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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735238/the-influence-of-heavy-metals-on-toxicogenetic-damage-in-a-brazilian-tropical-river
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Leomá A Matos, Ana C S Cunha, Aline A Sousa, Jéssica P R Maranhão, Nathanyel R S Santos, Matheus de M C Gonçalves, Sandra M M de M Dantas, João M de C E Sousa, Ana P Peron, Felipe Cavalcanti Carneiro da Silva, Marcus V O B de Alencar, Md Torequl Islam, Raí Pablo Sousa de Aguiar, Ana A de C Melo-Cavalcante, Claúdia C Bonecker, Horácio F J Junior
Anthropogenic activities in tropical rivers favor the eutrophication process, which causes increased concentration of heavy metals. The presence and bioaccumulation of metals are directly related to the presence of genotoxic damage in aquatic organisms. Thus, we evaluated the presence of heavy metals (Fe, Zn, Cr, Cu and Al) and performed toxicogenetic tests in surface (S) and bottom (B) of water samples of the Poti river (Piaui/Brazil). Cytotoxicity and genotoxicity tests were performed in Allium cepa, and micronucleus (MN) and comet assay were performed in Oreochromis niloticus...
July 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735237/effects-of-chronic-exposure-to-cefadroxil-and-cefradine-on-daphnia-magna-and-oryzias-latipes
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Bokyung Kim, Kyunghee Ji, Younglim Kho, Pan-Gyi Kim, Kyunghwa Park, Kyungtae Kim, Youngsuk Kim, Ki-Tae Kim, Kyungho Choi
Cefadroxil and cefradine have frequently been detected in surface waters, however toxicological studies in aquatic organisms have mostly been limited to acute lethal effects. In the present study, endocrine disruption caused by cefadroxil and cefradine, and its underlying mechanism were investigated by chronic exposure of Daphnia magna (21 d) and Oryzias latipes (120 d). In medaka fish, the effects on growth, mortality, and reproduction, as well as on the levels of hormones and genes related to the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonad (HPG) axis, were investigated after 120 d exposure...
July 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735234/nano-cerium-oxide-functionalized-biochar-for-phosphate-retention-preparation-optimization-and-rice-paddy-application
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Yanfang Feng, Haiying Lu, Yang Liu, Lihong Xue, Dionysios D Dionysiou, Linzhang Yang, Baoshan Xing
In this study, nano-cerium oxide functionalized maize straw biochar (Ce-MSB) was prepared and utilized to remove P from agricultural wastewater. Response Surface Model was applied to optimize the operating conditions. Moreover, Ce-MSB was applied to actual rice paddy column for the first time. Response Surface Model (RSM) showed higher materials ratio had positive effect on PO4(3-) adsorption capacity, while higher pyrolysis temperature had negative effect. The maximum adsorption capacity of Ce-MSB for PO4(3-) was 78 mg g(-1), implying that Ce-MSB was an effective functionalized adsorbent for P removal...
July 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735233/a-model-system-to-mimic-environmentally-active-surface-film-roughness-and-hydrophobicity
#4
Jacob S Grant, Scott K Shaw
This work presents the development and initial assessment of a laboratory platform to allow quantitative studies on model urban films. The platform consists of stearic acid and eicosane mixtures that are solution deposited from hexanes onto smooth, solid substrates. We show that this model has distinctive capabilities to better mimic a naturally occurring film's morphology and hydrophobicity, two important parameters that have not previously been incorporated into model film systems. The physical and chemical properties of the model films are assessed using a variety of analytical instruments...
July 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735222/effect-of-oleic-acid-on-the-properties-of-protein-adsorbed-layers-at-water-oil-interfaces-an-epr-study-combined-with-dynamic-interfacial-tension-measurements
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Eleni P Kalogianni, Leandros Sklaviadis, Stella Nika, Ioanna Theochari, Georgia Dimitreli, Despoina Georgiou, Vassiliki Papadimitriou
Multiphase food systems consist of complex interfacial layers where surface active molecules complete compete for adsorption and interact with one another affecting the interfacial properties and the behavior of the food systems involved. The present work focuses on the examination of interactions between proteins playing an which play an important role in milk-rich food systems (namely κ-casein and β-lactoglobulin) and oleic acid (an anionic surfactant abundant in food systems) at the oil/water interface...
