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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549320/light-emission-miracle-in-the-sea-and-preeminent-applications-of-bioluminescence-in-recent-new-biotechnology
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Sana Sharifian, Ahmad Homaei, Roohullah Hemmati, Khosro Khajeh
Bioluminescence is referred to the light emission by a living organism due to a specific biochemical reaction. This interesting feature of the organisms could highly influences behavioral and ecosystem dynamics. Luminescence, mostly observed in marine species, is generally higher in deep-living genera than in benthic or shallow organisms. However, among creatures living in land, fireflies, beetles, springtails and fungi have shown some bioluminescent activities. Classically, the emission of light is catalyzed by luciferase from a substrate...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549301/ecotoxicological-effect-of-ketamine-evidence-of-acute-chronic-and-photolysis-toxicity-to-daphnia-magna
#2
Shih-Wei Li, Yu-Hsiang Wang, Angela Yu-Chen Lin
Ketamine has been increasingly used in medicine and has the potential for abuse or illicit use around the world. Ketamine cannot be removed by conventional wastewater treatment plants. Although ketamine and its metabolite norketamine have been detected to a significant degree in effluents and aquatic environments, their ecotoxicity effects in aquatic organisms remain undefined. In this study, we investigated the acute toxicity of ketamine and its metabolite, along with the chronic reproductive toxicity of ketamine (5-100μg/L) to Daphnia magna...
May 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549272/acute-toxicity-of-emerging-atmospheric-pollutants-from-wood-lignin-due-to-biomass-burning
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Maryline Pflieger, Ana Kroflič
Guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol) is an important atmospheric pollutant. It is the major component of wood lignin and is essentially emitted to the atmosphere during biomass burning. Its aging in the tropospheric aqueous phase leads to the generation of the following ring-retaining transformation products, also during nighttime: 4-nitroguaiacol, 6-nitroguaiacol, and dinitroguaiacol. This study presents the first toxicological data of guaiacol and its nitro derivatives and reveals their harmful potential for the ecosystem...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545000/occurrence-and-effects-of-plastic-additives-on-marine-environments-and-organisms-a-review
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Ludovic Hermabessiere, Alexandre Dehaut, Ika Paul-Pont, Camille Lacroix, Ronan Jezequel, Philippe Soudant, Guillaume Duflos
Plastics debris, especially microplastics, have been found worldwide in all marine compartments. Much research has been carried out on adsorbed pollutants on plastic pieces and hydrophobic organic compounds (HOC) associated with microplastics. However, only a few studies have focused on plastic additives. These chemicals are incorporated into plastics from which they can leach out as most of them are not chemically bound. As a consequence of plastic accumulation and fragmentation in oceans, plastic additives could represent an increasing ecotoxicological risk for marine organisms...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544998/chronic-toxicity-of-five-metals-to-the-polar-marine-microalga-cryothecomonas-armigera-application-of-a-new-bioassay
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Darren J Koppel, Francesca Gissi, Merrin S Adams, Catherine K King, Dianne F Jolley
The paucity of ecotoxicological data for Antarctic organisms is impeding the development of region-specific water quality guidelines. To address this limitation, toxicity testing protocols need to be developed to account for the unique physiology of polar organisms, in particular their slow growth rates. In this study, a toxicity test protocol was developed to investigate the toxicities of five metals to the polar marine microalga Cryothecomonas armigera. The concentrations which reduced population growth rate by 10% (EC10) after 24-d for Cu, Pb, Zn, Cd and Ni were 21...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543985/advancing-the-quality-of-environmental-microplastic-research
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Kristin A Connors, Scott D Dyer, Scott E Belanger
Investigations into the environmental fate and effects of microplastics have been gaining momentum. Small, insoluble polymeric particles are implicated by scientists in a wide variety of studies that are used to suggest a potential for widespread impacts in freshwater and marine pelagic and sediment environments. An exponential growth in scientific publications and an increase in regulatory attention have occurred. However, despite these efforts, the environmental hazard of these particles is still unknown...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541776/enantioselective-apoptosis-and-oxidative-damage-induced-by-individual-isomers-of-profenofos-in-primary-hippocampal-neurons
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Xian T Lu, Yun Ma, Hang J Zhang, Mei Q Jin, Jun H Tang
The purpose of this study was to investigate the apoptosis-related cytotoxic effects and molecular mechanisms of individual isomers of profenofos (PFF) on primary hippocampal neurons at 1.0 to 20 mg L(-1). The cell viability and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) efflux indicated that (-)-PFF exposure was associated with more toxic effects than (+)-PFF above the concentration of 5 mg L(-1) (P < 0.5). Flow cytometric results showed that the percentages of apoptotic cells incubated with 20 mg L(-1) (-)-PFF, (+)-PFF and rac-PFF for 24 h reached 23...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541121/investigation-of-the-binding-and-simultaneous-quantifications-of-propanil-and-bromoxynil-herbicide-concentrations-in-human-serum-albumin
#8
Eric Appah, Brianda Elzey, Sayo O Fakayode
