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  1. Rapacuronium 2.0 or 2.5 mg kg(-1) for rapid-sequence induction : comparison with succinylcholine 1.0 mg kg(-1)

    Blobner, M; Mirakhur, RK; Wierda, JMKH; Wright, PMC; Olkkola, KT; Debaene, B; Pendeville, P; Engbaek, J; Rietbergen, H; Sparr, HJ


    The purpose of this nine-centre study in 602 patients was to show that the frequency of acceptable intubating conditions after rapacuronium 2.0 or 2.5 mg kg(-1) is not more than 10% lower than the frequency after succinylcholine 1.0 mg kg(-1) during rapid-sequence induction of anaesthesia with fenta

  2. Sugammadex 4.0 mg kg-1 reversal of deep rocuronium-induced neuromuscular blockade

    Yu, Buwei; Wang, Xiangrui; Hansen, Søren Helbo


    Objective: Maintenance of deep Neuro Muscular Blockade (NMB) until the end of surgery may be beneficial in some surgical procedures. The selective relaxant binding agent sugammadex rapidly reverses deep levels of rocuronium-induced NMB. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy...... and safety of sugammadex 4.0 mg kg-1 for reversal of deep rocuronium-induced NMB in Chinese and Caucasian patients. Methods: This was an open-label, multicenter, prospective Phase III efficacy study in adult American Society of Anesthesiologists Class 1-3 patients scheduled for surgery under general...... anesthesia and requiring deep NMB. All patients received intravenous propofol and opioids for induction and maintenance of anesthesia, and a single intubation dose of rocuronium 0.6 mg/kg, with maintenance doses of 0.1-0.2 mg/kg as required. Sugammadex 4.0 mg/kg was administered after the last dose...

  3. Efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of sugammadex 4 mg kg-1 for reversal of deep neuromuscular blockade in patients with severe renal impairment.

    Panhuizen, I F; Gold, S J A; Buerkle, C; Snoeck, M M J; Harper, N J N; Kaspers, M J G H; van den Heuvel, M W; Hollmann, M W


    This study evaluated efficacy and safety of sugammadex 4 mg kg(-1) for deep neuromuscular blockade (NMB) reversal in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance [CLCR] Sugammadex 4 mg kg(-1) was administered at 1-2 post-tetanic counts for reversal of rocuronium NMB. Primary efficacy variable was time from sugammadex to recovery to train-of-four (T4/T1) ratio 0.9. Equivalence between groups was demonstrated if two-sided 95% CI for difference in recovery times was within -1 to +1 min interval. Pharmacokinetics of rocuronium and overall safety were assessed. The intent-to-treat group comprised 67 patients (renal n=35; control n=32). Median (95% CI) time from sugammadex to recovery to T4/T1 ratio 0.9 was 3.1 (2.4-4.6) and 1.9 (1.6-2.8) min for renal patients vs controls. Estimated median (95% CI) difference between groups was 1.3 (0.6-2.4) min; thus equivalence bounds were not met. One control patient experienced acceleromyography-determined NMB recurrence, possibly as a result of premature sugammadex (4 mg kg(-1)) administration, with no clinical evidence of NMB recurrence observed. Rocuronium, encapsulated by Sugammadex, was detectable in plasma at day 7 in 6 patients. Bioanalytical data for sugammadex were collected but could not be used for pharmacokinetics. Sugammadex 4 mg kg(-1) provided rapid reversal of deep rocuronium-induced NMB in renal and control patients. However, considering the prolonged sugammadex-rocuronium complex exposure in patients with severe renal impairment, current safety experience is insufficient to support recommended use of sugammadex in this population. NCT00702715. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:

  4. Postoperative impairment of motor function at train-of-four ratio ≥0.9 cannot be improved by sugammadex (1 mg kg-1).

    Baumüller, E; Schaller, S J; Chiquito Lama, Y; Frick, C G; Bauhofer, T; Eikermann, M; Fink, H; Blobner, M


    A train-of-four ratio (TOFR) ≥0.9 measured by quantitative neuromuscular monitoring is accepted as an indication of sufficient neuromuscular recovery for extubation, even though many postsynaptic acetylcholine receptors may still be inhibited. We investigated whether antagonism with sugammadex after spontaneous recovery to TOFR≥0.9 further improves muscle function or subjective well-being. Following recovery to TOFR≥0.9 and emergence from anaesthesia, 300 patients randomly received either sugammadex 1.0 mg kg(-1) or placebo. Fine motor function (Purdue Pegboard Test) and maximal voluntary grip strength were measured before and after surgery (before and after test drug administration). At discharge from the postanaesthesia care unit, well-being was assessed with numerical analogue scales and the Quality-of-Recovery Score 40 (QoR-40). Patients' fine motor function [6 (sd 4) vs 15 (3) pegs (30 s)(-1), Psugammadex or placebo, motor function was significantly improved in both groups but did not reach the preoperative level. There was no difference between groups at any time. Global well-being was unaffected (QoR-40: placebo, 174 vs 185; sugammadex, 175 vs 186, P>0.05). Antagonizing rocuronium at TOF≥0.9 with sugammadex 1.0 mg kg(-) (1) did not improve patients' motor function or well-being when compared with placebo. Our data support the view that TOFR≥0.9 measured by electromyography signifies sufficient recovery of neuromuscular function. The trial is registered at (NCT01101139). © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:

  5. Children and parental anxiolysis in paediatric ambulatory surgery: a randomized controlled study comparing 0.3 mg kg-1 midazolam to tablet computer based interactive distraction.

    Marechal, C; Berthiller, J; Tosetti, S; Cogniat, B; Desombres, H; Bouvet, L; Kassai, B; Chassard, D; de Queiroz Siqueira, M


    The operating theatre, anaesthesia induction and separation from parents create fear and anxiety in children. Anxiety leads to adverse behavioral changes appearing and sometimes persisting during the postoperative period. Our aim was to compare the effects of midazolam (0.3 mg kg(-)(1): MDZ) for premedication with age-appropriate tablet game apps (TAB) on children anxiety during and after ambulatory surgery. A randomized controlled trial was conducted from May 16th, 2013 to March 25th, 2014 at the Children Hospital of Lyon. The primary outcome of this study was the change in m-YPAS score at the time of anaesthetic mask induction. Anxiety was also assessed in the waiting surgical area, at the time of separation with parents and when back in the ambulatory surgery ward. One hundred and eighteen patients aged four-11 yr were recruited, 60 in the TAB Group and 58 in the MDZ Group. Main endpoint was missing for three patients from the MDZ Group. At the time of mask induction, there was no significant difference between MDZ and TAB Group for the m-YPAS score (40.5 (18.6) vs 41.8 (20.7), P = 0.99). There was no significant correlation between m-YPAS score and its evolution over the four period of time between subjects. We were not able to show whether TAB is superior to MDZ to blunt anxiety in children undergoing ambulatory surgery. TAB is a non-pharmacological tool which has the capacity in reducing perioperative stress without any sedative effect in this population. NCT 02192710. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:

  6. 免疫磁珠分选白血病KG1a细胞中CD34+CD38-干细胞及其特性研究%Isolation and characteristic of CD34 + CD38-stem cells in leukemia cell line KG1a using magnetic activated cell sorting

    王国征; 李慧; 吴远彬; 李达; 贺艳杰; 周雪云


    目的 从白血病KGla细胞中分选CD34+ CD38-干细胞并研究其生物学特性.方法 免疫磁珠法分选CD34+ CD38-细胞,流式细胞术分析细胞表面膜抗原、细胞周期,甲基纤维素培养体系观察其克隆性;以HL60、K562、CD34+ CD38+细胞为对照,甲基偶氮唑蓝法检测柔红霉素对CD34+ CD38-细胞的抑制作用;BALB/c裸鼠皮下接种,观察体内成瘤能力.结果 分选的CD34+ CD38-细胞纯度达95%以上,(69.03 +3.25)%处于Go期,克隆形成率为(38.64±2.68)%,明显抵抗柔红霉素;不同浓度柔红霉素作用后,CD34+ CD38-、CD34+ CD38+、HL60、K562细胞的活性差异有统计学意义(F =961.136,P=0.000);CD34+ CD38-在裸鼠皮下成瘤率显著高于CD34+ CD38+细胞(P<0.05).结论 免疫磁珠法分选白血病干细胞简单易行,分选的细胞符合白血病干细胞生物学特性.%Objective To isolate the CD34+ CD38- stem cells from human acute leukemia cell line KGla and to research its biological characteristics. Methods CD34+ CD38- cells were isolated by magnetic activated cell sorting( MACS) ; the cell surface membrane antigens and cell cycle were analyzed by flow cytometry; its clonality was observed with methyl cellulose system. HL60,K562 and D34+ CD38+ cells were selected as control,and the methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium(MTT) assay was taken to observe the depressant effect of rubidomycin to CD34+ CD38- cells. BALB/c nude mice were inoculated subcutaneous-ly to observe the tumorigenicity. Results The purity of CD34+ CD38- cells were above 95% and(69.03 ± 3. 25) % cells in the G0 phase. The cloning efficiency of CD34+ CD38- cells were( 38. 64 ± 2. 68) % , and the CD34+ CD38- cells were obviously resistant to rubidomycin. There were statistic difference of cytoactive among CD34+ CD38-, CD34+ CD38 + , HL60, and K562 cells under giving the same concentrations of rubidomycin circumstances (F = 961. 136,P= 0.000). The tumorigenesis ability of CD34+ CD38- cells in nude mice was

  7. Hyperaccumulation of metals by Thlaspi caerulescens as affected by root development and Cd-Zn/Ca-Mg interactions.

    Saison, Carine; Schwartz, Christophe; Morel, Jean-Louis


    The aim of this work was to study, in a rhizobox experiment, the phytoextraction of metals by the hyperaccumulator plant Thlaspi caerulescens in relation to the heterogeneity of metal pollution. Six treatments were designed with soils containing various levels of metals. Homogeneous soils and inclusions of soils in other soil matrices were prepared in order to vary metal concentration and localization. Growth parameters of the plant (rosette diameter and shoot biomass) and localization of roots and shoot uptake of Zn, Cd, Ca, and Mg were determined after 10 weeks of growth. The plants grown on the polluted industrial soils provided a larger biomass and had lower mortality rates than those grown on the agricultural soil. Moreover, these plants accumulated more Zn and Cd (up to 17,516 and 375 mg kg(-1) DM, respectively) than plants grown on the agricultural soil (up to 7300 mg Zn kg(-1) and 83 mg Cd kg(-1) DM). The roots preferentially explored metal-contaminated areas. The exploration of polluted soil inclusions by the roots was associated with a higher extraction of metals. Zinc and Cd in the shoots of Thlaspi caerulescens were negatively correlated with Ca and Mg concentrations; however, the soil supply for these two elements was identical. This suggests that there is competition for the uptake of these elements and that Zn is preferentially accumulated.

  8. A thermodynamic assessment of the Cd-Mg system

    Ren, Xin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, No. 30 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Changrong, E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, No. 30 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Guo, Cuiping; Du, Zhenmin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, No. 30 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Cd-Mg binary system is optimized on the basis of the experimental data. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A set of self-consistent thermodynamic parameters has been obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The calculated values agree well with the available experimental data. - Abstract: On the basis of the experimental thermochemical and phase equilibrium data, the computational thermodynamic description of the Cd-Mg binary system is performed using CALPHAD technique. The solution phases, liquid and disordered Hcp{sub A}3, are described as a substitutional model, and the excess Gibbs energies formulated with Redlich-Kister expression. The ordered phases, Cd{sub 3}Mg, CdMg and CdMg{sub 3}, are treated as the AB{sub 3} phase and modeled using four-sublattices. The order-disorder transformation between the AB{sub 3} and the Hcp{sub A}3 phases is considered, so that the substitutional model for the Hcp{sub A}3 disordered phase is extended into the four-sublattice model for the AB{sub 3} ordered phase. The thermochemical properties as well as the phase diagram of the Cd-Mg binary system are predicted. A set of self-consistent thermodynamic parameters has been obtained. The consistency between the calculated results and the reported data of both the phase equilibria and the thermochemical properties has been achieved.

  9. Iodine Doping of CdTe and CdMgTe for Photovoltaic Applications

    Ogedengbe, O. S.; Swartz, C. H.; Jayathilaka, P. A. R. D.; Petersen, J. E.; Sohal, S.; LeBlanc, E. G.; Edirisooriya, M.; Zaunbrecher, K. N.; Wang, A.; Barnes, T. M.; Myers, T. H.


    Iodine-doped CdTe and Cd1-xMgxTe layers were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Secondary ion mass spectrometry characterization was used to measure dopant concentration, while Hall measurement was used for determining carrier concentration. Photoluminescence intensity and time-resolved photoluminescence techniques were used for optical characterization. Maximum n-type carrier concentrations of 7.4 x 1018 cm-3 for CdTe and 3 x 1017 cm-3 for Cd0.65Mg0.35Te were achieved. Studies suggest that electrically active doping with iodine is limited with dopant concentration much above these values. Dopant activation of about 80% was observed in most of the CdTe samples. The estimated activation energy is about 6 meV for CdTe and the value for Cd0.65Mg0.35Te is about 58 meV. Iodine-doped samples exhibit long lifetimes with no evidence of photoluminescence degradation with doping as high as 2 x 1018 cm-3, while indium shows substantial non-radiative recombination at carrier concentrations above 5 x 1016 cm-3. Iodine was shown to be thermally stable in CdTe at temperatures up to 600 degrees C. Results suggest iodine may be a preferred n-type dopant compared to indium in achieving heavily doped n-type CdTe.

  10. Determining and Controlling the Magnesium Composition in CdTe/CdMgTe Heterostructures

    LeBlanc, E. G.; Edirisooriya, M.; Ogedengbe, O. S.; Noriega, O. C.; Jayathilaka, P. A. R. D.; Rab, S.; Swartz, C. H.; Diercks, D. R.; Burton, G. L.; Gorman, B. P.; Wang, A.; Barnes, T. M.; Myers, T. H.


    The relationships between Mg composition, band gap, and lattice characteristics are investigated for Cd1-xMgxTe barrier layers using a combination of cathodoluminescence, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, variable angle spectral ellipsometry, and atom probe tomography. The use of a simplified, yet accurate, variable angle spectral ellipsometry analysis is shown to be appropriate for fast determination of composition in thin Cd1-xMgxTe layers. The validity of using high-resolution x-ray diffraction for CdTe/Cd1-xMgxTe double heterostructures is discussed. The stability of CdTe/Cd1-xMgxTe heterostructures are investigated with respect to thermal processing.

  11. 白藜芦醇增强TRAIL对人髓系白血病KG-1a细胞的细胞毒作用%Resveratrol enhances cytotoxicity of TRAIL to human promyloblastic leukemia KG-1a cells

    胡亮杉; 孙茂本; 曾雅丽; 李玉华; 邓兰; 郭坤元


    目的:观察白藜芦醇作用前后TRAIL对人髓系白血病KG-1a细胞的细胞毒作用的变化.方法:流式细胞仪检测KG-1a细胞表面CD34 和CD38的表达,二甲氧唑黄(XTT)细胞增殖及细胞毒性检测试剂盒检测白藜芦醇作用前后TRAIL对KG-1a细胞增殖的影响,AnnexinV-FITC/PI染色流式细胞仪检测细胞凋亡变化.流式细胞仪检测白藜芦醇作用前后KG-1a细胞表面TRAIL死亡受体表达变化.结果:人髓系白血病KG-1a细胞 CD34+CD38-占(58.67±2.87)%,10~1 000 ng/ml 的TRAIL对KG-1a细胞增殖无明显影响,但对白藜芦醇作用后的KG-1a细胞的增殖有明显抑制作用,白藜芦醇能促进TRAIL诱导KG-1a细胞凋亡,并能上调KG-1a细胞表面TRAIL死亡受体DR5的表达.结论:白藜芦醇能增强TRAIL对人髓系白血病KG-1a细胞的细胞毒作用,其机制可能与白藜芦醇上调KG-1a细胞表面TRAIL死亡受体DR5的表达有关.%Objective :To explore the cytotoxicity of TRAIL to human acute promyeloblastic leukemia KG-1a cells treated with resvera trol .Methods :The expression of CD34 and CD38 on the Surface of KG-1 cells was detected by flow cytometry ;The effects of various concentration TRAIL on proliferation of KG-1a cells treated with or without resveratrol were analyzed by XTT cell proliferation and cytotoxicity assay kit ;The changes of apoptosis in KG-1a cells treated with or without resveratrol induced by TRAIL were detected by flow cytometry through the staining of AnnexinV-FITC /PI ;The effects of resveratrol on the expression of DR4/5 on the surface of KG-1a cells were detected by flow cytometry .Results :The CD34+ CD38- percent age of KG-1a cells was (58 .67±2 .87 )% ;10-1 000 ng/ml of TRAIL had no effects on the proliferation of KG-1a cells ,while could inhibit the proliferation of KG-1a cells treated with resveratrol ;Moreover ,resveratrol could enhance the apoptosis of KG-1a cells induced by TRAIL and up-regulate the expression of TIRAIL death receptors DR5

  12. Effect of CdS/Mg-Doped CdSe Cosensitized Photoanode on Quantum Dot Solar Cells

    Yingxiang Guan


    Full Text Available Quantum dots have emerged as a material platform for low-cost high-performance sensitized solar cells. And doping is an effective method to improve the performance of quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs. Since Kwak et al. from South Korea proved the incorporation of Mg in the CdSe quantum dots (QDs in 2007, the Mg-doped CdSe QDs have been thoroughly studied. Here we report a new attempt on CdS/Mg-doped CdSe quantum dot cosensitized solar cells (QDCSSC. We analyzed the performance of CdS/Mg-doped CdSe quantum dot cosensitized solar cells via discussing the different doping concentration of Mg and the different SILAR cycles of CdS. And we studied the mechanism of CdS/Mg-doped CdSe QDs in detail for the reason why the energy conversion efficiency had been promoted. It is a significant instruction on the development of Mg-doped CdSe quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs.

  13. Tolerance of Ricinus communis L. to Cd and screening of high Cd accumulation varieties for remediation of Cd contaminated soils.

    Wu, Shanshan; Shen, Chuang; Yang, Zhongyi; Lin, Biyun; Yuan, Jiangang


    Response of castor (Ricinus communis L.) to cadmium (Cd) was assessed by a seed-suspending seedbed approach. Length of total radicle was the most sensitive indicator of Cd tolerance among the tested germination and growth characters. The ED50 value for Cd was 11.87 mg L(-1), indicating high Cd tolerance in castor. A pot experiment was conducted by growing 46 varieties of castor under CK (without Cd) and Cd1 (10 mg kg(-1) of Cd) and Cd2 (50 mg kg(-1) of Cd) treatments to investigate genotype variations in growth response and Cd accumulation of castor under different Cd exposures. Castor possessed high Cd accumulation ability; average shoot and root Cd concentrations of the 46 tested varieties were 21.83 and 185.43 mg kg(-1), and 174.99 and 1181.96 mg kg(-1) under Cd1 and Cd2, respectively. Great variation in Cd accumulation was observed among varieties, and Cd concentration of castor was genotype dependent. The correlation between biomass and Cd accumulation was significantly positive, while no significant correlation was observed between Cd concentration and Cd accumulation, which indicated that biomass performance is the dominant factor in determining Cd accumulation ability.

  14. Factors Influencing Photoluminescence and Photocarrier Lifetime in CdSeTe/CdMgTe Double Heterostructures

    Swartz, C. H.; Zaunbrecher, Katherine N.; Sohal, S.; LeBlanc, E. G.; Edirisooriya, M.; Ogedengbe, O. S.; Petersen, J. E.; Jayathilaka, P. A. R. D.; Myers, T. H.; Holtz, M. W.; Barnes, Teresa M.


    CdSeTe/CdMgTe double heterostructures were produced with both n-type and unintentionally doped absorber layers. Measurements of the dependence of photoluminescence intensity on excitation intensity were carried out, as well as measurements of time-resolved photoluminescence decay after an excitation pulse. It was found that decay times under very low photon injection conditions are dominated by a non-radiative Shockley-Read-Hall process described using a recombination center with an asymmetric capture cross section, where the cross section for holes is larger than that for electrons. As a result of the asymmetry, the center effectively extends photoluminescence decay by a hole trapping phenomenon. A reduction in electron capture cross section appeared at doping densities over 10^16cm-3. An analysis of the excitation intensity dependence of room temperature photoluminescence revealed a strong relationship with doping concentration. This allows estimates of the carrier concentration to be made through a non-destructive optical method. Iodine was found to be an effective n-type dopant for CdTe, allowing controllable carrier concentrations without an increased rate of non-radiative recombination.

  15. Growth and optical investigations of high quality individual CdTe/(Cd,Mg)Te core/shell nanowires

    Wojnar, P.; Płachta, J.; Kret, S.; Kaleta, A.; Zaleszczyk, W.; Szymura, M.; Wiater, M.; Baczewski, L. T.; Pietruczik, A.; Karczewski, G.; Wojtowicz, T.; Kossut, J.


    CdTe nanowires with the average diameter of only 40 nm coated with (Cd,Mg)Te shells are grown using Au-catalyzed vapor-liquid-solid growth mechanism in a system for molecular beam epitaxy. High optical quality of individual nanowires is revealed by means of low temperature cathodoluminescence and micro-luminescence. It is found that, the optical emission spectrum consists mostly of the near band edge emission without any significant contribution of defect related luminescence. Moreover, the importance of surface passivation with (Cd,Mg)Te coating shells is demonstrated.

  16. n-(CdMgTe/CdTe)/(p-(CdTe/ZnCdTe/ZnTe)/p-GaAs heterostructure diode for photosensor applications

    Yahia, I. S.; AlFaify, S.; Abutalib, M. M.; Chusnutdinow, S.; Wojtowicz, T.; Karczewski, G.; Yakuphanoglu, F.; Al-Bassam, A.; El-Naggar, A. M.; El-Bashir, S. M.


    High quality n-(CdMgTe:I/n-CdTe:I)/(p-CdTe:N/p-ZnCdTe:N/p-ZnTe:N)/p-GaAs heterojunction diodes have been fabricated by molecular beam epitaxial growth. The illumination effect on the complex impedance and conductivity of heterostructure diode was investigated. The illumination intensities were taken up to the 200 mW/cm2 with frequency range of 42 Hz to 1 MHz. The observed real and imaginary parts of the complex impedance were strongly dependent on the illumination frequency. The inverse relation was observed between the illumination intensity and the complex impedance. The relaxation mechanism of the diode was analyzed by the Cole-Cole plots. The radius of the Cole-Cole curve decreases with increasing illumination intensity. This suggests a mechanism of illumination dependent on the relaxation process. It is also found that the conductivity increases linearly with increasing the illumination intensity. We can conclude that the new design heterostructure diode in our work is a good candidate in photodetector and optoelectronic applications.

  17. Structural, magnetic and electrical characterization of Cd-substituted Mg ferrites synthesized by double sintering technique

    Zahir, R. [Department of Physics, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Chittagong 4349 (Bangladesh); Chowdhury, F.-U.Z, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Chittagong 4349 (Bangladesh); Uddin, M.M. [Department of Physics, Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Chittagong 4349 (Bangladesh); Hakim, M.A. [Materials Science Division, Atomic Energy Center, Dhaka 1000 (Bangladesh)


    Cd-substituted Mg ferrites with compositional formula Mg{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} with 0.1≤x≤0.6 in the steps of 0.1 have been synthesized by double sintering ceramic technique. The X-ray diffraction analysis has revealed that the samples crystallize in a single phase cubic spinel structure. The lattice parameter has increased with increasing Cd content in conformity with Vegard's law. The study of scanning electron microscopy has revealed that Cd substitution has increased the particle size of the ferrites increases from ~2.2 to 9.2 µm. Some probable interpretations based on literature have been discussed. The increase in particle size with increasing of Cd content has consequently resulted in the initial permeability. The Curie temperature has decreased linearly with increasing Cd content which pointed out the weakening of A-B exchange interaction. The spectra of quality factor have showed a steady bandwidth of 0.1–8 MHz, this finding makes the ferrite system suitable for broadband pulse transformer. The variation of electrical resistivity (DC and AC) has been explained on the basis of electron hopping between Fe{sup 2+}and Fe{sup 3+}. - Highlights: • Synthesis of Cd-substituted Mg ferrites by double sintering ceramic technique. • Studies of Cd substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of Mg Ferrites. • The Curie temperature decreases linearly with increasing Cd concentration. • Due to the conduction of hopping of charge carriers DC resistivity decreases.

  18. Photovoltaic performance of a Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te/CdS top-cell structure

    Martinez, Omar S. [Instituto de Energías Renovables, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Temixco, Morelos 62580 (Mexico); Centro del Cambio Global y la Sustentabilidad en el Sureste, Villahermosa, Tabasco 86080 (Mexico); Regalado-Pérez, E.; Mathews, N.R. [Instituto de Energías Renovables, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Temixco, Morelos 62580 (Mexico); Morales, Erik R. [División Académica de Ingeniería y Arquitectura, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Cunduacán, Tabasco 86690 (Mexico); Reyes-Coronado, David [Unidad Académica Playa del Carmen, Universidad de Quintana Roo, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo 77710 (Mexico); Galvez, Geovanni Hernández [Centro del Cambio Global y la Sustentabilidad en el Sureste, Villahermosa, Tabasco 86080 (Mexico); Mathew, Xavier, E-mail: [Instituto de Energías Renovables, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Temixco, Morelos 62580 (Mexico)


    In this paper we report the progress in developing a wide band gap alloy material based on CdTe to use as the top-cell absorber in tandem solar cells. High photovoltaic performance for a Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te/CdS top-cell was achieved by tuning the composition of the Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te film, and optimizing the device processing. We have carried out studies on the effect of vapor chloride treatment of the Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te/CdS device and the thermal annealing of the Cu/Au contacts on the opto-electronic properties of the device. With improved contact processing and post deposition treatments, we were able to achieve 9.3% efficiency for a 1.6 eV band gap top-cell; Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te/CdS on conductive glass substrate. - Highlights: • Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te films obtained by co-evaporation of CdTe and Mg • Band gap of Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te can be easily tuned by verifying x. • Band gap of Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te is stable only for short annealing durations. • Obtained efficiency of a Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Te based device with a band gap of 1.6 eV is 9.3%.

  19. Structural, magnetic and electrical characterization of Cd-substituted Mg ferrites synthesized by double sintering technique

    Zahir, R.; Chowdhury, F.-U.-Z.; Uddin, M. M.; Hakim, M. A.


    Cd-substituted Mg ferrites with compositional formula Mg1-xCdxFe2O4 with 0.1≤x≤0.6 in the steps of 0.1 have been synthesized by double sintering ceramic technique. The X-ray diffraction analysis has revealed that the samples crystallize in a single phase cubic spinel structure. The lattice parameter has increased with increasing Cd content in conformity with Vegard's law. The study of scanning electron microscopy has revealed that Cd substitution has increased the particle size of the ferrites increases from ~2.2 to 9.2 μm. Some probable interpretations based on literature have been discussed. The increase in particle size with increasing of Cd content has consequently resulted in the initial permeability. The Curie temperature has decreased linearly with increasing Cd content which pointed out the weakening of A-B exchange interaction. The spectra of quality factor have showed a steady bandwidth of 0.1-8 MHz, this finding makes the ferrite system suitable for broadband pulse transformer. The variation of electrical resistivity (DC and AC) has been explained on the basis of electron hopping between Fe2+and Fe3+.

  20. Study of the Mg incorporation in CdTe for developing wide band gap Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te thin films for possible use as top-cell absorber in a tandem solar cell

    Martinez, Omar S. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Universidad Politecnica del Estado de Guerrero, Comunidad de Puente Campuzano, C.P. 40325 Taxco de Alarcon, Guerrero (Mexico); Millan, Aduljay Remolina [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Huerta, L.; Santana, G. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. C.P 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Mathews, N.R.; Ramon-Garcia, M.L.; Morales, Erik R. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Mathew, X., E-mail: [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thin films of Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te with high spatial uniformity and band gap in the range of 1.6-1.96 eV were deposited by vacuum co-evaporation of CdTe and Mg. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Obtained Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te films have the structural characteristics of the CdTe, evidence of the change in atomic scattering due to incorporation of Mg was observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XRD and XPS data confirmed the incorporation of Mg in the lattice of CdTe. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SEM images revealed the impact of Mg incorporation on the morphology of the films, the changes in grain size and grain morphology are noticeable. - Abstract: Thin films of Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te with band gap in the range of 1.6-1.96 eV were deposited by vacuum co-evaporation of CdTe and Mg on glass substrates heated at 300 Degree-Sign C. Different experimental techniques such as XRD, UV-vis spectroscopy, SEM, and XPS were used to study the effect of Mg incorporation into the lattice of CdTe. The band gap of the films showed a clear tendency to increase as the Mg content in the film is increased. The Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te films maintain all the structural characteristics of the CdTe, however, diminishing of intensity for the XRD patterns is observed due to both change in preferential orientation and change in atomic scattering due to the incorporation of Mg. SEM images showed significant evidences of morphological changes due to the presence of Mg. XRD, UV-vis spectroscopy, and XPS data confirmed the incorporation of Mg in the lattice of CdTe. The significant increase in band gap of CdTe due to incorporation of Mg suggests that the Cd{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}Te thin film is a candidate material to use as absorber layer in the top-cell of a tandem solar cell.

  1. Investigation of Pb, Cd, Cu and Mg Concentrations in Groundwater Resources of Razan Plain

    S. Sobhan Ardakani; M. Maanijou; Asadi, H.


    Introduction & Objective: Iran is located in the dry and semi dry regions, thus almost 90% of the required fresh water is exploited from groundwater resources. Due to the increasing pol-lution of water resources, the purpose of this study was evaluation of Pb, Cd, Cu and Mg concentrations in groundwater resources of Razan Plain and preparing the zoning map using GIS. Materials & Methods: Groundwater samples were collected from 20 selected stations during two seasons in 2012. The samples were ...

  2. Processing and characterisation of II–VI ZnCdMgSe thin film gain structures

    Jones, Brynmor E., E-mail: [Institute of Photonics, Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre, Level 5, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD (United Kingdom); Schlosser, Peter J. [Institute of Photonics, Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre, Level 5, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD (United Kingdom); De Jesus, Joel [Department of Physics, The Graduate Center and The City College of New York, 138th Street and Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031 (United States); Garcia, Thor A.; Tamargo, Maria C. [Department of Chemistry, The Graduate Center and The City College of New York, 138th Street and Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031 (United States); Hastie, Jennifer E. [Institute of Photonics, Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre, Level 5, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD (United Kingdom)


    Lattice-matched II–VI selenide quantum well (QW) structures grown on InP substrates can be designed for emission throughout the visible spectrum. InP has, however, strong visible-light absorption, so that a method for epitaxial lift-off and transfer to transparent substrates is desirable for vertically-integrated devices. We have designed and grown, via molecular beam epitaxy, ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe multi-QW gain regions for vertical emission, with the QWs positioned for resonant periodic gain. The release of the 2.7 μm-thick ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe multi-QW film is achieved via selective wet etching of the substrate and buffer layers leaving only the epitaxial layers, which are subsequently transferred to transparent substrates, including glass and thermally-conductive diamond. Post-transfer properties are investigated, with power and temperature-dependent surface- and edge-emitting photoluminescence measurements demonstrating no observable strain relaxation effects or significant shift in comparison to unprocessed samples. The temperature dependent QW emission shift is found experimentally to be 0.13 nm/K. Samples capillary-bonded epitaxial-side to glass exhibited a 6 nm redshift under optical pumping of up to 35 mW at 405 nm, corresponding to a 46 K temperature increase in the pumped region; whereas those bonded to diamond exhibited no shift in QW emission, and thus efficient transfer of the heat from the pumped region. Atomic force microscopy analysis of the etched surface reveals a root-mean-square roughness of 3.6 nm. High quality optical interfaces are required to establish a good thermal and optical contact for high power optically pumped laser applications. - Highlights: • ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe II–VI multi-quantum well active regions are grown on InP. • Free-standing, II–VI films removed from InP substrate and InGaAs via wet etching • Negligible change of the quantum well photoluminescence after substrate removal • II–VI film transferred to diamond shows good

  3. [Effects of hydroxyapatite on growth and quality of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) in Cd polluted soil].

    Song, Yong; He, Tan; Liu, Ming-Yue; Zeng, Min; Liao, Bo-Han


    A pot experiment was conducted in a glasshouse to study effects of hydroxyapatite amending Cd polluted soil on growth and quality of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.). In the experiment, 3 levels of Cd pollution (0, 5, and 10 mg x kg(-1)) and 6 levels of hydroxyapatite application (0, 4, 8, 10, 16, and 30 g x kg(-1)) in soil were prepared to plant 2 potato varieties (Zhongshusanhao and Daxiyang in Chinese system). The results showed that Cd pollution in soil resulted in decrease in yield per plant of potato; for example, in the soils with 5 and 10 mg x kg(-1) of Cd, the yield per plant decreased 24%-31% and 41%-45%, respectively. Applying hydroxyapatite to Cd pollution could greatly increase yield per plant of potato. Compared to the soil without hydroxyapatite, 10 or 30 g x kg(-1) hydroxyapatite added to the soil with 5 or 10 mg x kg(-1) of Cd increased 17%-9% or 45%-58% in yield per plant. Due to hydroxyapatite amending Cd polluted soil, chlorophyll contents in leaves and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activities in tubers enhanced and malondialdehyde (MDA) contents in tubers declined apparently. Meanwhile, quality of potato tubers was obviously improved, such as increase in vitamin C contents, starch contents, and protein contents in potato tubers. With hydroxyapatite applying from 0 to 30 g x kg(-1), Cd contents in potato tubers deceased from 0.87-0.95 mg x kg(-1) to 0.13-0.21 mg x kg(-1) by 78%-85% in the soils with 5 mg x kg(-1) of Cd, and from 1.86-1.93 mg x kg(-1) to 0.52-0.65 mg x kg(-1) by 66%-72% in the soils with 10 mg x kg(-1) of Cd. The experiment indicated that the mechanism of hydroxyapatite alleviating soil Cd toxicity main included rising soil pH values, reducing effective Cd contents in soil, and Ca from hydroxyapatite blocking soil Cd moving to potato. However, ability of hydroxyapatite alleviating soil Cd toxicity was limited, and excessive hydroxyapatite to soil exhibited stress effects on growth and quality of potato. In the Cd polluted soils with

  4. Fabrication and characterization of nanostructured Mg-doped CdS/AAO nanoporous membrane for sensing applications

    Shaban, Mohamed; Mustafa, Mona; Hamdy, Hany


    In this study, Mg-doped CdS nanostructure was deposited onto anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane substrate using sol-gel spin coating method. The AAO membrane was prepared by a two-step anodization process combined with pore widening process. The morphology, chemical composition, and structure of the spin- coated CdS nanostructure have been studied. The morphology of the fabricated AAO membrane and the deposited Mg-doped CdS nanostructure was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM of AAO illustrates a typical hexagonal and smooth nanoporous alumina membrane with interpore distance of ~ 100 nm, the pore diameter of ~ 60 nm. SEM of Mgdoped CdS shows porous nanostructured film of CdS nanoparticles. This film well adherents and covers the AAO substrate. The energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) pattern exhibits the signals of Al, O from AAO membrane and Mg, Cd, and S from the deposited CdS. This indicates the high purity of the fabricated membrane and the deposited Mg-doped CdS nanostructure. Using X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, Scherrer equation was used to calculate the average crystallite size. Additionally, the texture coefficients and density of dislocations were calculated. The fabricated CdS/AAO was applied to detect glucose of different concentrations. The proposed method has some advantages such as simple technology, low cost of processing, and high throughput. All of these factors facilitate the use of the prepared films in sensing applications.

  5. Effects of rice straw on the speciation of cadmium (Cd) and copper (Cu) in soils

    Cui, Y.S.; Du, X.; Weng, L.P.; Zhu, Y.G.


    Four soils were collected from different sites of China in Lechang (LC, Guangdong province), Changsha (CS, Hunan province), Jiaxing UX, Zhejiang province) and Hangzhou (HZ, Zhejiang province), and were spiked with Cu (50 mg kg(-1)) and Cd (5 mg kg(-1)). The effects of rice straw addition (6%) on the

  6. Single doses of ivermectin 400 micrograms/kg-1: the most effective dosage in bancroftian filariasis.

    Moulia-Pelat, J P; Glaziou, P; Nguyen, L N; Cartel, J L


    Forty-three Wuchereria bancrofti carriers were given four successive semi-annual single doses of ivermectin 100 (IVER 100). The geometric mean microfilaremia (mf) recurrence percentage as compared to the pre-initial treatment mf level was 35%, 21%, 17% and 17% at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months, respectively. However, the recurrence of mf 6 months after the fourth treatment remained high in several individuals: 15 have been considered as 'bad responders' and 28 as 'good responders' individuals. At month 24 (M 24), they were randomly allocated into 2 groups. A first group was treated with a fifty and a sixth dose of IVER 100, at M24 and M30, respectively; the second one was treated, at the same time, with single doses of IVER 400 (IVER 400). At M 36, the mf recurrence percentage (mf M36/mf M0) was significantly higher in patients treated with IVER 100 than IVER 400 (11% vs 1%, p < 10(-4). From the group IVER 100, 6 out of the 8 'bad responders' remained 'bad responders' whereas there were none of the 7 in the group IVER 400. Moreover, there were only 2 more patients in the group IVER 100 showing sustained complete zero mf, whereas they were 13 in the group IVER 400. Single doses of IVER 400 were effective on 'bad responders'; IVER 400 must be recommended for semi-annual mass treatment in bancroftian filariasis.

  7. Effects of the combination of decitabine and homoharringtonine in SKM-1 and Kg-1a cells.

    Geng, Suxia; Yao, Han; Weng, Jianyu; Tong, Jiaqi; Huang, Xin; Wu, Ping; Deng, Chengxin; Li, Minming; Lu, Zesheng; Du, Xin


    The methylation inhibitor decitabine (DAC) has great therapeutic value for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, DAC monotherapy is associated with relatively low rates of overall response and complete remission. Previous studies have shown promising results for combination treatment regimens including DAC. Homoharringtonine (HHT), an alkaloid from Chinese natural plants and Cephalotaxus, has demonstrated potential for leukemia treatment. Our studies have suggested that the combination of DAC and HHT has synergistic effects for inhibiting the viability of SKM-1 and Kg-1a cells. This combination leads to enhanced inhibition of colony formation and apoptosis induction compared with DAC alone in SKM-1 but not Kg-1a cells. Only high-dose DAC and HHT significantly up-regulate caspase-3 and caspase-9 and inhibit BCL-XL in the SKM-1 cell line. The combined effects of DAC plus HHT on apoptosis may not only depend on regulation of the apoptosis-related genes we examined but others as well. HHT had no demethylation effects, and HHT in combination with DAC had no enhanced effects on hypomethylation and DNMT1, DNMT3A and DNMT3B mRNA expression in SKM-1 cells. Overall, these results suggest that DAC used in combination with HHT may have clinical potential for MDS treatment.

  8. Effect of fertilizers on Cd uptake of Amaranthus hypochondriacus, a high biomass, fast growing and easily cultivated potential Cd hyperaccumulator.

    Li, Ning Yu; Fu, Qing Lin; Zhuang, Ping; Guo, Bing; Zou, Bi; Li, Zhi An


    In a greenhouse pot experiment, we assessed the phytoextraction potential for Cd of three amaranth cultivars (Amaranthus hypochondriacus L. Cvs. K112, R104, and K472) and the effect of application of N, NP, and NPK fertilizer on Cd uptake of the three cultivars from soil contaminated with 5 mg kg(-1) Cd. All three amaranth cultivars had high levels of Cd concentration in their tissues, which ranged from 95.1 to 179.1 mg kg(-1) in leaves, 58.9 to 95.4 mg kg(-1) in stems, and 62.4 to 107.2 mg kg(-1) in roots, resulting in average bioaccumulation factors ranging from 17.7 to 29.7. Application of N, NP, or NPK fertilizers usually increased Cd content in leaves but decreased Cd content in stem and root. Fertilizers of N or NP combined did not substantially increase dry biomass of the 3 cultivars, leading to a limited increment of Cd accumulation. NPK fertilizer greatly increased dry biomass, by a factor of 2.7-3.8, resulting in a large increment of Cd accumulation. Amaranth cultivars (K112, R104, and K472) have great potential in phytoextraction of Cd contaminated soil. They have the merits of high Cd content in tissues, high biomass, easy cultivation and little effect on Cd uptake by fertilization.

  9. Microstructure and Superparamagnetic Properties of Mg-Ni-Cd Ferrites Nanoparticles

    M. M. Eltabey


    Full Text Available Magnesium substituted nickel cadmium ferrite nanoparticles MgxNi0.6−xCd0.4Fe2O4 (from x = 0 to 0.6 with step 0.1 have been synthesized by the chemical coprecipitation route. X-ray diffraction (XRD and infrared spectroscopy (FTIR revealed that the obtained powders have a single phase of cubic spinel structure. The crystallite sizes calculated from XRD data have been confirmed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM showing that the powders are consisting of nanosized grains with an average size range 5–1.5 nm. Magnetic hysteresis loops were traced at 6.5 K as well as at room temperature using VSM. It was found that, due to the Mg2+-ions substitution, the values of saturation magnetization Ms for the investigated samples were decreased, whereas the coercive field Hc increased. Both zero field cooling (ZFC and field cooling (FC curves are measured in the temperature range (6.5–350 K and the values of blocking temperature TB were determined. No considerable variation in the values of TB was observed with increasing Mg-content, whereas the values of the effective anisotropy constant Keff were increased.

