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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106472/sample-preparation-for-repeated-measurements-on-a-single-liquid-droplet-using-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy
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Violeta Lazic, Roberta Fantoni, Antonio Palucci, Massimiliano Ciaffi
We studied changes in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) signal intensity with the thickness of a liquid layer placed on a solid substrate, where an easily evaporating methanol sample was used. For a certain optimal liquid film thickness we obtained a manifold increase of the LIBS signal from methanol. Progressive liquid film thinning leads to a reduction and a successive disappearance of laser-induced splashes; the latter condition drastically reduces the sample consumption and allows measurements to be repeated many times on a single liquid droplet...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105805/towards-3d-chemical-imaging-of-ternary-cu-sn-pb-alloys-using-femtosecond-laser-ablation-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#2
Valentine Grimaudo, Pavel Moreno-Garcia, Andreas Riedo, Stefan Meyer, Marek Tulej, Maike Brigitte Neuland, Miklós Mohos, Christoph Gütz, Siegfried R R Waldvogel, Peter Wurz, Peter Broekmann
Femtosecond Laser Ablation/Ionization Mass Spectrometry (LIMS) has been applied to probe the spatial element composition of three ternary Cu-Sn-Pb model bronze alloys (lead bronzes: CuSn10Pb10, CuSn7Pb15 and CuSn5Pb20), which were recently identified as high performance cathode materials in the context of electro-organic synthesis (dehalogenation, deoxygenation) of pharmaceutically relevant building blocks. The quantitative and spatially resolved element analysis of such cathode materials will help understanding the observed profound differences in their electrochemical reactivity and stability...
January 4, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105594/screening-of-inorganic-and-organic-contaminants-in-floodwater-in-paddy-fields-of-hue-and-thanh-hoa-in-vietnam
#3
Ha Thu Trinh, Helle Marcussen, Hans Christian B Hansen, Giang Truong Le, Hanh Thi Duong, Nguyen Thuy Ta, Trung Quang Nguyen, Soren Hansen, Bjarne W Strobel
In the rainy season, rice growing areas in Vietnam often become flooded by up to 1.5 m water. The floodwater brings contaminants from cultivated areas, farms and villages to the rice fields resulting in widespread contamination. In 2012 and 2013, the inorganic and organic contaminants in floodwater was investigated in Thanh Hoa and Hue. Water samples were taken at 16 locations in canals, paddy fields and rivers before and during the flood. In total, 940 organic micro-pollutants in the water samples were determined simultaneously by GC-MS method with automatic identification and quantification system (AIQS), while ICP-MS was used for determination of ten trace elements in the samples...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104558/composition-and-copper-binding-properties-of-aquatic-fulvic-acids-in-eutrophic-taihu-lake-china
#4
Weiwei Li, Fenfen Zhang, Qi Ye, Dan Wu, Liying Wang, Yihua Yu, Bing Deng, Jinzhou Du
Fulvic acid (FA) plays a significant role in biogenic-elemental cycling in aquatic ecosystems which is highly dependent on their organic composition. In this study, the aquatic FA contents and binding properties during bloom and non-bloom periods in Taihu Lake were investigated by two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (2D-COS-FTIR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and elemental analysis. Compared with non-bloom FA, bloom FA was of lower nitrogen content and higher C/N ratio...
January 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102173/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-antibacterial-and-osteogenic-activity-promoted-by-selenium-doped-calcium-phosphate-coatings
#5
Cosme Rodriguez-Valencia, Paula Freixeiro, Julia Serra, Carlos Ferreiros, Pio Gonzalez, Miriam Lopez-Alvarez
Selenium is an essential trace element present in 25 selenoenzymes, playing critical roles in a variety of physiological processes, such as anti-oxidative defense and the modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation. This paper characterizes selenium-doped calcium phosphate coatings and evaluates their effects on the osteogenic activity, the proliferation of osteosarcoma cells and biofilm formation. To do so, the structure and elemental composition of the obtained coatings were analyzed, in addition to their thicknesses, and they were compared to pure calcium phosphate coatings...
