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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742846/endophytic-fungal-communities-of-polygonum-acuminatum-and-aeschynomene-fluminensis-are-influenced-by-soil-mercury-contamination
#1
William Pietro-Souza, Ivani Souza Mello, Suzana Junges Vendruscullo, Gilvan Ferreira da Silva, Cátia Nunes da Cunha, James Francis White, Marcos Antônio Soares
The endophytic fungal communities of Polygonum acuminatum and Aeschynomene fluminensis were examined with respect to soil mercury (Hg) contamination. Plants were collected in places with and without Hg+2 for isolation and identification of their endophytic root fungi. We evaluated frequency of colonization, number of isolates and richness, indices of diversity and similarity, functional traits (hydrolytic enzymes, siderophores, indoleacetic acid, antibiosis and metal tolerance) and growth promotion of Aeschynomene fluminensis inoculated with endophytic fungi on soil with mercury...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739104/hepatic-trace-element-concentrations-of-breeding-female-common-eiders-across-a-latitudinal-gradient-in-the-eastern-canadian-arctic
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Conor D Mallory, H Grant Gilchrist, Gregory J Robertson, Jennifer F Provencher, Birgit M Braune, Mark R Forbes, Mark L Mallory
We examined hepatic concentrations of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), manganese (Mn), mercury (Hg), rubidium (Rb), selenium (Se) and zinc (Zn) in 10 breeding female common eiders (Somateria mollissima) from each of three colonies across 20° of latitude. Levels of many elements were elevated in eiders, although generally below levels of toxicological concern. We found significant differences in concentrations of As, Rb, Hg, Mn and Se among colonies, but not in a consistent pattern with latitude, and Hg:Se molar ratios did not vary among colonies...
July 21, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739103/contamination-assessment-of-mercury-lead-cadmium-and-arsenic-in-surface-sediments-of-chabahar-bay
#3
Neda Molamohyeddin, Hossein Ghafourian, Seyed Mohamadtaghi Sadatipour
This study aimed to investigate heavy metals content of mercury (Hg), lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd) and arsenic (As) in surface sediments of Chabahar Bay. Sediment samples were taken from 13 stations and then analyzed. The concentration of Hg, Pb, Cd and As ranged between 0.06 and 0.14ppm, 8 and 23ppm, 0.05 and 0.9ppm and 5 and 22ppm, respectively. Arsenic content was more than ERL at some stations. Statistical analyses indicated critical importance of organic matter and mud in metal dispersion. Also, positive correlation of Al with Pb, Hg and Cd probably implies their terrestrial origination...
July 21, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738693/the-accuracy-of-spacelabs-90207-in-blood-pressure-monitoring-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#4
Eliza Miszkowska-Nagórna, Jolanta Neubauer-Geryk, Jacek Wolf, Melanie Wielicka, Grzegorz Raczak, Krzysztof Narkiewicz, Leszek Bieniaszewski
PURPOSE: Irregular heart rhythm in the course of atrial fibrillation (AFib) results in lower blood pressure (BP) measurements reproducibility which is further limited by various BP-monitors used. Therefore the aim of our study was to estimate accuracy of oscillometric BP measurement (SpaceLabs 90207) with reference to mercury manometer-based readings. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Study was performed in 47 hemodynamically stable patients aged 63 ± 12 yo with paroxysmal or persistent AFib, at baseline...
