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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728354/spatial-assessment-of-potential-ecological-risk-of-soil-heavy-metals-from-informal-e-waste-recycling-in-ghana
#1
Vincent Nartey Kyere, Klaus Greve, Sampson Atiemo, James Hawkins Ephraim
The rapidly increasing annual global volumes and the inherently valuable fractions of e-waste have created an avenue for individuals in Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana to make a living by utilizing unconventional, uncontrolled, primitive and crude procedures to recycle and recover valuable metals from these wastes. The current form of recycling procedures releases hazardous fractions such as heavy metals into the soils posing a significant risk to ecology and human health. 132 soil samples based on 100 m grid intervals were collected using handheld GPS and analyzed for Cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) heavy metals...
July 10, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728006/an-electrochemical-impedance-biosensor-for-hg-2-detection-based-on-dna-hydrogel-by-coupling-with-dnazyme-assisted-target-recycling-and-hybridization-chain-reaction
#2
Wei Cai, Shunbi Xie, Jin Zhang, Dianyong Tang, Ying Tang
In this work, an electrochemical impedance biosensor for high sensitive detection of Hg(2+) was presented by coupling with Hg(2+)-induced activation of Mg(2+)-specific DNAzyme (Mg(2+)-DNAzyme) for target cycling and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) assembled DNA hydrogel for signal amplification. Firstly, we synthesized two different copolymer chains P1 and P2 by modifying hairpin DNA H3 and H4 with acrylamide polymer, respectively. Subsequently, Hg(2+) was served as trigger to activate the Mg(2+)-DNAzyme for selectively cleavage ribonucleobase-modified substrate in the presence of Mg(2+)...
July 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728005/thermal-destruction-of-organic-waste-hydrophobicity-for-agricultural-soils-application
#3
Francisco Comino, Víctor Aranda, Ana Domínguez-Vidal, María José Ayora-Cañada
Use of organic amendments is a good strategy for combating the growing problem of soil degradation due to deterioration of organic matter content, particularly severe in semi-arid European Mediterranean regions, while at the same time providing an opportunity for recycling organic wastes. Olive mill pomace (OMP), the main by-product of the olive oil industry, is being used increasingly in olive grove soils for this purpose. Although the positive effects of OMP amendments have been widely studied, they also have some negative effects on soil...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727757/development-of-organic-fertilizers-from-food-market-waste-and-urban-gardening-by-composting-in-ecuador
#4
J Jara-Samaniego, M D Pérez-Murcia, M A Bustamante, C Paredes, A Pérez-Espinosa, I Gavilanes-Terán, M López, F C Marhuenda-Egea, H Brito, R Moral
Currently, the management of urban waste streams in developing countries is not optimized yet, and in many cases these wastes are disposed untreated in open dumps. This fact causes serious environmental and health problems due to the presence of contaminants and pathogens. Frequently, the use of specific low-cost strategies reduces the total amount of wastes. These strategies are mainly associated to the identification, separate collection and composting of specific organic waste streams, such as vegetable and fruit refuses from food markets and urban gardening activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727264/phosphorylated-polyacrylonitrile-fiber-as-an-efficient-and-greener-acetalization-catalyst
#5
Gang Xu, Jian Cao, Yali Zhao, Lishuo Zheng, Minli Tao, Wenqin Zhang
A novel solid acid catalyst (PANEAPF) was developed by immobilization of phosphoric acid on polyacrylonitrile fiber via covalent bond. Various characterization techniques such as elemental analysis (EA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), etc. were utilized to confirm the successful grafting and the stability of the fiber catalysts during application. The PANEAPF showed high catalytic activity in the acetalization of aldehydes due to the high utilization efficiency of its functionalized acid sites...
July 20, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726749/ladder-shaped-ion-channel-ligands-current-state-of-knowledge
#6
REVIEW
Yuri B Shmukler, Denis A Nikishin
Ciguatoxins (CTX) and brevetoxins (BTX) are polycyclic ethereal compounds biosynthesized by the worldwide distributed planktonic and epibenthic dinoflagellates of Gambierdiscus and Karenia genera, correspondingly. Ciguatera, evoked by CTXs, is a type of ichthyosarcotoxism, which involves a variety of gastrointestinal and neurological symptoms, while BTXs cause so-called neurotoxic shellfish poisoning. Both types of toxins are reviewed together because of similar mechanisms of their action. These are the only molecules known to activate voltage-sensitive Na⁺-channels in mammals through a specific interaction with site 5 of its α-subunit and may compete for it, which results in an increase in neuronal excitability, neurotransmitter release and impairment of synaptic vesicle recycling...
