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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550677/mineral-profile-of-children-s-fast-food-menu-samples
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Maria Luisa Cervera, Miguel de la Guardia, Manuela Ruiz-de-Cenzano, Arancha Rochina-Marco, Óscar López-Salazar
Children's fast food menus, including hamburgers served with french fries, dessert, and a soft drink, were analyzed to obtain the mineral profile of trace elements. The developed analytical methodology involved sample digestion under pressure inside a microwave oven with a mixture of HNO₃ and H₂O₂ and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry. The method was validated by carrying out the analysis of certified reference materials (NIST 1570a spinach leaves, NCS ZC73016 chicken, and NIST 1568a rice flour) and using recovery experiments...
May 26, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550601/potential-toxicity-of-trace-elements-and-nanomaterials-to-chinese-cabbage-in-arsenic-and-lead-contaminated-soil-amended-with-biochars
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Yasser Mahmoud Awad, Meththika Vithanage, Nabeel Khan Niazi, Muhammad Rizwan, Jörg Rinklebe, Jae E Yang, Yong Sik Ok, Sang Soo Lee
To our knowledge, this is the first report on exploring the interactive effects of various biochars (BCs) and nanomaterials (NMs) on plant growth and bioavailability of trace elements in soil. This study evaluated the bioavailability and toxicity of arsenic (As), lead (Pb), and NMs to cabbage plants. The BCs were produced from rice husk (RB), sewage sludge, and bamboo wood (WB). The BCs at 2.5 and 5% (w w(-1)), NMs for removing As (NMs-As) and heavy metals (NMs-HM) at 3000 mg kg(-1), and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) at 1000 mg kg(-1) were applied in bioassay and incubation experiments (40 days), along with the unamended soil as the control...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549316/method-for-assessment-of-stormwater-treatment-facilities-synthetic-road-runoff-addition-including-micro-pollutants-and-tracer
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Karin Cederkvist, Marina B Jensen, Peter E Holm
Stormwater treatment facilities (STFs) are becoming increasingly widespread but knowledge on their performance is limited. This is due to difficulties in obtaining representative samples during storm events and documenting removal of the broad range of contaminants found in stormwater runoff. This paper presents a method to evaluate STFs by addition of synthetic runoff with representative concentrations of contaminant species, including the use of tracer for correction of removal rates for losses not caused by the STF...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547585/aio-casilio-a-robust-crispr-cas9-pumilio-system-for-chromosome-labeling
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Shuxian Zhang, Zhan Song
The biological function of chromatin bases on its spatial organization and dynamic activities in different situations. Labeling and tracing of genomic sequences has been a huge challenge in studying the spatial dynamics of chromatin. We reported the development of 'all-in-one Casilio system (Aio-Casilio)', a new system that enables the labeling of endogenous genomic loci. The Aio-Casilio system consists of the dCas9 protein, mClover fused with the Pumilio and FBF proteins RNA-binding domain (PUF domain) and an U6-sgRNA appended with multiple PUF-binding site(s)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547377/the-excessive-enrichment-of-trace-elements-in-migratory-and-breeding-red-crowned-cranes-grus-japonensis-in-china
#5
Luo Jinming, Wang Yongjie, Gao Zhongyan, Wang Wenfeng
The excessive enrichment of trace elements, such as Pb and Cd, from food may contribute to the decline of migratory red-crowned cranes (Grus japonensis) in China. To test this prediction, we determined the concentrations of Pb and Cd, as well as further macro and trace elements (Ca, Mg, Cu, Zn) in the target species and their prey (sediment, reed root, mollusk, arthropods, and common fish species) in both the wintering (Yancheng wetland) and breeding sites (Zhalong wetland) of cranes in China. The maximum concentrations of Pb (130 mg kg(-1) dry weight (dw)) and Cd (10...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545731/enzyme-linked-immunoassay-based-on-imprinted-microspheres-for-the-detection-of-sulfamethazine-residue
#6
Dapeng Peng, Zhaozhou Li, Yulian Wang, Zhenli Liu, Feng Sheng, Zonghui Yuan
