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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545217/a-miniature-bird-borne-passive-air-sampler-for-monitoring-halogenated-flame-retardants
#1
Manon Sorais, Ali Rezaei, Joseph O Okeme, Miriam L Diamond, Ricardo Izquierdo, Jean-François Giroux, Jonathan Verreault
Birds have been used intensively as biomonitors of halogenated flame retardants (HFRs), and several studies have reported elevated tissue concentrations and inter-individual variability for these contaminants. While diet is known to be an important exposure pathway for HFRs in birds, it has been suggested that exposure through air may represent an underestimated source of HFRs for certain species. However, a method was not available for measuring the atmospheric exposure of individual birds to HFRs or other semi-volatile contaminants...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545203/influence-of-urban-vegetation-on-air-pollution-and-noise-exposure-a-case-study-in-gothenburg-sweden
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Jenny Klingberg, Malin Broberg, Bo Strandberg, Pontus Thorsson, Håkan Pleijel
Air pollution levels (NO2, PAHs, O3) were investigated, before (BLE) and after (ALE) leaf emergence, in the urban landscape of Gothenburg, Sweden. The aims were to study the 1) spatial and temporal variation in pollution levels between urban green areas, 2) effect of urban vegetation on air pollution levels at the same distance from a major emission source (traffic route), 3) improvement of urban air quality in urban parks compared to adjacent sites near traffic, 4) correlation between air pollution and noise in a park...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545100/intranasal-delivery-of-a-bivalent-norovirus-vaccine-formulated-in-an-in-situ-gelling-dry-powder
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Jordan P Ball, Michael J Springer, Yawei Ni, Isaac Finger-Baker, Juan Martinez, Jessica Hahn, John F Suber, Ashley V DiMarco, James D Talton, Ronald R Cobb
The global health community is beginning to understand the burden of norovirus-associated disease, which has a significant impact in both developed and developing countries. Norovirus virus like particle (VLP)-based vaccines are currently under development and have been shown to elicit systemic and mucosal immune responses when delivered intranasally. In the present study, we describe the use of a dry powder formulation (GelVac™) with an in situ gelling polysaccharide (GelSite™) extracted from Aloe vera for nasal delivery of a bivalent vaccine formulation containing both GI and GII...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545099/fine-particles-in-homes-of-predominantly-low-income-families-with-children-and-smokers-key-physical-and-behavioral-determinants-to-inform-indoor-air-quality-interventions
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Neil E Klepeis, John Bellettiere, Suzanne C Hughes, Benjamin Nguyen, Vincent Berardi, Sandy Liles, Saori Obayashi, C Richard Hofstetter, Elaine Blumberg, Melbourne F Hovell
Children are at risk for adverse health outcomes from occupant-controllable indoor airborne contaminants in their homes. Data are needed to design residential interventions for reducing low-income children's pollutant exposure. Using customized air quality monitors, we continuously measured fine particle counts (0.5 to 2.5 microns) over a week in living areas of predominantly low-income households in San Diego, California, with at least one child (under age 14) and at least one cigarette smoker. We performed retrospective interviews on home characteristics, and particle source and ventilation activities occurring during the week of monitoring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545095/feeding-on-dispersed-vs-aggregated-particles-the-effect-of-zooplankton-feeding-behavior-on-vertical-flux
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Marja Koski, Julia Boutorh, Christina de la Rocha
Zooplankton feeding activity is hypothesized to attenuate the downward flux of elements in the ocean. We investigated whether the zooplankton community composition could influence the flux attenuation, due to the differences of feeding modes (feeding on dispersed vs. aggregated particles) and of metabolic rates. We fed 5 copepod species-three calanoid, one harpacticoid and one poecilamastoid-microplankton food, in either dispersed or aggregated form and measured rates of respiration, fecal pellet production and egg production...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545054/an-optimized-small-animal-tumour-model-for-experimentation-with-low-energy-protons