January 19, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101714/assessment-of-zinc-status-in-school-age-children-from-rural-areas-in-china-nutrition-and-health-survey-2002-and-2012
#6
Xiaobing Liu, Jianhua Piao, Yu Zhang, Yuna He, Weidong Li, Lichen Yang, Xiaoguang Yang
Zinc is an essential trace element for growth and development in children, but zinc deficiency is a serious nutritional problem worldwide. Our study aimed to assess the zinc status of school-age children living in rural areas of China and to examine the change of zinc status based on the China Nutrition and Health Survey 2002 and 2012. We used the probability proportional to size sampling method for subject selection, and a total of 3407 school-age children were included in this study. Zinc status was assessed by three items of indicators recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (IZiNCG)...
January 18, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101336/regulatory-elements-and-transcriptional-control-of-chicken-vasa-homologue-cvh-promoter-in-chicken-primordial-germ-cells
#7
So Dam Jin, Bo Ram Lee, Young Sun Hwang, Hong Jo Lee, Jong Seop Rim, Jae Yong Han
BACKGROUND: Primordial germ cells (PGCs), the precursors of functional gametes, have distinct characteristics and exhibit several unique molecular mechanisms to maintain pluripotency and germness in comparison to somatic cells. They express germ cell-specific RNA binding proteins (RBPs) by modulating tissue-specific cis- and trans-regulatory elements. Studies on gene structures of chicken vasa homologue (CVH), a chicken RNA binding protein, involved in temporal and spatial regulation are thus important not only for understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate germ cell fate, but also for practical applications of primordial germ cells...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100855/trace-elements-as-an-activator-of-antioxidant-enzymes
#8
Marta Wołonciej, Elżbieta Milewska, Wiesława Roszkowska-Jakimiec
Oxidative stress is a state of impaired balance between the formation of free radicals and antioxidant capacity of the body. It causes many defects of the body, e.g. lipid peroxidation, DNA and protein damage. In order to prevent the effects of oxidative stress, the organism has developed defence mechanisms. These mechanisms capture and inhibit the formation of free radicals and also chelate ion metals that catalyse free radical reactions. Trace elements are components of antioxidant enzymes involved in antioxidant mechanisms...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098254/nanoscale-measurement-of-trace-element-distributions-in-spartina-alterniflora-root-tissue-during-dormancy
#9
Huan Feng, Yu Qian, J Kirk Cochran, Qingzhi Zhu, Wen Hu, Hanfei Yan, Li Li, Xiaojing Huang, Yong S Chu, Houjun Liu, Shinjae Yoo, Chang-Jun Liu
This paper reports a nanometer-scale investigation of trace element (As, Ca, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, S and Zn) distributions in the root system Spartina alterniflora during dormancy. The sample was collected on a salt marsh island in Jamaica Bay, New York, in April 2015 and the root was cross-sectioned with 10 μm resolution. Synchrotron X-ray nanofluorescence was applied to map the trace element distributions in selected areas of the root epidermis and endodermis. The sampling resolution was 60 nm to increase the measurement accuracy and reduce the uncertainty...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097361/folic-acid-supplementation-for-the-prevention-of-neural-tube-defects-an-updated-evidence-report-and-systematic-review-for-the-us-preventive-services-task-force
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Meera Viswanathan, Katherine A Treiman, Julia Kish-Doto, Jennifer C Middleton, Emmanuel J L Coker-Schwimmer, Wanda K Nicholson
Importance: Neural tube defects are among the most common congenital anomalies in the United States. Periconceptional folic acid supplementation is a primary care-relevant preventive intervention. Objective: To review the evidence on folic acid supplementation for preventing neural tube defects to inform the US Preventive Services Task Force for an updated Recommendation Statement. Data Sources: MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and trial registries through January 28, 2016, with ongoing surveillance through November 11, 2016; references; experts...
