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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550677/mineral-profile-of-children-s-fast-food-menu-samples
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Maria Luisa Cervera, Miguel de la Guardia, Manuela Ruiz-de-Cenzano, Arancha Rochina-Marco, Óscar López-Salazar
Children's fast food menus, including hamburgers served with french fries, dessert, and a soft drink, were analyzed to obtain the mineral profile of trace elements. The developed analytical methodology involved sample digestion under pressure inside a microwave oven with a mixture of HNO₃ and H₂O₂ and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry. The method was validated by carrying out the analysis of certified reference materials (NIST 1570a spinach leaves, NCS ZC73016 chicken, and NIST 1568a rice flour) and using recovery experiments...
May 26, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542238/frutexites-like-structures-formed-by-iron-oxidizing-biofilms-in-the-continental-subsurface-%C3%A3-sp%C3%A3-hard-rock-laboratory-sweden
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Christine Heim, Nadia-Valérie Quéric, Danny Ionescu, Nadine Schäfer, Joachim Reitner
Stromatolitic iron-rich structures have been reported from many ancient environments and are often described as Frutexites, a cryptic microfossil. Although microbial formation of such structures is likely, a clear relation to a microbial precursor is lacking so far. Here we report recent iron oxidizing biofilms which resemble the ancient Frutexites structures. The living Frutexites-like biofilms were sampled at 160 m depth in the Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory in Sweden. Investigations using microscopy, 454 pyrosequencing, FISH, Raman spectroscopy, biomarker and trace element analysis allowed a detailed view of the structural components of the mineralized biofilm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541679/biomagnetic-monitoring-of-atmospheric-pollution-a-review-of-magnetic-signatures-from-biological-sensors
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Jelle Hofman, Barbara A Maher, Adrian R Muxworthy, Karen Wuyts, Ana Castanheiro, Roeland Samson
Biomagnetic monitoring of atmospheric pollution is a growing application in the field of environmental magnetism. Particulate matter (PM) in atmospheric pollution contains readily-measurable concentrations of magnetic minerals. Biological surfaces, exposed to atmospheric pollution, accumulate magnetic particles over time, providing a record of location-specific, time-integrated air quality information. This review summarizes current knowledge of biological material ('sensors') used for biomagnetic monitoring purposes...
May 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527181/physicochemical-parameters-as-a-tool-for-the-assessment-of-origin-of-honey
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Kristina B Lazarević, Milica S Jovetić, Živoslav Lj Tešić
Honey is a complex mixture of various substances, and its composition depends on both botanical and geographical origin, as well as anthropogenic factors. The accurate identification of honey origin guarantees the satisfaction of consumers' needs and has an impact on the honey market value. Physicochemical parameters, some of which are used in routine analysis of honey quality, could be useful for the assessment of its origin. In this review, special attention is paid to those studies that assessed the sugar and mineral composition of honey, whether they were investigated in terms of botanical or geographical origin, or for the characterization of honey type...
