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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641175/atmospheric-dust-deposition-on-soils-around-an-abandoned-fluorite-mine-hammam-zriba-ne-tunisia
#1
Chaima Djebbi, Fredj Chaabani, Oriol Font, Ignasi Queralt, Xavier Querol
The present study focuses on the eolian dispersion and dust deposition, of major and trace elements in soils in a semi-arid climate, around an old fluorite (CaF2) and barite (BaSO4) mine, located in Hammam Zriba in Northern Tunisia. Ore deposits from this site contain a high amount of metal sulphides constituting heavy metal pollution in the surrounding environment. Samples of waste from the surface of mine tailings and agricultural topsoil samples in the vicinity of the mine were collected. The soil samples and a control sample from unpolluted area, were taken in the direction of prevailing northwest and west winds...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640757/novel-domain-wall-dynamics-in-synthetic-antiferromagnets
#2
See-Hun Yang, Stuart Parkin
In this article, we review fascinating new mechanisms on recently observed remarkable current driven domain wall motion in nanowires formed from perpendicularly magnetized synthetic antiferromagnets interfaced with heavy metallic layers, sources of spin-orbit torques. All the associated torques such as volumetric adiabatic and non-adiabatic spin-transfer-torque, spin-orbit torques, shape anisotropy field torques, Dzyaloshinkii-Moriya interaction torques and most importantly a new powerful torque, exchange coupling torque, will be discussed based on an analytical model that provides an intuitive description of domain wall dynamics in synthetic ferromagnets as well as synthetic antiferromagnets...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635329/lead-induces-siberian-tiger-fibroblast-apoptosis-by-interfering-with-intracellular-homeostasis
#3
Zheng Liu, Hui Wang, Wenxiu Zhang, Ziao Yuan, Hongyi Yuan, Xueting Liu, Minghai Zhang, Xuesong Guo, Weijun Guan
Lead (Pb(2+)) is a poisonous heavy metal that causes many pathophysiological effects in living systems. Its toxicological effects are well known as it causes apoptosis of several cell types and tissues. This study aimed to determine the criteria required for early diagnosis of Pb(2+) poisoning in the Siberian tiger using a tiger population in China, to identify a safety Pb(2+) concentration threshold, and to provide suggestions for preventing Pb(2+) poisoning in Siberian tigers. We investigated the apoptotic effects of Pb(2+) (0, 32, 64, and 125 μM) for 12-48 h on Siberian tiger fibroblasts in vitro...
June 21, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635152/a-novel-dna-structure-containing-agi-mediated-g-g-and-c-c-base-pairs
#4
Hehua Liu, Fusheng Shen, Phensinee Haruehanroengra, Qingqing Yao, Yunshan Cheng, Yiqing Chen, Chun Yang, Jing Zhang, Baixing Wu, Qiang Luo, Ruixue Cui, Jixi Li, Jinbiao Ma, Jia Sheng, Jianhua Gan
Metallo-base pairs have been extensively utilized in many research fields, including genetic code extension, novel therapeutics development, and various nanodevice designs. Compared to other cations, AgI is more flexible in pairing with natural base pairs. Herein, we present a DNA structure containing two C-AgI-C pairs and one first time reported G-AgI-G pair in a short 8mer DNA strand. This structure not only discloses the detailed insights into these AgI-base pairing patterns in DNA, but also represents the first nonhelical DNA structure driven by the heavy metal ions, further contributing to the structural diversity of DNA...
