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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911466/transparent-nanofibrous-mesh-self-assembled-from-molecular-legos-for-high-efficiency-air-filtration-with-new-functionalities
#1
Varun Kumar Singh, Sai Kishore Ravi, Wanxin Sun, Swee Ching Tan
Alarming levels of particulate matter pollution in air pose a serious health threat in several countries, therefore intriguing a strong need for an economic and a viable technology of air filtration. Current air purification technology is rather expensive with certain types even having the risk of emitting hazardous by-products. The authors have developed a multifunctional air filter inspired from the nasal hairs possessing an ability to specifically trap/exhale the foreign particles and allergens while still letting the air flow...
December 2, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911374/flow-cytometric-analysis-of-particle-bound-bet-v-1-allergen-in-pm10
#2
Katrin Süring, Sabine Bach, Conny Höflich, Wolfgang Straff
Flow cytometry is a method widely used to quantify suspended solids such as cells or bacteria in a size range from 0.5 to several tens of micrometers in diameter. In addition to a characterization of forward and sideward scatter properties, it enables the use of fluorescent labeled markers like antibodies to detect respective structures. Using indirect antibody staining, flow cytometry is employed here to quantify birch pollen allergen (precisely Bet v 1)-loaded particles of 0.5 to 10 µm in diameter in inhalable particulate matter (PM10, particle size ≤10 µm in diameter)...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908628/biomarkers-of-the-health-outcomes-associated-with-ambient-particulate-matter-exposure
#3
Lixin Yang, Xiang-Yu Hou, Yongjie Wei, Phong Thai, Fahe Chai
Epidemiologic evidence supports the positive association of cardiopulmonary morbidity and mortality, and lung cancer risk with exposure to airborne particulate matter (PM). Oxidative stress and inflammation have been proposed to be the major causal factors involved in mediating PM effects on both cardiovascular and pulmonary health outcomes. However, the mechanism whereby PM causes the health effects is not fully elucidated. To evaluate and investigate human exposure to PM, it is essential to have a specific, sensitive and robust characterization of individual exposure to PM...
November 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908385/the-mutagenic-assessment-of-an-electronic-cigarette-and-reference-cigarette-smoke-using-the-ames-assay-in-strains-ta98-and-ta100
#4
D Thorne, I Crooks, M Hollings, A Seymour, C Meredith, M Gaca
Salmonella typhimurium strains TA98 and TA100 were used to assess the mutagenic potential of the aerosol from a commercially available, rechargeable, closed system electronic-cigarette. Results obtained were compared to those for the mainstream smoke from a Kentucky reference (3R4F) cigarette. Two different test matrices were assessed. Aerosol generated from the e-cigarette was trapped on a Cambridge filter pad, eluted in DMSO and compared to cigarette smoke total particulate matter (TPM), which was generated in the same manner for mutagenicity assessment in the Salmonella assay...
December 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908382/water-soluble-and-organic-extracts-of-airborne-particulate-matter-induce-micronuclei-in-human-lung-epithelial-a549-cells
#5
Isabel C Palacio, Silvia B M Barros, Deborah A Roubicek
The in vitro genotoxic effects of organic and water-soluble fractions of airborne particulate matter (PM10) with the cytokinesis blocked micronucleus (MN) test in human alveolar carcinoma cells A549 were investigated. Samples were collected in three different sites of São Paulo State, Brazil, and fifteen soluble metals and the sixteen EPÁs priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) were chemically determined. PAHs prevailing were fluoranthene and benzo(ghi)perylene. In the water-soluble extracts, highest concentration of metals was found for zinc, iron, and copper in all places of collection...
