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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728354/spatial-assessment-of-potential-ecological-risk-of-soil-heavy-metals-from-informal-e-waste-recycling-in-ghana
#1
Vincent Nartey Kyere, Klaus Greve, Sampson Atiemo, James Hawkins Ephraim
The rapidly increasing annual global volumes and the inherently valuable fractions of e-waste have created an avenue for individuals in Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana to make a living by utilizing unconventional, uncontrolled, primitive and crude procedures to recycle and recover valuable metals from these wastes. The current form of recycling procedures releases hazardous fractions such as heavy metals into the soils posing a significant risk to ecology and human health. 132 soil samples based on 100 m grid intervals were collected using handheld GPS and analyzed for Cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) heavy metals...
July 10, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728116/response-of-soil-physico-chemical-properties-to-restoration-approaches-and-submergence-in-the-water-level-fluctuation-zone-of-the-danjiangkou-reservoir-china
#2
Xiao Shu, KeRong Zhang, QuanFa Zhang, WeiBo Wang
With the completion of the Danjiangkou Dam, the impoundment and drainage of dams can significantly alter shorelines, hydrological regime, and sediment and can result in the loss of soil and original riparian vegetation. Revegetation may affect soil properties and have broad important implications both for ecological services and soil recovery. In this work, we investigated the soil properties under different restoration approaches, and before and after submergence in the water level fluctuation zone (WLFZ) of the Danjiangkou Reservoir...
July 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728113/catalase-based-hydrogen-peroxide-biosensor-for-mercury-determination-by-inhibition-measurements
#3
Basant Elsebai, Mariana Emilia Ghica, Mohammed Nooredeen Abbas, Christopher M A Brett
A new amperometric hydrogen peroxide enzyme inhibition biosensor for the indirect determination of toxic mercury ions, Hg(2+), based on catalase immobilized on a glassy carbon electrode surface by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde and bovine serum albumin, is reported. The parameters influencing biosensor performance were optimized, including enzyme loading, the amount of hydrogen peroxide, the applied potential and electrolyte pH. It was shown that the inhibition of catalase by Hg(2+) species is irreversible, with a linear inhibition response between 5×10(-11) and 5×10(-10)M...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728109/zero-valent-aluminum-for-reductive-removal-of-aqueous-pollutants-over-a-wide-ph-range-performance-and-mechanism-especially-at-near-neutral-ph
#4
Shiying Yang, Di Zheng, Tengfei Ren, Yixuan Zhang, Jia Xin
Zero-valent aluminum (ZVAl) draws much attention due to its strong reducibility. However, under neutral pH conditions, the reduction ability of ZVAl for pollutant removal has still been suspected because of the formed compact surface film of Al-(hydr)oxide. In this study, unmodified ZVAl was employed to reductively remove aqueous pollutants over a wide pH range, and its performance and mechanism, especially at near-neutral pH, were systematically studied for the first time. Results demonstrated that ZVAl had a wide range of pH applicability from 2 to 12, even in neutral environment...
July 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726964/a-%C3%AE-galactosidase-probe-for-the-detection-of-cellular-senescence-by-mass-cytometry
#5
M A Lumba, L M Willis, S Santra, R Rana, L Schito, S Rey, B G Wouters, M Nitz
Mass cytometry (MC) is a powerful method that combines the cellular resolution of flow cytometry with the isotopic resolution of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). This combination theoretically allows for the simultaneous quantification of >80 different parameters at the single cell level, in turn allowing for the deep profiling of heterogeneous cell populations. The majority of available reagents for MC are antibodies labeled with heavy metal isotopes, allowing for the quantification of static biomarkers...
