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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812956/toxicity-identification-and-evaluation-for-the-effluent-from-a-nonmetallic-mineral-mining-facility-in-korea-using-d-magna
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Sungjong Lee, Hongjoo Ha, JinKyung Hong, Guyoung Kang, Chunsang Hong
Industrial wastewater has attracted increasing attention in recent years because of its impact on ecosystems and human health. Whole-effluent tests are generally used to monitor toxicities of unknown chemicals and conventional pollutants from industrial effluent discharges. This study described identification evaluation (TIE) procedures to determine the acute toxicity of a nonmetallic mineral mining facility effluent that was toxic to Daphnia magna. In the characterization step (TIE phase I), toxic effects of heavy metals, organic compounds, oxidants, volatile organic compounds, suspended solids, and ammonia were screened...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764601/improved-water-quality-and-reduction-of-odorous-compounds-in-anaerobic-lagoon-columns-receiving-pre-treated-pig-wastewater
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Ariel A Szogi, John H Loughrin, Matias B Vanotti
Large volumes of wastewater from confined pig production are stored in anaerobic lagoons. Control methods are needed to reduce contributions to air pollution by foul odors from these lagoons. In a replicated pilot-scale lagoon column experiment, we evaluated the effect of pig wastewater pre-treatment on water quality improvements and reduction in concentration of selected malodor compounds in lagoons receiving liquid from: 1) flocculant enhanced solid-liquid separation (SS), and 2) solid-liquid separation plus biological N treatment using nitrification-denitrification (SS+NDN)...
August 2, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760164/acute-chemical-incidents-with-injured-first-responders-2002-2012
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Natalia Melnikova, Jennifer Wu, Alice Yang, Maureen Orr
Introduction First responders, including firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services, and company emergency response team members, have dangerous jobs that can bring them in contact with hazardous chemicals among other dangers. Limited information is available on responder injuries that occur during hazardous chemical incidents. METHODS: We analyzed 2002-2012 data on acute chemical incidents with injured responders from 2 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry chemical incident surveillance programs...
August 1, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748114/uric-acid-in-plants-and-microorganisms-biological-applications-and-genetics-a-review
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REVIEW
Rehab M Hafez, Tahany M Abdel-Rahman, Rasha M Naguib
Uric acid increased accumulation and/or reduced excretion in human bodies is closely related to pathogenesis of gout and hyperuricemia. It is highly affected by the high intake of food rich in purine. Uric acid is present in both higher plants and microorganisms with species dependent concentration. Urate-degrading enzymes are found both in plants and microorganisms but the mechanisms by which plant degrade uric acid was found to be different among them. Higher plants produce various metabolites which could inhibit xanthine oxidase and xanthine oxidoreductase, so prohibit the oxidation of hypoxanthine to xanthine then to uric acid in the purine metabolism...
September 2017: Journal of Advanced Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741715/first-report-of-carglumic-acid-in-a-patient-with-citrullinemia-type-1-argininosuccinate-synthetase-deficiency
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E Kose, P Kuyum, B Aksoy, J Häberle, N Arslan, Y Ozturk
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Carglumic acid is a structural analogue of human N-acetylglutamate, which has become an alternative therapeutic option for hyperammonaemia in organic acidaemias such as isovaleric acidaemia, methylmalonic acidaemia and propionic acidaemia, and it has been suggested in other urea cycle disorders such as ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency and carbamoyl phosphate synthetase 1 deficiency. CASE DESCRIPTION: A male newborn was diagnosed with citrullinemia after serum amino acid analyses revealed markedly elevated citrulline concentration together with homozygous p...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737897/biogenic-hydroxyapatite-a-new-material-for-the-preservation-and-restoration-of-the-built-environment
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Ronald Joseph Turner, Joanna C Renshaw, Andrea Hamilton
Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) is by weight the world's most produced man-made material, and consequently is used in a variety of applications in environments ranging from buildings, to nuclear wasteforms, and within the human body. In this paper, we present for the first time the direct deposition of biogenic hydroxyapatite onto the surface of OPC, in a synergistic process which relies upon the unique properties of the cement substrate. The synthesised hydroxyapatite is very similar to that found in nature; having a crystallite size, iron and carbonate substitution, and a semi-crystalline structure which identify that this biogenic hydroxyapatite is akin to that found in natural bone and tooth enamel...