July 20, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726714/performance-of-a-novel-recycling-magnetic-flocculation-membrane-filtration-process-for-tetracycline-polluted-surface-water-treatment
#7
Yufei Wang, Hui Jia, Hongwei Zhang, Jie Wang, Wenjin Liu
A recycling magnetic flocculation membrane filtration (RMFMF) process integrating circulating coagulation, magnetic enhanced flocculation and membrane filtration was investigated for the treatment of surface water micro-polluted by tetracycline, a typical pharmaceutical and personal care product. A bench-scale experiment was conducted and several water quality parameters including turbidity, ultraviolet absorbance at 254 nm (UV254), total organic carbon and tetracycline concentration were evaluated, taking coagulation membrane filtration and magnetic flocculation membrane filtration processes as reference treatments...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726373/ultrasensitive-homogeneous-electrochemical-detection-of-transcription-factor-by-coupled-isothermal-cleavage-reaction-and-cycling-amplification-based-on-exonuclease-iii
#8
Lihua Lu, Huijuan Su, Feng Li
The assay and monitoring of transcription factors (TFs) has attracted extensive attention, due to their important roles in regulation of gene expressions. Herein, a simple, low cost, rapid, and highly sensitive homogeneous electrochemical method utilizing the coupled isothermal cleavage reaction and cycling amplification based on exonuclease III (Exo III) was explored for the analysis of transcription factor NF-κB p50 in aqueous solution. In the assay, a 3-methylene blue (MB)-labeled hairpin probe is designed, which can be opened up by the single stranded DNA (ssDNA) protected by NF-κB p50 from the Exo III cleavage, to trigger the subsequent Exo III-assisted digestion, thus a large amount of MB-labeled mononucleotides are liberated to result in the greatly amplified electrochemical signal...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724771/intracellular-colocalization-of-influenza-viral-rna-and-rab11a-is-dependent-upon-microtubule-filaments
#9
Eric Nturibi, Amar R Bhagwat, Stefanie Coburn, Mike M Myerburg, Seema S Lakdawala
Influenza A virus (IAV) consists of eight viral RNA (vRNA) segments that are replicated in the host cell nucleus and transported to the plasma membrane for packaging into progeny virions. We have previously proposed a model where sub-complexes of vRNA export from the nucleus and assemble en route to the plasma membrane. However, the role of host cytoskeletal proteins in the cytoplasmic assembly of IAV vRNA segments remains unknown. Previous studies have suggested that IAV vRNA segments transport via Rab11A-containing recycling endosomes (RE) and use both microtubules (MT) and actin...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724764/rab5-and-rab11-are-required-for-clathrin-dependent-endocytosis-of-japanese-encephalitis-virus-in-bhk-21-cells
#10
Chun-Chun Liu, Yun-Na Zhang, Zhao-Yao Li, Jin-Xiu Hou, Jing Zhou, Lin Kan, Bin Zhou, Pu-Yan Chen
During infection Japanese Encephalitis Virus generally enters host cells via receptor-mediated clathrin dependent endocytosis. The trafficking of JEV within endosomes is controlled by Rab GTPases, but which Rab proteins are involved in JEV entry into BHK-21 cells is unknown. In this study, entry and post-internalization of JEV were analyzed using biochemical inhibitors, RNA interference and dominant negative mutants. Our data demonstrate that JEV entry into BHK-21 cells depends on clathrin, dynamin, and cholesterol, but not caveolae or macropinocytosis...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724758/the-shcd-phosphotyrosine-adaptor-subverts-canonical-egf-receptor-trafficking
#11
Melanie K B Wills, Hayley R Lau, Nina Jones
Shc family signalling adaptors connect activated transmembrane receptors to proximal effectors, and most also contain a sequence involved in clathrin-mediated receptor endocytosis. Notably, this AP2 adaptin binding motif (AD) is absent from the ShcD homolog, which also uniquely promotes ligand-independent phosphorylation of the Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) Receptor (EGFR). We now report that cultured cells expressing ShcD exhibit reduced EGF uptake, commensurate with a decrease in EGFR surface presentation...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724630/altered-met-receptor-phosphorylation-and-lrp1-mediated-uptake-in-cells-lacking-carbohydrate-dependent-lysosomal-targeting