  10. The elastic constants and anisotropy of superconducting MgCNi3 and CdCNi3 under different pressure

    Feng, Huifang


    The second-order elastic constants (SOECs) and third-order elastic constants (TOECs) of MgCNi3 and CdCNi3 are presented by using first-principles methods combined with homogeneous deformation theory. The Voigt-Reuss-Hill (VRH) approximation are used to calculate the bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, averaged Young\\'s modulus E and Poisson\\'s ratio ν for polycrystals and these effective modulus are consistent with the experiments. The SOECs under different pressure of MgCNi3 and CdCNi3 are also obtained based on the TOECs. Furthermore, the Zener anisotropy factor, Chung-Buessem anisotropy index, and the universal anisotropy index are used to describe the anisotropy of MgCNi3 and CdCNi3. The anisotropy of Young\\'s modulus of single-crystal under different pressure is also presented. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

  11. Investigation of Pb, Cd, Cu and Mg Concentrations in Groundwater Resources of Razan Plain

    S. Sobhan Ardakani


    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: Iran is located in the dry and semi dry regions, thus almost 90% of the required fresh water is exploited from groundwater resources. Due to the increasing pol-lution of water resources, the purpose of this study was evaluation of Pb, Cd, Cu and Mg concentrations in groundwater resources of Razan Plain and preparing the zoning map using GIS. Materials & Methods: Groundwater samples were collected from 20 selected stations during two seasons in 2012. The samples were filtered (0.45 ?m and maintained cool in polyethyl-ene bottles. The samples were taken for the analysis of cations, the former was acidified with HNO3 to pH lower than 2. Minor elements were determined using ICP-OES. All statistical analyses were performed using the SPSS statistical package. Also, Kriging Method was used to prepare spatial distribution maps of elements in groundwater samples. Results: The results showed that the mean concentrations of Pb, Cd, Cu and Mg in the groundwater samples during the spring were 5.60±0.66, 0.21±0.04, 32.10±2.21 and 6990.0±302.10 ppb, respectively, and the mean concentrations of these elements in the groundwater samples in the summer were 4.86±0.46, 0.30±0.08, 25.55±3.63 and 3654.05±215.65 ppb, respectively. Comparing the mean concentrations of the evaluated metals with WHO permissible limits showed a significant difference (p<0.05. Thus, the mean concentrations of the metals were significantly lower than the permissible limits. Conclusion: Although the groundwater resources of Razan Plain are not currently polluted with heavy metals, long-term excessive use of agricultural inputs and establishment of pollut-ing industries, can pose a threat to groundwater resources of this area. (Sci J Hamadan Univ Med Sci 2015; 21(4:319-329

  12. Characteristic analysis on the physical properties of nanostructured Mg-doped CdO thin films-Doping concentration effect

    K. Usharani; A.R. Balu; V.S. Nagarethinam; M. Suganya


    Highly conductive and transparent magnesium-doped cadmium oxide (CdO:Mg) thin films have been deposited on suitably cleaned glass substrates maintained at 375 1C by spray pyrolysis technique using perfume atomizer. The magnesium content in the films is varied from 0 to 8 at%in steps of 2 at%. The effect of Mg doping on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of the CdO thin films has been studied. All the films exhibited cubic structure with a preferential orientation along the (1 1 1) plane irrespective of the Mg doping level. SEM analysis showed that the film morphology modifies from spherical shaped grains to closely packed cauliflower shaped nanostructures with Mg doping. Except for the film coated with 2 at%Mg dopant, all the other doped films exhibited a blue shift in the optical band gap. Electrical studies revealed that the CdO:Mg film coated with 8 at%Mg dopant had a minimum resistivity of 0.0853 ? 101Ω-cm.

  13. Characteristic analysis on the physical properties of nanostructured Mg-doped CdO thin films—Doping concentration effect

    K. Usharani


    Full Text Available Highly conductive and transparent magnesium-doped cadmium oxide (CdO:Mg thin films have been deposited on suitably cleaned glass substrates maintained at 375 °C by spray pyrolysis technique using perfume atomizer. The magnesium content in the films is varied from 0 to 8 at% in steps of 2 at%. The effect of Mg doping on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of the CdO thin films has been studied. All the films exhibited cubic structure with a preferential orientation along the (1 1 1 plane irrespective of the Mg doping level. SEM analysis showed that the film morphology modifies from spherical shaped grains to closely packed cauliflower shaped nanostructures with Mg doping. Except for the film coated with 2 at% Mg dopant, all the other doped films exhibited a blue shift in the optical band gap. Electrical studies revealed that the CdO:Mg film coated with 8 at% Mg dopant had a minimum resistivity of 0.0853×101 Ω-cm.

  14. Influence of calcium ions on the structural and magnetic properties of Cd-Mg ferrites nanoparticles.

    Zaki, H M; Al-Heniti, S


    Cadmium magnesium ferrites doped with calcium having the chemical formula Cd0.5Mg0.5-x Ca(x)Fe2O4 (0.0 ferrite system is proposed in terms of the structural and magnetic properties by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and is found to be reliable. The experimental and theoretical lattice constants show the same trend with increasing calcium concentration indicating the validity of the proposed cation distribution. The analysis of infrared spectra indicates the presence of splitting in the absorption band which may be attributed to the presence of small amounts of Fe2+ ions in the ferrite system. The appearance of a shoulder around 700 cm(-1) suggests the presence of calcium ions in the tetrahedral site. The addition of non magnetic calcium ions in the ferrites suppressed the A-interaction and developed a B-B interaction, which is reflected in reducing the saturation magnetization in the present samples. The coercive field (H(c)) is also found to increase by increasing of Ca2+ concentration and has been explained on the bases of direct relationship with anisotropy constant.

  15. Fast and accurate approximate quasiparticle band structure calculations of ZnO, CdO, and MgO polymorphs

    Ataide, C. A.; Pelá, R. R.; Marques, M.; Teles, L. K.; Furthmüller, J.; Bechstedt, F.


    We investigate ZnO, CdO, and MgO oxides crystallizing in rocksalt, wurtzite, and zincblende structures. Whereas in MgO calculations, the conventional LDA-1/2 method is employed through a self-energy potential (VS), the shallow d bands in ZnO and CdO are treated through an increased amplitude (A ) of VS to modulate the self-energy of the d states to place them in the quasiparticle position. The LDA+A -1/2 scheme is applied to calculate band structures and electronic density of states of ZnO and CdO. We compare the results with those of more sophisticated quasiparticle calculations and experiments. We demonstrate that this new LDA+A -1/2 method reaches accuracy comparable to state-of-the-art methods, opening a door to study more complex systems containing shallow core electrons to the prize of LDA studies.

  16. Quantum chemistry insight into Mg-substitution in chlorophyll by toxic heavy metals: Cd, Hg and Pb

    Bechaieb, Rim; Ben Akacha, Azaiez; Gérard, Hélène


    In this paper, we examined the structural, electronic and energetic data associated to the Mg-substitution in chlorophyll by three major toxic pollutants: Cd2+, Hg2+ and Pb2+. We evidenced a highly versatile bonding of the cations with the pheophytin ligand, with a strong out-of-plane distortion for Hg and Pb. The binding energies ranged from slightly stronger than Mg2+ in the case of Hg2+ to much smaller for Pb2+. Nevertheless, our various approaches of free cations solvation allowed us to evidence that Mg-substitution should be possible for all title elements.

  17. 蝎毒多肽对白血病细胞株KG1a干细胞活性的影响%Study on the effects of PESV on the viability of leukemia stem cells line KG1a

    杨向东; 李红玉; 李德冠; 史哲新; 杨文华; 颜田赅; 闫理想; 王兴丽



  18. Effect of synthesis route on the uptake of Ni and Cd by MgFe2O4 nanopowders

    Al-Najar, B.; Khezami, L.; Judith Vijaya, J.; Lemine, O. M.; Bououdina, M.


    In this study, MgFe2O4 nanopowders were synthesized through two different methods, sol-gel method (SG) and modified sol-gel with Ammonia (MSG-A). The influence of synthesis route was investigated in terms of phase stability, pores size and surface area, magnetic properties and uptake of Ni and Cd metals from aqueous solution. Rietveld refinements of x-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the formation of single spinel phase for SG sample, while minor impurity was detected for SGM-A sample (few amount of MgO). The crystallite size was found to be sensitive to the preparation method; it ranges from 4 nm for SG to 15 nm for MSG-A. Magnetization experiment at room temperature showed ferromagnetic behavior with a saturation magnetization ( M s) ranging from 5.39 emu/g for SG to 9.93 emu/g for MSG-A. Preliminary results showed that SG and MSG-A samples are efficient adsorbent for Ni and Cd metal ions from aqueous solution. Maximum quantity of 62.67 and 61.2 mg of Ni(II) and 36.49 and 32.84 mg of Cd(II) was adsorbed per gram of MgFe2O4 synthesized by SG and MSG-A, respectively.

  19. Influence of Mg concentration on physico-chemical properties of Cd ferrites (CdMg{sub 1.5x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 4}) synthesized by sol–gel combustion method

    Gupta, Munish [Department of Chemistry, Centre for Advanced Studies-II, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab 143005 (India); Department of Chemistry, D A V College, Amritsar, Punjab 143001 (India); Gupta, Manik, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh 160019 (India); Randhawa, B.S., E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Centre for Advanced Studies-II, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab 143005 (India)


    Highlights: • Highly crystalline, single phase ferrites are obtained. • Saturation magnetization increases with increase in Mg{sup 2+} doping up to x = 0.7. • Nanosized particles tend to form inverted spinel structure. • Ferrites obtained have large surface area. - Abstract: The nanofabrication, characterization, microstructural and magnetic properties of pure and Mg{sup 2+} doped cadmium ferrite (CdFe{sub 2−x}Mg{sub 1.5x}O{sub 4}; x = 0.0–0.7) have been carried out. Morphology and the microstructure of the nanostructured oxide materials obtained through sol–gel process using hydrated metal-citrate precursor were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and N{sub 2}-physisorption (BET) showing an ordered cubic arrangement of 11–23 nm diameter pores with single-phase spinel grains averaging 13–38 nm in diameter. Room temperature magnetic measurements using magnetometer (VSM) demonstrate that the nature and concentration of dopant both control the site preference in the crystal lattices, suggesting the partial inverted spinel structure of soft Cd ferrites, which differs from bulk CdFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} showing practically no inversion in structure. An increase in Mg{sup 2+} substitution leads to a decrease in the lattice parameter, an increase in saturation magnetization as well as BET surface area of the as-synthesized ferrites.

  20. Effects of phosphorus on chemical forms of Cd in plants of four spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) cultivars differing in Cd accumulation.

    Yin, Aiguo; Yang, Zhongyi; Ebbs, Stephen; Yuan, Jiangang; Wang, Jianbin; Yang, Junzhi


    In order to clarify how cadmium (Cd) chemical forms in planta relate to the genotype difference in Cd accumulation of spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.), two low-Cd and two high-Cd cultivars were compared under a hydroponic experiment with two concentrations of Cd (8.98 or 44.71 μmol Cd L(-1)). The concentrations of phosphorus in the hydroponic system were also adjusted to two levels (0.5 and 1.0 mmol L(-1)) to investigate the influence of phosphorus on the forms and accumulation of Cd in the tested cultivars. Average Cd concentrations in shoots were 8.50-10.06 mg kg(-1) for high-Cd cultivars and 6.11-6.64 mg kg(-1) for low-Cd cultivars a under lower Cd treatment and were as high as 24.41-31.35 mg kg(-1) and 19.65-25.76 mg kg(-1), respectively, under a higher treatment. Phosphorus significantly decreased Cd accumulation in the tested cultivars, and the effect had superiority over the cultivar alternation under higher Cd stress. Cadmium in the NaCl-extractable fraction of the plant tissues showed the greatest relationship to genotype difference of Cd accumulation. The difference in the capacity to binding Cd into F HAc, F HCl, or F Residue was another important mechanism involving in the genotype difference in Cd accumulation of spinach. Among them, average proportion of Cd in F HAc in low-Cd cultivars was higher than that in high-Cd cultivars in association with the effect of phosphorus.

  1. TGF-β1对白血病KG-1细胞株Gli1表达的影响%Effect of TGF-β1 on Gli1 expression in KG-1 cell line

    李哲; 潘静


    Objective To prove that there was cross talk between Hh signaling pathway and TGF-β signaling pathway in KG-1 cells line. Methods (1) KG-1 cells were treated with 0. 1 ng/mL,l ng/mL,and 10 ng/mL TGF-β1 for 6 h,12 h,and 24 h respectively. Cells were collected after stimulation. Total mRNA was extracted. Glil expression was detected by real-time PCR. (2) KG-1 cells were treated with 5 ng/mL TGFβ1 and 5 ng/mL TGF-β1 +5 μmol SIS3 respectively for 24h. Cells were collected after stimulation. Total mRNA was extracted. Glil expression was detected. Results (1) When 1- 10 ng/mL TGF-β1 acted on the KG-1 cells respectively for 6 h, 12 h and 24 h, significant reduction of Glil mRNA in response to TGF-β1 was observed in KG-1 cells, emerging at 12 h and lasting at least 24 h,lower than that of the control group. (2) When 5 ng/mL TGF-β1 and 5 ng/mL TGF-β1 +5 μmol SIS3 acted on the KG-1 cells respectively for 24 h respectively,Glil expression of mRNA of control group was higher than that of TGF-β1 group, while much lower than that of TGF-β1 +SIS3 group. Conclusion TGF-β1significantly decreased Glil expression in KG-1 cells. Glil induction in KG-1 cells by TGF-β1 was a Smad3-dependent manner. This effect was independent from the Ptch/Smo axis.%目的 证明在白血病KG-1细胞株中存在TGF-β信号通路对Gli的调控作用.方法 (1)用0.1、1、10 ng/mL TGF-β1分别作用于KG-1细胞,时间分别为6、12、24 h.处理结束后收集细胞,提取mRNA,检测Gli1的表达.(2)5 ng/mL TGF-β1、5 ng/mL TGF-β1联合5 μmol SIS3分别作用于KG-1细胞24 h.处理结束后收集细胞,提取mRNA,检测Gli1的表达.结果 (1)1~10 ng/mL TGF-β1分别作用于KG-1细胞6、12、24 h,从12 h起并至少持续至24 h,其Gli1的mRNA表达较对照组明显减少;(2)5 ng/mL TGF-β1、5ng/mL TGF-β1联合5 μmol SIS3分别作用于KG-1细胞24 h,其Gli1的mRNA表达与对照组比较:5 ng/mL TGF-β1组较对照组降低,而5 ng/mL TGF-β1联合5 μmol SIS3组较

  2. Investigation on the efficiency and mechanism of Cd(II) and Pb(II) removal from aqueous solutions using MgO nanoparticles.

    Xiong, Chunmei; Wang, Wei; Tan, Fatang; Luo, Fan; Chen, Jianguo; Qiao, Xueliao


    In this study, the removal of Cd(II) and Pb(II) from aqueous solutions using MgO nanoparticles prepared by a simple sol-gel method was investigated. The efficiency of Cd(II) and Pb(II) removal was examined through batch adsorption experiments. For the single adsorption of Cd(II) and Pb(II), The adsorption kinetics and isotherm data obeyed well Pseudo-second-order and Langmuir models, indicating the monolayer chemisorption of heavy metal ions. The maximum adsorption capacities calculated by Langmuir equation were 2294 mg/g for Cd(II) and 2614 mg/g for Pb(II), respectively. The adsorption process was controlled simultaneously by external mass transfer and intraparticle diffusion. In the binary system, a competitive adsorption was observed, showing preference of adsorption followed Pb(II) >Cd(II). Significantly, the elution experiments confirmed that neither Cd(II) nor Pb(II) could be greatly desorbed after water washing even for five times. XRD and XPS measurements revealed the mechanism of Cd(II) and Pb(II) removal by MgO nanoparticles was mainly involved in precipitation and adsorption on the surface of MgO, resulting from the interaction between active sites of MgO and heavy metal ions. Easy preparation, remarkable removal efficiency and firmly adsorptive ability make the MgO nanoparticles to be an efficient material in the treatment of heavy metal-contaminated water.

  3. Melatonin/HPβCD complex: Microwave synthesis, integration with chitosan scaffolds and inhibitory effects on MG-63CELLS.

    Topal, Bedriye; Çetin Altındal, Damla; Gümüşderelioğlu, Menemşe


    In this study, melatonin/2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) inclusion complex was prepared by using microwave irradiation in a very short time. Phase-solubility studies indicated a linear increase in the solubility of melatonin with HPβCD demonstrating Higuchi's AL-type phase solubility profiles and the formation of 1:1 stoichiometric inclusion complexes. Also, the ability of inclusion complex formation was promoted at microwave conditions compared to room conditions. The structure of inclusion complex was determined by FTIR, DSC, XRD, (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR studies. Both of pure melatonin and melatonin/HPβCD inclusion complex were loaded into the chitosan scaffolds that were prepared by freeze-drying method and the effect of released melatonin on human osteosarcoma cells (MG-63) was investigated in vitro. Approximately 9mM melatonin concentration caused time dependent cell death by reducing the proportion of the cells in the G2/M phase rather than S phase. In conclusion, melatonin/HPβCD inclusion complex loaded chitosan scaffolds could be considered as an alternative system for the human osteosarcoma therapy.

  4. Magnetic gold nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and its application in the delivery of FITC into KG-1 cells.

    Hao, Yuzhi; Song, Steven; Yang, Xiaoyan; Xing, James; Chen, Jie


    In this article, we report a new method-a sonication method to disperse iron oxide nanoparticles into smaller nanoparticles and make gold ions absorb onto the surface or trapped in the micropores of the iron oxide nanoparticles using sonication action. By using quick reduction of ascorbic acid and post-HCI solution treatment, gold covered magnetic nanoparticles (mGNPs) with spherical morphology and uniform size were synthesized in a water solution. The size of the mGNPs was found to be 20-30 nm. Some ideal mGNPs possessed a core-shell structure. The mGNPs were non-cytotoxic and mGNP-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) can enter KG-1 cells when driven by an external magnetic force, which was confirmed by confocal imaging. The confocal image also showed the FITC inside the KG-1 cells was near the nucleus. The fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) delivery efficiency is about 100% according to the flow cytometry results.

  5. Bioavailability of adsorbed and coprecipitated Cu, Ni, Pb, and Cd on iron and iron/aluminum hydroxide to Phragmites australis.

    Wang, He; Jia, Yongfeng


    The bioavailability of heavy metals strongly depends on their speciation in the environment. Adsorption (ADS) and coprecipitation (CPT) on amorphous metal hydroxides are important processes, controlling the fates of heavy metals in an aqueous environment. This work studied the bioavailability of Cu, Cd, Ni, and Pb adsorbed on and/or coprecipitated with amorphous iron and iron/aluminum mixed hydroxides to the wetland plant Phragmites australis. After a 13-day treatment, there was an apparent uptake of the heavy metals by the plant, and the amount of metal bioaccumulation was measurably different for different association forms (ADS vs. CPT). The bioaccumulation of Cd associated with Fe0.5Al0.5(OH)3 was greater than that with Fe(OH)3; the adsorbed metals were found to be more bioavailable than the coprecipitated forms for most of the treatments while the aging treatment significantly reduced the bioaccumulation of ADS metals. In the single metal treatment, root metal concentrations in the Fe(OH)3 ADS system followed the order Ni (68 mg kg(-1)) > Cu (32 mg kg(-1)) > Cd (28 mg kg(-1)) > Pb (9 mg kg(-1)), while the CPT system followed the order of Cu (30 mg kg(-1)) > Ni (22 mg kg(-1)) > Pb (9 mg kg(-1)) > Cd (7 mg kg(-1)). The order of metal accumulation in a combined metal treatment was similar to that for single metal treatments, but observed Ni concentration declines by 22 and 71 % and Cu and Cd concentrations increase by 30 and 50 % (for CPT and ADS treatments, respectively), while Pb concentrations increased by 30~50 % in both of them. When treated with low-molecular-weight organic acids (LMWOAs), metal desorption, indicative of metal oxide bonding strength and metal bioavailability, was consistent with metal accumulation in the plant.

  6. Nickel, Zn and Cd localisation in seeds of metal hyperaccumulators using μ-PIXE spectroscopy

    Kachenko, Anthony G.; Bhatia, Naveen P.; Siegele, Rainer; Walsh, Kerry B.; Singh, Balwant


    Metal hyperaccumulators are a rare group of plant species that accumulate exceptionally high concentrations of metals in above ground tissues without showing symptoms of phytotoxicity. Quantitative localisation of the accumulated metals in seed tissues is of considerable interest to help understand the eco-physiology of these unique plant species. We investigated the spatial localisation of metals within seeds of Ni hyperaccumulating Hybanthus floribundus subsp. adpressus, H. floribundus subsp. floribundus and Pimelea leptospermoides and dual-metal (Cd and Zn) hyperaccumulating Thlaspi caerulescens using quantitative micro-proton induced X-ray emission (μ-PIXE) spectroscopy. Intact seeds were hand-sectioned, sandwiched between Formvar films and irradiated using the 3 MeV high energy heavy ion microprobe at ANSTO. Elemental maps of whole H. floribundus subsp. adpressus seeds showed an average Ni concentration of 5.1 × 10 3 mg kg -1 dry weight (DW) with highest Ni concentration in cotyledonary tissues (7.6 × 10 3 mg kg -1 DW), followed by the embryonic axis (4.4 × 10 3 mg kg -1 DW). Nickel concentration in whole H. floribundus subsp. floribundus seeds was 3.5 × 10 2 mg kg -1 DW without a clear pattern of Ni localisation. The average Ni concentration in whole P. leptospermoides seeds was 2.6 × 10 2 mg kg -1 DW, and Ni was preferentially localised in the embryonic axis (4.3 × 10 2 mg kg -1 DW). In T. caerulescens, Cd concentrations were similar in cotyledon (4.5 × 10 3 mg kg -1 DW) and embryonic axis (3.3 × 10 3 mg kg -1 DW) tissues, whereas Zn was highest in cotyledonary tissues (1.5 × 10 3 mg kg -1 DW). In all species, the presence of the accumulated metal within the cotyledonary and embryonic axis tissues indicates that the accumulated metal was able to move apoplastically within the seed.

  7. Structural analysis of Sm{sup 3+} doped nanocrystalline Mg-Cd ferrites prepared by oxalate co-precipitation method

    Gadkari, A.B., E-mail: [Department of Physics, GKG College, Kolhapur, 416 012 (India); Shinde, T.J. [Department of Physics, KRP Kanya Mahavidylaya, Isalampur, 415409 (India); Vasambekar, P.N. [Department of Electronic, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, 416 004 (India)


    The structural properties of polycrystalline Sm{sup 3+} doped Mg{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Cd{sub x} Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0) have been investigated by oxalate co-precipitation method from high purity sulphates. The samples were sintered at 1050 deg. C for a duration of 5 h. The X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the formation of a cubic spinel structure. The different parameters like lattice constant, X-ray density, physical density, porosity, crystallite size, site radii and bond length on tetrahedral and octahedral sites have been calculated. The lattice constant increases with an increase in Cd{sup 2+} content and shows non linear behavior. The crystallite size was calculated using Scherrer formula and varies from 28.69 to 32.05 nm. Physical densities were obtained by Archimedes principle. The surface morphology studied by scanning electron microscope shows that the grain size of the samples increases with an increase in Cd{sup 2+} content. The IR spectra show two strong absorption bands around 5.87 x 10{sup 4} m{sup -1} and 4.27 x 10{sup 4} m{sup -1} on the tetrahedral and octahedral sites respectively. IR spectra also show that Sm{sup 3+} occupies the octahedral B-site.

  8. Structural analysis of Y{sup 3+}-doped Mg-Cd ferrites prepared by oxalate co-precipitation method

    Gadkari, A.B. [Department of Physics, GKG College, Kolhapur 416012, Maharashtra (India)], E-mail:; Shinde, T.J. [Department of Physics, KRP Kanya Mahavidylaya, Islampur 415409 (India); Vasambekar, P.N. [Department of Electronics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004 (India)


    Polycrystalline ferrites of Cd{sub x}Mg{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) with addition of 5% of yttrium has been synthesized by oxalate co-precipitation method and characterized by XRD, SEM and FTIR techniques. The samples were presintered at 700 deg. C for duration of 6 h and sintered at 1050 deg. C for 5 h. The X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the formation of cubic spinel structure. Lattice constant, X-ray density, physical density, crystallite size, ionic radii on A-site and B-site (r{sub A}, r{sub B}), bond length on A-site and B-site (A-O, B-O) and porosity have been calculated. The lattice constant is found to increase with increase in Cd{sup 2+} content. The physical densities are about 86.96% of their X-ray density. Average crystallite size lies in the range of 28.86-32.06 nm. SEM study shows that the grain size of the samples increases with increase in Cd{sup 2+} content. The addition of Y{sup 3+} reduces the grain growth. The FTIR spectra shows two strong absorption bands in the frequency range 575-435 cm{sup -1}, on the tetrahedral and octahedral sites, respectively. Further it shows that Y{sup 3+} occupies B-sites.

  9. Risk assessment of Cd polluted paddy soils in the industrial and township areas in Hunan, Southern China.

    Wang, Meie; Chen, Weiping; Peng, Chi


    Cadmium (Cd) contamination in rice in Youxian, Hunan, China is a major environmental health concern. In order to reveal the Cd contamination in rice and paddy soils and the health risks to the population consuming the local rice grain, field surveys were conducted in eight towns in Youxian, China. The Cd contents of paddy soils averaged 0.228-1.91 mg kg(-1), 90% exceeding the allowable limit of 0.3 mg kg(-1) stipulated by the China Soil Environmental Quality Standards. Low average pH values (for air dried oxidized soils) ranging from 4.98 to 6.02 in paddy soil were also found. More than seventy percent (39 of 53) of the grain samples exceeded the maximum safe concentration of Cd, 0.2 mg kg(-1) on a dry weight basis. Considering the high consumption of local rice (339 g capita(-1) DW d(-1)) and Cd levels measured, dietary ingestion of 78% of the sampled rice grains would have adverse health risks because the intake exposure of Cd was greater than the JECFA recommended exposures, 0.8 µg Cd BW kg(-1) day(-1) or 25 µg Cd BW kg(-1) month(-1).

  10. The Effects of Cd2+ Concentration on the Structure, Optical and Luminescence Properties of MgAl2O4: x% Cd2+ (0 < x ≤ 1.75) Nanophosphor Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

    Motloung, S. V.; Dejene, F. B.; Sithole, M. E.; Koao, L. F.; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Swart, H. C.; Motaung, T. E.


    Cadmium-doped magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4: x% Cd2+) powders with different cadmium concentrations (0 Cd). The x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed that the powders crystallized into the cubic spinel structure. Cd2+ doping influenced crystallinity of the powder samples. The crystallite size and particle morphology were not affected by variation in the Cd2+ concentration. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) measurements revealed that the band gap of the MgAl2O4 was influenced by Cd2+ doping. Un-doped and Cd2+-doped MgAl2O4 nanophosphors exhibited violet emission at 392 nm. There was no evidence of the emission peak shift, which suggested that all emissions originated from the defects within the host material. Increasing the Cd2+ concentration up-to 0.88 mol.% lead to luminescence intensity enhancement, while further increase of Cd2+ concentration lead to concentration quenching. The critical energy transfer distance ( R c) between the neighbouring donors and acceptors was found to be 5.21 Å, suggesting that the multipole-multipole interaction (M-MI) is the major cause of concentration quenching. Commission Internationale de l'Elcairage (CIE) colour coordinates confirmed non-tuneable violet emission with intensity dependent on the Cd2+ concentration.

  11. Electric-field gradients at the $^{111}In$ and $^{111m}Cd$ sites in undoped and Mg-doped $LiNbO_{3}$

    Hauer, B; Marques, J G; Barradas, N P; Correia, J G; Agulló-López, F; Diéguez, E


    The quadrupole interaction of 111Cd in undoped (congruent) and Mg-doped LiNbO3 single crystals has been studied using the perturbed angular correlation technique after implantation of 111In and 111mCd. A stepwise-annealing procedure shows the lattice to be fully reconstructed at 773 K. Our results show that both In and Cd are in the Li position. Mg doping at 6 mol % does not have any effect on the lattice location of these impurities in LiNbO3.

  12. Geochemical pattern of soils in Bobovdol valley, Bulgaria. Assessment of Cd and Co contents

    Ivona Nikova


    Full Text Available The chemical composition of soils spread in the Bobov dol valley was studied in order to reveal the natural and anthropogenic patterns of Cd and Co spatial distribution. A sampling procedure based on the irregular grid of points and validated analytical methods were used in the field and laboratory studies. It is found that Cd content varies from 0.21 to 0.90 mg kg-1 in studied soils and the average value of 0.55 mg kg-1 coincides with concentration demarcating soil pollution (0.5 mg kg-1. Co content ranges from 2.22 to 15.76 mg kg-1 and in 70 % of sampled points exceeds the natural background content of 7.8 mg kg-1 found in local rocks. Still, Cd enrichment of studied soils is more significant than Co’s with coefficient of Clarke concentration of 3.67. Hence, the secondary deposition of studied elements as a result of the Bobov dol Thermal power plant air emissions is verified by results obtained. The spatial distribution of Cd and Co is featured with an altitudinal gradient in deposition and a trend of quantitative depletion in the South of Plant. Soil organic matter and pH have no influence on the content and spatial distribution of studied elements. Elements iron affinity governs their geochemical linkage in soils although cobalt occurs allied with aluminum and titanium.

  13. Nonlinear elastic properties of superconducting antiperovskites MNNi 3 (M =Zn, Cd, Mg, Al, Ga, and In) from first principles

    Liu, Lili


    We present theoretical studies for the third-order elastic constants (TOECs) of superconducting antiperovskites MNNi 3 (M = Zn, Cd, Mg, Al, Ga, and In) using the density functional theory (DFT) and homogeneous deformation method. From the nonlinear least-square fitting, the elastic constants are extracted from a polynomial fit to the calculated strain-energy data. Calculated second-order elastic constants (SOECs) are compared with the previous theoretical calculations, and a very good agreement was found. The nonlinear effects often play an important role when the finite strains are larger than approximately 2.5 %. Besides, we have computed the pressure derivatives of SOECs and provided rough estimations for the Grüneisen constants of long-wavelength acoustic modes by using the calculated TOECs. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

  14. Damping of Rabi oscillations in intensity-dependent photon echoes from exciton complexes in a CdTe/(Cd,Mg)Te single quantum well

    Poltavtsev, S. V.; Reichelt, M.; Akimov, I. A.; Karczewski, G.; Wiater, M.; Wojtowicz, T.; Yakovlev, D. R.; Meier, T.; Bayer, M.


    We study Rabi oscillations detected in the coherent optical response from various exciton complexes in a 20-nm-thick CdTe/(Cd,Mg)Te quantum well using time-resolved photon echoes. In order to evaluate the role of exciton localization and inhomogeneous broadening we use selective excitation with spectrally narrow ps pulses. We demonstrate that the transient profile of the photon echo from the localized trion (X-) and the donor-bound exciton (D0X ) transitions strongly depends on the strength of the first pulse. It acquires a non-Gaussian shape and experiences significant advancement for pulse areas larger than π due to non-negligible inhomogeneity-induced dephasing of the oscillators during the optical excitation. Next, we observe that an increase of the area of either the first (excitation) or the second (rephasing) pulse leads to a significant damping of the photon echo signal, which is strongest for the neutral excitons and less pronounced for the donor-bound exciton complex (D0X ). The measurements are analyzed using a theoretical model based on the optical Bloch equations which accounts for the inhomogeneity of optical transitions in order to reproduce the complex shape of the photon echo transients. In addition, the spreading of Rabi frequencies within the ensemble due to the spatial variation of the intensity of the focused Gaussian beams and excitation-induced dephasing are incorporated in our model, which is able to explain the fading and damping of Rabi oscillations. By analyzing the results of the simulation for X- and D0X complexes we are able to establish a correlation between the degree of localization and the transition dipole moments determined as μ (X- )=73 D and μ (D0X )=58 D.

  15. Cadmium (Cd) Localization in Tissues of Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), and Its Phytoremediation Potential for Cd-Contaminated Soils.

    Chen, Zhifan; Zhao, Ye; Fan, Lidong; Xing, Liteng; Yang, Yujie


    Phytoremediation using economically valuable, large biomass, non-edible plants is a promising method for metal-contaminated soils. This study investigated cotton's tolerance for Cd and remediation potential through analyzing Cd bioaccumulation and localization in plant organs under different soil Cd levels. Results showed cotton presents good tolerance when soil Cd concentration ≤20.26 mg kg(-1). Cotton had good Cd accumulation ability under low soil Cd levels (soil Cd, while roots and stems were the main compartments of Cd storage. Cd complexation to other organic constituents in root and stem cell sap could be a primary detoxifying strategy. Therefore, cotton is a potential candidate for phytoremediation of Cd-contaminated soils.

  16. Synthesis and luminescence properties of Zn(Cu(0.01) Cd(0.02) Mg(0.02))S phosphor.

    Zhang, Wentao; Lee, Hong-Ro


    To improve the luminescence properties of ZnS : Cu, a multi-doped method was used to prepare Zn(Cu(0.01) Cd(0.02) Mg(0.02))S in this paper. As a new designed semiconductor compound, particular properties of Zn(Cu(0.01) Cd(0.02) Mg(0.02))S were investigated, especially luminescence intensity and lifetime. Structure and compositions of Zn(Cu(0.01) Cd(0.02) Mg(0.02))S phosphor were analyzed by XRD and TEM respectively. Luminescence intensity and luminescence lifetime of the prepared Zn(Cu(0.01) Cd(0.02) Mg(0.02))S phosphor were investigated by luminescence spectrometry. As a result, compared with pure ZnS or doped ZnS phosphors, Zn(Cu(0.01) Cd(0.02) Mg(0.02))S showed remarkably improved luminescence properties. The optimum ratio of three dopants was obtained for solving luminescence problems.

  17. Expression of costimulatory molecule CD86 in HL-60 cells induced by MG132 and its effect on allogeneic mixed lymphocyte reaction.

    Yu, Mei-Xia; Liu, Xun; Zhou, Yong-Ming; Cheng, Yan-Xiang; Cheng, Jing; Qiu, Yu-Zhen; Xing, Xiao-Lei; Yao, Chun-Hong; Bai, Ru-Jun


    This study was aimed to elucidate the expression of costimulatory molecule CD80 and CD86 in HL-60 cells induced by proteasome inhibitor MG132 and its effect on allogeneic mixed lymphocyte reaction. Acute myelocytic leukemia cell line HL-60 and chronic myelocytic leukemia cell line K562 were cultured. The viability of the cells was measured by flow cytometry. Proteasome inhibitor MG132 at the concentrations of 2 or 3 µmol/L was used to stimulate the HL-60 cell cultured for 24 h and 48 h respectively, and the Annexin V/7-AAD staining and flow cytomotry were used to detect the apoptosis of the HL-60 cells. HL-60 and K562 cells were treated with 1 µmol/L MG132 for 24 h and 48 h respectively, then CD80 and CD86 antibodies were added, finally the expression of CD80 and CD86 was analysed by flow cytomery. The mRNA expression of CD86 in the HL-60 cells treated with 1 µmol/L MG132 was detected by RT-PCR. HL-60 and K562 cells were treated by 1 µmol/L MG132 and then underwent irradiation of 75 Gy (60)Co to kill the cells with their antigenicity preserved. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNCs) of healthy volunteers, as reactive cells, were isolated and inoculated into the (60)Co irradiated HL-60 cells of different concentrations, as stimulating cells, CCK-8 was added and then the A value of absorbance was measured at the wave length of 450 nm in an enzyme labeling instrument. The results showed that the cell viability of the HL-60 cells treated with 1 µmol/L MG132 for 24 h an d 48 h was 92.95% and 85.87% respectively. The apoptotic rates of the HL-60 cells treated with MG132 increased in dose-and time-dependent manner. High-concentration of MG132 directly killed HL-60 cells. Before MG132 treatment K562 cells did not express CD86, but the CD86 expression of the HL-60 cells was up-regulated time-dependently after MG132 treatment (P HL-60 treated with MG132 was up-regulated time-dependently (P HL-60 cells treated with MG132 and reached its peak when the concentration

  18. Heavy metal accumulations of 24 asparagus bean cultivars grown in soil contaminated with Cd alone and with multiple metals (Cd, Pb, and Zn).

    Zhu, Yun; Yu, Hui; Wang, Junli; Fang, Wei; Yuan, Jiangang; Yang, Zhongyi


    Crops grown in heavy metal contaminated soils are an important avenue for these toxic pollutants entering the human food chain. Information on how crops respond to soil contaminations of single versus multiple metals is scarce and much needed. This study investigated the accumulation of Cd by 24 cultivars of asparagus bean (Vigna unguiculata subsp. Sesquipedalis L., family Fabaceae) under a low level (0.8 mg kg-1) and a high level (11.8 mg kg-1) of Cd exposure in a garden experiment, and that in a field experiment with Cd, Pb, and Zn (1.2, 486, and 1114 mg kg-1, respectively) contaminated soil. Both experiments showed that there were highly significant variations among the tested cultivars in Cd accumulation by roots, stems, leaves, and fruits of asparagus bean. In the garden experiment, all cultivars under the low Cd exposure and 41.7% of the tested cultivars under the high Cd exposure bore fruits (pods) whose Cd concentrations were lower than 0.05 mg kg-1 fw and therefore were safe for consumption. In addition, the fruit Cd concentrations of cultivars with black seed coats were significantly lower than those with red or spotted seed coats. These results suggest that asparagus bean is a hypo-accumulator to Cd pollutant and the trait of Cd accumulation is genetic-dependent among cultivars. In the field experiment, correlation between fruit Cd and Pb concentrations was significantly positive (p pollution-safe-cultivars (PSC) in multi-metal polluted condition could refer to the PSCs selected under a high level exposure of a single heavy metal.

  19. Bioremediation of Cd and carbendazim co-contaminated soil by Cd-hyperaccumulator Sedum alfredii associated with carbendazim-degrading bacterial strains.

    Xiao, Wendan; Wang, Huan; Li, Tingqiang; Zhu, Zhiqiang; Zhang, Jie; He, Zhenli; Yang, Xiaoe


    The objective of this study was to develop a bioremediation strategy for cadmium (Cd) and carbendazim co-contaminated soil using a hyperaccumulator plant (Sedum alfredii) combined with carbendazim-degrading bacterial strains (Bacillus subtilis, Paracoccus sp., Flavobacterium and Pseudomonas sp.). A pot experiment was conducted under greenhouse conditions for 180 days with S. alfredii and/or carbendazim-degrading strains grown in soil artificially polluted with two levels of contaminants (low level, 1 mg kg(-1) Cd and 21 mg kg(-1) carbendazim; high level, 6 mg kg(-1) Cd and 117 mg kg(-1) carbendazim). Cd removal efficiencies were 32.3-35.1 % and 7.8-8.2 % for the low and high contaminant level, respectively. Inoculation with carbendazim-degrading bacterial strains significantly (P soil microbial biomass, dehydrogenase activities and microbial diversities by 46.2-121.3 %, 64.2-143.4 %, and 2.4-24.7 %, respectively. Polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) analysis revealed that S. alfredii stimulated the activities of Flavobacteria and Bradyrhizobiaceae. The association of S. alfredii with carbendazim-degrading bacterial strains enhanced the degradation of carbendazim by changing microbial activity and community structure in the soil. The results demonstrated that association of S. alfredii with carbendazim-degrading bacterial strains is promising for remediation of Cd and carbendazim co-contaminated soil.

  20. Zn, Cd, S and trace metal bioaccumulation in willow (Salix spp.) cultivars grown hydroponically.

    McBride, M B; Martinez, C E; Kim, B


    Willows (Salix spp.) can be used to phytoremediate soils contaminated by Zn and Cd under certain conditions. In this study, the ability of 14 Salix cultivars to concentrate Cd, Zn and S in leaves was measured in hydroponic culture with 10 and 200 µM Cd and Zn, respectively, in the nutrient medium. The cultivars showed a wide range of biomass yields, tolerance to metals, and foliar concentrations of Zn and Cd, with some cultivars accumulating up to 1000 mg kg(-1) Zn, 70 mg kg(-1) Cd and 10,000 mg kg(-1) S with only mild phytotoxicity symptoms attributable to excess Zn. Cultivars with higher foliar Zn concentrations tended to have higher foliar Cd concentrations as well, and competition between Zn and Cd for uptake was observed. Exposure of Salix cultivars to Cd and Zn did not affect foliar concentrations of secondary metabolites such as polyphenols, but trace metal concentrations in leaves were significantly reduced (Fe and Cu) or increased (Mn) by exposure to excess Zn and Cd. Sulfur-XANES spectroscopy showed foliar S to be predominantly in highly oxidized (sulfate plus sulfonate) and reduced (thiol) forms, with oxidized S more prevalent in willows with the highest total S content.

