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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914144/outdoor-air-pollution-and-pterygium-in-korea
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Ki Woong Lee, Yoon Hyeong Choi, Sung Ha Hwang, Hae Jung Paik, Mee Kum Kim, Won Ryang Wee, Dong Hyun Kim
We investigated relationships between outdoor air pollution and pterygium in Korean adults. This study includes 23,276 adults in population-based cross-sectional data using the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2008-2011. Pterygium was assessed using slit lamp biomicroscopy. Air pollution data (humidity, particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter less than 10 μm [PM₁₀], ozone [O₃], nitrogen dioxide [NO₂], and sulfur dioxide levels [SO₂]) for 2 years preceding the ocular examinations were acquired...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914022/alkaline-protease-production-from-brevibacterium-luteolum-mtcc-5982-under-solid-state-fermentation-and-its-application-for-sulfide-free-unhairing-of-cowhides
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R Renganath Rao, M Vimudha, N R Kamini, M K Gowthaman, B Chandrasekran, P Saravanan
Enzyme-based unhairing in replacement of conventional lime sulfide system has been attempted as an alternative for tackling pollution. The exorbitant cost of enzyme and the need for stringent process control need to be addressed yet. This study developed a mechanism for regulated release of protease from cheaper agro-wastes, which overcomes the necessity for stringent process control along with total cost reduction. The maximum protease activity of 1193.77 U/g was obtained after 96 h of incubation with 15% inoculum of the actinomycete strain Brevibacterium luteolum (MTCC 5982) under solid-state fermentation (SSF)...
December 2, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913957/chemical-characterization-of-rainwater-at-a-high-altitude-site-nainital-in-the-central-himalayas-india
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Deewan Singh Bisht, A K Srivastava, H Joshi, K Ram, N Singh, M Naja, M K Srivastava, S Tiwari
The present study investigates the chemical composition of rainwater (RW) from a high-altitude site "Nainital" (1958 m above msl) in the central Himalaya region, to understand the influence of local, regional, and long-range transport of pollutants. A total of 55 (2 in pre-monsoon and 53 in monsoon) RW samples were collected during the study period (June-September 2012) and were analyzed for major anions and cations using an ion chromatograph. The pH of precipitation events ranged from 4.95 to 6.50 (average 5...
December 2, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913956/pollution-characteristics-and-ecological-risk-of-heavy-metals-in-ballast-tank-sediment
#4
Daolun Feng, Xiaofei Chen, Wen Tian, Qun Qian, Hao Shen, Dexiang Liao, Baoyi Lv
This study was conducted to illustrate the contents and potential ecological risk of heavy metals in ballast tank sediment. Ballast sediment samples were collected from six ships during their stay in shipyard, and the heavy metals were determined by inductive coupled plasma emission spectrometer. Results showed that high concentrations of heavy metals were detected in all six sediment samples following the order: Zn > Cu > Pb > Cr > As > Cd > Hg. The geoaccumulation index explained the average pollution degree of heavy metals decreased as the following: Zn > Pb > Cu > As > Cr > Hg, and the environmental risk indices suggested that concentration found of Zn, Pb, and Cu might be highly toxic to aquatic organisms...
December 2, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913890/performance-improvement-of-raw-water-pretreatment-process-with-pre-inoculation-biofilm-feasibility-and-limiting-factors
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Guang-Feng Yang, Li-Juan Feng, Cai-Rong Guo, Tian Xia, Xiang-Yang Xu, Liang Zhu
The initial formation of biofilm and the removal performance of pollutants in biological pretreatment process for polluted raw water were limited due to the oligotrophic niche in raw water. In this study, the feasibility of using pre-inoculation biofilm formed under nutrients enhanced condition for polluted raw water treatment was analyzed in nine batch reactors. Results showed that the pollutants removal performance of biofilm was improved under nutrients enhanced conditions. Ammonia oxidation rate (AOR) was exponentially increased with the increasing in NH4(+)-N levels, and organic matter removal rate (ORR) was positively related to the initial total organic carbon (TOC) concentration...
December 2, 2016: Biodegradation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913826/partial-gene-sequencing-of-cyp1a-vitellogenin-and-metallothionein-in-mosquitofish-gambusia-yucatana-and-gambusia-sexradiata
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Roberto Vázquez-Euán, Karla S Escalante-Herrera, Gabriela Rodríguez-Fuentes
Ground characteristics in the Yucatan Peninsula make recovery and treatment of wastewater very expensive. This situation has contributed to an increase of pollutants in the aquifer. Unfortunately, studies related to the effects of those pollutants in native organisms are scarce. The aim of this work was to obtain partial sequences of widely known genes used as biomarkers of pollutant effect in Gambusia yucatana and Gambusia sexradiata. The studied genes were: cytochrome P450 1A (CYP1A); vitellogenin (VTG); metallothionein (MT), and two housekeeping genes, 18S and β-actin...