July 24, 2017: Blood Pressure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738624/multiplexed-analysis-combining-distinctly-sized-cdte-mpa-quantum-dots-and-chemometrics-for-multiple-mutually-interfering-analyte-determination
#5
Dayana B Bittar, David S M Ribeiro, Ricardo N M J Páscoa, José X Soares, S Sofia M Rodrigues, Rafael C Castro, Leonardo Pezza, Helena R Pezza, João L M Santos
Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have demonstrated a great potential as fluorescent probes for heavy metals monitoring. However, their great reactivity, whose tunability could be difficult to attain, could impair selectivity yielding analytical results with poor accuracy. In this work, the combination in the same analysis of multiple QDs, each with a particular ability to interact with the analyte, assured a multi-point detection that was not only exploited for a more precise analyte discrimination but also for the simultaneous discrimination of multiple mutually interfering species, in the same sample...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738564/determination-of-iodide-and-total-iodine-in-estuarine-waters-by-cathodic-stripping-voltammetry-using-a-vibrating-silver-amalgam-microwire-electrode
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Estrella Espada-Bellido, Zhaoshun Bi, Pascal Salaün, Constant M G van den Berg
Iodide in natural waters is an important nutrient to aquatic organisms and its determination is of relevance to marine aquaculture. For this reason it is of interest to have a simple analytical method for determination of iodide in water samples. Iodide in seawater can be determined electrochemically by cathodic stripping voltammetry (CSV) with a mercury drop electrode which has environmental drawbacks. In an attempt to minimise the use of mercury in voltammetry, a vibrating silver amalgam microwire electrode is used here for the determination by CSV of iodide speciation in natural waters including seawater...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738555/assessment-of-mercury-speciation-in-feathers-using-species-specific-isotope-dilution-analysis
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Marina Renedo, Paco Bustamante, Emmanuel Tessier, Zoyne Pedrero, Yves Cherel, David Amouroux
Seabirds are considered as effective sentinels of environmental marine contamination and their feathers are extensively used as non-lethal samples for contaminant biomonitoring. This tissue represents the main route for mercury (Hg) elimination in seabirds and contains predominantly methylmercury (MeHg). In this work, we developed a robust analytical technique for precise and accurate simultaneous quantification of MeHg, inorganic Hg (iHg) and consequently total Hg (THg), in feathers by gas-chromatography (GC)-ICPMS analyses using species-specific isotope dilution technique...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738507/gender-specific-associations-between-serum-isomers-of-perfluoroalkyl-substances-and-blood-pressure-among-chinese-isomers-of-c8-health-project-in-china
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Wen-Wen Bao, Zhengmin Min Qian, Sarah Dee Geiger, Echu Liu, Yimin Liu, Si-Quan Wang, Wayne R Lawrence, Bo-Yi Yang, Li-Wen Hu, Xiao-Wen Zeng, Guang-Hui Dong
Previous studies have demonstrated associations of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), a group of highly persistent chemicals ubiquitous in wildlife and humans, with hypertension, but the relationships are mixed. Furthermore, academic literature on the relationship between isomers of PFASs and blood pressure (BP) and hypertension in populations from a higher pollution area is scant. We studied 1612 Chinese adults, ages 22-96years old, from Shenyang, China, utilizing high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry to analyze isomers of perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoate (PFOA), and other PFASs in blood serum...
July 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738198/stability-of-cognitive-development-during-the-first-five-years-of-life-in-relation-to-heavy-metal-concentrations-in-umbilical-cord-blood-mothers-and-children-s-environmental-health-moceh-birth-cohort-study
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Hyungmin Lee, Hyewon Park, Eunhee Ha, Yun-Chul Hong, Mina Ha, Hyesook Park, Bung-Nyun Kim, Soo-Jeong Lee, Kyung Yeon Lee, Ja Hyeong Kim, Kyoung Sook Jeong, Yangho Kim
The objective of this study was to investigate stability of cognitive development during the first five years of life in relation to heavy metal concentrations in umbilical cord blood in Korean children. This research is part of the Mothers' and Children's Environmental Health (MOCEH) study, a multi-center prospective birth cohort study of pregnant women in Korea who were recruited from 2006 to 2010. We analyzed the complete follow-up data of children who were 5years-old in 2016. We measured lead, mercury, and cadmium levels in the umbilical cord blood of 251 children, and analyzed them, for whom neurodevelopmental data were available...
