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[Augmented reality and virtual reality in the operating theatre status quo und quo vadis].

Aktuelle Urol 2018 Dec 6;49(6):500-508. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Klinik und Poliklinik für Urologie und Kinderurologie der Universitätsmedizin Mainz, Mainz.

Introduction:  Virtual reality (VR) is an artificially simulated environment permitting interaction. On the other hand, augmented reality (AR) is an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device. Both technologies have partially been implemented in clinical daily routine. Read More

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December 2018
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Predicted short and long-term impact of deworming and water, hygiene, and sanitation on transmission of soil-transmitted helminths.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 Dec 6;12(12):e0006758. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Research School of Population Health, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Background: Regular preventive chemotherapy (PCT) targeting high-risk populations is an effective way to control STH in the short term, but sustainable long-term STH control is expected to require improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). However, experimental studies have not been able to conclusively demonstrate the benefit of WASH in preventing STH (re-)infections. We investigated the impact of WASH on STH infections during and after PCT using mathematical modelling. Read More

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December 2018
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Development and Application of a New PCR Method for Detection of Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici.

J Mol Microbiol Biotechnol 2018 Dec 6;28(3):137-146. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Biotechnology, Microbiology and Human Nutrition, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Lublin, Poland.

We developed new PCR assays that target beta-tubulin (TUB2) and 14 alpha-demethylase (CYP51) genes and used them for the species-specific detection of Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici (Bgt). Read More

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December 2018

Cigarette Smoke Extract Promotes TIM4 Expression in Murine Dendritic Cells Leading to Th2 Polarization through ERK-Dependent Pathways.

Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2018 Dec 6:1-10. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Laboratory of Clinical Immunology, Wuhan No. 1 Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan,

Smoking is considered to be the main source of indoor pollution, and it has been identified as an important environmental factor contributing to asthma onset. We know that T helper 2 (Th2) response plays a crucial role in the process of asthma disease. We have investigated the reaction of cigarette smoke extract (CSE) on Th polarization which is controlled by dendritic cells (DCs). Read More

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December 2018
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Behavioral problems are associated with cognitive and language scores in toddlers born extremely preterm.

Early Hum Dev 2018 Dec 3;128:48-54. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA.

Objective: To evaluate the relationship of parent-reported child behaviors on the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) to cognition, language, and motor skills on the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development - III (Bayley-III) in toddlers born extremely preterm.

Study Design: Toddlers born extremely preterm (gestational ages 22 0/7 to 26 6/7 weeks) were tested at 22-26 months corrected age with Bayley-III while parents completed the CBCL. Socio-demographic variables and medical history were recorded. Read More

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December 2018
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Remediation of cadmium, lead and zinc in contaminated soil with CETSA and MA/AA.

J Hazard Mater 2018 Dec 1;366:177-183. Epub 2018 Dec 1.

College of Environmental Sciences, Sichuan Agricultural University, Wenjiang, 611130, PR China.

Soil washing, which is used to remove heavy metals from soil, is dependent on suitable washing agents. However, there is still a lack of economical, environmentally friendly washing agents with high removal efficiency. In this study, three washing agents, carboxyalkylthiosuccinic acid (CETSA), copolymer of maleic and acrylic acid (MA/AA) and ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA), were used to remove heavy metals from contaminated soil. Read More

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December 2018
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Removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances using super-fine powder activated carbon and ceramic membrane filtration.

J Hazard Mater 2018 Nov 15;366:160-168. Epub 2018 Nov 15.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois St, Golden, CO 80401, USA. Electronic address:

Contamination of drinking water sources with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) is a major challenge for environmental engineers. While granular activated carbon (GAC) is an effective adsorbent-based treatment technology for long-chained PFASs, GAC is less effective for removal of short-chained compounds, necessitating a more complete treatment strategy. Super-fine powder activated carbon (SPAC; particle diameter <1 um) is potentially a superior adsorbent to GAC due to high specific surface area and faster adsorption kinetics. Read More

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November 2018
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The adoption of sustainable practices: A supplier's perspective.

J Environ Manage 2018 Dec 3;232:692-701. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, Beijing, China.

