Publications by authors named "Kristina Čabanová"

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The presence of fine and ultrafine particulate matter in the work environment.

Cent Eur J Public Health 2020 10;28 Suppl:S31-S36

Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General University Hospital in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic.

This study presents the results of pilot measurement, where the exposure of fine and ultrafine particulate matter was monitored. The measurement was performed in welding workplace, where these particles are produced unintentionally. The measurement consisted of collecting information and measuring the concentration of particles in the workplace, where data collection was focused only on inhalation exposure. During welding, primarily 300 nm size particles are produced, and their concentration is strongly influenced by the welding material, type of welding and suction. The particles are amorphous in terms of morphology and contain manganese, iron and silicon, which can cause neurodegenerative diseases. Furthermore, the results indicate the importance of monitoring oral exposure.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.21101/cejph.a6174DOI Listing
October 2020

Metal particles in mucus and hypertrophic tissue of the inferior nasal turbinates from the human upper respiratory tract.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2020 Aug 15;27(22):28146-28154. Epub 2020 May 15.

Center of Advanced Innovation Technologies, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, 17. listopadu 15/2172, Poruba, 708 33, Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Mucosal surfaces are the first mechanical barrier preventing the entry of foreign particles into the organism. The study addresses the detection and analysis of metal-based solid particles in cytological mucus samples from the surface of human hypertrophic tissue in the inferior nasal turbinates in patients diagnosed with chronic rhinitis. Solid particles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and Raman microspectroscopy; all the biological samples were also subjected to vibration magnetometry. Since the upper airways are the first part of the respiratory tract, which is exposed to inhaled particles, it can be assumed that inhaled particles may be partially deposited in this region. Scanning electron microscopy revealed the presence of metal-based solid particles/clusters in the majority of the analysed cytological mucus samples and also in hypertrophic tissues; in all groups, the particles were of submicron size. Raman microspectroscopy detected the presence of particles/clusters based on amorphous carbon, graphite, calcium carbonate, anatase and barite only in the hypertrophic tissue. The obtained results show that the composition of some of the solid particles (i.e. Ba, Zn, Fe and Ti) detected in the mucus from the surface of the hypertrophic tissues resembled the particles found in the hypertrophic tissue itself. It can be assumed that after the capture of the inhaled particles by the mucus, they penetrate into the deeper layers of tissue.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-09156-7DOI Listing
August 2020

Settled Dust from Urban and Suburban Roads in an Industrial City Area: Location and Seasonal Differences in Metal Content.

J Nanosci Nanotechnol 2019 May;19(5):3035-3040

Nanotechnology Centre, VŠ B-Technical University of Ostrava, 708 33 Ostrava-Poruba, Czech Republic.

Settled road dust, present on all roads surfaces in a relatively high abundance, is a complex of particles-ranging from nanosized to microsized-from both natural and anthropogenic sources and may pose possible risk to the biosphere as well as influence the atmosphere because of the road dust resuspension. Geographical and seasonal differences in heavy metal content of the settled road dust were studied at two sites: urban site with a heavy traffic in the industrial city of Ostrava, Czech Republic and suburban site of Ostrava with a negligible traffic load in settlement Ludgeřovice. Dust samples were collected monthly during the period from March to October 2015. Obtained dust samples were homogenized and subsequently analyzed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy; the results were then assessed by multivariate statistical methods (Principal components analysis, Factorial analysis on mixed data). The difference in the content of Ba, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Sb, Sn, V, and Zn was explainable mainly by the factor of the site only the content of Fe was significantly dependent on the month of sampling. The contents of the particular elements and the correlations found among them confirm the assumption that heavy metals detected in the road dust samples from the urban site most likely originated primarily from the traffic-and particularly from the non-combustion processes.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2019.15843DOI Listing
May 2019

Determination of Oxidative Potential Caused by Brake Wear Debris in Non-Cellular Systems.

J Nanosci Nanotechnol 2019 May;19(5):2869-2875

Nanotechnology Centre, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, 17. listopadu 15/2172, 708 33 Ostrava-Poruba, Czech Republic.

