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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738631/a-review-aptamer-based-analytical-strategies-using-the-nanomaterials-for-environmental-and-human-monitoring-of-toxic-heavy-metals
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REVIEW
Leila Farzin, Mojtaba Shamsipur, Shahab Sheibani
Recent developments in biotechnology offer the new methods for the sensitive detection of heavy metals based on the affinity and specificity of aptamers, as nucleic acid ligands selected from random sequence pools in vitro. Heavy metals have received considerable importance as the most toxic metallic pollutants which may cause serious environmental damages. They are classified as trace elements because of their presence in trace concentrations in various environmental matrices. Thus, the precise and sensitive methods to detect heavy metals are important to ensure human and environment safety...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738624/multiplexed-analysis-combining-distinctly-sized-cdte-mpa-quantum-dots-and-chemometrics-for-multiple-mutually-interfering-analyte-determination
#2
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/28738527/evaluation-of-heavy-metal-mobilization-in-creek-sediment-influence-of-rac-values-and-ambient-environmental-factors
#3
Guannan Liang, Bo Zhang, Mao Lin, Simiao Wu, Hao Hou, Jia Zhang, Guangren Qian, Xin Huang, Jizhi Zhou
The risk assessment code (RAC) is a common method for assessing heavy metal (HM) mobility and their potential health risks, based on HM total concentration and chemical speciation. In this study, both the RAC and the influence of ambient environmental factors were investigated in a river sediment system. Sixty-eight sediment samples were collected from the main river system in Shanghai, China. The total concentration and chemical speciation of Cu, Zn, Ni, Pb, Cd, Cr, As, and Hg were determined in the samples...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738272/evolution-of-corresponding-resistance-genes-in-the-water-of-fish-tanks-with-multiple-stresses-of-antibiotics-and-heavy-metals
#4
Xiaolin He, Yanbin Xu, Jinliang Chen, Jiayin Ling, Yafei Li, Lu Huang, Xiao Zhou, Li Zheng, Guangyan Xie
Abuse of antibiotics and heavy metals in aquaculture has been widely concerned and might aggravate the spread of resistance genes in environment. To investigate the occurrence and proliferation of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and heavy metal resistance genes (HMRGs), three commonly used antibiotics (tetracycline, sulfanilamide, cefotaxime) and two heavy metals (Zn and Cu) were designed to add individually or jointly in nine fish tanks including five individual exposure tanks of tetracycline (tet), sulfanilamide (sul), cefotaxime (cef), Cu, Zn and four combination exposure tanks of tetracycline + sulfanilamide (tet + sul), tetracycline + sulfanilamide + cefotaxime (tet + sul + cef), tetracycline + sulfanilamide + Cu (tet + sul + Cu), tetracycline + sulfanilamide + Zn (tet + sul + Zn) as well as the control during the experiment period of 180 days...
July 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738207/translocation-of-heavy-metals-from-soils-into-floral-organs-and-rewards-of-cucurbita-pepo-implications-for-plant-reproductive-fitness
#5
Erna Xun, Yanwen Zhang, Jimin Zhao, Jixun Guo
Metals and metalloids in soil could be transferred into reproductive organs and floral rewards of hyperaccumulator plants and influence their reproductive success, yet little is known whether non-hyperaccumulator plants can translocate heavy metals from soil into their floral organs and rewards (i.e., nectar and pollen) and, if so, whether plant reproduction will be affected. In our studies, summer squash (Cucurbita pepo L. cv. Golden Apple) was exposed to heavy-metal treatments during bud stage to investigate the translocation of soil-supplemented zinc, copper, nickel and lead into its floral organs (pistil, anther and nectary) and rewards (nectar and pollen) as well as floral metal accumulation effects on its reproduction...