July 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737720/a-simple-and-highly-sensitive-thymine-sensor-for-mercury-ion-detection-based-on-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-and-the-mechanism-study
#10
Hao Yang, Sui-Bo Ye, Yu Fu, Weihong Zhang, Fangyan Xie, Li Gong, Ping-Ping Fang, Jian Chen, Yexiang Tong
Mercury ion (Hg(2+)) is recognized as one of the most toxic metal ions for the environment and for human health. Techniques utilized in the detection of Hg(2+) are an important factor. Herein, a simple thymine was successfully employed as the surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy sensor for Hg(2+) ion detection. The limit of detection (LOD) of the developed sensor is better than 0.1 nM (0.02 ppb). This sensor can also selectively distinguish Hg(2+) ions over 7 types of alkali, heavy metal and transition-metal ions...
July 24, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737385/a-synthetic-circuit-for-mercury-bioremediation-using-self-assembling-functional-amyloids
#11
Pei Kun Richie Tay, Peter Q Nguyen, Neel S Joshi
Synthetic biology approaches to bioremediation are a key sustainable strategy to leverage the self-replicating and programmable aspects of biology for environmental stewardship. The increasing spread of anthropogenic mercury pollution into our habitats and food chains is a pressing concern. Here, we explore the use of programmed bacterial biofilms to aid in the sequestration of mercury. We demonstrate that by integrating a mercury-responsive promoter and an operon encoding a mercury-absorbing self-assembling extracellular protein nanofiber, we can engineer bacteria that can detect and sequester toxic Hg2+ ions from the environment...
July 24, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737160/health-and-environmental-risk-assessment-project-for-bottlenose-dolphins-tursiops-truncatus-from-the-southeastern-usa-ii-environmental-aspects
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REVIEW
John S Reif, Adam M Schaefer, Gregory D Bossart, Patricia A Fair
Bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus are the most common apex predators found in coastal and estuarine ecosystems along the southeastern coast of the USA, where these animals are exposed to multiple chemical pollutants and microbial agents. In this review, we summarize the results of investigations of environmental exposures evaluated in 360 free-ranging dolphins between 2003 and 2015. Bottlenose dolphins inhabiting the Indian River Lagoon, Florida (IRL, n = 246), and coastal waters of Charleston, South Carolina (CHS, n = 114), were captured, given comprehensive health examinations, and released as part of a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional study of individual and population health...
July 24, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736549/cloning-expression-isotope-labeling-and-purification-of-transmembrane-protein-merf-from-mercury-resistant-enterobacter-sp-az-15-for-nmr-studies
#13
Aatif Amin, Zakia Latif
Mercury resistant (Hg(R)) Enterobacter sp. AZ-15 was isolated from heavy metal polluted industrial wastewater samples near to districts Kasur and Sheikhupura, Pakistan. 16S rDNA ribotyping and phylogentic analysis showed 98% homology with already reported Enterobacter species. The merF gene encoding transmembrane protein-MerF was amplified from genomic DNA and ligated into pET31b+ vector using restriction endonucleases, SphI and XhoI. The genetic codons of merF gene encoding cysteine residues were mutated into codons, translating into serine residues by site-directed mutagenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734995/senior-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery-resident-confidence-in-performing-invasive-temporomandibular-joint-procedures
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Mohmedvasim Momin, Michael Miloro, Louis G Mercuri, Alexander Munaretto, Michael R Markiewicz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the level of confidence that senior-level oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) residents have in the management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, determine their exposure to various invasive TMJ procedures during training, and assess their confidence in performing those procedures on completion of residency. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was designed, and a link to a University of Illinois at Chicago Qualtrics Survey platform (Qualtrics, Provo, UT) was e-mailed to all program directors at Commission on Dental Accreditation-accredited OMS training programs in the United States...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734371/electrospun-nanofibrous-mercury-filter-efficient-concentration-and-determination-of-trace-mercury-in-water-with-high-sensitivity-and-tunable-dynamic-range
#15
