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Matej Čehovin, Alojz Medic, Jens Scheideler, Jörg Mielcke, Achim Ried, Boris Kompare, Andreja Žgajnar Gotvajn
Natural organic matter in drinking water is causing concern especially due to the formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) by chlorine, as these are proven to have adverse health effects on consumers. In this research, humic acid was used as a source of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in drinking water (up to 3mgL(-1)). The efficiency of DOC removal was studied by applying O3, H2O2/O3, H2O2/UV and O3/UV advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) alone and combined with hybrid hydrodynamic cavitation (HC), generated by an orifice plate, as this technology recently shows promising potential for the treatment of water, containing recalcitrant organic substances...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
J M Fitzpatrick, G Patlewicz
The information characterizing key events in an Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) can be generated from in silico, in chemico, in vitro and in vivo approaches. Integration of this information and interpretation for decision making are known as integrated approaches to testing and assessment (IATA). One such IATA was published by Jaworska et al., which describes a Bayesian network model known as ITS-2. The current work evaluated the performance of ITS-2 using a stratified cross-validation approach. We also characterized the impact of replacing the most significant component of the network, output from the expert system TIMES-SS, with structural alert information from the OECD Toolbox and Toxtree...
April 20, 2017: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
Jean-Philippe Rousseau, Luana Tenorio-Lopes, Cécile Baldy, Tara Adele Janes, Stéphanie Fournier, Richard Kinkead
The environment plays a critical role in shaping development and function of the brain. Stress, especially when experienced early in life, can interfere with these processes. In the context of respiratory control, perinatal stress can therefore alter the ability to achieve the "fine-tuning" necessary for proper detection of chemosensory stimuli and production of an adequate motor (respiratory) command. Depending on the timing, intensity, and duration, the detrimental consequences of perinatal exposure to adverse conditions on the respiratory network become manifest at various life stages and can persist into adulthood...
April 14, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
Robert G Ellis-Hutchings, Raja S Settivari, Alene T McCoy, Nicole Kleinstreuer, Jill Franzosa, Thomas B Knudsen, Edward W Carney
Embryonic vascular disruption is an important adverse outcome pathway (AOP) as chemical disruption of cardiovascular development induces broad prenatal defects. High throughput screening (HTS) assays aid AOP development although linking in vitro data to in vivo apical endpoints remains challenging. This study evaluated two anti-angiogenic agents, 5HPP-33 and TNP-470, across the ToxCastDB HTS assay platform and anchored the results to complex in vitro functional assays: the rat aortic explant assay (AEA), rat whole embryo culture (WEC), and the zebrafish embryotoxicity (ZET) assay...
April 13, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
Kathrin S Zeller, Andy Forreryd, Tim Lindberg, Robin Gradin, Aakash Chawade, Malin Lindstedt
Contact allergy induced by certain chemicals is a common health concern, and several alternative methods have been developed to fulfill the requirements of European legislation with regard to hazard assessment of potential skin sensitizers. However, validated methods, which provide information about the potency of skin sensitizers, are still lacking. The cell-based assay Genomic Allergen Rapid Detection (GARD), targeting key event 3, dendritic cell activation, of the skin sensitizer AOP, uses gene expression profiling and a machine learning approach for the prediction of chemicals as sensitizers or non-sensitizers...
April 12, 2017: ALTEX
Thibaut Maury, Philippe Loubet, Jonathan Ouziel, Maud Saint-Amand, Ludovic Dariol, Guido Sonnemann
A rising sustainability concern is occurring in the space sector: 29,000 human-made objects, larger than 10cm are orbiting the Earth but only 6% are operational spacecrafts. Today, space debris is today a significant and constant danger to all space missions. Consequently, it becomes compelled to design new space missions considering End-of-Life requirements in order to ensure the sustainable use of space orbits. Furthermore, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has been identified by the European Space Agency as an adequate tool to measure the environmental impact of spacecraft missions...