This study reported the use of UV-visible and fluorescence spectroscopy and partial-least-square (PLS) multivariate regression for accurate and simultaneous quantifications of two widely used herbicides, propanil, 3',4'-dichloropropionanilide (PPL) and bromoxynil, 3,5-dibromo-4-hydroxybenzonitrile (BXL) in human serum albumin (HSA) at physiological conditions. The binding affinity and thermodynamic properties of PPL-HSA and BXL-HSA complexes were also investigated. Partial-least-square (PLS) regression was used to collate the variability in the absorption or emission spectra of PPL-HSA and BXL-HSA complexes with PPL and/or BXL concentrations in HSA samples...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539649/interspecies-interactions-reverse-the-hazard-of-antibiotics-exposure-a-plankton-community-study-on-responses-to-ciprofloxacin-hydrochloride
#9
Changyou Wang, Ziyang Wang, Yong Zhang, Rongguo Su
The ecotoxicological effects of Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (CIP) were tested on population densities of plankton assemblages consisting of two algae (Isochrysis galbana and Platymonas subcordiformis) and a rotifer (Brachionus plicatilis). The I. galbana showed a significant decrease in densities when concentrations of CIP were above 2.0 mg L(-1) in single-species tests, while P. subcordiformis and B. plicatilis were stable in densities when CIP were less than10.0 mg L(-1). The equilibrium densities of I...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537026/triclocarban-uv-photolysis-wastewater-disinfection-and-ecotoxicity-assessment-using-molecular-biomarkers
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Suéllen Satyro, Enrico Mendes Saggioro, Fábio Veríssimo, Daniel Forsin Buss, Danielly de Paiva Magalhães, Anabela Oliveira
Triclocarban (TCC) is an antibacterial agent found in pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCP). It is potentially bioaccumulative and an endocrine disruptor, being classified as a contaminant of emerging concern (CEC). In normal uses, approximately 96% of the used TCC can be washed down the drain going into the sewer system and eventually enter in the aquatic environment. UV photolysis can be used to photodegrade TCC and ecotoxicity assays could indicate the photodegradation efficiency, since the enormous structural diversity of photoproducts and their low concentrations do not always allow to identify and quantify them...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531798/environmental-hazard-assessment-of-a-marine-mine-tailings-deposit-site-and-potential-implications-for-deep-sea-mining
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Nélia C Mestre, Thiago L Rocha, Miquel Canals, Cátia Cardoso, Roberto Danovaro, Antonio Dell'Anno, Cristina Gambi, Francesco Regoli, Anna Sanchez-Vidal, Maria João Bebianno
Portmán Bay is a heavily contaminated area resulting from decades of metal mine tailings disposal, and is considered a suitable shallow-water analogue to investigate the potential ecotoxicological impact of deep-sea mining. Resuspension plumes were artificially created by removing the top layer of the mine tailings deposit by bottom trawling. Mussels were deployed at three sites: i) off the mine tailings deposit area; ii) on the mine tailings deposit beyond the influence from the resuspension plumes; iii) under the influence of the artificially generated resuspension plumes...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531659/risk-assessment-of-the-endocrine-disrupting-effects-of-nine-chiral-pesticides
#12
Qin Song, Yi Zhang, Lu Yan, Jinghua Wang, Chensheng Lu, Quan Zhang, Meirong Zhao
The increased release of chiral pesticides into the environment has generated interest in the role of enantioselectivity in the environmental fate and ecotoxicological effects of these compounds. However, the information on the endocrine disrupting effects (EDEs) of chiral pesticides is still limited and discrepancies are also usually observed among different assays. In this study, we investigated the enantioselectivity of EDEs via estrogen and thyroid hormone receptors for nine chiral pesticides using in vitro and in silico approaches...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531178/zebrafish-exposure-to-environmentally-relevant-concentration-of-depleted-uranium-impairs-progeny-development-at-the-molecular-and-histological-levels
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Olivier Armant, Kewin Gombeau, Sophia Murat El Houdigui, Magali Floriani, Virginie Camilleri, Isabelle Cavalie, Christelle Adam-Guillermin
Uranium is an actinide naturally found in the environment. Anthropogenic activities lead to the release of increasing amounts of uranium and depleted uranium (DU) in the environment, posing potential risks to aquatic organisms due to radiological and chemical toxicity of this radionucleide. Although environmental contaminations with high levels of uranium have already been observed, chronic exposures of non-human species to levels close to the environmental quality standards remain scarcely characterized. The present study focused on the identification of the molecular pathways impacted by a chronic exposure of zebrafish to 20 μg/L of DU during 10 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525814/risk-assessment-of-triclosan-in-the-global-environment-using-a-probabilistic-approach
#14
Jiahua Guo, Hisato Iwata
The occurrence of antimicrobial agent triclosan (TCS) in the global aquatic and terrestrial environment is an emerging concern. While risk assessment for TCS is available in certain countries, no studies have attempted to assess the risk of TCS worldwide. This could be due to lack of method to characterize the global exposure. The present study therefore proposed a probabilistic-based approach to approximate the percent-ranked measured environmental concentrations (MECs) by estimating exposure concentration distribution (ECD) for different environmental compartments on a global scale, incorporating approximate 1200 single MECs...