December 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906031/contrasting-biological-potency-of-particulate-matter-collected-at-sites-impacted-by-distinct-industrial-sources
#6
Errol M Thomson, Dalibor Breznan, Subramanian Karthikeyan, Christine MacKinnon-Roy, Ngoc Q Vuong, Ewa Dabek-Zlotorzynska, Valbona Celo, Jean-Pierre Charland, Prem Kumarathasan, Jeffrey R Brook, Renaud Vincent
BACKGROUND: Industrial sources contribute a significant proportion of anthropogenic particulate matter (PM) emissions, producing particles of varying composition that may differentially impact health. This study investigated the in vitro toxicity of ambient PM collected near industrial sites in relation to particle size and composition. METHODS: Size-fractionated particles (ultrafine, PM0.1-2.5, PM2.5-10, PM>10) were collected in the vicinity of steel, copper, aluminium, and petrochemical industrial sites...
December 1, 2016: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906023/surface-area-dependence-of-gas-particle-interactions-influences-pulmonary-and-neuroinflammatory-outcomes
#7
Christina R Tyler, Katherine E Zychowski, Bethany N Sanchez, Valeria Rivero, Selita Lucas, Guy Herbert, June Liu, Hammad Irshad, Jacob D McDonald, Barry E Bleske, Matthew J Campen
BACKGROUND: Deleterious consequences of exposure to traffic emissions may derive from interactions between carbonaceous particulate matter (PM) and gaseous components in a manner that is dependent on the surface area or complexity of the particles. To determine the validity of this hypothesis, we examined pulmonary and neurological inflammatory outcomes in C57BL/6 and apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE(-/-)) male mice after acute and chronic exposure to vehicle engine-derived particulate matter, generated as ultrafine (UFP) and fine (FP) sizes, with additional exposures using UFP or FP combined with gaseous copollutants derived from fresh gasoline and diesel emissions, labeled as UFP + G and FP + G...
December 1, 2016: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903268/long-term-outdoor-air-pollution-and-dna-methylation-in-circulating-monocytes-results-from-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
#8
Gloria C Chi, Yongmei Liu, James W MacDonald, R Graham Barr, Kathleen M Donohue, Mark D Hensley, Lifang Hou, Charles E McCall, Lindsay M Reynolds, David S Siscovick, Joel D Kaufman
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation may mediate effects of air pollution on cardiovascular disease. The association between long-term air pollution exposure and DNA methylation in monocytes, which are central to atherosclerosis, has not been studied. We investigated the association between long-term ambient air pollution exposure and DNA methylation (candidate sites and global) in monocytes of adults (aged ≥55). METHODS: One-year average ambient fine particulate matter (PM2...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903069/low-concentration-pm10-had-no-effect-on-nasal-symptoms-and-flow-in-allergic-rhinitis-patients
#9
Young Hyo Kim, Kwang Pil Ko, Il Gyu Kang, Joo Hyun Jung, Dae Kyu Oh, Tae Young Jang, Seon Tae Kim
Objectives: Since Korea is geographically close to China (the origin site for Asian sand dust [ASD]) the health influence of ASD event will be still greater in Korea. We aimed to evaluate the effect of PM10 (particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <10 μm, below 150 μg/m3) on the clinical course of allergic rhinitis (AR). Methods: We enrolled 47 healthy volunteers (group A) and 108 AR patients sensitized to house dust mites (group B). For 120 consecutive days (from February 1st to May 30th, 2012), all subjects reported their daily nasal symptoms and performed 2 peak flowmeter readings to measure peak nasal inspiratory flow (PNIF)...
December 2, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902719/community-wide-distribution-of-a-catalytic-device-to-reduce-winter-ambient-fine-particulate-matter-from-residential-wood-combustion-a-field-study
#10
Olivia Johnston, Fay Johnston, John Todd, Grant Williamson
Residential wood combustion is the main source of elevated concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) during winter in many towns of Tasmania, Australia. A commercially available firebox catalyst in Australia has previously been shown to reduce visible smoke emissions and the manufacturer reports reductions in particle emissions generated from individual wood heaters in laboratory settings. This study aimed to evaluate the potential for community-wide distribution of the catalyst to improve the ambient winter air quality in the field...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900624/the-sources-of-trace-element-pollution-of-dry-depositions-nearby-a-drinking-water-source
#11
Xinyue Guo, Hongbing Ji, Cai Li, Yang Gao, Huaijian Ding, Lei Tang, Jinguo Feng
Miyun Reservoir is one of the most important drinking water sources for Beijing. Thirteen atmospheric PM sampling sites were established around this reservoir to analyze the mineral composition, morphological characteristics, element concentration, and sources of atmospheric PM pollution, using transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry analyses. The average monthly dry deposition flux of aerosols was 15.18 g/m(2), with a range of 5.78-47.56 g/m(2)...
