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Yun Wu, Zhiqiang Guo, Wei Zhang, Qiaoguo Tan, Li Zhang, Xinlei Ge, Mindong Chen
Heavy metals activate the synthesis of phytochelatins (PCs), while the induced PCs might affect metal uptake via chelating intracellular free metals. However, the relationship of PCs to metal uptake is poorly understood. In this study, we examined the kinetics of cadmium (Cd) accumulation and the synthesis of PCs in a marine diatom, Thalassiosira weissflogii, under different irradiance levels. Irradiance alone could not change the concentrations of PCs in the Cd-free treatments, while higher irradiance accelerated the induction of intracellular PCs at the same [Cd(2+)] level...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ivy Shiue
Links between environmental chemicals and human health have emerged over the last few decades, but the effects from polyaromatic hydrocarbons were less studied, compared to other commonly known environmental chemicals such as heavy metals, phthalates, arsenic, phenols, pesticides, etc. Therefore, the aim of the study was to examine the relationships of urinary polyaromatic hydrocarbons and adult respiratory health conditions using a large human sample in a national and population-based setting in recent years...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Astrid M Roy-Engel
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2016: Mobile Genetic Elements
Hui Wang, Zheng Liu, Wenxiu Zhang, Ziao Yuan, Hongyi Yuan, Xueting Liu, Chunwen Yang, Weijun Guan
BACKGROUND: Heavy metals can cause great harm to Siberian tigers in the natural environment. Cadmium (Cd(2+)) is an environmental contaminant that affects multiple cellular processes, including cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival. It has been shown to induce apoptosis in a variety of cell types and tissues. RESULTS: We investigated the apoptotic effects of Cd(2+) on Siberian tiger fibroblasts in vitro. Our research revealed the typical signs of apoptosis after Cd(2+) exposure...
October 24, 2016: Biological Research
C García-Delgado, M Alonso-Izquierdo, M González-Izquierdo, F Yunta, E Eymar
The present research was aimed to (i) report the recycling of spent A. bisporus substrate (SAS) to remove heavy metals (Cd and Pb) and phenanthrene (Phe) from polluted water and (ii) assess the possibility to use the treated water for irrigation. Batch experiments were carried out to assess, firstly, the effect of interaction time between pollutants with SAS and, secondly, the pH of the polluted water. Then a biofilter was designed by using pressurized glass columns. Chemical parameters such as pH, electrical conductivity and content of Pb, Cd, Phe, nutrients (NPK) and Cl(-) were determined...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Technology
Zhuofeng Yu, Pinjing He, Liming Shao, Hua Zhang, Fan Lü
Since municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill harbours miscellaneous wastes, pollutants and microorganisms, it gradually becomes a huge potential reservoir for breeding antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and diversity of ARGs associated with various mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in MSW landfill leachates. The relationship of ARGs with leachate characteristics was also studied to explore the influence of landfill age. Seven sulfonamides (sulfapyridine, sulfadiazine, sulfathiazole, sulfamethoxazole, sulfamerazine, sulfamethazine and sulfaquinoxaline), three encoded ARGs (sul-I, sul-II and sul-III) and four types of MGEs (plasmids, transposons, integrons and insertion sequences) were quantified in leachates with landfill ages ranging from 3 months-6 years...