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Elke Beyreuther, Kerstin Brüchner, Mechthild Krause, Margret Schmidt, Rita Szabo, Jörg Pawelke
BACKGROUND: The long-term aim of developing laser based particle acceleration towards clinical application requires not only substantial technological progress, but also the radiobiological characterization of the resulting ultra-short and ultra-intensive particle beam pulses. After comprehensive cell studies a mouse ear tumour model was established allowing for the penetration of low energy protons (~20 MeV) currently available at laser driven accelerators. The model was successfully applied for a first tumour growth delay study with laser driven electrons, whereby the need of improvements crop out...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544997/exposure-to-ultrafine-particles-in-different-transport-modes-in-the-city-of-rome
#7
Mario Grana, Nicola Toschi, Laura Vicentini, Antonio Pietroiusti, Andrea Magrini
There is evidence of adverse health impacts from human exposure to particulate air pollution, including increased rates of respiratory and cardiovascular illness, hospitalizations, and pre-mature mortality. Most recent hypotheses assign an important role to ultrafine particles (UFP) (<0.1 μm) and to associated transition metals (in particular Fe). In a large city like Rome, where many active people spend more than one hour per day in private or public transportation, it may be important to evaluate the level of exposure to harmful pollutants which occurs during urban travelling...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544979/preoperative-left-hepatic-lobe-devascularisation-to-minimize-perioperative-bleeding-in-a-jehovah-s-witness-undergoing-left-hepatectomy
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Laurence Weinberg, Georgina Hanus, Jonathan Banting, Diana Abu-Ssaydeh, Manfred Spanger, Su Kah Goh, Vijayaragavan Muralidharan
INTRODUCTION: Major liver resection in a Jehovah's Witness presents unique clinical challenges requiring multimodal blood minimization strategies to reduce perioperative complications. We report a case where complete left hepatic lobe devascularisation was undertaken to minimize bleeding in a Jehovah's Witness undergoing left hepatectomy. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 65-year-old male Jehovah's Witness presented for open left hepatectomy for a large left-sided hepatocellular carcinoma involving segment IV of the liver...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544976/long-range-transport-of-xe-133-emissions-under-convective-and-non-convective-conditions
#9
J Kuśmierczyk-Michulec, M Krysta, M Kalinowski, E Hoffmann, J Baré
To investigate the transport of xenon emissions, the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) operates an Atmospheric Transport Modelling (ATM) system based on the Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model FLEXPART. The air mass trajectory ideally provides a "link" between a radionuclide release and a detection confirmed by radionuclide measurements. This paper investigates the long-range transport of Xe-133 emissions under convective and non-convective conditions, with special emphasis on evaluating the changes in the simulated activity concentration values due to the inclusion of the convective transport in the ATM simulations...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544973/pegylation-of-a-tlr2-agonist-based-vaccine-delivery-system-improves-antigen-trafficking-and-the-magnitude-of-ensuing-antibody-and-cd8-t-cell-responses
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Toshiki Sekiya, Junya Yamagishi, John Henry V Gray, Paul G Whitney, Axel Martinelli, Weiguang Zeng, Chinn Yi Wong, Chihiro Sugimoto, David C Jackson, Brendon Y Chua
The lipopeptide R4Pam2Cys is an agonist for toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2), a key pathogen-associated molecular pattern receptor expressed on many antigen-presenting cells such as dendritic cells (DCs). Electrostatic association of R4Pam2Cys with soluble protein antigens significantly enhances their immunogenicity and there is evidence to suggest that reducing the size of suitably adjuvanted-antigen complexes in solution may further improve their immunostimulatory capabilities. In this study, we investigated how incorporation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) into R4Pam2Cys affects the size, activity and efficacy of formed antigen-lipopeptide complexes...
