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John L Semple, G W Kent Moore, Petros Koutrakis, Jack M Wolfson, Paolo Cristofanelli, Paolo Bonasoni
: Semple, John L., G.W. Kent Moore, Petros Koutrakis, Jack M. Wolfson, Paolo Cristofanelli, and Paolo Bonasoni. High concentrations of ozone air pollution on Mount Everest: health implications for Sherpa communities and mountaineers. High Alt Med Biol. 00:000-000, 2016.-Introduction: Populations in remote mountain regions are increasingly vulnerable to multiple climate mechanisms that influence levels of air pollution. Few studies have reported on climate-sensitive health outcomes unique to high altitude ecosystems...
October 20, 2016: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
Siavash Isazadeh, Shameem Jauffur, Dominic Frigon
Effect of ecological variables on community assembly of heterotrophic bacteria at eight full-scale and two pilot-scale activated sludge wastewater treatment plants (AS-WWTPs) were explored by pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons. In total, 39 samples covering a range of abiotic factors spread over space and time were analyzed. A core bacterial community of 24 families detected in at least six of the eight AS-WWTPs was defined. In addition to the core families, plant-specific families (observed at <50% AS-WWTPs) were found to be also important in the community structure...
October 19, 2016: MicrobiologyOpen
Navnit Kumar Mishra, Anil Kumar Sharma, Tapan Kumar Mukherjee
Melanoma is a cancer associated with melanocytes of epidermis. There has been a consistent increase in the number of melanoma patients because of the depletion of the ozone layer which makes it of paramount importance to explore the immunogenic potential of various peptides in melanoma therapy. In the current study, a mutated decapeptide (ELAGIGILTV) epitope ID 12941 was taken from the melanoma antigen recognized by T-cells. This epitope displayed relatively better affinity for histocompatibility leukocyte antigen influencing the proliferation of cytotoxic T-cells...
November 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Stefano Papazian, Eliezer Khaling, Christelle Bonnet, Steve Lassueur, Philippe Reymond, Thomas Moritz, James Blande, Benedicte Riber Albrectsen
Plants have evolved adaptive mechanisms that allow them to tolerate a continuous range of abiotic and biotic stressors. Tropospheric ozone (O3), a global anthropogenic pollutant, directly affects living organisms and ecosystems, including plant-herbivore interactions. In this study, we investigate the stress responses of wild black mustard (Brassica nigra) exposed consecutively to O3 and the specialist herbivore Pieris brassicae. Transcriptomics and metabolomics data were evaluated using multivariate, correlation, and network analyses for the O3 and herbivory responses...
October 6, 2016: Plant Physiology
Chen Xu, Hai-Dong Kan, Yan-Ni Fan, Ren-Jie Chen, Jiang-Hong Liu, Ya-Fei Li, Yao Zhang, Ai-Ling Ji, Tong-Jian Cai
The correlation between enteritis, a common digestive disease, and exposure to ambient air pollutants has not been examined in a comprehensive manner. The aim of this study was to determine whether an association between short-term air pollution exposure and outpatient visits for enteritis in Xi'an, China, occurred using a time-series investigation. Daily baseline data from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2015, were obtained. The overdispersed Poisson generalized additive model was used to analyze the association between air pollutant levels and frequency of enteritis...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
Masaatsu Miyauchi, Hideaki Nakajima
UV radiation contains erythemally-weighted UV, as well as UV that synthesizes vitamin D3 . Here, we attempted to determine the relationship between these factors by numerical simulation of atmospheric parameters, such as total ozone, using a simplified "SMART2″ model for radiative transfer. Both forms of UV were almost linearly correlated with each other for a comparably large UV radiation exposure, larger than UV Index ~ 1.6. If erythemally-weighted UV, which carries a risk of sunburn, is known, the amount of UV exposure needed for vitamin D synthesis in the epidermis can be estimated using this relationship...
October 18, 2016: Photochemistry and Photobiology
Rachelle M Duvall, Russell W Long, Melinda R Beaver, Keith G Kronmiller, Michael L Wheeler, James J Szykman
This study reports on the performance of electrochemical-based low-cost sensors and their use in a community application. CairClip sensors were collocated with federal reference and equivalent methods and operated in a network of sites by citizen scientists (community members) in Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado, under the umbrella of the NASA-led DISCOVER-AQ Earth Venture Mission. Measurements were focused on ozone (O₃) and nitrogen dioxide (NO₂). The performance evaluation showed that the CairClip O₃/NO₂ sensor provided a consistent measurement response to that of reference monitors (r² = 0...