January 10, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093694/comparative-analysis-on-the-effect-of-plantago-species-aqueous-extracts-on-tissue-trace-element-content-in-rats
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Evgenia R Gatiatulina, Olga N Nemereshina, Joanna Suliburska, Tejo Prakash Nagaraja, Anastasia A Skalnaya, Alexandr A Nikonorov, Anatoly V Skalny, Alexey A Tinkov
The primary objective of this study is to assess the influence of water extracts of Plantago major L., Plantago lanceolata L., and Plantago maxima Juss. ex Jacq. leaves on tissue trace element content in healthy adult Wistar rats. Twenty-eight female Wistar rats consumed pure drinking water or one of the three aqueous extracts of Plantago for 1 month. The extracts and liver, serum, hair, and adipose tissue of the rats were examined for trace element contents using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
January 16, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093120/elucidating-rhizosphere-processes-by-mass-spectrometry-a-review
#12
REVIEW
Ariana Rugova, Markus Puschenreiter, Gunda Koellensperger, Stephan Hann
The presented review discusses state-of-the-art mass spectrometric methods, which have been developed and applied for investigation of chemical processes in the soil-root interface, the so-called rhizosphere. Rhizosphere soil's physical and chemical characteristics are to a great extent influenced by a complex mixture of compounds released from plant roots, i.e. root exudates, which have a high impact on nutrient and trace element dynamics in the soil-root interface as well as on microbial activities or soil physico-chemical characteristics...
March 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092841/phytochemical-study-and-protective-effect-of-trigonella-foenum-graecum-fenugreek-seeds-against-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-toxicity-in-liver-and-kidney-of-male-rat
#13
Sakhria Mbarki, Hichem Alimi, Hafsia Bouzenna, Abdelfettah Elfeki, Najla Hfaiedh
Liver and kidney diseases are a global concern, therefore considerable efforts to obtain fine herbs useful as drugs from medicinal plants are currently in progress. The aim of this work was to study the antioxidant effects of previous supplementation with fenugreek seeds (FS) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) toxicity in the liver and kidney. CCl4 toxicity was induced by one dose (i.g. 5ml CCl4/kg of body weight, 50% CCl4 in olive oil) after 7 weeks of normal diet or diet rich in 10% of grinded fenugreek seeds (20g of pellet rat food/rat/day)...
January 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092735/toxicity-assessment-of-arsenic-and-cobalt-in-the-presence-of-aquatic-humic-substances-of-different-molecular-sizes
#14
Cláudia Hitomi Watanabe, Adnivia Santos Costa Monteiro, Erik Sartori Jeunon Gontijo, Vivian Silva Lira, Carolina de Castro Bueno, Nirmal Tej Kumar, Renata Fracácio, André Henrique Rosa
The release of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems can be influenced by humic acids. In this study, toxicity tests using environmentally relevant concentrations of arsenic and cobalt were conducted both in the presence and absence of aquatic humic substances (AHS) and the fractions of different molecular sizes in the range of (<5, 5-10;10-30; 30-100 and >100kDa) using the microcrustacean Ceriodaphnia dubia. AHS together with arsenic reduced the toxicity, and the toxicity decreased in fractions of larger molecular size AHS...
