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Anne E Nigra, Adrian Ruiz-Hernandez, Josep Redon, Ana Navas-Acien, Maria Tellez-Plaza
Published systematic reviews concluded that there is moderate to strong evidence to infer a potential role of lead and cadmium, widespread environmental metals, as cardiovascular risk factors. For other non-essential metals, the evidence has not been appraised systematically. Our objective was to systematically review epidemiologic studies on the association between cardiovascular disease in adults and the environmental metals antimony, barium, chromium, nickel, tungsten, uranium, and vanadium. We identified a total of 4 articles on antimony, 1 on barium, 5 on chromium, 1 on nickel, 4 on tungsten, 1 on uranium, and 0 on vanadium...
October 25, 2016: Current Environmental Health Reports
Qian Zhang, Xiaofang Sun, Xinhua Xiao, Jia Zheng, Ming Li, Miao Yu, Fan Ping, Zhixin Wang, Cuijuan Qi, Tong Wang, Xiaojing Wang
An adverse intrauterine environment, induced by a chromium-restricted diet, is a potential cause of metabolic disease in adult life. Up to now, the relative mechanism has not been clear. C57BL female mice were time-mated and fed either a control diet (CD), or a chromium-restricted diet (CR) throughout pregnancy and the lactation period. After weaning, some offspring continued the diet diagram (CD-CD or CR-CR), while other offspring were transferred to another diet diagram (CD-CR or CR-CD). At 32 weeks of age, glucose metabolism parameters were measured, and the liver from CR-CD group and CD-CD group was analyzed using a gene array...
October 22, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Pyeong-Koo Lee, Soonyoung Yu, Hye Jung Chang, Hye Young Cho, Min-Ju Kang, Byung-Gon Chae
Spherical black carbon aggregates were frequently observed in dust dry deposition in Daejeon, Korea. They were tens of micrometers in diameter and presented a mixture of black carbon and several mineral phases. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and selected area diffraction pattern (SADP) analyses confirmed that the aggregates were compact and included significant amounts of lead chromate (PbCrO4). The compositions and morphologies of the nanosized lead chromate particles suggest that they probably originated from traffic paint used in roads and were combined as discrete minerals with black carbon...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shu-He Han, Juan Bai, Hui-Min Liu, Jing-Hui Zeng, Jia-Xing Jiang, Yu Chen, Jong-Min Lee
Noble metal nanostructures (NMNSs) play a crucial role in many heterogeneous catalytic reactions. Hollow and porous NMNSs possess generally prominent advantages over their solid counterparts due to their unordinary structural features. In this work, we describe a facial one-pot synthesis of hollow and porous Pd-Cu alloy nanospheres (Pd-Cu HPANSs) through a polyethyleneimine (PEI)-assisted oxidation-dissolution mechanism. The strong coordination interaction between CuII and PEI facilitates the oxidation-dissolution of the Cu2O nanospheres template under air conditions, which is responsible for the generation of the Pd-Cu alloy and the convenient removal of the Cu2O nanospheres template at room temperature...
October 25, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Aleksandar Ž Kostić, Lazar M Kaluđerović, Biljana P Dojčinović, Miroljub B Barać, Vojka B Babić, Marina P Mačukanović-Jocić
BACKGROUND: Bee pollen has already proved to be a good supplement rich in content of iron and zinc. Studies about application of flower pollen in food industry and medicine have been started. Bearing in mind prevalence of maize as crop culture its pollen will be easily available. The mineral composition of pollen of seven Serbian maize hybrids was analyzed in order to establish its nutritional value and benefits of its implementation in the human diet using ICP method. RESULTS: Presence of twenty four different macro- (nine) and micronutrients (fifteen) was detected...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Mayo Takada, Masaya Suzuki, Maiko Haga-Tsujimura, Koichi Shinkai
We examined the effects of adhesive systems under study applied for a laser-cut cavity using an Er,Cr:YSGG laser on rat dental pulp at 24 h and 14 days postoperatively. Group 1, laser-cut cavities were treated with a self-etching-primer and bonding agent; group 2, pretreated with a phosphoric-acid, and then treated with a self-etching-primer and bonding agent; group 3, pretreated with a phosphoric-acid and sodium-hypochlorite, and then treated with a self-etching-primer and bonding agent; and group 4, treated with an all-in-one adhesive...
