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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648016/-mechanisms-of-cytoskeleton-and-pi3k%C3%AE-rhoa-in-fine-particulate-matter-deteriorating-phagocytosis-defect-of-alveolar-macrophage-in-mice-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Q Xia, S T Hu, X L Zeng, H R Bao, X J Liu
Objective: To explore the mechanism of cytoskeleton and PI3Kδ-RhoA in fine particulate matter deteriorating phagocytosis defect of alveolar macrophage (AM) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) mice. Methods: Forty mice were randomly divided into four groups: health control group, COPD group, health PM2.5 group, COPD PM2.5 group and with ten in each group. A mouse model of COPD was established by cigarette smoke exposure, and health PM2.5 group and COPD PM2.5 group mice were given PM2.5 (588 μg/m(3)) aerosol inhalation for 90 days...
June 27, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647513/respiratory-syncytial-virus-bronchiolitis-weather-conditions-and-air-pollution-in-an-italian-urban-area-an-observational-study
#2
Raffaella Nenna, Melania Evangelisti, Antonella Frassanito, Carolina Scagnolari, Alessandra Pierangeli, Guido Antonelli, Ambra Nicolai, Serena Arima, Corrado Moretti, Paola Papoff, Maria Pia Villa, Fabio Midulla
BACKGROUND: In this study we sought to evaluate the association between viral bronchiolitis, weather conditions, and air pollution in an urban area in Italy. METHODS: We included infants hospitalized for acute bronchiolitis from 2004 to 2014. All infants underwent a nasal washing for virus detection. A regional agency network collected meteorological data (mean temperature, relative humidity and wind velocity) and the following air pollutants: sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, benzene and suspended particulate matter measuring less than 10µm (PM10) and less than 2...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647234/local-pm10-and-pm2-5-emission-inventories-from-agricultural-tillage-and-harvest-in-northeastern-china
#3
Weiwei Chen, Daniel Q Tong, Shichun Zhang, Xuelei Zhang, Hongmei Zhao
Mineral particles or particulate matters (PMs) emitted during agricultural activities are major recurring sources of atmospheric aerosol loading. However, precise PM inventory from agricultural tillage and harvest in agricultural regions is challenged by infrequent local emission factor (EF) measurements. To understand PM emissions from these practices in northeastern China, we measured EFs of PM10 and PM2.5 from three field operations (i.e., tilling, planting and harvesting) in major crop production (i.e., corn and soybean), using portable real-time PM analyzers and weather station data...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646928/the-association-between-ambient-fine-particulate-matter-and-incident-adenocarcinoma-subtype-of-lung-cancer
#4
Lida Gharibvand, W Lawrence Beeson, David Shavlik, Raymond Knutsen, Mark Ghamsary, Samuel Soret, Synnove F Knutsen
BACKGROUND: Adenocarcinoma (AC) is the most common lung cancer among non-smokers, but few studies have assessed the effect of PM2.5 on AC among never smokers. The purpose of this study was to assess the association between ambient PM2.5 and incident lung AC in the Adventist Health and Smog Study-2 (AHSMOG-2), a cohort of 80,044 non-smokers (81% never smokers) followed for 7.5 years (597,177 person-years) (2002-2011). METHODS: Incident lung AC was identified through linkage with U...