July 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735221/physicochemical-properties-of-ionic-and-non-ionic-biocompatible-hydrogels-in-water-and-cell-culture-conditions-relation-with-type-of-morphologies-of-bovine-fetal-fibroblasts-in-contact-with-the-surfaces
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Rebeca Rivero, Fabrisio Alustiza, Virginia Capella, Cecilia Liaudat, Nancy Rodriguez, Pablo Bosch, Cesar Barbero, Claudia Rivarola
Cationic, anionic and non-ionic hydrogels having acrylamide polymer backbones were synthesized via free radical polymerization with N,N-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS) as crosslinker. The chemical structures of the hydrogels were characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). Physicochemical properties such as swelling kinetic, maximum swelling capacity, volume phase transition temperature (VPTT) and wettability (static water contact angle) of hydrogels swollen in aqueous and cell culture medium, at room and cell culture temperatures were studied...
July 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735220/mesoporous-calcium-phosphate-using-casein-as-a-template-application-to-bovine-serum-albumin-sorption
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Oberto Grangeiro da Silva, Marco Marciel Alves, Ieda Maria Garcia Dos Santos, Maria Gardennia Fonseca, Maguy Jaber
Mesoporous hydroxyapatites were synthesized at room temperature using casein as a template, and key experimental factors, such as casein concentration, pH and extraction of casein in the final solids by washing and thermal treatment, were systematically investigated. The X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed the synthesis of well-crystallized hydroxyapatite. The N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms were in agreement with the formation of mesoporous hydroxyapatite with a maximum surface area of 106m(2)g(-1)...
July 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735211/runoff-initiation-soil-detachment-and-connectivity-are-enhanced-as-a-consequence-of-vineyards-plantations
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A Cerdà, S D Keesstra, J Rodrigo-Comino, A Novara, P Pereira, E Brevik, A Giménez-Morera, M Fernández-Raga, M Pulido, S di Prima, A Jordán
Rainfall-induced soil erosion is a major threat, especially in agricultural soils. In the Mediterranean belt, vineyards are affected by high soil loss rates, leading to land degradation. Plantation of new vines is carried out after deep ploughing, use of heavy machinery, wheel traffic, and trampling. Those works result in soil physical properties changes and contribute to enhanced runoff rates and increased soil erosion rates. The objective of this paper is to assess the impact of the plantation of vineyards on soil hydrological and erosional response under low frequency - high magnitude rainfall events, the ones that under the Mediterranean climatic conditions trigger extreme soil erosion rates...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735204/developing-an-ecosystem-model-of-a-floating-wetland-for-water-quality-improvement-on-a-stormwater-pond
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Brendan McAndrew, Changwoo Ahn
An ecosystem model was developed to assist with designing and implementing a floating wetland (FW) for water quality management of urban stormwater ponds, focusing on nitrogen (N) removal. The model is comprised of three linked submodels: hydrology, plant growth, and nitrogen. The model was calibrated with the data that resulted from a FW constructed and implemented as part of an interdisciplinary pedagogical project on a university campus, titled "The Rain Project", which raised awareness of stormwater issues while investigating the potential application of green infrastructure for sustainable stormwater management...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735203/grape-stalk-application-for-caffeine-removal-through-adsorption
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Rodrigo Portinho, Odivan Zanella, Liliana Amaral Féris
Concern over emerging pollutants presence in water resources is growing, justifying the search for alternative or additional techniques to those applied in conventional water treatment processes. Use of adsorption with agricultural wastes directly as adsorbents or as precursors for activated carbon synthesis is a viable method, combining removal efficiency, low cost and biodegradability of the material applied. This study investigated the employability of grape stalk, a waste from grape industrialization process without effective use, in caffeine removal from aqueous solution...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735196/molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-sodium-dodecylsulfate-sds-bilayers