Suppliers' adoption of sustainable practices plays a critical role for global companies to improve environmental performance. Based on the absorptive capacity theory, this study empirically explores how suppliers' knowledge bases and power relationships influence their adoption of sustainability practices. A longitudinal case study with eight suppliers has been conducted. Read More

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December 2018
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Management of slurry in Gran Canaria Island with full-scale natural treatment systems for wastewater (NTSW). One year experience in livestock farms.

J Environ Manage 2018 Dec 3;232:666-678. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Institute for Environmental Studies and Natural Resources (i-UNAT), University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Electronic address:

The aim of this work is to describe the performance of three full-scale natural treatment systems for wastewater, which operated in an integrated manner in livestock pig farms (1000-1500pigsintotal) over one year. Slurry management was performed with these natural treatment systems operating under the normal waste loading conditions of the livestock farms in which were integrated. The systems were comprised of elements such as first generation digesters, subsurface flow constructed wetlands and facultative ponds. Read More

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December 2018
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An approach to the implementation of Low Impact Development measures towards an EcoCampus classification.

J Environ Manage 2018 Dec 3;232:654-659. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

ECT-School of Science and Technology, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro UTAD, Quinta de Prados, 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal; Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Quinta de Prados, 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal.

Impervious cover has important hydrologic impacts, namely the increased runoff volume and peak discharges in the rainwater network, which can lead to significant consequences like rapid urban floods with social, environmental and economic implications. LID (Low Impact Development) consist of distributed runoff management measures, like green roofs, pervious pavements, waterways covered with vegetation and filter trails, among others, that seek to control stormwater in the origin, reducing imperviousness. These solutions avoid increased runoff rate and volume, increase infiltration and groundwater recharge. Read More

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December 2018

Occurrence and levels of micropollutants across environmental and engineered compartments in Austria.

J Environ Manage 2018 Dec 3;232:636-653. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management, TU Wien, Karlsplatz 13/226, 1040, Vienna, Austria.

Occurrence and concentration of a broad spectrum of micropollutants are investigated in Austrian river catchments, namely polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), organotin compounds, perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) and metals. The parallel analysis across multiple environmental and engineered compartments sheds light on the ratio of dissolved and particulate transport and on differences in concentration levels between point and diffuse emission pathways. It is found that some PAHs and organotins are present in rivers, groundwater and bulk deposition at higher concentrations than in municipal wastewater effluents. Read More

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December 2018
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Two-stage microbial conversion of crude glycerol to 1,3-propanediol and polyhydroxyalkanoates after pretreatment.

J Environ Manage 2018 Dec 3;232:615-624. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Division of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore; Residues and Resource Reclamation Centre, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Cleantech Loop, Singapore 637141, Singapore.

With increasing demand for biodiesel, crude glycerol as a by-product in biodiesel production has been generated and oversupplied. This study, therefore, explored the pretreatment and a subsequent two-stage microbial system to convert crude glycerol into high value-added products: 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PDO) and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). After pretreatment, long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) could be effectively removed from crude glycerol to eliminate the inhibition effects on subsequent microbial process. Read More

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December 2018
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Patient readiness for hospital discharge and its relationship to discharge preparation and structural factors: A cross-sectional study.

Int J Nurs Stud 2018 Nov 19;90:13-20. Epub 2018 Nov 19.

Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel, Bernoullistrasse 28, 4056 Basel, Switzerland; Inselspital Bern University Hospital, Nursing Research Unit, 3010 Bern, Switzerland.

Background: Nursing discharge preparation is vital to successful hospital-to-home transitions. However, despite a wealth of evidence on its effectiveness, little is known of the structure- and process-related factors that facilitate or impede its use in clinical practice. Specifically, the associations between unit size and type, leadership support, skill mix, staffing, nurse and patient characteristics, discharge teaching and patient readiness for discharge have rarely been studied. Read More

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November 2018
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Seasonal occurrence and fate of chiral pharmaceuticals in different sewage treatment systems in Hong Kong: Mass balance, enantiomeric profiling, and risk assessment.

Water Res 2018 Nov 9;149:607-616. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP), Research Centre for the Oceans and Human Health, Shenzhen Key Laboratory for the Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China; Department of Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. Electronic address:

Concern about the presence of chiral pharmaceuticals in the environment from wastewater discharge is mounting. In this work, the occurrence and fate of atenolol, metoprolol, venlafaxine, and chloramphenicol, including 10 different stereoisomers, were investigated in sewage and sludge from diverse treatment processes in 4 sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Hong Kong via 4 sampling campaigns over a period of 2 years. The average amounts of individual pharmaceuticals entering the STPs ranged from 4. Read More

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November 2018
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Airborne bacteria in a wastewater treatment plant: Emission characterization, source analysis and health risk assessment.

