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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645031/understanding-the-variation-of-microbial-community-in-heavy-metals-contaminated-soil-using-high-throughput-sequencing
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Honghong Guo, Mubasher Nasir, Jialong Lv, Yunchao Dai, Jiakai Gao
To improve the understanding of bacterial community in heavy metals contaminated soils, we studied the effects of environmental factors on the bacterial community structure in contaminated fields located in Shaanxi Province of China. Our results showed that microbial community structure varied among sites, and it was significantly affected by soil environmental factors such as pH, soil organic matter (SOM), Cd, Pb and Zn. In addition, Spearman's rank-order correlation indicated heavy metal sensitive (Ralstonia, Gemmatimona, Rhodanobacter and Mizugakiibacter) and tolerant (unidentified-Nitrospiraceae, Blastocatella and unidentified-Acidobacteria) microbial groups...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645012/associations-between-toxic-and-essential-trace-elements-in-maternal-blood-and-fetal-congenital-heart-defects
#2
Yanqiu Ou, Michael S Bloom, Zhiqiang Nie, Fengzhen Han, Jinzhuang Mai, Jimei Chen, Shao Lin, Xiaoqing Liu, Jian Zhuang
Prenatal exposure to toxic trace elements, including heavy metals, is an important public health concern. Few studies have assessed if individual and multiple trace elements simultaneously affect cardiac development. The current study evaluated the association between maternal blood lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se) levels and congenital heart defects (CHDs) in offspring. This hospital-based case-control study included 112 case and 107 control infants. Maternal peripheral blood draw was made during gestational weeks 17-40 and used to determine trace element levels by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644399/effects-of-biochar-derived-sewage-sludge-on-heavy-metal-adsorption-and-immobilization-in-soils
#3
Dan Zhou, Dan Liu, Fengxiang Gao, Mengke Li, Xianping Luo
The object of this study was to evaluate the effect of sewage sludge biochar on adsorption and mobility of Cr, Mn, Cu, and Zn. Biochar (BC400) was produced via pyrolysis of municipal sewage sludge at 400 °C. Maximum adsorption capacities (qm) for Zn, Cr, Mn, and Cu were 5.905, 5.724, 5.681, and 5.342 mg·g(-1), respectively, in the mono-metal solution and 2.475, 8.204, 1.01, and 5.415 mg·g(-1), respectively, in the multi-metal solution. The adsorption capacities for Mn, Cu, and Zn decreased in the multi-metal solution due to competitive adsorption, whereas the capacity for Cr increased...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644041/identifying-the-functional-groups-and-the-influence-of-synthetic-chelators-on-cd-availability-and-microbial-biomass-carbon-in-cd-contaminated-soil
#4
Muhammad Afzal Chhajro, Qingling Fu, Muhammad Shaaban, Muhammad Shahid Rizwan, Jun Zhu, Abdus Salam, Kashif Ali Kubar, Saqib Bashir, Hongqing Hu, Ghulam Murtaza Jamro
Synthetic chelators play an important role in boosting the microbial biomass carbon (MBC), dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and heavy metal solubility in a contaminated soil towards a sustainability of environment for agricultural crops. Castor was selected as a potential cadmium (Cd) accumulator in different levels of Cd (-Cd and +Cd) contamination with using three chelating agents, ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (H4EDTA), nitriloacetic acid (H3 NTA) and NH4 citrate (ammonium citrate) were added to soil at rates of 10, 15 and 25 mmol in 5 kg of soil per pot...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644013/a-simple-approach-to-prepare-carboxycellulose-nanofibers-from-untreated-biomass
#5
Priyanka R Sharma, Ritika Joshi, Benjamin S Hsiao
A simple approach was developed to prepare carboxycellulose nanofibers directly from untreated biomass using nitric acid or nitric acid-sodium nitrite mixtures. Experiments indicated that this approach greatly reduced the need for multi-chemicals, and offered significant benefits in lowering the consumption of water and electric energy, when compared with conventional multiple-step processes at bench scale (e.g. TEMPO oxidation). Additionally, the effluent produced by this approach could be efficaciously neutralized using base to produce nitrogen-rich salts as fertilizers...