October 18, 2016: Water Research
Jing Li, Aping Niu, Chun-Jiao Lu, Jing-Hui Zhang, Muhammad Junaid, Phyllis R Strauss, Ping Xiao, Xiao Wang, Yi-Wei Ren, De-Sheng Pei
Landfill leachate (LL) is harmful to aquatic environment because it contains high concentrations of dissolved organic matter, inorganic components, heavy metals, and other xenobiotics. Thus, the remediation of LL is crucial for environmental conservation. Here, a potential application of the forward osmosis (FO) filtration process with ammonium bicarbonate (NH4HCO3) as a draw solution (DS) was investigated to remediate membrane bioreactor-treated LL (M-LL). After the leachate treatment, the toxicity and removal efficiencies of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were evaluated using zebrafish and cultured human cells...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Natalia Proskura, Joanna Podlasińska, Lidia Skopicz-Radkiewicz
: The aim of the study was to determine content of 17 elements (Co, Cd, Cu, Cr, Ni, Pb, Zn, Mn, Fe, Mg, Na, Ca, K, N, C, S and P) and their bioaccumulation factors (BCF) in bay bolete (Boletus badius (Fr.) Fr.) fruiting bodies (caps and stalks) and underneath soil samples collected from forest sites in lubuskie voivodeship in Poland. Forty-eight samples of Boletus badius (Fr.) Fr. fruiting bodies and the same number of underneath soil substrate samples were collected in forest sites of Sulęcin Forest District in western Poland...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Ayman M Atta, Hamad A Al-Lohedan, Ahmed M Tawfik, Abdelrahman O Ezzat
This work first reports the preparation of super-amphiphilic silica-nanogel composites to reduce the contact angle of water to increase the diffusion of pollutant into adsorbents. In this respect, the silica nanoparticles were encapsulated into nanogels based on ionic and nonionic polyacrylamides by dispersion polymerization technique. The morphologies and the dispersion stability of nanogel composites were investigated to clarify the ability of silica-nanogel composites to adsorb at different interfaces. The feasibility of silica polyacrylamide nanogel composites to act as a high-performance adsorbent for removal of methylene blue (MB) dye and heavy metals (Co(2+) and Ni(2+)) from aqueous solution was investigated...
October 19, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Pavel Trtik, Manuel Morgano, Roman Bentz, Eberhard Lehmann
The recent developments in scientific complementary metal oxide semiconductor (sCMOS) detector technology allow for imaging of relevant processes with very high temporal resolution with practically negligible readout time. However, it is neutron intensity that limits the high temporal resolution neutron imaging. In order to partially overcome the neutron intensity problem for the high temporal resolution imaging, a parabolic neutron focussing guide was utilized in the test arrangement and placed upstream the detector in such a manner that the focal point of the guide was positioned slightly behind the scintillator screen...
2016: MethodsX
Veronica Vella, Roberta Malaguarnera, Rosamaria Lappano, Marcello Maggiolini, Antonino Belfiore
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in many industrialized countries. A role for androgens in prostate tumor progression is well recognized, while estrogens may cooperate with androgens in prostate carcinogenesis. The incidence of prostate cancer is highly variable in the different countries, suggesting an important role of environmental factors. Heavy metals are common environmental contaminants and some of them are confirmed or suspected human carcinogens. Some metals are endowed with estrogenic and/or androgenic activities and may play a role as cancer risk factors through this mechanism...
October 20, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Sandra Costa-Böddeker, Philipp Hoelzmann, Lê Xuân Thuyên, Hoang Duc Huy, Hoang Anh Nguyen, Otto Richter, Antje Schwalb
Enrichment of heavy metals was assessed in the Thi Vai Estuary and in the Can Gio Mangrove Forest (SE, Vietnam). Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn contents in water and in sediments were measured. Total organic carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and C/N ratios were determined. Cu and Cr values were higher than threshold effect level of toxicity, while Ni exceeded probable effect level, indicating the risk of probable toxicity effects. Enrichment factors (EF), contamination factor (CF) and Geo-accumulation index (I-geo) were determined...
October 20, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Ebrahim Alipanahpour Dil, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Arash Asfaram
The present research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of zinc (II) oxide nanorods loaded on activated carbon (ZnO-NRs-AC) to prepare an outstanding adsorbent for the simultaneous adsorption of heavy metals and dyes as hazardous pollutant using ultrasound energy. The adsorbent was identified by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The individual effects and possible interactions between the most effective variables including initial metal ions (Cd(2+) and Co(2+)) and azo dyes (methylene blue (MB) and crystal violet (CV)) concentration, adsorbent dosage and ultrasonic time on the responses were investigated by response surface methodology (RSM) and optimum conditions was fixed at Cd(2+), Co(2+), MB and CV concentrations were 25, 24, 18 and 14mgL(-1), respectively, 0...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Faradiella Mohd Kusin, Muhammad Syazwan Abd Rahman, Zafira Madzin, Shamshuddin Jusop, Ferdaus Mohamat-Yusuff, Mariani Ariffin, Mohd Syakirin Md Z
Recent bauxite mining activities in the vicinity of Kuantan, Pahang, have been associated with apparent environmental quality degradation and have raised environmental concerns among the public. This study was carried out to evaluate the overall ecological impacts on water and sediment quality from the bauxite mining activities. Water and sediment samples were collected at seven sampling locations within the bauxite mining areas between June and December 2015. The water samples were analyzed for water quality index (WQI) and distribution of major and trace element geochemistry...