April 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Wang Xiao, Ren Shuguang, Chao Guo, Zhang Weiqi, Zhang Xiaoli, Zhang Baowen, Li Sihan, Ren Jian, Hu Yuhong, Hui Wang
In the present study, we identified 50 peptides that are classified into 21 peptide families with antioxidant and/or antimicrobial activity from Amolops daiyunensis, Pelophylax hubeiensis, Hylarana maosuoensis and Nanorana pleskei, which belong to four different genera in the Ranidae and Dicroglossidae families. These four frog species were found for the first time to express antioxidant peptides (AOPs) and antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). These peptides include seven newly discovered families daiyunin-1, daiyunin-2, daiyunin-3, maosonensis-1MS1, pleskein-1, pleskein-2, and pleskein-3...
April 10, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Ying Zhang, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Nikolaus Klamerth, Mohamed Gamal El-Din
Naphthenic acids (NAs) are a highly complex mixture of organic compounds naturally present in bitumen and identified as the primary toxic constituent of oil sands process-affected water (OSPW). This work investigated the degradation of cyclohexanoic acid (CHA), a model NA compound, and natural occurring NAs during the UV photolysis of Fe(III)-nitrilotriacetic acid (UV-Fe(III)NTA) and UV-NTA-Fenton processes. The results indicated that in the UV-Fe(III)NTA process at pH 8, the CHA removal increased with increasing NTA dose (0...
March 28, 2017: Chemosphere
Vítor J P Vilar, Camila C Amorim, Enric Brillas, Gianluca Li Puma, Sixto Malato, Dionysios D Dionysiou
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March 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Ying Huang, Fei Yang, Luoyan Ai, Min Feng, Chi Wang, Zhaohui Wang, Jianshe Liu
A large amount of chloride and ammonium ions were produced and released from industrial processes with non-biodegradable organic pollutants to affect efficiencies of advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). Here, the influences of chloride and ammonium ions on Co/peroxymonosulfate (Co/PMS) reaction system, a widely used AOPs to produce sulfate radicals, were investigated by examining the degradation efficiency of an azo dye (Acid Orange 7, AO7). The experimental results showed that a significant decrease in the degradation rate of AO7 was observed in the presence of NH4(+), while a dual effect of chloride on AO7 bleaching appeared...
March 30, 2017: Chemosphere
Xujun Liang, Chuling Guo, Changjun Liao, Shasha Liu, Lukas Y Wick, Dan Peng, Xiaoyun Yi, Guining Lu, Hua Yin, Zhang Lin, Zhi Dang
Surfactant-enhanced remediation (SER) is considered as a promising and efficient remediation approach. This review summarizes and discusses main drivers on the application of SER in removing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from contaminated soil and water. The effect of PAH-PAH interactions on SER efficiency is, for the first time, illustrated in an SER review. Interactions between mixed PAHs could enhance, decrease, or have no impact on surfactants' solubilization power towards PAHs, thus affecting the optimal usage of surfactants for SER...
March 29, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Yuefei Ji, Yuanyuan Shi, Lu Wang, Junhe Lu, Corinne Ferronato, Jean-Marc Chovelon
The widespread occurrence of sulfonamide antibiotics in the environment has raised great concerns about their potential to proliferate antibacterial resistance. Sulfate radical (SO4(•-)) based advanced oxidation processes (SR-AOPs) are promising in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) technologies for remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated by antibiotics. The present study reported that thermally activated persulfate oxidation of sulfonamides (SAs) bearing six-membered heterocyclic rings, e.g., sulfamethazine (SMZ), sulfapyridine (SPD), sulfadiazine (SDZ), sulfadimethoxine (SDM), and sulfachloropyridazine (SCP), all produced SO2 extrusion products (SEPs), a phenomenon that is of potential importance, but not systematically studied...
March 28, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Yang Zhou, Zhilin Yang, Hong Yang, Chaoyang Zhang, Xiaoqiang Liu
In advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), the detailed degradation mechanisms of a typical explosive of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) can be investigated by the density function theory (DFT) method at the SMD/M062X/6-311+G(d) level. Several possible degradation routes for DNT were explored in the current study. The results show that, for oxidation of the methyl group, the dominant degradation mechanism of DNT by hydroxyl radicals (•OH) is a series of sequential H-abstraction reactions, and the intermediates obtained are in good agreement with experimental findings...