November 29, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899751/air-pollution-is-associated-with-ischemic-stroke-via-cardiogenic-embolism
#12
Jong-Won Chung, Oh Young Bang, Kangmo Ahn, Sang-Soon Park, Tai Hwan Park, Jae Guk Kim, Youngchai Ko, SooJoo Lee, Kyung Bok Lee, Jun Lee, Kyusik Kang, Jong-Moo Park, Yong-Jin Cho, Keun-Sik Hong, Hyun-Wook Nah, Dae-Hyun Kim, Jae-Kwan Cha, Wi-Sun Ryu, Dong-Eog Kim, Joon-Tae Kim, Jay Chol Choi, Mi-Sun Oh, Kyung-Ho Yu, Byung-Chul Lee, Ji Sung Lee, Juneyoung Lee, Hong-Kyun Park, Beom Joon Kim, Moon-Ku Han, Hee-Joon Bae
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to assessed the impact of short-term exposure to air pollution on ischemic stroke subtype, while focusing on stroke caused via cardioembolism. METHODS: From a nationwide, multicenter, prospective, stroke registry database, 13 535 patients with acute ischemic stroke hospitalized to 12 participating centers were enrolled in this study. Data on the hourly concentrations of particulate matter <10 μm, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3), and carbon monoxide (CO) were collected from 181 nationwide air pollution surveillance stations...
November 29, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897987/atmospheric-correction-of-satellite-gf-1-wfv-imagery-and-quantitative-estimation-of-suspended-particulate-matter-in-the-yangtze-estuary
#13
Pei Shang, Fang Shen
The Multispectral Wide Field of View (WFV) camera on the Chinese GF-1 satellite, launched in 2013, has advantages of high spatial resolution (16 m), short revisit period (4 days) and wide scene swath (800 km) compared to the Landsat-8/OLI, which make it an ideal means of monitoring spatial-temporal changes of Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) in large estuaries like the Yangtze Estuary. However, a lack of proper atmospheric correction methods has limited its application in water quality assessment. We propose an atmospheric correction method based on a look up table coupled by the atmosphere radiative transfer model (6S) and the water semi-empirical radiative transfer (SERT) model for inversion of water-leaving reflectance from GF-1 top-of-atmosphere radiance, and then retrieving SPM concentration from water-leaving radiance reflectance of the Yangtze Estuary and its adjacent sea...
November 25, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894697/an-innovative-ultrasound-assisted-extraction-micro-scale-cell-combined-with-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-in-negative-chemical-ionization-to-determine-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-air-particulate-matter
#14
E Beristain-Montiel, R Villalobos-Pietrini, G E Arias-Loaiza, S L Gómez-Arroyo, O Amador-Muñoz
New clean technologies are needed to determine concentration of organic pollutants without generating more pollution. A method to extract Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) from airborne particulate matter was developed using a novel technology recently patented called ultrasound assisted extraction micro-scale cell (UAE-MSC). This technology extracts, filters, collects the sample, and evaporates the solvent, on-line. No sample transfer is needed. The cell minimizes sample manipulation, solvent consumption, waste generation, time, and energy; fulfilling most of the analytical green chemistry protocol...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892507/variations-in-abundance-diversity-and-community-composition-of-airborne-fungi-in-swine-houses-across-seasons
#15
Priyanka Kumari, Cheolwoon Woo, Naomichi Yamamoto, Hong-Lim Choi
We examined the abundance, diversity and community composition of airborne fungi in swine houses during winter and summer seasons by using quantitative PCR and Illumina HiSeq sequencing of ITS1 region. The abundance of airborne fungi varied significantly only between seasons, while fungal diversity varied significantly both within and between seasons, with both abundance and diversity peaked in winter. The fungal OTU composition was largely structured by the swine house unit and season as well as by their interactions...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892410/short-term-no2-exposure-is-associated-with-long-chain-fatty-acids-in-prospective-cohorts-from-augsburg-germany-results-from-an-analysis-of-138-metabolites-and-three-exposures
#16
Cavin K Ward-Caviness, Susanne Breitner, Kathrin Wolf, Josef Cyrys, Gabi Kastenmüller, Rui Wang-Sattler, Alexandra Schneider, Annette Peters
BACKGROUND: Short-term exposure to air pollution is associated with morbidity and mortality. Metabolites are intermediaries in biochemical processes, and associations between air pollution and metabolites can yield unique mechanistic insights. METHODS: We used independent cross-sectional samples with targeted metabolomics (138 metabolites across five metabolite classes) from three cohort studies, each a part of the Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg (KORA)...