May 19, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521510/differential-growth-promotion-of-poplar-and-birch-inoculated-with-three-dark-septate-endophytes-in-two-trace-element-contaminated-soils
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Charlotte Berthelot, Damien Blaudez, Corinne Leyval
Dark septate endophytes (DSEs) are abundant in stressful environments, including trace element- (TE-) enriched soils. However, knowledge about the effects of DSEs on plant growth in such soils is poor compared to the well-known mycorrhizal fungi. The aim of this work was to evaluate the effects of three DSE strains isolated from TE-contaminated soils on the growth and mineral nutrition of Betula pendula and Populus tremula x alba grown on two contrasting TE-polluted soils. The three DSEs evenly colonized the two plant species in both soils...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516354/characterization-partitioning-and-potential-ecological-risk-quantification-of-trace-elements-in-coal-fly-ash
#6
Zeba Usmani, Vipin Kumar
Coal-based thermal power plants are the major source of power generation in India. Combustion of coal gives rise to by-products such as fly ash (FA) in huge quantities. The current study focuses on physico-chemical and mineralogical characterization and risk evaluation of FA, generated from five thermal power plants (TPPs) of India. The coal, and corresponding FA and bottom ash (BA) were further analyzed for trace elements in order to observe the enrichment and partitioning behavior of elements. The environmental risk assessment of trace elements in FA was performed in accordance with geoaccumulation index (I geo) and potential ecological risk index (PERI)...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510033/the-antagonistic-effect-of-selenium-on-cadmium-induced-damage-and-mrna-levels-of-selenoprotein-genes-and-inflammatory-factors-in-chicken-kidney-tissue
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Xinyue Wang, Rongkun Bao, Jing Fu
Selenium (Se) is a necessary trace mineral in the diet of humans and animals. Cadmium (Cd) is a toxic heavy metal that can damage animal organs, especially the kidneys. Antagonistic interactions between Se and Cd have been reported in previous studies. However, little is known about the effects of Se against Cd toxicity and on the mRNA levels of 25 selenoprotein genes and inflammatory factors in chicken kidneys. In the current study, we fed chickens with a Se-treated, Cd-treated, or Se/Cd treated diet for 90 days...
May 16, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508188/trace-element-determination-and-cardioprotection-of-terminalia-pallida-fruit-ethanolic-extract-in-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-infarcted-rats-by-icp-ms
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Shaik Althaf Hussain, Mohammed Abdul Kareem, Shaik Nayab Rasool, Suliman Yousef Al Omar, Alwasel Saleh, Manal Abdulrahman Al-Fwuaires, Jayasimha Rayalu Daddam, Kodidhela Lakshmi Devi
The trace elements and minerals in Terminalia pallida fruit ethanolic extract (TpFE) were determined by the instrument inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), and the cardioprotection of TpFE against isoproterenol (ISO)-administered rats was studied. Rats were pretreated with TpFE (100, 300, and 500 mg/kg bw) for 30 days, with concurrent administration of ISO (85 mg/kg bw) for two consecutive days. The levels of trace elements and minerals in TpFE were below the permitted limits of World Health Organization standards...
May 15, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507338/impact-of-trace-minerals-on-wound-healing-of-footpad-dermatitis-in-broilers
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Juxing Chen, Guillermo Tellez, Jeffery Escobar, Mercedes Vazquez-Anon
Footpad dermatitis (FPD) is used in the poultry industry as an animal welfare criterion to determine stocking density. Trace minerals (TM) play a role in skin integrity and wound healing. This study evaluated the impact of TM on FPD and consisted of 3 treatments supplemented with 0 (NTM), low (LTM) and high (HTM) TM levels in the same basal diet. On d21, 71% birds in all treatments developed mild FPD and pens were top-dressed with dry litter to promote FPD healing. Compared to NTM, LTM reduced area under the curve (AUC) of FPD lesion scores during d21-42, HTM reduced the AUC of FPD lesion scores during d7-21 and d21-42...
May 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507130/spatially-restricted-dental-regeneration-drives-pufferfish-beak-development
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Alexandre P Thiery, Takanori Shono, Daisuke Kurokawa, Ralf Britz, Zerina Johanson, Gareth J Fraser
Vertebrate dentitions are extraordinarily diverse in both morphology and regenerative capacity. The teleost order Tetraodontiformes exhibits an exceptional array of novel dental morphologies, epitomized by constrained beak-like dentitions in several families, i.e., porcupinefishes, three-toothed pufferfishes, ocean sunfishes, and pufferfishes. Modification of tooth replacement within these groups leads to the progressive accumulation of tooth generations, underlying the structure of their beaks. We focus on the dentition of the pufferfish (Tetraodontidae) because of its distinct dental morphology...