June 24, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646690/polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-the-water-spm-sediment-system-from-the-middle-reaches-of-huai-river-china-distribution-partitioning-origin-tracing-and-ecological-risk-assessment
#5
Jiamei Zhang, Guijian Liu, Rujing Wang, He Huang
The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) concentrations in the water, suspended particulate matter (SPM) and sediment from the middle reaches of Huai River were analyzed by a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS). The mean concentrations for the sum of 16 PAHs (∑16 PAHs) in the water, SPM and sediment were 1204 ng/L, 3192 ng/g (dry weight; dw), and 7955 ng/g (dw), respectively. Along the vertical profiles of water columns, higher ∑16 PAHs levels were seen in surface and bottom water layers and co-located SPM...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646309/influence-of-polymethyl-acrylate-additive-on-the-formation-of-particulate-matter-and-nox-emission-of-a-biodiesel-diesel-fueled-engine
#6
Islam Mohammad Monirul, Haji Hassan Masjuki, Mohammad Abdul Kalam, Nurin Wahidah Mohd Zulkifli, Islam Shancita
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the polymethyl acrylate (PMA) additive on the formation of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emission from a diesel coconut and/or Calophyllum inophyllum biodiesel-fueled engine. The physicochemical properties of 20% of coconut and/or C. inophyllum biodiesel-diesel blend (B20), 0.03 wt% of PMA with B20 (B20P), and diesel fuel were measured and compared to ASTM D6751, D7467, and EN 14214 standard. The test results showed that the addition of PMA additive with B20 significantly improves the cold-flow properties such as pour point (PP), cloud point (CP), and cold filter plugging point (CFPP)...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645522/acute-effects-of-ambient-temperature-and-particulate-air-pollution-on-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-a-panel-study-among-diabetic-patients-in-shanghai-china
#7
Huichu Li, Hongjian Bai, Changyuan Yang, Renjie Chen, Cuicui Wang, Zhuohui Zhao, Haidong Kan
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have shown the associations of ambient temperature and particulate matter (PM) air pollution with respiratory morbidity and mortality. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been well characterized. The aim of this study is to investigate the associations of temperature and fine and coarse PM with fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO), a well-established biomarker of respiratory inflammation. METHODS: We conducted a longitudinal panel study involving six repeated FeNO tests among 33 type 2 diabetes mellitus patients from April to June 2013 in Shanghai, China...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645159/genomic-characterization-of-two-novel-sar11-isolates-from-the-red-sea-including-the-first-strain-of-the-sar11-ib-clade
#8
Francy Jimenez-Infante, David Kamanda Ngugi, Manikandan Vinu, Jochen Blom, Intikhab Alam, Vladimir B Bajic, Ulrich Stingl
The SAR11 clade (Pelagibacterales) is a diverse group that forms a monophyletic clade within the Alphaproteobacteria, and constitutes up to one third of all prokaryotic cells in the photic zone of most oceans. Pelagibacterales are very abundant in the warm and highly saline surface waters of the Red Sea, raising the question of adaptive traits of SAR11 populations in this water body and warmer oceans through the world. In this study, two pure cultures were successfully obtained from surface waters on the Red Sea, one isolate of subgroup Ia and one of the previously uncultured SAR11 Ib lineage...
June 22, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644770/the-impact-of-photovoltaic-pv-installations-on-downwind-particulate-matter-concentrations-results-from-field-observations-at-a-550-mwac-utility-scale-pv-plant
#9
Dwarakanath Ravikumar, Parikhit Sinha
With utility-scale photovoltaic(PV) projects increasingly developed in dry and dust-prone geographies with high solar insolation, there is a critical need to analyze the impacts of PV installations on the resulting particulate-matter(PM) concentrations which have environmental and health impacts. This study is the first to quantify the impact of a utility-scale PV plant on PM concentrations downwind of the project site. Background, construction and post-construction PM2.5 and PM10 concentration data are collected from four beta attenuation monitor(BAM) stations over 3 years...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644400/evaluation-of-sources-and-patterns-of-elemental-composition-of-pm2-5-at-three-low-income-neighborhood-schools-and-residences-in-quito-ecuador
#10
Amit U Raysoni, Rodrigo X Armijos, M Margaret Weigel, Patricia Echanique, Marcia Racines, Nicholas E Pingitore, Wen-Whai Li
Elemental characterization of fine particulate matter was undertaken at schools and residences in three low income neighborhoods in Quito, Ecuador. The three zones were located in the northern (Cotocollao), south central (El Camal), and south east (Los Chillos) neighborhoods and were classified as zones 1-3, respectively. Forty elements were quantified via ICP-MS analysis. Amongst the geogenic elements, the concentration of Si was the most abundant followed by S, Al, and Ca. Elements with predominantly anthropogenic sources such as Zn, V, and Ni were higher in zone 3 school followed by zone 2 and zone 1 schools...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644070/particulate-matter-disrupts-human-lung-endothelial-cell-barrier-integrity-via-rho-dependent-pathways
#11
Ting Wang, Yuka Shimizu, Xiaomin Wu, Gabriel T Kelly, Xiaoyan Xu, Lichun Wang, Zhongqing Qian, Yin Chen, Joe G N Garcia
Increased exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) is associated with elevated morbidity and mortality in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and cancer. We and others have shown that PM induces lung microvascular barrier dysfunction which potentially enhances the systemic toxicity of PM. However, the mechanisms by which PM disrupts vascular endothelial integrity remain incompletely explored. We hypothesize that PM induces endothelial cell (EC) cytoskeleton rearrangement via Rho GTPase-dependent pathways to facilitate vascular hyperpermeability...