July 20, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726907/the-first-water-coordination-sphere-of-lanthanide-iii-motexafins-ln-motex-2-ln-la-gd-lu-and-its-effects-on-structures-reduction-potentials-and-uv-vis-absorption-spectra-theoretical-studies
#6
Xiaoyan Cao, Norah Heinz, Jun Zhang, Michael Dolg
Density functional calculations have been performed to study selected hydrated lanthanide(iii) motexafins (Ln-Motex(2+), Ln = La, Gd, Lu) by using energy-consistent 4f-in-core lanthanide pseudopotentials to include the major relativistic effects due to the heavy metals. The maximum number (n) of water molecules bound strongly to [Ln-Motex](2+) (Ln = La, Gd, Lu) was determined to be 6 by calculating the change of the Gibbs energies for the reactions [Ln-Motex(H2O)n](2+) + H2O → [Ln-Motex(H2O)n+1](2+). The number of water molecules coordinated directly to Ln(3+) was found to be 3 for La, and 2 for Gd and Lu...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726710/using-amine-functionalized-magnetite-hollow-nanospheres-amhns-as-adsorbents-for-heavy-metal-ions
#7
Sen Lin, Lili Liu, Yong Yang, Wei Zhang, Meng Xu, Kuangfei Lin
In this paper, the amine-functionalized magnetite hollow nanospheres (AMHNs), prepared through a facile one-pot synthesis, were used as heavy metal ion adsorbents, whose morphology and physicochemical features were exploring by transmission electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer, X-ray diffraction and Fourier-transform infrared analyses. Its adsorption performances for Pb(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Ni(2+) and Cd(2+) were studied in detail. The adsorption increased with the increase of initial pH value of the solution and could be obviously affected by ionic strength...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726695/a-combined-reed-bed-freezing-bed-technology-for-septage-treatment-and-reuse-in-cold-climate-regions
#8
C Kinsley, K Kennedy, A Crolla
A combined reed bed-freezing bed (RB-FB) technology was effective at treating septage under Canadian climatic conditions over a 5-year period with average loading rates of 82-104 kg TS/m(2)/y. Varying hydraulic and solid loading rates as well as the increasing sludge cake with time had little to no effect on treatment efficiency, with almost complete removal of organic matter, solids, heavy metals and nutrients. Filtrate concentrations varied significantly between the freeze-thaw and growing seasons for many parameters, although the differences were not important from a treatment or reuse perspective with filtrate quality similar to a low to medium strength domestic wastewater...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726688/energy-efficient-and-fast-reversal-of-a-fixed-skyrmion-2-terminal-memory-with-spin-current-assisted-by-voltage-controlled-magnetic-anisotropy
#9
Dhritiman Bhattacharya, Md Mamun Al Rashid, Jayasimha Atulasimha
Recent work [1,2] suggests that ferromagnetic reversal with spin transfer torque (STT) requires more current in a system in the presence of DMI than switching a typical ferromagnet of the same dimensions and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). However, DMI promotes stabilization of skyrmions and we report that when the perpendicular anisotropy is modulated (reduced) for both the skyrmion and ferromagnet, it takes much smaller current to reverse the fixed skyrmion than to reverse the ferromagnet in the same time, or the skyrmion reverses much faster than the ferromagnet at similar levels of current...
July 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726294/screening-and-structural-and-functional-investigation-of-a-novel-ferritin-from-phascolosoma-esculenta
#10
Hongwei Ding, Dijun Zhang, Shuangshuang Chu, Jun Zhou, Xiurong Su
Ferritins are primary iron storage proteins and play a crucial role in iron storage and detoxification. Yeast two-hybrid method was employed to screen the cDNA library of Phascolosoma esculenta. Sequence of positive colony FER147 was analyzed. The higher similarity and conserved motifs for ferritin indicated that it belonged to a new member of ferritin family. The interaction between Ferritin and Fer147 was further confirmed through co-immunoprecipitation. The pET-28a-FER147 prokaryotic expression vector was constructed...
July 20, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726187/best-practices-for-media-selection-for-mammalian-cells
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REVIEW
Paul J Price
Cell culture medium is a complex mixture of nutrients and growth factors that, along with the physical environment, can either help or destroy your experiment or production run. Nutritional requirements differ with different cell types and functions, as do optimal pH and osmolality. As cell growth proceeds, different cells will utilize amino acids and other components at different rates. By controlling for ammonia, free radicals, heavy metal toxicity, pH shifts, fluctuations in osmolality, nutrient depletion, and chemical and biological contaminants, you will optimize the chances of success...
July 19, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726176/quality-assessment-and-public-health-status-of-harvested-rainwater-in-a-peri-urban-community-in-edo-state-of-nigeria
#12
Isoken H Igbinosa, Isoken T Aighewi
The harvested rainwater is an alternative water source in communities where there is limited or scarcity of water distribution system. However, contamination of roof-harvested rainwater is of immense concern to the general public health. Therefore, this study was initiated to assess the levels of physicochemical quality and heavy metal concentrations in the harvested rainwater from Oluku communities in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. The roof-harvested rainwater samples were collected from 20 independent different residential households in Oluku communities, between April 2015 and September 2015...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726073/investigation-of-heavy-metal-level-and-mineral-nutrient-status-in-widely-used-medicinal-plants-leaves-in-turkey-insights-into-health-implications
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Ibrahim Ilker Ozyigit, Bahattin Yalcin, Senay Turan, Ibrahim Adnan Saracoglu, Sedat Karadeniz, Ibrahim Ertugrul Yalcin, Goksel Demir
The use of plants in treatments has been as old as humanity and it has preserved its popularity for centuries til now because of their availability, affordability and safeness. However, despite their widespread use, safety and quality issues have been major concerns in the world due to industrial- and anthropogenic-based heavy metal contamination risks. Thus, this study was attempted to analyze the heavy metal levels and mineral nutrient status of widely used medicinal plants in Turkey to have insights about their health implications on humans...
July 19, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725438/nickel-resistant-bacteria-isolated-in-human-microbiome
#14
E A Lusi, T Patrissi, P Guarascio
Nickel-resistant bacteria have been isolated so far only in contaminated soils and wastewaters polluted with different industrial sources. The aim of our study was to determine if nickel-resistant bacteria could also be isolated from human samples. In this brief communication, we describe how we were able to isolate human bacterial strains that grew without oxygen and in the presence of high concentrations of nickel. The identification was made by phenotypic and genetic techniques. The bacterial sequences have been deposited in the NCBI database repository...
