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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214938/baseline-trace-metals-in-patella-caerulea-in-a-central-tyrrhenian-ecosystem-pontine-islands-archipelago-and-lazio-region-coastal-sites-italy
#1
Marcelo Enrique Conti, Giustino Mele, Maria Grazia Finoia
In this study, we tested the aptitude of the gastropod mollusk Patella caerulea as biomonitor of elemental pollution in seawater of a central Tyrrhenian ecosystem (Pontine Islands archipelago and Lazio region coastal sites, Italy). Concentrations of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn were measured in 120 individuals collected in six strategic locations in two sampling campaigns during 2011 and 2012. Samples of surrounding seawater were also collected in the same sites and tested for the same metals in order to obtain the respective concentration factors (CFs)...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214934/the-effect-of-low-molecular-weight-organic-acids-on-copper-toxicity-in-e-fetida-in-an-acute-exposure-system
#2
Chuifan Zhou, Meiying Huang, Jiaoda Yu, Ying Li, Aiqin Liu
In the present study, the effects of low-molecular-weight organic acids (OAs) on the toxicity of copper (Cu) to the earthworm Eisenia fetida (E. fetida) were investigated in a simulated soil solution. We exposed E. fetida to soil solution containing Cu and a variety of OAs (acetic acid, oxalic acid, citric acid, and EDTA). We found that the addition of OAs reduced the toxicity of Cu to E. fetida, where the reduction was strongest in EDTA and weakest in acetic acid. These compounds decreased the mortality rate of E...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214744/tuning-of-the-selectivity-of-fluorescent-peptidyl-bioprobe-using-aggregation-induced-emission-for-heavy-metal-ions-by-buffering-agents-in-100-aqueous-solutions
#3
Lok Nath Neupane, Gi Won Hwang, Keun-Hyeung Lee
Smart fluorescent probes of which the detection of specific target molecules can be controlled are attracting remarkable interest. A fluorescent peptidyl bioprobe (1) was rationally synthesized by conjugating tetraphenylethylene, an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) fluorophore with a peptide receptor (AspHis) that acted as hard and intermediate bases. The selective detection of 1 for specific metal ion in 100% aqueous solutions was controlled by the buffering agents with the chelate effect without the change of pH...
February 3, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214715/metal-bioaccumulation-and-detoxification-processes-in-cephalopods-a-review
#4
REVIEW
Virginie Penicaud, Thomas Lacoue-Labarthe, Paco Bustamante
In recent decades, cephalopods have been shown to have very high capacities to accumulate most trace elements, regardless of whether they are essential (e.g., Cu and Zn) or non-essential (e.g., Ag and Cd). Among the different pathways of exposure to trace elements, the trophic pathway appears to be the major route of assimilation for numerous metals, including Cd, Co, Hg and Zn. Once assimilated, trace elements are distributed in the organism, accumulating in storage organs. The digestive gland is the main organ in which many trace elements accumulate, whichever of the exposure pathway...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214713/comparative-analysis-of-metagenomes-of-italian-top-soil-improvers
#5
Federica Gigliucci, Gianfranco Brambilla, Rosangela Tozzoli, Valeria Michelacci, Stefano Morabito
Biosolids originating from Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants are proposed as top soil improvers (TSI) for their beneficial input of organic carbon on agriculture lands. Their use to amend soil is controversial, as it may lead to the presence of emerging hazards of anthropogenic or animal origin in the environment devoted to food production. In this study, we used a shotgun metagenomics sequencing as a tool to perform a characterization of the hazards related with the TSIs. The samples showed the presence of many virulence genes associated to different diarrheagenic E...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214670/metal-mediated-dna-assembly-with-ligand-based-nucleosides
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REVIEW
Soham Mandal, Jens Müller
Nucleic acids such as DNA are increasingly being applied in nanotechnology, as a result of their capability to self-assemble reversibly. The formal replacement of canonical base pairs by metal-mediated ones enables a site-specific introduction of metal-based functionality into these biomolecules, leading to the formation of predesigned metal arrays. This article offers an overview of structural aspects of metal-mediated base pairs, reviews recent advances in the field of metal-mediated base pairing and presents potential applications of the resulting metal-modified nucleic acids...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214629/effects-of-metal-ion-replacement-on-pyrazinamidase-activity-a-quantum-mechanical-study
#7
Mahmoud Khadem-Maaref, Faramarz Mehrnejad, Arash Phirouznia
Pyrazinamidase (PZase), a metalloenzyme, is responsible for acidic modification of pyrazinamide (PZA), a drug used in tuberculosis treatment. The metal coordination site of the enzyme is able to coordinate various divalent metal cofactors. Previous experimental studies have demonstrated that metal ions, such as Co(2+), Mn(2+), and Zn(2+), are able to reactivate metal-depleted PZase, while others including Cu(2+), Fe(2+), and Mg(2+), cannot restore activity. In this study, we investigated binding of various metal ions to the metal coordination site (MCS) of the enzyme using quantum mechanical calculations...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214520/impact-of-copper-ligand-mutations-on-a-cupredoxin-with-a-green-copper-center
#8
Magali Roger, Giuliano Sciara, Frédéric Biaso, Elisabeth Lojou, Xie Wang, Marielle Bauzan, Marie-Thérèse Giudici-Orticoni, Alejandro Vila, Marianne Ilbert
Mononuclear cupredoxins contain a type 1 copper center with a trigonal or tetragonal geometry usually maintained by four ligands, a cystein, two histidines and a methionine. The recent discovery of new members of this family with unusual properties demonstrates, however, the versatility of this class of proteins. Changes in their ligand set lead to drastic variation in their metal site geometry and in the resulting spectroscopic and redox features. In our work, we report the identification of the copper ligands in the recently discovered cupredoxin AcoP...