  1. Phytoremediation potential of Cd and Zn by wetland plants, Colocasia esculenta L. Schott., Cyperus malaccensis Lam. and Typha angustifolia L. grown in hydroponics.

    Chayapan, P; Kruatrachue, M; Meetam, M; Pokethitiyook, P


    Cadmium and zinc phytoremediation potential of wetland plants, Colocasia esculenta, Cyperus malaccensis, and Typha angustifolia, was investigated. Plants were grown for 15 days in nutrient solutions containing various concentrations of Cd (0, 5, 10, 20, 50 mg l(-1)) and Zn (0, 10, 20, 50, 100 mg l(-1)). T angustifolia was tolerant to both metals as indicated by high RGR when grown in 50 mg I(-1) Cd and 100 mg I(-1) Zn solutions. All these plants accumulated more metals in their underground parts and > 100 mg kg(-1) in their aboveground with TF values 10,000 mg kg(-1) in its aboveground parts with TF > 1. T angustifolia exhibited highest biomass production and highest Cd and Zn uptake, confirming that this plant is a suitable candidate for treating of Cd contaminated soil/sediments.

  2. The role of ionic sizes in inducing the cubic to tetragonal distortion in AV2O4 and ACr2O4 (A = Zn, Mg and Cd) compounds

    Lal, Sohan; Pandey, Sudhir K.


    Cubic to tetragonal distortion in AV2O4 and ACr2O4 (A = Zn, Mg and Cd) compounds have been a contentious issue for last two decades. Different groups have proposed different mechanisms to understand such a distortion in these spinels, which are: (i) spin lattice coupling mechanism known as the spin driven Jahn-Teller (JT) effect, (ii) the strong relativistic spin-orbit coupling, a moderate JT distortion and weak V-V interactions and (iii) the JT effect. Now, in order to know the possible cause for such a distortion, we have avoided these complexities (various interactions among spin, electronic, orbital and lattice degrees of freedom) by carrying out spin unpolarized calculations. The calculated values of bulk moduli for ZnV2O4 (ZnCr2O4), MgV2O4 (MgCr2O4) and CdV2O4 (CdCr2O4) are found to be ˜289 (˜254), ˜244 (˜243) and ˜230 (˜233) GPa, respectively which suggest that CdV2O4 (among vanadates) and CdCr2O4 (among chromates) are more compressible. For vanadates and chromates, the order of calculated values of lattice parameter a are found to CdV2O4 > MgV2O4 > ZnV2O4 and CdCr2O4 > MgCr2O4 > ZnCr2O4, respectively and are consistent with the experimental results. The calculated values of cubic to tetragonal distortion (c/a), with c/a compounds. The present study clearly shows the role of ionic sizes in inducing the cubic to tetragonal distortion in these spinels. However, the discrepancies between the calculated and experimental data for CdV2O4 and CdCr2O4 are expected to improve by considering the above mentioned mechanisms. These mechanisms also appear to be responsible for deciding the other physical properties of these compounds.

  3. Affects of mining activities on Cd pollution to the paddy soils and rice grain in Hunan province, Central South China.

    Du, Yan; Hu, Xue-Feng; Wu, Xiao-Hong; Shu, Ying; Jiang, Ying; Yan, Xiao-Juan


    Located in Central South China, Hunan province is rich in mineral resources. To study the influence of mining on Cd pollution to local agricultural eco-system, the paddy soils and rice grain of Y county in northern Hunan province were intensively monitored. The results were as follows: (1) Total Cd (T-Cd) content in the soils of the county ranges from 0.13 to 6.02 mg kg(-1), with a mean of 0.64 mg kg(-1), of which 57.5% exceed the allowable limit specified by the China Soil Environmental Quality Standards. T-Cd in the soils varies largely, with the coefficient of variation reaching 146.4%. The spatial distribution of T-Cd in the soils quite matches with that of mining and industries. The content of HCl-extractable Cd (HCl-Cd) in the soils ranges from 0.02 to 2.17 mg kg(-1), with a mean of 0.24 mg kg(-1). A significant positive correlation exists between T-Cd and HCl-Cd in the soils (r = 0.770, ρ soils (r = 0.091, ρ > 0.05), which suggests that the amount of Cd accumulating in the rice is more affected by its availability in the soils, rather than the total content. (4) The dietary intake of Cd via rice consumption in Y county is estimated to be 179.9 μg day(-1) person(-1) on average, which is far beyond the allowable limit specified by FAO/WHO and the target hazard quotients of Cd much higher than 1, suggesting the high risk on human health from Cd exposure.

  4. EDTA and citric acid mediated phytoextraction of Zn, Cu, Pb and Cd through marigold (Tagetes erecta).

    Sinhal, V K; Srivastava, Alok; Singh, V P


    Phytoextraction is an emerging cost-effective solution for remediation of contaminated soils which involves the removal of toxins, especially heavy metals and metalloids, by the roots of the plants with subsequent transport to aerial plant organs. The aim of the present investigation is to study the effects of EDTA and citric acid on accumulation potential of marigold (Tagetes erecta) to Zn, Cu, Pb, and Cd and also to evaluate the impacts of these chelators (EDTA and citric acid) in combination with all the four heavy metals on the growth of marigold. The plants were grown in pots and treated with Zn (7.3 mg l(-1)), Cu (7.5 mg I(-1)), Pb (3.7 mg l(-1)) and Cd (0.2 mg l(-1)) alone and in combination with different doses of EDTA i.e., 10, 20 and 30 mg l(-1). All the three doses of EDTA i.e., 10, 20 and 30 mg l(-1) significantly increased the accumulation of Zn, Cu, Pb and Cd by roots, stems and leaves as compared to control treatments. The 30 mg l(-1) concentration of citric acid showed reduced accumulation of these metals by root, stem and leaves as compared to lower doses i.e., 10 and 20 mg l(-1). Among the four heavy metals, Zn accumulated in the great amount (526.34 mg kg(-1) DW) followed by Cu (443.14 mg kg(-1) DW), Pb (393.16 mg kg(-1) DW) and Cd (333.62 mg kg(-1) DW) in leaves with 30 mg l(-1) EDTA treatment. The highest concentration of EDTA and citric acid (30 mg l(-1)) caused significant reduction in growth of marigold in terms of plant height, fresh weight of plant, total chlorophyll, carbohydrate content and protein content. Thus EDTA and citric acid efficiently increased the phytoextractability of marigold which can be used to remediate the soil contaminated with these metals.

  5. Interfacial Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Al/Mg Butt Joints Made by MIG Welding Process with Zn-Cd Alloy as Interlayer

    ZHANG Hongtao; DAI Xiangyu; FENG Jicai


    Butt joints between Mg alloy AZ31B and pure Al 1 060 sheets were produced via metal inert gas welding process with Zn-Cd alloy foil. Crack-free Al/Mg butt joints between AZ31B Mg alloy and pure Al 1060 sheets were obtained. Intermetallic compound layer 1 and layer 2 had formed in fusion zone/Mg alloy and the average thickness of the layer 1 was about 50μm. The intermetallic compound layer 1 consisted of Al12Mg17 and Mg2Si phases while layer 2 consisted of Al12Mg17, Mg2Si and MgZn2 phases. The crack started from the IMC layer at the bottom of the joint and propagated along the brittle IMC layer, then expanded into weld metal during the SEM in situ tensile test. The highest tensile strength of the dissimilar metal butt joints could reach 46.8 MPa and the effect of interfacial IMC layer on mechanical property of the joint was discussed in detail in the present study.

  6. Concentrations of As, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, Pb, and Zn in uruguayan rice determined by atomic absorption spectrometry

    Mario E. Rivero Huguet


    Full Text Available The United Nations General Assembly declared the year 2004 the International Year of Rice and the concept "Rice is life". The largest nutritional problems occurring globally are protein-energy malnutrition, and Ca, Fe, I, Zn, and vitamin A deficiency. In this report, 49 rice samples (Oryza sativa L. were digested by dry ashing in order to determine As, Cd, Cr, and Pb by ETA-AAS; while Ca, Co, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mo, Mn, Na, Ni, and Zn were determined by FAAS; and Hg by CV-AAS using microwave-assisted decomposition. The following concentration ranges were obtained for Ca (9.1-15 mg/100 g, Cd (2.30-4.12 µg/kg, Co (41-60 µg/kg, Cu (1.33-180 mg/kg, Fe (4.41-7.15 mg/kg, K (167-217 mg/100 g, Mg (45-121 mg/100 g, Mo (0.52-0.97 mg/kg, Mn (5.45-25.4 mg/kg, Na (0.95-2.50 mg/100g, Ni (0.53-0.72 mg/kg, and Zn (5.86-12.6 mg/kg. Mean recoveries of elements from fortified rice were: 87±12% for As, 95.3±8.9% for Ca, 106.2±7.7% for Cd, 103.3±6.5% for Co, 89.4±8.1% for Cr, 99.3±4.6% for Cu, 103±10% for Fe, 96.3±9.3% for Hg, 95.4±12% for K, 98.3±8.0% for Mg, 93.4±7.8% for Mo, 95.3±9.9% for Mn, 89±12% for Na, 90.3±9.7% for Ni, 91.2±5.5% for Pb and 92.0±9.4% for Zn. The concentrations of the minerals and microelements studied fall within the typical range of rice grown around the world. Potassium was the most abundant mineral, followed by Mg and Ca; among microelements, the concentrations of Cu, Fe, Mo, Mn, Na, and Zn in rice were outstanding. It was also found that the milling process highly affects the K, Mg, Mn, Na, and Zn concentrations, while it has little influence on Ca, Co, Cu, and Fe. On the other hand, there is a loss of Ca, Fe, and Mn during the parboiling process. Recent studies have shown the potential to exploit the genetic variation of rice seeds with regard to the concentration of some minerals (Ca, Fe, Zn, etc. without affecting yield or adding new traits. All rice samples tested showed lower levels of As, Cd, Hg, and Pb in comparison

  7. Influence of Illumination on the Electrical Properties of p-(ZnMgTe/ZnTe:N)/CdTe/n-(CdTe:I)/GaAs Heterojunction Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)

    Jum'h, I.; Abd El-Sadek, M. S.; Al-Taani, H.; Yahia, I. S.; Karczewski, G.


    Heterostructure p-(ZnMgTe/ZnTe:N)/CdTe/n-(CdTe:I)/GaAs was evaporated using molecular beam epitaxy and investigated for photovoltaic energy conversion application. The electrical properties of the studied heterostructure were measured and characterized in order to understand the relevant electrical transport mechanisms. Electrical properties derived from the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of solar cells provide essential information necessary for the analysis of performance losses and device efficiency. I-V characteristics are investigated in dark conditions and under different light intensities. All the electrical and power parameters of the heterostructure were measured, calculated and explained.

  8. Influence of Illumination on the Electrical Properties of p-(ZnMgTe/ZnTe:N)/CdTe/n-(CdTe:I)/GaAs Heterojunction Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)

    Jum'h, I.; Abd El-Sadek, M. S.; Al-Taani, H.; Yahia, I. S.; Karczewski, G.


    Heterostructure p-(ZnMgTe/ZnTe:N)/CdTe/n-(CdTe:I)/GaAs was evaporated using molecular beam epitaxy and investigated for photovoltaic energy conversion application. The electrical properties of the studied heterostructure were measured and characterized in order to understand the relevant electrical transport mechanisms. Electrical properties derived from the current-voltage ( I- V) characteristics of solar cells provide essential information necessary for the analysis of performance losses and device efficiency. I- V characteristics are investigated in dark conditions and under different light intensities. All the electrical and power parameters of the heterostructure were measured, calculated and explained.

  9. Cd4Cu7As, the first representative of a fully ordered, orthorhombically distorted MgCu2 Laves phase.

    Osters, Oliver; Nilges, Tom; Schöneich, Michael; Schmidt, Peer; Rothballer, Jan; Pielnhofer, Florian; Weihrich, Richard


    The ternary Laves phase Cd(4)Cu(7)As is the first intermetallic compound in the system Cu-Cd-As and a representative of a new substitution variant for Laves phases. It crystallizes orthorhombically in the space group Pnnm (No. 58) with lattice parameters a = 9.8833(7) Å; b = 7.1251(3) Å; c = 5.0895(4) Å. All sites are fully occupied within the standard deviations. The structure can be described as typical Laves phase, where Cu and As are forming vertex-linked tetrahedra and Cd adopts the structure motive of a distorted diamond network. Cd(4)Cu(7)As was prepared from stoichiometric mixtures of the elements in a solid state reaction at 1000 °C. Magnetic measurements are showing a Pauli paramagnetic behavior. During our systematical investigations within the ternary phase triangle Cd-Cu-As the cubic C15-type Laves phase Cd(4)Cu(6.9(1))As(1.1(1)) was structurally characterized. It crystallizes cubic in the space group Fd3m with lattice parameter a = 7.0779(8) Å. Typically for quasi-binary Laves phases Cu and As are both occupying the 16c site. Chemical bonding, charge transfer and atomic properties of Cd(4)Cu(7)As were analyzed by band structure, ELF, and AIM calculations. On the basis of the general formula for Laves phases AB(2), Cd is slightly positively charged forming the A substructure, whereas Cu and As represent the negatively charged B substructure in both cases. The crystal structure distortion is thus related to local effects caused by Arsenic that exhibits a larger atomic volume (18 Å(3) compared to 13 Å(3) for Cu) and higher ionicity in bonding.

  10. Using a CdTe detector for 125Te Mössbauer Spectroscopy: Application to the f-factor in Mg3TeO6

    Bargholtz, Chr; Blomquist, J.; Fumero, E.; Mårtensson, L.; Einarsson, L.; Wäppling, R.


    An apparatus for Mössbauer spectroscopy has been developed with a cadmium telluride (CdTe) γ-ray detector. Complete data regarding γ-ray energy, source velocity, temperature and real time are stored for off-line analysis. The apparatus has been used to study the spectrum of 125Te in Mg 3TeO 6 at room temperature. The 35.5 keV transition of 125Te in Mg 3TeO 6 was found to have a recoil-free fraction f=0.392(5) corresponding to a Debye temperature θ=352(3) K.

  11. Differential electron scattering cross sections for the first optically forbidden and resonance transitions in Mg II, Zn II and Cd II

    Williams, I. D.; Chutjian, A.; Mawhorter, R. J.


    Differential electron scattering cross sections have been measured for dipole-forbidden and resonance transitions in Mg II, Zn II and Cd II in the angular range theta = 4-17 deg at 50 eV. These provide the first recorded angular distributions for an optically forbidden transition. It is found that while the cross section for excitation of the 4s (2)S-3d(9)4s(2) (2)D transition in Zn II is small, those for the 3s (2)S-3d (2)D, 4s (2)S (unresolved lines) in Mg II, and the 5s (2)S-4d(9)5s(2) D in Cd II are comparable in magnitude with the cross sections for resonance excitation. In addition, for Cd II it is found that the allowed and forbidden transitions have very similar angular distributions, and it is proposed that excitation to the 2D state may be dominated by a virtual 'double-dipole' transition via the 2P state. Also, the total excitation cross section of the resonance 2P state in Cd II is a factor of four higher than that predicted by the Gaunt factor approximation, suggesting that the accepted value for the oscillator strength may be too low.

  12. Photocatalytic H{sub 2} production with CdS-based catalysts from a sulphide/sulphite substrate: an effort to develop MgO-supported catalysts

    Subrahmanyam, M.; Supriya, V.T.; Reddy, P.R. [Indian Inst. of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad (India). Catalysis Section


    CdS-based photocatalysts supported on MgO and {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} have been prepared, characterized and tested for dihydrogen evolution from a sulphide/sulphite substrate using a halogen lamp source. The effect of precursor salt for CdS preparation, the optimum loading of CdS on the support and the concentration of the catalyst in 50 ml of solution have been investigated. The effect of adding to CdS a semiconductor ZnS-Ag{sub 2}S and catalytic materials like Pt and RuO{sub 2} have also been studied. The results obtained from the basic nature of MgO support are compared with the acidic nature of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} support. The importance of the acid-base properties of the support is substantiated by modifying the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} support with base materials like CaO/BaO. Thus, the effect of the acid-base properties of the supports is highlighted. (author)

  13. Metal pollution (Cd, Pb, Zn, and As) in agricultural soils and soybean, Glycine max, in southern China.

    Zhao, Yunyun; Fang, Xiaolong; Mu, Yinghui; Cheng, Yanbo; Ma, Qibin; Nian, Hai; Yang, Cunyi


    Crops produced on metal-polluted agricultural soils may lead to chronic toxicity to humans via the food chain. To assess metal pollution in agricultural soils and soybean in southern China, 30 soybean grain samples and 17 soybean-field soil samples were collected from 17 sites in southern China, and metal concentrations of samples were analyzed by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometer. The integrated pollution index was used to evaluate if the samples were contaminated by Cd, Pb, Zn and As. Results showed that Cd concentration of 12 samples, Pb concentration of 2 samples, Zn concentration of 2 samples, and As concentrations of 2 samples were above the maximum permissible levels in soils. The integrated pollution index indicated that 11 of 17 soil samples were polluted by metals. Metal concentrations in soybean grain samples ranged from 0.11 to 0.91 mg kg(-1) for Cd; 0.34 to 2.83 mg kg(-1) for Pb; 42 to 88 mg kg(-1) for Zn; and 0.26 to 5.07 mg kg(-1) for As, which means all 30 soybean grain samples were polluted by Pb, Pb/Cd, Cd/Pb/As or Pb/As. Taken together, our study provides evidence that metal pollution is an important concern in agricultural soils and soybeans in southern China.

  14. Salinomycin overcomes ABC transporter-mediated multidrug and apoptosis resistance in human leukemia stem cell-like KG-1a cells

    Fuchs, Dominik [Research Group Molecular Neuro-Oncology, German Cancer Research Center, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Institute of Immunology, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 305, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Daniel, Volker; Sadeghi, Mahmoud; Opelz, Gerhard [Institute of Immunology, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 305, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Naujokat, Cord, E-mail: [Institute of Immunology, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 305, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany)


    Leukemia stem cells are known to exhibit multidrug resistance by expression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters which constitute transmembrane proteins capable of exporting a wide variety of chemotherapeutic drugs from the cytosol. We show here that human promyeloblastic leukemia KG-1a cells exposed to the histone deacetylase inhibitor phenylbutyrate resemble many characteristics of leukemia stem cells, including expression of functional ABC transporters such as P-glycoprotein, BCRP and MRP8. Consequently, KG-1a cells display resistance to the induction of apoptosis by various chemotherapeutic drugs. Resistance to apoptosis induction by chemotherapeutic drugs can be reversed by cyclosporine A, which effectively inhibits the activity of P-glycoprotein and BCRP, thus demonstrating ABC transporter-mediated drug resistance in KG-1a cells. However, KG-1a are highly sensitive to apoptosis induction by salinomycin, a polyether ionophore antibiotic that has recently been shown to kill human breast cancer stem cell-like cells and to induce apoptosis in human cancer cells displaying multiple mechanisms of drug and apoptosis resistance. Whereas KG-1a cells can be adapted to proliferate in the presence of apoptosis-inducing concentrations of bortezomib and doxorubicin, salinomycin does not permit long-term adaptation of the cells to apoptosis-inducing concentrations. Thus, salinomycin should be regarded as a novel and effective agent for the elimination of leukemia stem cells and other tumor cells exhibiting ABC transporter-mediated multidrug resistance.

  15. Accumulation of Cr, Cd, Pb, Cu, and Zn by plants in tanning sludge storage sites: opportunities for contamination bioindication and phytoremediation.

    Yuan, Yongqiang; Yu, Shen; Bañuelos, G S; He, Yunfeng


    Tanning sludge enriched with high concentrations of Cr and other metals has adverse effects on the environment. Plants growing in the metalliferous soils may have the ability to cope with high metal concentrations. This study focuses on potentials of using native plants for bioindication and/or phytoremediation of Cr-contaminated sites. In the study, we characterized plants and soils from six tanning sludge storage sites. Soil in these sites exhibited toxic levels of Cr (averaged 16,492 mg kg(-1)) and other metals (e.g., 48.3 mg Cu kg(-1), 2370 mg Zn kg(-1), 44.9 mg Pb kg(-1), and 0.59 mg Cd kg(-1)). Different metal tolerance and accumulation patterns were observed among the sampled plant species. Phragmites australis, Zephyranthes candida, Cynodon dactylon, and Alternanthera philoxeroides accumulated moderate-high concentrations of Cr and other metals, which could make them good bioindicators of heavy metal pollution. High Cr and other metal concentrations (e.g., Cd and Pb) were found in Chenopodium rubrum (372 mg Cr kg(-1)), Aster subulatus (310 mg Cr kg(-1)), and Brassica chinensis (300 mg Cr kg(-1)), being considered as metal accumulators. In addition, Nerium indicum and Z. candida were able to tolerate high concentrations of Cr and other metals, and they may be used as preferable pioneer species to grow or use for restoration in Cr-contaminated sites. This study can be useful for establishing guidelines to select the most suitable plant species to revegetate and remediate metals in tanning sludge-contaminated fields.

  16. Surfactant Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate Effect on Soil Cd Fractions and Cd Distribution in Soybean Plants in a Pot Experiment

    ZHANG Yong; LIAO Bo-Han; ZENG Qing-Ru; ZENG Min; LEI Ming


    A pot experiment was conducted to study the effect of an anionic surfactant linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS) application on cadmium (Cd) fractious in soils and Cd distribution in different tissues of soybean (Glyeine max) plants as well as soil pH.Soil samples were treated with three levels of Cd (0,5,and 10 mg kg-1) and five levels of LAS (0,5,15,50,and 100 mg L-1).Results indicated that compared to the control soils (no Cd and no LAS treatment),soil pH increased and available Cd decreased in the soil treated with external Cd and watered with LAS solutions.Meanwhile,soil exchangeable Cd and Cd bound to carbonates decreased;Cd bound to amorphous iron and manganese oxides and Cd bound to organic matter increased.In addition,LAS application could reduce enrichment of Cd in soybean plants,resulting in decreased Cd in the soybean plants.Thus,suitable LAS application could decrease bioavailability and mobility of soil Cd.

  17. Solution structure of the 45-residue MgATP-binding peptide of adenylate kinase as examined by 2-D NMR, FTIR, and CD spectroscopy

    Fry, D.C.; Byler, D.M.; Susi, H.; Brown, M.; Kuby, S.A.; Mildvan A.S.


    The structure of a synthetic peptide corresponding to residues 1-45 of rabbit muscle adenylate kinase has been studied in aqueous solution by two-dimensional NMR, FTIR, and CD spectroscopy. This peptide, which binds MgATP and is believed to represent most of the MgATP-binding site of the enzyme, appears to maintain a conformation similar to that of residues 1-45 in the X-ray structure of intact porcine adenylate kinase, with 42% of the residues of the peptide showing NOEs indicative of phi and psi angles corresponding to those found in the protein. The NMR studies suggest that the peptide is composed of two helical regions of residues 4-7 and 23-29, and three stretches of ..beta..-strand at residues 8-15, 30-32, and 35-40, yielding an overall secondary structure consisting of 24% ..cap alpha..-helix, 38% ..beta..-structure, and 38% aperiodic. Although the resolution-enhanced amide I band of the peptide FTIR spectrum is broad and rather featureless, possible due to disorder, it can be fit by using methods developed on well-characterized globular proteins. The CD spectrum is best fit by assuming the presence of at most 13% ..cap alpha..-helix in the peptide, 24 +/- 2% ..beta..-structure, and 66 +/- 4% aperiodic. The inability of the high-frequency FTIR and CD methods to detect helices in the amount found by NMR may result from the short helical lengths as well as from static and dynamic disorder in the peptide. Upon binding of MgATP, numerous conformation changes in the backbone of the peptide are detected by NMR, with smaller alterations in the overall secondary structure as assess by CD.

  18. Solution structure of the 45-residue MgATP-binding peptide of adenylate kinase as examined by 2-D NMR, FTIR, and CD spectroscopy.

    Fry, D C; Byler, D M; Susi, H; Brown, E M; Kuby, S A; Mildvan, A S


    The structure of a synthetic peptide corresponding to residues 1-45 of rabbit muscle adenylate kinase has been studied in aqueous solution by two-dimensional NMR, FTIR, and CD spectroscopy. This peptide, which binds MgATP and is believed to represent most of the MgATP-binding site of the enzyme [Fry, D.C., Kuby, S.A., & Mildvan, A.S. (1985) Biochemistry 24, 4680-4694], appears to maintain a conformation similar to that of residues 1-45 in the X-ray structure of intact porcine adenylate kinase [Sachsenheimer, W., & Schulz, G.E. (1977) J. Mol. Biol. 114, 23-26], with 42% of the residues of the peptide showing NOEs indicative of phi and psi angles corresponding to those found in the protein. The NMR studies suggest that the peptide is composed of two helical regions of residues 4-7 and 23-29, and three stretches of beta-strand at residues 8-15, 30-32, and 35-40, yielding an overall secondary structure consisting of 24% alpha-helix, 38% beta-structure, and 38% aperiodic. Although the resolution-enhanced amide I band of the peptide FTIR spectrum is broad and rather featureless, possibly due to disorder, it can be fit by using methods developed on well-characterized globular proteins. On this basis, the peptide consists of 35 +/- 10% beta-structure, 60 +/- 12% turns and aperiodic structure, and not more than 10% alpha-helix. The CD spectrum is best fit by assuming the presence of at most 13% alpha-helix in the peptide, 24 +/- 2% beta-structure, and 66 +/- 4% aperiodic. The inability of the high-frequency FTIR and CD methods to detect helices in the amount found by NMR may result from the short helical lengths as well as from static and dynamic disorder in the peptide. Upon binding of MgATP, numerous conformational changes in the backbone of the peptide are detected by NMR, with smaller alterations in the overall secondary structure as assessed by CD. Detailed assignments of resonances in the peptide spectrum and intermolecular NOEs between protons of bound MgATP and

  19. Influence of iron plaque on uptake and accumulation of Cd by rice (Oryza sativa L.) seedlings grown in soil.

    Liu, Houjun; Zhang, Junling; Christie, Peter; Zhang, Fusuo


    Iron plaque is ubiquitously formed on the root surfaces of rice. However, little is known about the role of iron plaque in Cd movement from soil to the plant aboveground parts. A pot experiment was conducted to investigate the influence of iron plaque in Cd uptake and accumulation by rice seedlings in soil. Rice seedlings were pre-cultivated in solution culture for 16 days. Two seedlings were transplanted in a nylon bag containing no substrate but surrounded by soil amended with Fe and Cd combined at rates of 0, 1, or 2 g Fe kg(-1) and 0, 2.0, or 10 mg Cd kg(-1) soil. Fe was added to induce different amounts of iron plaque, and Cd to simulate Cd-polluted soils. Plants were grown for a further 43 days and then harvested. The length of the longest leaf and SPAD values of the newly mature leaves were measured during plant growth. Fe and Cd concentrations were determined in dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate (DCB) soil extracts and in plant roots and shoots. Shoot and root dry weights were significantly affected by Fe supply level but not by added Cd. Root dry weight declined with increasing Fe supply but shoot dry weight decreased at 2 g Fe kg(-1) and increased at 1 g Fe kg(-1) (except at 2 mg Cd kg(-1)). The length of the longest leaf and SPAD values of the newly mature leaves were significantly affected by plant growth stage and added Fe and Cd. Fe tended to diminish the negative effect of Cd on these two parameters. Cd concentrations in DCB extracts increased with increasing Cd and Fe supply. In contrast, external Fe supply markedly reduced shoot and root Cd concentrations and there was generally no significant difference between the two Fe supply levels. Shoot and root Cd concentrations increased with increasing Cd addition. Root Cd concentrations were negatively correlated with root Fe concentrations. The proportion of Cd in DCB extracts was significantly lower than in roots or shoots. The results indicate that enhanced Fe uptake by plants can diminish the negative

  20. Influence of Ca/Mg ratio on phytoextraction properties of Salix viminalis I. The effectiveness of Cd, Cu, Pb, and Zn bioaccumulation and plant growth.

    Mleczek, Mirosław; Kozlowska, Monika; Kaczmarek, Zygmunt; Chadzinikolau, Tamara; Golinski, Piotr


    Phytoremediation and its efficiency--influenced by several factors-is prime concern in reduction of environment contamination with heavy metals. The aim of the study was to estimate in controlled conditions--in relation to the natural Ca/Mg ratio 4:1--the influence of different Ca/Mg ratios (1:1/4, 20:1, 1:10) on selected heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Pb, and Zn) accumulation efficiency shown by three morphological parts of Salix viminalis 'Cinamomea' (cane bark, shoots and roots). Accumulation of heavy metals in experimental conditions was significantly Ca/Mg ratio dependent, and occurred in the following order: 1:10 > 4:1 > 20:1 > 1:1/4. The highest accumulation under 0.5 mM solutions (as compared to 0.1 mM) was noted for copper and zinc, and the lowest for cadmium. Biometric parameters of Salix viminalis cuttings revealed the highest biomass productivity under 20:1 and 4:1 Ca/Mg ratios. In the case of shoot length increase, both metal concentration and kind of metal present in the solution were important. The results indicate that higher calcium ion concentration in solution (Ca/Mg 20:1) stimulates Salix viminalis growth by 3 fold when compared to other Ca/Mg ratio. It can be an important factor in remediation of the environment with this plant.

  1. Nodulation by Sinorhizobium meliloti originated from a mining soil alleviates Cd toxicity and increases Cd-phytoextraction in Medicago sativa L.

    Tahar eGhnaya


    Full Text Available Besides their role in nitrogen supply to the host plants by the process of symbiotic N fixation, the association between legumes and Rhizobium could be interesting also for the rehabilitation of metal contaminated soils by phytoextraction. A major limitation is however the metal sensitivity of the bacterial strains. The aim of this work was to explore the usefulness of Sinorhizobium meliloti originated from a mining site in phytoextraction of Cd by Medicago sativa. Inoculated and non-inoculated plants were cultivated for 60 d on soils containing 50 or 100 mg Cd kg-1 soil. The inoculation hindered the occurrence of Cd- induced toxicity symptoms that appeared in the shoots of non-inoculated plants. This positive effect of S.meliloti colonization was accompanied by an increase in biomass production and improved nutrient acquisition as compared to non-inoculated plants. Moreover, nodulation enhanced both Cd absorption by the roots and Cd transloaction to the shoots. The amelioration of plant biomass concomitantly with the increase in Cd shoot concentration in inoculated plants led to higher potential of Cd-phytoextraction in these plants. Hence, in the presence of 50 mg Cd kg-1 in the soil, the quantities of Cd extracted in the shoots were 58 and 178 µg plant-1 in non-inoculated and inoculated plants, respectively. Thus we suggest that this association M. sativa-S. meliloti is an efficient biological system to extract Cd.

  2. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of La{sup 3+} added Mg-Cd ferrites prepared by oxalate co-precipitation method

    Gadkari, A.B., E-mail: [Department of Physics, GKG College, Subash Road, Kolhapur, Maharashtra 416 012 (India); Shinde, T.J. [Department of Physics, KRP Kanya Mahavidylaya, Isalampur 415 409 (India); Vasambekar, P.N. [Department of Electronics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416 004 (India)


    Research highlights: > XRD study shows orthoferrite phase in addition to cubic spinel phase by La{sup 3+}addition in Mg-Cd ferrite. > The lattice constant, grain size, are found to decrease where as X-ray density, porosity increases and are higher than that of pure Mg-Cd ferrite. > Crystallite size of the samples lies in the nanoparticle range. The grain size (0.36-0.66 {mu}m) increases with increase in Cd{sup 2+} content and is smaller than pure samples as well as reported by ceramic method. > The absorption band {upsilon}{sub 2} shift to higher frequency side and also broadens, which confirms the occupancy of La{sup 3+} ions on octahedral B site. > The saturation magnetization and magnetic moment increases up to x = 0.4 and further decreases. > The coercivity and saturation magnetization shows size dependant behavior. > The reduction in grain size and crystallite size as compared to pure samples improves the structural and magnetic properties. - Abstract: Nanosized powders of Mg-Cd-La ferrite synthesized by oxalate co-precipitation method using high purity sulphates are presented. The powder has been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The phase identification of powder reveals biphasic nature of materials. The lattice constant, X-ray and physical density, porosity, crystallite size, site radii and bond length were directly affected by addition of rare earth ion (La{sup 3+}) in Mg-Cd ferrite. The crystallite size of the samples lies in the range 25.67-30.55 nm. FT-IR spectra show two absorption bands in the frequency range from 3.5 x 10{sup 4} to 8.0 x 10{sup 4} m{sup -1} which are attributed to stretching vibration of tetrahedral and octahedral complex Fe{sup 3+}-O{sup 2-} respectively. The addition of La{sup 3+} alters the characters of powder and decreases the grain size which suppresses the abnormal grain growth. The addition of La{sup 3+} resulted increase in saturation

  3. Determination of As, Cd, and Pb in Tap Water and Bottled Water Samples by Using Optimized GFAAS System with Pd-Mg and Ni as Matrix Modifiers

    Sezgin Bakırdere


    Full Text Available Arsenic, lead, and cadmium were determined in tap and bottled water samples consumed in the west part of Turkey at trace levels. Graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS was used in all detections. All of the system parameters for each element were optimized to increase sensitivity. Pd-Mg mixture was selected as the best matrix modifier for As, while the highest signals were obtained for Pb and Cd in the case of Ni used as matrix modifier. Detection limits for As, Cd, and Pb were found to be 2.0, 0.036, and 0.25 ng/mL, respectively. 78 tap water and 17 different brands of bottled water samples were analyzed for their As, Cd, and Pb contents under the optimized conditions. In all water samples, concentration of cadmium was found to be lower than detection limits. Lead concentration in the samples analyzed varied between N.D. and 12.66 ± 0.68 ng/mL. The highest concentration of arsenic was determined as 11.54 ± 2.79 ng/mL. Accuracy of the methods was verified by using a certified reference material, namely, Trace Element in Water, 1643e. Results found for As, Cd, and Pb in reference materials were in satisfactory agreement with the certified values.

  4. The influence of humic substance on Cd accumulation of phytostabilizer Athyrium wardii (Hook.) grown in Cd-contaminated soils.

    Zhan, Juan; Li, Tingxuan; Yu, Haiying; Zhang, Xizhou; Zhao, Li


    The application of organic amendments into heavy metal contaminated soil is considered as an environmentally friendly technique to promote the potential of phytoremediation. A pot experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of humic substances on growth, cadmium (Cd) accumulation and phytostabilization potential of the mining ecotype (ME) and the corresponding non-mining ecotype (NME) of Athyrium wardii (Hook.) grown in Cd-contaminated soils. The addition of the humic substances demonstrated great promotion for the growth and Cd uptake of ME. Both plant biomass and Cd concentration significantly increased with the increasing application of the humic substances up to 100 g kg(-1), beyond which no significant change of underground part biomass and Cd concentrations in underground part of A. wardii was observed. The maximum Cd concentration in underground part of ME was 180 mg kg(-1) when 150 g kg(-1) humic substances were applied. The ME showed greater Cd accumulation capability in underground part (0.47-0.68 mg plant(-1)) than that of NME (0.27-0.45 mg plant(-1)). Increasing bioaccumulation coefficient (BCF) values of A. wardii was observed with increasing application of the humic substances. The BCF values of ME were higher than those of NME. However, the use of the humic substances exhibited little impact on translocation factors (TFs) of ME, and the TF values of ME were less than NME. Furthermore, the application of the humic substances improved the remediation factors (RFs) of A. wardii. The RF values in underground part of ME ranging from 0.73 to 0.91 % were apparently higher than those of NME. These results indicated that the humic substances can be a potential candidate for enhancing the phytostabilization of A. wardii grown in Cd-contaminated soils.

  5. Optimization of phytoremediation in Cd- contaminated soil by using Taguchi method in Spinacia oleracea

    Shirin Jahanbakhshi


    Full Text Available Phytoremediation is an environmental friendly technique to the cleanup of polluted soils, which combines the disciplines of plant, soil and microbiology. In this study, four factors including: cow manure, compost, urea fertilizer and Cd-resistant bacteria with three different levels in soils contaminated with cadmium using 50 mg kg-1 cadmium chloride (CdCl2.H2O were used to optimize of phytoremediation by Spinacia oleracea. Taguchi method has been used for experimental design. Results showed that significant factors in the order of importance were: cow manure, Cd- resistant batteries, urea fertilizer and compost. The optimum conditions for the selected levels were inoculate three types of bacteria (CC3, CC4, CC5, compost = 10 (g kg-1, urea fertilizer = 0.05 (g kg-1 and cow manure = 40 (g kg-1. The performance of` these conditions were estimated at 257.27 (mg kg-1. Cow manure is the most contribution to efficiency of phytoremediation in Spinacia oleracea.

  6. Adsorption of Ca(II, Mg(II, Zn(II, and Cd(II on Chitosan Membrane Blended with Rice Hull Ash Silica and Polyethylene Glycol

    F. Widhi Mahatmanti


    Full Text Available In this research, chitosan based membrane blended with rice hull ash (RHA silica and polyethylene glycol (PEG has been applied as adsorbent of Ca(II, Mg(II, Zn(II and Cd(II in an aqueous solution. Membrane was synthesized by blending RHA silica and polyethylene glycol into chitosan. Silica and polyethylene glycol blended into the chitosan to improve the mechanical properties and the membrane porous. The membrane was characterized using Fourier Transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, and swelling degree analyzer. Adsorption of metal ions investigated was conducted in a batch system with variation of pH, initial ion concentration and contact time. Thermodynamics and kinetics of adsorption were evaluated based on the adsorption data at initial metal ion concentration and contact time variations, respectively. Results showed that the optimum condition of adsorption was at pH 9.0 for Ca(II, 6.0 for both Mg(II and Zn(II and 5.5 for Cd(II, and contact time of 24 h for all ions investigated. Kinetics of all investigated metal ion adsorption followed a kinetic model of pseudo-second-order. Adsorption of Ca(II and Mg(II on the membrane fitted to Freundlich model with the affinity of 1.266 and 1.099, respectively; and Zn(II and Cd(II fitted to Langmuir one with the capacity of 182 and 106 µmol/g, respectively.

  7. Constrained DFT+U approach for understanding the magnetic behaviour of ACr2O4 (A = Zn, Mg, Cd and Hg) compounds

    Lal, Sohan; Pandey, Sudhir K.


    In this work, we try to understand the inconsistency reported by Yaresko (2008) [10] in the theoretically estimated sign of nearest neighbour exchange coupling constant (J1) and variation of its magnitude with increasing U in ACr2O4 (A = Zn, Cd, Mg and Hg) compounds by using density functional theory. In unconstrained calculations, the sign of J1 and variation of its magnitude as a function of U in the present study are not consistent with the experimental data and not according to the relation, J1 ∝ t2/U, respectively especially for CdCr2O4 for U > 3 eV and HgCr2O4 for U = 2- 6 eV. Such an inconsistent behaviour of J1 is almost similar to that of Yaresko for these two compounds for U = 2- 4 eV. For ZnCr2O4 and MgCr2O4, the sign of J1 and variation of its magnitude in the present work are in accordance with the experimental data and above mentioned relation, respectively for U = 2- 6 eV and are similar to that of Yaresko for ZnCr2O4 for U = 2- 4 eV. However, in constrained calculations the sign of J1c and variation of its magnitude in the present work are according to experimental data and above mentioned relation, respectively for all four compounds. Hence, the present study shows the importance of constrained calculations in understanding the magnetic behaviour of these spinels. The values of magnitude of Curie-Weiss temperature (ΘCW)c for ZnCr2O4 > MgCr2O4 > CdCr2O4 > HgCr2O4 for U = 2- 5 eV, which are according to the order of experimentally observed values for these spinels. The calculated values of (ΘCW)c for ZnCr2O4, MgCr2O4, CdCr2O4 and HgCr2O4 are -982 K, -721 K, -147 K and -122 K, respectively at U = 5 eV.

  8. Phytoavailability of cadmium (Cd) to Pak choi (Brassica chinensis L.) grown in Chinese soils: a model to evaluate the impact of soil Cd pollution on potential dietary toxicity.

    Rafiq, Muhammad Tariq; Aziz, Rukhsanda; Yang, Xiaoe; Xiao, Wendan; Stoffella, Peter J; Saghir, Aamir; Azam, Muhammad; Li, Tingqiang


    Food chain contamination by soil cadmium (Cd) through vegetable consumption poses a threat to human health. Therefore, an understanding is needed on the relationship between the phytoavailability of Cd in soils and its uptake in edible tissues of vegetables. The purpose of this study was to establish soil Cd thresholds of representative Chinese soils based on dietary toxicity to humans and develop a model to evaluate the phytoavailability of Cd to Pak choi (Brassica chinensis L.) based on soil properties. Mehlich-3 extractable Cd thresholds were more suitable for Stagnic Anthrosols, Calcareous, Ustic Cambosols, Typic Haplustalfs, Udic Ferrisols and Periudic Argosols with values of 0.30, 0.25, 0.18, 0.16, 0.15 and 0.03 mg kg-1, respectively, while total Cd is adequate threshold for Mollisols with a value of 0.86 mg kg-1. A stepwise regression model indicated that Cd phytoavailability to Pak choi was significantly influenced by soil pH, organic matter, total Zinc and Cd concentrations in soil. Therefore, since Cd accumulation in Pak choi varied with soil characteristics, they should be considered while assessing the environmental quality of soils to ensure the hygienically safe food production.

