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Christina R Tyler, Katherine E Zychowski, Bethany N Sanchez, Valeria Rivero, Selita Lucas, Guy Herbert, June Liu, Hammad Irshad, Jacob D McDonald, Barry E Bleske, Matthew J Campen
BACKGROUND: Deleterious consequences of exposure to traffic emissions may derive from interactions between carbonaceous particulate matter (PM) and gaseous components in a manner that is dependent on the surface area or complexity of the particles. To determine the validity of this hypothesis, we examined pulmonary and neurological inflammatory outcomes in C57BL/6 and apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE(-/-)) male mice after acute and chronic exposure to vehicle engine-derived particulate matter, generated as ultrafine (UFP) and fine (FP) sizes, with additional exposures using UFP or FP combined with gaseous copollutants derived from fresh gasoline and diesel emissions, labeled as UFP + G and FP + G...
December 1, 2016: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
Qiang Liu, Guoqiang Xu, Xicheng Wang, Xiaoran Liu, Xindong Mu
In light of the increasing concern about the energy and environmental problems caused by the combustion of petroleum-based fuels (e.g., jet and diesel fuels), the development of new procedures for their sustainable production from renewable biomass-derived platform compounds has attracted tremendous attention recently. Long-chain ketones/alcohols are promising fuel components owing to the fuel properties that closely resemble those of traditional fuels. The focus of this report is the production of long-chain ketones/alcohols by direct upgrading of biomass-derived short-chain alcohol mixtures (e...
November 29, 2016: ChemSusChem
Radim J Sram, Vlasta Svecova, Andrea Rossnerova
The effect of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to induce micronuclei (MN) measured using the lymphocytes cytokinesis-block micronucleus (CBMN) assay were evaluated in 34 studies according to the exposure: 20 studies in coke oven workers, 7 studies in different occupational exposures as alluminium industry workers, rubber factory workers, road construction workers, airport workers and diesel exposed workers, 6 studies on environmentaly exposed groups as police, volunteers and children. Reviewed papers indicate that the CBMN assay is a sensitive biomarker of PAHs exposure in polluted air...
October 2016: Mutation Research
Rohi Jan, Ritwika Roy, Suman Yadav, P Gursumeeran Satsangi
The present study deals with the assessment of sequential extraction of particulate matter (PM)-bound metals and the potential health risks associated with them in a growing metropolitan city (Pune) of India. The average mass concentration of both PM2.5-10 and PM2.5 exceeded the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Significant seasonal variation in mass concentration was found for both size fractions of PM with higher values in winter season and lower in monsoon. Chemical species of the studied trace metals in PM exhibited significant differences, due to difference in sources of pollution...
November 26, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Marabeth M Kramer, Jeremy A Hirota, Akshay Sood, Kay Teschke, Christopher Carlsten
Adipokines are mediators released from adipose tissue. These proteins are regarded as active elements of systemic and pulmonary inflammation, whose dysregulation can alter an individual's risk of developing allergic lung diseases. Despite this knowledge, adipokine responses to inhaled stimuli are poorly understood. We sought to measure serum and lung adiponectin, leptin, and resistin in an atopic adult study population following exposure to allergen and diesel exhaust (DE). Two types of lung samples including bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and bronchial wash (BW), and a time course of serum samples, were collected from the 18 subjects who participated in the randomized, double-blinded controlled human study...
November 9, 2016: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
Yonggang Liu, Chad S Weldy, Michael T Chin
Background: We have previously reported that in utero and early life exposure to diesel exhaust particulates predisposes mice to adult heart failure, and that in utero exposure alone is sufficient to confer this predisposition. This follow up study addresses whether neonatal exposure alone can also confer this predisposition. Methods: Newborn male C57BL/6 mice were exposed to diesel exhaust (DE) particulates immediately after birth until weaning at 21 days of age, whereupon they were transferred to filtered air (FA) conditions...
