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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335452/fabrication-and-water-treatment-application-of-carbon-nanotubes-cnts-based-composite-membranes-a-review
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REVIEW
Lining Ma, Xinfa Dong, Mingliang Chen, Li Zhu, Chaoxian Wang, Fenglin Yang, Yingchao Dong
Membrane separation technology is widely explored for various applications, such as water desalination and wastewater treatment, which can alleviate the global issue of fresh water scarcity. Specifically, carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-based composite membranes are increasingly of interest due to the combined merits of CNTs and membrane separation, offering enhanced membrane properties. This article first briefly discusses fabrication and growth mechanisms, characterization and functionalization techniques of CNTs, and then reviews the fabrication methods for CNTs-based composite membranes in detail...
March 18, 2017: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335450/assessment-of-radioactive-materials-and-heavy-metals-in-the-surface-soil-around-the-bayanwula-prospective-uranium-mining-area-in-china
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Haribala Bai, Bitao Hu, Chengguo Wang, Shanhu Bao, Gerilemandahu Sai, Xiao Xu, Shuai Zhang, Yuhong Li
The present work is the first systematic and large scale study on radioactive materials and heavy metals in surface soil around the Bayanwula prospective uranium mining area in China. In this work, both natural and anthropogenic radionuclides and heavy metals in 48 surface soil samples were analyzed using High Purity Germanium (HPGe) γ spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The obtained mean activity concentrations of (238)U, (226)Ra, (232)Th, (40)K, and (137)Cs were 25.81 ± 9...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335306/ionic-adsorption-and-desorption-of-cnt-nanoropes
#3
Jun-Jun Shang, Qing-Sheng Yang, Xiao-Hui Yan, Xiao-Qiao He, Kim-Meow Liew
A nanorope is comprised of several carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with different chiralities. A molecular dynamic model is built to investigate the ionic adsorption and desorption of the CNT nanoropes. The charge distribution on the nanorope is obtained by using a modified gradient method based on classical electrostatic theory. The electrostatic interactions among charged carbon atoms are calculated by using the Coulomb law. It was found here that the charged nanorope can adsorb heavy metal ions, and the adsorption and desorption can be realized by controlling the strength of applied electric field...
September 28, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334691/dna-functionalized-photonic-crystal-microspheres-for-multiplex-detection-of-toxic-metal-ions
#4
Zhengyu Yan, Chunqing Tian, Xincheng Qu, Weiyang Shen, Baofen Ye
A novel type of suspension array for multiplex detection of heavy metal ions with photonic crystal hydrogel microspheres was reported. The photonic crystal hydrogel microspheres have close-packed photonic crystal particles as their encoding units and ssDNA-functionalized hydrogel as the sensing units. The developed microspheres were successfully applied in multiplex detection of heavy metal ions.
March 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334267/resistomap-online-visualization-of-human-gut-microbiota-antibiotic-resistome
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Konstantin S Yarygin, Boris A Kovarsky, Tatyana S Bibikova, Damir S Melnikov, Alexander V Tyakht, Dmitry G Alexeev
Summary: We created ResistoMap - a Web-based interactive visualization of the presence of genetic determinants conferring resistance to antibiotics, biocides and heavy metals in human gut microbiota. ResistoMap displays the data on more than 1500 published gut metagenomes of world populations including both healthy subjects and patients. Multiparameter display filters allow visual assessment of the associations between the meta-data and proportions of resistome. The geographic map navigation layer allows to state hypotheses regarding the global trends of antibiotic resistance and correlate the gut resistome variations with the national clinical guidelines on antibiotics application...
March 14, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332156/the-pathology-of-failed-mckee-farrar-implants-correlation-with-modern-metal-on-metal-implant-failure
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Mitsuru Munemoto, George Grammatopoulos, Yasuhito Tanaka, Max Gibbons, Nicholas A Athanasou
The McKee-Farrar (MF) prosthesis was the first widely used total hip replacement (THR) to employ a metal-on-metal (MoM) articulation. These implants had a high rate of early aseptic loosening but a number achieved good long-term implant survival, stimulating the reintroduction of second and third generation implants of this type. In this study we analysed archival histopathology of periprosthetic tissues in twenty cases of MF aseptic implant failure to determine if there was evidence of an innate and adaptive immune response similar to that seen in modern MoM implants...