#12
Megan Aarnio-Peterson, Peng Zhao, Seok-Ho Yu, Courtney Christian, Heather Flanagan-Steet, Lance Wells, Richard Steet
Acid hydrolases utilize a carbohydrate-dependent mechanism for lysosomal targeting. These hydrolases acquire a mannose 6-phosphate tag by the action of the GlcNAc-1-phosphotransferase enzyme, allowing them to bind receptors and traffic to endosomes. Loss of GlcNAc-1-phosphotransferase results in hydrolase hypersecretion and profound lysosomal storage. Little, however, is known about how these cellular phenotypes affect the trafficking, activity and localization of surface glycoproteins. To address this question, we profiled the abundance of surface glycoproteins in WT and CRISPR-mediated GNPTAB-/- HeLa cells and identified changes in numerous glycoproteins including the uptake receptor LRP1 and multiple receptor tyrosine kinases...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724289/deuterohemin-peptide-enzyme-mimic-embedded-metal-organic-frameworks-through-biomimetic-mineralization-with-efficient-atrp-catalytic-activity
#13
Wei Jiang, Xinghuo Wang, Jiawen Chen, Ying Liu, Haobo Han, Yi Ding, Quanshun Li, Jun Tang
An enzyme mimic harboring iron porphyrin (DhHP-6) embedded in zeolite imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) was constructed through biomimetic mineralization approach to obtain the composite DhHP-6@ZIF-8. The composite was then used as catalyst in the ATRP of poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA500) in which poly(PEGMA500) could be synthesized with monomer conversion of 76.1% and Mn of 45,900 g/mol, stronger than free DhHP-6 as catalyst. More importantly, it could efficiently overcome the drawbacks of free DhHP-6 and achieve the easy separation of DhHP-6 from the catalytic system and the elimination of iron residues in the synthesized polymer...
July 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724222/development-of-a-soft-extraction-method-for-sulfamethoxazole-and-transformation-products-from-agricultural-soils-effects-of-organic-matter-co-extraction-on-the-environmental-availability-assessment
#14
Anaïs Goulas, Marjolaine Bourdat-Deschamps, Sylvie Nélieu, Julie Jimenez, Dominique Patureau, Claire-Sophie Haudin, Pierre Benoit
The recycling of biosolids and livestock manure in agriculture may lead to the introduction of antibiotic residues, i.e., parent molecule and transformation products, into amended soils. Their fate in soils can be approached through the assessment of their environmental availability. In this work, the environmental availability of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) and three transformation products (N(4)-acetyl-SMX, 3-amino-5-methylisoxazole, aniline) was assessed in soils amended with sludge compost or cow manure throughout a three-month incubation, using soft extractions with CaCl2, EDTA or cyclodextrin solutions...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723877/human-spinal-bone-dust-as-a-potential-local-autograft-in-vitro-potent-anabolic-effect-on-human-osteoblasts
#15
Ryan Gao, Matthew Street, Mei Lin Tay, Karen E Callon, Dorit Naot, Alistair Lock, Jacob T Munro, Jillian Cornish, John Ferguson, David Musson
STUDY DESIGN: In Vitro Study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect that factors released from human posterior spinal bone dust have on primary human osteoblast growth and maturation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Bone dust, created during spinal fusion surgeries has the potential to be used as an autologous bone graft by providing a source of viable autologous osteoblasts and mesenchymal stem cells with osteogenic potential. To date, no information is available on whether bone dust also provides a source of anabolic factors with the potential to enhance osteoblast proliferation and maturation, which would enhance its therapeutic potential...