September 2017: New Microbes and New Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724243/extensively-and-multi-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-recovered-from-technosol-at-a-dump-site-in-croatia
#15
Jasna Hrenovic, Goran Durn, Martina Seruga Music, Svjetlana Dekic, Tamara Troskot-Corbic, Dijana Skoric
In a karst pit above City of Rijeka in Croatia the hazardous industrial waste was continuously disposed from 1955 to 1990, and later it was periodically used as an illegal dump site. The surface part of a technosol at the edge of dump was analysed mineralogically, geochemically and bacteriologically. From the technosol rich in petroleum hydrocarbons and heavy metals three isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii were recovered. Isolates from technosol shared many features that are previously described for clinically isolates: the affiliation to IC1 and 2, multi-drug resistant (MDR) or extensively drug-resistant (XDR) antibiotic resistance profile, carbapenem resistance mediated by blaOXA72 and blaOXA23 genes, and the expression of virulence factors...
July 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724106/potential-environmental-benefits-from-blending-biosolids-with-other-organic-amendments-before-application-to-land
#16
Dharini Paramashivam, Nicholas M Dickinson, Timothy J Clough, Jacqui Horswell, Brett H Robinson
Biosolids disposal to landfill or through incineration is wasteful of a resource that is rich in organic matter and plant nutrients. Land application can improve soil fertility and enhance crop production but may result in excessive nitrate N (NO-N) leaching and residual contamination from pathogens, heavy metals, and xenobiotics. This paper evaluates evidence that these concerns can be reduced significantly by blending biosolids with organic materials to reduce the environmental impact of biosolids application to soils...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723935/responses-of-molluscan-communities-to-centuries-of-human-impact-in-the-northern-adriatic-sea
#17
Ivo Gallmetzer, Alexandra Haselmair, Adam Tomašových, Michael Stachowitsch, Martin Zuschin
In sediment cores spanning ~500 years of history in the Gulf of Trieste, down-core changes in molluscan community structure are characterized by marked shifts in species and functional composition. Between the 16th and 19th century, a strong heavy metal contamination of the sediments, most notably by Hg, together with the effects of natural climatic oscillations (increased sedimentation and organic enrichment) drive community changes. Since the early 20th century up to 2013, the combined impacts of cultural eutrophication, frequent hypoxic events and intensifying bottom trawling replace heavy metal contamination and climatic factors as the main drivers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723118/valence-states-modulation-strategy-for-picomole-level-assay-of-hg-2-in-drinking-and-environmental-water-by-directional-self-assembly-of-gold-nanorods
#18
Lu Chen, Linlin Lu, Sufan Wang, Yunsheng Xia
In this study, we present a valence states modulation strategy for picomole level assay of Hg(2+) using directional self-assembly of gold nanorods (AuNRs) as signal readout. Hg(2+) ions are first controllably reduced to Hg(+) ions by appropriate ascorbic acid, and the reduced Hg(+) ions react with the tips of the preadded AuNRs and form gold amalgam. Such Hg(+) decorated AuNRs then end-to-end self-assemble into one-dimensional architectures by the bridging effects of lysine based on the high affinity of NH2-Hg(+) interactions...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722486/neurotoxic-effects-of-subchronic-intratracheal-mn-nanoparticle-exposure-alone-and-in-combination-with-other-welding-fume-metals-in-rats
#19
Zsuzsanna Máté, Edina Horváth, András Papp, Krisztina Kovács, Etelka Tombácz, Dániel Nesztor, Tamás Szabó, Andrea Szabó, Edit Paulik
Manganese (Mn) is a toxic heavy metal exposing workers in various occupational settings and causing, among others, nervous system damage. Metal fumes of welding, a typical source of Mn exposure, contain a complex mixture of metal oxides partly in nanoparticle form. As toxic effects of complex substances cannot be sufficiently understood by examining its components separately, general toxicity and functional neurotoxicity of a main pathogenic welding fume metal, Mn, was examined alone and combined with iron (Fe) and chromium (Cr), also frequently found in fumes...
July 19, 2017: Inhalation Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721621/tolerance-of-japanese-knotweed-s-l-to-soil-artificial-polymetallic-pollution-early-metabolic-responses-and-performance-during-vegetative-multiplication
#20
Serge Michalet, Soraya Rouifed, Thomas Pellassa-Simon, Manon Fusade-Boyer, Guillaume Meiffren, Sylvie Nazaret, Florence Piola
The expansion of invasive Japanese knotweed s.l. is of particular concern because of its aptitudes to rapidly colonize diverse environments, especially anthropized habitats generally characterized by their pollution with heavy metals. Whether the presence of heavy metals impacts the performance traits of this plant is a central question to better understand its invasive properties, though no controlled approach to assess these effects was yet reported. In this aim, we undertook greenhouse experiments where rhizome fragments of Japanese knotweed s...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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