May 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544915/pyrrole-based-poly-ionic-liquids-as-efficient-stabilizers-for-formation-of-hollow-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-particles
#11
Prithwish Chatterjee, Elizabeth M Nofen, Wenwen Xu, Conrad Hom, Hanqing Jiang, Lenore L Dai
Poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) derivatives with pyrrole intrinsically conducting polymer (ICP) backbones were synthesized and utilized as novel dispersants of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in various aqueous and non-aqueous systems, including polar and nonpolar solvents. This is due to the highly tunable nature of the PIL, in which the PILs of varying polarity with the same pyrrole-based polycation can be synthesized. The dispersions are exceedingly stable over many months, and with the addition of hexane, Pickering (solid-stabilized) emulsions with the PIL-stabilized MWCNTs at the droplet interfaces were formed...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544899/identifying-risk-sources-of-air-contamination-by-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons
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Jiri Huzlik, Frantisek Bozek, Adam Pawelczyk, Roman Licbinsky, Magdalena Naplavova, Michael Pondelicek
This article is directed to determining concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are sorbed to solid particles in the air. Pollution sources were identified on the basis of the ratio of benzo[ghi]perylene (BghiPe) to benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). Because various important information is lost by determining the simple ratio of concentrations, least squares linear regression (classic ordinary least squares regression), reduced major axis, orthogonal regression, and Kendall-Theil robust diagnostics were utilized for identification...
May 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544898/aerosol-and-snow-transfer-processes-an-investigation-on-the-behavior-of-water-soluble-organic-compounds-and-ionic-species
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Elena Barbaro, Roberta Zangrando, Sara Padoan, Ornela Karroca, Giuseppa Toscano, Warren R L Cairns, Carlo Barbante, Andrea Gambaro
The concentrations of water-soluble compounds (ions, carboxylic acids, amino acids, sugars, phenolic compounds) in aerosol and snow have been determined at the coastal Italian base "Mario Zucchelli" (Antarctica) during the 2014-2015 austral summer. The main aim of this research was to investigate the air-snow transfer processes of a number of classes of chemical compounds and investigate their potential as tracers for specific sources. The composition and particle size distribution of Antarctic aerosol was measured, and water-soluble compounds accounted for 66% of the PM10 total mass concentration...
May 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544897/size-resolved-aerosol-water-soluble-ions-during-the-summer-and-winter-seasons-in-beijing-formation-mechanisms-of-secondary-inorganic-aerosols
#14
Zirui Liu, Yuzhu Xie, Bo Hu, Tianxue Wen, Jinyuan Xin, Xingru Li, Yuesi Wang
Size-segregated water-soluble ionic species (WSIs) were measured using an Anderson cascade impactor from Jul. to Aug. 2008 and from Dec. 2009 to Feb. 2010 in urban Beijing. The results showed that fine particles (PM2.1, Dp < 2.1 μm) accounted for ∼49% (summer) and ∼34% (winter) of the total particulate mass, and WSIs accounted for 23-82% of the mass concentration of PM2.1. Secondary inorganic aerosols (SIAs, the sum of SO4(2-), NO3(-) and NH4(+)) accounted for more than 30% of the fine particles, which were greatly elevated during particle pollution events (PM events), thereby leading to an alteration of the size distributions of SO4(2-) and NO3(-) to nearly single fine-mode distributions peaking at 0...
May 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544887/silver-nanoparticles-in-seawater-a-dynamic-mass-balance-at-part-per-trillion-silver-concentrations
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Claudio Toncelli, Kyriaki Mylona, Ioanna Kalantzi, Anastasia Tsiola, Paraskevi Pitta, Manolis Tsapakis, Spiros A Pergantis
This study investigates the dynamic processes affecting silver (Ag) nanoparticles that have been spiked into seawater at environmentally relevant concentrations (200 and 2000ngAgL(-1)). Seawater samples were taken at regular time intervals from multiple microcosm tanks and analysed rapidly, without any sample preparation, using a recently developed flow injection on-line dilution single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry method. Dissolution was found to be the predominant process of Ag nanoparticle transformation, with its rate being influenced by the type and thickness of the nanoparticle organic coating...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544803/hollow-mesoporous-carbon-microparticles-and-micromotors-with-single-holes-templated-by-colloidal-silica-assisted-gas-bubbles
#16
Xiaoxi Huang, Tao Zhang, Tewodros Asefa
A simple, new synthetic method that produces hollow, mesoporous carbon microparticles, each with a single hole on its surface, is reported. The synthesis involves unique templates, which are composed of gaseous bubbles and colloidal silica, and poly(furfuryl alcohol) as a carbon precursor. The conditions that give these morphologically unique carbon microparticles are investigated, and the mechanisms that result in their unique structures are proposed. Notably, the amount of colloidal silica and the type of polymer are found to hugely dictate whether or not the synthesis results in hollow asymmetrical microparticles, each with a single hole...