June 23, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643849/prevalence-of-exposure-of-heavy-metals-and-their-impact-on-health-consequences
#6
Kanwal Rehman, Fiza Fatima, Iqra Waheed, Muhammad Sajid Hamid Akash
Even in the current era of growing technology, the concentration of heavy metals present in drinking water is still not within the recommended limits as set by the regulatory authorities in different countries of the world. Drinking water contaminated with heavy metals namely; arsenic, cadmium, nickel, chromium, mercury, chromium, zinc and lead is becoming a major health concern for public and health care professionals. Occupational exposure to heavy metals is known to occur by the utilization of these metals in various industrial processes and/or contents including color pigments and alloys...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643161/nonlinear-biotic-ligand-model-for-assessing-alleviation-effects-of-ca-mg-and-k-on-cd-toxicity-to-soybean-roots
#7
Bo-Ching Chen, Pin-Jie Wang, Pei-Chi Ho, Kai-Wei Juang
Developing a nonlinear biotic ligand model (BLM) that considers the geometrical constraints for binding of different cations on biotic ligands will provide more reliable details about the hypothetical mechanism governing the alleviation of cadmium (Cd) toxicity by coexistent cations. Soybean seedlings under Cd stress produced by various activities of coexistent cations such as calcium (Ca(2+)), magnesium (Mg(2+)), and potassium (K(+)) were hydroponically assayed for Cd toxicity to soybean roots. The Cd(2+) activity resulting in 50% reduction of root elongation (RE), EA 50, was used for assessing the Cd toxicity to the soybean seedling...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641673/renewable-modified-cellulose-bearing-chelating-schiff-base-for-adsorptive-removal-of-heavy-metal-ions-and-antibacterial-action
#8
R Saravanan, L Ravikumar
  A novel approach toward chemically modified cellulose bearing active chelating Schiff base with hydroxyl group (Cell-Hy) was synthesized. The modified cellulose was examined for its heavy metal ion uptake potential from aqueous solution. The chemical and structural features of the adsorbent were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), solid state 13C-NMR, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX) observations. The experimental conditions and adsorption parameters, including pH, initial metal ion concentration, adsorbent dosage, temperature, and contact time were optimized for the removal of Cu(II) and Pb(II) ions...
July 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641540/metallothionein-is-a-potential-therapeutic-strategy-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#9
Shin-Ichi Ono
Lou Gehrig's disease, a synonym of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is an adult-onset lethal neurodegenerative disorder. Irrespective of extensive efforts to elucidate the pathogenesis of the disease and searches for therapies, no favorable pharmacotherapeutic strategies have yet to be proposed. In a popular rodent model of ALS, G93A SOD1 mice, intracellular copper conditions were geared toward copper accumulation inside cells, resulting in an acceleration of oxidative stress and apoptotic process. Disruption of intracellular copper homeostasis was common to transgenic mice expressing human mutant SOD1s...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641175/atmospheric-dust-deposition-on-soils-around-an-abandoned-fluorite-mine-hammam-zriba-ne-tunisia
#10
Chaima Djebbi, Fredj Chaabani, Oriol Font, Ignasi Queralt, Xavier Querol
The present study focuses on the eolian dispersion and dust deposition, of major and trace elements in soils in a semi-arid climate, around an old fluorite (CaF2) and barite (BaSO4) mine, located in Hammam Zriba in Northern Tunisia. Ore deposits from this site contain a high amount of metal sulphides constituting heavy metal pollution in the surrounding environment. Samples of waste from the surface of mine tailings and agricultural topsoil samples in the vicinity of the mine were collected. The soil samples and a control sample from unpolluted area, were taken in the direction of prevailing northwest and west winds...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640757/novel-domain-wall-dynamics-in-synthetic-antiferromagnets
#11
See-Hun Yang, Stuart Parkin
