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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168668/systems-biology-to-support-nanomaterial-grouping
#1
Christian Riebeling, Harald Jungnickel, Andreas Luch, Andrea Haase
The assessment of potential health risks of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) is a challenging task due to the high number and great variety of already existing and newly emerging ENMs. Reliable grouping or categorization of ENMs with respect to hazards could help to facilitate prioritization and decision making for regulatory purposes. The development of grouping criteria, however, requires a broad and comprehensive data basis. A promising platform addressing this challenge is the systems biology approach. The different areas of systems biology, most prominently transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics, each of which provide a wealth of data that can be used to reveal novel biomarkers and biological pathways involved in the mode-of-action of ENMs...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168667/literature-review-of-q-sar-modelling-of-nanomaterial-toxicity
#2
Ceyda Oksel, Cai Y Ma, Jing J Liu, Terry Wilkins, Xue Z Wang
Despite the clear benefits that nanotechnology can bring to various sectors of industry, there are serious concerns about the potential health risks associated with engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), intensified by the limited understanding of what makes ENMs toxic and how to make them safe. As the use of ENMs for commercial purposes and the number of workers/end-users being exposed to these materials on a daily basis increases, the need for assessing the potential adverse effects of multifarious ENMs in a time- and cost-effective manner becomes more apparent...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168664/assessment-of-human-exposure-to-enms
#3
Araceli Sánchez Jiménez, Martie van Tongeren
Human exposure assessment of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) is hampered, among other factors, by the difficulty to differentiate ENM from other nanomaterials (incidental to processes or naturally occurring) and the lack of a single metric that can be used for health risk assessment. It is important that the exposure assessment is carried out throughout the entire life-cycle as releases can occur at the different stages of the product life-cycle, from the synthesis, manufacture of the nano-enable product (occupational exposure) to the professional and consumer use of nano-enabled product (consumer exposure) and at the end of life...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168663/engineered-nanomaterials-their-physicochemical-characteristics-and-how-to-measure-them
#4
Rambabu Atluri, Keld Alstrup Jensen
Numerous types of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are commercially available and developments move towards producing more advanced nanomaterials with tailored properties. Such advanced nanomaterials may include chemically doped or modified derivatives with specific surface chemistries; also called higher generation or multiconstituent nanomaterials. To fully enjoy the benefits of nanomaterials, appropriate characterisation of ENMs is necessary for many aspects of their production, use, testing and reporting to regulatory bodies...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157972/modified-fir-thermometry-for-surface-temperature-sensing-by-using-high-power-laser
#5
Ran Wang, Xinlu Zhang, Zhilin Zhang, Hujiang Zhong, Yujin Chen, Enming Zhao, Steven Vasilescu, Lu Liu
The FIR (fluorescence intensity ratio) technique for optical thermometry has attracted considerable attention over recent years due to its high sensitivity and high spatial resolution. However, it is thought that a heating effect induced by incident light may lead to temperature overestimations, which in turn impedes the reliability of this technique for applications which require high levels of accuracy. To further improve the FIR technique, this paper presents a modified calibration expression, which is suitable for surface temperature sensing, based on the temperature distribution (calculated through COMSOL software)...