June 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634867/a-risk-assessment-study-of-water-quality-biota-and-legacy-sediment-prior-to-small-dam-removal-in-a-tributary-to-the-delaware-river
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Megan B Rothenberger, Virginia Hoyt, Dru Germanoski, Maricate Conlon, John Wilson, Joshua Hitchings
The proposed removal of three run-of-river dams (all ≤5-m height) in eastern Pennsylvania along lower Bushkill Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River, has provided a valuable opportunity for multidisciplinary research involving the collection of more than 5 years of pre-removal monitoring data, analysis of heavy metals in legacy sediment cores, and associated toxicity assays to determine the singular and interactive effects of lead, copper, and cadmium on survival and behavior of a common macroinvertebrate found in Bushkill Creek...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634799/assessment-of-heat-inactivated-marine-aspergillus-flavus-as-a-novel-biosorbent-for-removal-of-cd-ii-hg-ii-and-pb-ii-from-water
#6
Mohamed E Mahmoud, Gehan M El Zokm, Aida E M Farag, Mohamed S Abdelwahab
A novel marine fungus was isolated and classified as Aspergillus flavus strain EGY11. The heat-inactivated form of isolated Aspergillus flavus was investigated and evaluated as a new eco-friendly and highly efficient biosorbent for removal of toxic heavy metals such as Cd(II), Hg(II), and Pb(II) from aqueous solutions. The SEM morphological studies of biosorbent-loaded metal ions confirmed their direct binding on the surface of heat-inactivated Aspergillus flavus. The metal biosorption capacity values were determined and optimized by the batch technique in the presence of various experimental controlling factors such as pH, contact time, biosorbent dosage, initial metal ion concentration, and coexisting species...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634690/long-term-retromuscular-and-intraperitoneal-mesh-size-changes-within-a-randomized-controlled-trial-on-incisional-hernia-repair-including-a-review-of-the-literature
#7
P Rogmark, O Ekberg, A Montgomery
Purpose Ingrowth of fibroblasts in a polypropylene mesh may cause contraction and a later recurrence. We assessed mesh contraction in intraabdominal and retromuscular implantation after incisional hernia repair. METHODS: A cohort of patients within an RCT on laparoscopic (LHR) versus open hernia repair (OHR) had their mesh borders marked with metal clips. X-ray was performed on postoperative day 1 and after 1 year. Total length, width, and dislocation were measured. A tacker fixated large-pore polypropylene mesh was used in LHR, and a retromuscular small-pore heavy-weight mesh was sutured to the midline in OHR...
June 20, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633945/assessment-of-heavy-metal-contamination-in-marine-sediments-of-east-coast-of-tamil-nadu-affected-by-different-pollution-sources
#8
N Harikrishnan, R Ravisankar, A Chandrasekaran, M Suresh Gandhi, K V Kanagasabapathy, M V R Prasad, K K Satapathy
The aim of this study was to determine the concentration of heavy metals in the sediments of Periyakalapet to Parangipettai coast, east coast of Tamil Nadu, by using energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) technique. The average heavy metal concentrations in the sediment samples were found in the order Al>Fe>Ca>Ti>K>Mg>Mn>Ba>V>Cr>Zn>La>Ni>Pb>Co>Cd>Cu. The average heavy metal concentrations were below the world crustal average. The degree of contamination by heavy metals was evaluated using pollution indices...
June 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633101/assessment-of-environmental-and-health-risks-in-former-polymetallic-ore-mining-and-smelting-area-slovakia-spatial-distribution-and-accumulation-of-mercury-in-four-different-ecosystems
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Július Árvay, Lenka Demková, Martin Hauptvogl, Miloslav Michalko, Daniel Bajčan, Radovan Stanovič, Ján Tomáš, Miroslava Hrstková, Pavol Trebichalský
Former long-term mining and smelting of pollymetallic ores in the Middle Spiš area caused a serious contamination problem of the environment with heavy metals and metalloids, especially mercury (Hg). Several studies have reported concentration of Hg in the area but this paper provides first detailed characterization of Hg contamination of different environmental components in agricultural, forest, grassland and urban ecosystems. The ecosystems are in different distances from emission sources - former mercury and copper smelting plants in NE Slovakia...