October 2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890411/effect-of-hydrolysis-of-n2o5-on-nitrate-and-ammonium-formation-in-beijing-china-wrf-chem-model-simulation
#17
Xing Su, Xuexi Tie, Guohui Li, Junji Cao, Rujin Huang, Tian Feng, Xin Long, Ruiguang Xu
Beijing, the capital of China, is a mega city with a population of >20 million. In recent years, the city has experienced heavy air pollution, with particulate matter (PM) being one of its top pollutants. In the last decade, extensive efforts have been made to characterize the sources, properties, and processes of PM in Beijing. Despite progress made by previous studies, there are still some important questions to be answered and addressed. The focus of this research is to study the impact of the heterogeneous hydrolysis of N2O5 on the formation of nitrate (NO3(-)) and ammonium (NH4(+)) in Beijing...
November 24, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890345/prenatal-exposure-to-outdoor-air-pollution-and-child-behavioral-problems-at-school-age-in-japan
#18
Takashi Yorifuji, Saori Kashima, Midory Higa Diez, Yoko Kado, Satoshi Sanada, Hiroyuki Doi
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies suggest positive associations between prenatal exposure to ambient air pollution and neurodevelopment of children, but evidence on the adverse effects of exposure to air pollution on child neurobehavioral development remains limited. We thus examined associations between prenatal exposure to outdoor air pollution and child behavioral problems at school age, using data from a nationwide population-based longitudinal survey in Japan, where participants were recruited in 2001 and are continuously followed...
November 24, 2016: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889888/characteristics-of-ash-and-particle-emissions-during-bubbling-fluidised-bed-combustion-of-three-types-of-residual-forest-biomass
#19
João Peres Ribeiro, Estela Domingos Vicente, Célia Alves, Xavier Querol, Fulvio Amato, Luís A C Tarelho
Combustion of residual forest biomass (RFB) derived from eucalypt (Eucalyptus globulus), pine (Pinus pinaster) and golden wattle (Acacia longifolia) was evaluated in a pilot-scale bubbling fluidised bed reactor (BFBR). During the combustion experiments, monitoring of temperature, pressure and exhaust gas composition has been made. Ash samples were collected at several locations along the furnace and flue gas treatment devices (cyclone and bag filter) after each combustion experiment and were analysed for their unburnt carbon content and chemical composition...
November 26, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889850/chemical-fractionation-and-health-risk-assessment-of-particulate-matter-bound-metals-in-pune-india
#20
Rohi Jan, Ritwika Roy, Suman Yadav, P Gursumeeran Satsangi
The present study deals with the assessment of sequential extraction of particulate matter (PM)-bound metals and the potential health risks associated with them in a growing metropolitan city (Pune) of India. The average mass concentration of both PM2.5-10 and PM2.5 exceeded the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Significant seasonal variation in mass concentration was found for both size fractions of PM with higher values in winter season and lower in monsoon. Chemical species of the studied trace metals in PM exhibited significant differences, due to difference in sources of pollution...
November 26, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
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