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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319906/functional-characterization-of-gram-negative-bacteria-from-different-genera-as-multiplex-cadmium-biosensors
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Lara Bereza-Malcolm, Sanja Aracic, Ruban Kannan, Gülay Mann, Ashley E Franks
Widespread presence of cadmium in soil and water systems is a consequence of industrial and agricultural processes. Subsequent accumulation of cadmium in food and drinking water can result in accidental consumption of dangerous concentrations. As such, cadmium environmental contamination poses a significant threat to human health. Development of microbial biosensors, as a novel alternative method for in situ cadmium detection, may reduce human exposure by complementing traditional analytical methods. In this study, a multiplex cadmium biosensing construct was assembled by cloning a single-output cadmium biosensor element, cadRgfp, and a constitutively expressed mrfp1 onto a broad-host range vector...
March 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319903/fe-iii-based-metal-organic-framework-derived-core-shell-nanostructure-sensitive-electrochemical-platform-for-high-trace-determination-of-heavy-metal-ions
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Zhihong Zhang, Hongfei Ji, Yingpan Song, Shuai Zhang, Minghua Wang, Changchang Jia, Jia-Yue Tian, Linghao He, Xiaojing Zhang, Chun-Sen Liu
A new core-shell nanostructured composite composed of Fe(III)-based metal-organic framework (Fe-MOF) and mesoporous Fe3O4@C nanocapsules (denoted as Fe-MOF@mFe3O4@mC) was synthesized and developed as a platform for determining trace heavy metal ions in aqueous solution. Herein, the mFe3O4@mC nanocapsules were prepared by calcining the hollow Fe3O4@C that was obtained using the SiO2 nanoparticles as the template, followed by composing the Fe-MOF. The Fe-MOF@mFe3O4@mC nanocomposite demonstrated excellent electrochemical activity, water stability and high specific surface area, consequently resulting in the strong biobinding with heavy-metal-ion-targeted aptamer strands...
March 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319862/multi-phase-distribution-and-comprehensive-ecological-risk-assessment-of-heavy-metal-pollutants-in-a-river-affected-by-acid-mine-drainage
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Jianbo Liao, Xuan Ru, Binbin Xie, Wanhui Zhang, Haizhen Wu, Chaofei Wu, Chaohai Wei
To date, there is a lack of a comprehensive research on heavy metals detection and ecological risk assessment in river water, sediments, pore water (PW) and suspended solids (SS). Here, the concentrations of heavy metals, including Cu, Zn, Mn, Cd, Pb and As, and their distribution between the four phases was studied. Samples for analysis were taken from twelve sites of the Hengshi River, Guangdong Province, China, during the rainy and dry seasons. A new comprehensive ecological risk index (CERI) based on considering metal contents, pollution indices, toxicity coefficients and water categories is offered for prediction of potential risk on aquatic organisms...
March 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319742/biochar-provides-a-safe-and-value-added-solution-for-hyperaccumulating-plant-disposal-a-case-study-of-phytolacca-acinosa-roxb-phytolaccaceae
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Shengsen Wang, Bin Gao, Yuncong Li, Yong Sik Ok, Chaofeng Shen, Shengguo Xue
In this work, an innovative approach using biochar technology for hyperaccumulator disposal was developed and evaluated. The heavy metal enriched P. acinosa biomass (PBM) was pyrolyzed to produce biochar (PBC). Both PBM and PBC were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) for crystal phases, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for surface topography, and analyzed for elemental composition and mobility. The results revealed that whewellite, a dominant crystal form in biomass, was decomposed to calcite after pyrolysis...
February 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319278/how-does-ceiii-nitrate-dissolve-in-a-protic-ionic-liquid-a-combined-molecular-dynamics-and-exafs-study
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Paola D'Angelo, Valentina Migliorati, Alessandra Serva, Riccardo Spezia
A diluted solution of Ce(NO₃)₃ in the protic ionic liquid (IL) ethylammonium nitrate (EAN) is investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. For the first time polarizable effects are included in the MD force field to describe a heavy metal ion in a protic IL, but, unlike water, they are found to be unessential. The CeIII ion first solvation shell is formed by nitrate ions arranged in an icosahedral structure, and an equilibrium between monodentate and bidentate ligands is present in the solution...