May 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502020/biogeochemical-zonation-of-sulfur-during-the-discharge-of-groundwater-to-lake-in-desert-plateau-dakebo-lake-nw-china
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Xiaosi Su, Geng Cui, Huang Wang, Zhenxue Dai, Nam-Chil Woo, Wenzhen Yuan
As one of the important elements of controlling the redox system within the hyporheic and hypolentic zone, sulfur is involved in a series of complex biogeochemical processes such as carbon cycle, water acidification, formation of iron and manganese minerals, redox processes of trace metal elements and a series of important ecological processes. Previous studies on biogeochemistry of the hyporheic and hypolentic zones mostly concentrated on nutrients of nitrogen and phosphorus, heavy metals and other pollutants...
May 13, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494280/iron-mineralogy-as-a-fingerprint-of-former-steelmaking-activities-in-river-sediments
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Hussein Jaafar Kanbar, Emmanuelle Montargès-Pelletier, Benoit Losson, Isabelle Bihannic, Renaud Gley, Allan Bauer, Frederic Villieras, Luc Manceau, Antoine G El Samrani, Veronique Kazpard, Laurence Mansuy-Huault
Submerged sediment cores were collected upstream of a dam in the Orne River, northeastern France. This dam was built in the context of steelmaking to constitute a water reservoir for blast furnace cooling and wet cleaning of furnace smokes. The dam also enhanced sediment deposition in the upstream zone. This study was performed to unravel the contamination status of sediments and to evidence possible contribution sources. The sediment layers were analyzed for water content, grain size, chemical composition, crystalline phases at a bulk scale and poorly crystalline and amorphous phases at a sub-micrometer scale...
May 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490422/cftr-mediated-anion-secretion-across-intestinal-epithelium-like-caco-2-monolayer-under-pth-stimulation-is-dependent-on-intermediate-conductance-k-channels
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Walailak Jantarajit, Kornkamon Lertsuwan, Jarinthorn Teerapornpuntakit, Nateetip Krishnamra, Narattaphol Charoenphandhu
Parathyroid hormone (PTH), a pleiotropic hormone that maintains mineral homeostasis, is also essential for controlling pH balance and ion transport across renal and intestinal epithelia. Optimization of luminal pH is important for absorption of trace elements, e.g., calcium and phosphorus. We have previously demonstrated that PTH rapidly stimulated electrogenic HCO3(-) secretion in intestinal epithelial-like Caco-2 monolayer, but the underlying cellular mechanism, contributions of other ions, particularly Cl(-) and K(+), and long-lasting responses are not completely understood...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484487/prospect-on-ionomic-signatures-for-the-classification-of-grapevine-berries-according-to-their-geographical-origin
#14
Youry Pii, Anita Zamboni, Silvia Dal Santo, Mario Pezzotti, Zeno Varanini, Tiziana Pandolfini
The determination of food geographical origin has been an important subject of study over the past decade, with an increasing number of analytical techniques being developed to determine the provenance of agricultural products. Agricultural soils can differ for the composition and the relative quantities of mineral nutrients and trace elements whose bioavailability depends on soil properties. Therefore, the ionome of fruits, vegetables and derived products can reflect the mineral composition of the growth substrate...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469842/peripheral-leukocyte-and-endometrium-molecular-biomarkers-of-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress-are-altered-in-peripartal-dairy-cows-supplemented-with-zn-mn-and-cu-from-amino-acid-complexes-and-co-from-co-glucoheptonate
#15
Fernanda Batistel, Johan S Osorio, Muhammad Rizwan Tariq, Cong Li, Jessica Caputo, Michael T Socha, Juan J Loor
BACKGROUND: Immune dysfunction and a higher risk of uterine infections are characteristics of the transition into lactation in dairy cows. The supply of complexed trace minerals, which are more bioavailable, could help overcome the greater needs of these nutrients in tissues around parturition and early lactation. RESULTS: Twenty Holstein cows received an oral bolus with a mix of inorganic trace minerals (INO) or complexed trace minerals (AAC) to achieve 75, 65, 11, and 1 ppm supplemental Zn, Mn, Cu, and Co, respectively, in the total diet dry matter from -30 d through +30 d relative to parturition...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464970/advanced-identification-and-quantification-of-in-bearing-minerals-by-scanning-electron-microscope-based-image-analysis
#16
Kai Bachmann, Max Frenzel, Joachim Krause, Jens Gutzmer
The identification and accurate characterization of discrete grains of rare minerals in sulfide base-metal ores is usually a cumbersome procedure due to the small grain sizes (typically <10 μm) and complex mineral assemblages in the material. In this article, a new strategy for finding and identifying indium minerals, and quantifying their composition and abundance is presented, making use of mineral liberation analysis (MLA) and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). The method was successfully applied to polymetallic massive sulfide ores from the Neves-Corvo deposit in Portugal...
