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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231558/alleviating-effects-of-calcium-on-cobalt-toxicity-in-two-barley-genotypes-differing-in-cobalt-tolerance
#1
Jonas Lwalaba Wa Lwalaba, Gerald Zvobgo, Liangbo Fu, Xuelei Zhang, Theodore Mulembo Mwamba, Noor Muhammad, Robert Prince Mukobo Mundende, Guoping Zhang
Cobalt (Co) contamination in soils is becoming a severe issue in environment safety and crop production. Calcium (Ca)(,) as a macro-nutrient element, shows the antagonism with many divalent heavy metals and the capacity of alleviating oxidative stress in plants. In this study, the protective role of Ca in alleviating Co stress was hydroponically investigated using two barley genotypes differing in Co toxicity tolerance. Barley seedlings exposed to 100µM Co showed the significant reduction in growth and photosynthetic rate, and the dramatic increase in the contents of reactive oxygen species (ROS), malondialdehyde (MDA), reduced glutathione (GSH) and oxidized glutathione (GSSG), and the activities of anti-oxidative enzymes, with Ea52 (Co-sensitive) being much more affected than Yan66 (Co-tolerant)...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231548/spatiotemporal-exposome-dynamics-of-soil-lead-and-children-s-blood-lead-pre-and-ten-years-post-hurricane-katrina-lead-and-other-metals-on-public-and-private-properties-in-the-city-of-new-orleans-louisiana-u-s-a
#2
Howard W Mielke, Christopher R Gonzales, Eric T Powell, Paul W Mielke
BACKGROUND: Anthropogenic re-distribution of lead (Pb) principally through its use in gasoline additives and lead-based paints have transformed the urban exposome. This unique study tracks urban-scale soil Pb (SPb) and blood Pb (BPb) responses of children living in public and private communities in New Orleans before and ten years after Hurricane Katrina (29 August 2005). OBJECTIVES: To compare and evaluate associations of pre- and ten years post-Katrina SPb and children's BPb on public and private residential census tracts in the core and outer areas of New Orleans, and to examine correlations between SPb and nine other soil metals...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231533/synthesis-characterization-and-dna-binding-cleavage-protein-binding-and-cytotoxicity-studies-of-co-ii-ni-ii-cu-ii-and-zn-ii-complexes-of-aminonaphthoquinone
#3
A Kosiha, C Parthiban, Kuppanagounder P Elango
The Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes of an aminonaphthoquinone ligand (L) have been prepared and characterized using analytical and spectral techniques. The structures of L and its Zn(II) complex are confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction study. The results indicate that Co(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) complexes possess tetrahedral geometry while Cu(II) complex exhibits square planar structure. The interaction of L and its complexes with CT-DNA reveal that they could interact with CT-DNA through intercalation...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231523/synergistic-effects-between-a-copper-based-metal-casiope%C3%A3-na-iii-ia-and-cisplatin
#4
Silvia Graciela Davila-Manzanilla, Yeshenia Figueroa-de-Paz, Carmen Mejia, Lena Ruiz-Azuara
Additive, subadditive or superadditive interactions observed in combination therapy play an important role in several treatments, particularly for cancer. The isobolographic analysis allows to establish the pharmacological interactions that exist between two drugs that are administered together in equieffective doses. In order to identify if the combination of two compounds presents synergistic interaction, the antiproliferative activity of CasIII-ia with analogue compounds or cisplatin in different molar ratios was evaluated...