This study attempts to develop an enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) using a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) as an artificial recognition element. The MIP microspheres were prepared using precipitation polymerization with SM2 as the template molecule, methacrylic acid as the functional monomer and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as the cross-linker. After the microspheres were coated in microtiter plate wells, the molecular imprinting ELISA (MI-ELISA) method was established based on the direct competition between free SM2 and horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-labelled SM2 in heterogeneous mode...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544927/estuarine-sediment-resuspension-and-acidification-release-behaviour-of-contaminants-under-different-oxidation-levels-and-acid-sources
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M Camino Martín-Torre, Eva Cifrian, Gema Ruiz, Berta Galán, Javier R Viguri
Carbon dioxide (CO2) Capture and Storage (CCS) is a technology to reduce the emissions of this gas to the atmosphere by sequestering it in geological formations. In the case of offshore storage, unexpected CO2 leakages will acidify the marine environment. Reductions of the pH might be also caused by anthropogenic activities or natural events such as acid spills and dredging operations or storms and floods. Changes in the pH of the marine environment will trigger the mobilisation of elements trapped in contaminated shallow sediments with unclear redox boundary...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543800/periphyton-uptake-and-trophic-transfer-of-coal-fly-ash-derived-trace-elements
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Shane A Scheibener, Nelson A Rivera, Dean Hesterberg, Owen W Duckworth, David B Buchwalter
To determine if the bioavailability of trace elements derived from coal ash leachates varies with the geochemical conditions associated with their formation, we quantified periphyton bioaccumulation and subsequent trophic transfer to the mayfly Neocloeon triangulifer. Oxic ash incubations favored periphyton uptake of arsenic, selenium, strontium and manganese, whereas anoxic incubations favored periphyton uptake of uranium. Mayfly enrichment was strongest for selenium whereas biodilution was observed for strontium, uranium, and arsenic...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542238/frutexites-like-structures-formed-by-iron-oxidizing-biofilms-in-the-continental-subsurface-%C3%A3-sp%C3%A3-hard-rock-laboratory-sweden
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Christine Heim, Nadia-Valérie Quéric, Danny Ionescu, Nadine Schäfer, Joachim Reitner
Stromatolitic iron-rich structures have been reported from many ancient environments and are often described as Frutexites, a cryptic microfossil. Although microbial formation of such structures is likely, a clear relation to a microbial precursor is lacking so far. Here we report recent iron oxidizing biofilms which resemble the ancient Frutexites structures. The living Frutexites-like biofilms were sampled at 160 m depth in the Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory in Sweden. Investigations using microscopy, 454 pyrosequencing, FISH, Raman spectroscopy, biomarker and trace element analysis allowed a detailed view of the structural components of the mineralized biofilm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541679/biomagnetic-monitoring-of-atmospheric-pollution-a-review-of-magnetic-signatures-from-biological-sensors
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Jelle Hofman, Barbara A Maher, Adrian R Muxworthy, Karen Wuyts, Ana Castanheiro, Roeland Samson
Biomagnetic monitoring of atmospheric pollution is a growing application in the field of environmental magnetism. Particulate matter (PM) in atmospheric pollution contains readily-measurable concentrations of magnetic minerals. Biological surfaces, exposed to atmospheric pollution, accumulate magnetic particles over time, providing a record of location-specific, time-integrated air quality information. This review summarizes current knowledge of biological material ('sensors') used for biomagnetic monitoring purposes...
May 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541415/transcriptome-wide-identification-and-expression-analysis-of-divaricata-and-radialis-like-genes-of-the-mediterranean-orchid-orchis-italica
#11
Maria Carmen Valoroso, Sofia De Paolo, Giovanni Iazzetti, Serena Aceto
Bilateral symmetry of flowers is a relevant novelty that has occurred many times throughout the evolution of flowering plants. In Antirrhinum majus, establishment of flower dorso-ventral asymmetry is mainly due to interaction of TCP (CYC and DICH) and MYB (DIV, RAD and DRIF) transcription factors. In the present study, we characterized 8 DIV-, 4 RAD- and 2 DRIF-like genes from the transcriptome of Orchis italica, an orchid species with bilaterally symmetric and resupinate flowers. We found a similar number of DIV- and RAD-like genes within the genomes of Phalaenopsis equestris and Dendrobium catenatum orchids...