October 22, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Wenting Dai, Jihong Dong, Wanglin Yan, Jiren Xu
The paper divided the whole coal life cycle, explained each phase characteristics, and took coal mine in China as a study case to assess the ecological risk in coal utilization phase. The main conclusions are as follows: (1) the whole coal life cycle is divided into coal mining, processing, transportation, utilization, and waste disposal. (2) The key points of production organization and characteristics in the five phases have great differences. The coal mining phase is characterized by the damage of the key ecological factors (water, soil, atmosphere, vegetation, etc...
October 22, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Yooeun Chae, Rongxue Cui, Shin Woong Kim, Gyeonghyeon An, Seung-Woo Jeong, Youn-Joo An
It is essential to remediate or amend soils contaminated with various heavy metals or pollutants so that the soils may be used again safely. Verifying that the remediated or amended soils meet soil quality standards is an important part of the process. We estimated the activity levels of eight soil exoenzymes (acid phosphatase, arylsulfatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, fluorescein diacetate hydrolase, protease, urease, and ß-glucosidase) in contaminated and remediated soils from two sites near a non-ferrous metal smelter, using colorimetric and titrimetric determination methods...
October 20, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Baohua Tian, Zengjie Qiao, Liping Zhang, Hua Li, Yanxi Pei
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and some functional amino acids in crops have been involved in the defense system against heavy-metal pollution. Here we report the relationships and functions of H2S and proline to cadmium (Cd) stress. Sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS) pretreatment decreased the electrolytic leakage and the malondialdehyde and hydrogen peroxide contents while enhancing photosynthesis in Cd-treated seedlings. Furthermore, pretreatment with NaHS markedly exacerbated Cd-induced alterations in proline content, the activities of proline-5-carboxylate reductase (P5CR) and proline dehydrogenase (PDH), and the transcript levels of P5CR and PDH...
October 13, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Sricharani Rao Balmuri, Uthra Selvaraj, Vadivel Vinod Kumar, Savarimuthu Philip Anthony, Aristides Michael Tsatsakis, Kirill Sergeevich Golokhvast, Thiagarajan Raman
Cadmium (Cd), classified as human carcinogen, is an extremely toxic heavy metal pollutant, and there is an increasing environmental concern for cadmium exposure through anthropogenic sources including cigarette smoke. Though Cd based nanoparticles such as cadmium oxide (CdO) are being widely used in a variety of clinical and industrial applications, the toxicity of CdO nanoparticles has not been well characterized. Herein we report the toxicity of CdO nanoparticles employing zebrafish as a model. Two different CdO nanoparticles were prepared, calcination of Cd(OH)2 without any organic molecule (CdO-1) and calcination of Cd-citrate coordination polymer (CdO-2), to evaluate and compare the toxicity of these two different CdO nanoparticles...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Research
Yandong Zhang, Xinchun Yu, Shuhui Sun, Qian Li, Yunli Xie, Qiang Li, Yifan Zhao, Jianfeng Pei, Wenmin Zhang, Peng Xue, Zhijun Zhou, Yubin Zhang
The heavy metal cadmium (Cd) is known to modulate immunity and cause osteoporosis. However, how Cd influences on hematopoiesis remain largely unknown. Herein, we show that wild-type C57BL/6 (B6) mice exposed to Cd for 3months had expanded bone marrow (BM) populations of long-term hematopoietic stem cells (LT-HSCs), common myeloid progenitors (CMPs) and granulocyte-macrophage progenitors (GMPs), while having reduced populations of multipotent progenitors (MPPs) and common lymphoid progenitors (CLPs). A competitive mixed BM transplantation assay indicates that BM from Cd-treated mice had impaired LT-HSC ability to differentiate into mature cells...
October 19, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Sampriti Kataki, Samarendra Hazarika, D C Baruah
Alternative fertilizer resources have drawn attention in recent times in order to cope up with ever increasing demand for fertilizer. By-products of bioenergy system are considered favourable as organic fertilizer due to their ability to recycle plant nutrients. Present study evaluates fertilizer suitability of by-products of two bioenergy systems viz. 3 types of anaerobic digestion by-products (digestate) from local surplus biomass such as cowdung, Ipomoea carnea:cowdung (60:40) and ricestraw:green gram stover:cowdung (30:30:40) and one gasification by-product (biochar) from rice husk...
October 19, 2016: Waste Management
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