February 3, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231507/the-phytochelatin-synthase-gene-in-date-palm-phoenix-dactylifera-l-phylogeny-evolution-and-expression
#5
Chaâbene Zayneb, Rekik Hakim Imen, Kriaa Walid, C Douglas Grubb, Khemakhem Bassem, Vandenbulcke Franck, Mejdoub Hafedh, Elleuch Amine
We studied date palm phytochelatin synthase type I (PdPCS1), which catalyzes the cytosolic synthesis of phytochelatins (PCs), a heavy metal binding protein, in plant cells. The gene encoding PdPCS1 (Pdpcs) consists of 8 exons and 7 introns and encodes a protein of 528 amino acids. PCs gene history was studied using Notung phylogeny. During evolution, gene loss from several lineages was predicted including Proteobacteria, Bilateria and Brassicaceae. In addition, eleven gene duplication events appeared toward interior nodes of the reconciled tree and four gene duplication events appeared toward the external nodes...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231506/plant-chromium-uptake-and-transport-physiological-effects-and-recent-advances-in-molecular-investigations
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REVIEW
Maria Angélica da Conceição Gomes, Rachel Ann Hauser-Davis, Marina Satika Suzuki, Angela Pierre Vitória
Increasingly, anthropogenic perturbations of the biosphere manifest in a broad array of global phenomena, causing widespread contamination of most ecosystems, with high dispersion rates of many contaminants throughout different environmental compartments, including metals. Chromium (Cr) contamination in particular, is, increasingly, posing a serious threat to the environment, emerging as a major health hazard to the biota. However, although the molecular and physiological mechanisms of plant responses to many heavy metals, especially lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd), have been focused upon in recent years, chromium has attracted significantly less attention...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231505/assessing-remobilization-characteristics-of-arsenic-as-in-tributary-sediment-cores-in-the-largest-reservoir-china
#7
Li Gao, Bo Gao, Dongyu Xu, Wenqi Peng, Jin Lu, Jijun Gao
The environmental impact of the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR) in China has raised widespread concern especially in relation to metal pollution. The diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT) technology was applied to investigate arsenic (As) remobilization in sediment cores collected from the main stream and a tributary in the TGR during July 2015. The results showed that the horizontal and vertical distributions of CDGT-As varied among the four sampling sites. For the same DGT probe, the horizontal distributions of CDGT-As (0-6mm, 6-12mm, 12-18mm) exhibited similarity in the overlying water and different tendencies in the sediment profiles; the vertical variations of CDGT-As showed different mobilization tendencies...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231504/effect-of-biochar-on-cadmium-bioavailability-and-uptake-in-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-grown-in-a-soil-with-aged-contamination
#8
Tahir Abbas, Muhammad Rizwan, Shafaqat Ali, Muhammad Zia-Ur-Rehman, Muhammad Farooq Qayyum, Farhat Abbas, Fakhir Hannan, Jörg Rinklebe, Yong Sik Ok
Cadmium (Cd) is a well-known and widespread toxic heavy metal while the effects of biochar (BC) on Cd bioavailability and toxicity in wheat, especially in soils with aged contamination are largely unknown. In the present study, the effect of rice straw BC on Cd immobilization in soil and uptake by wheat in an agricultural contaminated-soil was investigated. Different levels of rice straw BC (0%, 1.5%, 3.0% and 5% w/w) were incorporated into the soil and incubated for two weeks. After this, wheat plants were grown in the amended soil until maturity...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231502/does-gender-influence-the-levels-of-heavy-metals-in-liver-of-wild-boar
#9
C Neila, D Hernández-Moreno, L E Fidalgo, A López-Beceiro, F Soler, M Pérez-López
The aim of this study was to determine heavy metal reference levels for risk assessment studies. For this purpose, the levels of lead, cadmium, copper and zinc were determined in liver tissues of wild boars sampled in NW Spain. The mean values were 0.383, 0.326, 23.50 and 56.86mg/kg dried weight, respectively. In general, the levels detected were similar to or lower than the levels reported in literature. This study not only provides a useful baseline for biomonitoring the levels of the analyzed contaminants in wildlife in NW Spain, it also helps to understand the effects of gender on the levels of these elements...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231501/hsp70-expression-in-biomphalaria-glabrata-snails-exposed-to-cadmium