November 24, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Cahit Bilgin, Peri Arbak, Ozlem Yavuz, Ege Gulec Balbay, Oner Balbay, Ali Nihat Annakkaya
OBJECTIVE: There are few studies on the diesel exhaust particulates (DEP) / eosinophilic cationic protein (ECP) level relationship. This study aimed to detect ECP levels in a highly DE exposed group, named as toll collectors. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, levels of serum ECP, rates of respiratory symptoms, mean levels of respiratory functions, smoking status, and variations in peak expiratory flow (PEF) during weekends and working days were compared for 68 toll collectors (TC) (range of age, 24-48 years) and 28 controls (range of age, 25-61 years)...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Hao Yang, Xinghu Li, Yan Wang, Mingfei Mu, Xuehao Li, Guiyue Kou
This paper focuses on oxidation reactivity and nanostructural characteristics of particulate matter (PM) emitted from diesel engine fuelled with different volume proportions of diesel/polyoxymethylene dimethyl ethers (PODEn) blends (P0, P10 and P20). PM was collected using a metal filter from the exhaust manifold. The collected PM samples were characterized using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The TGA results indicated that the PM produced by P20 had the highest moisture and volatility contents and the fastest oxidation rate of solid carbon followed by P10 and P0 derived PM...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
Toby B Cole, Jacki Coburn, Khoi Dao, Pam Roqué, Yu-Chi Chang, Vrinda Kalia, Tomas R Guilarte, Jennifer Dziedzic, Lucio G Costa
In addition to increased morbidity and mortality caused by respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, air pollution may also contribute to central nervous system (CNS) diseases. Traffic-related air pollution is a major contributor to global air pollution, and diesel exhaust (DE) is its most important component. DE contains more than 40 toxic air pollutants and is a major constituent of ambient particulate matter (PM), particularly of ultrafine-PM. Limited information suggests that exposure to DE may cause oxidative stress and neuroinflammation in the CNS...
November 16, 2016: Toxicology
Guomin Zhang, Malindu Sandanayake, Sujeeva Setunge, Chunqing Li, Jun Fang
Emissions from equipment usage and transportation at the construction stage are classified as the direct emissions which include both greenhouse gas (GHG) and non-GHG emissions due to partial combustion of fuel. Unavailability of a reliable and complete inventory restricts an accurate emission evaluation on construction work. The study attempts to review emission factor standards readily available worldwide for estimating emissions from construction equipment. Emission factors published by United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Australian National Greenhouse Accounts (AUS NGA), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and European Environmental Agency (EEA) are critically reviewed to identify their strengths and weaknesses...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Yanqin Wang, Qineng Xia, Yinjiang Xia, Jinxu Xi, Yongguang Zhang, Yong Guo, Xiaohui Liu
A one-pot method for the selective production of high-grade diesel-range alkanes from biomass-derived furfural and 2-methylfuran (2-MF) was developed, by combining the hydroxyalkylation/alkylation (HAA) condensation of furfural with 2-MF and the following hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) over a multifunctional Pd/NbOPO4 catalyst. The effects of various reaction conditions as well as a variety of solid-acid catalysts and metal-loaded NbOPO4 catalysts have been systematically investigated to optimize the reaction conditions for the HAA condensation and the following HDO reaction, respectively...
November 8, 2016: ChemSusChem
Yipeng Zheng, Jinhai Si, Wenjiang Tan, Yu Hu Ren, Junyi Tong, Xun Hou
We demonstrate speckle-suppressed full-field imaging through a scattering medium using incoherent supercontinuum (SC) illumination. The patterns in images obtained using SC illumination were found to be more easily identifiable than those in images acquired using coherent direct laser illumination due to the speckle suppression. Even when the optical depth reached 12.3, the patterns remained identifiable. As one of the potential applications, we also demonstrated the imaging for a high-pressure diesel spray using SC illumination...
November 14, 2016: Optics Express
Ian J Laurenzi, Joule A Bergerson, Kavan Motazedi
In recent years, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have been applied to extract crude oil from tight reservoirs, including the Bakken formation. There is growing interest in understanding the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the development of tight oil. We conducted a life cycle assessment of Bakken crude using data from operations throughout the supply chain, including drilling and completion, refining, and use of refined products. If associated gas is gathered throughout the Bakken well life cycle, then the well to wheel GHG emissions are estimated to be 89 g CO2eq/MJ (80% CI, 87-94) of Bakken-derived gasoline and 90 g CO2eq/MJ (80% CI, 88-94) of diesel...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Fernanda Kokowicz Pilatti, Fernanda Ramlov, Eder Carlos Schmidt, Christopher Costa, Eva Regina de Oliveira, Claudia M Bauer, Miguel Rocha, Zenilda Laurita Bouzon, Marcelo Maraschin
Fossil fuels, e.g. gasoline and diesel oil, account for substantial share of the pollution that affects marine ecosystems. Environmental metabolomics is an emerging field that may help unravel the effect of these xenobiotics on seaweeds and provide methodologies for biomonitoring coastal ecosystems. In the present study, FTIR and multivariate analysis were used to discriminate metabolic profiles of Ulva lactuca after in vitro exposure to diesel oil and gasoline, in combinations of concentrations (0.001%, 0...