May 25, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539046/a-facile-chip-based-array-monolithic-microextraction-system-online-coupled-with-icpms-for-fast-analysis-of-trace-heavy-metals-in-biological-samples
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Jing Zhang, Beibei Chen, Han Wang, Man He, Bin Hu
Trace heavy metals have great impact on biological system, therefore, it is essential to develop suitable analytical methods for the determination of trace heavy metals in biological samples to elucidate their biochemical and physiological functions in organisms. Herein, we presented a chip-based array monolithic microextraction system and combined it with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) for online analysis of trace Hg, Pb and Bi in real-world biological samples. Six ethylenediamine modified poly glycidyl methacrylate-co-ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (poly (GMA-co-EDMA-NH2)) capillary monolithic columns were embedded parallelly in microchannels of a microfluidic chip for array monolithic microextraction...
May 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538943/low-serum-chromium-is-rare-in-patients-that-underwent-endoscopic-gastrostomy-for-long-term-enteral-feeding
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Carla Adriana Santos, Jorge Fonseca, Elisabete Carolino, António Sousa Guerreiro
BACKGROUND: Patients that underwent Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) present with protein-energy malnutrition. Trace elements are required in small quantities and Chromium (Cr) displays a major role in the metabolism. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate Cr levels and its relationship with serum proteins, BMI and underlying diseases during the first 3 months of PEG feeding. METHODS: Prospective observational study during 3-months, when PEG was performed (T0), after 4 (T1), and 12 weeks (T3)...
May 18, 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538201/effects-of-adding-trace-elements-on-rice-straw-anaerobic-mono-digestion-focus-on-changes-in-microbial-communities-using-high-throughput-sequencing
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Yafan Cai, Binbin Hua, Lijuan Gao, Yuegao Hu, Xufeng Yuan, Zongjun Cui, Wanbin Zhu, Xiaofen Wang
Although trace elements are known to aid anaerobic digestion, their mechanism of action is still unclear. High-throughput sequencing was used to reveal the mechanism by which adding trace elements affects microbial communities and their action. The results showed that the highest methane yields, with addition of Fe, Mo, Se and Mn were 289.2, 289.6, 285.3, 293.0mL/g volatile solids (VS), respectively. The addition of Fe, Mo, Se and Mn significantly (P<0.05) reduced the level of volatile fatty acids (VFAs)...
April 21, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536962/trace-element-contents-in-fine-particulate-matter-pm2-5-in-urban-school-microenvironments-near-a-contaminated-beach-with-mine-tailings-cha%C3%A3-aral-chile
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Stephanie Mesías Monsalve, Leonardo Martínez, Karla Yohannessen Vásquez, Sergio Alvarado Orellana, José Klarián Vergara, Miguel Martín Mateo, Rogelio Costilla Salazar, Mauricio Fuentes Alburquenque, Dante D Cáceres Lillo
Air quality in schools is an important public health issue because children spend a considerable part of their daily life in classrooms. Particulate size and chemical composition has been associated with negative health effects. We studied levels of trace element concentrations in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in indoor versus outdoor school settings from six schools in Chañaral, a coastal city with a beach severely polluted with mine tailings. Concentrations of trace elements were measured on two consecutive days during the summer and winter of 2012 and 2013 and determined using X-ray fluorescence...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534099/effects-of-intermittent-and-continuous-magnetic-fields-on-trace-element-levels-in-guinea-pigs
#16
Onur Erdem, Cemal Akay, Sule Coşkun Cevher, Ayse Gulnihal Canseven, Ahmet Aydın, Nesrin Seyhan
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can affect living cells due to biochemical changes, followed by changes in levels of trace elements in serum and different organs. This study focuses on the effect of whole body exposure to EMF, presented everywhere in our environment, and on the levels of trace elements in serum, femur, brain, kidney, and liver tissues. The analyses performed on 29 guinea pigs were divided into five groups. Guinea pigs were exposed to a magnetic field of 50 Hz of 1.5 mT. Groups A and B were exposed to the magnetic field for a period of 4 h/day continuously (4 h/day) for 4 and 7 days, respectively...