October 13, 2016: Sensors
Roman Ashauer
BACKGROUND: Removal of organic micropollutants from wastewater by post-ozonation has been investigated in a municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) temporarily upgraded with full-scale ozonation, followed by sand filtration, as an additional treatment step of the secondary effluent. Here, the SPEAR (species at risk) indicator was used to analyse macroinvertebrate abundance data that were collected in the receiving stream before, during and after ozonation to investigate whether ozonation improved the water quality...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Bin Zhang, Jinzhu Zhao, Rong Yang, Zhengmin Qian, Shengwen Liang, Bryan A Bassig, Yiming Zhang, Ke Hu, Shunqing Xu, Guanghui Dong, Tongzhang Zheng, Shaoping Yang
The objective of this study was to evaluate whether high levels of maternal exposure to O3, SO2, NO2, CO are related to increased risk of congenital heart defects (CHDs) in Wuhan, China. The study included mothers living in the central districts of Wuhan during pregnancy over the two-year period from June 10, 2011 to June 9, 2013. For each study participant, we assigned 1-month averages of O3, SO2, NO2 and CO exposure based on measurements obtained from the nearest exposure monitor to the living residence of mothers during their early pregnancy period...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
H Calvete-Sogo, I González-Fernández, H García-Gómez, R Alonso, S Elvira, J Sanz, V Bermejo-Bermejo
Ozone (O3) critical levels (CLe) are still poorly developed for herbaceous vegetation. They are currently based on single species responses which do not reflect the multi-species nature of semi-natural vegetation communities. Also, the potential effects of other factors like the nitrogen (N) input are not considered in their derivation, making their use uncertain under natural conditions. Exposure- and dose-response relationships were derived from two open-top chamber experiments exposing a mixture of 6 representative annual Mediterranean pasture species growing in natural soil to 4 O3 fumigation levels and 3 N inputs...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Zhenyi Chen, Cheng Liu, Wenqing Liu, Tianshu Zhang, Jin Xu
Despite extensive efforts into the characterization of air pollution during the past decade, concurrent real-time characterization of aerosol and NO2 as well as satellite observation above the urban canopy in the megacity of Beijing has sparsely been performed to date. We conducted a simultaneous real-time measurement of aerosol and NO2 in urban Beijing in a pollution episode from November 25, 2015 to December 2, 2015. The aerosol extinction coefficient was measured by a 532 Mie lidar and the NO2 concentration by a Multi-Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS)...
October 14, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Solange E Brandão, Patricia Bulbovas, Marcos E L Lima, Marisa Domingos
The tolerance potential against the oxidative injury in native plants from forest ecosystems affected by environmental stressors depends on how efficiently they keep their pro-oxidant/antioxidant balance. Great variations in plant tolerance are expected, highlighting the higher relevance of measuring biochemical leaf trait indicators of oxidative injury in species with similar functions in the forest than in single species. The use of this functional approach seems very useful in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest because it still holds high plant diversity and was the focus of this study...
October 13, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Sanja Pintarić, Ivan Zeljković, Gordana Pehnec, Višnja Nesek, Mislav Vrsalović, Hrvoje Pintarić
The aim of this study was to investigate whether nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), and certain meteorological conditions had an impact on cardiovascular disease (CVD)-related emergency department (ED) visits in the metropolitan area of Zagreb. This retrospective, ecological study included 20,228 patients with a cardiovascular disease as their primary diagnosis who were examined in the EDs of two Croatian University Hospitals, Sisters of Charity and Holy Spirit, in the study period July 2008-June 2010. The median of daily CVD-related ED visits during the study period was 28 and was the highest during winter...