June 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633083/adsorption-of-cu-ii-pb-ii-and-cr-vi-from-aqueous-solutions-using-black-wattle-tannin-immobilized-nanocellulose
#10
Qinghua Xu, Yulu Wang, Liqiang Jin, Yu Wang, Menghua Qin
A novel nanocomposite based on black wattle (BW) tannin and nanocellulose was prepared and applied in heavy metal ions adsorptive removal from aqueous solutions. Firstly, nanocrystalline cellulose was oxidized by sodium periodate to get dialdehyde nanocellulose (DANC). BW tannin was then covalently immobilized onto DANC, which was used as both the matrix and crosslinker, to obtain tannin-nanocellulose (TNCC) composite. The resulting nanocomposite was characterized using FTIR, AFM, and TG. The successful immobilization was confirmed by the chromogenic reaction between FeCl3 and TNCC and FT-IR analysis...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632927/prospective-associations-between-environmental-heavy-metal-exposure-and-renal-outcomes-in-adults-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Chun-Chieh Tsai, Chia-Lin Wu, Chew-Teng Kor, Ie-Bin Lian, Chin-Hua Chang, Teng-Hsiang Chang, Chia-Chu Chang, Ping-Fang Chiu
BACKGROUND: In Taiwan, Changhua County residents were exposed to high heavy metal pollution and exhibited high heavy metal levels in blood and urine. We examined associations between heavy metals in residential soil and renal outcomes of residents with chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHOD: From January 01, 2003 to June 30, 2015, we retrospectively identified CKD patients with an estimated glomerular filtration rate of <60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) at one tertiary care center...
June 20, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632380/recent-progress-in-nanomaterial-based-optical-aptamer-assay-for-the-detection-of-food-chemical-contaminants
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Lingyi Lan, Yao Yao, Jianfeng Ping, Yibin Ying
Food chemical contaminant is a major factor to cause foodborne diseases and can do harm to human health. Hence, to develop robust, easy, and sensitive methods for rapid evaluation of food chemical contaminants is highly desirable. Nanomaterial-based optical aptasensors combined with the advantages of the high selectivity of optical detection techniques, excellent stability of aptamer, and the unique properties of nanomaterials have been recognized as useful tools for routine biosensing applications. The recent progress in nanomaterial-based optical aptamer assays to determine food chemical contaminants including heavy metals, toxins, pesticides, and antibiotics are presented in this paper...
June 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631419/the-cpxr-cpxa-system-contributes-to-salmonella-gold-resistance-by-controlling-the-gols-dependent-gesabc-transcription
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Sebastián Cerminati, Germán F Giri, Julián I Mendoza, Fernando C Soncini, Susana K Checa
Several regulatory systems contribute to bacterial resistance to heavy metals controlling the expression of factors required to eliminate the intoxicant and/or to repair the damage caused by it. In Salmonella, the response to Au ions is mediated by the specific metalloregulator GolS that, among other genes, controls the expression of the RND-efflux pump GesABC. In this work, we demonstrate that CpxR/CpxA, a main cell-envelope stress-responding system, promotes gesABC transcription in the presence of Au ions at neutral pH...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631335/the-mobile-dso-gene-sso-element-in-rolling-circles-plasmids-of-staphylococci-reflects-the-evolutionary-history-of-its-resistance-gene
#14
Trudy M Wassenaar, Adriana Cabal
The qacC and lnuA genes of Staphylococcus species were recently proposed to comprise a mobile element when residing on rolling-circle plasmids. Here we present other examples of resistance genes on staphylococcal rolling-circle plasmids, including fosB producing resistance to fosfomycin, cat resulting in resistance to chloramphenicol, and cadB for resistance to the toxic heavy metal cadmium. For three of these genes (qacC, lnuA and fosB) evidence was obtained that the genes have spread between different plasmid backgrounds...