May 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531955/influence-of-sediment-chemistry-and-sediment-toxicity-on-macroinvertebrate-communities-across-99-wadable-streams-of-the-midwestern-usa
#17
Patrick W Moran, Lisa H Nowell, Nile E Kemble, Barbara J Mahler, Ian R Waite, Peter C Van Metre
Simultaneous assessment of sediment chemistry, sediment toxicity, and macroinvertebrate communities can provide multiple lines of evidence when investigating relations between sediment contaminants and ecological degradation. These three measures were evaluated at 99 wadable stream sites across 11 states in the Midwestern United States during the summer of 2013 to assess sediment pollution across a large agricultural landscape. This evaluation considers an extensive suite of sediment chemistry totaling 274 analytes (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, organochlorine compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, trace elements, and current-use pesticides) and a mixture assessment based on the ratios of detected compounds to available effects-based benchmarks...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531952/groundwater-quality-in-the-alluvial-aquifer-system-of-northwest-india-new-evidence-of-the-extent-of-anthropogenic-and-geogenic-contamination
#18
D J Lapworth, G Krishan, A M MacDonald, M S Rao
Groundwater depletion has been widely studied in northwest India, but water quality concerns are still poorly constrained. In this study, we explore the hydrochemistry of the top 160m of the aquifer system, through detailed field studies in the Bist-Doab region, considering both anthropogenic and geogenic controls. A detailed comparison is made between sites dominated by urban and agricultural landuse. Salinity, nitrate, chloride and lead concentrations are significantly higher in the shallow (0-50m) groundwater system due to surface anthropogenic contaminant loading from agricultural and urban sources...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531917/assessing-phytotoxicity-of-trace-element-contaminated-soils-phytomanaged-with-gentle-remediation-options-at-ten-european-field-trials
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Celestino Quintela-Sabarís, Lilian Marchand, Petra S Kidd, Wolfgang Friesl-Hanl, Markus Puschenreiter, Jurate Kumpiene, Ingo Müller, Silke Neu, Jolien Janssen, Jaco Vangronsveld, Ioannis Dimitriou, Grzegorz Siebielec, Rafał Gałązka, Valérie Bert, Rolf Herzig, Andrew B Cundy, Nadège Oustrière, Aliaksandr Kolbas, William Galland, Michel Mench
Gentle remediation options (GRO), i.e. in situ stabilisation, (aided) phytoextraction and (aided) phytostabilisation, were implemented at ten European sites contaminated with trace elements (TE) from various anthropogenic sources: mining, atmospheric fallout, landfill leachates, wood preservatives, dredged-sediments, and dumped wastes. To assess the performance of the GRO options, topsoil was collected from each field trial, potted, and cultivated with lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) for 48days. Shoot dry weight (DW) yield, photosynthesis efficiency and major element and TE concentrations in the soil pore water and lettuce shoots were measured...
May 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530587/trace-elements-in-raw-milk-of-buffaloes-bubalus-bubalis-from-campania-italy
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Mauro Esposito, Oto Miedico, Stefania Cavallo, Roberta Pellicanò, Guido Rosato, Loredana Baldi, A Eugenio Chiaravalle
The profile of 18 trace elements was traced in 68 milk samples collected from buffalo farms in the territory known as the "Land of Fires" in the Campania region (Italy). This area has been polluted by the illegal dumping in fields of industrial or domestic waste, wich is sometimes then burned spreading toxic contaminants. Milk from buffaloes raised on rural farms might be a good indicator of environmental contamination risk in the human food chain. Trace element analysis in milk was performed using mass spectrometry...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
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