Huaming Wang, Wenyao Huang, Lin Tang, Ying Chen, Ying Zhang, Mengxi Wu, Yi Song, Sheng Wen
Herein, we reported a simple and highly sensitive method for the concentration and determination of trace mercury in water samples based on a novel electropsun nanofibrous mercury filter (ENMF). The method consisted of two simple steps: first, the concentration of mercury on a piece of thiol-containing ENMF; and second, the determination of mercury captured on the ENMF using a direct mercury analyzer (DMA). By changing the volume of water sample, the dynamic range of the method could extend from 0.0025 to 6...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734262/mercury-risk-in-poultry-in-the-wanshan-mercury-mine-china
#16
Runsheng Yin, Wei Zhang, Guangyi Sun, Zhaohui Feng, James P Hurley, Liyuan Yang, Lihai Shang, Xinbin Feng
In this study, total mercury (THg) and methylmercury (MeHg) concentrations in muscles (leg and breast), organs (intestine, heart, stomach, liver) and blood were investigated for backyard chickens, ducks and geese of the Wanshan Mercury Mine, China. THg in poultry meat products range from 7.9 to 3917.1 ng/g, most of which exceeded the Chinese national standard limit for THg in meat (50 ng/g). Elevated MeHg concentrations (0.4-62.8 ng/g) were also observed in meat products, suggesting that poultry meat can be an important human MeHg exposure source...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734214/effects-of-damming-on-the-distribution-and-methylation-of-mercury-in-wujiang-river-southwest-china
#17
Lei Zhao, Yanna Guo, Bo Meng, Heng Yao, Xinbin Feng
Newly built reservoirs are regarded as sensitive ecosystem for mercury (Hg) methylation. A comprehensive study was conducted to understand the influence of damming on the distribution and methylation of Hg within a river-reservoir ecosystem in Wujiang River Basin (WRB), Southwest China. Hg species in inflow-outflow rivers of six cascade reservoirs were analyzed each month during 2006. Mean concentrations of total Hg (THg) and methylmercury (MeHg) in river water in WRB were 3.41 ± 1.98 ng L(-1) and 0.15 ± 0...
July 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734211/organotropism-of-methylmercury-in-fish-of-the-southeastern-of-brazil
#18
L S Azevedo, M G Almeida, W R Bastos, M S Suzuki, M C N N Recktenvald, M T S Bastos, C S Vergílio, C M M de Souza
This is one of the first studies to evaluate the effect of biometric variables (total length and weight), diet, and abiotic matrices (sediment and water column) on the bioaccumulation of methylmercury in tissues (muscle, liver, and gills) of four fish (two carnivore-invertivores, Pimelodus fur and Pachyurus adspersus; one carnivore-piscivore, Oligosarcus hepsetus; and one omnivore, Pimelodella lateristriga) in the lower section of a river in southeastern Brazil. Samples of fish (n = 120), water (n = 5) and sediment (n = 5) were collected at five sites characterized by pollution with mercury due to the use of organomercury fungicides and stream bed gold mining, commonly carried out in that section of the river in the 1980s...
July 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733900/the-putative-role-of-environmental-mercury-in-the-pathogenesis-and-pathophysiology-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-and-subtypes
#19
REVIEW
G Morris, B K Puri, R E Frye, M Maes
Exposure to organic forms of mercury has the theoretical capacity to generate a range of immune abnormalities coupled with chronic nitro-oxidative stress seen in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The paper discusses possible mechanisms explaining the neurotoxic effects of mercury and possible associations between mercury exposure and ASD subtypes. Environmental mercury is neurotoxic at doses well below the current reference levels considered to be safe, with evidence of neurotoxicity in children exposed to environmental sources including fish consumption and ethylmercury-containing vaccines...
July 22, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732993/synthesis-of-a-new-hg-ii-coordination-polymer-ultrasonic-assisted-synthesis-and-mechanical-preparation-of-nanostructure
#20
Fahime Bigdeli, Hassan Hosseini-Monfared, Ali Morsali, Peter Mayer
A new mercury(II) coordination polymer, [Hg(4-bpmo)I2]n (1), (4-bpmo=N,N'-bis(pyridin-4-ylmethyl)oxalamide), was synthesized, by branched tube method, and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 is a polymer with a distorted tetrahedral HgN2I2 coordination environment. The thermal stability of 1 was studied by thermal gravimetric (TG) and differential thermal (DTA) analyses. Also 1 was prepared by a sonochemical process at ambient temperature. Reaction time and concentration of initial reagents effects on the size and morphology were studied...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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