April 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
You Song, Daniel L Villeneuve, Kenji Toyota, Taisen Iguchi, Knut Erik Tollefsen
Molting is critical for growth, development, reproduction, and survival in arthropods. Complex neuroendocrine pathways are involved in the regulation of molting and may potentially become targets of environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Based on several known ED mechanisms, a wide range of pesticides has been developed to combat unwanted organisms in food production activities such as agriculture and aquaculture. Meanwhile, these chemicals may also pose hazards to nontarget species by causing molting defects, and thus potentially affecting the health of the ecosystems...
April 10, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Gengxin Lyu, Guosheng Shi, Liang Tang, Haiping Fang, Minghong Wu
Cyanuric acid is a major component of many materials and chemicals, and is the most important intermediate in the degradation processes of sym-triazine compounds in the natural environment, as well as being used for water treatment. However, the degradation mechanism of cyanuric acid is still unclear in various advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), where ˙OH is usually regarded as the dominant radical. Here, using a combination of density functional theory calculations and experimental observations, we unexpectedly show that the sym-triazine ring structure is broken efficiently by reductive free radicals - hydrogen radicals (˙H), rather than traditional ˙OH...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Mohsen Nasirian, Ciro Fernando Bustillo-Lecompte, Mehrab Mehrvar
The inadequate management practices in industrial textile effluents have a considerable negative impact on the environment and human health due to the indiscriminate release of dyes. Photocatalysis is one of the diverse advance oxidation processes (AOPs) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) is recognized for its high oxidation and reduction power. A composite photocatalyst of Fe2O3/TiO2 is synthesized using different mass ratios of Fe:TiO2 to improve its photoactivity. The composite photocatalyst is calcined at 300-900 °C...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Jeremi H Naumczyk, Małgorzata A Kucharska
This study on tannery wastewater treatment showed that indirect electrooxidation by chlorine generated at a Ti/SnO2/PdO2/RuO2 (SPR) anode led to full ammonia removal, and a decrease in chemical oxygen demand (COD) of up to 77.0%. A combined process of coagulation + H2O2/UV + electrooxidation allowed us to achieve a decrease in COD of up to 97.5%. Equations describing the kinetics of the decrease in COD, the relationship between the decrease in COD and current, and the relationship between the current efficiency of COD reduction and the initial concentrations of the reagents were established...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Stanislav Vukmanović, Nakissa Sadrieh
Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is a delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) reaction induced by repeated contact with sensitizers. The ability of a chemical to act as a sensitizer has most frequently been tested in animals. As the use of animals for these purposes is gradually and globally being phased out, there is a need for reliable in vitro surrogate assays. Currently proposed in vitro assays are designed to test four key events of the adverse outcome pathway (AOP) involving covalent modification of self-proteins by sensitizers (haptenation) and presentation of new antigens (hapten/carrier complexes) to the immune system...
March 22, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
Nathalie Belot, Bushra Sim, Christopher Longmore Longmore, Lottie Roscoe, Carol Treasure
Skin sensitisation is the process by which a substance leads to an allergic reaction following skin contact. The process has been described as an adverse outcome pathway (AOP), including several key events, from skin penetration and covalent protein binding, to keratinocyte activation, dendritic cell activation and T-lymphocyte proliferation. The in vitro assay KeratinoSens™ measures the activation of keratinocytes. It is fully accepted at a regulatory level (OECD TG 442d) and appropriate for compliance with a range of legislation including the EU Cosmetics Regulation, REACH, and the CLP Regulation...
March 16, 2017: ALTEX
Lin He, Xiaomin Sun, Fanping Zhu, Shaojie Ren, Shuguang Wang
Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) are widely used in wastewater treatment of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs). In this work, the OH-initiated transformation as well as the hydrolysis of a typical PPCPs, aspirin, was investigated using density functional theory (DFT) calculations and laboratory experiments. For DFT calculations, the frontier electron densities and bond dissociation energies were analyzed. Profiles of the potential energy surface were constructed, and all the possible pathways were discussed...
March 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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