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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431154/physiological-characterization-of-a-halotolerant-anoxygenic-phototrophic-fe-ii-oxidizing-green-sulfur-bacterium-isolated-from-a-marine-sediment
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Katja Laufer, Annika Niemeyer, Verena Nikeleit, Maximilian Halama, James M Byrne, Andreas Kappler
Anoxygenic photoautotrophic bacteria which use light energy and electrons from Fe(II) for growth, so-called photoferrotrophs, are suggested to have been amongst the first phototrophic microorganisms on Earth and to have contributed to the deposition of sedimentary iron mineral deposits, i.e. banded iron formations. To date only two isolates of marine photoferrotrophic bacteria exist, both of which are closely related purple non-sulfur bacteria. Here we present a novel green-sulfur photoautotrophic Fe(II)-oxidizer isolated from a marine coastal sediment, Chlorobium sp...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423077/early-devonian-late-emsian-shark-fin-remains-chondrichthyes-from-the-paran%C3%A3-basin-southern-brazil
#2
Martha Richter, Elvio P Bosetti, Rodrigo S Horodyski
We report on the pioneering discovery of Devonian fish remains in the Paraná Basin, which represents the southernmost record of fishes from that period in mainland South America. The material comes from an outcrop at the lower portion of the São Domingos Formation, within Sequence C of the Paraná-Apucarana sub-basin in Tibagi, State of Paraná. Marine invertebrates are abundant in the same strata. The dark colored fish remains were collected in situ and represent natural moulds of partially articulated shark fin rays (radials)...
January 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419718/shifting-microbial-communities-sustain-multiyear-iron-reduction-and-methanogenesis-in-ferruginous-sediment-incubations
#3
M S Bray, J Wu, B C Reed, C B Kretz, K M Belli, R L Simister, C Henny, F J Stewart, T J DiChristina, J A Brandes, D A Fowle, S A Crowe, J B Glass
Reactive Fe(III) minerals can influence methane (CH4 ) emissions by inhibiting microbial methanogenesis or by stimulating anaerobic CH4 oxidation. The balance between Fe(III) reduction, methanogenesis, and CH4 oxidation in ferruginous Archean and Paleoproterozoic oceans would have controlled CH4 fluxes to the atmosphere, thereby regulating the capacity for CH4 to warm the early Earth under the Faint Young Sun. We studied CH4 and Fe cycling in anoxic incubations of ferruginous sediment from the ancient ocean analogue Lake Matano, Indonesia, over three successive transfers (500 days in total)...
April 17, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411302/common-and-species-specific-effects-of-phosphate-on-marine-microalgae-fatty-acids-shape-their-function-in-phytoplankton-trophic-ecology
#4
José Pedro Cañavate, Isabel Armada, Ismael Hachero-Cruzado
The use of fatty acids (FA) to infer structure of phytoplankton assemblages and as indicators of microalgae nutritional value is acquiring relevance in modern phytoplankton ecology and new advances concerning factors influencing FA variability among microalgae are demanded. In this regard, the relationship between phosphorus and FA remains particularly little studied in marine phytoplankton. In the present study, we focus on phosphate effects on FA from a diversified set of marine microalgae and provide new insights into the applicability of FA in phytoplankton trophic ecology...
April 14, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406143/chiral-acidic-amino-acids-induce-chiral-hierarchical-structure-in-calcium-carbonate
#5
Wenge Jiang, Michael S Pacella, Dimitra Athanasiadou, Valentin Nelea, Hojatollah Vali, Robert M Hazen, Jeffrey J Gray, Marc D McKee
Chirality is ubiquitous in biology, including in biomineralization, where it is found in many hardened structures of invertebrate marine and terrestrial organisms (for example, spiralling gastropod shells). Here we show that chiral, hierarchically organized architectures for calcium carbonate (vaterite) can be controlled simply by adding chiral acidic amino acids (Asp and Glu). Chiral, vaterite toroidal suprastructure having a 'right-handed' (counterclockwise) spiralling morphology is induced by L-enantiomers of Asp and Glu, whereas 'left-handed' (clockwise) morphology is induced by D-enantiomers, and sequentially switching between amino-acid enantiomers causes a switch in chirality...