  9. Long-term efficacy of single-dose treatment with 400 of ivermectin in bancroftian filariasis: results at one year.

    Moulia-Pelat, J P; Glaziou, P; Nguyen, L N; Chanteau, S; Martin, P M; Cartel, J L


    In April 1992, a safety trial was performed with a single dose of ivermectin 400 (IVER 400). In 37 bancroftian filariasis carriers, 6 and 12 months after IVER 400 treatment, the microfilaremia recurrences were 3.2% and 13.5%, respectively. As compared to results from other studies with diethylcarbamazine and IVER at different dosages and periodicities, the dosage of IVER 400 seems the most effective; but a yearly intake might not be sufficient.

  10. Metal ion determinants of conantokin dimerization as revealed in the X-ray crystallographic structure of the Cd(2+)/Mg (2+)-con-T[K7gamma] complex.

    Cnudde, Sara E; Prorok, Mary; Castellino, Francis J; Geiger, James H


    Predatory sea snails from the Conus family produce a variety of venomous small helical peptides called conantokins that are rich in gamma-carboxyglutamic acid (Gla) residues. As potent and selective antagonists of the N-methyl-D: -aspartate receptor, these peptides are potential therapeutic agents for a variety of neurological conditions. The two most studied members of this family of peptides are con-G and con-T. Con-G has Gla residues at sequence positions 3, 4, 7, 10, and 14, and requires divalent cation binding to adopt a helical conformation. Although both Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) can fulfill this role, Ca(2+) induces dimerization of con-G, whereas the Mg(2+)-complexed peptide remains monomeric. A variant of con-T, con-T[K7gamma] (gamma is Gla), contains Gla residues at the same five positions as in con-G and behaves very similarly with respect to metal ion binding and dimerization; each peptide binds two Ca(2+) ions and two Mg(2+) ions per helix. To understand the difference in metal ion selectivity, affinity, and the dependence on Ca(2+) for dimer formation, we report here the structure of the monomeric Cd(2+)/Mg(2+)-con-T[K7gamma] complex, and, by comparison with the previously published con-T[K7gamma]/Ca(2+) dimer structure, we suggest explanations for both metal ion binding site specificity and metal-ion-dependent dimerization.

  11. Enhanced accumulation of Cd in castor (Ricinus communis L) by soil-applied chelators.

    Chhajro, Muhammad Afzal; Rizwan, Muhammad Shahid; Guoyong, Huang; Jun, Zhu; Kubar, Kashif Ali; Hongqing, Hu


    Phytoextraction has been identified as one of the most propitious methods of phytoremediation. This pot experiment were treated with varying amounts of (ethylenediamine triacetic acid) EDTA 3-15, (Nitriloacetic acid) NTA 3-10, (Ammonium citrate) NH4 citrate 10 - 25 mmol and one mg kg(-1)Cd, filled with 5 kg soil. The addition of chelators significantly increased Cd concentration in soil and plant. The results showed that maximum Cd uptake was noted under root, shoot and leaf of castor plant tissue (2.26, 1.54, and 0.72 mg kg(-1)) under EDTA 15, NTA 10, and NH4 citrate 25 mmol treatments respectively, and in soil 1.08, 1.06 and 0.52 mg kg(-1) pot(-1) under NH4 citrate 25, NTA 10 and EDTA 15 mmol treatments respectively, as against to control (p < 0.05). Additions of chelators reduction biomass under the EDTA 15 mmol as compared to other treatments, However, Bioconcentration factor (BCF), translocation factor (TF) and remediation factor (RF) were significantly increased under EDTA 15 and NH4 citrate 25 mmol as against control. Our results demonstrated that castor plant proved satisfactory for phytoextraction on contaminated soil, and EDTA 15 and NH4 citrate 25 mmol had the affirmative effect on the Cd uptake in the artificial Cd-contaminated soil.

  12. 镉-八氯代二苯并呋喃复合污染土壤中紫茉莉对镉的修复能力%Competence of Cd Phytoremediation in Cd-OCDF Co-contaminated Soil Using Mirabilis jalapa L

    张杏丽; 邹威; 周启星


    针对土壤重金属-持久性有机物复合污染日益严重的现象,本研究以镉(Cd)和1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9-八氯代二苯并呋喃(OCDF)为典型的重金属和持久性有机污染物,选取紫茉莉为修复植物,通过温室盆栽实验研究 Cd-OCDF 复合污染土壤中植物的耐性以及有机物对植物提取土壤中 Cd 能力的影响.结果表明种植3个月期间,紫茉莉在 Cd 浓度≤200 mg·kg -1的复合污染土壤中具有较强的耐性,株高和生物量降低有限;与 Cd 单一污染相比, OCDF 对紫茉莉株高、根部生物量无显著影响, Cd 浓度200 mg·kg -1, OCDF 浓度500μg·kg -1时, OCDF 存在使紫茉莉地上生物量降低22.19%,其它处理组, OCDF 对紫茉莉地上生物量无显著抑制作用,反而某些处理组增加紫茉莉地上生物量. Cd-OCDF 复合污染效应与 Cd 单一污染相比, Cd 浓度为200 mg·kg -1, OCDF 浓度为100μg·kg -1时,紫茉莉根部 Cd 积累量降低了34.44%, Cd 浓度为400 mg·kg -1, OCDF 浓度为100μg·kg -1时,根部和叶部 Cd 积累量分别降低了7.93%和18.09%;其它处理组, OCDF 不同程度地提高了紫茉莉根、茎、叶提取和积累土壤中 Cd 的能力.可见,用紫茉莉修复高浓度 Cd-OCDF 复合污染土壤中的 Cd 具有实践上的可行性.%Soil contamination by heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants tends to be severe. Pot experiment was conducted to investigate the phytoremediation of cadmium(Cd) in Cd-OCDF Co-contaminated Soil by Mirabilis jalapa L. , using OCDF and Cd as the model pollutants of persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals, to study the growth responses of plant and OCDF effects on phytoremediation of Cd. The results showed that during three months of planting the height and dry biomass of Mirabilis jalapa L. decreased slightly when the Cd concentration was not higher than 200 mg·kg - 1 , and the plant exhibited high tolerance to Cd and OCDF. Compared with the Cd single pollution, OCDF

  13. Simultaneous measurement of thermal diffusivity and effective infrared absorption coefficient in IR semitransparent and semiconducting n-CdMgSe crystals using photothermal radiometry

    Pawlak, M., E-mail: [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Grudziądzka 5/7, Toruń (Poland); Maliński, M. [Department of Electronics and Computer Science, Koszalin University of Technology, 2 Śniadeckich St., Koszalin 75-453 (Poland)


    Highlights: • The new method of determination of the effective infrared absorption coefficient is presented. • The method can be used for transparent samples for the excitation radiation. • The effect of aluminum foil on the PTR signal in a transmission configuration is discussed. - Abstract: In this paper we propose a new procedure of simultaneous estimation of the effective infrared optical absorption coefficient and the thermal diffusivity of solid state samples using the photothermal infrared radiometry method in the transmission configuration. The proposed procedure relies on the analysis of the frequency dependent signal obtained from the samples covered with thin aluminum foil. This method can be applied for both optically opaque and transparent samples. The proposed method is illustrated with the results of the thermal diffusivity and the effective IR absorption coefficient obtained for several Cd{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}Se crystals.

  14. Response mechanism of platinum electrode to uncoupled ions(Ⅰ)——Response of platinum electrode to Pb2+,Cd2+,Ca2+ and Mg2+

    史生华; 于书平; 刘鹏


    The transient response mechanism of the platinum electrode to the uncoupled ions may be interpreted with the mixed phase formation (MPF) model of the transient response of precipitate-based ion-selective electrodes to interfering tons for Kxy<<1 It is discovered that the peak height of the transient signal is related to the solubility of M(OH)2 and hydration heat of M2+ The relation between the positive peak height of transient signal of Pb2+ or Cd2+ and lgaM obey tne Nernst equation,while that of Ca2+ or Mg2+ does not.The equilibrium potential is not of Nernst response for all ions.

  15. Resistance of Leukemia KG1 a Cells with Positive N-cadherin in Phase G0Against Killing Activity of VP16%N-cadherin阳性白血病KG1a细胞系在G0期抵抗VP16杀伤的作用

    何侃; 于沛; 邢海燕; 李艳; 田征; 王敏; 唐克晶; 饶青


    抗药性是白血病干细胞的重要特征,为探索N-cadherin阳性的白血病细胞耐受化疗药物VP16杀伤作用的机制,本研究以白血病细胞系KGla为研究模型,利用流式细胞术测定N-cadherin阳性和N-cadherin阴性细胞在G0期比例的差异,利用G-CSF诱导KG1a细胞进入细胞周期,观察G0期细胞比例的变化,并测定诱导后KG1a细胞对VP16的敏感性;再利用EGTA抑制N-cadherin介导的细胞间黏附后,观察KG1a细胞耐药性的变化.结果 显示,N-cadherin阳性的KG1a细胞G0期比例高于N-cadherin阴性的细胞;诱导KG1a细胞进入细胞周期后G0期细胞比例明显下降,KG1a细胞对VP16的敏感性显著升高;利用EGTA处理KG1a细胞24小时抑制N-cadherin的作用后,KG1a细胞在G0期比例降低,KG1a细胞对VP16的药物敏感性显著升高.结论:N-cadherin通过介导白血病细胞之间的黏附作用,使白血病细胞处于G0期的静息状态,从而耐受VP16的杀伤作用.%This study was aimed to investigate the methylation status of WTI gene in leukemia cell lines and its relation with expression of WTI gene. The WTI gene was silenced by DNA methylation or histone deacetylation, and the expression of WTI gene was induced by using HDAC inhibitor and/or demethylation agent of DNA. Some leukemia cell lines (U937, HL-60, K562, KG1) were detected by RT-PCR, MS-PCR, restriction analysis, and DNA sequencing. U937 leukemic cells without WTI mRNA expression were incubated with HDAC inhibitor Trichostatin A (TSA) and/or demethylation agent decitabine. The results showed that the U937 cells did not express WTI gene, but HL-60, K562 and KG1 cells hyghly expressed WTI gene; WTI gene was unmethylated in HL-60 cells, but methylated in K562 and U937 cells. WTI expression could be reactivated by co-incubation with TSA and decitabine, but not was observed by using single drug. It is concluded that WTI promoter is methylated in some leukemia cells, however, the methylation can not affect

  16. Study on the Functional Expression of P2X7 Receptor in Human Leukemic Cell Line KG1a%人白血病细胞系KG1a中P2X7受体的表达和功能研究

    张秀军; 孟丽君



  17. The combined toxic and genotoxic effects of Cd and As to plant bioindicator Trifolium repens L.

    Alessandra Ghiani

    Full Text Available This study was undertaken to investigate combined toxic and genotoxic effects of cadmium (Cd and arsenic (As on white clover, a pollutant sensitive plant frequently used as environmental bioindicator. Plants were exposed to soil spiked with increasing concentrations of cadmium sulfate (20, 40 and 60 mg Kg-1 or sodium arsenite (5, 10 and 20 mg Kg-1 as well as with their combinations. Metal(loid bioavailability was assessed after soil contamination, whereas plant growth, metal(loid concentration in plant organs and DNA damage were measured at the end of plant exposition. Results showed that individual and joint toxicity and genotoxicity were related to the concentration of Cd and As measured in plant organs, and that As concentration was the most relevant variable. Joint effects on plant growth were additive or synergistic, whereas joint genotoxic effects were additive or antagonistic. The interaction between Cd and As occurred at both soil and plant level. In soil the presence of As limited the bioavailability of Cd, whereas the presence of Cd increased the bioavailability of As. Nevertheless only As biovailability determined the amount of As absorbed by plants. The amount of Cd absorbed by plant was not linearly correlated with the fraction of bioavailable Cd in soil suggesting the involvement of additional factors, such as plant uptake mechanisms. These results reveal that the simultaneous presence in soil of Cd and As, although producing an additive or synergistic toxic effect on Trifolium repens L. growth, generates a lower DNA damage.

  18. Phytomanagement of Cd-contaminated soils using maize (Zea mays L.) assisted by plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria.

    Moreira, Helena; Marques, Ana P G C; Franco, Albina R; Rangel, António O S S; Castro, Paula M L


    Zea mays (L.) is a crop widely cultivated throughout the world and can be considered suitable for phytomanagement due to its metal resistance and energetic value. In this study, the effect of two plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria, Ralstonia eutropha and Chryseobacterium humi, on growth and metal uptake of Z. mays plants in soils contaminated with up to 30 mg Cd kg(-1) was evaluated. Bacterial inoculation increased plant biomass up to 63% and led to a decrease of up to 81% in Cd shoot levels (4-88 mg Cd kg(-1)) and to an increase of up to 186% in accumulation in the roots (52-134 mg Cd kg(-1)). The rhizosphere community structure changed throughout the experiment and varied with different levels of Cd soil contamination, as revealed by molecular biology techniques. Z. mays plants inoculated with either of the tested strains may have potential application in a strategy of soil remediation, in particular short-term phytostabilization, coupled with biomass production for energy purposes.

  19. Ectomycorrhizal Fungus-Induced Changes of Cu and Cd speciation in the rhizosphere of Chinese Pine Seedlings

    HUANG Yi; LI Ting; HUANG Zhi-Ji; FEI Ying-Heng


    To understand the role of ectomycorrhizas in improving the tolerance of its host to excessive heavy metals in soil, this study was conducted to exam the patterns of four fractions (the exchangeable, the carbonate-bound, the Fe-Mn oxide-bound and the organically bound) of both Cu and Cd in the rhizosphere of Chinese pine (Pinus tabulaeformis) seedlings grown in excessive Cu and Cd environment. The results showed that the speciation of Cu and Cd in the rhizosphere was significantly influenced by inoculation of ectomycorrhizal fungus Boletus edulis. Compared to the rhizosphere, the content of exchangeable Cu slightly decreased in the mycorrhizosphere of the seedlings grown in 166 and 400 mg kg-1Cu contaminated soil, whereas the exchangeable Cd in the mycorrhizosphere decreased remarkably to only 33% and to 60% that of the rhizosphcre at 0.75 and 1.50 mg kg-1 Cd levels, respectively. These indicate the potential capacity of mycorrhizas to alleviate the damage of heavy metals to the host plants by reducing the bioavailability of heavy metals in soil. Distribution of the 4 tested fractions of Cu and Cd at different contamination levels showed that there was a strong tendency of changing from loosely associatcd fractions to strongly associated fractions in the mycorrhizosphere. The most stable Cd fraction, organically bound Cd, was significantly larger in the mycorrhizosphere than in the rhizosphere at different Cd contamination levels. This phenomenon was also observed for Cu but the difference was not statistically significant.

  20. Characterization of bacteria in the rhizosphere soils of Polygonum pubescens and their potential in promoting growth and Cd, Pb, Zn uptake by Brassica napus.

    Jing, Yuan Xiao; Yan, Jun Lan; He, Huai Dong; Yang, Dan Jing; Xiao, Li; Zhong, Ting; Yuan, Ming; Cai, Xin De; Li, Shu Bin


    Microbe-enhanced phytoremediation has been considered as a promising measure for the remediation of metal-contaminated soils. In this study, two bacterial strains JYX7 and JYX10 were isolated from rhizosphere soils of Polygonum pubescens grown in metal-polluted soil and identified as of Enterobacter sp. and Klebsiella sp. based on 16S rDNA sequences, respectively. JYX7 and JYX10 showed high Cd, Pb and Zn tolerance and increased water-soluble Cd, Pb and Zn concentrations in culture solution and metal-added soils. Two isolates produced plant growth-promoting substances such as indole acetic acid, siderophore, 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic deaminase, and solubilized inorganic phosphate. Based upon their ability in metal tolerance and solubilization, two isolates were further studied for their effects on growth and accumulation of Cd, Pb, and Zn in Brassica napus (rape) by pot experiments. Rapes inoculated with JYX7 and JYX10 had significantly higher dry weights, concentrations and uptakes of Cd, Pb, Zn in both above-ground and root tissues than those without inoculation grown in soils amended with Cd (25 mg kg(-1)), Pb (200 mg kg(-1)) or Zn (200 mg kg(-1)). The present results demonstrated that JYX7 and JYX10 are valuable microorganism, which can improve the efficiency of phytoremediation in soils polluted by Cd, Pb, and Zn.

  1. Effect of DTPA on Cd solubility in soil--accumulation and subsequent toxicity to lettuce.

    Mehmood, Faisal; Rashid, Audil; Mahmood, Tariq; Dawson, Lorna


    In a controlled environment experiment, using Cd spiked soil, lettuce plants were grown under a range of DTPA levels and were subsequently harvested to determine levels of phytoaccumulation. Cadmium phytoaccumulation significantly increased with increasing soil Cd level (PDTPA levels, despite the fact that solubility of Cd was increased in the soil. Cadmium translocation (from root to shoot) increased after DTPA application. Lettuce growth was inhibited by both Cd and DTPA (at and above 10 and 500 mg kg(-1) respectively), as a result of higher Cd mobility and subsequent toxicity which was caused by DTPA higher dosages. Metal solubility in the soil (ranged between 2.8 and 26.5 mg kg(-1)) was found to be significantly higher (PDTPA levels even after 3 months of DTPA application. Cadmium tissue concentration in all DTPA treatments was less than in the corresponding control treatment, indicating a negative effect of DTPA application on Cd uptake. In conclusion, lettuce was an unsuitable plant species for Cd accumulation, at least when associated with a DTPA chelator. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Design of Three-shell Icosahedral Matryoshka Clusters A@B12@A20 (A = Sn, Pb; B = Mg, Zn, Cd, Mn)

    Huang, Xiaoming; Zhao, Jijun; Su, Yan; Chen, Zhongfang; King, R. Bruce


    We propose a series of icosahedral matryoshka clusters of A@B12@A20 (A = Sn, Pb; B = Mg, Zn, Cd), which possess large HOMO-LUMO gaps (1.29 to 1.54 eV) and low formation energies (0.06 to 0.21 eV/atom). A global minimum search using a genetic algorithm and density functional theory calculations confirms that such onion-like three-shell structures are the ground states for these A21B12 binary clusters. All of these icosahedral matryoshka clusters, including two previously found ones, i.e., [As@Ni12@As20]3- and [Sn@Cu12@Sn20]12-, follow the 108-electron rule, which originates from the high Ih symmetry and consequently the splitting of superatom orbitals of high angular momentum. More interestingly, two magnetic matryoshka clusters, i.e., Sn@Mn12@Sn20 and Pb@Mn12@Pb20, are designed, which combine a large magnetic moment of 28 µB, a moderate HOMO-LUMO gap, and weak inter-cluster interaction energy, making them ideal building blocks in novel magnetic materials and devices.

  3. Structural, elastic and electronic properties of superconducting anti-perovskites MgCNi 3, ZnCNi 3 and CdCNi 3 from first principles

    Shein, I. R.; Bannikov, V. V.; Ivanovskii, A. L.


    First principle total energy calculations using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation potential were performed to investigate the systematic trends for structural, elastic and electronic properties of the family of superconducting anti-perovskites MCNi 3 depending from the type of M cations (M are Mg, Zn and Cd). In result the optimized lattice parameters, independent elastic constants ( C11, C12 and C44), bulk modulus B, compressibility β, shear modulus G and tetragonal shear modulus G‧ are evaluated. Further, for the first time the numerical estimates of a set of elastic parameters (bulk and shear modulus, Young’s modulus Y, Poisson’s ratio ( ν), Lamé’s coefficients ( μ, λ)) of the polycrystalline superconducting MCNi 3 ceramics (in framework of the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation) were performed. Besides, the band structures, densities of states (DOS), total and site-projected l-decomposed DOS at the Fermi level, the shapes of the Fermi surfaces, the Sommerfeld’s coefficients and the molar Pauli paramagnetic susceptibility for these anti-perovskites were obtained and analyzed in comparison with the available theoretical and experimental data.

  4. Field evidence of cadmium phytoavailability decreased effectively by rape straw and/or red mud with zinc sulphate in a Cd-contaminated calcareous soil.

    Li, Bo; Yang, Junxing; Wei, Dongpu; Chen, Shibao; Li, Jumei; Ma, Yibing


    To reduce Cd phytoavailability in calcareous soils, the effects of soil amendments of red mud, rape straw, and corn straw in combination with zinc fertilization on Cd extractability and phytoavailability to spinach, tomato, Chinese cabbage and radish were investigated in a calcareous soil with added Cd at 1.5 mg kg-1. The results showed that water soluble and exchangeable Cd in soils was significantly decreased by the amendments themselves from 26% to 70%, which resulted in marked decrease by approximately from 34% to 77% in Cd concentration in vegetables. The amendments plus Zn fertilization further decreased the Cd concentration in vegetables. Also cruciferous rape straw was more effective than gramineous corn straw. In all treatments, rape straw plus red mud combined with Zn fertilization was most effective in decreasing Cd phytoavailability in soils, and it is potential to be an efficient and cost-effective measure to ensure food safety for vegetable production in mildly Cd-contaminated calcareous soils.

  5. [Effects of exogenous AsA and GSH on the growth of Dianthus chinensis seedlings exposed to Cd].

    Ding, Ji-Jun; Liu, Shi-Liang; Pan, Yuan-Zhi; Li, Li


    A pot experiment was carried out under greenhouse condition to investigate the effects of different concentrations (0, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 mg x L(-1)) of exogenous AsA, GSH on Dianthus chinensis seedlings which were stressed by 50 mg x kg(-1) Cd in the soil. The results indicated that 50 mg x kg(-1) of Cd significantly inhibited the growth of D. chinensis seedlings. An appropriate concentration of exogenous AsA significantly improved the biomass, plant height, tiller number, GAT and APX activities, and AsA and GSH contents. However, with the increase of exogenous AsA concentration, the ameliorating effect decreased and prooxidant effect occurred. Exogenous GSH could replenish the non-enzymatic antioxidants of D. chinensis seedlings, but the changes of antioxidant enzyme activities were relatively slight. The main mechanisms of GSH to alleviate Cd toxicity might be promoting root PCs synthesis, thereby reducing the Cd concentration in the seedlings. Both 35-45 mg x L(-1) exogenous AsA and 55-65 mg x L(-1) exogenous GSH could alleviate the Cd toxicity on D. chinensis seedlings, and the former was superior to the latter.

  6. [Research on hyperspectral information parameters of chlorophyll content of rice leaf in Cd-polluted soil environment].

    Guan, Li; Liu, Xiang-Nan; Cheng, Cheng-Qi


    The remote sensing pollution mechanism in Cd-polluted soil is discussed depending on the research into the chlorophyll content of Cd-polluted rice leaf in the present paper. The response models of remote sensing information parameters, which reflected chlorophyll content variety of rice canopy with soil Cd pollution degree, were established based on Hyperion satellite data and a great number of ground experiment data. To extract sensitive remote sensing parameters for Cd pollution, multiple discriminant analysis (MDA) was applied to the reflectivity of 447-925 nm in Hyperion data and five remote sensing information parameters, including MCARI, NPCI, RVSI, NDVI and Depth671. Experiments indicated that MCARI is the most sensitive parameter to the chlorophyll content of Cd-polluted rice, whose response coefficient is 0.59. In the extent of 1.0-2.0 mg x kg(-1) of Cd pollution concentration in soil, MCARI curve shows a small decline. In the extent of 2.0-3.0 mg x kg(-1) of Cd pollution concentration in soil, MCARI curve is horizontal. Above 3.0 mg x kg(-1), MCARI shows a significant drop trend and so on. The research results showed that the chlorophyll content is a good indicator for nutrition situation of plant, capacity of photosynthesis and each developmental stage. And the chlorophyll remote sensing parameters in crop have a great significance for monitoring heavy metal pollution This study will help improve the precision and limitation of statistical methods and provide theoretical basis for and technical approach to monitoring soil Cd pollution in large area using hyperspectral remote sensing technology. However, the precision of pollution model needs to be improved.

  7. Effect of free-carrier concentration and optical injection on carrier lifetimes in undoped and iodine doped CdMgTe/CdSeTe double heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy

    Sohal, S.; Edirisooriya, M.; Ogedengbe, O. S.; Petersen, J. E.; Swartz, C. H.; LeBlanc, E. G.; Myers, T. H.; Li, J. V.; Holtz, M.


    Time-resolved and time integrated photoluminescence (PL) studies are reported for undoped and doped CdMgTe/CdSeTe double heterostructures (DHs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Undoped DHs are studied with absorber layer thickness varying from 0.5 to 2.5 µm. The n-type free-carrier concentration is varied ~7  ×  1015, 8.4  ×  1016, and 8.4  ×  1017 cm-3 using iodine as a dopant in different absorber layer thicknesses (0.25-2.0 µm). Optical injection is varied from 1  ×  1010 to 3  ×  1011 photons/pulse/cm2, corresponding to the initial injection of photo-carriers up to ~8  ×  1015 cm-3, to examine the effects of excess carrier concentration on the PL lifetimes. Undoped DHs exhibit an initial rapid decay followed by a slower dependence with carrier lifetimes up to ~485 ns. The dependence of carrier lifetimes on the thickness of the absorber layers (0.5-2.5 µm) suggests interface recombination velocities ({{v}\\operatorname{int}}~ ) ~ 1288 and 238 cm s-1 in the initial and later decay times, respectively, corresponding to high and low photo-carrier concentrations. The Shockley-Read-Hall model is used to describe the results in which variations are observed in {{v}\\operatorname{int}}~ for undoped DHs. The lifetimes of doped DHs show a consistent trend with thickness. The {{v}\\operatorname{int}}~ ~ 80-200 cm s-1 is estimated for doping n ~ 7  ×  1015 cm-3 and 240-410 cm s-1 for n ~ 8.4  ×  1016 cm-3. The observed decrease in carrier lifetimes with increasing n is consistent with growing importance of the radiative recombination rate due to the excess carrier concentration. The effect of carrier concentration on the PL spectrum is also discussed.

  8. Effects of Amendments on Growth and Uptake of Cd and Zn by Wetland Plants, Typha angustifolia and Colocasia esculenta from Contaminated Sediments.

    Chayapan, P; Kruatrachue, M; Meetam, M; Pokethitiyook, P


    A pot study was conducted to compare the effects of amendments (CaHPO4 and cow manure) on growth and uptake of Cd and Zn from contaminated sediments by two wetland plant species, Typha angustifolia and Colocasia esculenta. Contaminated sediments (Cd 33.2 mg kg(-1) and Zn 363 mg kg(-1)) were collected from Mae Tao basin, Mae Sot district, Tak province, Thailand. The experiment consisted of 4 treatments: control (uncontaminated sediment), Cd/Zn, Cd/Zn + 5% CaHPO4, and Cd/Zn + 10% cow manure. Plants were grown for 3 months in the greenhouse. The addition of CaHPO4 resulted in the highest relative growth rate (RGR) and highest Cd accumulation in both T. angustifolia and C. esculenta while the lowest RGR was found in C. esculenta grown in the cow manure treatment. Both plant species had higher concentrations of metals (Cd, Zn) in their belowground parts. None of the amendments affected Zn accumulation. C. esculenta exhibited the highest uptake of both Cd and Zn. The results clearly demonstrated the phytoremediation potential of C. esculenta and the enhancement of this potential by CaHPO4 amendment.

  9. Magnetic soft mode behaviour investigated via multi-spin flip Raman spectroscopy on near surface Cd{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te/Cd{sub 1-y}Mg{sub y}Te quantum wells

    Kehl, Christian


    The main motivation for this thesis was the experimental confirmation of the theoretically predicted magnetic soft mode and the analysis of its dependence on the hole-concentration and external B-field, as well as its disappearance with increasing sample temperature. For that purpose, CdMnTe/CdMgTe QWs (Mn: 0.6%, 1.0%) positioned close to the sample surface (13-19 nm) were investigated in an in-plane applied external magnetic field (up to 4.5 T in Voigt-geometry) via a two-colour experiment i.e. using two light sources. This allows the spin excitation of Mn-ions by simultaneously tuning the hole-concentration towards the ferromagnetic phase transition by photo-generated carriers. Thus, one tuneable laser is responsible for resonant below-barrier excitation as a probe for Multi-SF Raman scattering. The other laser excites photo-generated carriers from above barrier (2.41 eV) for tuning the hole concentration in the QW. Positioning the QW close to the sample surface causes a surface-induced p-doping of the QW (intrinsic hole concentration in the QW) and enables the active tuning of the hole concentration by photo-generated carriers due to different tunnelling behaviour of electrons and holes from the QW to the surface. The Mn-g-factor was decreased by quasi-continuously increasing the above-barrier illumination, while the below-barrier excitation was kept at a constant low power. This results in a Mn-g-factor reduction starting from its atomic value g=2.01 to lowest evaluated Mn-g-factor in this thesis g=1.77. This is a magnetic softening of 12%. Apart from the general magnetic soft mode behaviour at low temperatures, one of the main experimental results in this thesis is the confirmation of the theoretical prediction that the magnetic soft mode behaviour in the external B-field does not only depend on the carrier concentration but also on the B-field strength itself. An additional aspect is the temperature dependence of the magnetic soft mode. The Mn

  10. The immunosuppressive effects of phthalocyanine photodynamic therapy in mice are mediated by CD4+ and CD8+ T cells and can be adoptively transferred to naive recipients.

    Yusuf, Nabiha; Katiyar, Santosh K; Elmets, Craig A


    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising treatment modality for malignant tumors but it is also immunosuppressive which may reduce its therapeutic efficacy. The purpose of our study was to elucidate the role of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in PDT immunosuppression. Using silicon phthalocyanine 4 (Pc4) as photosensitizer, nontumor-bearing CD4 knockout (CD4-/-) mice and their wild type (WT) counterparts were subjected to Pc4-PDT in a manner identical to that used for tumor regression (1 cm spot size, 0.5 mg kg(-1) Pc4, 110 J cm(-2) light) to assess the effect of Pc4-PDT on cell-mediated immunity. There was a decrease in immunosuppression in CD4-/- mice compared with WT mice. We next examined the role of CD8+ T cells in Pc4-PDT-induced immunosuppression using CD8-/- mice following the same treatment regimen used for CD4-/- mice. Similar to CD4-/- mice, CD8-/- mice exhibited less immunosuppression than WT mice. Pc4-PDT-induced immunosuppression could be adoptively transferred with spleen cells from Pc4-PDT treated donor mice to syngenic naive recipients (P PDT-induced immunosuppression but do not affect PDT-induced regression of tumors may prove superior to PDT alone in promoting long-term antitumor responses.

  11. Effects of Cd on Dissolved Organic Matters in Mangrove Sediments%镉胁迫下红树林沉积物中水溶性有机物的变化

    叶彬彬; 严重玲


    在温室条件下采用根箱法,研究了在不同浓度镉(Cd, 0~50 mg kg-1)胁迫下红树植物秋茄幼苗生长的土壤中水溶性有机碳(DOC)和水溶性有机氮(DON)的浓度变化.研究表明,秋茄沉积物中DOC和DON含量随Cd胁迫浓度的增加出现不同程度先降后升再降的趋势, DOC含量在土壤Cd处理浓度为10 mg kg-1和30 mg kg-1时分别达到谷值(0.134 mg g-1)和峰值(0.190 mg g-1).除了R5层(30 mg kg-1 Cd处理时DOC含量高于对照组),其他土层的对照组DOC含量均高于Cd处理组的DOC含量. DON含量在土壤Cd处理浓度为5 mg kg-1和20 mg kg-1时分别达到谷值(0.075 mg g-1和0.081 mg g-1),在10 mg kg-1和30 mg kg-1时分别达到峰值(0.117 mg g-1和0.138 mg g-1).这表明沉积物中的DOC和DON在低浓度的Cd胁迫下可与Cd相互作用,降低Cd的有效性,反映秋茄对低浓度的Cd有一定的抵抗能力.高浓度的Cd胁迫可能刺激秋茄根系分泌和改变土壤微环境.与非根际层土壤相比,根际层的DOC和DON含量较高.

  12. Structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties under pressure and temperature effects of MgIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} and CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}

    Bouhemadou, A., E-mail: [Laboratory for Developing New Materials and their Characterization, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Setif, 19000 Setif (Algeria); Haddadi, K. [Laboratory for Developing New Materials and their Characterization, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Setif, 19000 Setif (Algeria); Khenata, R. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modelisation Mathematique (LPQ3M), Departement de Technologie, Universite de Mascara, 29000 Mascara (Algeria); Rached, D. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Sidi-Bel-Abbes, 22000 (Algeria); Bin-Omran, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia)


    A density functional-based method is used to investigate the structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of the cubic spinel semiconductors MgIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} and CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} at different pressures and temperatures. Computed ground structural parameters are in good agreement with the available experimental data. Single-crystal elastic parameters are calculated for pressure up to 10 GPa and temperature up to 1200 K. The obtained elastic constants values satisfy the requirement of mechanical stability, indicating that MgIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} and CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} compounds could be stable in the investigated pressure range. Isotropic elastic parameters for ideal polycrystalline MgIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} and CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} aggregates are computed in the framework of the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. Pressure and thermal effects on some macroscopic properties such as lattice constant, volume expansion coefficient and heat capacities are predicted using the quasi-harmonic Debye model in which the lattice vibrations are taken into account.

  13. Combined effect of Cd and Pb spiked field soils on bioaccumulation, DNA damage, and peroxidase activities in Trifolium repens.

    Lanier, C; Bernard, F; Dumez, S; Leclercq, J; Lemière, S; Vandenbulcke, F; Nesslany, F; Platel, A; Devred, I; Cuny, D; Deram, A


    The present study was designed to investigate the combined effects of Cd and Pb on accumulation and genotoxic potential in white clover (Trifolium repens). For this purpose, T. repens was exposed to contaminated soils (2.5-20 mg kg(-1) cadmium (Cd), 250-2000 mg kg(-1) lead (Pb) and a mixture of these two heavy metals) for 3, 10 and 56 days. The resulting bioaccumulation of Cd and Pb, DNA damage (comet assay) and peroxidase activities (APOX and GPOX) were determined. The exposure time is a determinant factor in experiments designed to measure the influence of heavy metal contamination. The accumulation of Cd or Pb resulting from exposure to the two-metal mixture does not appear to depend significantly on whether the white clover is exposed to soil containing one heavy metal or both. However, when T. repens is exposed to a Cd/Pb mixture, the percentage of DNA damage is lower than when the plant is exposed to monometallic Cd. DNA damage is close to that observed in the case of monometallic Pb exposure. Peroxidase activity cannot be associated with DNA damage under these experimental conditions.

  14. Design of energy band alignment at the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O/Cu(In,Ga)Se2 interface for Cd-free Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells.

    Lee, Chang-Soo; Larina, Liudmila; Shin, Young-Min; Al-Ammar, Essam A; Ahn, Byung Tae


    The electronic band structure at the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O/Cu(In(0.7)Ga(0.3))Se(2) interface was investigated for its potential application in Cd-free Cu(In,Ga)Se(2) thin film solar cells. Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O thin films with various Mg contents were grown by atomic layer deposition on Cu(In(0.7)Ga(0.3))Se(2) absorbers, which were deposited by the co-evaporation of Cu, In, Ga, and Se elemental sources. The electron emissions from the valence band and core levels were measured by a depth profile technique using X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. The valence band maximum positions are around 3.17 eV for both Zn(0.9)Mg(0.1)O and Zn(0.8)Mg(0.2)O films, while the valence band maximum value for CIGS is 0.48 eV. As a result, the valence band offset value between the bulk Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O (x = 0.1 and x = 0.2) region and the bulk CIGS region was 2.69 eV. The valence band offset value at the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O/CIGS interface was found to be 2.55 eV after considering a small band bending in the interface region. The bandgap energy of Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O films increased from 3.25 to 3.76 eV as the Mg content increased from 0% to 25%. The combination of the valence band offset values and the bandgap energy of Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O films results in the flat (0 eV) and cliff (-0.23 eV) conduction band alignments at the Zn(0.8)Mg(0.2)O/Cu(In(0.7)Ga(0.3))Se(2) and Zn(0.9)Mg(0.1)O/Cu(In(0.7)Ga(0.3))Se(2) interfaces, respectively. The experimental results suggest that the bandgap energy of Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O films is the main factor that determines the conduction band offset at the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O/Cu(In(0.7)Ga(0.3))Se(2) interface. Based on these results, we conclude that a Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O film with a relatively high bandgap energy is necessary to create a suitable conduction band offset at the Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O/CIGS interface to obtain a robust heterojunction. Also, ALD Zn(1-x)Mg(x)O films can be considered as a promising alternative buffer material to replace the toxic CdS for environmental safety.

  15. Variation of Cd concentration in various rice cultivars and derivation of cadmium toxicity thresholds for paddy soil by species-sensitivity distribution

    SONG Wen-en[1; CHEN Shi-bao[1; LIU Ji-fang[2; CHEN Li[3; SONG Ning-ning[1; LINing[1; LIU Bin[1


    It is imperative to derive an appropriate cadmium (Cd) health risk toxicity threshold for paddy soils to ensure the Cd con- centration of rice grains meet the food safety standard. In this study, 20 rice cultivars from the main rice producing areas in China were selected, and a pot-experiment was conducted to investigate transformation of Cd in paddy soil-rice system with 0 (CK), 0.3 mg kg-1 (T1) and 0.6 mg kg-1(T2) Cd treatments in greenhouse. The results showed that Cd concentrations of rice grains existed significant difference (P〈0.05) in 20 rice cultivars under the same Cd level in soil. The Cd concentrations of rice grains of the CK, T1 and T2 treatments were in the range of 0.143-0.202, 0.128-0.458 and 0.332-0.806 mg kg-1, respectively. Marked differences of the ratios of Cd concentration for soil to rice grain (BCFs) and transfer factors (TFs, root to grain and straw to grain) among the tested cultivars were observed in this study. The bioconcentration factors (BCFgrain) and TFs of the 20 rice cultivars were 0.300-1.112 and 0.342-0.817, respectively. The TFs of Cd from straw to grain ranged from 0.366 to 1.71, with significant differences among these 20 rice cultivars. The bioconcentration factors (BCFgrain) and TFs among the 20 rice cultivars ranged from 0.300-1.112 and 0.342-0.817, respectively. The species-sensitivity distribu- tion (SSD) of Cd sensitivity of the rice species could be fitted well with Burr-Ill (R2=0.987) based on the data of BCFs. The toxicity threshold of Cd derived from SSD for the paddy soil was 0.507 mg kg-1 in the present study.

  16. Study of contaminated soils of the abandoned Pb, Zn, Cd Jebel Ressas mine tailings (North eastern Tunisia)

    Souissi, R.; Munoz, M.; Souissi, F.; Courjault-Radé, P.; Ben Mammou, A.


    Under semi-arid climatic conditions, Pb, Zn and Cd bearing particles are carried by wind and water from the flotation tailing heaps of the former Pb-Zn mine of Jebel Ressas towards the surrounding agricultural areas. The risk of ecotoxicity depends on the phytoaccessible fraction of metals which is closely related to their physico-chemical and biological environment. The objective of this study is to assess the contamination of soils surrounding the waste dumps and to estimate the bioaccessible fraction of metals present in these soils. These silty soils are mainly composed of calcite (45 % CaCO3) and clays. Metal bearing minerals are hemimorphite (Zn4Si2O72H2O), cerussite (PbCO3), and smithsonite (ZnCO3). The flotation tailings display high amounts of Zn, Pb and Cd, averaging 7.11%, 2.30% and 290, respectively. The concentrations found in soils reach 6.3% Zn, 2.3% Pb and 290 Cd. Such results show that the soils in the mining area are highly contaminated by heavy metals coming from the mining wastes.Analyses of samples taken between surface and bedrock show that Pb and Zn may reach concentrations as high as 900 mg / kg two meters below surface. Three types of simple extraction tests (deionized water, HCl solution at pH 2.8 and a mixture of organic acids (low-molecular-weight organic acids (LMWOAs) at pH 2.8) were performed to assess the phytoaccessibility of Zn, Pb and Cd in two contaminated soil samples collected within the study area. The results of extraction with deionized water showed that only Zn is mobile with 1.50 to 2.92 released from soil. During the extraction with HCl 1.32 to 1.63 of Pb are released. The extraction with LMWOAs resulted in a much greater leaching of all heavy metals. Indeed, 900 to1500 Zn, 33 to 40 Pb and 3.5 to 2.01 Cd, have been released respectively. Thus, the mobility of these metals is as follows: Zn (2.2%) > Cd (1%) > Pb (0.2%). As a result, the mobilization of contaminants by

  17. Phase equilibria and P-T-X(Fe-Mg relations involving Gl-St-Cd-Als-Bi-Mu-Oz-Kfs-H2O in medium-high grade metapelites (KFASH, KMASH and KFMASH sistems

    Martínez, F. J.