May 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331572/environmental-risk-factors-for-autism-an-evidence-based-review-of-systematic-reviews-and-meta-analyses
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REVIEW
Amirhossein Modabbernia, Eva Velthorst, Abraham Reichenberg
BACKGROUND: According to recent evidence, up to 40-50% of variance in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) liability might be determined by environmental factors. In the present paper, we conducted a review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of environmental risk factors for ASD. We assessed each review for quality of evidence and provided a brief overview of putative mechanisms of environmental risk factors for ASD. FINDINGS: Current evidence suggests that several environmental factors including vaccination, maternal smoking, thimerosal exposure, and most likely assisted reproductive technologies are unrelated to risk of ASD...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330314/bioremediation-of-heavy-metals-using-an-endophytic-bacterium-paenibacillus-sp-rm-isolated-from-the-roots-of-tridax-procumbens
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M Govarthanan, R Mythili, T Selvankumar, S Kamala-Kannan, A Rajasekar, Young-Cheol Chang
The aim of the present study was to assess the bioremediation potential of endophytic bacteria isolated from roots of Tridax procumbens plant. Five bacterial endophytes were isolated and subsequently tested for minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) against different heavy metals. Amongst the five isolates, strain RM exhibited the highest resistance to copper (750 mg/l), followed by zinc (500 mg/l), lead (450 mg/l), and arsenic (400 mg/l). Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rDNA sequence suggested that strain RM was a member of genus Paneibacillus...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330267/treatment-of-landfill-leachate-using-asbr-combined-with-zeolite-adsorption-technology
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Chi Kim Lim, Ta Wee Seow, Chin Hong Neoh, Muhamad Hanif Md Nor, Zaharah Ibrahim, Ismail Ware, Siti Hajar Mat Sarip
Sanitary landfilling is the most common way to dispose solid urban waste; however, improper landfill management may pose serious environmental threats through discharge of high strength polluted wastewater also known as leachate. The treatment of landfill leachate to fully reduce the negative impact on the environment, is nowadays a challenge. In this study, an aerobic sequencing batch reactor (ASBR) was proposed for the treatment of locally obtained real landfill leachate with initial ammoniacal nitrogen and chemical oxygen demand (COD) concentration of 1800 and 3200 mg/L, respectively...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330266/biosorption-of-lead-copper-and-cadmium-using-the-extracellular-polysaccharides-eps-of-bacillus-sp-from-solar-salterns
#10
Syed Shameer
Extracellular Polysaccharides (EPS) from both prokaryotes and eukaryotes have a great deal of research interest as they protect the producer from different stresses including antibiotics, ionic stress, desiccation and assist in bio-film formation, pathogenesis, adhesion, etc. In this study haloalkaliphilic Bacillus sp., known to cope with osmophilic stress, was selected and screened for EPS production. The EPS were isolated, partially purified and chemical characteristics were documented using liquid FT-IR followed by assessment of heavy metal biosorption (lead, copper and cadmium) using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330244/elucidation-of-impact-of-heavy-metal-pollution-on-soil-bacterial-growth-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances-flexibility
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Muniswamy David, Paidi Murali Krishna, Jeybalan Sangeetha
Metal bioaccessibility is an alarming issue in croplands of mining sites due to overloading of toxic metals. Hence, the present study is aimed to determine the overloading of toxic metal in croplands across the Tawag village, Hutti, Raichur, India. Correspondingly, to identify the soil bacterial growth, physiological oxidative stress enzyme activity and surface macromolecular functional group evolution were analysed in and around the toxic metal contaminated sites through FT-IR and FT-Raman spectrometry. The evaluated results attribute that the study area is heavily polluted with the toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and zinc...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330194/exploited-application-of-sulfate-reducing-bacteria-for-concomitant-treatment-of-metallic-and-non-metallic-wastes-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Ali Hussain, Ali Hasan, Arshad Javid, Javed Iqbal Qazi
A variety of multidimensional anthropogenic activities, especially of industrial level, are contaminating our aquatic and terrestrial environments with a variety of metallic and non-metallic pollutants. The metallic and non-metallic pollutants addressed specifically in this review are heavy metals and various compound forms of sulfates, respectively. Direct and indirect deleterious effects of the both types of pollutants to all forms of life are well-known. The treatment of such pollutants is therefore much necessary before their final discharge into the environment...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330168/metabolism-of-waste-engine-oil-by-pseudomonas-species
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Lateef B Salam
Two bacterial strains phylogenetically identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains RM1 and SK1 displayed extensive degradation ability on waste engine oil (SAE 40W) in batch cultures. Spectrophotometric analysis revealed the presence of various heavy metals such as lead, chromium and nickel in the waste engine oil. The rate of degradation of waste engine oil by the isolates, for the first 12 days and the last 9 days were 66.3, 31.6 mg l(-1) day(-1)  and 69.6, 40.0 mg l(-1) day(-1) for strains RM1 and SK1, respectively...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330153/an-evaluation-of-the-major-factors-influencing-the-removal-of-copper-ions-using-the-egg-shell-dromaius-novaehollandiae-chitosan-agaricus-bisporus-composite
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R K Anantha, S Kota
Rapid industrialisation, technological development, urbanization and increase in population in the recent past coupled with unplanned and unscientific disposal methods led to increased heavy metal levels in water. Realizing the need for development of eco-friendly and cost effective methods, the present investigation was done for the adsorptive removal of copper from aqueous solutions with Dromaius novaehollandiae eggshell and chitosan composite. By one variable at a time method, the optimum contact time was found to be 60 min with an adsorbent dosage of 8 g/L at pH 6, initial adsorbate concentration of 20 mg/L and temperature 30 °C...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328213/reversible-coordination-of-boron-aluminum-zinc-magnesium-and-calcium-hydrogen-bonds-to-bent-cul2-fragments-heavy-%C3%AF-complexes-of-the-lightest-coinage-metal
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Alexandra Hicken, Andrew J P White, Mark R Crimmin
A series of copper(I) complexes bearing electron-deficient β-diketiminate ligands have been prepared. The study includes [{{ArNC(CR3)}2CH}Cu(η(2)-toluene)n] (Ar = Mes, R = F, n = 0.5, [12·tol]; Ar = C6F5, R = Me, n = 1, [2·tol]; Ar = 2,6-Cl2C6H3, R = H, n = 0.5, [32·tol]). Reactions of [1-3n·tol] with boranes, alanes, a zinc hydride, a magnesium hydride, and a calcium hydride generate the corresponding σ complexes ([1-3·B], [3·B'], [3·Al], [3·Al'], [1-3·Zn], [1·Mg], and [1·Ca]). These species all form reversibly, being in equilibrium with the arene solvates in solution...
