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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914287/an-assessment-of-the-environmental-fate-of-mercury-species-in-highly-polluted-brownfields-by-means-of-thermal-desorption
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M Rumayor, J R Gallego, E Rodríguez-Valdés, M Díaz-Somoano
High contents of mercury (Hg) have been found in old mining-metallurgy sites occurring a widespread contamination and degradation of the land. The ability to identify the Hg species present in these areas is essential to clarify fate of Hg and its bioavailability and additionally, to be able to parameterize remediation techniques based on thermal desorption in order to carry out a full-scale decontamination of the land. This study has proven the usefulness of a thermal programmed desorption procedure (Hg-TPD) for identifying Hg species in contaminated samples related to mining-metallurgy activities...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913014/characterizations-of-atmospheric-particulate-bound-mercury-in-the-kathmandu-valley-of-nepal-south-asia
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Junming Guo, Shichang Kang, Jie Huang, Qianggong Zhang, Maheswar Rupakheti, Shiwei Sun, Lekhendra Tripathee, Dipesh Rupakheti, Arnico K Panday, Mika Sillanpää, Rukumesh Paudyal
The Kathmandu Valley, located in the Himalayan foothills in Nepal, is heavily polluted. In order to investigate ambient particulate-bound mercury (Hg) in the Kathmandu Valley, a total 64 total suspended particulates (TSP) samples were collected from a sub-urban site in the Kathmandu Valley, the capital region of Nepal during a sampling period of an entire year (April 2013-April 2014). They were analyzed for ambient particulate-bound Hg (PBM) using thermal desorption combined with cold vapor atomic spectroscopy...
November 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912186/recycling-oriented-comparison-of-mercury-distribution-in-new-and-spent-fluorescent-lamps-and-their-potential-risk
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Julia Hobohm, Oliver Krüger, Srotoswini Basu, Kerstin Kuchta, Sebastian van Wasen, Christian Adam
This study compares the mercury distribution in the vapor phase, the phosphor powder and the glass matrix of new and spent fluorescent lamps. The spent fluorescent lamps were obtained at the collection yards of a public waste management company in Hamburg, Germany. An innovative systematic sampling method is utilized to collect six spent and eight corresponding new, off-the-shelf fluorescent lamp samples. The efficiency of several acid digestion methods for the determination of the elemental composition was studied and elemental mass fractions of K, Na, Y, Ca, Ba, Eu, Al, Pb, Mg, Hg, and P were measured...
November 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911474/is-chelation-therapy-efficient-for-the-treatment-of-intravenous-metallic-mercury-intoxication
#4
Daniela Pelclova, Stepanka Vlckova, Ondrej Bezdicek, Manuela Vaneckova, Pavel Urban, Petr Ridzon, Pavel Diblik, Tomas Navratil, Pavlina Klusackova, Kamil Vlcek, Olga Benesova, Pavel Trestik, Jiri Homolka, Sergey Zakharov
The efficacy of treatment for intravenous elemental mercury intoxication has not been fully studied with regard to clinical outcomes, and treatment recommendations vary. We treated a 41-year-old man with a history of drug abuse and depression who attempted suicide using 1 mL (13.53 g) metallic Hg i.v. He was admitted to the hospital two months later for dyspnoea and thoracic pain and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Hg deposits were seen in the lungs and extra-pulmonary organs. His blood level (372 μg/L) exceeded the population level of 5 μg/L by more than 70-fold...