    Full Text Available In different areas of the Hercynian in the Iberian Peninsula some reactions are repeatedly observed in pelites, these reactions are: Staurolite + muscovite + quartz = Biotite+ Al2SiO5+ H2O Garnet + muscovite = Al2SiO5+ biotite+ quartzBiotite + Al2SiO5 + quartz = Cordierite + K feldspar+Hp In order to examinate the P-T stability fields of these, and other similar reactions, aH the univariant equilibria in multisystems with Gt-Cd-St-Bi-Mu-Als-Qz-HP, Gt-St-Bi-Mu-Fk-AIs-QzHp and Cd-St-Bi-Mu-Fk-AIs-Qz-H2O in Kp-FeO-AI2O r SiO2-H2O (KFASH system have been calculated, and their corresponding P-T grids have been constructed. The expansion of these reactions into divariant surfaces through the P-T-X (Fe-Mg space was made by studying the assemblage Gt-Cd-St-Bi-Mu-Fk-AIs-Qz-HP in K2O-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O (KFMASH with a Fe/Fe+Mg relationship Gt > St > Bi > Cd such as observed in most of natural pelites. A resultant grid was obtained by combining those obtained in the aboye systerns. This grid has been P-T located for PH20 = P19 near QFM buffer, and excess muscovite and quartz conditions Reaction slopes in this grid were calculated within different P-T surroundings from thermodynamic data as weH as by considering the existing experimental data. In addition to the stability fields of reactions the P-T-XFe-Mg theoric relations for three univariant and thirteen divariant reactions have been obtained. The grid confirms the imposibility of staurolite-K feldspar and Garnet-Cordierite-Muscovite coexistence, as weH as the extension of the stability fields for Garnet-Staurolite, Cordierite-Staurolite and Garnet-Cordierite assemblages in muscovite-poor metapelites.En rocas metapelíticas de diversas áreas en el Hercínico de la Península Ibérica se observan a menudo las siguientes reacciones: Estaurolita + moscovita + cuarzo = biotita + Al2SiO5+ H2OGranate + moscovita = Al2SiO5 + biotita ± cuarzo Biotita + Al2SiO5 + cuarzo = cordierita + feldespato pot

  18. Optoelectronic properties of XIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} (X = Cd, Mg) thiospinels through highly accurate all-electron FP-LAPW method coupled with modified approximations

    Yousaf, Masood [Department of Physics, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan 689-798 (Korea, Republic of); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai 81310, Johor (Malaysia); Dalhatu, S.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai 81310, Johor (Malaysia); Murtaza, G. [Department of Physics, Islamia College, Peshawar, KPK (Pakistan); Khenata, R. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modélisation Mathématique (LPQ3M), Département de Technologie, Université de Mascara, 29000 Mascara (Algeria); Sajjad, M. [School of Electronic Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876 (China); Musa, A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai 81310, Johor (Malaysia); Rahnamaye Aliabad, H.A. [Department of Physics, Hakim Sabzevari University (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Saeed, M.A., E-mail: [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai 81310, Johor (Malaysia)


    Highlights: • Highly accurate all-electron FP-LAPW+lo method is used. • New physical parameters are reported, important for the fabrication of optoelectronic devices. • A comparative study that involves FP-LAPW+lo method and modified approximations. • Computed band gap values have good agreement with the experimental values. • Optoelectronic results of fundamental importance can be utilized for the fabrication of devices. - Abstract: We report the structural, electronic and optical properties of the thiospinels XIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} (X = Cd, Mg), using highly accurate all-electron full potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital method. In order to calculate the exchange and correlation energies, the method is coupled with modified techniques such as GGA+U and mBJ-GGA, which yield improved results as compared to the previous studies. GGA+SOC approximation is also used for the first time on these compounds to examine the spin orbit coupling effect on the band structure. From the analysis of the structural parameters, robust character is predicted for both materials. Energy band structures profiles are fairly the same for GGA, GGA+SOC, GGA+U and mBJ-GGA, confirming the indirect and direct band gap nature of CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} and MgIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} materials, respectively. We report the trend of band gap results as: (mBJ-GGA) > (GGA+U) > (GGA) > (GGA+SOC). Localized regions appearing in the valence bands for CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} tend to split up nearly by ≈1 eV in the case of GGA+SOC. Many new physical parameters are reported that can be important for the fabrication of optoelectronic devices. Optical spectra namely, dielectric function (DF), refractive index n(ω), extinction coefficient k(ω), reflectivity R(ω), optical conductivity σ(ω), absorption coefficient α(ω) and electron loss function are discussed. Optical’s absorption edge is noted to be 1.401 and 1.782 for CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} and MgIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}, respectively. The

  19. Electronic and optical properties of the SiB{sub 2}O{sub 4} (B=Mg, Zn, and Cd) spinel oxides: An ab initio study with the Tran–Blaha-modified Becke–Johnson density functional

    Allali, D. [Laboratory for Developing New Materials and their Characterization, University of Setif 1, 19000 Setif (Algeria); Bouhemadou, A., E-mail: [Laboratory for Developing New Materials and their Characterization, University of Setif 1, 19000 Setif (Algeria); Safi, E. Muhammad Abud Al [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Bin-Omran, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Humanitarian Studies, Salman Bin Abdalaziz University, Alkharj 11942 (Saudi Arabia); Chegaar, M. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Setif 1, 19000 Setif (Algeria); Khenata, R. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modélisation Mathématique (LPQ3M), Département de Technologie, Université de Mascara, 29000 Mascara (Algeria); Reshak, A.H. [New Technologies-Research Center, University of West Bohemia, Univerzitni 8, 306 14 Pilson (Czech Republic); Center of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology, School of Material Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, 01007 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia)


    We report ab initio density functional theory calculations of the structural, electronic and optical properties of the spinel oxides SiMg{sub 2}O{sub 4}, SiZng{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and SiCd{sub 2}O{sub 4} using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method. The structural parameters calculated using both the local density and generalized gradient approximations to the exchange-correlation potential are consistent with the literature data. To calculate the electronic properties, the exchange-correlation potential is treated with various functionals, and we find that the newly developed Tran–Blaha-modified Becke–Johnson functional significantly improves the band gap. We predict a direct band gap in all of the considered SiB{sub 2}O{sub 4} compounds, and the band gaps continuously decrease as the atomic size of the B element increases. The decrease in the fundamental direct band gap (Γ–Γ) from SiMg{sub 2}O{sub 4} to SiZn{sub 2}O{sub 4} to SiCd{sub 2}O{sub 4} can be attributed to p–d mixing in the upper valence bands of SiZn{sub 2}O{sub 4} and SiCd{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The lowest conduction band is well dispersive, similar to that found for transparent conducting oxides such as ZnO. This band is mainly defined by the s and p electrons of the Si and B (B=Mg, Zn, Cd) atoms. The topmost valence band is considerably less dispersive and is defined by O-2p and B–d electrons. The charge-carrier effective masses are evaluated at the topmost valence band and at the bottommost conduction band that were calculated. The frequency-dependent complex dielectric function, absorption coefficient, refractive index, extinction coefficient, reflectivity and electron energy loss function were estimated. We find that the value of the zero-frequency limit of the dielectric function ε(0) increases as the band gap decreases. The origins of the peaks and structures in the optical spectra are determined in terms of the calculated energy band structures.

  20. Dynamics of Microbial Activity Related to N Cycling in Cd-Contaminated Soil During Growth of Soybean

    YANG Ye; CHEN Ying-Xu; TIAN Guang-Ming; ZHANG Zi-Jian


    The potential influences of cadmium (Cd) on the biochemical processes of the soil nitrogen (N) cycle, along with the dynamics of ammonification, nitrification, and denitrification processes in the rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere (bulk soil), respectively, were investigated in a Cd-stressed system during an entire soybean growing season. In terms of Cd pollution at the seedling stage, the ammonifying bacteria proved to be the most sensitive microorganisms, whereas the effects of Cd on denitrification were not obvious. Following the growth of soybeans, the influences of Cd on ammonification in the bulk soil were: toxic impacts at the seedling stage, stimulatory effects during the early flowering stage, and adaptation to the pollutant during the podding and ripening stages. Although nitrification and denitrification in the bulk soil decreased throughout the entire growth cycle, positive adaptation to Cd stress was observed during the ripening stage. Moreover, during the ripening stage, denitrification in the bulk soil under high Cd treatment (20 mg kg-1) was even higher than that in the control, indicating a probable change in the ecology of the denitrifying microbes in the Cd-stressed system. Changes in the activity of microbes in the rhizosphere following plant growth were similar to those in the non-rhizosphere in Cd treatments; however, the tendency of change in the rhizosphere seemed to be more moderate. This suggested that there was some mitigation of Cd stress in the rhizosphere.

  1. [Characteristics and Inputs of Cd Contamination in Paddy Soils in Typical Mining and Industrial Areas in Youxian County, Hunan Province].

    Zhang, Min; Wang Mei-e; Chen, Wei-ping; Niu, Jun-jie


    In order to explore input pathways and pollution characteristics of Cd contamination in paddy soil in Youxian, Hunan Province, Cd contents in paddy soils, sediments of irrigation canals, typical mineral and industrial products such as coal, gangue and cement were analyzed. It was suggested that the average contents of Cd both in surface paddy soil and the corresponding natural soil were higher than the soil quality standard 0.3 mg x kg(-1). Cd contents in gangue and cement were similar as those in the corresponding natural soils. The atmosphere deposition of Cd was the highest in factory area. The profiles of Cd in 0-100 cm paddy soil and 0-40 cm in natural soils varied significantly from the upper to the lower layer. Cd contents in 0-40 cm layer in paddy soil were much higher than those in corresponding natural soils in mineral and mineral-factory areas. The potentiality for downward movement of Cd in soils in mineral area was the highest among the three studied areas. It suggested Cd contents in surface paddy soil were higher in upwind areas than those in downwind areas in mineral-factory and factory areas. It could be concluded that the main input pathways of Cd in mineral and mineral-factory. areas were from irrigation water, while contribution of atmosphere deposition in mineral-factory and factory areas was also very significant.

  2. Effects of Rheum tanguticum polysaccharide on TNBS -induced colitis and CD4+T cells in rats

    Li Liu; Zhi-Peng Wang; Chang-Tai Xu; Bo-Rong Pan; Qi-Bing Mei; Yin Long; Jia-Yun Liu; Si-Yuan Zhou


    AIM: To study the effects of Rheum tanguticum polysaccharide-1 (RTP-1) on ulcerative colitis in rats induced by 2, 4, 6-trinitrophene sulphonic acid (TNBS) and their possible mechanism.METHODS: RTP1 (200 mg@kg-1, ig) extracted from Rheum tanguticum Maxim. Ex Regel was administrated to rats with colitis induced by TNBS for 5 d, 7 d, 10 d and 14 d,respectively. The effects of RTP1 and dexamethasone (DX,0.2 mg@kg-1, ig) were contrastively investigated. The MPO level and SOD activity were determined by chromatometry.The expansion and protein expression of CD4+T lymphocytes isolated from colon mucosae and mesenteric lymph nodes of colitis rats were performed by immunohistochemical analysis and Western-blot methods.RESULTS: Treatments of RTP1 (200 mg@kg-1, ig) significantly reduced diarrhea, mortality, colon mass, ulcer areas and MPO level in colon mucosae on days 5, 7, 10 and 14 (5.2±1.4,5.4±0.7, 5.2±1.8, P<±0.8, P<0.01. 16.1±12.1,P<±8.6, 17.7±5.3, 12.7±4.1, P<0.05). The effectsof RTP1 were similar to those noted above in DX group, but there were no immunosupressive effects of DX in RTP-1group, such as body mass loss, thymus and spleen atrophy.The decreased number and down-regulated protein levels of CD4+T cells isolated from the colon of colitis rats treated with RTP1 were found.CONCLUSION: RTP1 shows significantly protective effects but lower side effects on rats with colitis induced by TNBS.The mechanism may be due to the resistance to over expansion of CD4.

  3. The role of phytochelatins and antioxidants in tolerance to Cd accumulation in Brassica juncea L.

    Seth, Chandra Shekhar; Kumar Chaturvedi, Pranav; Misra, Virendra


    A hydroponics experiment using Indian mustard (Brassica juncea L.) was conducted to investigate the effect of different concentrations (10-160 microM) of cadmium (Cd) and a fixed concentration (500 microM) of ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA) on Cd accumulation and its toxicity for 14 and 28 days (d). The results showed that Cd alone and Cd+EDTA increased total dry biomass production, photosynthetic pigments and total protein content of B. juncea up to 160 microM with respect to control for 14d (hormesis effect). Further, on treatment with Cd at 160 microM for 28d, dry biomass of root and shoot, total protein content and total chlorophyll decreased up to 73%, 58%, 67% and 53% respectively, while in the case of Cd+EDTA, the decrease in the above parameters was 38%, 50%, 57% and 46% with respect to their control. It was observed that the maximum Cd accumulation after 28d in the root and shoot was 1925 and 977 mg kg(-1) dry weight (dw), respectively, while in the case of Cd+EDTA it was 1013 and 2316 mg kg(-1)dw, respectively. Levels of phytochelatins (PCs), glutathione reductase (GR; EC, non-protein thiols (NP-SH) and glutathione (GSH) were monitored as plants primary and secondary metal detoxifying responses. Glutathione reductase showed three-fold increased activity for Cd and 2.2-fold for Cd+EDTA at 160 microM after 14d followed by decreased activity after 28d with respect to control. Maximum synthesis of PCs was found at 10 microM of Cd exposure followed by a gradual decline after 28d. This may be correlated with reduced level of GSH, probably due to reduced GR activity, resulting in enhanced oxidative stress as also proved by phenotypic changes in plants such as browning of roots and yellowing of leaves. Thus, the capacity of B. juncea to accumulate and tolerate high concentrations of Cd, through enhanced level of PCs, GSH, NP-SH and GR suggests its applicability for phytoremediation.

  4. Elastic properties of antiperovskite-type Ni-rich nitrides MNNi 3 (M=Zn, Cd, Mg, Al, Ga, In, Sn, Sb, Pd, Cu, Ag and Pt) as predicted from first-principles calculations

    Bannikov, V. V.; Shein, I. R.; Ivanovskii, A. L.


    We have performed accurate ab initio total energy calculations using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation potential to systematically investigate elastic properties of 12 synthesized and hypothetical cubic antiperovskite-type Ni-rich nitrides MNNi 3, where M are Zn, Cd, Mg, Al, Ga, In, Sn, Sb, Pd, Cu, Ag and Pt. As a result, the optimized lattice parameters, independent elastic constants ( Cij), bulk-, shear- and tetragonal shear moduli, Cauchy’s pressure and some indexes of elastic anisotropy, as well as the numerical estimations of Young’s modulus, Poisson’s ratio and Pugh's indicator of brittle/ductile behavior for the corresponding polycrystalline MNNi 3 (in the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation) were obtained and analyzed in comparison with the available theoretical and experimental data.

  5. Elastic properties of antiperovskite-type Ni-rich nitrides MNNi{sub 3} (M=Zn, Cd, Mg, Al, Ga, In, Sn, Sb, Pd, Cu, Ag and Pt) as predicted from first-principles calculations

    Bannikov, V.V.; Shein, I.R. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620990 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Ivanovskii, A.L., E-mail: ivanovskii@ihim.uran.r [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620990 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)


    We have performed accurate ab initio total energy calculations using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation potential to systematically investigate elastic properties of 12 synthesized and hypothetical cubic antiperovskite-type Ni-rich nitrides MNNi{sub 3}, where M are Zn, Cd, Mg, Al, Ga, In, Sn, Sb, Pd, Cu, Ag and Pt. As a result, the optimized lattice parameters, independent elastic constants (C{sub ij}), bulk-, shear- and tetragonal shear moduli, Cauchy's pressure and some indexes of elastic anisotropy, as well as the numerical estimations of Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio and Pugh's indicator of brittle/ductile behavior for the corresponding polycrystalline MNNi{sub 3} (in the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation) were obtained and analyzed in comparison with the available theoretical and experimental data.

  6. Real-structure effects: Band gaps of Mg_xZn_{1-x}O, Cd_xZn_{1-x}O, and n-type ZnO from ab-initio calculations

    Schleife, A; Bechstedt, F


    Many-body perturbation theory is applied to compute the quasiparticle electronic structures and the optical-absorption spectra (including excitonic effects) for several transparent conducting oxides. We discuss HSE+G{sub 0}W{sub 0} results for band structures, fundamental band gaps, and effective electron masses of MgO, ZnO, CdO, SnO{sub 2}, SnO, In{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and SiO{sub 2}. The Bethe-Salpeter equation is solved to account for excitonic effects in the calculation of the frequency-dependent absorption coefficients. We show that the HSE+G{sub 0}W{sub 0} approach and the solution of the Bethe-Salpeter equation are very well-suited to describe the electronic structure and the optical properties of various transparent conducting oxides in good agreement with experiment.

  7. Metal Atom Effect on the Photophysical Properties of Mg(II, Zn(II, Cd(II, and Pd(II Tetraphenylporphyrin Complexes Proposed as Possible Drugs in Photodynamic Therapy

    Bruna Clara De Simone


    Full Text Available The effects of Mg, Zn, Cd, and Pd dications on the photophysical properties of the tetraphenylporphyrin ligand have been explored, considering the corresponding complexes and by using the density functional theory and its time-dependent extension. Results show that absorption wavelengths do not change significantly when the metal ion changes contrary to what happens to the singlet–triplet energy gaps (ΔES−T and the spin-orbit matrix elements ΨSnHsoΨTm. The most probable intersystem spin crossing (ISC pathways for the population of the lowest triplet states have been explored. Our findings can contribute to rationalize the available experimental data and promote the potential therapeutic use of these compounds as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy (PDT.

  8. Slow-release nitrogen fertilizers can improve yield and reduce Cd concentration in pakchoi (Brassica chinensis L.) grown in Cd-contaminated soil.

    Zhang, Ran-Ran; Liu, Yue; Xue, Wan-Lei; Chen, Rong-Xin; Du, Shao-Ting; Jin, Chong-Wei


    Cadmium (Cd) pollution in vegetable crops has become a serious problem in recent years. Owing to the limited availability of arable land resources, large areas of Cd-contaminated lands are inevitably being used for the production of vegetables, posing great risks to human health via the food chain. However, strategies to improve yield and reduce Cd concentration in crops grown in contaminated soils are being developed. In the present study, using pot experiments, we investigated the effects of two slow-release nitrogen fertilizers (SRNFs), resin-coated ammonium nitrate (Osmocote313s), and resin-coated urea (urea620), on the growth and Cd concentration of the Cd-contaminated pakchoi. The results showed that pakchoi grown in soil containing 5 mg kg(-1) of Cd-induced oxidative stress (indicated by malondialdehyde (MDA), H2O2, and O2(·-)) and photosynthesis inhibition, which in turn was restored with the application of SRNFs. However, pakchoi grown in Cd-contaminated soil supplied with Osmocote313s and urea620 showed 103 and 203 % increase in fresh weight and 51-55 % and 44-56 % decrease in Cd concentration, respectively, as compared with their controls (pakchoi treated with instant soluble nitrogen fertilizers). On the basis of an increase in their tolerance index (47-238 %) and a decrease in their translocation factor (7.5-21.6 %), we inferred that the plants treated with SRNFs have a stronger tolerance to Cd and a lower efficiency of Cd translocation to edible parts than those treated with instant soluble nitrogen fertilizers. Therefore, in terms of both crop production and food safety, application of SRNFs could be an effective strategy for improving both biomass production and quality in pakchoi grown under Cd stress.

  9. 重组新城疫病毒rClone30-CD/5-FC系统的抗肿瘤活性%Antitumor activity of the recombinant rClone30-CD/5-FC system

    吕政; 张天援; 韩苗苗; 白福良; 吴伟; 田贵游; 任桂萍; 李德山


    5-Flucytosine (5-FC) could be changed to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) by cytosine deaminase (CD), the latter is able to kill cancer cells. However, there is no efficient method to deliver the CD gene into the tumor cells, which hampers the application of the suicide gene system. In this experiment, for the first time, the NDV has been utilized as a vector to deliver the CD gene into the cancer cells, the virus can infect the cancer cells specifically, replicate and assemble, while the cytosine deaminase is expressed. Then the CD converts the prodrug 5-FC into 5-FU to achieve the purpose of inhibiting tumor. Firstly, the whole genome of E. coli JM109 was extracted, and the CD gene was obtained by cloning method. Then the CD and IRES-EGFP were ligated into the pEE12.4 expression vector to become a recombinant pEE12.4IE-CD eukaryotic expression plasmid. The human liver cancer cells were transfected with the plasmid. The cells were treated with different concentrations of 5-FC, MTT method was used to determine the killing effect of CD/5-FC system on the human liver cancer cells. The cell deaths were 18.07%, 42.98% and 62.20% respectively when the concentrations of prodrug were at 10, 20 and 30 mmol·L-1. In 5-FC acute toxicity experiment, Kunming mice were injected with different concentrations of 5-FC at intervals of 1 : 0.5. The LD50 of 5-FC through iv injection was determined by improved Karber's method, the LD50 was 507 mg·kg-1 and the 95% confidence limit was 374-695 mg·kg-1. According to the maximum LD0 dose of the LD50, the maximum safe dose was 200 mg·kg-1 . Body weight and clinic symptoms of the experimental animals were observed. These results laid the foundation to verify the antitumor effect and safety of CD/5-FC system in animal models. The CD gene was ligated into the NDV (rClone30) carrier, then the tumor-bearing animal was established to perform the tumor inhibiting experiment. The result showed that the recombinant rClone30-CD/5-FC system has a high

  10. In situ immobilization of Cd by organic amendments and their effect on antioxidant enzyme defense mechanism in mung bean (Vigna radiata L.) seedlings.

    Ramzani, Pia Muhammad Adnan; Coyne, Mark S; Anjum, Shazia; Khan, Waqas-Ud-Din; Iqbal, Muhammad


    In situ immobilization of Cd is desirable due to the damaging effects of ex situ remediation techniques on soil. In this greenhouse study, the role of biochar (BC), chitosan (CH), and green waste (GW) was studied for in-situ Cd immobilization and alleviating Cd toxicity in mung bean seedlings. Amendments were applied at rates of 0.5% and 1% (w/w). The minimum mean value of Cd, in root, shoot, and soil (DTPA-Cd) (12.2, 4.7, and 0.7 mg kg(-1), respectively), occurred in the Cd + 1% CH treatment compared to all Cd amended treatments. Shoot dry weight (21%) increased significantly in Cd + 1% BC amended soil compared to the control. Reactive oxygen species were affected significantly, with the lowest increased value of hydrogen peroxide (4%) in the Cd + 1% CH treatment while the minimum increase in the value of superoxide (O2(•-)) occurred in the Cd + 1% BC soil compared to the control. Malondialdehyde (20%) increased lowest with Cd + 1% CH treatment. Protein, ascorbate (AsA) contents, and catalase (CAT) activity increased the most (3, 2, and 15%, respectively) in the Cd + 1% BC treatment while dehydroascorbate reductase (DHAR) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity increased the most (9 and 234%, respectively) in the Cd + 1% CH soil compared to the control. Glutathione reductase (GR), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), and glutathione peroxidase (GPX), activity were reduced the most in the Cd + 1.0% BC treatment while dehydroascorbate (DHA) and glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity decreased the most in the Cd + 1% CH soil. Overall, in situ immobilization by amendments improved growth and antioxidant defense mechanisms of mung bean seedlings and was reflected by tolerance to Cd-toxicity. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  11. Timing of foliar Zn application plays a vital role in minimizing Cd accumulation in wheat.

    Saifullah; Javed, Hina; Naeem, Asif; Rengel, Zed; Dahlawi, Saad


    Due to chemical and biochemical similarities between cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn), application of Zn may minimize Cd uptake by plants and ameliorate its toxicity. However, there is poor understanding of the comparative effectiveness of the foliar Zn application at different growth stages on Cd toxicity and accumulation in wheat. The present study was carried out to compare the effectiveness of foliarly applied Zn at different stages of plant growth to minimize Cd accumulation in wheat grains. Wheat (cv AARI-2011) was grown at three levels of soil Cd (0, 2.5, and 5.0 mg kg(-1)). Foliar application of Zn was carried out at either tillering, jointing, booting, heading, or grain filling stage using 0.05 % w/v aqueous solution of ZnSO4 · 7H2O. Increasing soil Cd had a negative effect on growth and yield attributes, including tiller production, root length and dry weight, plant height, 100-grain weight and grain and straw yield. Zinc foliar spray increased grain yield by increasing tiller production; importantly, an application at booting was more effective than at other stages. Foliarly applied Zn decreased Cd concentration in the roots, straw, and grain. Similar to grain yield, the largest decrease (74 %) in Cd concentration was associated with Zn foliar spray at booting. Grain yield was negatively related to grain Cd concentration which in turn showed a negative relationship with Zn concentration in leaves and grains. It is concluded that the booting stage is the suitable time for foliar application of Zn to (i) effectively minimize a Cd-induced loss in grain yield and (ii) decrease grain Cd concentration.

  12. [Effects of Rice Cultivar and Typical Soil Improvement Measures on the Uptake of Cd in Rice Grains].

    Wang, Mei-e; Peng, Chi; Chen, Wei-ping


    Cadmium pollution of rice is a big problem in agricultural food safety. The accident "Cd rice" occurred last year in Youxian County, Hunan Province caused serious social panic. In this study, trials on "Cd rice" controlling techniques specific to the Cd pollution in paddy soil in Youxian were investigated. It was suggested that the average Cd contents in rice grains of the rice variety "Zhu Liang You 06" in Datongqiao and Wangling were 0.167 and 0.127 mg x kg(-1), respectively, which were only equal to 20% of the contents of other varieties. The trials for stabilizing agents revealed that treatments of lime and mineral fertilizer decreased Cd contents in rice grains to 20-30% of the control. Plastic film-mulched treatment decreased the rice grain Cd to 50%. And combined treatment of plastic film-mulched and biochar and silicon foliar-fertilizer decreased 80% of rice Cd content. Single treatments of silicon foliar-fertilizer and combined treatment of silicon foliar-fertilizer and topdressing fertilizer decreased more than 90% of Cd content. Results of BCR revealed that the percentage of cationic exchangeable and/or carbonate associated Cd fraction was more than 55% for most of the soil samples. Lime treatment significantly decreased the percentage of cationic exchangeable and/or carbonate and oxides of Fe and Mn associated Cd and increased the crystalline structure of clay minerals associated Cd. The change rate reached about 20%. Our results suggested concentration of soil Cd and pH were the two significant factors impacting the uptake of Cd by rice grains.

  13. Distribution and age-related bioaccumulation of lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), and arsenic (As) in tissues of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) and European catfish (Sylurus glanis) from the Buško Blato reservoir (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

    Has-Schön, Elizabeta; Bogut, Ivan; Vuković, Rosemary; Galović, Dalida; Bogut, Ante; Horvatić, Janja


    The purpose of this study was to quantify the bioaccumulation of Pb, Hg, Cd, and As in tissues of carp (Cyprinus carpio) and catfish (Silurus glanis) from Buško Blato in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Arsenic concentrations were below the Maximal Admissible Concentration (MAC) for Croatia and other countries. Mercury concentrations were below 1 mg kg(-1), but in most muscle samples of both species and all catfish liver samples, the values were higher than 0.5 mg kg(-1) (higher than the MAC for many countries including Croatia). Lead concentrations were higher than 1 mg kg(-1) (the MAC for Croatia) in most muscle samples; all kidney and most catfish liver samples also exceeded 1 mg kg(-1). Cadmium concentrations in all tissues, other than the gonads, were higher than 0.1 mg kg(-1) (MAC for Croatia), with the highest concentrations found in the kidneys. The only gender difference was found in carp, where a 68.4% higher concentration of As was found in the fry compared to the milt (P<0.05). Concentrations of all of the elements were higher in catfish compared to carp for most tissues. Significant correlations were found between all of the elements in the muscles and the liver of carp. In catfish, the muscles were the only tissue in which multiple correlations were found. Linear positive correlations with age and body mass were demonstrated for the concentrations of all heavy metals for all tissues except the gonads in both fish species. We concluded that significant heavy metal accumulation in carp and a catfish tissues correlates with age and body mass; bioaccumulation is species- and tissue-specific and is different for each element.

  14. Evaluation of the influence of meloxicam and flunixin meglumine on the apoptosis of peripheral blood CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in calves.

    Maślanka, T; Jaroszewski, J J; Markiewicz, W; Jakubowski, P


    The aim of the study was to determine whether treatment with recommended doses of meloxicam or flunixin had an effect on the apoptosis of peripheral blood T lymphocytes in calves. The study was carried out on 4-5 months old calves (n = 24, 8 per group). Experimental animals were injected subcutaneously with a single dose of 0.5 mg x kg(-1) of meloxicam or intravenously with 3 doses of 2.2 mg x kg(-1) day(-1) of flunixin. The non-treatment animals served as control. Blood samples were taken at day 0 and at days 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 14 after the first NSAIDs injection. Apoptosis was determined by flow cytometry using Annexin V-PE/7-AAD staining. The kinetic analysis of apoptosis in the total lymphocyte population, as well as in the CD4+ and CD8+ subsets did not reveal significant differences in the frequency of early apoptotic cells between control and experimental groups throughout the period studied. Although, 24 h after administration of the first dose of NSAIDs, late-stage apoptosis/necrosis was significantly increased in the total lymphocyte population (the meloxicam group), as well as in the CD4+ (the meloxicam group and the flunixin group) and CD8+ (the flunixin group) subsets of T cells. However, this disturbance was transient, relatively poorly expressed and, thus, unlikely to be of clinical significance. Our results indicate that the use of meloxicam or flunixin in accordance with the recommended dosage regimen in cattle do not have a clinically significant influence on apoptosis of peripheral blood T cells.

  15. Effect of biochars and microorganisms on cadmium accumulation in rice grains grown in Cd-contaminated soil.

    Suksabye, Parinda; Pimthong, Apinya; Dhurakit, Prapai; Mekvichitsaeng, Phenjun; Thiravetyan, Paitip


    Cadmium (Cd) contaminated in rice grains is a serious problem because most Asians consume rice on a daily basis. Rice grown in Cd-contaminated soil normally did not have high concentration of Cd. However, soil samples used in this study had high concentrations of Cd. The purpose of this study was to clearly see the effects of biochar and microorganism addition in rice growing in Cd-contaminated soil. The initial Cd concentration in Cd-contaminated soil used in this study was about 650 mg kg(-1). Cadmium concentration in rice plants grown in Cd-contaminated soil with the addition of 1% (w/w) different biochars such as sawdust fly ash (SDFA), bagasse fly ash (BGFA), and rice husk ash (RHA) was investigated. The results showed that SDFA was the best biochar in terms of reducing cadmium accumulation in rice grains when compared to BGFA and RHA under the same conditions. In addition, rice plants grown in Cd-contaminated soil with the addition of various nonpathogenic microorganisms, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus subtilis, and Beauveria bassiana were also studied. The results showed that the addition of 2% (v/v) microorganisms can reduce Cd accumulation in grains. It was found that grains obtained from Cd-contaminated soil with the addition of P. aeruginosa had the lowest cadmium concentration compared to the ones from soil amended with other strains. This was due to the fact that P. aeruginosa adsorbed more Cd itself into its cells than other strains. The rice plants grown in Cd-contaminated soil with the addition of biochars and microorganisms were also compared. The results showed that adding 2% (v/v) microorganisms seemed to reduce Cd accumulation in rice grains better than adding 1% (w/w) biochars. In addition, the amounts of calcium and magnesium in rice grains and the dry weight of plant in Cd-contaminated soil amended with P. aeruginosa were the highest in comparison to other microorganisms, biochars, and the soil without any amendments (Cd

  16. Phytoremediation of Hg and Cd from industrial effluents using an aquatic free floating macrophyte Azolla pinnata.

    Rai, Prabhat Kumar


    The level of heavy metal pollution in Singrauli, an industrial region in India, was assessed and the phytoremediation capacity of a small water fern, Azolla pinnata R.BR (Azollaceae), was observed to purify waters polluted by two heavy metals, i.e., mercury (Hg) and cadmium (Cd) under a microcosm condition. Azolla pinnata is endemic to India and is an abundant and easy-growing free-floating water fern usually found in the rice fields, polluted ponds, and reservoirs of India. The fern was grown in 24 40-L aquariums containing Hg2+ and Cd2+ ions each in concentrations of 0.5, 1.0, and 3.0 mgL(-1) during the course of this study. The study revealed an inhibition of Azolla pinnata growth by 27.0-33.9% with the highest in the presence of Hg (II) ions at 0.5 mgL(-1) in comparison to the control After 13 days of the experiment, metal contents in the solution were decreased up to 70-94%. In the tissues of Azolla pinnata, the concentration of selected heavy metals during investigation was recorded between 310 and 740 mgKg(-1) dry mass, with the highest levelfoundfor Cd (II) treatment at 3.0 mgL(-1) containing a metal solution.

  17. Structural, elastic and electronic properties of superconducting anti-perovskites MgCNi{sub 3}, ZnCNi{sub 3} and CdCNi{sub 3} from first principles

    Shein, I.R.; Bannikov, V.V. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620041, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Ivanovskii, A.L. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620041, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)], E-mail:


    First principle total energy calculations using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange-correlation potential were performed to investigate the systematic trends for structural, elastic and electronic properties of the family of superconducting anti-perovskites MCNi{sub 3} depending from the type of M cations (M are Mg, Zn and Cd). In result the optimized lattice parameters, independent elastic constants (C{sub 11}, C{sub 12} and C{sub 44}), bulk modulus B, compressibility {beta}, shear modulus G and tetragonal shear modulus G' are evaluated. Further, for the first time the numerical estimates of a set of elastic parameters (bulk and shear modulus, Young's modulus Y, Poisson's ratio ({nu}), Lame's coefficients ({mu}, {lambda})) of the polycrystalline superconducting MCNi{sub 3} ceramics (in framework of the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation) were performed. Besides, the band structures, densities of states (DOS), total and site-projected l-decomposed DOS at the Fermi level, the shapes of the Fermi surfaces, the Sommerfeld's coefficients and the molar Pauli paramagnetic susceptibility for these anti-perovskites were obtained and analyzed in comparison with the available theoretical and experimental data.

  18. Ab initio study on vibrational dipole moments of XH{sup +} molecular ions: X = {sup 24}Mg, {sup 40}Ca, {sup 64}Zn, {sup 88}Sr, {sup 114}Cd, {sup 138}Ba, {sup 174}Yb and {sup 202}Hg

    Abe, Minori; Hada, Masahiko [Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1, Minami-Osawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Kajita, Masatoshi [National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Nukui-Kitamachi, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8795 (Japan); Moriwaki, Yoshiki, E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of Toyama, Gofuku, Toyama, 930-8555 (Japan)


    The vibrational matrix elements of electric dipole moments were theoretically estimated for the electronic ground state of XH{sup +} molecular ions (X = {sup 24}Mg, {sup 40}Ca, {sup 64}Zn, {sup 88}Sr, {sup 114}Cd, {sup 138}Ba, {sup 174}Yb and {sup 202}Hg) using the complete active space second-order perturbation theory method. Because of the large rotational constant and zero X-nuclear spin, these molecules are advantageous to be localized to a single (v, J, F) state, where v, J, F are quantum numbers of the vibrational, rotational and hyperfine states, respectively. The information of the dipole moments is very useful to discuss the period to localize the molecular ion to the (v, J, F) = (0, 0, 1/2) state and also the period to remain in this state, which is limited by the interaction with the black body radiation. The agreement of experimental and our theoretical spectroscopic constants ensures the accuracy of our results. Vibrational permanent and transition dipole moments were obtained with special care of accuracy in numerical integration. Spontaneous emission rates were calculated from the vibrational dipole moments and transition energies.

  19. Derivation and Application of Sediment Quality Criteria of Cd and Hg for the Xiangjiang River%湘江沉积物镉和汞质量基准的建立及其应用

    蒋博峰; 桑磊鑫; 孙卫玲; 郝伟; 李丽; 邓宝山


    沉积物质量基准是保护底栖生物免受污染物危害的保护性临界水平,可用来评估与沉积物结合的污染物的影响,并为底栖生物保护和沉积物的科学管理提供依据.分析了湘江43个采样点沉积物、上覆水、间隙水和植物中Cd和Hg含量,选取钩虾做沉积物毒理实验,利用相平衡分配法、加标毒理实验法和背景值法确定湘江沉积物Cd和Hg质量基准低值(SQC-L)分别为1.89 mg·kg-1和0.13 mg·kg-1,基准高值(SQC-H)分别为28.32 mg·kg-1和0.79 mg· kg-1.经与国内外基准值比较,并与底栖生物监测数据和植物监测数据对比分析,表明确定的基准值合理-应用该基准值评价湘江沉积物质量现状发现,湘江沉积物Cd和Hg含量低于SQC-L和高于SQC-H的采样点所占比例较低,74.4%和76.7%的采样点沉积物Cd和Hg含量在SQC-L和SQC-H之间.%Sediment quality criterion (SQC) is the concentrations of sediment-associated contaminants that are unlikely to be associated with sediment toxicity or other adverse effects on benthic invertebrates. Thus, the derivation of SQC is crucial to protect benthic invertebrates, and can serve as the tool for scientific sediment management. Sediment, interstitial water, and plant samples were collected at 43 sampling sites from the Xiangjiang River, and metal concentrations were determined. Based on equilibrium partitioning approach, spiked sediment toxicity approach using Hyalella azteca, and background value approach, SQC for Cd and Hg in the Xiangjiang River was derived. Results showed that, SQC-L for Cd and Hg in the Xiangjiang River were 1. 89 mg·kg-1 and 0. 13 mg·kg-1 respectively, and SQC-H were 28.32 mg·kg-1 and 0.79 mg·kg-1 respectively. SQC were comparable to those in previous studies. Also, the reasonability of SQC was demonstrated by the heavy metal concentrations in plants, matching sediment chemistry and toxicity data for benthic invertebrates in the Xiangjiang River. To assess the

  20. Effect of different doses of rapamycin (RAPA) on Kunming-strain mouse CD4 + CD25 + Treg cells proliferations%不同剂量雷帕霉素对小鼠体内CD4+CD25+Treg细胞的影响

    彭磊磊; 葛圣林; 张成鑫


    目的 研究不同剂量雷帕霉素对小鼠体内Treg细胞的影响.方法 将SPF级昆明系小鼠60只随机分为对照组(A)和实验组(B、C、D),B、C、D三组分别灌胃雷帕霉素1、2、3 mg·kg-1,A组每天予以无菌水灌胃,共3周.3周后,无菌条件下心脏采血,EDTA抗凝,分离脾脏,制备单细胞悬液,采用流式细胞仪检测小鼠外周血和脾脏中CD4+CD25+调节性T细胞水平(CD4+CD25+Treg细胞占CD4+ T细胞的百分比).结果 实验组(B、C、D)小鼠外周血和脾细胞中CD4+CD25+Treg细胞水平分别为(9.62±1.43)%、(13.76±1.97)%、(15.41±2.45)%和(12.23±4.56)%、(23.03±6.18)%、(25.17±6.42)%,对照组(A)小鼠外周血和脾细胞中CD4+CD25+Treg细胞水平分别为(3.52±0.65)%和(6.53±3.01)%,无论是在外周血还是脾细胞中,B、C、D组CD4+CD25+Treg细胞水平明显高于A组(P0.05).结论 雷帕霉素能够诱导昆明系小鼠体内CD4+CD25+Treg细胞增殖,其使用剂量可以影响CD4+CD25+Treg细胞的增殖程度.%Aim To investigate how rapamycin (RAPA) at different doses levels induce Kunming-strain mouse CD4 + CD25 + Treg cells proliferations. Methods 60 Kunming-strain mice at the age of 8 weeks were divided into a control group (A) and three experimental groups (B, C,D). The mice in groups B,C and D were fed RAPA 1 ,2 and 3 mg · kg -1 intragastric administration. The mice in group A were given sterile water as the control group. After three weeks, under sterile conditions by collecting the peripheral blood and then seperating the splenocytes (EDTA anticoagulant) ,we were able to generate a single-cell suspension. The level of CD4 + CD25 + Treg cells in the mouse peripheral blood and splenocytes were detected by flow cytometer. (The ratio of CD4 + CD25 + Treg cells to CD4 + CD25 Treg cells). Results The CD4 + CD25 + Treg cells in the mouse peripheral blood and splenocytes of the experimental groups (B, C, D) were (9.62± 1.43)% ,(13.76 ± 1.97)% ,(15.41 ±2.45)% and (12.23 ±4

  1. [Effects of combined pollution of Cd, Cu and Pb on antioxidant enzyme activities of earthworm in soils].