July 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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
#7
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/28737682/cadmium-handling-toxicity-and-molecular-targets-involved-during-pregnancy-lessons-from-experimental-models
#8
REVIEW
Tania Jacobo-Estrada, Mitzi Santoyo-Sánchez, Frank Thévenod, Olivier Barbier
Even decades after the discovery of Cadmium (Cd) toxicity, research on this heavy metal is still a hot topic in scientific literature: as we wrote this review, more than 1440 scientific articles had been published and listed by the PubMed.gov website during 2017. Cadmium is one of the most common and harmful heavy metals present in our environment. Since pregnancy is a very particular physiological condition that could impact and modify essential pathways involved in the handling of Cd, the prenatal life is a critical stage for exposure to this non-essential element...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737385/a-synthetic-circuit-for-mercury-bioremediation-using-self-assembling-functional-amyloids
#9
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/28737078/effect-heating-dwell-time-has-on-the-retention-of-heavy-metals-in-the-structure-of-lightweight-aggregates-manufactured-from-wastes
#10
Beatriz González-Corrochano, Jacinto Alonso-Azcárate, Luis Rodríguez, Agripino Pérez Lorenzo, María Fernández Torío, Juan José Tejado Ramos, María Dolores Corvinos, Carlos Muro
The main objective of this paper was to study how effective thermal treatment is in the retention of different heavy metals (HMs) within the structure of artificial lightweight aggregates (LWAs). These LWAs were manufactured by washing aggregate sludge and sewage sludge. The consequence of increasing the heating dwell time whilst manufacturing these LWAs was also determined. Partitioning of the HMs (Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb) in both the waste raw materials and in the LWAs was studied by means of the optimized BCR sequential extraction procedure with lithium metaborate in the final fusion...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Technology
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
#11
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/28735891/versatile-nature-of-hetero-chitosan-based-derivatives-as-biodegradable-adsorbent-for-heavy-metal-ions-a-review
#12
REVIEW
Mudasir Ahmad, Kaiser Manzoor, Saiqa Ikram
The polyfunctional chitosan can act as the biological macromolecule ligand not only for the adsorption and the recovery of metal ions from an aqueous media, but also for the fabrication of novel adsorbents which shows selectivity and better adsorption properties. The unmodified chitosan itself, a single cationic polysaccharide, has hydroxyl and amine groups carrying complex properties with the metal ions. In addition, the selectivity of metal ions, the adsorption efficiency and adsorption capacity of the adsorbent can be modified chemically...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735517/metallothionein-expression-and-synthesis-in-the-testis-of-the-lizard-podarcis-sicula-under-natural-conditions-and-following-estrogenic-exposure
#13
Mariailaria Verderame, Ermelinda Limatola, Rosaria Scudiero
Metallothionein (MT) is the main protein involved in the homeostasis of metallic micronutrients and in cellular defence against heavy metals and reactive oxygen species. Found in almost all vertebrate tissues, MT presence and localization in the testis has been controversial. In the present study, by using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemical analysis we assessed the localization of both MT transcript and protein in Podarcis sicula testes during two different phases of the reproductive cycle: the autumnal resumption and the spring-early summer mating period...
May 3, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735238/the-influence-of-heavy-metals-on-toxicogenetic-damage-in-a-brazilian-tropical-river
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Leomá A Matos, Ana C S Cunha, Aline A Sousa, Jéssica P R Maranhão, Nathanyel R S Santos, Matheus de M C Gonçalves, Sandra M M de M Dantas, João M de C E Sousa, Ana P Peron, Felipe Cavalcanti Carneiro da Silva, Marcus V O B de Alencar, Md Torequl Islam, Raí Pablo Sousa de Aguiar, Ana A de C Melo-Cavalcante, Claúdia C Bonecker, Horácio F J Junior
Anthropogenic activities in tropical rivers favor the eutrophication process, which causes increased concentration of heavy metals. The presence and bioaccumulation of metals are directly related to the presence of genotoxic damage in aquatic organisms. Thus, we evaluated the presence of heavy metals (Fe, Zn, Cr, Cu and Al) and performed toxicogenetic tests in surface (S) and bottom (B) of water samples of the Poti river (Piaui/Brazil). Cytotoxicity and genotoxicity tests were performed in Allium cepa, and micronucleus (MN) and comet assay were performed in Oreochromis niloticus...
July 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734967/assessment-of-complex-water-pollution-with-heavy-metals-and-pyrethroid-pesticides-on-transcript-levels-of-metallothionine-and-immune-related-genes
#15
Haneen A Ghazy, Mohamed A S Abdel-Razek, Abeer F El Nahas, Shawky Mahmoud
Alteration of immunological function of an aquatic organism can be used as an indicator for evaluating the direct effect of exposure to pollutants. The aim of this work is to assess the impact of complex water pollution with special reference to Pyrethroid pesticides and heavy metals on mRNA transcript levels of Metallothionine and some immune related genes of Nile tilapia (Oreochromas Niloticus). Residues of six heavy metals and six Pyrethroid were assessed in water as well as fish tissues at three different sites of Lake Burullus, located at Northern Egypt...