May 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523621/ecotoxicological-assessment-of-the-impact-of-fluoride-f-and-turbidity-on-the-freshwater-snail-physella-acuta-in-a-polluted-river-receiving-an-industrial-effluent
#15
Julio A Camargo, Álvaro Alonso
We carried out field studies and laboratory experiments to assess the impact of fluoride (F(-)) and turbidity on the freshwater snail Physella acuta in a polluted river receiving an industrial effluent (the middle Duraton River, Central Spain). Fluoride concentrations and turbidity levels significantly increased downstream from the industrial effluent (with the highest values being 0.6 mg F(-)/L and 55.2 nephelometric turbidity unit). In addition, higher deposition of fine inorganic matter was evident at polluted sampling sites...
May 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28519901/inhibition-of-soil-microbial-activity-by-nitrogen-based-energetic-materials
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Roman G Kuperman, Morgan L Minyard, Ronald T Checkai, Geoffrey I Sunahara, Sylvie Rocheleau, Sabine G Dodard, Louise Paquet, Jalal Hawari
We investigated individual toxicities of nitrogen-based energetic materials (EMs) 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT); 2-amino-4,6-dinitrotoluene (2-ADNT); 4-amino-2,6-dinitrotoluene (4-ADNT); and nitroglycerin (NG) on microbial activity in Sassafras sandy loam (SSL) soil, which has physicochemical characteristics that support "very high" qualitative relative bioavailability for organic chemicals. Batches of SSL soil for basal respiration (BR) and substrate-induced respiration (SIR) assays were separately amended with individual EMs or acetone carrier control...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517928/integrated-modeling-of-survival-data-from-multiple-stressor-ecotoxicology-experiments
#17
Abigael H Proctor, Catherine K King, Jessica R Holan, Simon J Wotherspoon
Ecotoxicological assessments often focus on the response of an organism to an individual contaminant under standardised laboratory conditions. Under more ecologically realistic conditions however, individuals are likely to be exposed to a range of environmental conditions that have the potential to act as additional stressors. Multiple stressor experiments improve our understanding of an organism's response to a toxicant under ecologically relevant conditions and provide realistic risk assessment data. To date, there is no standardized method for analysing multiple stressor data using dose-response regression...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502046/adapting-the-vegetative-vigour-terrestrial-plant-test-for-assessing-ecotoxicity-of-aerosol-samples
#18
Nora Kováts, Eszter Horváth, Bettina Eck-Varanka, Eszter Csajbók, András Hoffer
Plants, being recognized to show high sensitivity to air pollution, have been long used to assess the ecological effects of airborne contaminants. However, many changes in vegetation are now generally attributed to atmospheric deposition of aerosol particles; the dose-effect relationships of this process are usually poorly known. In contrast to bioindication studies, ecotoxicological tests (or bioassays) are controlled and reproducible where ecological responses are determined quantitatively. In our study, the No...
May 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501690/toxicity-estimates-for-diuron-and-atrazine-for-the-tropical-marine-cnidarian-exaiptasia-pallida-and-in-hospite-symbiodinium-spp-using-pam-chlorophyll-a-fluorometry
#19
Pelli Louise Howe, Amanda Jean Reichelt-Brushett, Malcolm William Clark, Cliff Ross Seery
Effective ecotoxicological risk assessments for herbicides in tropical marine environments are restricted by a lack of toxicity data, sensitive test methods and endpoints for relevant species, and this requires rectification. The symbiotic sea anemone Exaiptasia pallida is a suitable test species, representing the phylum Cnidaria and allowing for assessments of toxicological responses of both the animal host and in-hospite Symbiodinium spp. Pulse amplitude modulated (PAM) chlorophyll-a fluorometry is recognised as a valuable ecotoxicological tool, and here newly-developed test methods are presented using PAM fluorometry to measure herbicide effects on photosynthetic efficiency of in-hospite Symbiodinium spp...
May 6, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500914/limitations-of-experiments-performed-in-artificially-made-oecd-standard-soils-for-predicting-cadmium-lead-and-zinc-toxicity-towards-organisms-living-in-natural-soils
#20
Mateusz Sydow, Łukasz Chrzanowski, Nina Cedergreen, Mikołaj Owsianiak
Development of comparative toxicity potentials of cationic metals in soils for applications in hazard ranking and toxic impact assessment is currently jeopardized by the availability of experimental effect data. To compensate for this deficiency, data retrieved from experiments carried out in standardized artificial soils, like OECD soils, could potentially be tapped as a source of effect data. It is, however, unknown whether such data are applicable to natural soils where the variability in pore water concentrations of dissolved base cations is large, and where mass transfer limitations of metal uptake can occur...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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