    Wang, Hui; Xie, Xin-Yuan


    Recently, soil heavy metal contamination becomes more and more serious in certain areas in China. Adverse effect caused by heavy metals in contaminated soils has been a wide concern for many years. In this study, a bioassay experiment with the earthworm (Eisenia foetida) was conducted to investigate the effects of compound application of Cd, Cu and Pb in soil on surperoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione S-transferase (GST) and acid phosphatase (AP) activity in earthworms. Through a method of greenhouse soil experiment, this study utilized a uniform design method of three factors and six levels (Cd: 0-15 mg x kg(-1), Cu: 0-175 mg x kg(-1), Pb: 0-600 mg x kg(-1)) to research the physiological property and enrichment characteristics of earthworm in soils with Cd, Cu and Pb compound pollution. The activity of SOD, GST and AP were inhibited significantly under Cd, Cu and Pb compound pollution. And they were impacted by both time and heavy metal contents in the soil. Compared with the control sample, the activity of SOD increased by 7.4% -240.5% in the first eight days under the stress of heavy metals. But owing to the extremely severe stress, it was suppressed and descended by 19.4% -69.7%. Compared with the control sample, the activity of GST increased by 104.3% -217.3% in the first sixteen days under the stress of heavy metals. But owing to the extremely severe stress, it was suppressed and descended by 1.2% - 40.3%. The activity of AP changed over time in a trend of "increase, decrease, increase, decrease". Compared with the control sample, the activity of AP decreased by 9.2% -37.8% in the first eight days, then increased by 37.2% -117.2% in sixteenth days and decreased by 24.3% -34.0% to the last day. The analysis demonstrates that Pb and Cd-Cu-Pb is the dominant factor to the activity of SOD, while Cd and Cu were the dominant factors to the activity of GST and AP.

  2. Structural features of two novel alluaudite-like arsenates Cd1.16Zn2.34(AsO4)1.5(HAsO4)(H2AsO4)0.5 and Cd0.74Mg2.76(AsO4)1.5(HAsO4)(H2AsO4)0.5.

    Stojanović, Jovica; Dorđević, Tamara; Karanović, Ljiljana


    Two new compounds, Cd1.16Zn2.34(AsO4)1.5(HAsO4)(H2AsO4)0.5 (1) and Cd0.74Mg2.76(AsO4)1.5(HAsO4)(H2AsO4)0.5 (2), have been prepared hydrothermally. Their crystal structures consist of chains of edge-sharing M1O4(OH0.5)2, M1aO4(OH0.5)2, M2O5(OH0.5), and M2aO5(OH0.5) octahedra (M1, M1a = Zn, Cd; M2, M2a = Zn for 1, and M1, M1a = Mg, Cd; M2, M2a = Mg for 2) that are stacked parallel to (1 0 1) and are connected by the [(AsO4)0.5(AsO3(OH))0.5](2.5-) and [(AsO4)0.5(AsO2(OH)2)0.5](2-) tetrahedra. These chains produce two types of channels parallel to the c-axis. Cd atoms are located in channels 2, while in channels 1 are situated hydrogen atoms of OH groups. The infrared spectra clearly show the presence of broad O-H stretching and bending vibrations centred at 3236, 2392 1575 and 1396 cm(-1) in (1), and 3210, 2379 1602 and 1310 cm(-1) in (2). The O-H stretching frequency is in good agreement with O⋯O distances. Furthermore, structural characteristics of compounds with similar alluaudite-like structures were discussed.

  3. Field evidence of cadmium phytoavailability decreased effectively by rape straw and/or red mud with zinc sulphate in a Cd-contaminated calcareous soil.

    Bo Li

    Full Text Available To reduce Cd phytoavailability in calcareous soils, the effects of soil amendments of red mud, rape straw, and corn straw in combination with zinc fertilization on Cd extractability and phytoavailability to spinach, tomato, Chinese cabbage and radish were investigated in a calcareous soil with added Cd at 1.5 mg kg-1. The results showed that water soluble and exchangeable Cd in soils was significantly decreased by the amendments themselves from 26% to 70%, which resulted in marked decrease by approximately from 34% to 77% in Cd concentration in vegetables. The amendments plus Zn fertilization further decreased the Cd concentration in vegetables. Also cruciferous rape straw was more effective than gramineous corn straw. In all treatments, rape straw plus red mud combined with Zn fertilization was most effective in decreasing Cd phytoavailability in soils, and it is potential to be an efficient and cost-effective measure to ensure food safety for vegetable production in mildly Cd-contaminated calcareous soils.

  4. 中国圆田螺壳在镉污染中的指示作用%Indicating Cd Pollution by Snail Cipangopaludina Chinensis Shell

    端正花; 李莹莹; 陈静; 董伟; 梁晶晶; 岳俊杰; 汪磊


    采用室内水体直接暴露和微宇宙模拟暴露,研究了重金属镉(Cd2+)对中国圆田螺(Cipangopaludina Chinensis)的毒性效应及其在田螺软、硬组织中的蓄积规律。结果表明,中国圆田螺的5 d水体直接暴露半致死浓度(LC50)为6.15 mg·L-1;壳长增长率可以作为Cd2+慢性污染胁迫的有效生物标志,浓度为0.15 mg·kg-1Cd2+刺激田螺壳增长,而浓度为1.5 mg·kg-1Cd2+抑制田螺壳增长。中国圆田螺的壳与软组织均能够蓄积镉,并且随着暴露时间和暴露浓度的增大,重金属Cd2+的蓄积量也增大,相比之下田螺壳的蓄积更为稳定;天津中心城区主要景观水体中国圆田螺镉污染现状调查也得到了同样的结果。这表明,中国圆田螺的壳可以作为淡水环境镉污染的生物监测的有效补充。%Sensitive organisms can be used as an indicator of environmental pollution. An indoor experiment was conducted to study the tox-ic effects of heavy metal cadmium(Cd2+)on river snail Cipangopaludina Chinensis and its accumulation in soft and hard tissues of the snails using direct exposure and microcosm exposure. The 5 d half lethal concentration(LC50)of cadmium to river snail was 6.15 mg·L-1 under direct exposure. The growth rate of snail shell length could be considered as an effective biomarker of chronic Cd stress. Cadmium stimulated snail shell growth at 0.15 mg·kg-1, but inhibited it at 1.5 mg·kg-1. Cadmium could be accumulated in snail shell as well as in the soft tissue. The accumulation of Cd in soft and hard tissues increased with increased exposure time and concentrations. Moreover, Cd accu-mulation was more stable in the shell than in the soft tissue. The similar results were found in an insitu investigation of heavy metal pollution in the major landscape rivers in Tianjin. In conclusion, Cipangopaludina Chinensis shell could be an effective supplementary in biological monitoring of Cd pollution in

  5. Absorption dynamics of Cd and Zn by Echinodorus osiris%红蛋植物对重金属镉、锌的吸收动态研究

    李勤锋; 张超兰; 张鹏; 顾明华; 赵留燕; 刘佳丽; 李佩佩


    The absorption dynamics of Cd and Zn by Echinodorus Osiris plant was studied by a hydroponic experiment. The results showed that the concentrations of Cd in the roots and shoots of Echinodorus Osiris increased with incubation time, which were 364.95 and 502.97 mg·kg-1 in the shoots, 1 762.81 and 2 742.95 mg·kg-1 in the roots after 27 d incubation in a lower Cd concentration (5 mg·L-1) and a higher Cd concentration (15 mg-L1) treatments, respectively. However, the Cd uptake rate decreased with incubation time with the faster absorption model was observed within 1h of the incubation and the slower absorption model was found after 1h incubation. The Cd uptake curve fitted the quadratic polynomial model and cubic polynomial model when plants grew in the lower and the higher Cd concentrations, respectively. The concentrations of Zn in the roots and shoots of Echinodorus Osiris also increased with time. The Zn concentrations in the shoots of Echinodorus osiris were 2 211.38 and 3 190.47 mg·kg-1 after the plants grew 27 d in the lower (100 mg·L-1)and the higher (400 mg·L-1) Zn concentrations, respectively. The Zn concentrations in the roots of Echinodorus osiris reached 3 067.89 and 3 303.85 mg·kg-1 in the lower Zn concentration and the higher Zn concentration treatments, respectively. The Zn uptake model of Echinodorus osiris fitted quadratic polynomial model in both treatments of the lower and the higher Zn concentrations within a short time (0-4 h) period.%采用水培的方法研究了红蛋植物(Echinodorus osiris)对镉、锌的吸收动态.结果表明:无论是低镉(5 mg·L-1)还是高镉(15 mg·L-1)处理,长时间(27 d)培养时,红蛋地上部和地下部镉质量分数均持续增加,至收获时,低镉和高镉处理红蛋地上部镉质量分数分别为364.95和502.97 mg·kg-1;地下部镉质量分数分别达到1762.81和2742.95 mg·kg-1.短时间内,红蛋对镉的吸收速率随时间增加而降低,1.0 h内表现为快速吸收模式,而在1

  6. In ovo injection of anti-chicken CD25 monoclonal antibodies depletes CD4+CD25+ T cells in chickens.

    Shanmugasundaram, Revathi; Selvaraj, Ramesh K


    The CD4(+)CD25(+) cells have T regulatory cell properties in chickens. This study investigated the effect of in ovo injection of anti-chicken CD25 monoclonal antibodies (0.5 mg/egg) on CD4(+)CD25(+) cell depletion and on amounts of interleukin-2 mRNA and interferon-γ mRNA in CD4(+)CD25(-) cells posthatch. Anti-chicken CD25 or PBS (control) was injected into 16-d-old embryos. Chicks hatched from eggs injected with anti-chicken CD25 antibodies had a lower CD4(+)CD25(+) cell percentage in the blood until 25 d posthatch. The anti-chicken CD25 antibody injection nearly depleted CD4(+)CD25(+) cells in the blood until 16 d posthatch. At 30 d posthatch, the CD4(+)CD25(+) cell percentage in the anti-CD25-antibody-injected group was comparable with the percentage in the control group. At 16 d posthatch, the anti-chicken CD25 antibody injection decreased CD4(+)CD25(+) cell percentages in the thymus, spleen, and cecal tonsils. Chickens hatched from anti-CD25-antibody-injected eggs had approximately 25% of CD4(+)CD25(+) cells in the cecal tonsils and thymus compared with those in the cecal tonsils and thymus of the control group. The CD4(+)CD25(-) cells from the spleen and cecal tonsils of chicks hatched from anti-chicken-CD25-injected eggs had higher amounts of interferon-γ and interleukin-2 mRNA than CD4(+)CD25(-) cells from the control group. It could be concluded that injecting anti-chicken CD25 antibodies in ovo at 16 d of incubation nearly depleted the CD4(+)CD25(+) cells until 25 d posthatch.

  7. Nitrogen fertilizer enhances growth and nutrient uptake of Medicago sativa inoculated with Glomus tortuosum grown in Cd-contaminated acidic soil.

    Liu, Mohan; Sun, Jian; Li, Yang; Xiao, Yan


    This study aimed to explore whether nitrogen availability could influence mycorrhizal function and their associations with host plants in Cd-contaminated acidic soils or not. A greenhouse pot experiment was conducted to assess the effects of mycorrhizal inoculation (non-mycorrhizal inoculation (NM), Glomus aggregatum (Ga), G. tortuosum (Gt) and G. versiforme (Gv)) and inorganic N amendment on the growth, nutrient and Cd uptake of Medicago sativa grown in Cd-contaminated acidic soils (10 mg Cd kg(-1) soil). AMF inoculations significantly increased the shoot and total biomass and decreased the shoot Cd concentration in comparison to plants uninoculated. N addition increased markedly concentration and content of N and decreased those of P in plants at all inoculation treatments. Shoot K, Na and Mg concentration in plants inoculated with Ga and Gv were decreased by N addition, whereas shoot K, Na, Ca and Mg concentration in plants inoculated with Gt were not negatively affected. It was observed that N addition only increased mycorrhizal colonization, shoot biomass, shoot K, Ca and Mg content of plants inoculated with Gt. Irrespective of N addition, plants with Gt inoculation got the maximum shoot and root P concentration and content, as well as P/Cd concentration molar ratio among all inoculation treatment. Neither AMF nor N fertilizer contributed to the decrease of soil exchangeable Cd and increase of soil pH. These results suggested that N fertilizer only elevated plant performance of alfalfa with Gt inoculation grown in acidic soil, by diluting Cd concentration and alleviating of nutrient deficiency, especially P.

  8. Pb and Cd on growth, leaf ultrastructure and essential oil yield mint (Mentha arvensis L.

    Caroline Nery Jezler


    Full Text Available Contamination of medicinal plants with heavy metals as Pb and Cd can affect the growth and the essential oil production of the plants and represent a risk to those who consume as medicine. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of absorption and localization of Pb and Cd on growth, ultrastructural aspects of leaves and essential oil yield and composition of Mentha arvensis, applied on the soil with increasing concentrations (8, 16, 32, 64 and 128mg kg-1. There was a differential absorption of Pb and Cd by M. arvensis mainly concentrated in the roots. Pb was found in small amounts in the leaves while Cd largely exceeded the safety limit without symptoms of toxicity. The ultrastructural analysis revealed the metal accumulation on vesicles surrounding the mitochondria and the presence of electron dense deposits surrounding the mitochondria, nucleus and chloroplasts. Little changes caused by Pb and Cd application were not enough to affect the growth and essential oil yield and composition of M. arvensis

  9. Detection of Ni, Cd, and Cu in green leafy vegetables collected from different cultivation areas in and around Colombo District, Sri Lanka.

    Kananke, Thilini; Wansapala, Jagath; Gunaratne, Anil


    Five types of green leafy vegetables ["Kankun" (Ipomoea aquatica), "Mukunuwenna" (Alternanthera sessilis), "Thampala" (Amaranthus viridis), "Nivithi" (Basella alba), and "Kohila leaves" (Lasia spinosa)] were randomly collected from six different locations (Wellampitiya, Kolonnawa, Kottawa, Piliyandala, Bandaragama, and Kahathuduwa) in and around Colombo District, Sri Lanka, and subjected to analysis of three heavy metals [nickel (Ni), cadmium (Cd), and copper (Cu)] by atomic absorption spectrometry. Soils from green leafy vegetable cultivation lands and irrigated water were also tested. The average concentrations of heavy metals Ni, Cd, and Cu in soils were 51.5 ± 45.5, 1.4 ± 1.1, and 66.5 ± 59.5 mg kg(-1), respectively. The highest Ni contamination was detected in the irrigated water samples from Wellampitiya (2.02 mg L(-1)) followed by Kolonnawa (1.02 mg L(-1)) and Kahathuduwa (0.25 mg L(-1)) areas. This has exceeded the WHO/FAO guideline (0.2 mg L(-1)). However, Cd and Cu contents in all tested irrigated water samples were well below the detection limits. Significant differences were observed in Ni, Cd, and Cu levels, between both production sites and green leafy vegetables analyzed (P vegetable samples collected from six areas varied as 0.23 ± 0.15 for Cd, 12.60 ± 9.01 for Cu, and 7.62 ± 8.41 for Ni. Maximum Ni, Cd, and Cu contaminations were found in the green leafy vegetables collected from Kolonnawa area. Among the green leafy vegetables analyzed, "Kohila leaves" have the highest tendency to accumulate Ni, Cd, and Cu from the environment.

  10. 半叶马尾藻多糖对辐射损伤小鼠骨髓CD+34细胞和SCF mRNA表达的影响%Effect of Sargassum hemiphyllum polysaccharides on the mRNA expression of CD+34 cells and SCF in irradiated mice

    孟庆勇; 刘志辉; 郑辉


    腹腔注射10~40mg·kg-1·d-1半叶马尾藻多糖[Sargassum hemiphyllum (Turner)C.Agardh poly-saccharides,SHP],7d后,小鼠经5Grγ射线照射,观察SHP对辐射损伤小鼠骨髓CD+34细胞占骨髓有核细胞的百分率、CD34基因表达和SCF(stem cell factor,干细胞因子)mRNA基因表达的变化,探讨SHP抗辐射损伤保护小鼠造血功能的机理.用流式细胞术测定CD+34细胞含量,通过RT-PCR检测CD+34和SCF mRNA基因表达.结果显示SHP能显著提高辐射小鼠CD+34细胞的百分率,提高CD+34和SCFmRNA基因的表达.增加CD+34细胞数、促进CD+34和SCF mRNA基因表达可能是该海藻多糖抗辐射、保护小鼠造血功能的重要机理之一.

  11. Differences in the response of soil dehydrogenase activity to Cd contamination are determined by the different substrates used for its determination.

    Tan, Xiangping; Liu, Yanju; Yan, Kaihong; Wang, Ziquan; Lu, Guannan; He, Yike; He, Wenxiang


    Dehydrogenase activity (DHA) is an important indicator of heavy metal toxicity in contaminated soils. Different instances of DHA were determined using various substrates and which could affect the description of heavy metal toxicity. Currently, too few investigations have been done on selecting appropriate substrates. This study employed indoor simulation to determine soil DHA and its response to external cadmium (Cd) using two substrates (TTC and INT). Hormesis for DHA obtained using the TTC method (DHA-TTC) in low Cd concentration was observed which was quickly inhibited in high Cd concentration. While DHA obtained using the INT method (DHA-INT) decreased slowly when Cd concentration increased. The DHA-TTC and DHA-INT in soils at Cd concentration of 500 mg kg(-1) decreased 86% and 53%, respectively, compared to the control. The dose-response relationship of Cd to DHA can be well simulated using the logistic model (p soil Cd toxicity. Multiple stepwise regression analysis revealed that total organic matter (TOC) is the major factor influencing the toxicity of Cd to DHA-TTC, while TOC, pH and cation exchange capacity (CEC) are major factors influencing the toxicity of Cd to DHA-INT. The different responses of soil DHA-TTC and DHA-INT to Cd are due to the differences in electron transport chain characteristics between TTC and INT, as well as the influence of soil properties. Although both DHA-TTC and DHA-INT can monitor soil Cd contamination, DHA-INT is recommended as a superior bio-indicator to indicate and assess contamination of Cd in soil.

  12. Challenging synergistic activity of poplar-bacteria association for the Cd phytostabilization.

    C, Cocozza; D, Trupiano; G, Lustrato; G, Alfano; D, Vitullo; A, Falasca; T, Lomaglio; V, De Felice; G, Lima; G, Ranalli; S, Scippa; R, Tognetti


    The synergistic activity between plants and microorganisms may contribute to the implementation of proactive management strategies in the stabilization of contaminated sites, although heavy metals, such as cadmium (Cd), are potentially toxic to them. The aim of this study was to evaluate the degree of tolerance to Cd contamination (supplying twice 40 mg kg(-1) of Cd) in poplar cuttings [clone I-214, P. × euramericana (Dode) Guinier] inoculated or not with two concentrations of Serratia marcescens strain (1 × 10(7) CFU/g and 2 × 10(7) CFU/g of potting mix). The response of the plant-bacteria system to excess Cd was investigated with special reference to the structural traits of plants and the functional efficiency of bacteria. Bacterial colonization and substrate components were previously assessed in order to define the best solution for formulating the experimental plant growth media. The tested plant-bacteria association, especially when bacteria were provided in double concentration, stimulated specific tolerance mechanisms to Cd through the promotion of the poplar growth. Inoculated plants produced larger leaves and increased stem diameter, while roots grew longer and wider in Cd-treated plants. The effect of bacterial inoculum on plant growth traits and metal partitioning in plant organs was assessed in order to define the potential of this poplar clone to be a suitable candidate for phytostabilization of Cd-contaminated soil. The final effect of the inoculation with bacteria, which alleviated the metal load and Cd phytotoxicity due to their bioaccumulation ability, suggests promising phytostabilization potential of these plant-bacteria associations.

  13. Eco-geochemical Assessment of Agroecosystems: Cd in the Chengdu Economical Region, Sichuan, China

    Yang, Zhongfang; Hou, Qingye; Yu, Tao; Chen, Jiawei; Xia, Xueqi; Huang, Yong; Li, Kuo

    The cadmium (Cd) in the Chengdu Economic Region was studied as an example of eco-geochemical assessment on agroecosystems. Dry and wet atmospheric deposition samples, chemical fertilizers, irrigation water, and plants were collected. The concentrations of Cd and other elements in these samples were analyzed and the fluxes of input and output of the agroecosystem were calculated. The results indicated that the Cd was more concentrated in the surface soil than in the deep soil, and Cd concentration in some rice samples exceeded the upper limit of the pollution-free agricultural products. The input of Cd into the agroecosystem was 17.8 g·hm -2·y -1 on average, which accounted for 85.2% of the total input. Infiltration (2.34 g·hm -2·y -1) and harvest (1.87 g·hm -2·y -1) were the two most important Cd outputs. The average increase of Cd content in soil was 0.006 mg·kg -1·y -1, which was a result of sources outside of the agroecosystem. In the next 20 years, the area of the grade III soil will increase 2-3 times under the current input and output condition of Cd, which will lead to significant decrease of the arable land. The decrease of the pH in the study area was 0.106 y -1 because of fertilization and acid rain, of which 89.6% was from the contribution of chemical fertilizers. The present study indicates that, even though 95% of the rice production is safe, after 20 years, 70% of the safe soil will degrade, and the area of alarming soil will increase rapidly from 4% to 27% of the total cultivated area in the region.

  14. Detection of toxic effects of Cd2+ on different fish species via liver cytochrome P450-dependent monooxygenase activities and FTIR spectroscopy.

    Henczová, Mária; Deér, Aranka Kiss; Komlósi, Viktória; Mink, János


    The in vivo and in vitro effects of Cd2+ and the CYP1A inductor beta-naphthoflavone(beta-NF) on the hepatic cytochrome P450 (Cyt 450) monooxygenases were studied in silver carp (Hypophthalmichtys molitrix V.), wels (Silurus glanis L.), and carp (Cyprinus carpio). In vivo treatment of carp with a high dose of Cd2+ (10 mg kg(-1), for 3 days) caused a strong inhibition of 7-ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) and a lower inhibition of 7-ethoxycoumarin-O-deethylase (ECOD) activity. The low-dose cadmium treatment (2 mg kg(-1) Cd2+, for 6+3 days) resulted in 4-fold increase in EROD and a 3-fold increase in ECOD activity. The combined treatment with Cd2+ and beta-NF in both cases led to a loss of EROD inducibility. The silver carp and wels were treated with 10 mg L(-1) Cd2+ for 72 h in water. The Cyt P450 content in the wels liver microsomes was increased significantly after treatment for 48 h, whereas there was only a slight, not significant increase in Cyt P450 content in the silver carp microsomes. While the Cd2+ treatment resulted in inhibition of the CYP1A isoenzymes (EROD and ECOD), the APND (aminopyrene-N-demethylase, CYP2B or CYP3A isoenzyme) activity was increased 3- to 4-fold in both fish species. In vitro experiments of the effect of Cd2+ led to a concentration-dependent inhibition in all three investigated fish species. The ECOD isoenzyme of silver carp was the most sensitive to Cd2+. The lowest concentration of Cd2+ resulted in 50% inhibition. The APND isoenzyme was similarly sensitive to Cd2+ in all three investigated fish species. The most sensitive species was the wels, and the least sensitive were the carp isoenzyme. FTIR spectroscopy confirmed that cadmium caused damage to the protein structure. These results support the enzyme activity measurements measured in vivo and in vitro.

  15. Anergic cells induced by the blockade of CD40-CD154 and CD28-B7 costimulatory pathways act as potent immunoregulatory cells in vitro and vivo

    蔡勇; 周佩军; 唐孝达


    Background This study was to evaluate whether anergic cells induced by the blockade of CD40-CD154 and CD28-B7 costimulatory pathways can act as potent immunoregulatory cells in vitro and prolong cardiac allograft survival after adoptive transfer.Methods Anergic cells were induced in vitro by the addition of anti-CD154 and anti-CD80 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to primary MLR (mixed lymphocyte reaction) consisting of BALB/c as responder and C3H as stimulator. Anergic cells were added to a newly formed MLR in assessing the regulatory capacity and antigen specificity of anergic cells. The ability of anergic cells to respond to antigen and/or exogenous recombinant mouse interleukin-2 (rmIL-2) was tested. For in vivo studies, anergic cells were intravenously injected into 3.0-Gy γ-irradiated BALB/c mice immediately after heterotopic abdominal cardiac transplantation. To prolong allograft survival, recipient mice injected with anergic cells received rapamycin therapy (1 mg·day-1·kg-1).Results Anergic cells strongly suppressed the proliferation of naǐve BALB/c splenocytes against the original (C3H) stimulator in a dose-dependent manner, but they failed to suppress the proliferation of naǐve BALB/c splenocytes against the third-party (C57BL/6J) stimulator. The anergic state was reversed by both original (C3H) stimulator and additional exogenous IL-2. In in vivo studies, untreated irradiated BALB/c mice rejected C3H cardiac allografts with a mean survival time of (8.6±1.1) days, whereas those injected with the anergic cells rejected the allografts with a mean survival time of (11.8±1.9) days, which was slightly longer than that of the untreated mice. The protocol based on anergic cells injection plus rapamycin therapy could prolong allograft survival significantly [(29.6±4.4) days]. Conclusions Anergic cells induced by the blockade of CD40-CD154 and CD28-B7 costimulatory pathways can act as potent immunoregulatory cells in vitro, and prolong cardiac allograft

  16. 复合污染下Cu、Cr、Ni和Cd在水稻植株中的富集特征%Enrichment of Heavy Metals in Rice under Combined Pollution of Cu, Cr, Ni and Cd

    林华; 张学洪; 梁延鹏; 刘杰; 黄海涛


    掌握水稻对污染土壤中重金属的吸收和富集特征,为科学认识水稻中重金属的残留问题、健康风险提供理论依据。采用田间试验,研究了4个不同处理量Cu、Cr、Ni、Cd复合污染下水稻的富集特征及其随生育期的变化规律。结果表明,重金属在水稻植株各部位中吸收富集系数的大小依次为:Cd>Cu>Ni>Cr,根部重金属吸收富集系数是地上各部位的吸收富集系数的2~100倍。各重金属在水稻植株不同部位的积累分布明显不同,成熟期水稻植株中Cu在水稻不同部位的质量分数为根>茎≥叶>米粒>谷壳,Ni的分布规律为根>叶>茎>米粒>谷壳,Cr的分布规律为根>叶>谷壳≥茎>米粒,Cd的分布规律为根>茎>叶>米粒>谷壳;且随着重金属处理量的增加,水稻植株不同部位的重金属质量分数也呈上升趋势。成熟期米粒中Cu、Ni、Cr和Cd的质量分数范围分别为:4.50~6.19、1.86~4.63、0.72~0.76和0.08~0.39 mg·kg-1,与无公害食品标准(GB15199-94、GBT2762-2005)相比,米粒中Cu和Cr的质量分数均未超标,而Ni和Cd(Cd高剂量处理时)的质量分数均超标,存在食用安全风险。重金属在水稻植株不同部位的质量分数随生育期均呈现先升后降的趋势,灌浆中期达到最大,而到成熟期又明显降低。不同重金属在水稻植株中的富集能力和分布规律均呈现明显差异,不同生育期水稻植株中重金属的质量分数明显不同但其质量分数变化呈明显规律性。%Absorption and Accumulation Characteristics of heavy metals by rice in the heavy-metal polluted soils were analyzed to provide theoretical basis for recognizing heavy metals residue in rice, health risk. The enrichment characteristics and changes of Cu, Cr, Ni and Cd integrated effects in rice during their growing were studied through field experiment. The results showed that the enrichment sequence of four heavy metals

  17. Effects of warming on uptake and translocation of cadmium (Cd) and copper (Cu) in a contaminated soil-rice system under Free Air Temperature Increase (FATI).

    Ge, Li-Qiang; Cang, Long; Liu, Hui; Zhou, Dong-Mei


    Global warming has received growing attentions about its potential threats to human in recent, however little is known about its effects on transfer of heavy metals in agro-ecosystem, especially for Cd in rice. Pot experiments were conducted to evaluate Cd/Cu translocation in a contaminated soil-rice system under Free Air Temperature Increase (FATI). The results showed that warming gradually decreased soil porewater pH and increased water-soluble Cd/Cu concentration, reduced formation of iron plaque on root surface, and thus significantly increased total uptake of Cd/Cu by rice. Subsequently, warming significantly promoted Cd translocation from root to shoot, and increased Cd distribution percentage in shoot, while Cu was not significantly affected. Enhanced Cd uptake and translocation synergistically resulted in higher rice grain contamination with increasing concentration from 0.27 to 0.65 and 0.14-0.40 mg kg(-1) for Indica and Japonica rice, respectively. However increase of Cu in brown grain was only attributed to its uptake enhancement under warming. Our study provides a new understanding about the food production insecurity of heavy metal contaminated soil under the future global warming.

  18. Atmospheric Deposition-Carried Pb,Zn,and Cd from a Zinc Smelter and Their Effect on Soil Microorganisms

    YANG Yuan-Gen; JIN Zhi-Sheng; BI Xiang-Yang; LI Fei-Li; SUN Li; LIU Jie; FU Zhi-You


    Dust emissions from smelters,as a major contributor to heavy metal contamination in soils,could severely influence soil quality.Downwind surface soils within 1.5 km of a zinc smelter,which was active for 10 years but ceased in 2000,in Magu Town,Guizhou Province,China were selected to examine Pb,Zn,and Cd concentrations and their fractionation along a distance gradient from a zinc smelter,and to study the possible effects of Pb,Zn,and Cd accumulation on soil microorganisms by comparing with a reference soil located at a downwind distance of 10 km from the zinc smelter.Soils within 1.5 km of the zinc smelter accumulated high levels of heavy metals Zn (508 mg kg-1),Pb (95.6 mg kg-1),and Cd (5.98 mg kg-2) with low ratios of Zn/Cd (59.1-115) and Pb/Cd (12.4-23.4).Composite pollution indices (CPIs) of surface soils (2.52-15.2) were 3 to 13 times higher than the reference soils.In metal accumulated soils,exchangeable plus carbonate-bound fractions accounted for more than 10% of the total Zn,Pb,and Cd.The saturation degree of metals (SDM) in soils within 1.5 km of the smelter (averaging 1.25) was six times higher than that of the reference soils (0.209).A smaller soil microbial biomass was found more frequently in metal accumulated soils (85.1-438 μg C g-1) than in reference soils (497 μg C g-1),and a negative correlation (P < 0.01) of soil microbial biomass carbon to organic carbon ratio (Cmic/Corg) with SDM was observed.Microbial consumption of carbon sources was more rapid in contaminated soils than in reference soils,and a shift in the substrate utilization pattern was apparent and was negatively correlated with SDM (R =-0.773,P < 0.01).Consequently,dust deposited Pb,Zn,and Cd in soils from zinc smelting were readily mobilized,and were detrimental to soil quality mainly in respect of microbial biomass.

  19. Mobilization of human CD34+ CD133+ and CD34+ CD133(-) stem cells in vivo by consumption of an extract from Aphanizomenon flos-aquae--related to modulation of CXCR4 expression by an L-selectin ligand?

    Jensen, Gitte S; Hart, Aaron N; Zaske, Lue A M; Drapeau, Christian; Gupta, Niraj; Schaeffer, David J; Cruickshank, J Alex


    The goal of this study was to evaluate effects on human stem cells in vitro and in vivo of an extract from the edible cyanobacterium Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) enriched for a novel ligand for human CD62L (L-selectin). Ligands for CD62L provide a mechanism for stem cell mobilization in conjunction with down-regulation of the CXCR4 chemokine receptor for stromal derived factor 1. Affinity immunoprecipitation was used to identify a novel ligand for CD62L from a water extract from AFA. The effects of AFA water extract on CD62L binding and CXCR4 expression was tested in vitro using human bone marrow CD34+ cells and the two progenitor cell lines, KG1a and K562. A double-blind randomized crossover study involving 12 healthy subjects evaluated the effects of consumption on stem cell mobilization in vivo. An AFA extract rich in the CD62L ligand reduced the fucoidan-mediated externalization of the CXCR4 chemokine receptor on bone marrow CD34+ cells by 30% and the CD62L+ CD34+ cell line KG1A by 50% but did not alter the CXCR4 expression levels on the CD34(-) cell line K562. A transient, 18% increase in numbers of circulating CD34+ stem cells maximized 1 hour after consumption (P<.0003). When 3 noncompliant volunteers were removed from analysis, the increase in CD34+ cells was 25% (P<.0001). AFA water extract contains a novel ligand for CD62L. It modulates CXCR4 expression on CD34+ bone marrow cells in vitro and triggers the mobilization of CD34+ CD133+ and CD34+ CD133(-) cells in vivo.

  20. Effects of biochars derived from chicken manure and rape straw on speciation and phytoavailability of Cd to maize in artificially contaminated loess soil.

    Zhao, Baowei; Xu, Renzhi; Ma, Fengfeng; Li, Yewei; Wang, Lu


    While biochar can reduce the bioavailability of heavy metals in acidic soils and reduce their risk of entering the food chain, conditions for alkaline soils such as loess soils with high pH values, high carbonate content and low organic matter content remain unclear. Pot experiments were conducted to assess the effects of four rates (1%, 5%, 10%, and 15% w/w) of biochars prepared at 600 °C from chicken manure and rape straw (CBC and RBC) on soil properties, Cd speciation and phytoavailability, and plant growth in Cd contaminated (20 mg kg(-1)) light sierozem using maize (Zea mays L.) as an indicator plant. Biochar additions significantly (P soil pH values, cation exchange capacity (CEC) and soil organic matter (OM). The results showed that Cd speciation turned somewhat into stable state as biochar application increased. When CBC and RBC was applied at the rate of 15%, the content of acid-extractable Cd decreased only by 16.3% and 11.64%, respectively. The uptake of Cd by maize shoots scarcely decreased with CBC and RBC amendment at the rate of 1% and 5%, respectively. Although it seemed that additions of more than 5% CBC or RBC significantly (P soil pH. These results could provide different implications for immobilization remediation of loess soils (e.g., light sierozem) contaminated with Cd. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Distribution of P, K, Ca, Mg, Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Pb and Zn in wood and bark age classes of willows and poplars used for phytoextraction on soils contaminated by risk elements.

    Zárubová, Pavla; Hejcman, Michal; Vondráčková, Stanislava; Mrnka, Libor; Száková, Jiřina; Tlustoš, Pavel


    Fast-growing clones of Salix and Populus have been studied for remediation of soils contaminated by risk elements (RE) using short-rotation coppice plantations. Our aim was to assess biomass yield and distributions of elements in wood and bark of highly productive willow (S1--[Salix schwerinii × Salix viminalis] × S. viminalis, S2--Salix × smithiana clone S-218) and poplar (P1--Populus maximowiczii × Populus nigra, P2--P. nigra) clones with respect to aging. The field experiment was established in April 2008 on moderately Cd-, Pb- and Zn- contaminated soil. Shoots were harvested after four seasons (February 2012) and separated into annual classes of wood and bark. All tested clones grew on contaminated soils, with highest biomass production and lowest mortality exhibited by P1 and S2. Concentrations of elements, with exception of Ca and Pb, decreased with age and were higher in bark than in wood. The Salix clones were characterised by higher removal of Cd, Mn and Zn compared to the Populus clones. Despite generally higher RE content in young shoots, partly due to lower wood/bark ratios and higher RE concentrations in bark, the overall removal of RE was higher in older wood classes due to higher biomass yield. Thus, longer rotations seem to be more effective when phytoextraction strategy is considered. Of the four selected clones, S1 exhibited the best removal of Cd and Zn and is a good candidate for phytoextraction.

  2. 新型环糊精衍生物HPn-SBEm-β-CD动物血管给药的生物效应评价%Biological effect of noveal cyclodextrin derivative HPn-SBEm-β-CD intravenous administration on animals

    王晖; 陈乘; 周成梁; 余书勤


    Objective: To investigate the effects of hydroxypropyl -sulfobutyl ether -β -cyclodextrins( HPn -SBEm -β -CD) on hemolysis and morphological changes of red blood cells ( RBC) and on nervous system, respiratory system and cardiovascular system in animals. Methods: RBC were treated by 11 different degrees of substitution of HPn -SBEm -β -CD and hemolysis was detected by UV. Scanning electron microscopy( SEM) was used to observe the effect of HP3 -SBE2 -β -CD on morphological changes of RBC. Experimental mouse were given 80, 160, and 320 mg · kg-1 HP4 -SBE3 -β -CD by intravenous. Different physical parameters such as common behavior,times of free activities were observed. Beagle dogs were given 40 , 80, and 160 mg · kg -1 HP4 -SBE3 -β -CD by intravenous after anaethesia and the respiratory frequency, and extent as well as ECG, blood pressure heart rate and were detected. Results: The hemolytic activity of HPn -SBEm -β -CD was all less than β -CD. The hemolytic activity of most compounds were less than the HP -β -CD, some of the them such as HP2 -SBE3 -β -CD、HP1 -SBE4 -β -CD and HP3 -SBE6 -β -CD were also less than the SBE7 -β -CD. 10 mmol · L-1 HP3 -SBE2 -β -CD had no effect on morphological changes of RBC, but 2. 5 mmol · L-1 M -β -CD had effect on it obviously. HP4 -SBE3 -β -CD of 80,160, and 320 mg · kg-1 had no effect on behavior and times of free activities. HP4 -SBE3 -β -CD had no obvious effect on the respiratory frequency and extent, ECG, heart rate and blood pressure. Conclusion: HPn -SBEm -β - CD with low hemolysis has no effect on the nervous system of mouse, and also has no effect on respiratory system and cardiovascular system of anesthetical dogs.%目的:研究羟丙基-磺丁基-β-环糊精(HPn-SBEm-β-CD)对动物红细胞的溶血和 形态改变及对动物神经、呼吸及心血管系统的影响.方法:采用紫外分光光度法检测11种HPn-SBEm-β-CD对红细胞的溶血作用;扫描电镜观察HP3-SBE2-β-CD红细

  3. Interspecific Differences between Cinnamomum camphora and C. longepaniculatum in Cd Absorption and Tolerance under Two Levels of Cd Pollution%镉污染条件下香樟和油樟对镉的吸收能力和耐性差异

    陈良华; 徐睿; 杨万勤; 张健; 胡相伟; 张明锦; 高顺


    利用速生乡土木本植物修复 Cd 污染土壤日益受到重视。利用香樟( Cinnamomum camphora )和油樟( C. longepaniculatum)作为实验材料,研究镉(Cd)污染(对照(CK)0.12 mg·kg-1;处理1(T1)2.5 mg·kg-1;处理2(T2)5 mg·kg-1)对2种树种形态生长、Cd积累与分配和生理生化特征的效应,旨在比较2种树种的重金属耐受性及修复能力差异。T1和T2均没有显著影响香樟的生物量积累,但T2条件下油樟叶片和根部的生物量显著下降,仅为CK的86%和65%;T1和T2均显著增加了2种树种细根及叶片的Cd含量,油樟在T1时总积累量达最大(与香樟相当,均为0.37 mg),T2条件下油樟的生物量和耐性指数显著降低,仅为CK的85%和76%,香樟的Cd总积累量(0.48 mg)高于油樟(0.36 mg),因此认为T2条件下香樟具有更强的修复能力;油樟叶片在T1和T2时均受到氧化胁迫,但香樟叶片却并没有受到活性氧分子的显著伤害;香樟在2个污染处理时超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)(T1和T2分别为CK的1.3和1.2倍)和过氧化物酶(POD)(T1和T2分别为CK的6.3和4.0倍)的活性均显著上升,但油樟的这些抗氧化酶活性却没有显著变化。这些结果说明,香樟幼苗比油樟幼苗具有更强的Cd耐受能力和脱毒能力;从土壤修复角度讲,低水平污染土壤条件下2种树种的修复能力差异不大,但香樟更适合修复污染程度更高的土壤。%More and more attention is being paid to the methods of using fast-growing woody plants for cleaning soil polluted by heavy metals. In our study, Cinnamomum camphora and C. longepaniculatum as model species were used to detect three levels of cadmium (Cd) (CK, 0.12 mg·kg-1 soil;T1, 2.5 mg·kg-1 soil;T2, 5 mg·kg-1 soil) on morphological growth, metal accumulation and distribution, and physiological and biochemical traits. Our aim was to compare the differences in metal

  4. Determination of the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg reaction rate from Coulomb dissociation of 37Mg

    Shubhchintak; Chatterjee, R.; Shyam, R.


    We use the Coulomb dissociation (CD) method to calculate the rate of the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg radiative capture reaction. The CD cross sections of the 37Mg nucleus on a 208Pb target at the beam energy of 244 MeV/nucleon, for which new experimental data have recently become available, were calculated within the framework of a finite-range distorted-wave Born approximation theory that is extended to include the projectile deformation effects. Invoking the principle of detailed balance, these cross sections are used to determine the excitation function and subsequently the rate of the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg reaction. We compare these rates to those of the 36Mg(α ,n )39Si reaction calculated within a Hauser-Feshbach model. We find that for T9 as large as up to 1.0 (in units of 109 K) the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg reaction is much faster than the 36Mg(α ,n )39Si one. The inclusion of the effects of 37Mg projectile deformation in the breakup calculations enhances the (n ,γ ) reaction rate even further. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that the (n ,γ )β -decay r -process flow will be broken at the 36Mg isotope by the α process.

  5. Influence of mycorrhizal fungi on phytoremediating potential and yield of sunflower in Cd and Pb polluted soils

    Adewole M.B.