Water Res 2018 Nov 14;149:596-606. Epub 2018 Nov 14.

State Key Laboratory of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100085, China; National Engineering Laboratory for VOCs Pollution Control Material & Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 101408, China. Electronic address:

Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are major sources of airborne bacteria, which could pose health risks to WWTP workers and surrounding residents. In this study, air samples were collected from various treatment facilities of a typical WWTP. Community compositions of airborne bacteria were identified by high-throughput sequencing technique. Read More

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November 2018
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Microbubble aeration enhances performance of vacuum membrane distillation desalination by alleviating membrane scaling.

Water Res 2018 Nov 20;149:588-595. Epub 2018 Nov 20.

School of Environmental Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Control and Resource Reuse, Tongji University, 1239, Siping Road, Shanghai, China; Shanghai Institute of Pollution Control and Ecological Security, Shanghai, 200092, China. Electronic address:

Membrane fouling, especially inorganic fouling due to salt crystal formation and deposition on the membrane surface, is still a major technical issue in membrane distillation (MD) applications. In this study, microbubble aeration (MBA) was included in a laboratory-scale vacuum membrane distillation (VMD) rig and its effect on a desalination process was examined. Without MBA, serious membrane scaling occurred during desalination of simulated high-salinity sea water (100 g. Read More

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November 2018
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Highly effective and safe intermediate based on deep eutectic medium for carrier less-three phase hollow fiber microextraction of antiarrhythmic agents in complex matrices.

J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci 2018 Nov 7;1104:196-204. Epub 2018 Nov 7.

Department of Chemistry, Semnan University, Semnan 35195-363, Iran.

For the first time, three phase hollow fiber liquid phase microextraction using an influential, and green middle phase comprised a new relatively-hydrophobic deep eutectic solvent (three-phase HF-LPME-DES) was developed for trace analyses of antiarrhythmic drugs in biological and environmental samples. The extraction solvent was easily synthesized by mixing the green and cheap raw materials, namely choline chloride and 1-phenylethanol (ChCl: Ph-ETOH), in the ambient temperature. Good compatibility to pores of hollow-fiber, high ability for extraction of ionizable organic compounds with no need to any carrier agents, and easy availability in the laboratory environment turned this new proposed deep eutectic intermediate to a worthy generation of the supported liquid membrane (SLM). Read More

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November 2018
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Effect of a cauliflower (Brassica oleraceae var. Botrytis) leaf powder-enriched diet on performance, carcass and meat characteristics of growing rabbit.

Meat Sci 2018 Nov 19;149:134-140. Epub 2018 Nov 19.

School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Basilicata, Viale dell'Ateneo Lucano 10, 85100 Potenza, Italy.

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a cauliflower leaf powder (CLP)-enriched diet on the performance, quality and antioxidative potential of rabbit meat. No significant differences were found for live performance parameters between rabbits fed with standard (SD) and CLP diet. Dietary supplementation influenced the meat traits of rabbits: CLP meat showed significantly lower drip loss after 48 h, cooking loss, and a significantly higher lightness (L*) and redness (a*) values, vitamin A and vitamin E content, and oxidative stability, compared to SD meat. Read More

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November 2018
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Impact of eutrophication on arsenic cycling in freshwaters.

Water Res 2018 Nov 21;150:191-199. Epub 2018 Nov 21.

Key Laboratory of Environmental Nanotechnology and Health Effects, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100085, PR China; Centre of Integrated Water-Energy-Food Studies (iWEF), School of Animal, Rural, and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, Brackenhurst Campus, NG25 0QF, UK. Electronic address:

Many arsenic-bearing freshwaters are facing with eutrophication and consequent algae-induced anoxia/hypoxia events. However, arsenic cycling in eutrophic waters and its impact on public health are poorly understood. Laboratory simulation experiments are performed in this study to investigate the effect of algal blooms on the cycling of arsenic in a sediment-water-air system. Read More

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November 2018
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Effects of ofloxacin on nitrogen removal and microbial community structure in constructed wetland.