January 23, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157288/envisioning-nano-release-dynamics-in-a-changing-world-using-dynamic-probabilistic-modeling-to-assess-future-environmental-emissions-of-engineered-nanomaterials
#6
Tian Yin Sun, Denise M Mitrano, Nikolaus A Bornhöft, Martin Scheringer, Konrad Hungerbühler, Bernd Nowack
The need for an environmental risk assessment for engineered nanomaterials (ENM) necessitates the knowledge about their environmental emissions. Material flow models (MFA) have been used to provide predicted environmental emissions but most current nano-MFA models consider neither the rapid development of ENM production nor the fact that a large proportion of ENM are entering an in-use stock and are released from products over time (i.e., have a lag phase). Here we use dynamic probabilistic material flow modeling to predict scenarios of the future flows of four ENM (nano-TiO2, nano-ZnO, nano-Ag and CNT) to environmental compartments and to quantify their amounts in (temporary) sinks such as the in-use stock and ("final") environmental sinks such as soil and sediment...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139914/what-factors-determine-the-retention-behavior-of-engineered-nanomaterials-in-saturated-porous-media
#7
Eli Goldberg, Coy McNew, Martin Scheringer, Thomas D Bucheli, Peter Nelson, Konrad Hungerbühler
A fundamental problem associated with the vertical transport of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in saturated porous media is the occurrence of nonexponential, for example, nonmonotonic or linearly increasing, retention profiles. To investigate this problem, we compiled an extensive database of ENMs transport experiments in saturated porous media. Using this database we trained a decision tree that shows the order of importance, and range of influence, of the physicochemical factors that control the retention profile shape...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137858/strengthening-protected-areas-for-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services-in-china
#8
Weihua Xu, Yi Xiao, Jingjing Zhang, Wu Yang, Lu Zhang, Vanessa Hull, Zhi Wang, Hua Zheng, Jianguo Liu, Stephen Polasky, Ling Jiang, Yang Xiao, Xuewei Shi, Enming Rao, Fei Lu, Xiaoke Wang, Gretchen C Daily, Zhiyun Ouyang
Recent expansion of the scale of human activities poses severe threats to Earth's life-support systems. Increasingly, protected areas (PAs) are expected to serve dual goals: protect biodiversity and secure ecosystem services. We report a nationwide assessment for China, quantifying the provision of threatened species habitat and four key regulating services-water retention, soil retention, sandstorm prevention, and carbon sequestration-in nature reserves (the primary category of PAs in China). We find that China's nature reserves serve moderately well for mammals and birds, but not for other major taxa, nor for these key regulating ecosystem services...
January 30, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129906/prospecting-nanomaterials-in-aqueous-environments-by-cloud-point-extraction-coupled-with-transmission-electron-microscopy
#9
Yu Yang, Robert Reed, Jared Schoepf, Kiril Hristovski, Pierre Herckes, Paul Westerhoff
Increasing application of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in industry and consumer products inevitably lead to their release into and impact on aquatic environments. To characterize the NMs efficiently in surface water, a fast and simple method is needed to separate and concentrate nanomaterials from the aqueous matrix without altering their shape and size. Applying cloud-point extraction (CPE) using the surfactant Triton 114 to an array of NMs (titanium dioxide, gold, silver, and silicon dioxide) with different sizes or capping agents in nanopure water resulted in extraction efficiency of 83%-107%...
January 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119446/phylogenetics-of-kingsnakes-lampropeltis-getula-complex-serpentes-colubridae-in-eastern-north-america
#10
Kenneth L Krysko, Leroy P Nuñez, Catherine E Newman, Brian W Bowen
Kingsnakes of the Lampropeltis getula complex range throughout much of temperate and subtropical North America. Studies over the last century have used morphology and color pattern to describe numerous subspecies. More recently, DNA analyses have made invaluable contributions to our understanding of their evolution and taxonomy. We use genetic and ecological methods to test previous hypotheses of distinct evolutionary lineages by examining 66 total snakes and 1) analyzing phylogeographic structure using 2 mtDNA loci and 1 nuclear locus, 2) estimating divergence dates and historical demography among lineages in a Bayesian coalescent framework, and 3) applying ecological niche modeling (ENM)...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102836/preparation-characterization-and-in-vitro-dosimetry-of-dispersed-engineered-nanomaterials
#11
Glen M DeLoid, Joel M Cohen, Georgios Pyrgiotakis, Philip Demokritou