    Full Text Available The influence of mycorrhizal fungi in uptake of heavy metals, pollution response index and yield of sunflower in degraded soils were investigated. It was a greenhouse experiment with 2 arbuscular mycorrhizae (Glomus mosseae, Glomus intraradices and a non-inoculation that served as control. The treatments were replicated 3 times in a completely randomized design. Each of the treatment consisted of 30 pots and each pot was filled with 5 kg by weight of dried top soil. Solutions of lead acetate and cadmium sulphate at variable levels of: 0, 250, 500, 750, 1000 mg kg-1 and 0, 20, 40, 60, 80 mg kg-1 respectively were used to pollute the soils. Increase in pollution-stressed conditions significantly (P<0.05 reduced the infection of sunflower roots, and the uptake of Pb and Cd in the dry root of sunflower was also significantly (P<0.05 reduced. Also, arbuscular mycorrhizae enhanced the root infection of sunflower, increased the pollution tolerance and consequently increased the yield of sunflower.

  6. Primary Experimental Study on the Response Characteristics ofPogonatum inflexum on Cd-contaminated Soil of Dongting Lake Area%洞庭湖区东亚金发藓(Pogonatum inflexum)对土壤镉污染反应特征初探

    董萌; 周小梅; 李必才; 库文珍


    Giving a scientific and reasonable methods of monitoring and evaluation of soil cadmium pollution and its remediation effect, is a vital topic in the field of phytoremediation. Present studies were conducted to explore a new bio-monitoring method which was applied to Cd pollution evaluation, based on the sensitive reaction characteristics ofPogonatum inflexum under Cd stress. Soils were used as culture substrate with low background values of Cd, and gradient concentrations of Cd were set and here are the results as follows: (1) Appearance of the sporophyte and gametophyte ofPogonatum inflexum showed significant changes within a short time while the Cd concentrations in soil greater than 2~3 mg·kg-1, and the leaflets of the tested plants fell victim deeper until turn to etiolation or browning along with the Cd pollution level increased, and the plants were withered dead under 5 mg·kg-1 of Cd treatment. (2) The chlorophyll content of the plants affected by Cd pollution obviously and responsively, especially as the concentration of Cd was greater than 3 mg·kg-1, reduced more than three-quarters ultimately and exerted rapid response to the processing time of treatment. (3) The soluble protein and MDA content of the plants for test showed the same characteristics under Cd stress, and the change rate obviously speeds up at ending. (4) The above-mentioned three kinds of physiological parameters(that is chlorophyll, soluble protein and MDA)could be suitable for indicating bioavailability and reflecting safety standards of Cd in soil. (5) ThePogonatum inflexum could be used as an ideal plant materials because of the quicklook symptoms under the poisonous effect of Cd, due to the strong ability of induction of rhizoids in Cd contaminated soil.%如何利用较为科学、合理的技术方法,对土壤中的镉污染及其修复效果进行监测与评价,是植物修复土壤镉污染实际操作中存在的重要问题。该研

  7. Cadmium uptake and translocation in tumbleweed (Salsola kali), a potential Cd-hyperaccumulator desert plant species: ICP/OES and XAS studies.

    de la Rosa, Guadalupe; Peralta-Videa, Jose R; Montes, Milka; Parsons, Jason G; Cano-Aguilera, Irene; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L


    Cadmium is a heavy metal, which, even at low concentrations, can be highly toxic to the growth and development of both plants and animals. Plant species vary extensively in their tolerance to excess cadmium in a growth medium and very few cadmium-tolerant species have been identified. In this study, tumbleweed plants (Salsola kali) grown in an agar-based medium with 20 mgl(-1) of Cd(II) did not show phytotoxicity, and their roots had the most biomass (4.5 mg) (P < 0.05) compared to the control plants (2.7 mg) as well as other treated plants. These plants accumulated 2696, 2075, and 2016 mg Cd kg(-1) of dry roots, stems, and leaves, respectively. The results suggest that there is no restricted cadmium movement in tumbleweed plants. In addition, the amount of Cd found in the dry leaf tissue suggests that tumbleweed could be considered as potential cadmium hyperaccumulating species. X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies demonstrated that in roots, cadmium was bound to oxygen while in stems and leaves, the metal was attached to oxygen and sulfur groups. This might imply that some small organic acids are responsible for Cd transport from roots to stems and leaves. In addition, it might be possible that the plant synthesizes phytochelatins in the stems, later coordinating the absorbed cadmium for transport and storage in cell structures. Thus, it is possible that in the leaves, Cd either exists as a Cd-phytochelatin complex or bound to cell wall structures. Current studies are being performed in order to elucidate the proposed hypothesis.

  8. Response of Ramie Growth to Cd Stress and Its Uptake of Heavey Metals%苎麻对镉胁迫的响应及其对其它重金属吸收能力的研究

    曹晓玲; 黄道友; 朱奇宏; 刘守龙; 朱光旭


    通过田间微区模拟试验,以中苎1号、湘苎2号和湘苎3号为材料,研究苎麻对镉(Cd)胁迫的响应及其吸收铅(Pb)、铜(Cu)、锌(Zn)和镍(Ni)的能力.结果表明:供试3个品种均有较强的Cd耐受能力(耐受Cd的阈值为11.7mg·kg-1),其中湘苎3号耐受Cd的能力最强,在Cd添加量为0~100mg·kg-1时,其有效株为15.7~29.0株/m2、生物量为0.67~1.01kg·m -2、原麻产量为55.4~76.8g·m-2,显著高于其它2个品种;随着土壤Cd添加量的增大,3个品种地上部的Cd含量及其累积量均显著增加,最高可达61.5 mg·kg -1与49.6 mg·m-2,表明苎麻对Cd具有较强的富集能力,但并未达到Cd的超富集植物的水平;Cd胁迫条件下,3个品种对Pb、Cu、Zn、Ni等重金属的吸收因元素种类的不同而异,中苎1号对Pb、Ni吸收呈现出随土壤Cd添加量增大而增加的趋势,湘苎3号对Zn、Ni吸收则呈现出随土壤Cd添加量增大而减少的趋势,但土壤Cd添加量对3个品种吸收Cu的影响并不明显.同时,苎麻还具有较好的经济效益且不进入食物链,是一种理想的修复与利用重金属污染土壤的备选植物,但镉胁迫对苎麻吸收Pb、Cu、Zn、Ni等重金属的影响机制尚需进一步研究.%In order to investigate the tolerance of ramie (3 cultivars including Zhongzhu No. 1, Xiangzhu No. 2 and Xiangzhu No. 3 ) to Cd and its uptake of Pb, Cu, Zn and Ni, a field micro - plot experiment was conducted. The results indicated that the three tested ramie cultivars had a certain extent of tolerance to soil Cd (threshold value of soil Cd concentration is 11. 7mg·kg-1) . The effective tillers, biomass and raw fibre yield of Xiangzhu No. 3 were 15. 7 ~ 29. 0 no. m-2, 0. 67 ~ 1. 01 kg·m"2 and55.4 ~ 76. 8 g·m-2 , respectively, which were significantly larger than the other two cultivars under soil Cd addition at 0 to 100 mg·kg-1. This indicated that Xiangzhu No. 3 had a higher tolerance to soil Cd contamination. With

  9. CD163

    Moestrup, Søren K; Møller, Holger J


    CD163 is a hemoglobin scavenger receptor exclusively expressed in the monocyte-macrophage system. A particularly high expression is seen in macrophages of the 'alternative activation' phenotype playing a major role in dampening the inflammatory response and in scavenging components of damaged cells....... CD163-mediated endocytosis of haptoglobin-hemoglobin complexes formed upon red blood cell hemolysis leads to lysosomal degradation of the ligand protein and metabolism of heme by cytosolic heme oxygenase. In accordance with a stimulated expression of haptoglobin, CD163 and heme oxygenase-1 during...... the acute phase response, there is evidence that this metabolic pathway regulates inflammation by at least two ways. First, CD163 is reported to directly induce intracellular signaling leading to secretion of anti-inflammatory cytokines. Second and perhaps even more important, the CD163-mediated delivery...

  10. 镁对镍、钴、锌、镉离子致蟾蜍胚胎毒性的影响%Mg2+effects on the Embryotoxicity and Teratogenicity of Ni2+,Co2+,Zn2+,and Cd2+ for Frog Embryos in the FETAX Assay

    罗圣庆; MarilynC.Plowman; 等


    [目的] 用FETAX设计,研究Mg2+对Ni2+、Co2+、Zn2+和Cd2+致Xenopus胚胎的胚胎毒性与致畸作用的影响.[方法] 在7次检测中,分别于含Mg2+5个等级浓度(0、6.2、62、620、6 200 μmol/L)的FETAX培养液中,设空白对照与加入NiCl2(56 μmol/L)、CoCl2(1 800 μmol/L)、ZnCl2(300 μmol/L)和CdCl2(18 μmol/L)的25个组,每个组内的受精卵均经5~101 h孵育.在该检测中限定Mg2+(620 μmol/L)为标准浓度.在该浓度时Ni2+、Co2+、Zn2+和Cd2+组胚胎死亡率<10%,畸形率>95%.[结果] 对照组于标准浓度时平均畸形率为(5.4±1.3)%,低于该等级的62 μmol/L为(32±7)%,≤6.2 μmol/L为100%.表明Mg2+不足与补加可极显著地增强与降低胚胎畸形率及其严重程度与胚胎毒性(P<0.000 1,ANOVA分析).[结论]对此,推测这可能与涉及在两价金属离子转运之间的金属吸收、细胞通道或对关键性分子靶(即DNA聚合酶)结合的竞争有关.

  11. Effects of Cd-spiking Treatment on Cd Accumulation, Subcellular Distribution and Content of Nonprotein Thiols in Rice%外加镉对水稻镉吸收、亚细胞分布及非蛋白巯基含量的影响

    史静; 潘根兴


    研究不同水稻(Oryza sativa)品种外加Cd处理下镉吸收特征、PCs(主要是非蛋白巯基)的解毒机制及从微观水平探寻亚细胞镉的分布状况,对了解不同水稻基因型的耐Cd机理有重要意义。通过盆栽实验研究了不同外加Cd处理对水稻体内Cd的吸收累积、亚细胞分布及非蛋白巯基含量的影响。结果表明,外加Cd胁迫显著诱导根合成NPT-SH,外加Cd及品种差异对水稻体内Cd的吸收具有不同程度的影响,两品种相比,不加Cd处理下,品种J196地上部Cd含量/根系Cd含量的比值高于中浙优1号;当外加Cd浓度达到5 mg·kg-1时,品种A根系向地上部转移的Cd远高于品种C,分为25.7%和7.4%;但在外加Cd处理达到25 mg·kg-1时,两品种间无显著差异。根中NPT-SH的诱导量与水稻根系内Cd的含量变化一致。外加Cd处理下,品种J196根系内NPT-SH含量均高于中浙优1号,从细胞水平上表明中浙优1号可能具有从根系向茎叶的高镉转运能力。同时以差速离心法探究Cd在两杂交水稻品种不同器官的亚细胞分布为根系细胞的Cd大部分存在于细胞壁中,占52.6%~83.2%,少部分存在于细胞可溶部分(细胞质),其镉含量分布的百分率为3.0%~10.1%,且根系细胞壁中J196的分布率高于中浙优1号;表明J196的根系细胞壁的具有较强的固Cd能力;和对照相比,外加Cd促使中浙优1号根系细胞内可溶物向地上部移动,且高Cd处理下,Cd在中浙优1号细胞内溶物的分配率大于J196,从而在亚细胞水平上推测了品种中浙优1号为高转运品种的可能机制。%In China, Cd concentration in croplands and subsequent accumulation in crops has been increased as a result of soil polltuion due to human activities such as mining, emission from industry and application of sewage sludges, which is posing potential public health risk for human through dietary intake. Among the major

  12. Effects of Straw Biomass Charcoal on Enzyme Activity in Cd Contaminated Soil

    SHANG Yi-jie


    Full Text Available Selected straw biomass charcoal as raw material for the simulation, this study mainly explore the effect of different amount of biomass charcoal applied on different categories of Cd contaminated soil enzyme activity. The results showed that when the soil Cd content was 5 mg·kg-1 and soil carbon cycle enzymes was with different amount of biomass carbon, the FDA hydrolase and protease were more sensi-tive to Cd contaminated soil; and under soil oxidoreductase in the Cd polluted soil condition with different amount of biomass carbon into soil, urease enzyme and phosphatase enzyme were more sensitivitive. Phosphatase was more significant which changed 79.40% compared soil without Cd. At the same time, calculated the geometric mean of carbon cycle enzymes, oxidoreductase enzymes and the two types of the over-all enzyme were as a measure of its synthesis enzymes activity. Among them, the comprehensive index of the soil carbon cycle enzymes activi-ty lay between 0.071~0.235, and when biomass carbon intake was 2.5%, the value was 0.174, which was higher 7.4%and 19.5%respectively than the enzyme without biomass and biomass carbon dosage was 5%; the comprehensive index of the oxidoreductase enzyme lay between 0.093~0.202, and when biomass carbon intake was 2.5%, the value was 0.131, which was higher 18.50% and 28.90% respectively than the enzyme without biomass and biomass carbon dosage was 5%; the comprehensive index of the soil composite enzyme index lay between 0.077~0.167, and when biomass carbon intake was 2.5%, the value was 0.108, which was higher 16.26% and 28.57% respectively than the enzyme without biomass and biomass carbon dosage was 5%.

  13. Effects of in vivo injection of anti-chicken CD25 monoclonal antibody on regulatory T cell depletion and CD4+CD25- T cell properties in chickens.

    Shanmugasundaram, Revathi; Selvaraj, Ramesh K


    Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are defined as CD4(+)CD25(+) cells in chickens. This study examined the effects of an anti-chicken CD25 monoclonal antibody injection (0.5 mg/bird) on in vivo depletion of Tregs and the properties of CD4(+)CD25(-) cells in Treg-depleted birds. The CD4(+)CD25(+) cell percentage in the blood was lower at 8 d post injection than at 0 d. Anti-CD25-mediated CD4(+)CD25(+) cell depletion in blood was maximum at 12 d post injection. The anti-CD25 antibody injection depleted CD4(+)CD25(+) cells in the spleen and cecal tonsils, but not in the thymus, at 12 d post antibody injection. CD4(+)CD25(-) cells from the spleen and cecal tonsils of birds injected with the anti-chicken CD25 antibody had higher proliferation and higher IL-2 and IFNγ mRNA amounts than the controls at 12 d post injection. At 20 d post injection, CD4(+)CD25(+) cell percentages in the blood, spleen and thymus were comparable to that of the 0 d post injection. It could be concluded that anti-chicken CD25 injection temporarily depleted Treg population and increased and IL-2 and IFNγ mRNA amounts in CD4(+)CD25(-) cells at 12d post injection.

  14. A Depleting Anti-CD45 Monoclonal Antibody as Isolated Conditioning for Bone Marrow Transplantation in the Rat.

    Mark D Jäger

    Full Text Available A monoclonal antibody (mAb against the leukocyte common antigen CD45 (RT7 in rats could facilitate bone marrow transplantation (BMT. This study in rats evaluates a depletive rat anti-RT7a mAb as isolated tool for BMT conditioning without using irradiation or any chemotherapeutic / immunosuppressive agent.The model used a CD45 di-allelic polymorphism (RT7a/RT7b. The anti-RT7a mAb was intravenously administered to LEW.1W rats (RT1uRT7a at 5, 10 and 15 mg/kg. 1x108 BM cells of MHC syngeneic (RT1u, MHC disparate (RT1l or MHC haploidentical (RT1u/l donors were transplanted. All BM donor strains carried the RT7b allele so that their CD45+ cells were not affected by the anti-RT7a mAb. Recipients were monitored for reconstitution and donor-chimerism in blood leukocytes.mAb dosages of 5 or 10 mg/kg were myelosuppressive, whereas 15 mg/kg was myeloablative. Multi-lineage donor-chimerism at day 100 indicated engraftment of MHC syngeneic BM after any used mAb dosage (5 mg/kg: 46+/-7%; 10 mg/kg: 62+/-5%; 15 mg/kg: 80+/-4%. MHC disparate BM resulted in autologous reconstitution after conditioning by 10 mg/kg of the mAb and caused transient chimerism ending up in death associated with aplasia after conditioning by 15 mg/kg of the mAb. MHC haploidentical BM (F1 to parental engrafted only after conditioning by 15 mg/kg (chimerism at day 100: 78+/-7%. Abandonment of α/β TCR+ cell depletion from BM grafts impaired the engraftment process after conditioning using 15 mg/kg of the mAb in the MHC syngeneic setting (2 of 6 recipients failed to engraft and the MHC haploidentical setting (3 of 6 recipients failed.This depletive anti-RT7a mAb is myelosuppressive and conditions for engraftment of MHC syngeneic BM. The mAb also facilitates engraftment of MHC haploidentical BM, if a myeloablative dose is used. RT7b expressing, BM-seeded α/β TCR+ cells seem to impair the engraftment process after myeloablative mAb conditioning.

  15. Evaluation of sediment contamination by trace elements and the zooplankton community analysis in area affected by gold exploration in Southeast (SE of the Iron Quadrangle, Alto Rio Doce, (MG Brazil

    Cláudia de Lima e Silva


    Full Text Available AIM: The aim was to verify the geochemical composition of sediments samples (riverbed and bank and the relationship of the following elements: Al, As, Cd. Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni and Zn with the zooplankton community. METHODS: Bank and riverbed sediments were collected in four sampling points along the studied area, in June/2010 (dry season and March/2011 (rainy season. Three types of analysis were performed: granulometric, mineralogical (by X-Ray diffractometer and geochemical (by ICPOES, where for the last two types, only a fraction of silt/clay (<0.062 mm was used, and the results were compared with the following reference values: Local Reference Value (Costa et al., 2010, Quality Reference Values (São Paulo, 2005, PEC and TEC values (MacDonald et al., 2000. For identification of the zooplankton community, riverbed and bank samples were collected in polyethylene bottles, suspended with deionized water (bank sample only, stained with Rose Bengal and preserved in formalin at 4%. RESULTS: As concentrations at Col sampled point were 18 times greater than the Local Reference Value (3.84 Cd concentrations were greater than the values established by the QRV (<0.5 and PEC (4.98 in almost all the sampled points, regarding seasonality. The following zooplanktonic species were identified: Arcella costata (Ehrenberg, 1847, Arcella discoides (Ehrenberg, 1843, Arcella vulgaris (Ehrenberg, 1830, Centropyxis aculeata (Ehrenberg, 1838, Centropyxis ecornis (Ehrenberg, 1841, Difflugia sp., Difflugia acuminata (Ehrenberg, 1838, Euglypha laevis (Perty, 1849, Trynema enchelys (Ehrenberg, 1938, Asplanchna priodonta (Gosse, 1850, and Bedelloida, with, approximately 81% belonging to the Protozoa group. CONCLUSIONS: The studied area, with the exception of the Tripuí point, was found to be impacted by historical gold exploration in the region, as well as by the growing urbanization. Within the elements considered to be the most toxic to the biota

  16. The Ecological Inhibition Effect of Soil Enzyme Activity and Ecological Restoration Baseline Under Cd and Pb Single and Combined Pollution%Cd、Pb单一及复合污染下土壤酶生态抑制效应及生态修复基准研究

    黄云凤; 高扬; 毛亮; 周培; 黄志勇


    Soil enzyme activity can effectively reflect the pollution degree of heavy metal on soil. In order to select appropriate soil enzymes as a biomarker for Cd and Pb pollution and provide scientific basis for the establishment of ecological restoration baseline on Cd and Pb pollution, the present study is to research on the change of dehydrogenase, phosphatase, urease, catalase, amylase and sucrase activities under Cd or Pb single and combined pollution. The results indicated that the sensitivity of soil enzyme activities to Cd and Pb pollution were different, and soil enzyme activity exhibited additive effect or antagonistic effect with increasing heavy metal concentration. The effects of single Cd or Pb pollution and combined pollution on the inhibition of urease activity were significant, and urease activity under Cd and Pb combined pollution exhibited additive effect. Therefore, urease can be used to the biomarker for Cd and Pb contaminated soil. Ecological dose model was used to assessing the heavy metal toxicity for Cd and Pb. The results showed that the toxic threshold of 50% ecological dose on inhibition of urease activity under Cd and Pb pollution were 2 273 and 2 703, respectively, and the baseline value of ecological restoration of Cd contaminated soil was 1.33 mg·kg-1 and the baseline value of ecological restoration of Pb contaminated soil was 106 mg·kg-1.%由于土壤酶活性可有效地反映土壤重金属的污染程度,因此,本文通过研究Cd、Pb单一及复合污染对土壤酶(脱氢酶、磷酸酶、脲酶、过氧化氢酶、淀粉酶和蔗糖酶)活性的影响,以期选取合适的土壤酶指标作为Cd、Pb污染的生物标记物,为建立Cd、Pb污染生态修复的基准提供科学依据.研究结果表明,不同的土壤酶活性对Cd、Pb的敏感性各不相同,并且酶活性随土壤重金属浓度增加表现为叠加效应或拮抗效应.Cd、Pb单一及复合污染对脲酶活性抑制作用显著,Cd、Pb复合污染对脲

  17. The cumulative effect of three decades of phosphogypsum amendments in reclaimed marsh soils from SW Spain: (226)Ra, (238)U and Cd contents in soils and tomato fruit.

    Abril, José-María; García-Tenorio, Rafael; Enamorado, Santiago M; Hurtado, M Dolores; Andreu, Luis; Delgado, Antonio


    Phosphogypsum (PG), a by-product of the phosphate fertiliser industries, has been applied as soil amendment to reduce Na saturation in soils, as in the reclaimed marsh area from SW Spain, where available PG has a typical fingerprint of 710+/-40 Bq kg(-1) of (226)Ra, 165+/-15 Bq kg(-1) of (238)U and 2.8+/-0.4 mg kg(-1) of Cd. This work was focussed on the cumulative effects of PG amendments on the enrichment of these pollutants in cultivated soils and plants (Lycopersicum esculentum Mill L.) from the area studied, where PG has been applied since 1978 at recommended rates of 20-25 Mg ha(-1) every 2-3 years. A field experiment was conducted over three years to compare activity concentrations of (226)Ra ((214)Pb) and (238)U ((234)Th) in non-reclaimed soils, reclaimed soils with no additional PG application, and reclaimed soils with two additional PG applications. A non-significant effect of two PG amendments (in three years) was observed when compared with non-amended reclaimed plots. Nevertheless, a significant (p<0.05) enrichment of (226)Ra was observed in the surface horizon (0-30 cm) of reclaimed plots relative to deeper horizons and also when compared with the surface horizon of non-reclaimed soil (p<0.05), thereby revealing the cumulative effect of three decades of PG applications. Furthermore, the effect of a continuous application of PG was studied by analysing soils and tomato fruits from six commercial farms with different cumulative rates of PG applied. Cadmium concentrations in tomatoes, which were one order of magnitude higher than those found in tomatoes from other areas in South Spain, were positively correlated (r = 0.917) with (226)Ra-concentration in soils, which can be considered an accurate index of the cumulative PG rate of each farm.

  18. Targeted Treatment of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma with FA-CM-β-CD-CDDP Nanomedicine%FA-CM-β-CD-CDDP 纳米药物对鼻咽癌的体内靶向治疗研究

    刘涛; 候雄军; 伍锡栋; 柯波; 王蓉; 刘素珍


    ABSTRACT:Objective To investigate the effect of folic acid(FA)-targeted cisplatin(CDDP)con-jugated carboxymethyl-β-cyclodextrin(CM-β-CD)nanomedicine(FA-CM-β-CD-CDDP)on naso-pharyngeal carcinoma(NPC)in vivo.Methods Nude mice bearing folate receptor(FR)-positive HNE-1 tumor and FR-negative CNE-2 tumor were given FA-CM-β-CD-CDDP nanomedicine(CD-DP 10 mg·kg-1 )via tail vein injection.The concentrations of CDDP in tumor tissues were deter-mined 1.5 hours after injection by using atomic absorption spectroscopy to analyze the targeting ability of FA-CM-β-CD-CDDP.Twenty nude mice bearing HNE-1 tumor were randomly given normal saline(control group,n=5),FA-CM-β-CD solution(vector group,n=5),3 mg·kg-1 CD-DP solution(CDDP group,n=5)or 3 mg/kg FA-CM-β-CD-CDDP solution(nanomedicine group, n=5)at a volume of 2 ml via tail vein injection.HNE-1 tumor volume and weight were measured 21 days after administration.Furthermore,the expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen(PC-NA)was detected by immunohistochemistry to analyze the efficacy of FA-CM-β-CD-CDDP for tumor suppression.Results The concentration of CDDP in HNE-1 tumor was significantly higher than that in CNE-2 tumor(P <0.05).The inhibition rates of HNE-1 tumor volume and weight in nanomedicine group(43.36% and 41.67%,respectively)were significantly higher than those in vector group(7.91% and 5.56%,respectively)and CDDP group(24.51% and 22.22%,respec-tively).Moreover,positive PCNA index in HNE-1 tumor in nanomedicine group(47.75%)was significantly lower than that in control group(90.83%),vector group(89.62%)and CDDP group (68.43%).Conclusion The constructed A-CM-β-CD-CDDP nanomedicine can inhibit the growth of FR-positive NPC tumor.%目的:探讨叶酸(folic acid,FA)分子靶向载顺铂(cisplatin,CDDP)羧甲基-β-环糊精(carboxymethyl-β-cyclo-dextrin,CM-β-CD)纳米药物(FA-CM-β-CD-CDDP)对鼻咽癌(nasopharyngeal carcinoma,NPC)的体内靶向治疗效应

  19. EDTA对Cd及Cd-Mn复合污染处理下藜生长的影响%Effects of EDTA on Cd and Cd-Mn Compound Pollution Soil of Growth with Chenopodium Album

    王学锋; 丁雪莲


    Pot experiments were carried out to make the study of the effect of EDTA on Cd and Cd-Mn compound pollution soil of growth with Chenopodium album. The results indicate that: with 2. 5 mmol · kg-1 EDTA on the Cd contaminated soil and 5. 0 mmol · kg-' EDTA on the Cd-Mn compound pollution soil is the best repairing efficient. This case makes that under the Cd processing and Cd-Mn processing of Chenopodium album aerial parts Cd content to enhance 1. 8 times, 3. 7 times compares to the comparison. At the same time, the enrichment factors of Cd also have been improved drstinctively.%采用盆栽实验方法,研究了在Cd及Cd-Mn复合污染土壤中添加EDTA对藜生长的影响以及对Cd的转运和富集作用.结果表明:单一Cd污染处理下最佳的EDTA添加水平为2.5 mmol· kg-1,Cd-Mn复合污染处理下EDTA的添加水平为5.0 mmol,kg-1,这时EDTA可以促进藜地下部分的重金属元素向地上部分迁移,藜地上部分含Cd量分别是对照值的1.8倍、3.7倍,同时对Cd的富集系数也有明显提高.

  20. Structural features of two novel alluaudite-like arsenates Cd{sub 1.16}Zn{sub 2.34}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 1.5}(HAsO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.5} and Cd{sub 0.74}Mg{sub 2.76}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 1.5}(HAsO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.5}

    Stojanovic, Jovica, E-mail: [Institute for Technology of Nuclear and Other Mineral Raw Materials, Applied Mineralogy Unit, Franchet d' Esperey 86, P.O. Box 390, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Dordevic, Tamara [Institut fuer Mineralogie und Kristallographie, Geozentrum, Universitaet Wien, Althanstrasse 14, A-1090 Wien (Austria); Karanovic, Ljiljana [Laboratory of Crystallography, Faculty of Mining and Geology, University of Belgrade, Dusina 7, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two novel arsenates represent new structure type among alluaudite-like compounds. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structures were studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Unlike the most of the alluaudite-like compounds, these crystallize in the C2 S. G. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Main features are short hydrogen bonds and interesting crystal-chemical properties. - Abstract: Two new compounds, Cd{sub 1.16}Zn{sub 2.34}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 1.5}(HAsO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.5} (1) and Cd{sub 0.74}Mg{sub 2.76}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 1.5}(HAsO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.5} (2), have been prepared hydrothermally. Their crystal structures consist of chains of edge-sharing M1O{sub 4}(OH{sub 0.5}){sub 2}, M1aO{sub 4}(OH{sub 0.5}){sub 2}, M2O{sub 5}(OH{sub 0.5}), and M2aO{sub 5}(OH{sub 0.5}) octahedra (M1, M1a = Zn, Cd; M2, M2a = Zn for 1, and M1, M1a = Mg, Cd; M2, M2a = Mg for 2) that are stacked parallel to (1 0 1) and are connected by the [(AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.5}(AsO{sub 3}(OH)){sub 0.5}]{sup 2.5-} and [(AsO{sub 4}){sub 0.5}(AsO{sub 2}(OH){sub 2}){sub 0.5}]{sup 2-} tetrahedra. These chains produce two types of channels parallel to the c-axis. Cd atoms are located in channels 2, while in channels 1 are situated hydrogen atoms of OH groups. The infrared spectra clearly show the presence of broad O-H stretching and bending vibrations centred at 3236, 2392 1575 and 1396 cm{sup -1} in (1), and 3210, 2379 1602 and 1310 cm{sup -1} in (2). The O-H stretching frequency is in good agreement with O Midline-Horizontal-Ellipsis O distances. Furthermore, structural characteristics of compounds with similar alluaudite-like structures were discussed.

  1. Simultaneous determination of Pb and Cd in seafood by ICP OES with on-line pre-concentration by solid phase extraction with amberlite XAD-4 after complex formation with DDTP

    Éder José dos Santos


    Full Text Available An on-line method for Cd and Pb pre-concentration and simultaneous determination in acid digested seafood by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP OES was developed. The on-line pre-concentration was based on the complex formation of the analytes with the ammonium salt of O,O-diethyldithiophosphate (DDTP and using the Amberlite XAD-4 resin as a solid support in a homemade column. Different conditions of the flow injection system, such as solutions flow rates, nebulizer pressure and eluent concentration were optimized. Three certified reference materials of lobster hepatopancreas, dogfish liver and fish protein, three samples of fish muscle and three samples of shrimp were digested with HNO3, H2O2 and H2SO4 in a microwave system under reflux. DDTP was added in the solutions obtained, and the mixture was injected in the FI system. Calibration curves for Cd and Pb were obtained using the standard solutions in the concentration range 0.05-0.5 µg mL-1 in the digestion medium, submitted to the same pre-concentration procedure. The quantification limits (3.3 x LOD for 5 min of pre-concentration time were 0.005 mg kg-1 Cd2+ and 0.1 mg kg-1 Pb2+ in the sample of fish or shrimp in natura, considering 1.0 g of the sample in a final volume of 50 mL. The agreement of the obtained concentrations with the certified ones (Student t-test, 95% confidence and the recoveries of spiked real samples, from 90 to 120%, demonstrated good accuracy. Precision was also adequate, with relative standard deviations from 2 to 13%. The method was accurate, precise and certainly could be applied to the digested samples of different natures.

  2. Effect of heavy metals on pH buffering capacity and solubility of Ca, Mg, K, and P in non-spiked and heavy metal-spiked soils.

    Najafi, Sarvenaz; Jalali, Mohsen


    In many parts of the world, soil acidification and heavy metal contamination has become a serious concern due to the adverse effects on chemical properties of soil and crop yield. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of pH (in the range of 1 to 3 units above and below the native pH of soils) on calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), potassium (K), and phosphorus (P) solubility in non-spiked and heavy metal-spiked soil samples. Spiked samples were prepared by cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), and zinc (Zn) as chloride salts and incubating soils for 40 days. The pH buffering capacity (pHBC) of each sample was determined by plotting the amount of H(+) or OH(-) added (mmol kg(-1)) versus the related pH value. The pHBC of soils ranged from 47.1 to 1302.5 mmol kg(-1) for non-spiked samples and from 45.0 to 1187.4 mmol kg(-1) for spiked soil samples. The pHBC values were higher in soil 2 (non-spiked and spiked) which had higher calcium carbonate content. The results indicated the presence of heavy metals in soils generally decreased the solution pH and pHBC values in spiked samples. In general, solubility of Ca, Mg, and K decreased with increasing equilibrium pH of non-spiked and spiked soil samples. In the case of P, increasing the pH to about 7, decreased the solubility in all soils but further increase of pH from 7, enhanced P solubility. The solubility trends and values for Ca, Mg, and K did not differed significantly in non-spiked and spiked samples. But in the case of P, a reduction in solubility was observed in heavy metal-spiked soils. The information obtained in this study can be useful to make better estimation of the effects of soil pollutants on anion and cation solubility from agricultural and environmental viewpoints.

  3. Effects of Exogenous AsA on the Growth of Dianthus chinensis Seedlings Under Soil Cd Stress%外源AsA对土壤重金属镉胁迫下石竹(Dianthus chinensis)幼苗生长的影响

    丁继军; 潘远智; 刘柿良; 何杨; 王力; 李丽


    In order to investigate alleviating effects of exogenous ascorbic acid(AsA) for Dianthus c hinensis seedlings suffering cadmium stress,a greenhouse pot experiment was conducted to explore the effects of different concentrations(0,20,40,60,80 mg· L-1 and 100 mg· L-1)of exogenous AsA on the growth of Dianthus chinensis seedlings.Cd (50 mg· kg-1) significantly inhibited the growth of Dianthus chinensis seedlings.Spraying exogenous AsA(≤40 mg· L-1) markedly alleviated the stress effect of Cd.Exogenous AsA significantly increased the activities of the catalase (CAT),peroxidase (POD),ascorbate peroxidase (APX),monodehydroascorbate reductase (MDAR),dehydroascorbate reductase(DHAR) and glutathione reductase(GR).Compared with Dianthus chinensis seedlings under Cd stress,exogenous AsA also significantly increased the biomass,plant height,number of tillers,and the contents of AsA and GSH.Exogenous AsA markedly reduced the cell membrane permeability,the shoots Cd content,production rates and accumulative amount of H2O2.However,the alleviating effect of exogenous AsA was showed as quadratic curve.With higher concentration,the exogenous AsA showed pro-oxidant effects.The present study indicated that the optimal concentration of exogenous AsA was 35~45 mg· L-1 to alleviate the Cd stress.%为探讨外源抗坏血酸(AsA)对土壤重金属镉(Cd)胁迫下石竹(Dianthus chinensis)幼苗生长的影响,采用温室盆栽试验,研究了不同浓度(0、20、40、60、80、100 mg·L-1)的外源AsA处理对50 mg·kg-1 Cd胁迫下石竹幼苗生长的影响.结果表明:50 mg·kg-1Cd显著抑制了石竹幼苗的生长,≤40 mg·L-1的外源AsA可显著缓解Cd胁迫,石竹幼苗的生物量、株高、分蘖数、过氧化氢酶(CAT)、过氧化物酶(POD)、抗坏血酸过氧化物酶(APX)、单脱氢抗坏血酸还原酶(MDAR)、脱氢抗坏血酸还原酶(DHAR)、谷胱甘肽还原酶(GR)的活性,AsA和谷胱甘肽(GSH)的含量都显著高于Cd胁迫下石竹幼苗,而

  4. CD147/MMP-9通路上调改善自发性高血压大鼠早期心室重构%Upregulation of CD147/MMP-9 pathway attenuates early left ventricular remodeling in rats with spontaneous hypertension

    周万兴; 李博维; 杨小蓉; 周玉良; 谭永锦; 袁丛聪; 宋玉兰; 陈骁; 张卫


    目的:探讨CD147/MMP-9通路对自发性高血压大鼠(SHR)早期心室重构的影响。方法:8周龄雄性 SHR 随机分成 SHR、CD147和 CD147+ DOX 组(n =10/组),8周龄雄性 WKY 大鼠为对照组(WKY组,n =10)。 CD147及CD147+ DOX 组予人重组CD147(600 ng/kg 1.5 mL)、SHR 及WKY 组予等量生理盐水,静注,每周1次。 CD147+ DOX组加多西环素(DOX,30 mg/kg,1.5 mL),其他组加生理盐水灌胃每天1次。第56天超声心动图检查、测左心室重量指数(LVWI)、切片(HE、VG染色)观察心肌细胞和胶原增殖、western blot 测心肌 MMP-9、TIMP-1、CD147、Ⅰ和Ⅲ型胶原水平。结果:与 WKY 组比,SHR 组心肌 CD147、MMP-9、MMP-9/TIMP-1明显低(P <0.05);心肌细胞肥大、部分纤维断裂、胞浆溶解坏死,胶原容积分数(CVF)Ⅰ、Ⅲ型胶原显著增高(P <0.05)。而与SHR 组比,CD147组CD147、MMP-9、MMP-9/TIMP-1明显增高,心肌细胞形态和排列改善,LVWI、CVF、Ⅰ、Ⅲ型胶原明显降低。但CD147+DOX 组尽管CD147、MMP-9、MMP-9/TIMP-1比CD147组无明显降低,CVF与Ⅰ、Ⅲ型胶原却明显增高,心肌细胞肥大及纤维断裂现象再次出现。结论:SHR早期心室重构可能与CD147/MMP-9通路受抑制有关,输入CD147上调该通路可以改善该心室重构。%Objective To investigate the effects of CD147/MMP-9 pathway on early left ventricular remodeling Methods 30 healthy eight-week male SHR were divided into 3 groups (n = 10 for each group). SHR group received tail vein injections of normal saline weekly; CD147 group received CD147 of 600 ng·kg-1 weekly; and CD147+DOX group received CD147 of 600 ng/kg weekly and intragastric administration of DOX ( doxycycline ) of 30 mg/kg daily . 10 healthy eight-week male Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY group) were treated as SHR group. Echocardiography, myocardial sections microscopy examination (HE and VG

  5. Therapeutic effect of curcumin on experimental colitis mediated by inhibiting CD8+CD11c+ cells

    Zhao, Hai-Mei; Han, Fei; Xu, Rong; Huang, Xiao-Ying; Cheng, Shao-Min; Huang, Min-Fang; Yue, Hai-Yang; Wang, Xin; Zou, Yong; Xu, Han-Lin; Liu, Duan-Yong


    AIM To verify whether curcumin (Cur) can treat inflammatory bowel disease by regulating CD8+CD11c+ cells. METHODS We evaluated the suppressive effect of Cur on CD8+CD11c+ cells in spleen and Peyer’s patches (PPs) in colitis induced by trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid. Mice with colitis were treated by 200 mg/kg Cur for 7 d. On day 8, the therapeutic effect of Cur was evaluated by visual assessment and histological examination, while co-stimulatory molecules of CD8+CD11c+ cells in the spleen and PPs were measured by flow cytometry. The levels of interleukin (IL)-10, interferon (IFN)-γ and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 in spleen and colonic mucosa were determined by ELISA. RESULTS The disease activity index, colon weight, weight index of colon and histological score of experimental colitis were obviously decreased after Cur treatment, while the body weight and colon length recovered. After treatment with Cur, CD8+CD11c+ cells were decreased in the spleen and PPs, and the expression of major histocompatibility complex II, CD205, CD40, CD40L and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 was inhibited. IL-10, IFN-γ and TGF-β1 levels were increased compared with those in mice with untreated colitis. CONCLUSION Cur can effectively treat experimental colitis, which is realized by inhibiting CD8+CD11c+ cells. PMID:28348486

  6. Therapeutic effect of curcumin on experimental colitis mediated by inhibiting CD8(+)CD11c(+) cells.

    Zhao, Hai-Mei; Han, Fei; Xu, Rong; Huang, Xiao-Ying; Cheng, Shao-Min; Huang, Min-Fang; Yue, Hai-Yang; Wang, Xin; Zou, Yong; Xu, Han-Lin; Liu, Duan-Yong


    To verify whether curcumin (Cur) can treat inflammatory bowel disease by regulating CD8(+)CD11c(+) cells. We evaluated the suppressive effect of Cur on CD8(+)CD11c(+) cells in spleen and Peyer's patches (PPs) in colitis induced by trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid. Mice with colitis were treated by 200 mg/kg Cur for 7 d. On day 8, the therapeutic effect of Cur was evaluated by visual assessment and histological examination, while co-stimulatory molecules of CD8(+)CD11c(+) cells in the spleen and PPs were measured by flow cytometry. The levels of interleukin (IL)-10, interferon (IFN)-γ and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 in spleen and colonic mucosa were determined by ELISA. The disease activity index, colon weight, weight index of colon and histological score of experimental colitis were obviously decreased after Cur treatment, while the body weight and colon length recovered. After treatment with Cur, CD8(+)CD11c(+) cells were decreased in the spleen and PPs, and the expression of major histocompatibility complex II, CD205, CD40, CD40L and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 was inhibited. IL-10, IFN-γ and TGF-β1 levels were increased compared with those in mice with untreated colitis. Cur can effectively treat experimental colitis, which is realized by inhibiting CD8(+)CD11c(+) cells.

