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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214937/factors-affecting-the-variability-in-the-observed-levels-of-cadmium-in-blood-and-urine-among-former-and-current-smokers-aged-20-64-and-%C3%A2-65years
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Ram B Jain
Data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for 1999-2012 were used to evaluate factors that affect observed levels of blood cadmium (BCd) and urine cadmium (UCd) among former and current smokers aged 20-64 and ≥65 years. Adjusted levels (AGM) for BCd and UCd were higher among females as compared to males. The order of AGM for BCd by race/ethnicity for 20-64 years old was non-Hispanic white (NHW) < non-Hispanic black (NHB) and NHW > NHB for ≥65 years old. The order of AGMs for UCd for 20-64-year-old current smokers was NHW > NHB and NHW > NHB for former smokers...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214713/comparative-analysis-of-metagenomes-of-italian-top-soil-improvers
#2
Federica Gigliucci, Gianfranco Brambilla, Rosangela Tozzoli, Valeria Michelacci, Stefano Morabito
Biosolids originating from Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants are proposed as top soil improvers (TSI) for their beneficial input of organic carbon on agriculture lands. Their use to amend soil is controversial, as it may lead to the presence of emerging hazards of anthropogenic or animal origin in the environment devoted to food production. In this study, we used a shotgun metagenomics sequencing as a tool to perform a characterization of the hazards related with the TSIs. The samples showed the presence of many virulence genes associated to different diarrheagenic E...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214584/removal-of-cd-ii-and-hg-ii-from-effluents-by-ionic-solid-impregnated-chitosan
#3
Anita Shekhawat, Shashikant Kahu, D Saravanan, Ravin Jugade
Ethylhexadecyldimethyl ammonium bromide impregnated chitosan (EHDAIC) was prepared to remove cadmium and mercury from synthetic effluent. The adsorbent was characterized by FTIR, XRD, SEM, EDX and TGA-DTA. Adsorption studies were carried out under different conditions of pH, adsorbent dose, temperature, and contact time. The results showed that the adsorption capacity of EHDAIC is a function of the solution pH and the optimum pH for these metal ions was found to be 3.0. The equilibrium data has been described using Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213721/effect-of-chemical-amendments-on-remediation-of-potentially-toxic-trace-elements-ptes-and-soil-quality-improvement-in-paddy-fields
#4
Sung Chul Kim, Young Kyu Hong, Se Jin Oh, Seung Min Oh, Sang Phil Lee, Do Hyung Kim, Jae E Yang
Remediation of potentially toxic trace elements (PTEs) in paddy fields is fundamental for crop safety. In situ application of chemical amendments has been widely adapted because of its cost-effectiveness and environmental safety. The main purpose of this research was to (1) evaluate the reduction in dissolved concentrations of cadmium (Cd) and arsenic (As) with the application of chemical amendments and (2) monitor microbial activity in the soil to determine the remediation efficiency. Three different chemical amendments, lime stone, steel slag, and acid mine drainage sludge, were applied to paddy fields, and rice (Oryza sativa L...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213707/hydropower-reservoirs-cytotoxic-and-genotoxic-assessment-using-the-allium-cepa-root-model
#5
Cassiano Lazarotto Rambo, Patrícia Zanotelli, Daniela Dalegrave, Dinara De Nez, Jozimar Szczepanik, Fábio Carazek, Francini Franscescon, Denis Broock Rosemberg, Anna Maria Siebel, Jacir Dal Magro
Hydropower offers a reliable source of electricity in several countries, and Brazil supplies its energy needs almost entirely through hydropower plants. Nevertheless, hydropower plants comprise large buildings and water reservoirs and dams, resulting in huge ecological disruptions. Here, we analyzed the impact of four hydropower reservoirs construction in metals and pesticides incidence and the cytotoxic and genotoxic potential of sediment elutriate of rivers from southern Brazil. Our analyses have evidenced the elevated incidence of different metals (lead, iron, cadmium, and chrome) and pesticides (methyl parathion, atrazine, and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid)...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212933/surfactant-modified-chitosan-beads-for-cadmium-ion-adsorption
#6
Preeti Pal, Anjali Pal
Cadmium is one of the most toxic heavy metals, which has been classified as human carcinogen and tetratogen. In the present study chitosan (CS) beads are modified, in a novel way, using sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), a well known anionic surfactant. The concentration of SDS has been judiciously selected to form surfactant bilayers on CS surface. These modified beads are designated as surfactant-modified chitosan (SMCS) beads. The adsorbent has been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and X-ray diffraction (XRD)...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212723/redox-dynamics-of-manganese-as-a-mitochondrial-life-death-switch
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REVIEW
Matthew Ryan Smith, Jolyn Fernandes, Young-Mi Go, Dean P Jones
Sten Orrenius, M.D., Ph.D., pioneered many areas of cellular and molecular toxicology and made seminal contributions to our knowledge of oxidative stress and glutathione (GSH) metabolism, organellar functions and Ca(+2)-dependent mechanisms of cell death, and mechanisms of apoptosis. On the occasion of his 80(th) birthday, we summarize current knowledge on redox biology of manganese (Mn) and its role in mechanisms of cell death. Mn is found in all organisms and has critical roles in cell survival and death mechanisms by regulating Mn-containing enzymes such as manganese superoxide dismutase (SOD2) or affecting expression and activity of caspases...