March 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328149/comparative-genomic-analyses-of-transport-proteins-encoded-within-the-red-algae-chondrus-crispus-galdieria-sulphuraria-and-cyanidioschyzon-merolae
#16
Justin Lee, Shounak Ghosh, Milton H Saier
Galdieria sulphuraria and Cyanidioschyzon merolae are thermo-acidophilic unicellular red algal cousins capable of living in volcanic environments, although the former can additionally thrive in the presence of toxic heavy metals. Bioinformatic analyses of transport systems were carried out on their genomes, as well as that of the mesophilic multicellular red alga Chondrus crispus (Irish moss). We identified transport proteins related to the metabolic capabilities, physiological properties, and environmental adaptations of these organisms...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327742/pair-natural-orbital-and-canonical-coupled-cluster-reaction-enthalpies-involving-light-to-heavy-alkali-and-alkaline-earth-metals-the-importance-of-sub-valence-correlation
#17
Yury Minenkov, Giovanni Bistoni, Christoph Riplinger, Alexander A Auer, Frank Neese, Luigi Cavallo
In this work, we tested canonical and domain based pair natural orbital coupled cluster methods (CCSD(T) and DLPNO-CCSD(T), respectively) for a set of 32 ligand exchange and association/dissociation reaction enthalpies involving ionic complexes of Li, Be, Na, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba and Pb(ii). Two strategies were investigated: in the former, only valence electrons were included in the correlation treatment, giving rise to the computationally very efficient FC (frozen core) approach; in the latter, all non-ECP electrons were included in the correlation treatment, giving rise to the AE (all electron) approach...
March 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327541/impacts-from-land-use-pattern-on-spatial-distribution-of-cultivated-soil-heavy-metal-pollution-in-typical-rural-urban-fringe-of-northeast-china
#18
Wenbo Li, Dongyan Wang, Qing Wang, Shuhan Liu, Yuanli Zhu, Wenjun Wu
Under rapid urban sprawl in Northeast China, land conversions are not only encroaching on the quantity of cultivated lands, but also posing a great threat to black soil conservation and food security. This study's aim is to explore the spatial relationship between comprehensive cultivated soil heavy metal pollution and peri-urban land use patterns in the black soil region. We applied spatial lag regression to analyze the relationship between PLI (pollution load index) and influencing factors of land use by taking suburban cultivated land of Changchun Kuancheng District as an empirical case...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326463/relationship-between-selenium-lead-and-mercury-in-red-blood-cells-of-saudi-autistic-children
#19
Afaf El-Ansary, Geir Bjørklund, Alexey A Tinkov, Anatoly V Skalny, Hussain Al Dera
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Environmental contribution to ASD is due in large part to the sensitivity of the developing brain to external exposures such as lead (Pb), and mercury (Hg) as toxic heavy metals or due to a poor detoxification ability as the phenotype of this disorder. Selenium (Se) as an antioxidant element that counteracts the neurotoxicity of Hg, and Pb, presumably through the formation of nontoxic complexes...
March 21, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325924/genome-wide-association-analysis-identifies-loci-governing-mercury-accumulation-in-maize
#20
Zhan Zhao, Zhongjun Fu, Yanan Lin, Hao Chen, Kun Liu, Xiaolong Xing, Zonghua Liu, Weihua Li, Jihua Tang
Owing to the rapid development of urbanisation and industrialisation, heavy metal pollution has become a widespread environmental problem. Maize planted on mercury (Hg)-polluted soil can absorb and accumulate Hg in its edible parts, posing a potential threat to human health. To understand the genetic mechanism of Hg accumulation in maize, we performed a genome-wide association study using a mixed linear model on an association population consisting of 230 maize inbred lines with abundant genetic variation. The order of relative Hg concentrations in different maize tissues was as follows: leaves > bracts > stems > axes > kernels...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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