Wear debris from automotive brake systems represents a major source of non-exhaust emissions from road traffic and its production increases with number of cars worldwide. However, impact of brake wear debris on the environment and organisms is still not clear. One of the most possible ways by which these particles may affect living organisms is oxidative stress. Production of reactive oxidative species may cause damage of basic cell components, lipids, proteins, etc. Aim of this study is to perform characterization of airborne and nonairborne fractions of brake wear debris generated during standard dynamometer tests and evaluation of its potential to induce oxidative stress via lipid peroxidation and carbonylation of proteins in non-cellular system. Elemental and phase composition were determined by scanning electron microscopy, Raman microspectroscopy, and X-ray powder diffraction analysis. Carbon in amorphous form and graphite, copper, and iron in form of oxides were identified as major components in both studied fractions. Characteristic size of studied wear particles was evaluated by dynamic light scattering. Both airborne and nonairborne samples showed ability to induce oxidative stress which results from determination of carbonylated proteins.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2019.15866DOI Listing
May 2019

Detection of Micron and Submicron Particles in Human Bronchogenic Carcinomas.

J Nanosci Nanotechnol 2019 May;19(5):2460-2466

Nanotechnology Centre, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, 708 33 Ostrava-Poruba, Czech Republic.

Metal based particles were detected in pulmonary tumor tissue samples and reference lung tissue samples (lung tissue without carcinoma) by Raman microspectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Many of these particles were in the size below 1 m. Using scanning electron microscopy, particles based on iron were found in the majority of samples. Siderite was determined as the form of the iron in several samples by Raman microspectroscopy. The hypothesis that significant statistical dependence exists between the presence of metals in the lung tissue and lung cancer incidence was not proved. However, statistical dependence between smoking and lung cancer incidence was determined as well as insignificant correlation between the presence of titanium based particles and lung cancer incidence. Titanium-based compounds were identified as TiO₂ in the form of anatase and rutile. Both the reference and the carcinoma samples exhibited magnetic properties as confirmed by vibration magnetometry measurements.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2019.15842DOI Listing
May 2019

Settled iron-based road dust and its characteristics and possible association with detection in human tissues.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2019 Jan 30;26(3):2950-2959. Epub 2018 Nov 30.

Center for Advanced Innovation Technologies, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava,, 70800, Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Settled road dust was examined to detect the presence of non-airborne submicron and nano-sized iron-based particles and to characterize these particles. Samples were collected from a road surface near a busy road junction in the city of Ostrava, Czech Republic, once a month from March to October. The eight collected samples were subjected to a combination of experimental techniques including elemental analysis, Raman microspectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, and magnetometry. The data thereby obtained confirmed the presence of non-agglomerated spherical nano-sized iron-based particles, with average sizes ranging from 2 down to 490 nm. There are several sources in road traffic which generate road dust particles, including exhaust and non-exhaust processes. Some of them (e.g., brake wear) produce iron as the dominant metallic element. Raman microspectroscopy revealed forms of iron (mainly as oxides, FeO, and mixtures of FeO and FeO). Moreover, FeO was also detected in samples of human tissues from the upper and lower respiratory tract. In view of the fact that no agglomeration of those particles was found by SEM, it is supposed that these particles may be easily resuspended and represent a risk to human health due to inhalation exposure, as proved by the detection of particles with similar morphology and phase composition in human tissues.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-018-3841-xDOI Listing
January 2019

Toxicity and mutagenicity of low-metallic automotive brake pad materials.

Ecotoxicol Environ Saf 2016 Sep 13;131:37-44. Epub 2016 May 13.

VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava, Nanotechnology Centre, 17. listopadu 15, 708 33 Ostrava, Czech Republic; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes, Carbondale, IL 62901-4343, USA.