December 2, 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913396/long-term-exposure-to-fine-particulate-matter-and-breast-cancer-incidence-in-the-danish-nurse-cohort-study
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Zorana J Andersen, Line Ravnskjaer, Klaus Kaae Andersen, Steffen Loft, Jorgen Brandt, Thomas Becker, Matthias Ketzel, Ole Hertel, Elsebeth Lynge, Elvira Vaclavik Brauner
BACKGROUND: An association between air pollution and breast cancer risk has been suggested but evidence is sparse and inconclusive. METHODS: We included 22,877 female nurses from the Danish Nurse cohort who were recruited in 1993 or 1999, and followed them for incidence of breast cancer (N=1,145) until 2013 in the Danish Cancer Register. We estimated annual mean concentrations of particulate matter with diameter < 2.5 µg/m3 (PM2.5) and < 10 µg/m3 (PM10), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) at nurses' residences since 1990 using an atmospheric chemistry transport model...
December 2, 2016: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913140/comparative-analysis-of-tcdd-induced-ahr-mediated-gene-expression-in-human-mouse-and-rat-primary-b-cells
#8
Natalia Kovalova, Rance Nault, Robert Crawford, Timothy R Zacharewski, Norbert E Kaminski
2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) is a persistent environmental pollutant that activates the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) resulting in altered gene expression. In vivo, in vitro, and ex vivo studies have demonstrated that B cells are directly impaired by TCDD, and are a sensitive target as evidenced by suppression of antibody responses. The window of sensitivity to TCDD-induced suppression of IgM secretion among mouse, rat and human B cells is similar. Specifically, TCDD must be present within the initial 12h post B cell stimulation, indicating that TCDD disrupts early signaling network(s) necessary for B lymphocyte activation and differentiation...
November 29, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913026/assessing-membrane-fouling-and-the-performance-of-pilot-scale-membrane-bioreactor-mbr-to-treat-real-municipal-wastewater-during-winter-season-in-nordic-regions
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Khum Gurung, Mohamed Chaker Ncibi, Mika Sillanpää
In this study, the performance of a pilot-scale membrane bioreactor (MBR) to treat real municipal wastewater was assessed at low temperatures (7 to 20°C) in Nordic regions. First, the effect of low temperatures on membrane fouling was evaluated by monitoring trans-membrane pressure. A significant membrane fouling was observed when the sludge temperature inside the MBR unit was below 10°C with a 75% permeability drop, thus indicating high deterioration of the membrane performance at low temperatures. Moreover, increasing values of sludge volume index (SVI) during low temperatures showed high deterioration of sludge settleability...
November 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913020/influences-of-combined-traffic-noise-on-anxiety-in-mice
#10
Guoqing Di, Yaqian Xu
With the rapid development of traffic facilities in China, traffic noise pollution is increasingly prominent. This research aims to explore the influences of combined traffic noise on receptors' anxiety. Institute of cancer research mice were exposed to combined traffic noise (CTN) from highway and high-speed railway for 52days, whose day-night equivalent continuous A-weighted sound pressure level (Ldn) was 70dB(A). The impacts of CTN on anxiety were explored by behavior tests and monoamine neurotransmitter assays...
November 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913019/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-shallow-percolated-water-of-the-alps-karst-system-zugspitze-summit-germany
#11
Walkiria Levy, Marchela Pandelova, Bernhard Henkelmann, Silke Bernhöft, Norbert Fischer, Felix Antritter, Karl-Werner Schramm
In the German Calcareous Alps at the Zugspitze, percolated water close to a permafrost bedrock in a tunnel system was monitored long-term for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDF), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), and 28 organochlorine pesticides (OCP). Semi-permeable membrane devices (SPMD) were deployed in a temporary surface water system at the Zugspitze plateau and analysed for PCB, PAH, and OCP. The high-volume water sampling was successfully implemented and all compounds were identified in the water percolated through the Karst system...
November 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913015/the-association-between-ambient-air-pollution-and-selected-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-in-china-a-systematic-review
#12
Milena Jacobs, Guicheng Zhang, Shu Chen, Ben Mullins, Michelle Bell, Lan Jin, Yuming Guo, Rachel Huxley, Gavin Pereira
The association between exposure to ambient air pollution and respiratory or cardiovascular endpoints is well-established. An increasing number of studies have shown that this exposure is also associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, the majority of research has been undertaken in high-income western countries, with relatively lower levels of exposure. There is now a sufficient number of studies to warrant an assessment of effects in China, a relatively higher exposure setting. We conducted a systematic review of 25 studies examining the association between ambient air pollution exposure and adverse pregnancy outcomes (lower birth weight, preterm birth, mortality, and congenital anomaly) in China, published between 1980 and 2015...
November 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913014/characterizations-of-atmospheric-particulate-bound-mercury-in-the-kathmandu-valley-of-nepal-south-asia
#13
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/27912916/potentially-toxic-filamentous-fungi-associated-to-the-economically-important-nodipecten-nodosus-linnaeus-1758-scallop-farmed-in-southeastern-rio-de-janeiro-brazil
#14
Antônia Santos, Rachel Ann Hauser-Davis, Manoel José Soares Santos, Salvatore Giovani De Simone
Numerous countries have been confronted with infectious diseases in mariculture activities, including fungi infections, although reports in scallops are scarce. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the occurrence of filamentous fungi in Nodipecten nodosus specimens from three marine farms in Southeastern Brazil. Eight fungi genera were observed in the branchial arches, intestine and muscle tissue of the scallop specimens. These include potentially toxin-producing species, such as Aspergillus, Penicillium and Fusarium...