February 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214191/potential-of-different-am-fungi-native-from-as-contaminated-and-uncontaminated-soils-for-supporting-leucaena-leucocephala-growth-in-as-contaminated-soil
#9
Jerusa Schneider, Jochen Bundschuh, Wesley de Melo Rangel, Luiz Roberto Guimarães Guilherme
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi inoculation is considered a potential biotechnological tool for an eco-friendly remediation of hazardous contaminants. However, the mechanisms explaining how AM fungi attenuate the phytotoxicity of metal(oid)s, in particular arsenic (As), are still not fully understood. The influence of As on plant growth and the antioxidant system was studied in Leucaena leucocephala plants inoculated with different isolates of AM fungi and exposed to increasing concentrations of As (0, 35, and 75 mg dm(-3)) in a Typic Quartzipsamment soil...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214187/microbiological-analysis-antimicrobial-activity-and-heavy-metals-content-of-jordanian-ma-in-hot-springs-water
#10
Muhamad Ali K Shakhatreh, Jacob H Jacob, Emad I Hussein, Majed M Masadeh, Safwan M Obeidat, Abdul-Salam F Juhmani, Mutaz A Abd Al-Razaq
Ma'in hot springs are known as sites of balneotherapy. However, little is known about their microbiology and chemistry. In this study, we aim at evaluating the antimicrobial activity of Ma'in hot-springs water (MHSW), studying its microbiology, and determining its physicochemical properties including the heavy metals content. Therefore, water samples were collected from Ma'in hot springs and tested for antimicrobial activity using agar diffusion method. Water was then cultivated on nutrient agar to isolate and identify the dominant bacteria by chemical and molecular methods...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214103/tracking-the-evolution-and-differences-between-guest-induced-phases-of-ga-mil-53-via-ultra-wideline-69-71-ga-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
#11
Yue Zhang, Bryan E G Lucier, Victor V Terskikh, Renlong Zheng, Yining Huang
Ga-MIL-53 is a metal-organic framework (MOF) that exhibits a "breathing effect," in which the pore size and overall MOF topology can be influenced by temperature, pressure, and host-guest interactions. The phase control afforded by this flexible framework renders Ga-MIL-53 a promising material for guest storage and sensing applications. In this work, the structure and behavior of four Ga-MIL-53 phases (as, ht, enp and lt), along with CO2 adsorbed within Ga-MIL-53 at various loading levels, has been investigated using (69/71)Ga solid-state NMR (SSNMR) experiments at 21...
January 31, 2017: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213894/controllable-rotating-behavior-of-individual-dielectric-micro-rod-in-a-rotating-electric-field
#12
Weiyu Liu, Yukun Ren, Ye Tao, Yanbo Li, Xiaoming Chen
We report herein controllable rotating behavior of an individual dielectric micro-rod driven by a background rotating electric field. By disposing or removing structured floating microelectrode, the rigid rod suspended in electrolyte solution accordingly exhibits co-field or anti-field rotating motion. In the absence of the ideally polarizable metal surface, the dielectric rod rotates opposite to propagation of electric field, with the measured rotating rate much larger than predicted by Maxwell-Wager interfacial polarization theory incorporating surface conduction of fixed bond charge...
