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Zhen-Zhen Cao, Mei-Ling Qin, Xiao-Yan Lin, Zhi-Wei Zhu, Ming-Xue Chen
Sulfur (S) fertilizer application in rice (Oryza sativa L.) is crucial in determining rice grain productivity and quality. However, little information is available concerning the effect of S supply on cadmium (Cd) uptake and translocation in rice. In this study, both hydroponic and soil experiments were conducted to investigate the influence of S supply on Cd accumulation in rice under two Cd levels (0 and 50 μM), combined with three S concentrations (0, 2.64 and 5.28 mM). The moderate and excessive S supply (2...
March 13, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Weihua Peng, Xiaomin Li, Tong Liu, Yingying Liu, Jinqian Ren, Dawei Liang, Wenhong Fan
Sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) was used to stabilize cadmium (Cd) in sediments spiked with Cd. The study found that the Cd in sediments (≤600 mg kg-1 ) was successfully stabilized after 166 d SRB bio-treatment. This was verified by directly and indirectly examining Cd speciation in sediments, mobilization index, and Cd content in interstitial water. After 166 d bio-treatment, compared with control groups, Cd concentrations in interstitial water of Cd-spiked sediments were reduced by 77.6-96.4%. The bioavailable fractions of Cd (e...
March 1, 2018: Chemosphere
Guillaume Dubeaux, Julie Neveu, Enric Zelazny, Grégory Vert
Plant roots forage the soil for iron, the concentration of which can be dramatically lower than those needed for growth. Soil iron uptake uses the broad metal spectrum IRT1 transporter that also transports zinc, manganese, cobalt, and cadmium. Sophisticated iron-dependent transcriptional regulatory mechanisms allow plants to tightly control the abundance of IRT1, ensuring optimal absorption of iron. Here, we uncover that IRT1 acts as a transporter and receptor (transceptor), directly sensing excess of its non-iron metal substrates in the cytoplasm, to regulate its own degradation...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cell
Fabien Bernard, Sylvain Dumez, Sébastien Lemière, Anne Platel, Fabrice Nesslany, Annabelle Deram, Franck Vandenbulcke, Damien Cuny
Cadmium (Cd) is a highly toxic element for living organisms and is widespread in metal-contaminated soils. As organisms which can grow up on these polluted areas, plants have some protection mechanisms against Cd issues. Among the plant kingdom, the Brassicaceae family includes species which are known to be able to tolerate and accumulate Cd in their tissues. In this study, Brassica oleracea var. viridis cv "Prover" was exposed to a range of artificially Cd-contaminated soils (from 2.5 up to 20 mg kg-1 ) during 3, 10, and 56 days and the effects on life traits, photosynthesis activity, antioxidant enzymatic activities were studied...
March 15, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Bruce P Lanphear, Stephen Rauch, Peggy Auinger, Ryan W Allen, Richard W Hornung
BACKGROUND: Lead exposure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease mortality, but the number of deaths in the USA attributable to lead exposure is poorly defined. We aimed to quantify the relative contribution of environmental lead exposure to all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease mortality, and ischaemic heart disease mortality. METHODS: Our study population comprised a nationally representative sample of adults aged 20 years or older who were enrolled in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-III) between 1988 and 1994 and followed up to Dec 31, 2011...
March 12, 2018: Lancet. Public Health
Chao Wang, Zhi-Yi Hu, Heng Zhao, Wenbei Yu, Sijia Wu, Jing Liu, Lihua Chen, Yu Li, Bao-Lian Su
We report three types of conducting polymers (CPs), polyaniline (PANI), polypyrrole (PPY) and poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) to modify the surface of the CdS nanorods to probe their photocorrosion inhibition and photocatalytic hydrogen production. Various characterizations, such as high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and density function theory (DFT) calculations have been conducted to reveal the intrinsic structure of the as-constructed CPs@CdS (@ means CPs at the surface of CdS) core-shell nanorods...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Haibin Zhou, Haibo Meng, Lixin Zhao, Yujun Shen, Yueqing Hou, Hongsheng Cheng, Liqiu Song
In this study, two different biochars (sawdust charcoal (SDC) and wheat straw charcoal (WSC)) and biological humic acid (BHA) were used with different addition rates in pig manure composting to illustrate the effect on heavy metals passivation. And the composts were applied to rape (Brassica campestris L.) growth to illustrate the stability of the passivation. Results showed the concentration of Cu, Cd, and Pb increased after composting, whereas the passivation rates of Cu, Pb, and Cd reached a maximum of 94...