June 23, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642628/particulate-air-pollution-from-wildfires-in-the-western-us-under-climate-change
#12
Jia Coco Liu, Loretta J Mickley, Melissa P Sulprizio, Francesca Dominici, Xu Yue, Keita Ebisu, Georgiana Brooke Anderson, Rafi F A Khan, Mercedes A Bravo, Michelle L Bell
Wildfire can impose a direct impact on human health under climate change. While the potential impacts of climate change on wildfires and resulting air pollution have been studied, it is not known who will be most affected by the growing threat of wildfires. Identifying communities that will be most affected will inform development of fire management strategies and disaster preparedness programs. We estimate levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) directly attributable to wildfires in 561 western US counties during fire seasons for the present-day (2004-2009) and future (2046-2051), using a fire prediction model and GEOS-Chem, a 3-D global chemical transport model...
October 2016: Climatic Change
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641196/c1-c2-alkyl-aminiums-in-urban-aerosols-insights-from-ambient-and-fuel-combustion-emission-measurements-in-the-yangtze-river-delta-region-of-china
#13
Wenchao Shen, Lili Ren, Yi Zhao, Luyu Zhou, Liang Dai, Xinlei Ge, Shaofei Kong, Qin Yan, Honghui Xu, Yujun Jiang, Jun He, Mindong Chen, Huan Yu
We measured low molar-mass alkyl aminiums (methylaminium, dimethylaminium, ethylaminium and diethylaminium) in urban aerosols in the Yangtze River Delta region of eastern China in August 2014 and from November 2015 to May 2016. After examining artifact formation on sample filters, methylaminium, dimethylaminium and ethylaminium concentrations were quantified. The three C1-C2 aminiums exhibited a unimodal size distribution that maximized between 0.56 and 1.0 μm. Their concentrations in PM2.5 were 5.7 ± 3...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640797/rural-and-urban-differences-in-air-quality-2008-2012-and-community-drinking-water-quality-2010-2015-united-states
#14
Heather Strosnider, Caitlin Kennedy, Michele Monti, Fuyuen Yip
PROBLEM/CONDITION: The places in which persons live, work, and play can contribute to the development of adverse health outcomes. Understanding the differences in risk factors in various environments can help to explain differences in the occurrence of these outcomes and can be used to develop public health programs, interventions, and policies. Efforts to characterize urban and rural differences have largely focused on social and demographic characteristics. A paucity of national standardized environmental data has hindered efforts to characterize differences in the physical aspects of urban and rural areas, such as air and water quality...