Sci Total Environ 2018 Nov 27;656:503-511. Epub 2018 Nov 27.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore, 1 Engineering Drive 2, E1A 07-03, Singapore117576, Singapore.

Constructed wetlands (CWs) have emerged as a promising technology for the purification of micro-polluted water. However, their nitrogen removal performance can be significantly degraded by design, operational, and environmental factors. The present study investigates the effects of ofloxacin (OFL: 0. Read More

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November 2018
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Viability-based quantification of antibiotic resistance genes and human fecal markers in wastewater effluent and receiving waters.

Sci Total Environ 2018 Nov 22;656:495-502. Epub 2018 Nov 22.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 500 Bartholomew Dr, Piscataway, NJ 08854, United States. Electronic address:

Antibiotic resistance is a public health issue with links to environmental sources of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). ARGs from nonviable sources may pose a hazard given the potential for transformation whereas ARGs in viable sources may proliferate during host growth or conjugation. In this study, ARGs in the effluent from three municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and the receiving surface waters were investigated using a viability-based qPCR technique (vPCR) with propidium monoazide (PMA). Read More

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November 2018
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An environmental flow determination method for integrating multiple-scale ecohydrological and complex ecosystem processes in estuaries.

Sci Total Environ 2018 Nov 22;656:482-494. Epub 2018 Nov 22.

Nelson Mandela University, PO Box 77000, Port Elizabeth 6031, South Africa. Electronic address:

This paper presents an environmental flow methodology that was developed to accommodate shallow, highly dynamic micro-tidal estuaries found along the wave-dominated coast of South Arica. This method differs to most other approaches that primarily focus on larger permanently open systems having unrestricted inlets. Following an adaptive, design science research approach, the 7-step method adopted both ecohydrological and ecosystem-based concepts, encapsulating key hydrologicalhydrodynamic-biogeochemical processes, as well as biotic responses. Read More

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November 2018
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Methane emissions from anaerobic sludge digesters in Mexico: On-site determination vs. IPCC Tier 1 method.

Sci Total Environ 2018 Nov 26;656:468-474. Epub 2018 Nov 26.

Instituto de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Av. Universidad 3000, 04510 México D.F., México. Electronic address:

Wastewater treatment is an important source of methane (CH) emissions. In most large-size aerobic treatment plants, the excess sludge is digested in anaerobic reactors (AD), with the concomitant CH emissions. The guidelines of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been adopted worldwide for quantifying the national emission inventories, which include wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) as a key category. Read More

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November 2018
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Quantifying streamflow response to climate variability, wastewater inflow, and sprawling urbanization in a heavily modified river basin.

Sci Total Environ 2018 Nov 23;656:458-467. Epub 2018 Nov 23.

Department of Hydrology, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland. Electronic address:

Considering the growing recognition that human activity and climate variability are critical stressors influencing river regimes, there is an urgent need to identify the contribution of these fundamental factors. Here we examine the runoff changes of a wastewater-effluent dominated river flowing in a heavily modified urban environment. The study concerns the Utrata River basin (727 km), central Poland, a challenging human-natural system for investigating changes in hydrological processes. Read More

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November 2018

On-line measurement of fluorescent aerosols near an industrial zone in the Yangtze River Delta region using a wideband integrated bioaerosol spectrometer.

Sci Total Environ 2018 Nov 26;656:447-457. Epub 2018 Nov 26.

Collaborative Innovation Center of Atmospheric Environment and Equipment Technology, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing 210044, China. Electronic address:

In this work, we present on-line fluorescent aerosol measurements by the wideband integrated bioaerosol spectrometer (WIBS-4A) near an industrial zone in Nanjing, a megacity in the Yangtze-River-Delta (YRD) region. The fieldwork was conducted from April 1 to May 8, 2014. A TSI. Read More

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November 2018
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Food up-take and reproduction performance of Daphnia magna under the exposure of Bisphenols.

Ecotoxicol Environ Saf 2018 Dec 3;170:47-54. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Key laboratory of Drug Quality Control and Pharmacovigilance (Ministry of Education) & School of Engineering, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 211198, China. Electronic address:

Because the application of Bisphenol A (BPA) was restricted, many substitutes, such as Bisphenol F (BPF) and Bisphenol S (BPS), were developed as BPA substitutes. Therefore, environmental impacts of BPA and its substitutes on aquatic organisms should be concerned, especially their combined toxicity. In this study, the impacts of BPA, BPF, BPS and their mixture on the feeding behavior, reproduction and physiological function of daphnids were synthetically evaluated, involving the duration and mode of exposure. Read More

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December 2018
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Impact of short-term traffic-related air pollution on the metabolome - Results from two metabolome-wide experimental studies.