February 23, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Michael J Fay, Lauren A C Alt, Dominika Ryba, Ribhi Salamah, Ryan Peach, Alexander Papaeliou, Sabina Zawadzka, Andrew Weiss, Nil Patel, Asad Rahman, Zyaria Stubbs-Russell, Peter C Lamar, Joshua R Edwards, Walter C Prozialeck
Cadmium (Cd) is a nephrotoxic environmental pollutant that causes a generalized dysfunction of the proximal tubule characterized by polyuria and proteinuria. Even though the effects of Cd on the kidney have been well-characterized, the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects have not been fully elucidated. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that regulate cellular and physiologic function by modulating gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. The goal of the present study was to determine if Cd affects renal cortex miRNA expression in a well-established animal model of Cd-induced kidney injury...
March 15, 2018: Toxics
Wen-Yi Zhou, Shan-Shan Li, Jieyao Song, Min Jiang, Tian-Jia Jiang, Jinyun Liu, Jinhuai Liu, Xing-Jiu Huang
Mutual interference is a severe issue that occurs during the electrochemical detection of heavy metal ions. This limitation presents a notable drawback for its high sensitivity to specific targets. Here, we present a high electrochemical sensitivity of ~237.1 μA cm-2 μM-1 toward copper(II) [Cu(II)] based on oxygen-deficient titanium dioxide (TiO2-x) nanosheets. We fully demonstrated an atomic-level relationship between electrochemical behaviors and the key factors, including the high-energy (001) facet percentage, oxygen vacancy concentration, surface -OH content, and charge carrier density, is fully demonstrated...
March 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Yu Hang Li, Ling Cheng, Peng Fei Liu, Le Zhang, Meng Yang Zu, Chong Wu Wang, Yan Huan Jin, Xiao Ming Cao, Huagui Yang, Chunzhong Li
Electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO) is the first step in carbon-based fuels synthesis and feedstocks using renewable electricity. Although molybdenum or tungsten based compounds can efficiently catalyze this reaction, they generally require the costly ionic liquid as electrolyte, making it essential to find a suitable compound substitute to achieve CO2 reduction with high selectivity in aqueous medium. Here we demonstrate a simple cadmium sulfide as an efficient and stable electrocatalyst for CO2 reduction in aqueous medium for more than 40 hours with a steady CO Faradaic efficiency of ca...
March 14, 2018: ChemSusChem
Gibeom Kwon, Sungho Ghil
Warm temperature acclimation-associated 65-kDa protein (Wap65) is known to respond to elevated water temperatures and the corresponding gene from several fish species has been cloned. Expression of Wap65 gene is induced by various physiological stresses, such as increase in water temperature, immune response and heavy metal exposure. Two isolated Wap65 genes, Wap65-1 and Wap65-2, display distinct tissue distribution and physiological functions despite high sequence homology. In a previous study, we identified the Wap65-1 gene (kmWap65-1) from Kumgang fat minnow, Rhynchocypris kumgangensis, a small freshwater fish endemic to Korea...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological and Integrative Physiology
Youfa Luo, Yonggui Wu, Hu Wang, Rongrong Xing, Zhilin Zheng, Jing Qiu, Lian Yang
This comparative field study examined the responses of bacterial community structure and diversity to the revegetation of zinc (Zn) smelting waste slag with eight plant species after 5 years. The microbial community structure of waste slag with and without vegetation was evaluated using high-throughput sequencing. The physiochemical properties of Zn smelting slag after revegetation with eight plant rhizospheres for 5 years were improved compared to those of bulk slag. Revegetation significantly increased the microbial community diversity in plant rhizospheres, and at the phylum level, Proteobacteria, Acidobacteria, and Bacteroidetes were notably more abundant in rhizosphere slags than those in bulk waste slag...
March 14, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Hong Xiao, Jian Zhou, Xing Liu
Two new cadmium bromoplumbates [CdPb2 Br2 L2 ]n (1, L = ethylene glycol) and [CdPb6 Br6 L4 ]n (2) have been solvothermally synthesized and structurally characterized. 1 contains 1-D neutral heterometallic chains [CdPb2 Br2 L2 ]n , which are further connected via weak Pb-Br bonds, resulting in a 3-D network structure. The 3-D framework of 2 is constructed by the interconnection of a 2-D neutral layer [CdPb6 Br6 L4 ]n via weak Pb-Br bonds. The [CdPb6 Br6 L4 ]n layer is based on the linkages of dimeric [Pb2 Br4 ] units and heterometallic crown [Cd(Pb4 O4 )Br2 ] clusters containing a rare eight-membered [Pb4 O4 ] ring...