September 1, 2016: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
Junshan Liu, Licheng He, Liang Wang, Yuncheng Man, Luyi Huang, Zheng Xu, Dan Ge, Jingmin Li, Chong Liu, Liding Wang
Polymer metallization is extensively used in a variety of micro and nano system technologies. However, the deposited metal film exhibits poor adhesion to polymer substrates, which may cause difficulties in many applications. In this work, ultraviolet (UV)-ozone surface modification is for the first time put forward to enhance the adhesion between metal films and polymer substrates. The adhesion of sputtered Cu films on UV-ozone modified polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) substrates is enhanced by a factor of 6, and that of Au films is improved by a factor of 10...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Zhiyong Bai, Qi Yang, Jianlong Wang
In this paper, Fe3O4/multi-wall carbon nanotubes composites were prepared, characterized and used as a catalyst for enhancing the ozonation of dimethyl phthalate (DMP) in aqueous solution. The experimental results showed that DMP degradation and mineralization increased by 26% and 20%, respectively, in catalytic ozonation compared with single ozonation, and more H2O2 and organic acids were produced during catalytic ozonation process than single ozonation. The effect of pH, ozone concentration and catalyst dosage on DMP degradation was determined...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Technology
Michael I Jacobs, Bo Xu, Oleg Kostko, Nadja Heine, Musahid Ahmed, Kevin R Wilson
The heterogeneous reaction of ozone (O3) with 200 nm squalene nanoparticles is studied using near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), ultraviolet (UPS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photoelectrons are detected from free nanoparticle beams using a velocity map imaging (VMI) spectrometer capable of detecting photoelectrons with up to 40 eV of kinetic energy. Heterogeneous kinetics are quantified using changes in the UPS, XPS and NEXAFS spectrum, yielding uptake coefficients for the decay of the double bonds in squalene of (3...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Nicole Kurhanewicz, Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky, Haiyan Tong, Allen Ledbetter, Leon Walsh, Aimen Farraj, Mehdi Hazari
Short-term exposure to ambient air pollution is linked with adverse cardiovascular effects. While previous research focused primarily on particulate matter-induced responses, gaseous air pollutants also contribute to cause short-term cardiovascular effects. Mechanisms underlying such effects have not been adequately described, however the immediate nature of the response suggests involvement of irritant neural activation and downstream autonomic dysfunction. Thus, this study examines the role of TRPA1, an irritant sensory receptor found in the airways, in the cardiac response of mice to acrolein and ozone...
October 13, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Hui-Chen Cheng, Ren-Hao Pan, Huan-Jui Yeh, K Robert Lai, May-Yung Yen, Chien-Lung Chan, An-Guor Wang
PURPOSE: To investigate whether daily changes in ambient air pollution were associated with an increased risk of central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO). DESIGN: Retrospective population-based cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: We identified patients newly diagnosed with CRAO between 2001 and 2013 in a representative database of 1 000 000 patients that were randomly selected from all registered beneficiaries of the National Health Insurance program in Taiwan...
October 13, 2016: Ophthalmology
Juhwan Noh, Jungwoo Sohn, Jaelim Cho, Seong-Kyung Cho, Yoon Jung Choi, Changsoo Kim, Dong Chun Shin
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to investigate the short-term effect of ambient air pollution on emergency department (ED) visits in Seoul for asthma according to patients' prior history of allergic diseases. METHODS: Data on ED visits from 2005 to 2009 were obtained from the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service. To evaluate the risk of ED visits for asthma related to ambient air pollutants (carbon monoxide [CO], nitrogen dioxide [NO2], ozone [O3], sulfur dioxide [SO2], and particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter <10 μm [PM10]), a generalized additive model with a Poisson distribution was used; a single-lag model and a cumulative-effect model (average concentration over the previous 1-7 days) were also explored...
September 2016: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Yebang Ŭihakhoe Chi
Lijuan Lu, Cailong Pan, Lu Chen, Liang Hu, Chaoyu Wang, Yuan Han, Zhixiang Cheng, Yanjing Yang, Wen-Tao Liu
Neuropathic pain is a debilitating clinical condition with few efficacious treatments, warranting development of novel therapeutics. Ozone is widely used as an alternative therapy for many different pain conditions, with exact mechanisms still elusive. In this study, we found that a single peri-sciatic nerve injection of ozone decreased mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia, and normalized the phosphorylation of protein kinase C γ (PKCγ), N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), and extracellular signal-regulated kinase in a chronic constriction injury (CCI) model in rat sciatic nerve...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
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