In this article, we review fascinating new mechanisms on recently observed remarkable current driven domain wall motion in nanowires formed from perpendicularly magnetized synthetic antiferromagnets interfaced with heavy metallic layers, sources of spin-orbit torques. All the associated torques such as volumetric adiabatic and non-adiabatic spin-transfer-torque, spin-orbit torques, shape anisotropy field torques, Dzyaloshinkii-Moriya interaction torques and most importantly a new powerful torque, exchange coupling torque, will be discussed based on an analytical model that provides an intuitive description of domain wall dynamics in synthetic ferromagnets as well as synthetic antiferromagnets...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639705/cloning-and-characterization-of-iron-superoxide-dismutase-in-antarctic-yeast-strain-rhodotorula-mucilaginosa-an5
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Guangfeng Kan, Hua Wen, Xiaofei Wang, Ting Zhou, Cuijuan Shi
A novel superoxide dismutase gene from Antarctic yeast Rhodotorula mucilaginosa AN5 was cloned, sequenced, and then expressed in Escherichia coli. The R. mucilaginosa AN5 SOD (RmFeSOD) gene was 639 bp open reading frame in length, which encoded a protein of 212 amino acids with a deduced molecular mass of 23.5 kDa and a pI of 7.89. RmFeSOD was identified as iron SOD type with a natural status of homodimer. The recombinant RmFeSOD showed good pH stability in the pH 1.0-9.0 after 1 h incubation. Meanwhile, it was found to behave relatively high thermostability, and maintained more than 80% activity at 50 °C for 1 h...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639498/municipal-solid-waste-incineration-mswi-fly-ash-washing-pretreatment-by-biochemical-effluent-of-landfill-leachate-a-potential-substitute-for-water
#13
Yunfeng Xu, Yu Fu, Wei Xia, Dan Zhang, Da An, Guangren Qian
Sulfate-rich biochemical effluent of landfill leachate (BEL) resulting from aged refuse bioreactor was employed to wash municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) fly ash. The dechlorination ability of BEL was found to be nearly equivalent to redistilled water (RW), and concentrations of lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) in washing solution resulting from BEL washing process were lower than that of RW washing process, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis indicated that the formation of calcium sulfate and hydroxides in fly ash after BEL washing, and their entrapping function could significantly inhibit the leaching of Pb and Zn...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639433/luminescence-of-a-transition-metal-complex-inside-a-metamaterial-nanocavity
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Timothy U Connell, Stuart K Earl, Charlene Ng, Ann Roberts, Timothy J Davis, Jonathan M White, Anastasios Polyzos, Daniel E Gómez
Modification of the local density of optical states using metallic nanostructures leads to enhancement in the number of emitted quanta and photocatalytic turnover of luminescent materials. In this work, the fabrication of a metamaterial is presented that consists of a nanowire separated from a metallic mirror by a polymer thin film doped with a luminescent organometallic iridium(III) complex. The large spin-orbit coupling of the heavy metal atom results in an excited state with significant magnetic-dipole character...
June 22, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639015/phytoextraction-of-pb-cr-ni-and-zn-using-the-aquatic-plant-limnobium-laevigatum-and-its-potential-use-in-the-treatment-of-wastewater
#15
Daniela Silvina Arán, Carlos Alfredo Harguinteguy, Alicia Fernandez-Cirelli, María Luisa Pignata
In order to study the bioaccumulation of Pb, Cr, Ni, and Zn and the stress response, the floating aquatic plant Limnobium laevigatum was exposed to increasing concentrations of a mixture of these metals for 28 days, and its potential use in the treatment of wastewater was evaluated. The metal concentrations of the treatment 1 (T1) were Pb 1 μg L(-1), Cr 4 μg L(-1), Ni 25 μg L(-1), and Zn 30 μg L(-1); of treatment 2 (T2) were Pb 70 μg L(-1), Cr 70 μg L(-1), Ni 70 μg L(-1), and Zn 70 μg L(-1); and of treatment 3 (T3) were Pb 1000 μg L(-1), Cr 1000 μg L(-1), Ni 500 μg L(-1), and Zn 100 μg L(-1), and there was also a control group (without added metal)...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638144/on-the-interaction-of-toxic-heavy-metals-cd-hg-pb-with-graphene-quantum-dots-and-infinite-graphene
#16