March 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Xiaoyun Wang, Wanqiang Wang, Qiao Gao, Xiaoping Wang, Chaoliang Lei, Fen Zhu
Chrysomya megacephala is a saprophagous fly whose larvae can compost manure and yield biomass and bio-fertilizer simultaneously. However, there are concerns for the safety of the composting system, that is risk of diseases spread by way of manure pathogens, residue of harmful metals and emission of greenhouse gases. Microbiota analysis and heavy metal speciation by European Communities Bureau of Reference were evaluated in raw, C. megacephala-composted and natural stacked swine manure to survey pathogenic bacterial changes and mobility of lead and cadmium in manure after C...
March 14, 2018: Microbial Biotechnology
Soisungwan Satarug
Cadmium (Cd) is a food-chain contaminant that has high rates of soil-to-plant transference. This phenomenon makes dietary Cd intake unavoidable. Although long-term Cd intake impacts many organ systems, the kidney has long been considered to be a critical target of its toxicity. This review addresses how measurements of Cd intake levels and its effects on kidneys have traditionally been made. These measurements underpin the derivation of our current toxicity threshold limit and tolerable intake levels for Cd...
March 10, 2018: Toxics
Xia Cao, Hetong Wang, Defeng Zhuang, He Zhu, Yanli Du, Zhibo Cheng, Weina Cui, Hilary J Rogers, Qianru Zhang, Chunjun Jia, Yuesuo Yang, Peidong Tai, Futi Xie, Wan Liu
DNA mismatch repair (MMR) proteins have been implicated in sensing and correcting DNA damage, and in governing cell cycle progression in the presence of structurally anomalous nucleotide lesions induced by different stresses in mammalian cells. Here, Arabidopsis seedlings were grown hydroponically on 0.5 × MS media containing cadmium (Cd) at 0-4.0 mg L-1 for 5 d. Flow cytometry results indicated that Cd stress induced a G2/M cell cycle arrest both in MLH1-, MSH2-, MSH6-deficient, and in WT roots, associated with marked changes of G2/M regulatory genes, including ATM, ATR, SOG1, BRCA1, WEE1, CYCD4; 1, MAD2, CDKA;1, CYCB1; 2 and CYCB1; 1...
March 3, 2018: Chemosphere
Zhen Yu, Rui Hao, Liang Zhang, Yi Zhu
Nanoparticles (NPs) are inevitably released into the aquatic environment for being widely used and may affect the toxicity of other contaminants already present in the environment, such as trace metals. However, the effects of NPs on the ecotoxicity of cadmium (Cd), a common environmental trace metal pollutant, are not well explored. In this study, effects of four widely used NPs TiO2 (n-TiO2 ), SiO2 (n-SiO2 ), Ag (n-Ag) and CdTe/CdS core/shell quantum dots (QD) on the toxicity of Cd to the freshwater algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii were assessed respectively...
March 13, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Abeer A Alm-Eldeen, Thoria Donia, Salma Alzahaby
Heavy metals are the most dangerous hazards affecting aquatic biota in Egypt specially the Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, which is an important species in commercial fisheries. Some areas were not fully studied to screen the hazards that may affect this economic fish. Therefore, the present study aimed to evaluate the potential hazards of heavy metals on O. niloticus in Al-Gharbiya Governorate in the Middle delta of Egypt. Water and fish samples were collected from Al-Qased canal, Kafr El-Zayaat Nile, El-Maash canal in Al-Gharbiya Governorate plus a reference site which is a fish farm at the Faculty of Agriculture, Damietta University, Damitta Governorate, Egypt...
March 12, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Michael Cowley, David A Skaar, Dereje D Jima, Rachel L Maguire, Kathleen M Hudson, Sarah S Park, Patricia Sorrow, Cathrine Hoyo
BACKGROUND: Imprinted genes are defined by their preferential expression from one of the two parental alleles. This unique mode of gene expression is dependent on allele-specific DNA methylation profiles established at regulatory sequences called imprinting control regions (ICRs). These loci have been used as biosensors to study how environmental exposures affect methylation and transcription. However, a critical unanswered question is whether they are more, less, or equally sensitive to environmental stressors as the rest of the genome...
March 8, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
Nongnuch Wiangkham, Benjaphorn Prapagdee
This work mainly aims to explore the potential of synergistic use of cadmium-resistant bacteria and Napier grass to promote cadmium phytoremediation and the possibility of using the harvested Napier grass for biomass fuel. A pot experiment was carried out by transplanting Napier grass with and without bacterial inoculation in cadmium contaminated soil for 6 months. The results found that Micrococcus sp. significantly promoted the shoot biomass of Napier grass but not the root biomass. Micrococcus sp. and Arthrobacter sp...
March 6, 2018: Chemosphere
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