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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420209/association-between-blood-lead-levels-and-delta-aminolevulinic-acid-dehydratase-in-pregnant-women
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Osmel La-Llave-León, Edna M Méndez-Hernández, Francisco X Castellanos-Juárez, Eloísa Esquivel-Rodríguez, Fernando Vázquez-Alaniz, Ada Sandoval-Carrillo, Gonzalo García-Vargas, Jaime Duarte-Sustaita, Jorge L Candelas-Rangel, José M Salas-Pacheco
Blood lead levels (BLLs) and delta-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (ALAD) activity are considered biomarkers of lead exposure and lead toxicity, respectively. The present study was designed to investigate the association between BLLs and ALAD activity in pregnant women from Durango, Mexico. A total of 633 pregnant women aged 13-43 years participated in this study. Blood lead was measured by a graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometer. ALAD activity was measured spectrophotometrically. Mean blood lead was 2...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372833/chemical-toxicity-and-ecotoxicity-evaluation-of-tannery-sludge-stabilized-with-ladle-furnace-slag
#2
E Pantazopoulou, A Zouboulis
In this study, the stabilization of tannery sludge, which produced during the physico-chemical treatment of tannery wastewaters, was examined by the addition of ladle furnace slag. Moreover, the simultaneous addition of organoclay and ladle furnace slag for the stabilization of tannery sludge was also examined. Chromium and dissolved organic carbon in the leachate of raw tannery sludge, using the EN 12457-2 standard leaching test, were found to exceed the limit values for disposal in non-hazardous and even in hazardous waste landfills, according to the EU Decision 2003/33/EC...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372236/direct-determination-of-pb-in-raw-milk-by-graphite-furnace-atomic-absorption-spectrometry-gf-aas-with-electrothermal-atomization-sampling-from-slurries
#3
Tatiane Milão de Oliveira, Jayme Augusto Peres, Maria Lurdes Felsner, Karin Cristiane Justi
Milk is an important food in the human diet due to its physico-chemical composition; therefore, it is necessary to monitor contamination by toxic metals such as Pb. Milk sample slurries were prepared using Triton X-100 and nitric acid for direct analysis of Pb using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry - GF AAS. After dilution of the slurries, 10.00µl were directly introduced into the pyrolytic graphite tube without use of a chemical modifier, which acts as an advantage considering this type of matrix...
August 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358500/molecular-mechanism-of-dioxin-formation-from-chlorophenol-based-on-electron-paramagnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
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Li Li Yang, Guorui Liu, Minghui Zheng, Yuyang Zhao, Rong Jin, Xiaolin Wu, Yang Xu
Few studies have investigated the free radical intermediates involved in the formation of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) from chlorophenol. This study clarified the reaction pathways during thermochemical formation of PCDDs from 2,3,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) over a Cu(II)O/silica matrix, which was used to simulate fly ash, at 298-523 K. The reaction was studied using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and theoretical calculations. In situ EPR indicated the TCP radical (TCPR) formed by hydrogen abstraction of TCP...
March 30, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326316/protein-and-metalloprotein-distribution-in-different-varieties-of-beans-phaseolus-vulgaris-l-effects-of-cooking
#5
Aline P Oliveira, Geyssa Ferreira Andrade, Bianca S O Mateó, Juliana Naozuka
Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) are among the main sources of protein and minerals. The cooking of the grains is imperative, due to reduction of the effect of some toxic and antinutritional substances, as well as increase of protein digestibility. In this study, the effects of cooking on albumins, globulins, prolamins, and glutelins concentration and determination of Fe associated with proteins for different beans varieties and on phaseolin concentration in common and black beans were evaluated. Different extractant solutions (water, NaCl, ethanol, and NaOH) were used for extracting albumins, globulins, prolamins, and glutelins, respectively...
