role in a number of cellular functions, including proliferation and differentiation. We hypothesized that PRKD1 in bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSC) could modulate osteogenesis. In BMMSCs from floxed PRKD1 mice, PRKD1 ablation with adenovirus-mediated Cre-recombinase expression inhibited BMMSC differentiation in vitro. In 3- and 6-month-old conditional knockout mice (cKO), in which PRKD1 was ablated in osteoprogenitor cells by osterix promoter-driven Cre-recombinase, bone mineral density (BMD) was significantly reduced compared with floxed control littermates...
August 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811147/neutralization-of-cement-asbestos-waste-by-melting-in-an-arc-resistance-furnace
#16
Jerzy Witek, Robert Kusiorowski
The paper presents the results of research on asbestos waste disposal by the melting process. The tests were carried out in a laboratory arc-resistance electric furnace. The obtained results showed that the fibrous structure of asbestos contained in cement-asbestos waste was completely destroyed. This led to the formation of new mineral phases without dangerous properties. The melting test was conducted on raw cement-asbestos samples without any additives and with a content of mineral compounds, the aim of which was to support the melting process...
August 12, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811021/quantitative-analysis-of-major-and-trace-elements-in-nh4hf2-modified-silicate-rock-powders-by-laser-ablation-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
#17
Wen Zhang, Zhaochu Hu, Yongsheng Liu, Wenwu Yang, Haihong Chen, Shenghong Hu, Hongyan Xiao
In this paper, we described a NH4HF2 digestion method as sample preparation for the rapid determination of major and trace elements in silicate rocks using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Sample powders digested by NH4HF2 at 230 °C for 3 h form ultrafine powders with a typical grain size d80 < 8.5 μm, and various silicate rocks have a consistent grain morphology and size, allowing us to produce pressed powder pellets that have excellent cohesion and homogeneity suitable for laser ablation micro-analysis without the addition of binder...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810851/chitosan-in-viscosupplementation-in-vivo-effect-on-rabbit-subchondral-bone
#18
R Rieger, C Boulocher, S Kaderli, T Hoc
BACKGROUND: To investigate the effect of intra-articular injection of Chitosan (Cs) added to hyaluronic acid (HA) on subchondral bone during osteoarthritis (OA), microarchitectural parameters and mineral density were measured in a rabbit model of early OA. A novel hybrid hydrogel adding reacetylated Cs of fungal origin to HA was compared to high molecular weight HA commercial formulation. METHOD: Eighteen rabbits underwent unilateral anterior cruciate ligament transection (ACLT) and were divided into three groups (Saline-group, HA-group and Hybrid-group) depending on the intra-articular injection compound...
August 15, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810653/surgical-trauma-and-low-dose-methylprednisolone-modulate-the-severity-of-the-acute-phase-response-induced-by-zoledronic-acid-infusion
#19
Jian Chen, Lipeng Yu, Lixin Chen, Xuan Wu, Pengyu Tang, Jian Yin, Tao Jiang, Guoyong Yin, Jin Fan
The aim of the present study was to investigate risk factors for the development of an acute-phase response (APR) associated with the initial zoledronic acid (ZA) infusion in patients undergoing surgery, and to assess whether its onset may be reduced by post-dose administration of low-dose methylprednisolone (MP) or acetaminophen. A retrospective study of patients with osteoporosis who attended the departments of orthopedics and endocrinology of a single hospital and received 5 mg ZA was conducted; the patients included surgical and non-surgical cases...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810648/combination-of-alendronate-and-genistein-synergistically-suppresses-osteoclastic-differentiation-of-raw267-4-cells-in-vitro
#20
Masayoshi Yamaguchi, Robert M Levy
Bone is a dynamic tissue that undergoes constant remodeling, with removal by osteoclastic bone resorption and replacement via osteoblastic bone formation and mineralization. Deterioration of bone mass with aging leads to osteoporosis. Bisphosphonates are potent inhibitors of osteoclastic bone resorption. Genistein, an isoflavone, exerts a bone anabolic effect by suppressing osteoclastic bone resorption and stimulating osteoblastic bone formation. The present study was undertaken to investigate the anabolic effects of a combination of alendronate and genistein on osteoclastic differentiation...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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