#10
Rebeca da Silva Cantinha, Sueli Ivone Borrely, Nancy Oguiura, Carlos Alberto de Bragança Pereira, Marcela M Rigolon, Eliana Nakano
In this study, the effects of the heavy metal cadmium on the stress protein HSP70 are investigated in freshwater mollusks Biomphalaria glabrata. Adult snails were exposed for 96h to CdCl2 at concentrations ranging from 0.09 to 0.7mgL(-1) (LC50/96h=0.34 (0.30-0.37). Time and concentration-dependent increases in the expression of HSP70 were observed at sub-lethal levels in the immunoblotting assay. Further, an increased survival to a lethal heat shock was observed in animals pre-exposed to a nonlethal concentration of cadmium, evidencing the induction of acquired tolerance...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231454/zinc-complexes-of-diflunisal-synthesis-characterization-structure-antioxidant-activity-and-in-vitro-and-in-silico-study-of-the-interaction-with-dna-and-albumins
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Alketa Tarushi, Chrisoula Kakoulidou, Catherine P Raptopoulou, Vassilis Psycharis, Dimitris P Kessissoglou, Ioanna Zoi, Athanasios N Papadopoulos, George Psomas
From the reaction of ZnCl2 with the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diflunisal (Hdifl), complex [Zn(difl-O)2(MeOH)4], 1 was formed, while in the presence of a N,N'-donor heterocyclic ligand 2,2'-bipyridylamine (bipyam), 2,2'-bipyridine (bipy), 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and 2,2'-dipyridylketone oxime (Hpko), the complexes [Zn(difl-O,O')2(bipyam)], 2, [Zn(difl-O,O')2(bipy)], 3, [Zn(difl-O,O')2(phen)], 4 and [Zn(difl-O)2(Hpko)2], 5 were isolated, respectively. The complexes were characterized by physicochemical and spectroscopic techniques and the crystal structures of complexes 2, 3 and 5 were determined by X-ray crystallography...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231453/siderophore-transport-by-mmpl5-mmps5-protein-complex-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#12
Padmani Sandhu, Yusuf Akhter
Iron is an essential metal ion required for the various physiological activities of bacteria. The pathogenic bacteria remain dependent on the host cell for their iron requirements and evolved with specialized scavenging machinery in the form of iron chelating siderophores. Mycobacterium tuberculosis has two types of siderophore molecules, mycobactin and carboxymycobactin. These are synthesized inside bacterial cells and need to be transported outside by specialized membrane associated proteins. MmpL5-MmpS5 (mycobacterial membrane protein large5-mycobacterial membrane protein small5) complex has been linked to the export of non-ferrated siderophores to extracellular environment but the precise molecular mechanism involved was largely unknown...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231451/disaggregation-of-human-islet-amyloid-polypeptide-fibril-formation-by-ruthenium-polypyridyl-complexes
#13
Dengsen Zhu, Gehui Gong, Wenji Wang, Weihong Du
The toxicity of amyloid proteins is associated with many degenerative and systematic diseases. The aggregation of human islet amyloid polypeptide may induce pancreatic β-cell death, which is linked to type II diabetes. Ruthenium complexes are inhibitors of various proteins and potential anticancer metallodrugs, which can also be used to disaggregate amyloid proteins. This work reported that several ruthenium polypyridyl complexes remarkably affected the peptide aggregation by predominant hydrophobic interaction and metal coordination, as reflected by thermodynamic parameters and mass spectrometry analysis...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231073/gene-expression-profiles-suggest-iron-transport-pathway-in-the-lactating-human-epithelial-cell
#14
Chenxi Cai, Peter Eck, James K Friel
OBJECTIVES: The molecular background of iron excretion into breast milk has not been determined in humans. We determined the expression of known iron transporters in mRNA extracted from human milk fat globules to deduce which known transporters are responsible for iron excretion into human milk. METHODS: The expression of iron transporters in mRNA from human milk fat globules and mouse mammary epithelial cell lines was determined by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231012/quantum-percolation-and-magnetic-nano-droplet-states-in-electronically-phase-separated-manganite-nanowires
#15
Kaixuan Zhang, Lin Li, Hui Li, Qiyuan Feng, Nan Zhang, Long Cheng, Xiaodong Fan, Yubin Hou, Qingyou Lu, Zhenyu Zhang, Changgan Zeng