2017: International journal of food science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321634/a-preliminary-study-about-the-potential-effects-of-heavy-metals-on-the-human-male-reproductive-parameters-in-hiv-infected-population-in-china
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Renyan Li, Letian Zhao, Lianbing Li, Zhiwei Hou, Danyan Zhang, Ling Wan, Li Wei, Yuyou Yang, Jing Lv, Mingfu Ma, Yijian Zhu
Due to the inconsistent effects of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) on the human male reproduction in previous studies and the impacts of environmental exposures, such as heavy metals, on male reproduction receiving little attention in HIV-infected population, the aim of present study was to investigate whether heavy metals have potential effects on reproductive parameters in HIV-infected men. The current study assessed the associations between semen quality or serum hormone and concentration of the three heavy metal toxicants (lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), and zinc (Zn)) in seminal, urine, and serum, and 50 HIV-infected men were recruited in the present study...
March 20, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237220/impacts-of-iron-and-steelmaking-facilities-on-soil-quality
#7
Vladimir Strezov, Chandrakant Chaudhary
Iron and steel are highly important materials used in a wide range of products with important contribution to the economic development. The processes for making iron and steel are energy intensive and known to contribute to local pollution. Deposition of the metals may also have adverse impacts on soil quality, which requires detailed assessment. The aim of this study was to investigate the impacts of iron and steelmaking facilities on the local soil quality. Soil samples were collected in the vicinity of two steelmaking sites in Australia, one based on blast furnace steelmaking operation, while the second site was based on electric arc furnace steel recycling...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211363/nanowire-networks-and-hollow-nanospheres-of-ag-au-bimetallic-alloys-at-room-temperature
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R Britto Hurtado, M Cortez-Valadez, H Arizpe-Chávez, N S Flores-Lopez, Ramón A B Álvarez, M Flores-Acosta
Due to their physicochemical properties, metallic nanoalloys have potential applications in biomedicine, electrocatalysis and electrochemical sensors, among many other fields. New alternative procedures have emerged in order to reduce production costs and the use of toxic substances. In this study we present a novel low-toxicity synthesis method for the fabrication of nanowire networks (NWNs) and Ag-Au hollow nanospheres. The synthesis process is performed at room temperature without any sophisticated equipment, such as special cameras or furnaces, etc...
March 17, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190680/effect-of-waste-addition-points-on-the-chromium-leachability-of-cement-produced-by-co-processing-of-tannery-sludge
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Dongsheng Shen, Minrui Huang, Huajun Feng, Na Li, Yuyang Zhou, Yuyang Long
The effect of adding position for tannery sludge in a co-processing cement rotary kiln on the chromium leachability of the cement produced was assessed in laboratory scale. Cement clinkers and pastes were produced and evaluated based on analysis of the cement quality, characterization of the clinker crystalline phases, and extraction toxicity of heavy metals in the resulting cements (using the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) and the Chinese GB/T 30810-2014 standard). It was found that the amount of sludge added (up to 0...
February 9, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127691/toxic-metals-in-tissues-of-fishes-from-the-black-sea-and-associated-human-health-risk-exposure
#10
Gabriel Plavan, Oana Jitar, Carmen Teodosiu, Mircea Nicoara, Dragos Micu, Stefan-Adrian Strungaru
The anthropogenic activities in the Black Sea area are responsible for toxic metal contamination of sea food products. In this study, several toxic metals: cadmium, lead, nickel, chromium, and copper were quantified in different tissues (digestive tract, muscle, skeleton, skin) of nine fish species (Neogobius melanostomus, Belone belone, Solea solea, Trachurus mediterraneus ponticus, Sardina pilchardus, Engraulis encrasicolus, Pomatomus saltatrix, Sprattus sprattus, Scorpaena porcus) by using atomic absorption spectrometer with a high-resolution continuum source and graphite furnace technique (HR-CS GF-AAS), and the risk of fish meat consumption by the young human population was evaluated...