July 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736047/health-risk-assessment-as-an-approach-to-manage-an-old-landfill-and-to-propose-integrated-solid-waste-treatment-a-case-study-in-italy
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O Paladino, M Massabò
The aim of the present paper is to show how an approach based on human health risk analysis can be used as a decisional tool for the evaluation of impacts on population and for deciding between different waste treatment processes. The situation in which the increasing production of solid wastes cannot be confined in the old existing Municipal Solid Waste landfill (settled in Genoa, Liguria Region, Italy) is used as a case study. Risk assessment for human health due to air, surface water, groundwater and soil contamination is performed in different scenarios for the old landfill and compared with alternative Waste-to-Energy management solutions that consider thermal treatment by gasification of the total waste or gasification of the dry fraction coupled with anaerobic digestion of the wet fraction, plus biogas combustion with or without sludge and bottom ash/slag disposal in the old landfill...
July 20, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726187/best-practices-for-media-selection-for-mammalian-cells
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REVIEW
Paul J Price
Cell culture medium is a complex mixture of nutrients and growth factors that, along with the physical environment, can either help or destroy your experiment or production run. Nutritional requirements differ with different cell types and functions, as do optimal pH and osmolality. As cell growth proceeds, different cells will utilize amino acids and other components at different rates. By controlling for ammonia, free radicals, heavy metal toxicity, pH shifts, fluctuations in osmolality, nutrient depletion, and chemical and biological contaminants, you will optimize the chances of success...
July 19, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726174/comparative-study-of-the-effects-of-a-small-scale-trout-farm-on-the-macrozoobenthos-potamoplankton-and-epilithic-diatom-communities
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K Stojanović, M Živić, Z Dulić, Z Marković, J Krizmanić, Dj Milošević, B Miljanović, J Jovanović, D Vidaković, I Živić
Trout farms are one of the major sources of pollution of highland streams and rivers, which are very sensitive ecosystems otherwise scarcely influenced by human activities. A trout farm with low annual production was chosen for comparative monitoring of its effects on the macrozoobenthos, epilithic diatom, and potamoplankton communities in the receiving stream. Research was conducted every 2 months during a period of 1 year (one control point and three localities downstream from the farm). The fish farm discharge induced moderate alteration of environmental factors in the receiving watercourse, viz...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724105/nitrifying-kinetics-and-the-persistence-of-nitrite-in-the-seine-river-france
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M Raimonet, T Cazier, V Rocher, A M Laverman
Although a higher oxidation rate for nitrite than for ammonia generally prevents nitrite accumulation in oxic waters, nitrite concentrations in the Seine River (1-31 μM) exceed European norms. We investigated the kinetics of in situ ammonia- and nitrite-oxidizing communities in river water and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents to determine the role of pelagic nitrification in the origin and persistence of nitrite downstream of Paris. The main source of nitrite is the major Parisian WWTP, and its persistence, up to tens of kilometers downstream of the plant, is explained by low ammonia and nitrite oxidation rates and high river flow...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722751/graded-replacement-of-maize-grain-with-molassed-sugar-beet-pulp-modulated-ruminal-microbial-community-and-fermentation-profile-in-vitro
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Matthias Münnich, Annabella Khol-Parisini, Fenja Klevenhusen, Barbara Metzler-Zebeli, Qendrim Zebeli