October 24, 2016: Odontology
S D Heintze, A Eser, D Monreal, V Rousson
OBJECTIVE: Dynamic loading is a more important predictor for the clinical longevity of ceramic crowns than static loading. However, dynamic loading machines are costly and mostly have only one test station. The SD Mechatronik Chewing Simulator (formerly Willytec) may be a cost-effective alternative to evaluate the fatigue resistance of metal ceramic crowns. METHOD: Four metal ceramic materials were tested on lower first molar crowns: GC InitiaI, Creation (Willy Geller), IPS InLine (Ivoclar Vivadent) and the new low-fusion IPS Style Ceram (Ivoclar Vivadent)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Carmen Franken, Gudrun Koppen, Nathalie Lambrechts, Eva Govarts, Liesbeth Bruckers, Elly Den Hond, Ilse Loots, Vera Nelen, Isabelle Sioen, Tim S Nawrot, Willy Baeyens, Nicolas Van Larebeke, Francis Boonen, Daniëlla Ooms, Mai Wevers, Griet Jacobs, Adrian Covaci, Thomas Schettgen, Greet Schoeters
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether human environmental exposure to chemicals that are labeled as (potential) carcinogens leads to increased (oxidative) damage to DNA in adolescents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Six hundred 14-15-year-old youngsters were recruited all over Flanders (Belgium) and in two areas with important industrial activities. DNA damage was assessed by alkaline and formamidopyrimidine DNA glycosylase (Fpg) modified comet assays in peripheral blood cells and analysis of urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) levels...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Research
Jian-Feng Guo, Dan-Qun Huo, Mei Yang, Chang-Jun Hou, Jun-Jie Li, Huan-Bao Fa, Hui-Bo Luo, Ping Yang
Herein, we have developed a simple, sensitive and paper-based colorimetric sensor for the selective detection of Chromium (Ⅵ) ions (Cr (VI)). Silanization-titanium dioxide modified filter paper (STCP) was used to trap bovine serum albumin capped gold nanoparticles (BSA-Au NPs), leading to the fabrication of BSA-Au NPs decorated membrane (BSA-Au NPs/STCP). The BSA-Au NPs/STCP operated on the principle that BSA-Au NPs anchored on the STCP were gradually etched by Cr (VI) as the leaching process of gold in the presence of hydrobromic acid (HBr) and hence induced a visible color change...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Rungaroon Pimparu, Sira Nitiyanontakit, Manuel Miró, Pakorn Varanusupakul
The concept of dynamic single-interface hollow fiber membrane liquid-phase microextraction (HF-LPME), where the target analyte was extracted on-line and eluted inside the lumen of the HF membrane, was explored. An ionic liquid containing supported liquid membrane was used for the trace determination of Cr(VI) as a model compound. Since the extraction took place on-line inside the hollow fiber membrane, the mass transfer behavior was described and discussed in comparison with the conventional HF-LPME. The extraction efficiency was improved by a recirculation configuration of the sample solution at relatively high sampling flow rates as a result of the increased effective contact area...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Swarupa Kancherla, William J Kohler, Yolandi van der Merwe, Kevin C Chan
Visual function has been shown to deteriorate prior to the onset of retinopathy in some diabetic patients and experimental animal models. This suggests the involvement of the brain's visual system in the early stages of diabetes. In this study, we tested this hypothesis by examining the integrity of the visual pathway in a diabetic rat model using in vivo multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Ten-week-old Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into an experimental diabetic group by intraperitoneal injection of 65 mg/kg streptozotocin in 0...
2016: PloS One
V L R Jacques, C Laulhé, N Moisan, S Ravy, D Le Bolloc'h
We report on time-resolved x-ray diffraction measurements following femtosecond laser excitation in pure bulk chromium. Comparing the evolution of incommensurate charge-density-wave (CDW) and atomic lattice reflections, we show that, a few nanoseconds after laser excitation, the CDW undergoes different structural changes than the atomic lattice. We give evidence for a transient CDW shear strain that breaks the lattice point symmetry. This strain is characteristic of sliding CDWs, as observed in other incommensurate CDW systems, suggesting the laser-induced CDW sliding capability in 3D systems...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Sonika Patel, Carl T Talmo, Sumon Nandi
BACKGROUND: Taper corrosion at the modular junctions of total hip arthroplasty (THA) femoral stems are known to cause locally destructive adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR). However, the implants at risk remain to be fully elucidated. CASE REVIEW: We report the case of a 76-year-old woman with hip pain, abductor weakness, and sciatic nerve symptoms 2 years following metal-on-polyethylene THA. Serum cobalt levels were elevated, while chromium levels were normal...