April 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402123/iron-isotope-fractionation-during-fe-ii-oxidation-mediated-by-the-oxygen-producing-marine-cyanobacterium-synechococcus-pcc-7002
#6
E D Swanner, T Bayer, W Wu, L Hao, M Obst, A Sundman, J M Byrne, F M Michel, I C Kleinhanns, A Kappler, R Schoenberg
In this study, we couple iron isotope analysis to microscopic and mineralogical investigation of iron speciation during circumneutral Fe(II) oxidation and Fe(III) precipitation with photosynthetically produced oxygen. In the presence of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus PCC 7002, aqueous Fe(II) (Fe(II)aq) is oxidized and precipitated as amorphous Fe(III) oxyhydroxide minerals (iron precipitates, Feppt), with distinct isotopic fractionation (ε(56)Fe) values determined from fitting the δ(56)Fe(II)aq (1.79‰ and 2...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397335/proterozoic-microbial-mats-and-their-constraints-on-environments-of-silicification
#7
A R Manning-Berg, L C Kah
The occurrence of microfossiliferous, early diagenetic chert in Proterozoic successions is broadly restricted to peritidal marine environments. Such coastal environments are amongst the most environmentally variable of marine environments, experiencing both enhanced evaporation and potential influx of terrestrial freshwaters. To better understand potential conditions under which silicification occurs, we focus on microfossiliferous early diagenetic chert from the Mesoproterozoic Bylot Supergroup, northern Baffin Island...
April 11, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396585/phase-heterogeneity-in-carbonate-production-by-marine-fish-influences-their-roles-in-sediment-generation-and-the-inorganic-carbon-cycle
#8
Michael A Salter, Alastair R Harborne, Chris T Perry, Rod W Wilson
Marine teleost fish are important carbonate producers in neritic and oceanic settings. However, the fates of the diverse carbonate phases (i.e., mineral and amorphous forms of CaCO3) they produce, and their roles in sediment production and marine inorganic carbon cycling, remain poorly understood. Here we quantify the carbonate phases produced by 22 Bahamian fish species and integrate these data with regional fish biomass data from The Bahamas to generate a novel platform-scale production model that resolves these phases...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394711/swimming-and-peak-bone-mineral-density-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#9
Alejandro Gomez-Bruton, Jesús Montero-Marín, Alejandro González-Agüero, Alba Gómez-Cabello, Javier García-Campayo, Luis A Moreno, Jose A Casajús, Germán Vicente-Rodríguez
This meta-analysis aims to determine the effects of regular swimming on bone mineral density (BMD) in young adults (18-30 years). A systematic search was performed in Pubmed, SPORTDiscus and the Cochrane Library from the earliest possible year to March 2016. Swimmers were compared to non-athletic controls (CG) and to high-impact athletes (HIGH). Effect sizes with the Hedges g in random effects models were developed. Fourteen studies met the inclusion criteria and were included in the meta-analyses. Swimmers presented similar BMD values to CG in whole-body (g = -0...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382446/quantification-and-characterization-of-microplastics-in-blue-mussels-mytilus-edulis-protocol-setup-and-preliminary-data-on-the-contamination-of-the-french-atlantic-coast
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Nam Ngoc Phuong, Aurore Zalouk-Vergnoux, Abderrahmane Kamari, Catherine Mouneyrac, Frederic Amiard, Laurence Poirier, Fabienne Lagarde
Microplastics (MPs) constitute a main environmental issue due to their threat to marine organisms and so far to humans. The lack of a fast standard protocol in MP isolation and identification from living organisms bring to challenge for the science. In this paper, an optimized protocol using potassium hydroxide 10% (KOH 10%; m/v) for digestion of mussel soft tissues (Mytilus edulis) and multi-steps of sedimentation has been developed. Efficiency higher than 99.9% of organic and mineral matter elimination was shown by application on mussels sampled on the French Atlantic coast...