January 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035608/emission-and-distribution-of-pcdd-fs-chlorobenzenes-chlorophenols-and-pahs-from-stack-gas-of-a-fluidized-bed-and-a-stoker-waste-incinerator-in-china
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Tianjiao Wang, Tong Chen, Xiaoqing Lin, Mingxiu Zhan, Xiaodong Li
The concentrations, homologue, and congener profiles, as well as the gas/particle distribution of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs), chlorobenzenes (CBzs), chlorophenols (CPhs), and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from stack gas of two different municipal solid waste incinerators in China, were characterized. The incinerators were a stoker furnace incinerator equipped with the advanced air pollution control device (APCD) and a common circulating fluidized bed (CFB) furnace. The concentration of PCDD/Fs in the stack gas of the stoker incinerator ranged 0...
December 29, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998141/space-confined-growth-of-defect-rich-molybdenum-disulfide-nanosheets-within-graphene-application-in-the-removal-of-smoke-particles-and-toxic-volatiles
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Dong Wang, Weiyi Xing, Lei Song, Yuan Hu
In this work, molybdenum disulfide/reduced graphene oxide (MoS2/RGO) hybrids are synthesized by a spatially confined reaction to insert the growth of defect-rich MoS2 nanosheets within graphene to enable incorporation into the polymer matrix for the application in the removal of smoke particles and toxic volatiles. The steady-state tube furnace result demonstrates that MoS2/RGO hybrid could considerably reduce the yield of CO and smoke particles. The TG-IR coupling technique was utilized to identify species of toxic volatiles including aromatic compounds, CO, and hydrocarbons and to investigate the removal effect of MoS2/RGO hybrids on reducing toxic volatiles...
December 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909210/a-full-scale-study-on-thermal-degradation-of-polychlorinated-dibenzo-p-dioxins-and-dibenzofurans-in-municipal-solid-waste-incinerator-fly-ash-and-its-secondary-air-pollution-control-in-china
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Xingbao Gao, Bingjing Ji, Dahai Yan, Qifei Huang, Xuemei Zhu
Degradation of polychlorinated dibenzo- p-dioxins and dibenzofurans in municipal solid waste incinerator fly ash is beneficial to its risk control. Fly ash was treated in a full-scale thermal degradation system (capacity 1 t d(-1)) to remove polychlorinated dibenzo- p-dioxins and dibenzofurans. Apart from the confirmation of the polychlorinated dibenzo- p-dioxin and dibenzofuran decomposition efficiency, we focused on two major issues that are the major obstacles for commercialising this decomposition technology in China, desorption and regeneration of dioxins and control of secondary air pollution...
April 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908630/non-linear-dose-response-of-aluminium-hydroxide-adjuvant-particles-selective-low-dose-neurotoxicity
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Guillemette Crépeaux, Housam Eidi, Marie-Odile David, Yasmine Baba-Amer, Eleni Tzavara, Bruno Giros, François-Jérôme Authier, Christopher Exley, Christopher A Shaw, Josette Cadusseau, Romain K Gherardi
Aluminium (Al) oxyhydroxide (Alhydrogel(®)), the main adjuvant licensed for human and animal vaccines, consists of primary nanoparticles that spontaneously agglomerate. Concerns about its safety emerged following recognition of its unexpectedly long-lasting biopersistence within immune cells in some individuals, and reports of chronic fatigue syndrome, cognitive dysfunction, myalgia, dysautonomia and autoimmune/inflammatory features temporally linked to multiple Al-containing vaccine administrations. Mouse experiments have documented its capture and slow transportation by monocyte-lineage cells from the injected muscle to lymphoid organs and eventually the brain...
January 15, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678477/particulate-emissions-from-the-combustion-of-birch-beech-and-spruce-logs-cause-different-cytotoxic-responses-in-a549-cells
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Stefanie Kasurinen, Pasi I Jalava, Mikko S Happo, Olli Sippula, Oskari Uski, Hanna Koponen, Jürgen Orasche, Ralf Zimmermann, Jorma Jokiniemi, Maija-Riitta Hirvonen
According to the World Health Organization particulate emissions from the combustion of solid fuels caused more than 110,000 premature deaths worldwide in 2010. Log wood combustion is the most prevalent form of residential biomass heating in developed countries, but it is unknown how the type of wood logs used in furnaces influences the chemical composition of the particulate emissions and their toxicological potential. We burned logs of birch, beech and spruce, which are used commonly as firewood in Central and Northern Europe in a modern masonry heater, and compared them to the particulate emissions from an automated pellet boiler fired with softwood pellets...