Environ Int 2018 Dec 3;123:124-131. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

MRC/PHE Centre for Environment and Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom; Italian Institute for Genomic Medicine (IIGM), Turin, Italy. Electronic address:

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) has been associated with adverse health outcomes but underlying biological mechanisms remain poorly understood. Two randomized crossover trials were used here, the Oxford Street II (London) and the TAPAS II (Barcelona) studies, where volunteers were allocated to high or low air pollution exposures. The two locations represent different exposure scenarios, with Oxford Street characterized by diesel vehicles and Barcelona by normal mixed urban traffic. Read More

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December 2018
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A perspective on biogenic synthesis of platinum nanoparticles and their biomedical applications.

Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc 2018 Nov 19;211:94-99. Epub 2018 Nov 19.

Food Chemistry and Molecular Cancer Biology Lab, Department of Animal Health and Management, Science Campus, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630003, India. Electronic address:

In recent era, the interest on inorganic nanoparticles is augmenting due to their engrossing and uncanny properties. Among them, platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) are highly remarkable owing to their intrinsic physicochemical and biological properties making them an effective candidate towards catalytic and biomedical applications. Nevertheless, conventional physical and chemical methodologies of PtNPs synthesis are among the most prevalent protocols to synthesize PtNPs of desired shape and size. Read More

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November 2018
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Effect of proteases secreted from a marine isolated bacterium Bacillus vietnamensis on the corrosion behaviour of different alloys.

Bioelectrochemistry 2018 Aug 22;126:64-71. Epub 2018 Aug 22.

Key Laboratory of Marine Materials and Related Technologies, Zhejiang Key Laboratory of Marine Materials and Protective Technologies, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201, China.

The adverse corrosion and corrosion inhibitory effects of the marine isolated bacterium Bacillus vietnamensis were determined on different alloys. The corrosion rates of the steel alloys increased in the presence of Bacillu vietnamensis; although the alloys containing Cu were found to be protected from corrosion when exposed to this bacterium. The first assay bacterial mechanism confirmed the presence of protease enzyme, which was then identified by LC-MS/MS analysis. Read More

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August 2018
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Physiological and biochemical effect of silver on the aquatic plant Lemna gibba L.: Evaluation of commercially available product containing colloidal silver.

Aquat Toxicol 2018 Nov 27;207:52-62. Epub 2018 Nov 27.

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Department of Biology, Ulica cara Hadrijana 8/A, HR-31000, Osijek, Croatia. Electronic address:

This paper aims to evaluate the effects of a product containing colloidal silver in the aquatic environment, using duckweed Lemna gibba as a model plant. Therefore, growth parameters, photosynthetic pigments content and protein content as physiological indices were evaluated. Changes in the content of non-enzymatic antioxidants and activity of several antioxidant enzymes, alongside with the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide and lipid peroxidation end-products were assessed to explore the potential of colloidal silver to induce oxidative stress. Read More

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November 2018
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Enrichment of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) fingerlings diet with Psidium guajava: The effects on cutaneous mucosal and serum immune parameters and immune related genes expression.

Fish Shellfish Immunol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Animal and Aquatic Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand. Electronic address:

The present study aimed at evaluation of possible effects of Psidium guajava as immunostimulant on mucosal and serum immunity, as well as related genes expression in common carp (Cyprinus carpio) fingerlings. In an eight weeks feeding trial, fish were fed with experimental diets containing guava leaf powder [GLP] (0, 0.25, 0. Read More

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December 2018
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Engineering of pectin-dopamine nano-conjugates for carrying ruthenium complex: A potential tool for biomedical applications.

J Inorg Biochem 2018 Nov 28;191:135-142. Epub 2018 Nov 28.