July 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734570/spatial-and-temporal-variations-of-heavy-metals-in-marine-sediments-from-liaodong-bay-bohai-sea-in-china
#16
Liang Liu, Lijun Wang, Zhengxian Yang, Yingying Hu, Minghui Ma
An integrated analysis has been carried out using surface sediment monitoring data in order to characterize the spatial distributions and temporal trends of heavy metals within ten years from 2004 to 2013 in the entire Liaodong Bay. Hg, Cd and As were predominant contaminants with their median concentrations of 0.04-0.15, 0.01-0.65, and 1.80-30.3mg/kg respectively. Both areas and levels of Cu and Pb contamination were low. Cd contents exhibited an obvious decreasing trend and As presented a similar law during these 10years...
July 19, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734265/decreased-lung-function-with-mediation-of-blood-parameters-linked-to-e-waste-lead-and-cadmium-exposure-in-preschool-children
#17
Xiang Zeng, Xijin Xu, H Marike Boezen, Judith M Vonk, Weidong Wu, Xia Huo
Blood lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) levels have been associated with lower lung function in adults and smokers, but whether this also holds for children from electronic waste (e-waste) recycling areas is still unknown. To investigate the contribution of blood heavy metals and lung function levels, and the relationship among living area, the blood parameter levels, and the lung function levels, a total of 206 preschool children from Guiyu (exposed area), and Haojiang and Xiashan (reference areas) were recruited and required to undergo blood tests and lung function tests during the study period...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733659/thickness-dependence-of-anomalous-nernst-coefficient-and-longitudinal-spin-seebeck-effect-in-ferromagnetic-nixfe100-x-films
#18
Harsha Kannan, Xin Fan, Halise Celik, Xiufeng Han, John Q Xiao
Spin Seebeck effect (SSE) measured for metallic ferromagnetic thin films in commonly used longitudinal configuration contains the contribution from anomalous Nernst effect (ANE). The ANE is considered to arise from the bulk of the ferromagnet (FM) and the proximity-induced FM boundary layer. We fabricate a FM alloy with zero Nernst coefficient to mitigate the ANE contamination of SSE and insert a thin layer of Cu to separate the heavy metal (HM) from the FM to avoid the proximity contribution. These modifications to the experiment should permit complete isolation of SSE from ANE in the longitudinal configuration...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733040/variations-in-the-concentrations-of-heavy-metals-through-enforcement-of-a-rest-year-system-and-dredged-sediment-capping-at-the-yellow-sea-byung-dumping-site-korea
#19
Chang-Soo Chung, Ki-Hoon Song, Ki-Young Choi, Young-Il Kim, Hye-Eun Kim, Jun-Mo Jung, Chang-Joon Kim
In 2014, the concentrations of 13 heavy metals in surface sediments from 14 sampling stations were analyzed and compared to samples from previous years to evaluate the remediation effectiveness of the "rest-year" (RY) system and capping with dredged material at the Yellow Sea-Byung dumping site offshore Korea. Since the 2006 introduction of the RY system, annual variations in metal concentrations at stations within the RY zone have gradually decreased over time. Heavy metal concentrations at most stations were lower than sediment quality guidelines, indicating the success of the RY system...
July 18, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733018/sono-assisted-preparation-of-bio-nanocomposite-for-removal-of-pb-2-ions-study-of-morphology-thermal-and-wettability-properties
#20
Shadpour Mallakpour, Vajiheh Behranvand
Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) loaded poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) composites, with different CNT contents, were fabricated through an ultrasound assisted method as a fast and green way. Then, the obtained composites were fully characterized via FT-IR, UV-Vis, XRD, TGA, FE-SEM and TEM, etc. For this purpose, PET bottle was recycled and applied as matrix of nanocomposites (NC)s. Then, we dispersed the covalent functionalization of MWCNTs with a protein dispersant and obtained a powder of protein-functionalized CNTs...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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