May 3, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464410/evaluation-of-three-popular-diets-fed-to-pet-sugar-gliders-petaurus-breviceps-intake-digestion-and-nutrient-balance
#17
E S Dierenfeld, K M Whitehouse-Tedd
Three diets fed to 12 pair-housed sugar gliders, Petaurus breviceps, were evaluated through 5-day intake and digestion trials following 10-day transitions. Diets 1 and 2 comprised liquid formula mixes with added vegetables and fruit, and Diet 3 comprised extruded pellets and a liquid formula. Diets eaten contained 16 -19% crude protein, 3%-15% crude fat, 10%-11% neutral detergent fibre, 4%-20% starch and 8%-49% sugar (dry basis). Calculated individual dry matter intakes (DMI) ranged from 3.9 to 5.1 g/day, representing 58...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463816/metallic-elements-and-metalloids-in-boletus-luridus-b-magnificus-and-b-tomentipes-mushrooms-from-polymetallic-soils-from-sw-china
#18
Jerzy Falandysz, Ji Zhang, Anna Wiejak, Danuta Barałkiewicz, Anetta Hanć
Yunnan Province in China is known for its high biodiversity of mushrooms and a diverse geochemistry of soil bedrock and polymetallic soils, but our knowledge of mineral compositions of mushrooms from Yunnan is scarce. The metallic trace elements, Ag, Ba, Co, Cd, Cs, Cu, Cr, Hg, Li, Mn, Ni, Pb, Rb, Sr, V, Tl, U and Zn, and the metalloids, As and Sb, have been investigated using validated methods with a dynamic reactive cell by mass spectroscopy - inductive coupled plasma and cold vapour - atomic absorption spectroscopy on three popular species of Boletus mushrooms from Southwestern China...
August 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458220/chemistry-and-phase-evolution-during-roasting-of-toxic-thallium-bearing-pyrite
#19
Paula Lopez-Arce, Javier Garcia-Guinea, Fernando Garrido
In the frame of a research project on microscopic distribution and speciation of geogenic thallium (Tl) from contaminated mine soils, Tl-bearing pyrite ore samples from Riotinto mining district (Huelva, SW Spain) were experimentally fired to simulate a roasting process. Concentration and volatility behavior of Tl and other toxic heavy metals was determined by quantitative ICP-MS, whereas semi-quantitative mineral phase transitions were identified by in situ thermo X-Ray Diffraction (HT-XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) analyses after each firing temperature...
April 24, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457553/effect-of-source-of-trace-minerals-in-either-forage-or-by-product-based-diets-fed-to-dairy-cows-1-production-and-macronutrient-digestibility
#20
M J Faulkner, W P Weiss
Excess rumen-soluble Cu and Zn can alter rumen microbial populations and reduce fiber digestibility. Because of differences in particle size and chemical composition, ruminal and total-tract digestibility of fiber from forage- and by-product-based diets can differ. We hypothesized that, because of differences in mineral solubility, diets with hydroxy rather than sulfate trace minerals would have greater fiber digestibility, but the effect may depend on source of fiber. Eighteen multiparous cows were used in a split-plot replicated Latin square with two 28-d periods to evaluate the effects of Cu, Zn, and Mn source (sulfates or hydroxy; Micronutrients USA LLC, Indianapolis, IN) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) source (forage diet = 26% NDF vs...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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