Institute of Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Ecology, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province 224007, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

In this work, we designed polysaccharide-metal complex of dopamine-modified pectin linking ruthenium compound, which exhibited a certain inhibition specificity to human renal cell adenocarcinoma cell line 786-O. The chemical structure and physical properties of the polysaccharide-metal complex were well characterized by multiple analysis methods. The multi-spectral results revealed that pectin-dopamine have been successfully coordinated by ruthenium complex to form nano-conjugates, which self-assembled into relatively regular nanospheres of approximately 200 nm. Read More

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November 2018
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Ecological niche modeling as a tool for prediction of the potential geographic distribution of Bacillus anthracis spores in Tanzania.

Int J Infect Dis 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway.

Introduction: Anthrax is caused by the spore-forming, Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus anthracis. The aim of the study was to predict the potential distribution of B. anthracis in Tanzania and produce epidemiological evidence for management of anthrax outbreaks in the country. Read More

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December 2018
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Behavior, experience, skill, and training: a four-pillar framework and tool for career development in science.

Drug Discov Today 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Pfizer, Pfizer Essential Health, US Medical Affairs Women's s Health. Electronic address:

Technical expertise and a spirit of inquiry serve as cornerstones for a career in science. Within that career, there are multiple pathways across disciplines, therapeutic areas, and sectors. To optimize career planning, I showcase here a career development framework that integrates four pillars: behavior, experience, skill, and training (BEST). Read More

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December 2018

Mulberry leaf polysaccharides suppress renal fibrosis.

Authors:
Shengjun Wu

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Marine Bioresources and Environment, Huaihai Institute of Technology, 59 Cangwu Road, Haizhou 222005, China; Co-Innovation Center of Jiangsu Marine Bio-industry Technology, 59 Cangwu Road, Haizhou 222005, China; Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Marine Biotechnology, 59 Cangwu Road, Haizhou 222005, China. Electronic address:

A mulberry leaf polysaccharide (MLP-1) was prepared and partially characterised, and its anti-renal-fibrosis effects were investigated in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic nephropathy (DN) rats. MLP-1, with a molecular weight of 2,792,624 Da, consisted of arabinose, glucose, xylose, rhamnose, and mannose in a molar ratio of 1:1.13:2. Read More

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December 2018

The polyphenolic-polysaccharide complex of Agrimonia eupatoria L. as an indirect thrombin inhibitor - isolation and chemical characterization.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Organic and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego 29, 50-370 Wrocław, Poland; Regional Specialist Hospital in Wrocław, Research and Development Centre, Kamieńskiego 73a, 51-124 Wrocław, Poland.

The polyphenolic-polysaccharide complex was isolated from the dried aerial parts of the medicinal plant Agrimonia eupatoria L. using a multi-step process involving the degreasing of the plant material by extraction with organic solvents, followed by extraction with hot alkali, neutralization, further separation with organic solvents and dialysis. The complex was homogeneous with a molecular weight of about 55 × 10 g/mol and consisted mainly of carbohydrates and polyphenols matrix, composed of lignin-related units, with the dominance of dimethoxyphenyl structures. Read More

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December 2018

Tuning the ring strain effect in acridine derivatives on binding affinity with G-quadruplex-DNA: A computational and experimental study.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Computation and Simulation Unit (Analytical and Environmental Science Division and Centralized Instrument Facility), CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India; Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar, Gujarat 364 002, India. Electronic address:

Search for inhibitors to stabilize the telomeric G-quadruplex in order to deter telomerase activity is an active area of research. Inhibitors play an important role to initiate the tumor cell mortalization process. This work reports for the first time of acridine derivative with four membered ammonium rings at the side chain to surpass the binding ability against BRACO-19 with G-quadruplex-DNA. Read More

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December 2018
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A paper sizing agent based on leather collagen hydrolysates modified by glycol diglycidyl ether and its compound performance.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

College of Arts and Sciences, Shaanxi University of Science & Technology, Xi'an, 710021, China.