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Hongshu Zhang, Shiling Yuan, Jichao Sun, Jianqiang Liu, Haiping Li, Na Du, Wanguo Hou
Sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) - a simple single tailed surfactant (STS) can form stable vesicles from its micellar solution without any additives under the mediation of solid surfaces. To further understand the mechanism of this transition on the molecular level, molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study segments of SDS bilayers (as part of vesicles) in the bulk solution systematically, at the moment that the lower leaflet of bilayers already detached from solid surfaces. The SDS membrane would rather keep their bilayers structure than return to micelles when the initial interdigitated degree (δi) between alkyl chains is more than 8...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735089/biodeterioration-of-marble-in-an-underwater-environment
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Beatriz Cámara, Mónica Álvarez de Buergo, Manuel Bethencourt, Tomás Fernández-Montblanc, Mauro F La Russa, Michela Ricca, Rafael Fort
This study examines the deterioration of geomaterials used throughout history that today may be found lying on the ocean floor. Submerged archaeological sites including cargoes from shipwrecks or ancient city ruins have been a topic of interest from a perspective of in situ musealization, as a way of making underwater cultural heritage accessible to the public. In an experimental study conducted at an underwater archaeological site in the Bay of Cádiz (SW Spain), we subjected two types of marble (Carrara and Macael) to three conditions to which submerged archaeological objects are often exposed: full exposure to the water column, natural processes of burial and unearthing, or permanent burial...
July 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734959/removal-of-both-n-nitrosodimethylamine-and-trihalomethanes-precursors-in-a-single-treatment-using-ion-exchange-resins
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Wilson Beita-Sandí, Tanju Karanfil
Drinking water utilities are relying more than ever on water sources impacted by wastewater effluents. Disinfection/oxidation of these waters during water treatment may lead to the formation of several disinfection by-products, including the probable human carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and the regulated trihalomethanes (THMs). In this study, the potential of ion exchange resins to control both NDMA and THMs precursors in a single treatment is presented. Two ion exchange resins were examined, a cation exchange resin (Plus) to target NDMA precursors and an anion exchange resin (MIEX) for THMs precursors control...
July 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734842/hydration-forces-between-aligned-dna-helices-undergoing-b-to-a-conformational-change-in-situ-x-ray-fiber-diffraction-studies-in-a-humidity-and-temperature-controlled-environment
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Ryan Case, Hauke Schollmeyer, Phillip Kohl, Eric B Sirota, Roger Pynn, Kai E Ewert, Cyrus R Safinya, Youli Li
Hydration forces between DNA molecules in the A- and B-Form were studied using a newly developed technique enabling simultaneous in situ control of temperature and relative humidity. X-ray diffraction data were collected from oriented calf-thymus DNA fibers in the relative humidity range of 98%-70%, during which DNA undergoes the B- to A-form transition. Coexistence of both forms was observed over a finite humidity range at the transition. The change in DNA separation in response to variation in humidity, i...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734789/weathered-mc252-crude-oil-induced-anemia-and-abnormal-erythroid-morphology-in-double-crested-cormorants-phalacrocorax-auritus-with-light-microscopic-and-ultrastructural-description-of-heinz-bodies
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Kendal E Harr, Fred L Cunningham, Chris A Pritsos, Karen L Pritsos, Thivanka Muthumalage, Brian S Dorr, Katherine E Horak, Katie C Hanson-Dorr, Karen M Dean, Dave Cacela, Andrew K McFadden, Jane E Link, Katherine A Healy, Pete Tuttle, Steven J Bursian
Injury assessment of birds following the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill in 2010 was part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment. One reported effect was hemolytic anemia with the presence of Heinz bodies (HB) in birds, however, the role of route and magnitude of exposure to oil is unknown. The purpose of the present study was to determine if double-crested cormorants (Phalacocorax auritis; DCCO) exposed orally and dermally to artificially weathered crude oil would develop hemolytic anemia including HB and reticulocytosis...