February 18, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213709/high-efficiency-removal-of-triclosan-by-structure-directing-agent-modified-mesoporous-mil-53-al
#13
Rongni Dou, Junya Zhang, Yuancai Chen, Siyuan Feng
In order to expand the potential applications of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), structure directing agents modified mesoporous MIL-53(Al) (MIL-53(Al)-1) was investigated to adsorb triclosan (TCS) with two different initial concentrations. MIL-53(Al)-1 with high mesoporosity and total pore volume exhibited higher adsorption capacity and 4.4 times faster adsorption of TCS at low concentration (1 mg L(-1)) than that of microporous MIL-53(Al). Also, mesoporous as well as microporous MIL-53(Al) showed significant higher adsorption capacity and two orders of magnitude greater fast uptake of TCS than two kinds of mesoporous-activated carbon...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213706/plant-microbial-association-in-petroleum-and-gas-exploration-sites-in-the-state-of-assam-north-east-india-significance-for-bioremediation
#14
Hemen Sarma, N F Islam, M N V Prasad
The state of Assam in north-east India gained popularity in Asia because of discovery of oil. Pollution due to petroleum and gas exploration is a serious problem in Assam. Oil and gas exploration by various agencies in Assam resulted in soil pollution due to hydrocarbons (HCs) and heavy metals (HMs). Bioremediation gained considerable significance in addressing petroleum hydrocarbon polluted sites in various parts of the world. In this investigation, we have observed 15 species of plants belonging to grass growing on the contaminated soils...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213326/amino-acid-mediated-turn-off-turn-on-nanozyme-activity-of-gold-nanoclusters-for-sensitive-and-selective-detection-of-copper-ions-and-histidine
#15
Yan Liu, Ding Ding, Yuanlin Zhen, Rong Guo
Herein, we presented a facile strategy for highly sensitive and selective detection of both Cu(2+) and histidine (His) by combining the peroxidase-like nanozyme activity of gold nanoclusters with amino acid's ambidentate nature. The peroxidase-like catalytic ability of histidine-Au nanoclusters (His-AuNCs) can be inhibited by the addition of Cu(2+). The sensitivity of this probe to Cu(2+) is significant with a linear range of 1-100nM, and a low detection limit of 0.1nM. More interestingly, His-AuNC/Cu(2+) undergoes recovery of the activity upon exposure to free His, because His/Cu(2+) complex is more stable due to the participation of the imidazole ring of His...
January 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213321/effects-of-selenium-lead-interaction-on-the-gene-expression-of-inflammatory-factors-and-selenoproteins-in-chicken-neutrophils
#16
Xiaojing Li, Mengyuan Xing, Menghao Chen, Jinxin Zhao, Ruifeng Fan, Xia Zhao, Changyu Cao, Jie Yang, Ziwei Zhang, Shiwen Xu
Lead (Pb) is one of the most highly toxic metal pollutant that can cause damage to the immune system. It is known that selenium (Se) can antagonize heavy metals. To explore the toxic effects of Pb poisoning on bird immune cells, as well as the alleviating effects of Se on Pb, Se supplement and/or Pb poisoning chicken models were established. One hundred and eighty Hyline 7-day-old male chickens received either Se (1mg Se per kg of diet), Pb (350mg Pb per liter water) or Se+Pb in their diet and water for 90 days...
February 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213304/photocatalytic-effects-of-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-on-aquatic-organisms-current-knowledge-and-suggestions-for-future-research
#17
REVIEW
Vena N Haynes, J Evan Ward, Brandon J Russell, Alexander G Agrios
Nanoparticles are entering natural systems through product usage, industrial waste and post-consumer material degradation. As the production of nanoparticles is expected to increase in the next decade, so too are predicted environmental loads. Engineered metal-oxide nanomaterials, such as titanium dioxide, are known for their photocatalytic capabilities. When these nanoparticles are exposed to ultraviolet radiation in the environment, however, they can produce radicals that are harmful to aquatic organisms...
February 9, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213247/an-automatic-stirring-assisted-liquid-liquid-microextraction-system-based-on-lab-in-syringe-platform-for-on-line-atomic-spectrometric-determination-of-trace-metals
#18
Georgia Giakisikli, Aristidis N Anthemidis
A novel simple fully automatic on-line magnetic stirring-assisted liquid-liquid microextraction method, based on the lab-in-syringe (LIS) concept, has been developed as an alternative approach for sample pretreatment and atomic spectrometric assays. The analytical process includes the in-syringe reaction of the metal ion with the chelating reagent, the analyte micro-extraction and the subsequent transportation of the extractant to the detection system for electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometric (ETAAS) quantification...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213224/ordered-titanium-templates-functionalized-by-gold-films-for-biosensing-applications-towards-non-enzymatic-glucose-detection
#19
Katarzyna Grochowska, Mariusz Szkoda, Jakub Karczewski, Gerard Śliwiński, Katarzyna Siuzdak
Recently, metal nanostructures evoke much interest due to application potential in highly sensitive detectors in biochemistry and medical diagnostics. In this work we report on preparation and characteristics of thin (1-100nm) Au films deposited onto highly ordered structured titanium templates for SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) and electrochemical sensing. The Ti templates are formed by selective removal of TiO2 nanotubes out of as-anodized titanium substrate. The surface of the obtained material reproduce precisely the bottom layer of the nanotubes and consists of a uniformly distributed dimples with diameter of ~100nm...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213182/microbial-nickel-cellular-uptake-and-delivery-to-enzyme-centers
#20
REVIEW
Conor J Zeer-Wanklyn, Deborah B Zamble
Nickel enzymes allow microorganisms to access chemistry that can be vital for survival and virulence. In this review we highlight recent work on several systems that import nickel ions and deliver them to the active sites of these enzymes. Small molecules, in particular l-His and derivatives, may chelate nickel ions before import at TonB-dependent outer-membrane and ABC-type inner-membrane transporters. Inside the cell, nickel ions are used by maturation factors required to produce nickel enzymes such as [NiFe]-hydrogenase, urease and lactate racemase...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
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