Evidence continues to grow of the importance of in vitro and in vivo dosimetry in the hazard assessment and ranking of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs). Accurate dose metrics are particularly important for in vitro cellular screening to assess the potential health risks or bioactivity of ENMs. To ensure meaningful and reproducible quantification of in vitro dose, with consistent measurement and reporting between laboratories, it is necessary to adopt standardized and integrated methodologies for (i) generation of stable ENM suspensions in cell culture media; (ii) colloidal characterization of suspended ENMs, particularly of properties that determine particle kinetics in an in vitro system (size distribution and formed agglomerate effective density); and (iii) robust numerical fate and transport modeling for accurate determination of the ENM dose delivered to cells over the course of the in vitro exposure...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090793/development-and-validation-of-a-predictor-of-insufficient-enhancement-during-the-hepatobiliary-phase-of-gd-eob-dtpa-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#12
Enming Cui, Wansheng Long, Liangping Luo, Maoqing Hu, Liebin Huang, Xiangmeng Chen
Background Insufficient enhancement of liver parenchyma negatively affects diagnostic accuracy of Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Currently, there is no reliable method for predicting insufficient enhancement during the hepatobiliary phase (HBP) in Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI. Purpose To develop a predictor for insufficient enhancement of liver parenchyma during HBP in Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI. Material and Methods In order to formulate a HBP enhancement test (HBP-ET), clinical factors associated with relative enhancement ratio (RER) of liver parenchyma were retrospectively determined from the datasets of 156 patients (Development group) who underwent Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI between November 2012 and May 2015...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089582/a-model-for-screening-and-prioritizing-consumer-nanoproduct-risks-a-case-study-from-south-africa
#13
Ndeke Musee
The potential risks of the increasing variety and volume of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) entering into the ecosystem remain poorly quantified. In recent years, information essential to evaluate the ecological risks of ENMs has increased. However, the data are highly fragmented, limited, or severely lacking. This limits the usefulness of the information to support holistic screening and prioritization of potentially harmful ENMs. To screen and prioritize ENMs risks, we adopted a two-phased approach. First, a holistic framework model was developed to integrate a diverse set of factors aimed to assess the potential hazard, exposure, and in turn, risk to the ecosystem of ENMs from a given consumer nanoproduct...
January 12, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079924/optimized-microwave-assistant-extraction-combined-ultrasonic-pretreatment-of-flavonoids-from-periploca-forrestii-schltr-and-evaluation-of-its-anti-allergic-activity
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Qian Liang, Huaguo Chen, Xin Zhou, Qingfang Deng, Enming Hu, Chao Zhao, Xiaojian Gong
Microwave extraction combined ultrasonic pretreatment of flavonoids from Periploca forrestii Schltr. was investigated in this study, extraction process was firstly performed in an ultrasonic cleaner, then treated by microwave irradiation. The optimum ultrasonic time of 25 min was selected by single-factor experiments. A response surface methodology (RSM) has been used to obtain a mathematical model that describes the process and analyzes the significant parameters ethanol concentration 59.92%, liquid to raw materials ratio 21...
January 12, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078887/electrospun-regenerated-cellulose-nanofiber-membranes-surface-grafted-with-water-insoluble-poly-hema-or-water-soluble-poly-aas-chains-via-the-atrp-method-for-ultrafiltration-of-water
#15
Zhao Wang, Caitlin Crandall, Vicki L Prautzsch, Rajesh Sahadevan, Todd J Menkhaus, Hao Fong
Electrospun nanofiber membranes (ENMs) have demonstrated promising applications for water purification primarily due to high water flux and low degree of fouling. However, the equivalent/apparent pore sizes of as-electrospun ENMs are in microns/submicrons; therefore, the ENMs can only be directly utilized for microfiltration applications. To make regenerated cellulose (RC) ENMs for ultrafiltration applications, atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) was studied to graft polymer chains onto the surface of RC nanofibers; specifically, monomers of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and sodium acrylate (AAS) were selected for surface-grafting water-insoluble and water-soluble polymer chains onto RC nanofibers, respectively...