July 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734570/spatial-and-temporal-variations-of-heavy-metals-in-marine-sediments-from-liaodong-bay-bohai-sea-in-china
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Liang Liu, Lijun Wang, Zhengxian Yang, Yingying Hu, Minghui Ma
An integrated analysis has been carried out using surface sediment monitoring data in order to characterize the spatial distributions and temporal trends of heavy metals within ten years from 2004 to 2013 in the entire Liaodong Bay. Hg, Cd and As were predominant contaminants with their median concentrations of 0.04-0.15, 0.01-0.65, and 1.80-30.3mg/kg respectively. Both areas and levels of Cu and Pb contamination were low. Cd contents exhibited an obvious decreasing trend and As presented a similar law during these 10years...
July 19, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734568/antibacterial-properties-of-nano-silver-coated-peek-prepared-through-magnetron-sputtering
#17
Xiuju Liu, Kang Gan, Hong Liu, Xiaoqing Song, Tianjie Chen, Chenchen Liu
OBJECTVE: We aimed to investigate the cytotoxicity and antibacterial properties of nano-silver-coated polyetheretherketone (PEEK) produced through magnetron sputtering and provide a theoretical basis for its use in clinical applications. METHODS: The surfaces of PEEKs were coated with nano-silver at varying thicknesses (3, 6, 9, and 12nm) through magnetron sputtering technology. The resulting coated PEEK samples were classified into the following groups according to the thickness of the nano-silver coating: PEEK-3 (3nm), PEEK-6 (6nm), PEEK-9 (9nm), PEEK-12 (12nm), and PEEK control group...
July 19, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734354/determination-of-aqueous-antibiotic-solutions-using-sers-nanogratings
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Koh Yiin Hong, Carlos Diego Lima de Albuquerque, Ronei J Poppi, Alexandre G Brolo
The emergence of antibiotics and their active metabolites in aquatic ecosystem has motivated the development of sensitive and reliable sensors to monitor traces of antibiotics and metabolites in drinking water sources (i.e. surface water). The surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) technique, which is widely recognized as a high sensitivity method for molecular vibrational detection, is potentially a powerful tool for trace environmental contamination analysis. The main goal of this work is to demonstrate pharmaceutical and metabolite multiplexing detection using the SERS approach...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734347/different-approaches-to-study-protein-films-at-air-water-interface
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EDITORIAL
María José Gálvez-Ruiz
In this review classical studies on insoluble liquid monolayers formed by proteins are examined and compared. It has been focused the attention on the information that it is possible to obtain from the π-a isotherms recorded by compression of the monolayers. In recent decades new techniques have developed, mainly microscopy, that provide valuable information on the behavior and structure of fluid films. However, frequently the data are difficult to interpret and require a previous thermodynamic study of them on the basis of the surface tension (or surface pressure) as a function of the molecular area measurement...
July 15, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734252/river-sequesters-atmospheric-carbon-and-limits-the-co2-degassing-in-karst-area-southwest-china
#20
Tao Zhang, Jianhong Li, Junbing Pu, Jonathan B Martin, Mitra B Khadka, Feihong Wu, Li Li, Feng Jiang, Siyu Huang, Daoxian Yuan
CO2 fluxes across water-air interfaces of river systems play important roles in regulating the regional and global carbon cycle. However, great uncertainty remains as to the contribution of these inland water bodies to the global carbon budget. Part of the uncertainty stems from limited understanding of the CO2 fluxes at diurnal and seasonal frequencies caused by aquatic metabolism. Here, we measured surface water characteristics (temperature, pH, and DO, DIC, Ca(2+) concentrations) and CO2 fluxes across the air-water interface at two transects of Guijiang River, southwest China to assess the seasonal and diurnal dynamics of fluvial carbon cycling and its potential role in regional and global carbon budgets...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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