January 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092610/effects-of-antioxidant-vitamins-a-d-e-and-trace-elements-cu-mn-se-zn-on-some-metabolic-and-reproductive-profiles-in-dairy-cows-during-transition-period
#15
A Omur, A Kirbas, E Aksu, F Kandemir, E Dorman, O Kaynar, O Ucar
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of some antioxidant vitamins and trace elements on some metabolic and postpartum reproductive profiles in dairy cows during transition period. In the study, altogether 20 clinically healthy Brown Swiss dairy cows (aged 4-5 years-old) under the same management and feeding conditions in periparturient period were used. The animals were divided into two equal groups: control (C) and treatment (T) group (n=10 for each group). Vitamins (A, D, E) and trace elements (Cu, Mn, Se, Zn) were administered intramuscularly into the cows of the T group, while isotonic saline, as placebo, was injected subcutaneously into those in the C group...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092599/wild-boars-sus-scrofa-as-bioindicators-of-environmental-levels-of-selenium-in-poland
#16
E Nowakowska, B Pilarczyk, R Pilarczyk, A Tomza-Marciniak, M Bąkowska, A Marciniak
The objective of the study was to determine selenium content in selected organs (liver, kidney) of wild boars from different regions of Poland. Materials for the study were obtained from 28 sites located in 16 provinces of Poland. Selenium concentrations in organs were determined using spectrofluorometric methods after wet mineralization in HNO3 and HClO4 mixture. Mean selenium concentrations in the investigated wild boars from Poland were 0.230 μg/g wet weight in the liver and 1.327 μg/g w.w. in the kidneys...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092076/determination-of-trace-elements-in-cow-placenta-by-tungsten-coil-atomic-emission-spectrometry
#17
Daniel A Gonçalves, Ana C Soncin, George L Donati, Mirian C Dos Santos
Tungsten coil atomic emission spectrometry (WCAES) is used to determine trace levels of Mn (403.1 nm) and Cr (425.5 nm) in cow placenta. All samples were collected in Ilha Solteira, SP, Brazil. The instrumental setup is based on a tungsten filament extracted from 150 W, 15 V microscope light bulbs, a solid state power supply, fused silica lens, crossed Czerny-Turner spectrograph, and a thermoelectrically cooled charge-coupled device detector. The limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) for Cr are 2 and 8 μg L(-1), and 20 and 60 μg L(-1) for Mn, respectively...
January 16, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091884/pre-mining-trace-element-and-radiation-exposure-to-biota-from-a-breccia-pipe-uranium-mine-in-the-grand-canyon-arizona-usa-watershed
#18
Jo Ellen Hinck, Danielle Cleveland, William G Brumbaugh, Greg Linder, Julia Lankton
The risks to wildlife and humans from uranium (U) mining in the Grand Canyon watershed are largely unknown. In addition to U, other co-occurring ore constituents contribute to risks to biological receptors depending on their toxicological profiles. This study characterizes the pre-mining concentrations of total arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), nickel (Ni), selenium (Se), thallium (Tl), U, and zinc (Zn); radiation levels; and histopathology in biota (vegetation, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, and mammals) at the Canyon Mine...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091665/trace-element-protein-interactions-in-endolymph-from-the-inner-ear-of-fish-implications-for-environmental-reconstructions-using-fish-otolith-chemistry
#19
Oliver R B Thomas, Katherine Ganio, Blaine R Roberts, Stephen E Swearer
Otoliths, the biomineralised hearing "ear stones" from the inner ear of fish, grow throughout the lifespan of an individual, with deposition of alternating calciferous and proteinaceous bands occurring daily. Trace element : calcium ratios within daily increments measured by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) are often used in fisheries science to reconstruct environmental histories. There is, however, considerable uncertainty as to which elements are interacting with either the proteinaceous or calciferous zones of the otolith, and thus their utility as indicators of environmental change...
January 16, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089401/recycling-organic-wastes-to-agricultural-land-as-a-way-to-improve-its-quality-a-field-study-to-evaluate-benefits-and-risks
#20
P Alvarenga, P Palma, C Mourinha, M Farto, J Dôres, M Patanita, C Cunha-Queda, T Natal-da-Luz, M Renaud, J P Sousa
A field study was established to assess the effects of a sewage sludge (SS), a mixed municipal solid waste compost (MMSWC) and a compost produced from agricultural wastes (AWC), in a Vertisol, using Lolium multiflorum L. The amendments were applied for two consecutive years: 6, 12 and 24t dry matter ha(-1) for SS, and the amendment doses for MMSWC and AWC were calculated to deliver the same amount of organic matter (OM) per unit area. The amendments had significant beneficial effects on some soil properties (e...
January 12, 2017: Waste Management
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