May 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544592/direct-influence-of-titanium-and-zirconia-particles-on-the-morphology-and-functionality-of-mature-human-osteoclasts
#17
Juliane Pasold, Jana Markhoff, Jenny Tillmann, Martin Krogull, Phillip Pisowocki, Rainer Bader
Within the last ten years of biomedical implants, the focus is increasingly on bioceramics, specifically on zirconia (ZrO2 ). Hence, we analyzed the impact of zirconia particles in comparison to titanium (cpTi) particles on mature human osteoclasts (OCs) as little is known about the direct effect of wear particles on mature OCs and their role in the osteolytic process during aseptic endoprosthesis loosening. Changes in cell morphology and functionality of OCs incubated with particles in different concentrations were investigated...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544414/effective-low-cost-recovery-of-toxic-arsenate-anions-from-water-using-hollow-sphere-trapper-geodes
#18
Sherif A El-Safty, Mohamed A Shenashen, Naeem Akhtar, Mahmoud M Selim, Wafaa M Morsy, Hitoshi Yamaguchi, Satoshi Kawada, Abdulaziz A Alhamid, Naoki Ohashi, Izumi Ichinose, Ahmed Alamoudi
Because of the devastating impacts of arsenic to terrestrial and aquatic organisms, recovery, removal, disposal and management of arsenic-contaminated water has a considerable challenge and become an urgent necessity in the field of water treatment. This study reports control fabrication of low-cost adsorbents based on microscopic NiO hollow sphere geode-shelled a 100 nm of poly-CN nano-sphere particles-like nodules of poly-carbon nitride that intrinsically stacked and wrapped around the hollow nest spheres to form 500-700 nm shell...
May 22, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544164/rapid-production-of-high-purity-hydrogen-fuel-through-microwave-promoted-deep-catalytic-dehydrogenation-of-liquid-alkanes-with-abundant-metals
#19
Xiangyu Jie, Sergio Gonzalez-Cortes, Tiancun Xiao, Jiale Wang, Benzhen Yao, Daniel R Slocombe, Hamid A Al-Megren, Jonathan R Dilworth, John M Thomas, Peter P Edwards
Hydrogen as an energy carrier promises a sustainable energy revolution. However, one of the greatest challenges for any future hydrogen economy is the necessity for large scale hydrogen production not involving concurrent CO2 production. The high intrinsic hydrogen content of liquid-range alkane hydrocarbons (including diesel) offers a potential route to CO2 -free hydrogen production through their catalytic deep dehydrogenation. We report here a means of rapidly liberating high-purity hydrogen by microwave-promoted catalytic dehydrogenation of liquid alkanes using Fe and Ni particles supported on silicon carbide...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544124/secondary-structure-driven-self-assembly-of-reactive-polypept-o-ides-controlling-size-shape-and-function-of-core-cross-linked-nanostructures
#20
Kristina Klinker, Olga Schäfer, David Huesmann, Tobias Bauer, Leon Capelôa, Lydia Braun, Natascha Stergiou, Meike Schinnerer, Anjaneyulu Dirisala, Kanjiro Miyata, Kensuke Osada, Horacio Cabral, Kazunori Kataoka, Matthias Barz
Achieving precise control over morphology and function of polymeric nanoparticles during self-assembly remains a challenge in material as well as bio-medical sciences, especially when all these properties can be controlled independently. Herein, we report on nanostructures derived from amphiphilic block copolypept(o)ides by secondary structure directed self-assembly, presenting a strategy to adjust core polarity separately from particle preparation in a bio-reversible fashion. The peptide-inherent process of secondary structure-formation allows for the synthesis of spherical and worm-like core cross-linked architectures from the same block copolymer, introducing a simple yet powerful approach to versatile peptide-based nanoparticles...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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