December 2, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911010/screening-of-mercury-resistant-and-indole-3-acetic-acid-producing-bacterial-consortium-for-growth-promotion-of-cicer-arietinum-l
#5
Aatif Amin, Zakia Latif
Mercury resistant (Hg(R) ) bacteria were screened from industrial effluents and effluents-polluted rhizosphere soils near to districts Kasur and Sheikhupura, Pakistan. Out of 60 isolates, three bacterial strains, Bacillus sp. AZ-1, Bacillus cereus AZ-2, and Enterobacter cloacae AZ-3 showed Hg-resistance as 20 μg ml(-1) of HgCl2 and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) production as 8-38 μg ml(-1) . Biochemical and molecular characterization of selected bacteria was confirmed by 16S ribotyping. Mercury resistant genes merA, merB, and merE of mer operon in Bacillus spp...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910896/methylmercury-induces-the-expression-of-tnf-%C3%AE-selectively-in-the-brain-of-mice
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Miyuki Iwai-Shimada, Tsutomu Takahashi, Min-Seok Kim, Masatake Fujimura, Hitoyasu Ito, Takashi Toyama, Akira Naganuma, Gi-Wook Hwang
Methylmercury selectively damages the central nervous system (CNS). The tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily includes representative cytokines that participate in the inflammatory response as well as cell survival, and apoptosis. In this study, we found that administration of methylmercury selectively induced TNF-α expression in the brain of mice. Although the accumulated mercury concentration in the liver and kidneys was greater than in the brain, TNF-α expression was induced to a greater extent in brain...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910774/comparison-of-the-chemical-composition-and-bioactive-components-of-fruiting-bodies-and-submerged-cultured-mycelia-of-the-willow-bracket-medicinal-mushroom-phellinus-igniarius-agaricomycetes
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Huawei Zeng, Wenfeng Wang, Menghua Ma, Guohua Xu, Mei Ying-Jie, Jianfan Sund
Chemical compositions and bioactive ingredients of dried fruiting bodies from Phellinus igniarius (CGMCC no. 50095) (P1) and submerged culture of Ph. igniarius dried mycelia (P2) were investigated in this study. It was found that glutamic acid was regarded as a major amino acid in P1 (1.20%) and was approximately 2.55-fold higher than that in P2 (0.47%). Total amino acids in P1 (5.36%) were slightly higher than in P2 (4.09%). The amounts of iron, zinc, copper, and manganese in P1 were 1.96-3.42 times as high as those in P2, whereas potassium, sodium, and magnesium in P2 were almost 2...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908487/mercury-exposure-and-source-tracking-in-distinct-marine-caged-fish-farm-in-southern-china
#8
Xiaoyu Xu, Wen-Xiong Wang
Coasts of South China have experienced an unprecedented growth in its marine-caged fish industry. We analyzed mercury concentrations and stable mercury isotope ratios in fourteen fish species from two cage-cultured farms in Southern China. Total mercury concentrations of all species were lower than the human health screening values, but the human exposures through consumption of several carnivorous fish exceeded the USEPA's reference dose. Isotopic compositions in the sediment (δ(202)Hg: -1.45‰ to -1.23‰; Δ(199)Hg: -0...
November 28, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908422/toenail-mercury-and-dyslipidemia-interaction-with-selenium
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Kyong Park, Eunmin Seo
BACKGROUND: Although compelling evidences from in vivo and in vitro studies exist, limited studies have examined the association between chronic mercury exposure and dyslipidemia. Particularly, data are sparse regarding the influence of selenium on this association of mercury with dyslipidemia in humans. PURPOSE: The purpose of the current study was to examine the associations of toenail mercury with dyslipidemia and its components, and to examine whether selenium in toenails modifies these associations...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906322/detection-of-gaseous-elemental-mercury-using-a-frequency-doubled-green-diode-laser
#10
Xiutao Lou, Tie Zhang, Hongze Lin, Shiyi Gao, Lianjie Xu, Junnan Wang, Li Wan, Sailing He