September 28, 2016: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27664658/determination-of-nickel-in-hydrogenated-fats-and-selected-chocolate-bars-in-czech-republic
#16
Lucie Dohnalova, Pavel Bucek, Petr Vobornik, Vlastimil Dohnal
Nickel is a metal that can be present in products containing hardened edible oils, possibly as leftover catalyst from the vegetable oil hardening process. Nickel may cause toxic effects including the promotion of cancer and contact allergy. In this work, nickel content was determined in hydrogenated vegetable fats and confectionery products, made with these fats, available on the Czech market using newly developed method combining microwave digestion and graphite furnace AAS. While concentrations of 0.086±0...
February 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642257/new-rapid-method-to-measure-dissolved-silver-concentration-in-silver-nanoparticle-suspensions-by-aggregation-combined-with-centrifugation
#17
Feng Dong, Eugenia Valsami-Jones, Jan-Ulrich Kreft
It is unclear whether the antimicrobial activities of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are exclusively mediated by the release of silver ions (Ag(+)) or, instead, are due to combined nanoparticle and silver ion effects. Therefore, it is essential to quantify dissolved Ag in nanosilver suspensions for investigations of nanoparticle toxicity. We developed a method to measure dissolved Ag in Ag(+)/AgNPs mixtures by combining aggregation of AgNPs with centrifugation. We also describe the reproducible synthesis of stable, uncoated AgNPs...
2016: Journal of Nanoparticle Research: An Interdisciplinary Forum for Nanoscale Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27488040/nickel-smelting-fumes-increased-the-expression-of-hif-1%C3%AE-through-pi3k-erk-pathway-in-nih-3t3-cells
#18
Dan Han, Yue Yang, Lin Zhang, Chao Wang, Yue Wang, Wen-Qiao Tan, Xue-Ying Hu, Yong-Hui Wu
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Nickel (Ni) -smelting fumes on oncogenic proteins in vivo and in vitro. METHODS: Ni fallout beside a Ni smelting furnace in a factory was sampled to study its toxic effect. The effects of Ni-smelting fumes on the regulation of PI3K and ERK signaling pathways and the important downstream hypoxia inducible factor, HIF-1α, were studied both in NIH/3T3 cells and in the lung tissue of rats. NIH/3T3 cell transformation induced by Ni-smelting fumes was also observed...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27478794/qualitative-and-quantitative-content-determination-of-macro-minor-elements-in-bryonia-alba-l-roots-using-flame-atomic-absorption-spectroscopy-technique
#19
Uliana Vladimirovna Karpiuk, Khaldun Mohammad Al Azzam, Zead Helmi Mahmoud Abudayeh, Viktoria Kislichenko, Ahmad Naddaf, Irina Cholak, Oksana Yemelianova
PURPOSE: To determine the elements in Bryonia alba L. roots, collected from the Crimean Peninsula region in Ukraine. METHODS: Dry ashing was used as a flexible method and all elements were determined using atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) equipped with flame and graphite furnace. RESULTS: The average concentrations of the determined elements, expressed as mg/100 g dry weight of the sample, were as follow: 13.000 for Fe, 78.000 for Si, 88...
June 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27345699/isotopic-fingerprints-of-iron-cyanide-complexes-in-the-environment
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Tim Mansfeldt, Patrick Höhener
Tracing the origin of iron-cyanide complexes in the environment is important because these compounds are potentially toxic. We determined the stable isotopic compositions of cyanide-carbon (CCN) and cyanide-nitrogen (NCN) in 127 contaminated solids and 11 samples of contaminated groundwater from coal carbonization sites, blast furnace operations, and commercial cyanide applications. Coal-carbonization-related cyanides had unique high mean δ(13)CCN values of -10.5 ± 3.5‰ for the solids and -16.1 ± 1.2‰ for the groundwater samples, while the values for blast furnace sludge (-26...
July 19, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
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