November 12, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Bian Liu, Zhuqing Xue, Xianlei Zhu, Chunrong Jia
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a category of over 100 various chemicals released from numerous combustion sources. The ubiquity and toxicity of PAHs have posed high health risks on human populations. This study aims to examine the long-term trends of atmospheric PAHs at the national-level in the U.S., and evaluate their cancer risks. Daily concentrations of PAHs measured at 169 monitoring stations between 1990 and 2014 were obtained from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality System...
November 12, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Alexander M Zakharenko, Ayse Basak Engin, Valery V Chernyshev, Vladimir V Chaika, Sergey M Ugay, Ramin Rezaee, Gholamreza Karimi, Vladimir A Drozd, Anna V Nikitina, Sergey F Solomennik, Olga R Kudryavkina, Liu Xin, Yuan Wenpeng, Manolis Tzatzarakis, Aristidis M Tsatsakis, Kirill S Golokhvast
Despite of the fact that engine manufacturers develop a new technology to reduce exhaust emissions, insufficient attention given to particulate emissions. However, diesel exhaust particles are a major source of air-borne pollution, contain vast amount of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and may have deleterious effects on the immune system, resulting in the induction and enhancement of pro-allergic processes. In the current study, vehicle emitted particles (VEP) from 2 different types of cars (diesel - D and gasoline - G) and locomotive (L) were collected...
January 2017: Environmental Research
Hyo Jeong Kim, So Young Kim, Jee Young Kwon, Yeo Jin Kim, Seung Hun Kang, Won-Hee Jang, Jun Ho Lee, Myung-Whan Seo, Jae-Jun Song, Young Rok Seo, Moo Kyun Park
INTRODUCTION: Air pollutants are associated with inflammatory diseases such as otitis media (OM). Significantly higher incidence rates of OM are reported in regions with air pollution. Diesel exhaust particles (DEPs) comprise a major class of contaminants among numerous air pollutants, and they are characterized by a carbonic mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), nitro-PAHs, and small amounts of sulfate, nitrate, metals and other trace elements. DEP exposure is a risk factor for inflammatory diseases...
2016: PloS One
Helena Libalova, Pavel Rossner, Kristyna Vrbova, Tana Brzicova, Jitka Sikorova, Michal Vojtisek-Lom, Vit Beranek, Jiri Klema, Miroslav Ciganek, Jiri Neca, Katerina Pencikova, Miroslav Machala, Jan Topinka
This study used toxicogenomics to identify the complex biological response of human lung BEAS-2B cells treated with organic components of particulate matter in the exhaust of a diesel engine. First, we characterized particles from standard diesel (B0), biodiesel (methylesters of rapeseed oil) in its neat form (B100) and 30% by volume blend with diesel fuel (B30), and neat hydrotreated vegetable oil (NEXBTL100). The concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their derivatives in organic extracts was the lowest for NEXBTL100 and higher for biodiesel...
November 3, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
J M van Dorst, G Hince, I Snape, B C Ferrari
The soil substrate membrane system (SSMS) is a novel micro-culturing technique targeted at terrestrial soil systems. We applied the SSMS to pristine and diesel fuel spiked polar soils, along with traditional solid media culturing and culture independent 454 tag pyrosequencing to elucidate the effects of diesel fuel on the soil community. The SSMS enriched for up to 76% of the total soil diversity within high diesel fuel concentration soils, in contrast to only 26% of the total diversity for the control soils...
November 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
H K Imdadul, N W M Zulkifli, H H Masjuki, M A Kalam, M Kamruzzaman, M M Rashed, H K Rashedul, Azham Alwi
Exploring new renewable energy sources as a substitute of petroleum reserves is necessary due to fulfilling the oncoming energy needs for industry and transportation systems. In this quest, a lot of research is going on to expose different kinds of new biodiesel sources. The non-edible oil from candlenut possesses the potential as a feedstock for biodiesel production. The present study aims to produce biodiesel from crude candlenut oil by using two-step transesterification process, and 10%, 20%, and 30% of biodiesel were mixed with diesel fuel as test blends for engine testing...
November 4, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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