March 20, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318961/spent-lead-acid-battery-recycling-in-china-a-review-and-sustainable-analyses-on-mass-flow-of-lead
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REVIEW
Zhi Sun, Hongbin Cao, Xihua Zhang, Xiao Lin, Wenwen Zheng, Guoqing Cao, Yong Sun, Yi Zhang
Lead is classified to be one of the top heavy metal pollutants in China. The corresponding environmental issues especially during the management of spent lead-acid battery have already caused significant public awareness and concern. This research gives a brief overview on the recycling situation based on an investigation of the lead industry in China and also the development of technologies for spent lead-acid batteries. The main principles and research focuses of different technologies including pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy and greener technologies are summarized and compared...
March 15, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318693/the-influence-of-dual-substrate-layer-extensive-green-roofs-on-rainwater-runoff-quantity-and-quality
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Xiaoou Wang, Yimei Tian, Xinhua Zhao
This study investigates the ability of dual-substrate-layer extensive green roofs to retain rainwater and reduce pollutant leaching. The substrates in dual-substrate-layer green roofs consist of an upper organic nutrition layer for plant growth and a lower inorganic adsorption layer for water retention and pollutant reduction. One traditional single-substrate-layer extensive green roof was built for comparison with dual-substrate-layer green roofs. During the experimental period, dual-substrate-layer green roofs supported better natural vegetation growth, with coverage exceeding 90%, while the coverage in single-substrate-layer green roof was over 80%...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317372/a-pillararene-based-aie-active-supramolecular-system-for-simultaneous-detection-and-removal-of-mercury-ii-in-water
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Hong-Bo Cheng, Ziyan Li, Yao-Dong Huang, Lei Liu, Hai-Chen Wu
Supramolecular polymers are polymers based on monomeric units held together with directional and reversible noncovalent interactions. Compared with traditional polymers, they possess better processability and better recycling properties, owing to their reversible monomer-to-polymer transition. Herein, we report the construction of a new supramolecular system through self assembly of a thymine-substituted copillar[5]arene 1 and a tetraphenylethylene (TPE) derivative 2 in the presence of Hg2+. Copillar[5]arene 1 can coordinate with Hg2+ tightly through T-Hg2+-T pairings...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315055/determination-of-heavy-metals-in-muscle-tissue-of-six-fish-species-with-different-feeding-habits-from-the-danube-river-belgrade-public-health-and-environmental-risk-assessment
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Dragoljub A Jovanović, Radmila V Marković, Vlado B Teodorović, Dragan S Šefer, Milena P Krstić, Stamen B Radulović, Jelena S Ivanović Ćirić, Jelena M Janjić, Milan Ž Baltić
The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of heavy metals/metalloids (Pb, Cd, Hg, Cu, Fe, Zn, As) in the muscle tissue of fish from the Danube River (two locations: Zemun and Grocka). For the purpose of heavy metal determination in fish muscle, 120 samples of six different fish species, Prussian carp, barbel, bream, carp, pike perch, and catfish were collected. For determining heavy metals, we used microwave oven digestion and atomic absorption spectrometer methods. The highest average content of Pb (0...
March 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315053/spatial-distribution-ecological-risk-assessment-and-potential-sources-of-heavy-metal-loid-s-in-surface-sediments-from-the-huai-river-within-the-bengbu-section-china
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Yan Yang, Qiang Jin, Jimin Fang, Fuqiang Liu, Aimin Li, Puja Tandon, Aidang Shan
The Huai River is one of the major drinking water resources in Bengbu City of China's eastern Anhui Province. The study focused on extracting information for spatial distributions of heavy metal(loid)s (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, and Zn) based on the contents of pollutants in 20 surface sediments. Geoaccumulation index and Hakanson potential ecological index were used to calculate the ecological risk of sediment environment in this paper. The I geo results indicated that the sediments were moderately contaminated by Hg and Pb...