Ivan Shtepliuk, Nuala M Caffrey, Tihomir Iakimov, Volodymyr Khranovskyy, Igor A Abrikosov, Rositsa Yakimova
The promise of graphene and its derivatives as next generation sensors for real-time detection of toxic heavy metals (HM) requires a clear understanding of behavior of these metals on the graphene surface and response of the graphene to adsorption events. Our calculations herein were focused on the investigation of the interaction between three HMs, namely Cd, Hg and Pb, with graphene quantum dots (GQDs). We determine binding energies and heights of both neutral and charged HM ions on these GQDs. The results show that the adsorption energy of donor-like physisorbed neutral Pb atoms is larger than that of either Cd or Hg...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635329/lead-induces-siberian-tiger-fibroblast-apoptosis-by-interfering-with-intracellular-homeostasis
#17
Zheng Liu, Hui Wang, Wenxiu Zhang, Ziao Yuan, Hongyi Yuan, Xueting Liu, Minghai Zhang, Xuesong Guo, Weijun Guan
Lead (Pb(2+)) is a poisonous heavy metal that causes many pathophysiological effects in living systems. Its toxicological effects are well known as it causes apoptosis of several cell types and tissues. This study aimed to determine the criteria required for early diagnosis of Pb(2+) poisoning in the Siberian tiger using a tiger population in China, to identify a safety Pb(2+) concentration threshold, and to provide suggestions for preventing Pb(2+) poisoning in Siberian tigers. We investigated the apoptotic effects of Pb(2+) (0, 32, 64, and 125 μM) for 12-48 h on Siberian tiger fibroblasts in vitro...
June 21, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635152/a-novel-dna-structure-containing-agi-mediated-g-g-and-c-c-base-pairs
#18
Hehua Liu, Fusheng Shen, Phensinee Haruehanroengra, Qingqing Yao, Yunshan Cheng, Yiqing Chen, Chun Yang, Jing Zhang, Baixing Wu, Qiang Luo, Ruixue Cui, Jixi Li, Jinbiao Ma, Jia Sheng, Jianhua Gan
Metallo-base pairs have been extensively utilized in many research fields, including genetic code extension, novel therapeutics development, and various nanodevice designs. Compared to other cations, AgI is more flexible in pairing with natural base pairs. Herein, we present a DNA structure containing two C-AgI-C pairs and one first time reported G-AgI-G pair in a short 8mer DNA strand. This structure not only discloses the detailed insights into these AgI-base pairing patterns in DNA, but also represents the first nonhelical DNA structure driven by the heavy metal ions, further contributing to the structural diversity of DNA...
June 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634867/a-risk-assessment-study-of-water-quality-biota-and-legacy-sediment-prior-to-small-dam-removal-in-a-tributary-to-the-delaware-river
#19
Megan B Rothenberger, Virginia Hoyt, Dru Germanoski, Maricate Conlon, John Wilson, Joshua Hitchings
The proposed removal of three run-of-river dams (all ≤5-m height) in eastern Pennsylvania along lower Bushkill Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River, has provided a valuable opportunity for multidisciplinary research involving the collection of more than 5 years of pre-removal monitoring data, analysis of heavy metals in legacy sediment cores, and associated toxicity assays to determine the singular and interactive effects of lead, copper, and cadmium on survival and behavior of a common macroinvertebrate found in Bushkill Creek...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634799/assessment-of-heat-inactivated-marine-aspergillus-flavus-as-a-novel-biosorbent-for-removal-of-cd-ii-hg-ii-and-pb-ii-from-water
#20
Mohamed E Mahmoud, Gehan M El Zokm, Aida E M Farag, Mohamed S Abdelwahab
A novel marine fungus was isolated and classified as Aspergillus flavus strain EGY11. The heat-inactivated form of isolated Aspergillus flavus was investigated and evaluated as a new eco-friendly and highly efficient biosorbent for removal of toxic heavy metals such as Cd(II), Hg(II), and Pb(II) from aqueous solutions. The SEM morphological studies of biosorbent-loaded metal ions confirmed their direct binding on the surface of heat-inactivated Aspergillus flavus. The metal biosorption capacity values were determined and optimized by the batch technique in the presence of various experimental controlling factors such as pH, contact time, biosorbent dosage, initial metal ion concentration, and coexisting species...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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