January 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212397/a-targeted-gene-expression-platform-allows-for-rapid-analysis-of-chemical-induced-antioxidant-mrna-expression-in-zebrafish-larvae
#8
Margaret G Mills, Evan P Gallagher
Chemical-induced oxidative stress and the biochemical pathways that protect against oxidative damage are of particular interest in the field of toxicology. To rapidly identify oxidative stress-responsive gene expression changes in zebrafish, we developed a targeted panel of antioxidant genes using the Affymetrix QuantiGene Plex (QGP) platform. The genes contained in our panel include eight putative Nrf2 (Nfe2l2a)-dependent antioxidant genes (hmox1a, gstp1, gclc, nqo1, prdx1, gpx1a, sod1, sod2), a stress response gene (hsp70), an inducible DNA damage repair gene (gadd45bb), and three reference genes (actb1, gapdh, hprt1)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211083/the-association-between-periodontitis-and-sleep-duration
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Mario Romandini, Gioele Gioco, Giorgio Perfetti, Giorgio Deli, Edoardo Staderini, Andreina Laforì
AIM: Due to its potential to influence systemic inflammation and oxidative stress, and to predispose to bacterial infections, sleep duration could potentially be a risk factor for periodontitis. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate if there was in 2012 an association between periodontitis and sleep duration in a representative sample of the South Korean population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 5,812 subjects representative of 39.4 million of adults were examined...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207305/heavy-metal-presence-in-two-different-types-of-ice-cream-artisanal-ice-cream-italian-gelato-and-industrial-ice-cream
#10
D Conficoni, L Alberghini, E Bissacco, M Ferioli, V Giaccone
Ice cream, a popular product worldwide, is usually a milk-based product with other types of ingredients (fruit, eggs, cocoa, dried fruit, additives, and others). Different materials are used to obtain the desired taste, texture, consistency, and appearance of the final product. This study surveyed ice cream products available in Italy for heavy metals (lead, cadmium, chromium, tin, and arsenic). The differences between artisanal and industrial ice cream were also investigated because of the importance in the Italian diet and the diffusion of this ready-to-eat food...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205438/generation-of-volatile-cadmium-and-zinc-species-based-on-solution-anode-glow-discharge-induced-plasma-electrochemical-processes
#11
Xing Liu, Zhifu Liu, Zhenli Zhu, Dong He, Siqi Yao, Hongtao Zheng, Shenghong Hu
In this study, a novel high efficiency vapor generation strategy was proposed based on solution anode glow discharge for the determination of Cd and Zn by atomic fluorescence spectrometry. In this approach, a glow discharge microplasma was acted as a gaseous cathode to initiate the plasma electrochemical vapor generation of Cd and Zn. Cadmium/Zinc ions could be converted into molecular species efficiently at the plasma-liquid interface from a supporting electrolyte (HCl, pH=3.2). It was found that the overall efficiency of the plasma electrochemical vapor generation (PEVG) system was much higher than the conventional electrochemical hydride generation (EcHG) and HCl-KBH4 system...
February 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205309/a-feasibility-study-of-a-deuterium-deuterium-neutron-generator-based-boron-neutron-capture-therapy-system-for-treatment-of-brain-tumors
#12
Mindy Hsieh, Yingzi Liu, Farshad Mostafaei, Jean M Poulson, Linda H Nie
PURPOSE: Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is a binary treatment modality that uses high LET particles to achieve tumor cell killing. Deuterium-deuterium (DD) compact neutron generators have advantages over nuclear reactors and large accelerators as the BNCT neutron source, such as their compact size, low cost, and relatively easy installation. The purpose of this study is to design a beam shaping assembly (BSA) for a DD neutron generator and assess the potential of a DD-based BNCT system using Monte Carlo (MC) simulations...
February 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204952/a-preliminary-report-of-indigenous-fungal-isolates-from-contaminated-municipal-solid-waste-site-in-india
#13
Abhishek Kumar Awasthi, Akhilesh Kumar Pandey, Jamaluddin Khan
Municipal solid waste (MSW) containing harmful substances is a major concern in waste management and can cause adverse effects on diversity of fungi in soil. The main objective was to evaluate the fungal diversity inhabiting in the soil nearby MSW disposal site. The fungal strains were isolated in potato dextrose agar (PDA), media at temperatures 28 ± 1 °C by using standard serial dilution pour plate method, and appeared fungal colonies identified based on morphological characteristics. The overall most fungal diversity was found in soil sample collected from S5, followed by S4, S3, S1, and least in S2 site...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204900/cadmium-bioaccumulation-in-aquatic-oligochaetes-using-a-biodynamic-model-a-review-of-values-of-physiological-parameters-and-model-validation-using-laboratory-and-field-bioaccumulation-data
#14
REVIEW
Leire Méndez-Fernández, Pilar Rodriguez, Maite Martínez-Madrid
This study reviews certain physiological digestive parameters in the literature that could be used to predict tissue residues in aquatic oligochaetes using the biodynamic model. Predictions were evaluated with independently measured Cd bioaccumulation data in sediment bioassays and field oligochaetes. The parameter review focused on three species commonly used in ecotoxicity testing and bioaccumulation studies: Tubifex tubifex (Tt), Limnodrilus hoffmeisteri (Lh) and Lumbriculus variegatus (Lv). Median Ingestion rates (g g(-1) d(-1), dw) at unpolluted conditions were 7...