In this research, collagen hydrolysates with different average molecular weights (Mn¯) from leather collagen were chosen as raw materials. Five environmental-friendly sizing agents (SA) were prepared by cross-linking collagen hydrolysates with glycol diglycidyl ether (GDE) and further grafting them with butyl acrylate (BA) and styrene (St). Then the compound sizing agents (SGDESA-x, x = 1, 2, 3 and 4) were obtained by simple physical mixing of GDESA and starch. Read More

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December 2018
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Graft copolymeric flocculant using functionalized starch towards treatment of blast furnace effluent.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Applied Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad 826004, India. Electronic address:

Herein, a novel binary graft copolymeric flocculant [St-g-(PAAm-co-PMETAC)] has been developed using starch, polyacrylamide (PAAm) and poly (2-methacryloyloxy ethyl trimethyl ammonium chloride) (PMETAC). The copolymer has been synthesised by grafting of PAAm and PMETAC chains on starch backbone using free radical polymerization. FTIR and H NMR spectral analyses have been used for structural confirmation of developed copolymer. Read More

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December 2018

Analysis of interaction between sulfated polysaccharides and HIV oligopeptides by surface plasmon resonance.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Bio and Environmental Chemistry, Kitami Institute of Technology, 165 Koen-cho, Kitami, Hokkaido 090-8507, Japan. Electronic address:

This study aims to quantitatively investigate the interaction between sulfated polysaccharides with potent anti-HIV activity, dextran and curdlan sulfates with negatively charged sulfate groups, and poly-l-lysine as a model protein and oligopeptides from a HIV surface glycoprotein gp120 with positively charged amino acids using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) to elucidate the anti-HIV mechanism of sulfated polysaccharides. The apparent association- (k) and dissociation rate (k) constants of dextran and curdlan sulfates against poly-l-lysine were k = 6.92 × 10-2. Read More

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December 2018

Daily energy expenditure of males following alternative reproductive tactics: Solitary roamers spend more energy than group-living males.

Physiol Behav 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

School of Animal, Plant & Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, WITS, 2050 Johannesburg, South Africa; IPHC, UNISTRA, CNRS, 23 rue du Loess, 67200 Strasbourg, France.

In many species, males follow alternative reproductive tactics (ARTs), where one tactic (called bourgeois) has much higher reproductive success than alternative tactics followed by males with lower competitive ability. The extent to which ARTs differ in energetic costs is unknown, but it is important to understand the fitness payoffs of ARTs. We studied male African striped mice (Rhabdomys pumilio) which follow one of three ARTs: heavy bourgeois males defend harems of females and have 10 times higher reproductive success than smaller roamers, which have ten times higher reproductive success than philopatric males, which remain in their natal group and are the smallest males. Read More

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December 2018

An Interactive and Low-Cost Full Body Rehabilitation Framework Based on 3D Immersive Serious Games.

J Biomed Inform 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Computer Science Sapienza University of Rome, Via Salaria 113, 00198, Rome, Italy. Electronic address:

Strokes, surgeries, or degenerative diseases can impair motor abilities and balance. Long-term rehabilitation is often the only way to recover, as completely as possible, these lost skills. To be effective, this type of rehabilitation should follow three main rules. Read More

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December 2018
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Influence of various uropathogens on crystallization of urine mineral components caused by Proteus mirabilis.

Res Microbiol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Biology of Bacteria, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Łódź, Banacha 12/16, 90-237 Łódź, Poland. Electronic address:

Infectious urolithiasis is a consequence of long-standing urinary tract infections with urease-positive bacteria, especially Proteus spp. However, because of the often mixed nature of urinary tract infections, in the case of urinary stones formation, several species of bacteria may be involved in the process. The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of the bacterial species: Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Providencia stuartii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus on the crystallization caused by Proteus mirabilis. Read More

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Are environmental factors for atopic eczema in ISAAC Phase Three due to reverse causation?

J Invest Dermatol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Paediatrics, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong, SAR China.

Some previously described environmental associations for atopic eczema (AE) may be due to reverse causation. We explored the role of reverse causation by comparing individual- and school-level results for multiple AE risk factors. ISAAC Phase Three surveyed children within schools (the sampling unit) on AE symptoms and potential risk factors. Read More

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December 2018
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Metabolome-wide association study of anti-epileptic drug treatment during pregnancy.

Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States. Electronic address:

Pregnant women with epilepsy (PWWE) require continuous anti-epileptic drug (AED) treatment to avoid risk to themselves and fetal risks secondary to maternal seizures, resulting in prolonged AED exposure to the developing embryo and fetus. The objectives of this study were to determine whether high-resolution metabolomics is able to link the metabolite profile of PWWE receiving lamotrigine or levetiracetam for seizure control to associated pharmacodynamic (PD) biological responses. Untargeted metabolomic analysis of plasma obtained from 82 PWWE was completed using high-resolution mass spectrometry. Read More

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