Organic friction materials are standardly used in brakes of small planes, railroad vehicles, trucks and passenger cars. The growing transportation sector requires a better understanding of the negative impact related to the release of potentially hazardous materials into the environment. This includes brakes which can release enormous quantities of wear particulates. This paper addresses in vitro detection of toxic and mutagenic potency of one model and two commercially available low-metallic automotive brake pads used in passenger cars sold in the EU market. The model pad made in the laboratory was also subjected to a standardized brake dynamometer test and the generated non-airborne wear particles were also investigated. Qualitative "organic composition" was determined by GC/MS screening of dichloromethane extracts. Acute toxicity and mutagenicity of four investigated sample types were assessed in vitro by bioluminescence assay using marine bacteria Vibrio fischeri and by two bacterial bioassays i) Ames test on Salmonella typhimurium His(-) and ii) SOS Chromotest using Escherichia coli PQ37 strain. Screening of organic composition revealed a high variety of organic compounds present in the initial brake pads and also in the generated non-airborne wear debris. Several detected compounds are classified by IARC as possibly carcinogenic to humans, e. g. benzene derivatives. Acute toxicity bioassay revealed a response of bacterial cells after exposure to all samples used. Phenolic resin and wear debris were found to be acutely toxic; however in term of mutagenicity the response was negative. All non-friction exposed brake pad samples (a model pad and two commercial pad samples) were mutagenic with metabolic activation in vitro.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2016.05.003DOI Listing
September 2016

ZnO/graphite composites and its antibacterial activity at different conditions.

J Photochem Photobiol B 2015 Oct 22;151:256-63. Epub 2015 Aug 22.

Nanotechnology Centre, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, 17. listopadu 15/2172, 708 33 Ostrava-Poruba, Czech Republic; Regional Materials Science and Technology Centre, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, 17. listopadu 15/2172, 708 33 Ostrava-Poruba, Czech Republic.

The paper reports laboratory preparation, characterization and in vitro evaluation of antibacterial activity of ZnO/graphite nanocomposites. Zinc chloride and sodium carbonate served as precursors for synthesis of zinc oxide, while micromilled and natural graphite were used as the matrix for ZnO nanoparticles anchoring. During the reaction of ZnCl2 with saturated aqueous solution of Na2CO3a new compound is created. During the calcination at the temperature of 500 °C this new precursors decomposes and ZnO nanoparticles are formed. Composites ZnO/graphite with 50 wt.% of ZnO particles were prepared. X-ray powder diffraction and Raman microspectroscopy served as phase-analytical methods. Scanning electron microscopy technique was used for morphology characterization of the prepared samples and EDS mapping for visualization of elemental distribution. A developed modification of the standard microdilution test was used for in vitro evaluation of daylight induced antibacterial activity and antibacterial activity at dark conditions. Common human pathogens served as microorganism for antibacterial assay. Antibacterial activity of ZnO/graphite composites could be based on photocatalytic reaction; however there is a role of Zn(2+) ions on the resulting antibacterial activity which proved the experiments in dark condition. There is synergistic effect between Zn(2+) caused and reactive oxygen species caused antibacterial activity.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2015.08.017DOI Listing
October 2015

Micro- and Nanosized Particles in Nasal Mucosa: A Pilot Study.

Biomed Res Int 2015 1;2015:505986. Epub 2015 Jun 1.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital Ostrava, 17. Listopadu 1790, 708 52 Ostrava, Czech Republic ; Faculty of Medicine, University of Ostrava, Syllabova 19, 703 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Objective: The aim of this prospective study is to evaluate presence and quantity of micro- and nanosized particles (NPs) and interindividual differences in their distribution and composition in nasal mucosa.

Methods: Six samples of nasal mucosa obtained by mucotomy from patients with chronic hypertrophic rhinosinusitis were examined. Samples divided into 4 parts according to the distance from the nostrils were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and Raman microspectroscopy to detect solid particles and characterize their morphology and composition. A novel method of quantification of the particles was designed and used to evaluate interindividual differences in distribution of the particles. The findings were compared with patients' employment history.

Results: In all the samples, NPs of different elemental composition were found (iron, barium, copper, titanium, etc.), predominantly in the parts most distant from nostrils, in various depths from the surface of the mucosa and interindividual differences in their quantity and composition were found, possibly in relation to professional exposition.

Conclusions: This study has proven the possibility of quantification of distribution of micro- and nanosized particles in tissue samples and that the NPs may deposit in deeper layers of mucosa and their elemental composition may be related to professional exposition to the sources of NPs.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/505986DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4466340PMC
March 2016