April 5, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371727/spreading-properties-of-cosmetic-emollients-use-of-synthetic-skin-surface-to-elucidate-structural-effect
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Marine Douguet, Céline Picard, Géraldine Savary, Fabien Merlaud, Nathalie Loubat-Bouleuc, Michel Grisel
The study focuses on the impact of structural and physicochemical properties of emollients on their spreadability. Fifty-three emollients, among which esters, silicones, vegetable and mineral oils, have been characterized. Their viscosity, surface tension, density and spreadability have been measured. Vitro-skin(®), an artificial skin substitute, was used as an artificial porous substrate to measure spreadability. Two different methods have been selected to characterize spreadability, namely contact angle and spreading value...
March 16, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358493/rapid-and-efficient-method-for-the-detection-of-microplastic-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-fishes
#12
Samuel Roch, Alexander Brinker
The rising evidence of microplastic pollution impacts on aquatic organisms in both marine and freshwater ecosystems highlights a pressing need for adequate and comparable detection methods. Available tissue digestion protocols are time-consuming (>10 h) and/or require several procedural steps, during which materials can be lost and contaminants introduced. This novel approach comprises an accelerated digestion step using sodium hydroxide and nitric acid in combination to digest all organic material within 1 h plus an additional separation step using sodium iodide which can be used to reduce mineral residues in samples where necessary...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352252/phosphate-limitation-triggers-the-dissolution-of-precipitated-iron-by-the-marine-bacterium-pseudovibrio-sp-fo-beg1
#13
Stefano Romano, Vladimir Bondarev, Martin Kölling, Thorsten Dittmar, Heide N Schulz-Vogt
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all living organisms. In bacteria, the preferential phosphorus source is phosphate, which is often a limiting macronutrient in many areas of the ocean. The geochemical cycle of phosphorus is strongly interconnected with the cycles of other elements and especially iron, because phosphate tends to adsorb onto iron minerals, such as iron oxide formed in oxic marine environments. Although the response to either iron or phosphate limitation has been investigated in several bacterial species, the metabolic interplay between these two nutrients has rarely been considered...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336935/preservation-of-organic-matter-in-marine-sediments-by-inner-sphere-interactions-with-reactive-iron
#14
Andrew Barber, Jay Brandes, Alessandra Leri, Karine Lalonde, Kathryn Balind, Sue Wirick, Jian Wang, Yves Gélinas
Interactions between organic matter and mineral matrices are critical to the preservation of soil and sediment organic matter. In addition to clay minerals, Fe(III) oxides particles have recently been shown to be responsible for the protection and burial of a large fraction of sedimentary organic carbon (OC). Through a combination of synchrotron X-ray techniques and high-resolution images of intact sediment particles, we assessed the mechanism of interaction between OC and iron, as well as the composition of organic matter co-localized with ferric iron...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315772/fractionation-of-the-gulf-toadfish-intestinal-precipitate-organic-matrix-reveals-potential-functions-of-individual-proteins
#15
Kevin L Schauer, Martin Grosell
The regulatory mechanisms behind the production of CaCO3 in the marine teleost intestine are poorly studied despite being essential for osmoregulation and responsible for a conservatively estimated 3-15% of annual oceanic CaCO3 production. It has recently been reported that the intestinally derived precipitates produced by fish as a byproduct of their osmoregulatory strategy form in conjunction with a proteinaceous matrix containing nearly 150 unique proteins. The individual functions of these proteins have not been the subject of investigation until now...