November 29, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912912/passive-air-sampling-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-pops-and-emerging-compounds-in-kolkata-megacity-and-rural-mangrove-wetland-sundarban-in-india-an-approach-to-regional-monitoring
#15
Karla Pozo, Santosh Kumar Sarkar, Victor H Estellano, Soumita Mitra, Ondrej Audi, Petr Kukucka, Petra Přibylová, Jana Klánová, Simonetta Corsolini
Polyurethane foam (PUF) disk passive air samplers were deployed concurrently at five sites across Kolkata megacity and the rural mangrove wetland of Sundarban (UNESCO World Heritage Site) between January-March in 2014. Samples were analyzed for hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs), dichlorodiphenyltricholoroethanes (DDTs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Derived air concentrations (pg/m(3)) for Kolkata ranged: for ∑α- and γ-HCH between 70 and 207 (114 ± 62), ∑6DDTs: 127-216 (161 ± 36), ∑7PCBs: 53-213 (141 ± 64), and ∑10PBDEs: 0...
November 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912244/environmental-sustainability-analysis-and-nutritional-strategies-of-animal-production-in-china
#16
Bie Tan, Yulong Yin
Animal production in China has achieved considerable progress and contributes to46%of the total agriculture output value of the country. However, this fast expansion of animal production has led to environmental pollution. In this article, we review the status of soil, water, and air pollution associated with animal production in China and analyze the main sources of the pollutants. The government has promulgated regulations and standards, and effective models and technologies have been developed to control pollution during the last 10 years...
November 21, 2016: Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912189/genotoxicity-assessment-of-pulp-and-paper-mill-effluent-before-and-after-bacterial-degradation-using-allium-cepa-test
#17
Izharul Haq, Sharad Kumar, Abhay Raj, Mohtashim Lohani, G N V Satyanarayana
A lignin peroxidases-producing Serratia liquefaciens was used for bioremediation of pulp and paper (P&P) mill effluent. The treatment led to reduction of chemical oxygen demand (COD), colour, lignin and phenolic content by 84%, 72%, 61% and 95%, respectively. The effluent detoxification was studied by genotoxicity assays using Allium cepa L. (onion) root tip cells. Genotoxicity studies included measuring mitotic index (MI), chromosomal aberrations (CA) and nuclear abnormalities (NA) in root tip cells following treatment with 25, 50, 75 and 100% (v/v) of effluent...
November 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912121/delta-manganese-dioxide-nanosheets-decorated-magnesium-wire-for-the-degradation-of-methyl-orange
#18
Yan Zhang, Tian Xu Zheng, Yao Bo Hu, Xiao Luo Guo, Hui Hua Peng, Yu Xin Zhang, Li Feng, Huai Li Zheng
MnO2-decorated magnesium wire composite (MnO2-M) was fabricated via a simple hydrothermal reaction and accompanied by the calcination process (MnO2/Mn3O4-M). To clarify the optimized reaction condition of δ-MnO2 in the system, the effect of different pH, temperature and pollutant concentration of methyl orange (MO) for degradation process were investigated. Experimental results showed that MnO2-M achieves a high removal rate of 76% (2h, at 25°C) in the presence of H2O2 at pH 2.5, which is higher than that of MnO2/Mn3O4-M (54%)...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912116/application-of-melatonin-loaded-poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-hydrogel-particles-to-reduce-the-toxicity-of-airborne-pollutes-to-raw264-7-cells
#19
Wenjing Zhang, Pengfei Jiang, Jin Chen, Chaonan Zhu, Zhengwei Mao, Changyou Gao
The adverse effect of airborne PM2.5 pollutes on human beings and the environment, most likely due to heavy metal leaching, has received extensive attention recently. It is urgently required to develop a simple and effective method to suppress the toxicity of PM2.5 pollutes. In this study, the heavy metal content of PM2.5 pollutes around Zhejiang university were firstly identified. Their cytotoxicity was confirmed, by inducing significantly enhanced intracellular reactive oxygen species level. Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) submicron hydrogel particles with tunable crosslinking densities and thermo-responsive swelling/shrinking properties were then prepared by adjusting the crosslinking density...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912081/combined-effect-of-temperature-and-ammonia-on-molecular-response-and-survival-of-the-freshwater-crustacean-gammarus-pulex
#20
Y Henry, C Piscart, S Charles, H Colinet
Freshwater ecosystems are experiencing mounting pressures from agriculture, urbanization, and climate change, which could drastically impair aquatic biodiversity. As nutrient inputs increase and temperatures rise, ammonia (NH3) concentration is likely to be associated with stressful temperatures. To investigate the interaction between NH3 and temperature on aquatic invertebrate survival, we performed a factorial experiment on the survival and molecular response of Gammarus pulex, with temperature (10, 15, 20, and 25°C) and NH3 (0, 0...
November 29, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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