June 23, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640607/primary-and-photochemically-aged-aerosol-emissions-from-biomass-cookstoves-chemical-and-physical-characterization
#15
Stephen M Reece, Aditya Sinha, Andrew P Grieshop
Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation during photo-oxidation of primary emissions from cookstoves used in developing countries may make important contributions to their climate and air quality impacts. We present results from laboratory experiments with a field portable oxidation flow reactor (F-OFR) to study the evolution of emissions over hours to weeks of equivalent atmospheric aging. Lab tests, using dry red oak, measured fresh and aged emissions from a 3 stone fire (TSF), a "rocket" natural draft stove (NDS) and a forced draft gasifier stove (FDGS), in order of increasing modified combustion efficiency (MCE) and decreasing particulate matter emission factors (EF)...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640578/the-insect-analogue-to-the-lotus-leaf-a-planthopper-wing-membrane-incorporating-a-low-adhesion-non-wetting-superhydrophobic-bactericidal-and-biocompatible-surface
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Gregory Shaun Watson, David W Green, Bronwen W Cribb, Christopher Leslie Brown, Christopher Merritt, Mark James Tobin, Jitraporn Vongsvivut, Ming-Xia Sun, Alping Liang, Jolanta Anna Watson
Nature has produced many intriguing and spectacular surfaces at the micro and nanoscales. These small surface decorations act for a singular or, in most cases, a range of functions. The minute landscape found on the lotus leaf is one such example, displaying anti-wetting behaviour and low adhesion with foreign particulate matter. Indeed the lotus leaf has often been considered the 'benchmark' for such properties. One could expect that there are animal counterparts of this self-drying and self-cleaning surface system...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640319/observational-constraints-on-particle-acidity-using-measurements-and-modelling-of-particles-and-gases
#17
J G Murphy, P K Gregoire, A G Tevlin, G R Wentworth, R A Ellis, M Z Markovic, T C VandenBoer
In many parts of the world, the implementation of air quality regulations has led to significant decreases in SO2 emissions with minimal impact on NH3 emissions. In Canada and the United States, the molar ratio of NH3 : SO2 emissions has increased dramatically between 1990 and 2014. In many regions of North America, this will lead the molar ratio of NHx : SO4, where NHx is the sum of particle phase NH4(+) and gas phase NH3, and SO4 is the sum of particle phase HSO4(-) and SO4(2-), to exceed 2. A thermodynamic model (E-AIM model II) is used to investigate the sensitivity of particle pH, and the gas-particle partitioning of NHx and inorganic nitrate, to the atmospheric NHx : SO4 ratio...
June 22, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639022/citrus-stand-ages-regulate-the-fraction-alteration-of-soil-organic-carbon-under-a-citrus-stropharua-rugodo-annulata-intercropping-system-in-the-three-gorges-reservoir-area-china
#18
Yang Zhang, Jiupai Ni, John Yang, Tong Zhang, Deti Xie
Soil carbon fractionation is a valuable indicator in assessing stabilization of soil organic matter and soil quality. However, limited studies have addressed how different vegetation stand ages under intercropping agroforestry systems, could affect organic carbon (OC) accumulation in bulk soil and its physical fractions. A field study thus investigated the impact of citrus plantation age (15-, 25-, and 45-year citrus) on the bulk soil organic carbon (SOC) and SOC fractions and yields of Stropharia rugoso-annulata (SRA) in the Three Gorges Reservoir area, Chongqing, China...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637853/trophic-state-changes-can-affect-the-importance-of-methane-derived-carbon-in-aquatic-food-webs
#19
Jos Schilder, Maarten van Hardenbroek, Paul Bodelier, Emiliya P Kirilova, Markus Leuenberger, André F Lotter, Oliver Heiri
Methane-derived carbon, incorporated by methane-oxidizing bacteria, has been identified as a significant source of carbon in food webs of many lakes. By measuring the stable carbon isotopic composition (δ(13)C values) of particulate organic matter, Chironomidae and Daphnia spp. and their resting eggs (ephippia), we show that methane-derived carbon presently plays a relevant role in the food web of hypertrophic Lake De Waay, The Netherlands. Sediment geochemistry, diatom analyses and δ(13)C measurements of chironomid and Daphnia remains in the lake sediments indicate that oligotrophication and re-eutrophication of the lake during the twentieth century had a strong impact on in-lake oxygen availability...
June 28, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637465/early-pulmonary-response-is-critical-for-extra-pulmonary-carbon-nanoparticle-mediated-effects-comparison-of-inhalation-versus-intra-arterial-infusion-exposures-in-mice
#20
Koustav Ganguly, Dariusch Ettehadieh, Swapna Upadhyay, Shinji Takenaka, Thure Adler, Erwin Karg, Fritz Krombach, Wolfgang G Kreyling, Holger Schulz, Otmar Schmid, Tobias Stoeger
BACKGROUND: The death toll associated with inhaled ambient particulate matter (PM) is attributed mainly to cardio-vascular rather than pulmonary effects. However, it is unclear whether the key event for cardiovascular impairment is particle translocation from lung to circulation (direct effect) or indirect effects due to pulmonary particle-cell interactions. In this work, we addressed this issue by exposing healthy mice via inhalation and intra-arterial infusion (IAI) to carbon nanoparticles (CNP) as surrogate for soot, a major constituent of (ultrafine) urban PM...
June 20, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
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