February 1, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074927/quaternary-climate-change-drives-allo-peripatric-speciation-and-refugial-divergence-in-the-dysosma-versipellis-pleiantha-complex-from-different-forest-types-in-china
#16
Yi-Han Wang, Hans Peter Comes, Ya-Nan Cao, Rui Guo, Yun-Rui Mao, Ying-Xiong Qiu
Subtropical China harbours the world's most diverse temperate flora, but little is known about the roles of geographical and eco-climatic factors underlying the region's exceptionally high levels of species diversity and endemism. Here we address this key question by investigating the spatio-temporal and ecological processes of divergence within the Dysosma versipellis-pleiantha species complex, endemic to subtropical China. Our cpDNA phylogeny showed that this monophyletic group of understory herbs is derived from a Late Pliocene ancestor of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP)/Southwest China...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073641/effect-of-surfactants-on-the-aggregation-and-sedimentation-of-zinc-oxide-nanomaterial-in-natural-water-matrices
#17
Xuankun Li, Minoru Yoneda, Yoko Shimada, Yasuto Matsui
The wide application of surfactants and engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in industrial and consumer products lead to the high possibility of their co-presence in natural water environment, making it important to study the effect of surfactants on the environmental behavior and fate of ENMs. In this work, we selected an anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and a nonionic nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPEO, Tergitol NP-9) to study their effects on the aggregation and sedimentation of a 20nm ZnO ENM in different water matrices...
January 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068760/laboratory-scale-microbial-food-chain-to-study-bioaccumulation-biomagnification-and-ecotoxicity-of-cadmium-telluride-quantum-dots
#18
Govind S Gupta, Ashutosh Kumar, Violet A Senapati, Alok K Pandey, Rishi Shanker, Alok Dhawan
The increasing applications of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in consumer products warrant a careful evaluation of their trophic transfer and consequent ecological impact. In the present study, a laboratory scale aquatic microbial food chain was established using bacteria (Escherichia coli (E. coli)) as a prey and ciliated protozoan (Paramecium caudatum) as a predator organism to determine the impact of cadmium telluride quantum dots (CdTe QDs). We observed that 29% of bacterivory potential of paramecium was lost, including an ∼12 h delay in doubling time on exposure to 25 mg/L CdTe QD (∼4 nm) as compared to control...
January 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043838/fluctuation-matching-approach-for-elastic-network-model-and-structure-based-model-of-biomacromolecules
#19
REVIEW
Christian Domilongo Bope, Dudu Tong, Xiuting Li, Lanyuan Lu
Elastic network models (ENMs) based on simple harmonic potential energy function have been proven over the last decade to be reliable computational models for understanding the intrinsic dynamics of biomacromolecules. In the original ENMs, the spring constants for different contact pairs are assumed to be identical, while there are a number of recent developments to determine non-uniform spring constants from atomistic force fields or experimental information. In particular, the fluctuation matching approaches in coarse-grained modeling can be applied to build more realistic heterogeneous ENMs, using information from an atomistic force field or experimental B-factors...
December 30, 2016: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035264/environmental-in-dependence-of-a-hybrid-zone-insights-from-molecular-markers-and-ecological-niche-modeling-in-a-hybrid-zone-of-origanum-lamiaceae-on-the-island-of-crete
#20
Michael Bariotakis, Konstantina Koutroumpa, Regina Karousou, Stergios A Pirintsos
The role of environment and the relative significance of endogenous versus exogenous selection in shaping hybrid zones have been crucial issues in the studies of hybridization. Recent advances in ecological niche modeling (ENM) offer new methodological tools, especially in combination with the genotyping of individuals in the hybrid zone. Here, we study the hybrid zone between the widely known spices Origanum onites and Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum in Crete. We analyze the genetic structure of both parental taxa and their hybrid Origanum × intercendens using AFLP markers on 15 sympatric and 12 allopatric populations and employ ecological niche modeling and niche similarity tests to study their niche patterns...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
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