BACKGROUND: Molassed sugar beet pulp (Bp) is a viable alternative to grains in cattle nutrition for reducing human edible energy input. Yet, little is known about the effects of high inclusion rates of Bp on rumen microbiota. This study used an in vitro approach and the qPCR technique to establish the effects of a graded replacement of maize grain (MG) by Bp on the ruminal microbial community, fermentation profile, and nutrient degradation. RESULTS: Six different amounts of Bp (0 to 400 g kg(-1) ) which replaced MG in the diet were tested, using the in vitro semi continuous rumen simulation technique...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718839/dose-dependent-prebiotic-effect-of-lactulose-in-a-computer-controlled-in-vitro-model-of-the-human-large-intestine
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Melanie K Bothe, Annet J H Maathuis, Susann Bellmann, Jos M B M van der Vossen, Dirk Berressem, Annalena Koehler, Susann Schwejda-Guettes, Barbara Gaigg, Angelika Kuchinka-Koch, John F Stover
Lactulose, a disaccharide of galactose and fructose, used as a laxative or ammonia-lowering drug and as a functional food ingredient, enhances growth of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus at clinically relevant dosages. The prebiotic effect of subclinical dosages of Lactulose, however, remains to be elucidated. This study analyses changes in the microbiota and their metabolites after a 5 days Lactulose treatment using the TIM-2 system, a computer-controlled model of the proximal large intestine representing a complex, high density, metabolically active, anaerobic microbiota of human origin...
July 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707136/the-formation-of-a-functional-retinal-pigment-epithelium-occurs-on-porous-polytetrafluoroethylene-substrates-independently-of-the-surface-chemistry
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Victoria R Kearns, Jack Tasker, Zhuola, Riaz Akhtar, Akash Bachhuka, Krasimir Vasilev, Carl M Sheridan, Rachel L Williams
Subretinal transplantation of functioning retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells may have the potential to preserve or restore vision in patients affected by blinding diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). One of the critical steps in achieving this is the ability to grow a functioning retinal pigment epithelium, which may need a substrate on which to grow and to aid transplantation. Tailoring the physical and chemical properties of the substrate should help the engineered tissue to function in the long term...
August 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704427/the-influence-of-human-exploration-on-the-microbial-community-structure-and-ammonia-oxidizing-potential-of-the-su-bentu-limestone-cave-in-sardinia-italy
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Stefan Leuko, Kaisa Koskinen, Laura Sanna, Ilenia M D'Angeli, Jo De Waele, Paolo Marcia, Christine Moissl-Eichinger, Petra Rettberg
The bacterial diversity in the Su Bentu Cave in Sardinia was investigated by means of 16S rRNA gene-based analysis. This 15 km long cave, carved in Jurassic limestone, hosts a variety of calcite speleothems, and a long succession of subterranean lakes with mixed granite and carbonate sands. The lower level is occasionally flooded by a rising groundwater level, but with only scarce input of organic remains (leaves and charcoal fragments). On the quiet cave pools there are visible calcite rafts, whereas walls are locally coated with manganese deposits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681965/amorphizing-of-au-nanoparticles-by-ceox-rgo-hybrid-support-towards-highly-efficient-electrocatalyst-for-n2-reduction-under-ambient-conditions
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Si-Jia Li, Di Bao, Miao-Miao Shi, Ba-Ri Wulan, Jun-Min Yan, Qing Jiang
Ammonia synthesis is one of the most kinetically complex and energetically challenging chemical processes in industry and has used the Harber-Bosch catalyst for over a century, which is processed under both harsh pressure (150-350 atm) and hightemperature (623-823 K), wherein the energy and capital intensive Harber-Bosch process has a huge energy cost accounting for about 1%-3% of human's energy consumption. Therefore, there has been a rough and vigorous exploration to find an environmentally benign alternative process...