October 15, 2016: Hip International: the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Research on Hip Pathology and Therapy
Xingxing Wu, Binbin Yu, Wei Xu, Zheng Fan, Zucheng Wu, Huimin Zhang
As the main greenhouse gas, CO2 is considered as a threat in the context of global warming. Many available technologies to reduce CO2 emission was about CO2 separation from coal combustion and geological sequestration. However, how to deal with the cost-effective storage of CO2 has become a new challenge. Moreover, chromium pollution, the treatment of which requires huge energy consumption, has attracted people's widespread attention. This study is aimed to develop the sequestration of CO2 via chromium slag...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Technology
Aleksey B Smirnov, Serhii B Kryvyi, Sergii A Mulenko, Maria L Sadovnikova, Rada K Savkina, Nicolaie Stefan
Ultraviolet photons of KrF laser (248 nm) was used for the synthesis of nanometric films based on iron and chromium oxides (Fe2O3 - X (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) and Cr3 - X O3 - Y (0 ≤ x ≤ 2; 0 ≤ y ≤ 2)) with variable thickness, stoichiometry, and electrical properties. Film deposition was carried out on the silicon substrate Si < 100 > at the substrate's temperature T S = 293 K. X-ray diffraction and X-ray reflectometry analysis were used for the obtained structure characterization...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
S Varitis, P Kavouras, E Pavlidou, E Pantazopoulou, G Vourlias, K Chrissafis, A I Zouboulis, Th Karakostas, Ph Komninou
The vitrification process was applied for the stabilization and solidification of a rich in chromium ash that was the by-product of incineration of tannery sludge. Six different batch compositions were produced, based on silica as the glass former and sodium and calcium oxides as flux agents. As-vitrified products (monoliths) were either composed of silicate matrices with separated from the melt Eskolaite (Cr2O3) crystallites or were homogeneous glasses (in one case). All as-vitrified products were thermally treated in order to transform them to partially crystallized, i...
October 17, 2016: Waste Management
Maria A Lilli, Evdokia Syranidou, Andriana Palliou, Nikolaos P Nikolaidis, George Karatzas, Nicolas Kalogerakis
A methodology was developed to assess the impact of geogenic origin hexavalent chromium uptake by carrots, and the risk of human consumption of carrots grown in Asopos River basin in Greece. A field scale experiment was conducted with carrots cultivated in treatment plots, with and without compost amendment, in order to assess the impact of carbon in the mobility and uptake of chromium by plants. The results suggested that there is a trend for chromium mobilization and uptake in the surface and the leaves of the carrots cultivated in the treatment plot with the higher carbon addition, but not in the core of the carrots...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Research
Tiele Caprioli Machado, Marla Azário Lansarin
The hexavalent chromium, Cr(VI), which is generated in the electroplating process, is toxic to most organisms and potentially harmful to human health. The method generally used for remediation of wastewater containing Cr(VI) employs chemicals with high toxicity. This work proposes an alternative technology for the treatment of these wastewaters, based on photochemical reduction of Cr(VI) by alcohols under radiation, which is environmentally sustainable and economically viable. Initially, a batch reactor in laboratory scale was used to determine the best experimental conditions and its specific reaction rate was calculated...
October 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Hirofumi Ohtani, Shigeki Kimura, Tomoyo Sugiyama, Keiichi Hishikari, Toru Misawa, Masafumi Mizusawa, Kazuto Hayasaka, Yosuke Yamakami, Keisuke Kojima, Yuichiro Sagawa, Hiroyuki Hikita, Takashi Ashikaga, Atsushi Takahashi, Mitsuaki Isobe
: Few studies have directly compared vascular responses to second-generation drug-eluting stents (DESs). We performed optical coherence tomography examinations in 56 consecutive patients with implanted single stent [19 cobalt-chromium everolimus-eluting stents (CoCr-EES), 22 platinum-chromium EES (PtCr-EES), and 15 resolute zotarolimus-eluting stents (R-ZES)] for de novo lesions, and who did not have restenosis at their 9-month follow-up. Neointimal thickness (NIT), stent apposition, and neointimal coverage were assessed in every strut...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Ayca Aktas Sukuroglu, Dilek Battal, Sema Burgaz
BACKGROUND: Henna has a very low allergic potential, and severe allergic contact dermatitis is mainly caused by p-phenylenediamine (PPD), which is added to temporary black 'henna tattoos', and potentially also by some heavy metals. OBJECTIVE: To determine the presence of, and quantify, Lawsone, PPD and heavy metal contaminants (cobalt, nickel, lead, and chromium) in commercial temporary black henna tattoo mixtures (n = 25) sold in Turkey. METHODS: Lawsone and PPD concentrations were analysed with high-performance liquid chromatography, and heavy metal quantification was performed with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
October 19, 2016: Contact Dermatitis
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