February 16, 2017: Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204874/effects-of-calcium-at-toxic-concentrations-of-cadmium-in-plants
#15
REVIEW
Danlian Huang, Xiaomin Gong, Yunguo Liu, Guangming Zeng, Cui Lai, Hassan Bashir, Lu Zhou, Dafei Wang, Piao Xu, Min Cheng, Jia Wan
This review provides new insight that calcium plays important roles in plant growth, heavy metal accumulation and translocation, photosynthesis, oxidative damage and signal transduction under cadmium stress. Increasing heavy metal pollution problems have raised word-wide concerns. Cadmium (Cd), being a highly toxic metal, poses potential risks both to ecosystems and human health. Compared with conventional technologies, phytoremediation, being cost-efficient, highly stable and environment-friendly, is believed to be a promising green technology for Cd decontamination...
February 15, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202269/trace-elements-in-fragments-of-fishing-net-and-other-filamentous-plastic-litter-from-two-beaches-in-sw-england
#16
Andrew Turner
Filamentous plastic litter collected from two beaches in south west England has been characterized by FTIR and XRF. The majority of samples were constructed of polyethylene and consisted of twisted or braided strands of a variety of colours that appeared to be derived from commercial fishing nets. A number of different elements were detected among the samples but, from an environmental perspective, the regular occurrence of Cr and Pb and the occasional or isolated occurrence of Br, Cd and Se were of greatest concern...
February 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202240/fatty-acid-profile-of-the-sea-snail-gibbula-umbilicalis-as-a-biomarker-for-coastal-metal-pollution
#17
Carla O Silva, Tiago Simões, Sara C Novais, Inês Pimparel, Luana Granada, Amadeu M V M Soares, Carlos Barata, Marco F L Lemos
Metals are among the most common environmental pollutants with natural or anthropogenic origin that can be easily transferred through the food chain. Marine gastropods are known to accumulate high concentrations of these metals in their tissues. Gibbula umbilicalis ecological importance and abundant soft tissues, which enables extent biochemical assessments, makes this particular organism a potentially suitable species for marine ecotoxicological studies. Fatty acids are carbon-rich compounds that are ubiquitous in all organisms and easy to metabolize...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197942/influences-of-chromium-and-cadmium-on-the-development-of-black-soldier-fly-larvae
#18
Qiao Gao, Xiaoyun Wang, Wanqiang Wang, Chaoliang Lei, Fen Zhu
The black soldier fly Hermetia illucens is a good candidate for waste management. The harvested insects are rich in protein and have the potential to be used in animal feed. However, people are wary about heavy metals in waste. Therefore, it is necessary to understand how the uptake of heavy metals could affect H. illucens and where and to what extent metals are accumulated by the black soldier fly. Based on these considerations, developmental parameters were investigated in the different life stages of H. illucens fed an increasing concentration gradient of cadmium (Cd) and chromium (Cr); additionally, Cd and Cr distribution in the body parts of H...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197416/evaluation-of-metal-ion-concentration-in-hard-tissues-of-teeth-in-residents-of-central-poland
#19
Piotr Wychowanski, Konrad Malkiewicz
Objectives. The aim of the study was an assessment of the content of trace elements in enamel and dentin of teeth extracted in patients residing in urban and agricultural areas of Poland. Methods. The study included 30 generally healthy patients with retained third molars. 65 samples of enamel and dentin from individuals living in urban areas and 85 samples of enamel and dentin from individuals living in agricultural areas were prepared. The content of manganese, lead, cadmium, and chromium in the studied enamel and dentin samples from retained teeth was determined by Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195353/screening-of-cadmium-and-copper-phytoremediation-ability-of-tagetes-erecta-using-biochemical-parameters-and-sem-edx-analysis
#20
Sunayana Goswami, Suchismita Das
Tagetes erecta could thrive well in phytotoxic levels of Cd (50-300 mg kg(-1) ) and Cu (150-400 mg kg(-1) ) for 21 days. It accumulated high metal contents in its above ground tissues (3675 mg Cd kg(-1) DW and 3948 mg Cu kg(-1) DW), showed greater root to shoot translocation and high extraction coefficient; all of which pointed towards its potential as a hyperaccumulator. Both Cd and Cu stress reduced the plant biomass, foliar area, and number. Besides, there were significant declines in pigment contents as well as boosts in lipid peroxidation levels...
February 13, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
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