July 6, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659525/comparative-evaluation-of-conventional-and-microwave-hydrothermal-carbonization-of-human-biowaste-for-value-recovery
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Oluwasola O D Afolabi, M Sohail
This paper compares conventional and microwave hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) of human biowaste (HBW) at 160 °C, 180 °C and 200 °C as a potential technology to recover valuable carbonaceous solid fuel char and organic-rich liquor. Also discussed are the influence of HTC heating methods and temperature on HBW processing conversion into solid fuel char, i.e. yield and post-HTC management, dewaterability rates, particle size distribution and the carbon and energy properties of solid fuel char. While HTC temperatures influenced all parameters investigated, especially yield and properties of end products recovered, heating source effects were noticeable on dewatering rates, char particle sizes and HBW processing/end product recovery rate and, by extension, energy consumed...
June 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655218/isolation-and-characterization-of-burkholderia-fungorum-gan-35-with-the-outstanding-ammonia-nitrogen-degrading-ability-from-the-tailings-of-rare-earth-element-mines-in-southern-jiangxi-china
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Ai-Juan Feng, Xi Xiao, Cong-Cong Ye, Xiao-Ming Xu, Qing Zhu, Jian-Ping Yuan, Yue-Hui Hong, Jiang-Hai Wang
The exploitation of rare-earth-element (REE) mines has resulted in severe ammonia nitrogen pollution and induced hazards to environments and human health. Screening microorganisms with the ammonia nitrogen-degrading ability provides a basis for bioremediation of ammonia nitrogen-polluted environments. In this study, a bacterium with the outstanding ammonia nitrogen-degrading capability was isolated from the tailings of REE mines in southern Jiangxi Province, China. This strain was identified as Burkholderia fungorum Gan-35 according to phenotypic and phylogenetic analyses...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654800/long-term-investigation-of-constructed-wetland-wastewater-treatment-and-reuse-selection-of-adapted-plant-species-for-metaremediation
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Mohamed Mounir Saggaï, Abdelkader Ainouche, Mark Nelson, Florence Cattin, Abdelhak El Amrani
A highly diverse plant community in a constructed wetland was used to investigate an ecological treatment system for human wastewater in an arid climate. The eight-year operation of the system has allowed the identification of a highly adapted and effective plant consortium that is convenient for plant-assisted metaremediation of wastewater. This constructed wetland pilot station demonstrated effective performance over this extended period. Originally, there were twenty-five plant species. However, because of environmental constraints and pressure from interspecific competition, only seven species persisted...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612304/cardiovascular-effects-and-fatality-may-differ-according-to-the-formulation-of-glyphosate-salt-herbicide
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Jeong Mi Moon, Byeong Jo Chun, Yong Soo Cho, Sung Do Lee, Young Joon Hong, Min Ho Shin, Eu Jene Jung, Hyun Ho Ryu
This study aimed to compare adverse cardiovascular events and fatalities and to identify the risk factors for fatalities associated with the glyphosate salt herbicide formulation. Additionally, we examined whether glyphosate ammonium salt herbicides increased serum ammonia levels. One hundred forty-seven patients were divided into an ammonium group (glyphosate ammonium salt herbicide) and an isopropylamine (IPA) group (glyphosate IPA salt herbicide) according to the type of glyphosate salt formulation ingested...
June 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600910/dried-human-skin-fibroblasts-as-a-new-substratum-for-functional-culture-of-hepatic-cells
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Agnieszka Wencel, Karolina Ewa Zakrzewska, Anna Samluk, Bartłomiej Henryk Noszczyk, Dorota Genowefa Pijanowska, Krzysztof Dariusz Pluta
The primary hepatocytes culture is still one of the main challenges in toxicology studies in the drug discovery process, development of in vitro models to study liver function, and cell-based therapies. Isolated hepatocytes display a rapid decline in viability and liver-specific functions including albumin production, conversion of ammonia to urea, and activity of the drug metabolizing enzymes. A number of methods have been developed in order to maintain hepatocytes in their highly differentiated state in vitro...
2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
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