We demonstrate a second-harmonic-generation (SHG) based method for the detection of gaseous elemental mercury by using a newly available green diode laser. Multimode ultraviolet radiation at 253.7 nm is generated through a process of SHG. Correlation spectroscopy is introduced into the scheme to guarantee the measurement accuracy. The limit of detection achieved is 0.6 μg/m<sup>3</sup> (0.07 ppb) for 1-m pathlength and 10-s integration time. The measurement accuracy is estimated to be 1.2%. The linear response range is estimated to be 0~60 μg/m<sup>2</sup> (6...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905863/associations-between-omega-3-fatty-acids-selenium-content-and-mercury-levels-in-wild-harvested-fish-from-the-dehcho-region-northwest-territories-canada
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Ellen S Reyes, Juan J Aristizabal Henao, Katherine M Kornobis, Rhona M Hanning, Shannon E Majowicz, Karsten Liber, Ken D Stark, George Low, Heidi K Swanson, Brian D Laird
To better understand the risks and benefits of eating wild-harvested fish from the Northwest Territories, Canada, levels of total mercury (HgT) and selenium (Se) and composition of omega-3 fatty acid (n-3 FA) were measured in muscle tissue of fish harvested from lakes in the Dehcho Region, Northwest Territories, Canada. Average HgT levels ranged from 0.057 mg/kg (cisco) to 0.551 mg/kg (northern pike), while average n-3 FA concentrations ranged from 101 mg/100 g (burbot) to 1,689 mg/100 g (lake trout). In contrast to HgT and n-3 FA, mean Se concentrations were relatively similar among species...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904388/content-of-total-phenolics-flavan-3-ols-and-proanthocyanidins-oxidative-stability-and-antioxidant-capacity-of-chocolate-during-storage
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Jovanka Laličić-Petronijević, Draženka Komes, Stanislava Gorjanović, Ana Belščak-Cvitanović, Lato Pezo, Ferenc Pastor, Sanja Ostojić, Jovanka Popov-Raljić, Desanka Sužnjević
Antioxidant (AO) capacity of chocolates with 27, 44 and 75% cocoa was assessed after production and during twelve months of storage by direct current (DC) polarographic assay, based on the decrease of anodic current caused by the formation of hydroxo-perhydroxyl mercury(II) complex (HPMC) in alkaline solutions of hydrogen peroxide at potentials of mercury oxidation, and two spectrophotometric assays. Relative antioxidant capacity index (RACI) was calculated by taking the average value of the AO assay (the sample mass in all assays was identical)...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894681/results-of-micronucleus-assays-with-individuals-who-are-occupationally-and-environmentally-exposed-to-mercury-lead-and-cadmium
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Armen Nersesyan, Michael Kundi, Monika Waldherr, Tahereh Setayesh, Miroslav Mišík, Georg Wultsch, Metka Filipic, Gustavo Rafael Mazzaron Barcelos, Siegfried Knasmueller
Millions of humans are exposed occupationally and environmentally to lead, mercury and cadmium compounds. Mercury compounds are less abundant but some of them belong to the most toxic chemicals which are known. We evaluated the literature to find out if these metals act in humans as genotoxic carcinogens and if their health effects can be predicted by use of micronucleus (MN) assays with lymphocytes and/or with other genotoxicity tests. Numerous studies showed that lead and mercury induce cancer in humans and also in animals, in vitro experiments with cultured cells indicate that they cause DNA damage via different molecular mechanisms including release of reactive oxygen species and interactions with DNA repair processes...
October 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891763/silver-nanoclusters-stabilized-with-denatured-fish-sperm-dna-and-the-application-on-trace-mercury-ions-detection
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Yangfang Kuang, Sheng Liang, Fangfang Ma, Shu Chen, Yunfei Long, Rongjin Zeng
In this study, fluorescent silver nanoclusters (Ag NCs) were synthesized using denatured fish sperm DNA as the template. In contrast to other methods, this method did not use artificial DNA as the template. After their reaction with denatured fish sperm DNA, Ag(+) ions were reduced by NaBH4 to form Ag NCs. The Ag NCs showed a strong fluorescence emission at 650 nm when excited at 585 nm. The fluorescence intensity increased fourfold at pH 3.78, controlled with Britton-Robinson buffer solution. The fluorescence of the Ag NCs was quenched in the presence of trace mercury ions (Hg(2)(+) ) in a weakly acidic medium and nitrogen atmosphere...