March 16, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290474/abrupt-response-of-chemical-weathering-to-late-quaternary-hydroclimate-changes-in-northeast-africa
#16
Luc Bastian, Marie Revel, Germain Bayon, Aurélie Dufour, Nathalie Vigier
Chemical weathering of silicate rocks on continents acts as a major sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide and has played an important role in the evolution of the Earth's climate. However, the magnitude and the nature of the links between weathering and climate are still under debate. In particular, the timescale over which chemical weathering may respond to climate change is yet to be constrained at the continental scale. Here we reconstruct the relationships between rainfall and chemical weathering in northeast Africa for the last 32,000 years...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279517/recommendations-for-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-asbestos-related-pleural-and-pulmonary-disease
#17
Carmen Diego Roza, M Jesús Cruz Carmona, Ramón Fernández Álvarez, Jaume Ferrer Sancho, Belén Marín Martínez, Cristina Martínez González, José Antonio Rodríguez Portal, Fernando Romero Valero, Victoria Villena Garrido
Asbestos is the term used for a set of mineral silicates that tend to break up into fibers. Its use has been associated with numerous diseases affecting the lung and pleura in particular, all of which are characterized by their long period of latency. Asbestos, moreover, has been recognized by the WHO as a Group IA carcinogen since 1987 and its use was banned in Spain in 2002. The publication in 2013 of the 3rd edition of the specific asbestos health monitoring protocol, together with the development of new diagnostic techniques, prompted the SEPAR EROM group to sponsor publication of guidelines, which review the clinical, radiological and functional aspects of the different asbestos-related diseases...
March 6, 2017: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278122/cadmium-lead-mercury-and-arsenic-in-animal-feed-and-feed-materials-trend-analysis-of-monitoring-results
#18
Paulien Adamse, H J Ine Van der Fels-Klerx, Jacob de Jong
This study aimed to obtain insights into the presence of cadmium, lead, mercury and arsenic in feed materials and feed over time, for the purpose of guiding national monitoring. Data from the Dutch feed monitoring program and from representatives of the feed industry in the period 2007-2013 were used. Data covered the concentrations of cadmium, lead, mercury and arsenic in a variety of feed materials and compound feeds in The Netherlands. Trends in the percentage of samples that exceeded the maximum limit (ML), set by the European Commission, and trends in average, median and 90(th) percentile concentrations of each of these elements per feed material or compound feed were investigated...
March 2, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258135/unusual-versatility-revealed-by-a-filamentous-diazotrophic-cyanobacterium-anabaena-torulosa-for-its-survival-under-prolonged-uranium-exposure
#19
Celin Acharya, Pallavi Chandwadkar, Chandrani Nayak
Reports on cyanobacterial interactions with uranyl carbonate are rare. Here, we present an interesting succession of the metabolic responses employed by a marine, filamentous, diazotrophic cyanobacterium, Anabaena torulosa for its survival following prolonged exposure to uranyl carbonate extending up to 384 h at pH 7.8 under phosphate limited conditions. The cells sequestered uranium (U) in their polyphosphates on initial exposure to 100 μM uranyl carbonate for 24-28 h. Further incubation until 120 h resulted in (a) significant degradation of cellular polyphosphates causing extensive chlorosis and cell lysis, (b) akinete differentiation followed by (c) extracellular uranyl precipitation...
March 3, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188680/experimental-fossilization-of-mat-forming-cyanobacteria-in-coarse-grained-siliciclastic-sediments
#20
S A Newman, V Klepac-Ceraj, G Mariotti, S B Pruss, N Watson, T Bosak
Microbial fossils and textures are commonly preserved in Ediacaran and early Cambrian coarse-grained siliciclastic sediments that were deposited in tidal and intertidal marine settings. In contrast, the fossilization of micro-organisms in similar marine environments of post-Cambrian age is less frequently reported. Thus, temporal discrepancies in microbial preservation may have resulted from the opening and closing of a unique taphonomic window during the terminal Proterozoic and early Phanerozoic, respectively...
February 11, 2017: Geobiology
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