June 20, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631031/metals-in-blood-and-eggs-of-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas-from-nesting-colonies-of-the-northern-coast-of-the-sea-of-oman
#15
Mahmood Sinaei, Mehdi Bolouki
The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) has been a species of global concern for decades. In this study, heavy metals (mercury: Hg; Cadmium: Cd; Lead: Pb; Copper: Cu; and Zinc: Zn) were measured in blood and three egg fraction of green sea turtles nesting on the northern coast of Sea of Oman. Heavy metals concentrations in blood, yolk, albumen, and egg shell ranged between 0.16-36.78, 0.006-33.88, 0.003-4.02, and 0.002-6.85 μg/g (ww), respectively. According to the results, all heavy metals found in blood samples (n = 12) also were detected in the various parts of the eggs (n = 48)...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630970/heavy-ligand-atom-induced-large-magnetic-anisotropy-in-mn-ii-complexes
#16
Sabyasachi Roy Chowdhury, Sabyashachi Mishra
In the search for single molecule magnets, metal ions are considered pivotal towards achieving large magnetic anisotropy barriers. In this context, the influence of ligands with heavy elements, showing large spin-orbit coupling, on magnetic anisotropy barriers was investigated using a series of Mn(ii)-based complexes, in which the metal ion did not have any orbital contribution. The mixing of metal and ligand orbitals was achieved by explicitly correlating the metal and ligand valence electrons with CASSCF calculations...
June 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629812/benthic-foraminifera-for-heavy-metal-pollution-monitoring-a-case-study-from-burullus-lagoon-of-egypt
#17
O H Orabi, A A El-Badry, A M Badr-ElDin
Sources of heavy metals pollution in the Burullus Lagoon include phosphate fertilizers, sewage and oil spills from fishing boats. The benthic species identified in this lagoon are Adelosina carinata striata (Wiesner), Quinqueloculina bosciana (d'Orbigny), Quinqueloculina seminulum (Linnaeus), Ammonia tepida (Cushman), Elphidium excavatum (Terquem). A. tepida is the most dominant species in the lagoon. It constitutes more than 97% of the total benthic foraminiferal assemblages reflecting tolerance to the very low salinity in the Burullus Lagoon...
June 16, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629168/assessing-statistically-significant-heavy-metal-concentrations-in-abandoned-mine-areas-via-hot-spot-analysis-of-portable-xrf-data
#18
Sung-Min Kim, Yosoon Choi
To develop appropriate measures to prevent soil contamination in abandoned mining areas, an understanding of the spatial variation of the potentially toxic trace elements (PTEs) in the soil is necessary. For the purpose of effective soil sampling, this study uses hot spot analysis, which calculates a z-score based on the Getis-Ord Gi* statistic to identify a statistically significant hot spot sample. To constitute a statistically significant hot spot, a feature with a high value should also be surrounded by other features with high values...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629107/reducing-the-bioavailability-and-leaching-potential-of-lead-in-contaminated-water-hyacinth-biomass-by-phosphate-assisted-pyrolysis
#19
Lingna Shi, Lijun Wang, Tao Zhang, Jianfa Li, Xiaoyi Huang, Jing Cai, Jinhong Lü, Yue Wang
For the purpose of safe disposal of biomass contaminated by biosorption of heavy metals, phosphate-assisted pyrolysis of water hyacinth biomass contaminated by lead (Pb) was tried to reduce the bioavailability and leaching potential of Pb, using direct pyrolysis without additive as a control method. Direct pyrolysis of the contaminated biomass at low temperatures (300 and 400°C) could reduce the bioavailability of Pb, but the leaching potential of Pb was increased with the rising pyrolysis temperature. While phosphate-assisted pyrolysis significantly enhanced the recovery and stability of Pb in the char...
June 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628796/evaluation-of-cd-cr-cu-ni-and-pb-in-selected-cosmetic-products-from-jordanian-sudanese-and-syrian-markets
#20
A M Massadeh, M Y El-Khateeb, S M Ibrahim
OBJECTIVES: There is no sufficient data that evaluate heavy metal content in cosmetic products in Jordan as well as Sudan and Syria. This study aims to assess metal levels which include Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), and Lead (Pb) in cosmetic products. These elements have draft limits because they are identified as potential impurities and are known to be toxic. This study aims to provide information to the population that may be beneficial to public health. STUDY DESIGN: Samples were collected from different brands obtained from markets in Jordan, Sudan, and Syria...
June 16, 2017: Public Health
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