One-dimensional (1D) confinement has been revealed to effectively tune the properties of materials in homogeneous states. The 1D physics can be further enriched by electronic inhomogeneity, which unfortunately remains largely unknown. Here we demonstrate the ultra-high sensitivity to magnetic fluctuations and the tunability of phase stability in the electronic transport properties of self-assembled electronically phase-separated manganite nanowires with extreme aspect ratio. The onset of magnetic nano-droplet state, a precursor to the ferromagnetic metallic state, is unambiguously revealed, which is attributed to the small lateral size of the nanowires that is comparable to the droplet size...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231010/generation-of-anisotropic-massless-dirac-fermions-and-asymmetric-klein-tunneling-in-few-layer-black-phosphorus-superlattices
#16
Zhenglu Li, Ting Cao, Meng Wu, Steven G Louie
Artificial lattices have been employed in a broad range of two-dimensional systems, including those with electrons, atoms and photons, in the quest for massless Dirac fermions with high flexibility and controllability. Establishing triangular or hexagonal symmetry, from periodically patterned molecule assembly or electrostatic gating as well as from moiré pattern induced by substrate, has produced electronic states with linear dispersions from two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) residing in semiconductors, metals and graphene...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231001/crystal-phases-in-hybrid-metal-semiconductor-nanowire-devices
#17
Jeremy David, Francesco Rossella, Mirko Rocci, Daniele Ercolani, Lucia Sorba, Fabio Beltram, Mauro Gemmi, Stefano Roddaro
We investigate the metallic phases observed in hybrid metal-GaAs nanowire devices obtained by controlled thermal annealing of Ni/Au electrodes. Devices are fabricated onto a SiN membrane compatible with transmission electron microscopy studies. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy allows us to show that the nanowire body includes two Ni-rich phases that, thanks to an innovative use of electron diffraction tomography, can be unambiguously identified as Ni3GaAs and Ni5As2 crystals. The mechanisms of Ni incorporation leading to the observed phenomenology are discussed...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230999/design-of-contact-electrodes-for-semiconductor-nanowire-solar-energy-harvesting-devices
#18
Tzu-Ging Lin, Sarath Ramadurgam, Chen Yang
Transparent, low resistive contacts are critical for efficient solar energy harvesting devices. It is important to reconsider the material choices and electrode design as devices move from 2D films to 1D nanostructures. In this paper, we study the effectiveness of indium tin oxide (ITO) and metals, such as Ag and Cu, as contacts in 2D and 1D systems. Although ITO has been studied extensively and developed into an effective transparent contact for 2D devices, our results show that effectiveness does not translate to 1D systems...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230993/ground-state-properties-of-the-polar-alkali-metal-ytterbium-and-alkaline-earth-metal-ytterbium-molecules-a-comparative-study
#19
Qinqin Shao, Lijuan Deng, Xiao Dong Xing, Dezhi Gou, Xiaoyu Kuang, Hui Li
The accurate knowledge of electronic properties is important for creating and manufacturing ultracold molecules. We report here the ab initio quantum chemistry calculations on the properties of alkali-metal-ytterbium AM-Yb (AM = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) and alkaline-earth-metal-ytterbium AEM-Yb (AEM = Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) molecules for their electronic ground state. The potential energy curves (PECs) and permanent dipole moments (PDMs) are calculated based on the multi-reference configuration interaction (MRCI) level of theory, where the core-valence correlations and scalar relativistic effects are included...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230984/2d-conductive-iron-quinoid-magnets-ordering-up-to-tc-105-k-via-heterogenous-redox-chemistry
#20
Jordan A DeGayner, Ie-Rang Jeon, Lei Sun, Mircea Dinca, T David Harris
We report the magnetism and conductivity for a redox isomeric pair of iron-quinoid metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The oxidized isomer, (Me2NH2)2[Fe2L3]·2H2O·6DMF (LH2 = 2,5-dichloro-3,6-dihydroxo-1,4-benzoquinone) was previously shown to magnetically order below 80 K in its solvated form, with the ordering temperature decreasing to 26 K upon desolvation. Here, we demonstrate this compound to exhibit electrical conductivity values up to σ = 1.4(7) × 10(-2) S/cm (Ea = 0.26(1) cm(-1)) and 1.0(3) × 10(-3) S/cm (Ea = 0...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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