November 27, 2016: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891370/trace-elements-in-chronic-haemodialysis-patients-and-healthy-individuals-a-comparative-study
#15
Lokesh Shanmugam, Siva Ranganathan Green, Hemachandar Radhakrishnan, Tony Mathew Kadavanu, Arunkumar Ramachandrappa, Shashank Rakesh Tiwari, Amirtha Lakshmi Rajkumar, Ezhumalai Govindasamy
INTRODUCTION: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients despite receiving adequate Haemodialysis (HD) develop significant risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Abnormality in levels of trace elements may potentiate vascular injury by producing sustained inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. Hence, the present study was undertaken to evaluate the levels of trace elements in patients receiving HD. AIM: To study the blood levels of arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, chromium, barium, cobalt, caesium and selenium among ESRD patients undergoing HD and compare it with healthy individuals...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889622/evaluating-uv-c-led-disinfection-performance-and-investigating-potential-dual-wavelength-synergy
#16
Sara E Beck, Hodon Ryu, Laura A Boczek, Jennifer L Cashdollar, Kaitlyn M Jeanis, James S Rosenblum, Oliver R Lawal, Karl G Linden
A dual-wavelength UV-C LED unit, emitting at peaks of 260 nm, 280 nm, and the combination of 260|280 nm together was evaluated for its inactivation efficacy and energy efficiency at disinfecting Escherichia coli, MS2 coliphage, human adenovirus type 2 (HAdV2), and Bacillus pumilus spores, compared to conventional low-pressure and medium-pressure UV mercury vapor lamps. The dual-wavelength unit was also used to measure potential synergistic effects of multiple wavelengths on bacterial and viral inactivation and DNA and RNA damage...
November 7, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889533/temporomandibular-joint-disorder-management-in-oral-and-maxillofacial%C3%A2-surgery
#17
Louis G Mercuri
PURPOSE: This article discusses why the management of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) cases leads to some oral and maxillofacial surgeons to actively avoid attracting such patients to their practices, offers some evidence-based explanations, and provides recommendations for resolution that will benefit not only the specialty but more importantly the patients it serves. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A review of the reasons some surgeons state they do not wish to manage TMD cases is presented, followed by an updated review of the TMD and orthopedic literature discussing not only the importance of a proper diagnosis but also the impact of comorbid conditions, genetics, clinical experience, and patient expectations important to achieving good TMD management outcomes...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889462/maternal-and-umbilical-cord-blood-levels-of-mercury-manganese-iron-and-copper-in-southern-taiwan-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
Shih-Hui Huang, Ken-Pen Weng, Ching-Chiang Lin, Chung-Cheng Wang, Charles Tzu-Chi Lee, Luo-Ping Ger, Ming-Tsang Wu
BACKGROUND: The effect of maternal exposure to essential minerals and heavy metals on fetus is an important issue, which affects women around the world. Few data are available on the concentration of both essential minerals and heavy metals in maternal/fetal medicine. The aims of this study were to (1) assess the correlation of mercury (Hg), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), and copper (Cu) in paired maternal/fetal blood samples, and (2) study potential confounding factors during pregnancy. METHODS: Our study recruited 145 healthy pregnant women with a mean age of 28...
November 23, 2016: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888389/analysis-of-carcinogenic-heavy-metals-in-gallstones-and-its-role-in-gallbladder-carcinogenesis
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Bikash Mondal, Dhrubajyoti Maulik, Mousumi Mandal, Gautam Narayan Sarkar, Sanjay Sengupta, Debidas Ghosh
PURPOSE: Gallstone is a high-risk factor for gallbladder pre-malignancy or malignancy (GB PM-M) but which substances of gallstones definitely assist to turn out in to GB PM-M, remains unclear. This study aimed to find out the presence of carcinogenic heavy metals in gallstones and to explore the aetiopathogenesis of gallbladder pre-malignancy and malignancy. METHODS: Presence of elements in gallstones was detected by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and then level of carcinogenic heavy metals was estimated in gallstones using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS)...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888383/relationships-between-blood-mercury-levels-reproduction-and-return-rate-in-a-small-seabird
#20
Ingrid L Pollet, Marty L Leonard, Nelson J O'Driscoll, Neil M Burgess, Dave Shutler
Mercury (Hg) is a ubiquitous heavy metal that occurs naturally in the environment, but its levels have been supplemented for decades by a variety of human activities. Mercury can have serious deleterious effects on a variety of organisms, with top predators being particularly susceptible because methylmercury bioaccumulates and biomagnifies in food webs. Among birds, seabirds can have especially high levels of Hg contamination and Leach's storm-petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa), in particular, have amongst the highest known levels...
November 25, 2016: Ecotoxicology
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