July 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723346/co-immobilization-of-pd-and-zn-nanoparticles-in-chitosan-silica-membranes-for-efficient-recyclable-catalysts-used-in-ullmann-reaction
#16
Qi Liu, Mengdie Xu, Yudong Wang, Ruokun Feng, Zhen Yang, Shufeng Zuo, Chenze Qi, Minfeng Zeng
In this study, an efficient heterogeneous catalyst including palladium (Pd) and zinc (Zn) nanoparticles supported on chitosan/silica (CS/SiO2) composite membrane is synthesized using partially etching of SiO2 technique. N2 sorption isotherm results shows that the prepared Pd-Zn@CS/SiO2 (1/1) porous membrane had a BET surface area of 26.50m(2)/g. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), characterization of the catalyst shows that the Pd(00) nanoparticles (below 5nm), and Zn(00) aggregates (about 10-15nm) dispersed well in the CS/SiO2 matrix...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722651/ephrin-a-epha-specific-co-adaptation-as-a-novel-mechanism-in-topographic-axon-guidance
#17
Felix Fiederling, Markus Weschenfelder, Martin Fritz, Anne von Philipsborn, Martin Bastmeyer, Franco Weth
Genetic hardwiring during brain development provides computational architectures for innate neuronal processing. Thus, the paradigmatic chick retinotectal projection, due to its neighborhood preserving, topographic organization, establishes millions of parallel channels for incremental visual field analysis. Retinal axons receive targeting information from quantitative guidance cue gradients. Surprisingly, novel adaptation assays demonstrate that retinal growth cones robustly adapt towards ephrin-A/EphA forward and reverse signals, which provide the major mapping cues...
July 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722430/multi-amplified-sensing-of-microrna-by-a-small-dna-fragment-driven-enzymatic-cascade-reaction
#18
Eunjung Kim, Philip D Howes, Spencer W Crowder, Molly M Stevens
Combining technological developments such as nanomaterials, DNA nanotechnology, and functional enzymes has great potential to facilitate next generation high performance molecular diagnostic systems. In this work, we describe a microRNA (miRNA) detection assay that combines target recycling and isothermal amplification in an elegantly designed enzyme-mediated cascade reaction. Target recycling is driven by the action of duplex-specific nuclease (DSN), resulting in highly amplified translation of input miRNA to short output DNA fragments...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722121/the-importance-of-species-identity-and-interactions-on-multifunctionality-depends-on-how-ecosystem-functions-are-valued
#19
Eleanor M Slade, Laura Kirwan, Thomas Bell, Christopher Philipson, Owen T Lewis, Tomas Roslin
Studies investigating how biodiversity affects ecosystem functioning increasingly focus on multiple functions measured simultaneously ('multifunctionality'). However, few such studies assess the role of species interactions, particularly under alternative environmental scenarios, despite interactions being key to ecosystem functioning. Here we address five questions of central importance to ecosystem multifunctionality using a terrestrial animal system: 1) Does the contribution of individual species differ for different ecosystem functions?; 2) Do inter-species interactions affect the delivery of single functions and multiple functions?; 3) Does the community composition which maximises individual functions also maximise multifunctionality?; 4) Is the functional role of individual species, and the effect of interspecific interactions, modified by changing environmental conditions?; and 5) How do these roles and interactions change under varying scenarios where ecosystem services are weighted to reflect different societal preferences? We manipulated species' relative abundance in dung beetle communities and measured 16 functions contributing to dung decomposition, plant productivity, nutrient recycling, reduction of greenhouse gases, and microbial activity...
July 19, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720947/reduction-of-whey-protein-concentrate-antigenicity-by-using-a-combined-enzymatic-digestion-and-ultrafiltration-approach
#20
Laura Quintieri, Linda Monaci, Federico Baruzzi, Maria Gabriella Giuffrida, Silvia de Candia, Leonardo Caputo
The global interest in saving food resources is leading to recycle wasted-food materials to extract useful nutrients. In dairy industry, the recycling of whey proteins determines their utilization in the healthy-addressed foods, which, however, can cause immunological responses in allergic subjects. In this work, a whey protein concentrate (WPC) was alternatively hydrolyzed with pepsin, papain, trypsin and rennin in order to attenuate or abolish the β-lactoglobulin (BLG) antigenicity. The electrophoretic profiles of both pepsin and papain WPC hydrolysates proved the disappearance of the BLG band, even though a slight antigenicity was still found by ELISA...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
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