March 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314429/erratum-to-heavy-metals-in-iberian-soils-removal-by-current-adsorbents-amendments-and-prospective-for-aerogels-adv-colloid-interf-sci-237-2016-28-42
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João P Vareda, Artur J M Valente, Luisa Durães
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314151/cadmium-lead-and-arsenic-contamination-in-paddy-soils-of-a-mining-area-and-their-exposure-effects-on-human-hepg2-and-keratinocyte-cell-lines
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Shengguo Xue, Lizheng Shi, Chuan Wu, Hui Wu, Yanyan Qin, Weisong Pan, William Hartley, Mengqian Cui
A mining district in south China shows significant metal(loid) contamination in paddy fields. In the soils, average Pb, Cd and As concentrations were 460.1, 11.7 and 35.1mgkg(-1) respectively, which were higher than the environmental quality standard for agricultural soils in China (GB15618-1995) and UK Clea Soil Guideline Value. The average contents of Pb, Cd and As in rice were 5.24, 1.1 and 0.7mgkg(-1) respectively, which were about 25, 4.5 or 2.5 times greater than the limit values of the maximum safe contaminant concentration standard in food of China (GB 2762-2012), and about 25, 10 or 1 times greater than the limit values of FAO/WHO standard...
March 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314150/the-impact-of-sewage-sludge-treatment-on-the-content-of-selected-heavy-metals-and-their-fractions
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Katarzyna Ignatowicz
The aim of the study was to assess the physicochemical properties of compost made of municipal sewage sludge from selected Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant. Content of basic macroelements and heavy metals (Zn, Cu, Cr, Cd, Ni, Pb, Hg, Mg, Ca, N, P, K, Na) and their fractions was determined by means of BCR method. Based on the analyzes, it was found that the content of heavy metals in compost did not exceed the limits set by natural land management of sewage sludge; the compost is very abundant in biogenic elements - nitrogen and phosphorus - and it can be also considered a significant source of calcium and magnesium...
March 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314130/the-effects-of-vegetation-cover-on-soil-nematode-communities-in-various-biotopes-disturbed-by-industrial-emissions
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Peter Šalamún, Vladimíra Hanzelová, Dana Miklisová, Oľga Šestinová, Lenka Findoráková, Peter Kováčik
Better understanding of interactions among belowground and aboveground components in biotopes may improve our knowledge about soil ecosystem, and is necessary in environment assessment using indigenous soil organisms. In this study, we proposed that in disturbed biotopes, vegetation play important role in the buffering of contamination impact on soil communities and decrease the ecological pressure on soil biota. To assess the effects of these interactions we compared nematode communities, known for their bioindication abilities, from four types of disturbed and undisturbed biotopes (coniferous forest, permanent grassland, agricultural field, clearings), where the main stress agent was represented by long-term acidic industrial emissions containing heavy metals (As, Cd, Cu, and Pb)...
March 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304158/near-infrared-light-responsive-semiconductor-polymer-composite-hydrogels-toward-spatial-temporal-controlled-release-via-photothermal-sponge-effect
#15
Yingjie Wu, Kai Wang, Shuo Huang, Cangjie Yang, Mingfeng Wang
Near-infrared (NIR) light-responsive hydrogels are important for biomedical applications such as remotely controlled release, but the NIR agents previously used have been largely limited to heavy-metal inorganic materials such as gold nanoparticles. In this article, we report a new type of NIR photothermal responsive hydrogels, which could undergo structural changes in response to NIR light for biomedical applications in drug delivery and controlled release. The hydrogels synthesized by integrating a narrow bandgap semiconductor polymer poly(diketopyrrolopyrrole-alt-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PDPPEDOT) with polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) show rapid and reversible mechanical shrinkage upon NIR light irradiation and can serve as carriers for anticancer drug loading and spatial/temporal control of drug release...
March 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303805/strong-coupling-theory-of-heavy-fermion-criticality-ii
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Peter Wölfle, Jörg Schmalian, Elihu Abrahams
We present a theory of the scaling behavior of the thermodynamic, transport and dynamical properties of a three-dimensional metal governed by d-dimensional fluctuations at a quantum critical point, where the electron quasiparticle effective mass diverges. We determine how the critical bosonic order parameter fluctuations are affected by the effective mass divergence. The coupled system of fermions and bosons is found to be governed by two stable fixed points: the conventional weak-coupling fixed point and a new strong-coupling fixed point, provided the boson-boson interaction is irrelevant...
April 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302954/contamination-status-and-accumulation-characteristics-of-heavy-metals-and-arsenic-in-five-seabird-species-from-the-central-bering-sea
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Chihiro Ishii, Yoshinori Ikenaka, Shouta M M Nakayama, Hazuki Mizukawa, Yared Beyene Yohannes, Yutaka Watanuki, Masaaki Fukuwaka, Mayumi Ishizuka
Seabirds are marine top predators and accumulate high levels of metals and metalloids in their tissues. Contamination by metals in the highly productive offshore region has become a matter of public concern. It is home to 80% of the seabird population in the USA, 95% of northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus), and major populations of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus), walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) and whales. Here, the concentrations of eight heavy metals (Hg, Cd, Cr, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn and Pb) and a metalloid (As) in the liver and kidneys of the northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), thick-billed murre (Uria lomvia), short-tailed shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris), tufted puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) and horned puffin (Fratercula corniculata) collected in the Bering Sea were measured...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302488/protective-effects-of-zn-2-against-cobalt-nanoparticles-and-cobalt-chloride-induced-cytotoxicity-of-raw-264-7cells-via-ros-pathway
#18
Hai Zhu, Yake Liu, Hongxiang Hong, Wei Wang, Fan Liu
Recent concerns have emerged surrounding the toxicity that cobalt may represent when used in MOM implants. Owing to corrosion and wear of MOM implants, the subsequent released cobalt nanoparticles (CoNPs) or Co ions (Co(2+)) can cause adverse reactions, such as the generation of pseudotumors, extensive necrosis, early osteolysis, and implants failure. The present study confirmed that CoNPs and Co(2+) can induce dose- and time-dependent cytotoxicity with increasing reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels. Additionally, using metallothionein (MT), a heavy metal-binding protein, the present study assessed the protective effects of Zn(2+) against CoNPs and Co(2+)-induced cytotoxicity of RAW 264...
March 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301920/burkholderia-tropica-as-a-potential-microalgal-growth-promoting-bacterium-in-the-biosorption-of-mercury-from-aqueous-solutions
#19
Ana Maráa ZÁrate, July Ziret Florez, Edgardo Angulo, Lourdes Varela-Prieto, Cherlys Infante, Fredy Barrios, Beatriz Barraza, Diego Gallardo, Jorge Valdés
The use of microalgal biomass is an interesting technology for the removal of heavy metals due to its high metal-binding capacity from aqueous solutions but the interactions with bacteria as a strategy for the removal of toxic metals have been poorly studied. The goal of the current research is to investigate the potential of Burkholderia tropica co-immobilized with Chlorella sp. in polyurethane discs for the biosorption of Hg(II) from aqueous solutions and to evaluate the influence of different Hg(II) concentrations (0...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301833/persistent-environmental-toxicants-in-breast-milk-and-rapid-infant-growth
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Rachel Criswell, Virissa Lenters, Siddhartha Mandal, Hein Stigum, Nina Iszatt, Merete Eggesbø
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Many environmental toxicants are passed to infants in utero and through breast milk. Exposure to toxicants during the perinatal period can alter growth patterns, impairing growth or increasing obesity risk. Previous studies have focused on only a few toxicants at a time, which may confound results. We investigated levels of 26 toxicants in breast milk and their associations with rapid infant growth, a risk factor for later obesity. METHODS: We used data from the Norwegian HUMIS study, a multi-center cohort of 2,606 mothers and newborns enrolled between 2002 and 2008...
March 17, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
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