  7. Synthesis of new brownmillerite-type systems A{sub 2}(M{sup 2+},M{sup 4+,}){sub 2}O{sub 5} (A = Ba, Sr, Ca; M{sup 2+} = Zn, Mg, Cd, Be; M{sup 4+,} = Zr, Ce, Ti, Hf)

    Ito, Shigeharu; Watanabe, Masayuki; Saito, Miwa; Yamamura, Hiroshi, E-mail: [Department of Material and Life Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa University, 3-27-1, Rokkakubashi, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221-8686 (Japan)


    The A{sub 2}(M,M'){sub 2}O{sub 5} systems (A=Ba, Sr, Ca; M{sup 2+}=Zn, Mg, Cd, Be; M{sup 4+}'=Zr, Ce, Ti. Hf, Sn) having a brownmillerite-type compositions were prepared by a solid state reaction. X-ray diffraction analyses confirmed that only the combinations of (Ba-Zn-Zr), (Ba-Zr-Ce), (Ba-Zn-Hf), (Sr-Zn-Zr), (Sr-Zn-Ti) and (Sr-Zn-Hf) for the A-M{sup 2+}-M{sup 4+}' in the present systems showed single phases of cubic or orthorhombic perovskite-type structures at room temperature. When the average ionic radii of B site increased, the lattice constants and lattice volumes also increased. Although the samples have the brownmillerite composition, the obtained samples showed perovskite-type structure. The tolerance factor of single phased samples having the brownmillerite composition were estimated to be in the range of 0.9428 {approx} 1.0061. It was found that the electrical comductivities of the new phases increased with increasing unit cell free volume.

  8. Mapping Zn, Cu and Cd contents at the small catchment level after dispersion of contaminants by agricultural practices

    Vidal Vázquez, E.; Mirás-Avalos, J. M.; Paz-Ferreiro, J.


    Dispersion of trace metals into the rural environment through the use of sewage sludge, fertilizers and manure has been worldwide reported. In El Abelar (Coruña province, Spain), pig slurry was discharged during years intensively into an agricultural field by means of a device which constituted a point source of contamination. The application point was located near the head of an elementary basin, so that slurry was dispersed by runoff into neighboring grassland and maize fields. In addition, diffuse pollution was also present in the study area as a consequence of cattle grazing. Water quality was monitored during and after slurry application at the outlet of a small catchment (about 10.7 ha in surface) draining the study fields. High levels of nutrients, including heavy metals, were found in drainage water. The main objectives of this paper are to determine the spatial variability of Cu, Zn and Cd as extracted by NO3H, EDTA and Ca2Cl and to evaluate the risk of accumulation of these heavy metals at the small catchment level. A set of 55 soil samples were taken from the top soil layer (0-20 cm) of the studied catchment, following a random sampling scheme. Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn and Cd contents were determined i) after digestion by nitric acid in a microwave (USEPA-SW-846 3051) ii) after extraction with EDTA and iii) after extraction with Cl2Ca. Element contents in the extracts were determined by ICP-MS. Summary statistics indicate that variability in Cu, Zn and Cd contents over the study area was very high. For example, after NO3H digestion Zn contents ranged from 29.66 to 141.77 3 mg kg-1 and Cu contents varied from 10.45 to 72.7 3 mg kg-1. High Cu and Zn contents result from accumulation as a consequence of slurry discharge. Also, some hot spots with high levels of Cd (> 3 mg kg-1 after NO3H) with respect to background values were recorded. Geostatistics provides all necessary tools to analyze the spatial variability of soil properties over a landscape. The spatial

  9. Cyprinus carpio Decoction Improves Nutrition and Immunity and Reduces Proteinuria through Nephrin and CD2AP Expressions in Rats with Adriamycin-Induced Nephropathy

    Yumei Qi


    Full Text Available Cyprinus carpio decoction (CCD is a well-known Chinese food medicine formula, accepted widely as a useful therapy in preventing edema and proteinuria caused by renal disease. However, the mechanism underlying this effect remains unclear. The current study investigated the potential mechanism of CCD in alleviating nephropathy induced by adriamycin (ADR in rats. 70  eight-week-old Wistar rats were randomly divided into normal, model, fosinopril, YD, YG groups. All rats except for the normal group received 6.5 mg/kg⋅bw of ADR injection into the vena caudalis once. Different doses of CCD (11.3 and 22.5 g kg-1 were lavaged to rats in YD and YG groups, respectively. Then the serum biochemical values of the total protein (TP, albumin (ALB, blood urea nitrogen (BUN, creatinine (Cr, electrolyte levels, and the urinary protein (UP content in 12 hr urine were measured. Interleukin-4 (IL-4 and interferon (INF-γ were measured by enzyme-like immunosorbent assay (ELISA. The pathomorphological analysis was observed using light and electron microscopy, and the expressions of nephrin and CD2-associated protein (CD2AP in renal tissues were determined by immunohistochemical assay. The results indicated that CCD can relieve ADR-induced nephropathy (ADN by improving the nutrition status, regulating the immunity, and inhibiting proteinuria by increasing nephrin and CD2AP expressions.

  10. Adsorption of Cd(II) by two variable-charge soils in the presence of pectin.

    Wang, Ru-Hai; Zhu, Xiao-Fang; Qian, Wei; Zhao, Min-Hua; Xu, Ren-Kou; Yu, Yuan-Chun


    Batch experiments were conducted to investigate cadmium(II) (Cd(II)) adsorption by two variable-charge soils (an Oxisol and an Ultisol) as influenced by the presence of pectin. When pectin dosage was less than 30 g kg(-1), the increase in Cd(II) adsorption with the increasing dose of pectin was greater than that when the pectin dosage was >30 g kg(-1). Although both Langmuir and Freundlich equations fitted the adsorption isotherms of Cd(II) and electrostatic adsorption data of Cd(II) by the two soils well, the Langmuir equation showed a better fit. The increase in the maximum total adsorption of Cd(II) induced by pectin was almost equal in both the soils, whereas the increase in the maximum electrostatic adsorption of Cd(II) was greater in the Oxisol than in the Ultisol because the former contained greater amounts of free Fe/Al oxides than the latter, which, in turn, led to a greater increase in the negative charge on the Oxisol. Therefore, the presence of pectin induced the increase in Cd(II) adsorption by the variable-charge soils mainly through the electrostatic mechanism. Pectin increased the adsorption of Cd(II) by the variable-charge soils and thus decreased the activity and mobility of Cd(II) in these soils.

  11. Characterization of CD4 and CD8 T cell responses in MuSK myasthenia gravis.

    Yi, J S; Guidon, A; Sparks, S; Osborne, R; Juel, V C; Massey, J M; Sanders, D B; Weinhold, K J; Guptill, J T


    Muscle specific tyrosine kinase myasthenia gravis (MuSK MG) is a form of autoimmune MG that predominantly affects women and has unique clinical features, including prominent bulbar weakness, muscle atrophy, and excellent response to therapeutic plasma exchange. Patients with MuSK MG have predominantly IgG4 autoantibodies directed against MuSK on the postsynaptic muscle membrane. Lymphocyte functionality has not been reported in this condition. The goal of this study was to characterize T cell responses in patients with MuSK MG. Intracellular production of IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha, IL-2, IL-17, and IL-21 by CD4+ and CD8+ T cells was measured by polychromatic flow cytometry in peripheral blood samples from 11 Musk MG patients and 10 healthy controls. Only one MuSK MG patient was not receiving immunosuppressive therapy. Regulatory T cells (Treg) were also included in our analysis to determine if changes in T cell function were due to altered Treg frequencies. CD8+ T cells from MuSK MG patients had higher frequencies of polyfunctional responses than controls, and CD4+ T cells had higher IL-2, TNF-alpha, and IL-17. MuSK MG patients had a higher percentage of CD4+ T cells producing combinations of IFN-gamma/IL-2/TNF-gamma, TNF-alpha/IL-2, and IFN-gamma/TNF-alpha. Interestingly, Treg numbers and CD39 expression were not different from control values. MuSK MG patients had increased frequencies of Th1 and Th17 cytokines and were primed for polyfunctional proinflammatory responses that cannot be explained by a defect in CD39 expression or Treg number.

  12. Investigation of electroluminescence properties of CdTe@CdS core-shell nanocrystals (NCs)

    M Molaei; S Pourjafari


    In this work, CdTe@CdS NCs were synthesized using a thermochemical approach and synthesized NCs were used as an emissive layer, a light emitting device, with ITO/MoO3/PVK/CdTe@CdS(core-shell)/Mg:Ag structure. Structural and optical properties of synthesized NCs were investigated by means of XRD, UV–Vis and photoluminescence (PL) analyses. Fabricated device was characterized by electroluminescence spectra. XRD analysis demonstrated cubic phase NCs. Photoluminescence spectra showed a narrow band emission with a peak centred at about 600 nm. Fabricated device showed an emission at 600 nm, which is related to CdTe@CdS NCs. Turn on voltage of fabricated device is about 8 V and brightness is 53.7 Cd/m2 at a working voltage of about 14.57 V.

  13. Influence of the divalent and trivalent ions substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of Mg{sub 0.5−x}Cd{sub x}Co{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.04}Tb{sub y}Fe{sub 1.96−y}O{sub 4} ferrites prepared by sol–gel method

    Mustafa, Ghulam, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 (Pakistan); Islam, M.U. [Department of Physics, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 (Pakistan); Zhang, Wenli [SKLETFID, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Anwar, Abdul Waheed [Department of Physics, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore 54890 (Pakistan); Jamil, Yasir [Department of Physics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad 38040 (Pakistan); Murtaza, Ghulam; Ali, Ihsan; Hussain, Mudassar [Department of Physics, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 60800 (Pakistan); Ali, Akbar [Department of Basic Sciences, Riphah International University, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); Ahmad, Mukhtar, E-mail: [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan)


    A series of the divalent and trivalent co-substituted Mg{sub 0.5−x}Cd{sub x}Co{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.04}Tb{sub y}Fe{sub 1.96−y}O{sub 4} spinel ferrite systems (where x=0–0.5 in steps of 0.1 and y=0.00–0.10 in steps 0.02) are synthesized by sol–gel auto combustion method. The product materials were characterized by the thermo gravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry (TGA/DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), nitrogen adsorption (BET), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The X-ray diffraction patterns and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirm spinel nanocrystalline phase. The crystallite size is determined by Scherer's formula from 36.6 to 69.4 nm. The X-ray density is found in the range of 5.09–6.43 (g/cm{sup 3}). The morphological features are studied using scanning electron microscope and AFM. Saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) and remanence (M{sub r}) magnetization extracted from M–H loops exhibit the decreasing trends 21.4–16 emu/g and 9.1–6.3 emu/g, respectively. A significant decrease in the intrinsic parameters is observed in the prepared samples due to the weakening of the A–B interaction as iron enters into the tetrahedral A-site. The coercivity lies in the range of 300–869 Oe as a function of co-substitution contents. The coercivity of the sample with x=0.1, y=0.02 was found maximum i.e. 869 Oe. The obtained results suggest that the investigated materials may be potential candidates for high density recording media applications. - Highlights: • Effects of co-substitution (Cd{sup 2+}, Tb{sup 3+}) on structural and magnetic parameters are studied. • XRD patterns revealed that first three samples are single phase while others are biphasic. • The M{sub s} was decreased from 21.4 to 16 emu/g with increasing co-substituted contents. • The values of coercivity lie in range of 300–869 Oe for all

  14. Immunomodulatory effects of royal jelly on aorta CD3, CD68 and eNOS expression in hypercholesterolaemic rats

    Amal Attia El-Morsy Ibrahim


    RJ administration (300 mg/kg/day with CH, produced a counteractive effect, represented in recompense of biochemical alteration, CD4 and CD8 expression. RJ intake also amended the histological picture. The immunohistochemical picture revealed a decrease in CD3, CD86 and eNOS in the aortic tissue. These findings attributed to the significant immunomodulatory effect of RJ remedy suppress deleterious effects of hypercholesterolaemia.

  15. Assessment of cadmium (Cd) concentration in arable soil in China.

    Zhang, Xiuying; Chen, Dongmei; Zhong, Taiyang; Zhang, Xiaomin; Cheng, Min; Li, Xinhui


    Cadmium (Cd) concentration in arable soil has drawn broad public attention due to its direct effect on Cd concentration in food. However, there have been few studies of surveying Cd accumulation on the national scale in China. This paper collected 486 studies of Cd concentrations in Chinese arable soil. The results showed that the average Cd concentration was 0.27 mg/kg, higher than its background value, indicating that Cd had been introduced into arable soil by human activity. The Cd concentrations in areas of mining and smelting, urban areas, and areas irrigated by wastewater were obviously higher than that in remote areas. Spatially, Cd concentrations were lower in the north than those in the south, and many hotspots existed throughout China due to mining and smelting activities. Most Cd in the arable soil were accumulated from external sources in all investigated provinces except Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

  16. Determination of Cd, Cr, Hg and Pb in plastics from waste electrical and electronic equipment by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry with collision-reaction interface technology.

    Santos, Mirian C; Nóbrega, Joaquim A; Cadore, Solange


    A procedure based on the use of a quadrupole inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer equipped with a collision-reaction interface (CRI) for control of spectral overlap interferences was developed for simultaneous determination of Cd, Cr, Hg, and Pb in plastics from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The injection of H(2) and He (80 and 60 mL min(-1), respectively) into the sampled plasma, colliding and reacting with potentially interfering polyatomic ions, allows interference-free determination of chromium via its isotopes (52)Cr and (53)Cr that are freed from overlap due to the occurrence of (40)Ar(12)C(+), (40)Ar(12)C(1)H(+), (36)S(16)O(+) or (1)H(36)S(16)O(+). Cadmium, Hg and Pb were directly determined via their isotopes (110)Cd, (111)Cd, (112)Cd, (199)Hg, (200)Hg, (201)Hg, (202)Hg, (206)Pb, (207)Pb, and (208)Pb, without using CRI. The CRI can be quickly activated or deactivated before each analyte measurement. Limits of detection for (52)Cr were 0.04 or 0.14 μg L(-1) with He or H(2) injected in CRI. Cadmium and Pb have LODs between 0.02 and 0.08 μg L(-1) and Hg had 0.93-0.98 μg L(-1), without using CRI. Analyte concentrations for samples varied from 16 to 43, 1 to 11, 4 to 12, and 5 to 13 mg kg(-1) for Cr, Cd, Hg and Pb, respectively.

  17. Soluble CD163

    Parkner, Tina; Sørensen, L P; Nielsen, A R


    Soluble CD163 (sCD163) was recently identified as a strong risk marker for developing type 2 diabetes. We hypothesised that sCD163 independently associates with insulin resistance.......Soluble CD163 (sCD163) was recently identified as a strong risk marker for developing type 2 diabetes. We hypothesised that sCD163 independently associates with insulin resistance....

  18. Cd(2+) extrusion by P-type Cd(2+)-ATPase of Staphylococcus aureus 17810R via energy-dependent Cd(2+)/H(+) exchange mechanism.

    Tynecka, Zofia; Malm, Anna; Goś-Szcześniak, Zofia


    Cd(2+) is highly toxic to Staphylococcus aureus since it blocks dithiols in cytoplasmic 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex (ODHC) participating in energy conservation process. However, S. aureus 17810R is Cd(2+)-resistant due to possession of cadA-coded Cd(2+) efflux system, recognized here as P-type Cd(2+)-ATPase. This Cd(2+) pump utilizing cellular energy-ATP, ∆μ H (+) (electrochemical proton potential) and respiratory protons, extrudes Cd(2+) from cytoplasm to protect dithiols in ODHC, but the mechanism of Cd(2+) extrusion remains unknown. Here we propose that two Cd(2+) taken up by strain 17810R via Mn(2+) uniporter down membrane potential (∆ψ) generated during glutamate oxidation in 100 mM phosphate buffer (high PiB) are trapped probably by high affinity sites in cytoplasmic domain of Cd(2+)-ATPase, forming SCdS. This stops Cd(2+) transport towards dithiols in ODHC, allowing undisturbed NADH production, its oxidation and energy conservation, while ATP could change orientation of SCdS towards facing transmembrane channel. Now, increased number of Pi-dependent protons pumped electrogenically via respiratory chain and countertransported through the channel down ∆ψ, extrude two trapped cytoplasmic Cd(2+), which move to low affinity sites, being then extruded into extracellular space via ∆ψ-dependent Cd(2+)/H(+) exchange. In 1 mM phosphate buffer (low PiB), external Cd(2+) competing with decreased number of Pi-dependent protons, binds to ψs of Cd(2+)-ATPase channel, enters cytoplasm through the channel down ∆ψ via Cd(2+)/Cd(2+) exchange and blocks dithiols in ODHC. However, Mg(2+) pretreatment preventing external Cd(2+) countertransport through the channel down ∆ψ, allowed undisturbed NADH production, its oxidation and extrusion of two cytoplasmic Cd(2+) via Cd(2+)/H(+) exchange, despite low PiB.

  19. Dietary Supplementation of Magnesium Oxide (MgO) Nanoparticles for Better Survival and Growth of the Freshwater Prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii Post-larvae.

    Srinivasan, Veeran; Bhavan, Periyakali Saravana; Rajkumar, Gopalan; Satgurunathan, Thangavelu; Muralisankar, Thirunavukkarasu


    This study was performed to assess the growth-promoting potential of dietary magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO NPs) in Macrobrachium rosenbergii post-larvae (PL). MgO NPs were supplemented at 0, 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 mg kg(-1) with the basal diet (containing 0.95 g Mg kg(-1)); the concentrations of Mg in MgO NP-supplemented diets were increased correspondingly (1.07, 1.15, 1.24, 1.37 and 1.46 g Mg kg(-1) respectively). MgO NP-supplemented diets were fed to M. rosenbergii PL (initial weight 0.11 ± 0.04 g) for a period of 90 days. In the carcasses of experimental prawns, the content of Mg was found to be elevated significantly with respect to the individual diet (102.14, 183.29, 205.46, 221.03, 237.10 and 254.36 μg Mg g(-1) respectively) when compared with that of the control. The contents of Cu, Zn, Fe, Ca, Na and K levels were also found to be elevated in the carcasses of experimental prawns. Significant (P MgO NP-supplemented-feed-fed PL. There were no significant elevations recorded in activities of antioxidant enzymes [superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT)], lipid peroxidation (LPO) and metabolic enzymes [glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) and glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT)] recorded in any of the MgO NP-supplemented-feed-fed PL when compared with the control. Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) showed increases in the staining intensity of polypeptide bands resolved in 500 mg kg(-1) MgO NP-supplemented-feed-fed PL when compared with the control. Based on the gradual improvement in attaining survival, growth, FCR, biochemical constituents and haemocyte population, this study recommends MgO NP supplementation of 500 mg kg(-1) for sustainable maintenance of M. rosenbergii PL. As the studied highest concentration of MgO NPs showed the best performance, it is necessary to study with beyond 500 mg kg(-1) of MgO NPs to optimize the actual concentration.

  20. Device Fabrication using Crystalline CdTe and CdTe Ternary Alloys Grown by MBE

    Zaunbrecher, Katherine; Burst, James; Seyedmohammadi, Shahram; Malik, Roger; Li, Jian V.; Gessert, Timothy A.; Barnes, Teresa


    We fabricated epitaxial CdTe:In/CdTe:As homojunction and CdZnTe/CdTe and CdMgTe/CdTe heterojunction devices grown on bulk CdTe substrates in order to study the fundamental device physics of CdTe solar cells. Selection of emitter-layer alloys was based on passivation studies using double heterostructures as well as band alignment. Initial results show significant device integration challenges, including low dopant activation, high resistivity substrates and the development of low-resistance contacts. To date, the highest open-circuit voltage is 715 mV in a CdZnTe/CdTe heterojunction following anneal, while the highest fill factor of 52% was attained in an annealed CdTe homojunction. In general, all currentvoltage measurements show high series resistance, capacitancevoltages measurements show variable doping, and quantum efficiency measurements show low collection. Ongoing work includes overcoming the high resistance in these devices and addressing other possible device limitations such as non-optimum junction depth, interface recombination, and reduced bulk lifetime due to structural defects.

  1. Curcumin reduces expression of Bcl-2, leading to apoptosis in daunorubicin-insensitive CD34+ acute myeloid leukemia cell lines and primary sorted CD34+ acute myeloid leukemia cells


    Background Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an immunophenotypically heterogenous malignant disease, in which CD34 positivity is associated with poor prognosis. CD34+ AML cells are 10-15-fold more resistant to daunorubicin (DNR) than CD34- AML cells. Curcumin is a major component of turmeric that has shown cytotoxic activity in multiple cancers; however, its anti-cancer activity has not been well studied in DNR-insensitive CD34+ AML cells. The aim of this study was to therefore to explore curcumin-induced cytotoxicity in DNR-insensitive CD34+ AML cell lines (KG1a, Kasumi-1), DNR-sensitive U937 AML cells, and primary CD34+ AML bone-marrow-derived cells. Methods Primary human CD34+ cells were isolated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells or bone marrow mononuclear cells using a CD34 MicroBead kit. The growth inhibitory effects of curcumin were evaluated by MTT and colony-formation assays. Cell cycle distribution was examined by propidium iodide (PI) assay. Apoptosis was analyzed by Wright-Giemsa, Hoechst 33342 and Annexin-V/PI staining assays. The change in mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) was examined by JC-1 staining and flow cytometry. Expression of apoptosis-related proteins was determined by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting. Short interfering RNA (siRNA) against Bcl-2 was used in CD34+ KG1a and Kasumi-1 cells incubated with/without DNR. Results Curcumin inhibited proliferation and induced apoptosis and G1/S arrest in both DNR-insensitive KG1a, Kasumi-1 and DNR-sensitive U937 cells. Curcumin-induced apoptosis was associated with reduced expression of both Bcl-2 mRNA and protein, subsequent loss of MMP, and activation of caspase-3 followed by PARP degradation. Curcumin synergistically enhanced the cytotoxic effect of DNR in DNR-insensitive KG1a and Kasumi-1 cells, consistent with decreased Bcl-2 expression. Accordingly, siRNA against Bcl-2 increased the susceptibility of KG1a and Kasumi-1 cells to DNR-induced apoptosis

  2. Curcumin reduces expression of Bcl-2, leading to apoptosis in daunorubicin-insensitive CD34+ acute myeloid leukemia cell lines and primary sorted CD34+ acute myeloid leukemia cells

    Huang Sheng-Shan


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Acute myeloid leukemia (AML is an immunophenotypically heterogenous malignant disease, in which CD34 positivity is associated with poor prognosis. CD34+ AML cells are 10-15-fold more resistant to daunorubicin (DNR than CD34- AML cells. Curcumin is a major component of turmeric that has shown cytotoxic activity in multiple cancers; however, its anti-cancer activity has not been well studied in DNR-insensitive CD34+ AML cells. The aim of this study was to therefore to explore curcumin-induced cytotoxicity in DNR-insensitive CD34+ AML cell lines (KG1a, Kasumi-1, DNR-sensitive U937 AML cells, and primary CD34+ AML bone-marrow-derived cells. Methods Primary human CD34+ cells were isolated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells or bone marrow mononuclear cells using a CD34 MicroBead kit. The growth inhibitory effects of curcumin were evaluated by MTT and colony-formation assays. Cell cycle distribution was examined by propidium iodide (PI assay. Apoptosis was analyzed by Wright-Giemsa, Hoechst 33342 and Annexin-V/PI staining assays. The change in mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP was examined by JC-1 staining and flow cytometry. Expression of apoptosis-related proteins was determined by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting. Short interfering RNA (siRNA against Bcl-2 was used in CD34+ KG1a and Kasumi-1 cells incubated with/without DNR. Results Curcumin inhibited proliferation and induced apoptosis and G1/S arrest in both DNR-insensitive KG1a, Kasumi-1 and DNR-sensitive U937 cells. Curcumin-induced apoptosis was associated with reduced expression of both Bcl-2 mRNA and protein, subsequent loss of MMP, and activation of caspase-3 followed by PARP degradation. Curcumin synergistically enhanced the cytotoxic effect of DNR in DNR-insensitive KG1a and Kasumi-1 cells, consistent with decreased Bcl-2 expression. Accordingly, siRNA against Bcl-2 increased the susceptibility of KG1a and Kasumi-1 cells to

  3. A newly-discovered Cd-hyperaccumulator Solanum nigrum L.

    WEI Shuhe; ZHOU Qixing; WANG Xin; ZHANG Kaisong; GUO Guanlin; MA Lena Qiying


    A systematic investigation was conducted to screen for cadmium-hyperaccumulator from 54 species in 20 weed families using outdoor pot-culture experiment and small-scale field experiment. The results from the outdoor pot-culture experiment showed that Cd concentrations in the stems and leaves of Solanum nigrum L. growing in a soil spiked with 25 mg/kg Cd were up to 103.8 and 124.6 mg/kg (DW), respectively, which was greater than 100 mg/kg, minimum Cd concentration for a Cd-hyperaccumulator. The Cd enrichment factor (EF, concentration ratio in plant to soil) in shoots was as high as 2.68. Moreover, Cd accumulation in shoots was greater than that in roots (TF, concentration ratio in shoots to roots) and the plant biomass growth was not inhibited at the Cd concentrations tested compared with the control. The results of the small-scale field experiment also showed that the characteristics of Cd accumulation in S. nigrum were all consistent with the characteristics of Cd-hyperaccumulators. Thus S. nigrum can be classified as a Cd-hyperaccumulator. This work is important for further research in the areas of hyperaccumulators screening, and plant-tolerance physiology and evolution. It provides a patentable new plant species for phytoremediation of Cd-con- taminated soils.

  4. Effect of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria on the Concentration and Uptake of Macro Nutrients by Corn in a Cd-contaminated Calcareous Soil under Drought Stress

    shahrzad karami


    Full Text Available Introduction: Heavy metals such as cadmium (Cd are found naturally in soils, but their amount can be changed by human activities. The study of the uptake and accumulation of heavy metals by plants is done in order to prevent their threats on human and animal’s health.Cadmium is a toxic element for living organisms. Cadmium competes with many of nutrients to be absorbed by the plant and interferes with their biological roles. Water stress affects the cell structure and the food is diverted from its normal metabolic pathway. It also reduces the availability and uptake of nutrients by the plant. One reason for the reduction of plant growth under drought stress is the accumulation of ethylene in plants. There are ways to mitigate the negative effects of drought stress that one of which is the use of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria(PGPRs to increasing the availability of nutrients. Soil beneficial bacteria play an important role in the biological cycles and have been used to increase plant health and soil fertility over the past few decades.The aim of this study was to investigate theeffect of PGPRson the concentration and uptake of macro nutrients by corn in a Cd-contaminated calcareous soil under drought stress. Materials and Methods: A greenhouse factorial experiment was conducted in a completely randomized design with three replications. The treatments were two levels of bacteria (with and without bacteria, four levels of Cd (5, 10, 20, and 40 mg kg-1, and three levels of drought stress (without stress, 80, and 65% of field capacity. The pots were filled with 3 kg of treated soil. Cd was treated as its sulfate salt in amounts of 5, 10, 20, and 40 mg kg-1. The soil was mixed uniformly with 150 mg N kg-1 as urea, 20 mg P kg-1 as Ca (H2PO42, 5 mg Fe kg-1 as Fe-EDDHA and 10, 10 and 2.5 mg Zn, Mn and Cu kg-1, respectively as their sulfate salt in order to meet plant needs for these nutrients. Six seeds of Zea mays (var. HIDO were planted at

  5. Microparticulate β-glucan vaccine conjugates phagocytized by dendritic cells activate both naïve CD4 and CD8 T cells in vitro.

    Berner, Vanessa K; duPre, Sally A; Redelman, Doug; Hunter, Kenneth W


    Microparticulate β-glucan (MG) conjugated to vaccine antigen has been shown to serve as an effective adjuvant in vivo. To further study antigen presentation by MG:vaccine conjugates, bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDC) were treated with MG conjugated to ovalbumin (OVA), then interacted with splenocytes from DO11.10 transgenic mice expressing an OVA peptide-specific T cell receptor. BMDC treated with MG:OVA induced significantly higher numbers of activated (CD25+CD69+) OVA-specific CD4+ T cells than BMDC treated with OVA alone. BMDC treated with MG:OVA upregulated CD86 and CD40 expression as well as MG alone, indicating that conjugation of OVA does not alter the immunostimulatory capacity of MG. Activation of CD8+ OVA-specific OT-1 cells showed that MG:OVA is also capable of enhancing cross-presentation by BMDC to CD8+ cytotoxic T cells. These results show that MG acts as an adjuvant to enhance antigen presentation by dendritic cells to naïve, antigen-specific CD4 and CD8 T cells.

  6. Producing CD-ROMs.

    Hyams, Peter, Ed.


    This issue presents 11 articles that address issues relating to the production of CD-ROMs. Highlights include current uses of CD-ROM; standards; steps involved in producing CD-ROMs, including data capture, conversion, and tagging, product design, and indexing; authoring; selecting indexing and retrieval software; costs; multimedia CD-ROMs; and…


    Radovan Stanovič


    Full Text Available The region of Upper Nitra has been influenced for several decades by the intensive activity of the industry. The Nitra is a river with the most polluted water ecosystems. It was caused by anthropogenic activities in the past decades. In the upper reaches of the river in the cadastral territory of the village Zemianske Kostoľany is located the thermal power plant. There is the sedimentation reservoir, which caused the ecological disaster in 1965. During this accident there was a bursting of the dam and the downstream sedimentation of sludge spill, which contaminated the entire water catchment area of the Nitra river. As a result of an ecological accident occurred to a long-term contamination of the stream but also the adjacent alluvial areas by heavy metals (Hg, As, Pb and others. In the present work, we have focused on ascertaining the level of contamination the adjacent plot of land and seeds of corn in the cadastral territory of Malé Kršteňany. We ascertained the excess of the limit values in the case of Hg on the south side of the agricultural land in Malé Kršteňany, which borders with the stream of the river. The Cd content has exceeded the limit value at the five sampling places, in the case of lead, content does not exceed the limit value. The average mercury concentration in the grain of maize was 0.095, which exceeds the limit value by 90.5%. The average cadmium content in maize grain reached the value of 0.06 This value does not exceed the limit value. Average lead accumulation in the grain of maize was 0.54, which exceeds 2.7 times the limit value. The results of analyzes indicate an increased level of land contamination by mercury and cadmium, which was reflected in an increased level of contamination by monitored metals of crops.

  8. Development of Cd1-xMgxTe thin films for application as an electron reflector in CdS/CdTe solar cells

    Kobyakov, Pavel S.

    Efficiencies of CdS/CdTe photovoltaic cells significantly lag behind their theoretical limit, primarily because open-circuit voltage ( VOC) of record efficiency cells (872 mV) is well below what is expected for the CdTe band gap (1.5 eV). A substantial V OC improvement can be achieved through addition of an electron reflector (ER) layer to CdTe devices. The ER layer forms a conduction-band barrier that reflects minority-charge carriers (i.e. electrons in p-type CdTe) away from the back surface. Similar to back-surface fields in c-Si, III-V, and CIGS solar cells, the ER strategy is expected to reduce back-surface recombination and is estimated to increase CdTe VOC by about 200 mV based on numerical simulation. The presented research investigates the addition of a thin layer of wider band gap Cd1-xMgxTe (CMT) to achieve a CdTe ER structure. First, a novel co-sublimation process was developed for deposition of Cd 1-xMgxTe thin films that demonstrates excellent experimental capabilities, commercial viability, and improved alloy control over other techniques. Next, the effects of processing on material properties of CMT deposition onto CdS/CdTe structures were investigated. It was discovered that substrate temperature during CMT deposition is a critical parameter for achieving uniform CMT film coverage on polycrystalline CdTe. Furthermore, CMT film growth was found to be epitaxial on CdTe where the CMT films retain the same microstructural features as the underlying CdTe grains. Despite film uniformity, significant Mg loss from the CMT film, oxide formation, and a reduction of the optical band gap was found after CdCl2-based passivation treatments. Preliminary process optimization found that band gap degradation can be minimized by utilizing MgCl2 in addition to CdCl2 as a treatment source material. Finally, development of CdS/CdTe/Cd1-xMgxTe electron reflector devices demonstrated a barrier behavior at high voltage bias and improved voltage when CdTe thickness is held

  9. Enhancement of Cd phytoextraction by hyperaccumulator Sedum alfredii using electrical field and organic amendments.

    Xiao, Wendan; Li, Dan; Ye, Xuezhu; Xu, Haizhou; Yao, Guihua; Wang, Jingwen; Zhang, Qi; Hu, Jing; Gao, Na


    The combined use of organic amendment-assisted phytoextraction and electrokinetic remediation to decontaminate Cd-polluted soil was demonstrated in a laboratory-scale experiment. The plant species selected was the hyperaccumulator Sedum alfredii. Prior to the pot experiment, the loamy soil was treated with 15 g kg(-1) of pig manure compost, 10 g kg(-1) of humic acid, or 5 mmol kg(-1) of EDTA, and untreated soil without application of any amendment was the control. Two conditions were applied to each treatment: no voltage (without an electrical field) and a direct current (DC) electrical field (1 V cm(-1) with switching polarity every day). Results indicated that Cd concentrations in S. alfredii were significantly (p electrical field and soil amendments (pig manure compost, humic acid, and EDTA). By switching the polarity of the DC electrical field, significant pH variation from anode to cathode can be avoided, and no significant impact was observed on shoot biomass production. Electrical field application increased DTPA-extractable Cd in soils and the Cd accumulation in shoots by 6.06-15.64 and 24.53-52.31%, respectively. The addition of pig manure compost and humic acid enhanced shoot Cd accumulation by 1.54- to 1.92- and 1.38- to 1.64-fold because of their simultaneous enhancement of Cd concentration in shoots and biomass production. However, no enhancement of Cd accumulation was found in the EDTA treatment, which can be ascribed to the inhibition of plant growth caused by EDTA. In conclusion, pig manure compost or humic acid addition in combination with the application of a switched-polarity DC electrical field could significantly enhance Cd phytoextraction by hyperaccumulator S. alfredii.

  10. High-Temperature CO2 Sorption on Hydrotalcite Having a High Mg/Al Molar Ratio.

    Kim, Suji; Jeon, Sang Goo; Lee, Ki Bong


    Hydrotalcites having a Mg/Al molar ratio between 3 and 30 have been synthesized as promising high-temperature CO2 sorbents. The existence of NaNO3 in the hydrotalcite structure, which originates from excess magnesium nitrate in the precursor, markedly increases CO2 sorption uptake by hydrotalcite up to the record high value of 9.27 mol kg(-1) at 240 °C and 1 atm CO2.

  11. Induction of various immune modulatory molecules in CD34(+) hematopoietic cells

    Umland, Oliver; Heine, Holger; Miehe, Michaela


    Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) has been shown to induce proliferation of human T-lymphocytes only in the presence of monocytes and CD34(+) hematopoietic cells (HCs) from peripheral blood. This finding provided evidence of an active role of CD34(+) HCs during inflammation and immunological events. To in...... cytokines including TNF-alpha, which may contribute to innate- and adaptive-immune processes........ To investigate mechanisms by which CD34(+) HCs become activated and exert their immune-modulatory function, we used the human CD34(+) acute myeloid leukemia cell line KG-1a and CD34(+) bone marrow cells (BMCs). We showed that culture supernatants of LPS-stimulated mononuclear cells (SUP(LPS)) as well as tumor...... revealed that T cell proliferation can be induced by TNF-alpha-stimulated KG-1a cells, which is preventable by blocking anti-ICAM-1 monoclonal antibodies. Our results demonstrate that CD34(+) HCs have the potential to express a variety of immune-regulatory mediators upon stimulation by inflammatory...

  12. Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of EuAgCd and YbAgCd

    Fickenscher, T.; Kotzyba, G.; Hoffmann, R.D.; Poettgen, R. [Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Muenchen (Germany). Dept. Chemie


    New intermetallic compounds EuAgCd and YbAgCd were synthesized in quantitative yield by reaction of the elements in sealed tantalum tubes in a high-frequency furnace. Both compounds were investigated by X-ray diffraction on powders and single crystals: KHg{sub 2} type, Imma, a = 490.41(8), b = 771.0(1), c = 834.4(2) pm, wR2 = 0.0624, 255 F{sup 2} values, 12 variables for EuAgCd, and MgZn{sub 2} type, P6{sub 3}/mmc, a = 584.66(5), c = 946.83(9) pm, wR2 = 0.0502, 187 F{sup 2} values, 11 variables for YbAgCd. Owing to the very small difference in scattering power, no long range ordering of the silver and cadmium atoms is evident from the X-ray data, although Ag-Cd ordering is expected. The silver and cadmium atoms randomly occupy the mercury and zinc positions of the KHg{sub 2} and MgZn{sub 2} type structures, respectively. In EuAgCd the [AgCd] substructure consists of strongly puckered, orthorhombically distorted Ag{sub 3}Cd{sub 3} hexagons, while a three-dimensional network of face- and corner-sharing tetrahedra is observed in YbAgCd. The rare earth atoms fill the space between the Ag{sub 3}Cd{sub 3} hexagons (EuAgCd) or within the three-dimensional tetrahedral network (YbAgCd). Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate Pauli paramagnetism for YbAgCd and Curie-Weiss behavior above 60 K for EuAgCd with an experimental magnetic moment of 7.82(3) {mu}{sub B}/Eu indicating divalent ytterbium and europium. Ferromagnetic ordering at T{sub C} = 28.0(5) K is observed for EuAgCd. At 2 K and 5 T the saturation magnetization is 5.85(5) {mu}{sub B}/Eu. (orig.)

  13. Growth responses of the newly-discovered Cd-hyperaccumulator Rorippa globosa and its accumulation characteristics of Cd and As under joint stress of Cd and As

    SUN Yuebing; ZHOU Qixing; WEI Shuhe; REN Liping


    Rorippa globosa has been identified as a newly found Cd-hyperaccumulating species.In the present study,growth responses of Rorippa globosa and its accumulation characteristics of Cd and As were examined under joint stress of Cd and As.The results showed that Cd and As had an antagonistic effect on enhancing the growth of Rorippa globosa plants and Cd uptake and accumulation under the low concentration Cd and As treatments.When the cohcentration of Cd in the soil was 10 mg/kg and the concentration of As was 50 mg/kg,the highest growing height of the plant was up to 35.9 cm and the dry weight of the shoots was up to 2.2 g/pot,respectively.Meanwhile,the accumulation of Cd in the leaves under the joint stress was higher than that at the same level under single Cd pollution.However,there were synergic adverse effects on plant growth and Cd uptake under the combined pollution from a high concentration of Cd and As.Meanwhile,the accumulation of As in the roots was greater than that in the shoots,the translocation factor(TF)was≤0.3 and the bioaccumulation factor(BF)was≤0.6,thus showing that Rorippa globosa had an excluding effect on As uptake.These results confirmed that Rorippa globosa had a strong tolerant ability to the joint stress of Cd and As,and the potential for phytoremediation of soils contaminated by Cd and As.

  14. CD14 mediated endogenous TNF-alpha release in HL60 AML cells: a potential model for CD14 mediated endogenous cytokine release in the treatment of AML.

    Treon, S P; Anand, B; Ulevitch, R; Broitman, S A


    In previous studies, HL60 AML cells treated with tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF), interferon-gamma (IFN), and lipopolysaccharides (LPS) displayed decreased growth and viability, enhanced monocytic pathway differentiation and endogenous TNF release. Endogenous TNF release by LPS/TNF/IFN treated HL60 cells was postulated to play a role with the above findings. In these studies, HL60 cells expressed CD14 when treated with TNF, IFN, and LPS. CD14 mediates TNF release in monocytes/macrophages in response to binding of LPS with LPS binding protein (LBP). CD14 was not expressed in either untreated or LPS only treated HL60 cells. CD14 expression was present and greater with HL60 cells cultured with LPS/TNF/IFN vs TNF/IFN (47.47% vs 9.07% positive, respectively) suggesting synergism for LPS in CD14 induction. CD14 expression was associated with endogenous TNF release, and with significantly higher levels by HL60 cells treated with LPS/TNF/IFN vs TNF/IFN (p < 0.001). Addition of anti-CD14 antibody significantly reduced release of TNF in TNF/IFN (p < 0.001) and LPS/TNF/IFN (p = 0.0013) treated cells. KG1 and U937 AML cells treated with LPS, TNF, and IFN did not express CD14, nor release TNF. A model for inducing release of endogenous growth inhibitory cytokines by CD14 bearing AML cells is proposed as an approach to AML therapy.

  15. Soluble CD163

    Møller, Holger J


    of sCD163 is unknown, but during inflammation and macrophage activation, sCD163 levels increase acutely due to metalloproteinase-mediated cleavage near the cell membrane. It is now evident that sCD163 is very useful as a biomarker of macrophage activation in various inflammatory diseases......, such as macrophage activation syndrome, sepsis, and liver disease. Moreover, sCD163 is a general risk marker of comorbidity and mortality in several chronic inflammatory disease states. Recently, sCD163 has been shown to be strongly associated with later development of type 2 diabetes in both lean and obese subjects...

  16. Fate of Cd during microbial Fe(III) mineral reduction by a novel and Cd-tolerant Geobacter species.

    Muehe, E Marie; Obst, Martin; Hitchcock, Adam; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Behrens, Sebastian; Schröder, Christian; Byrne, James M; Michel, F Marc; Krämer, Ute; Kappler, Andreas


    Fe(III) (oxyhydr)oxides affect the mobility of contaminants in the environment by providing reactive surfaces for sorption. This includes the toxic metal cadmium (Cd), which prevails in agricultural soils and is taken up by crops. Fe(III)-reducing bacteria can mobilize such contaminants by Fe(III) mineral dissolution or immobilize them by sorption to or coprecipitation with secondary Fe minerals. To date, not much is known about the fate of Fe(III) mineral-associated Cd during microbial Fe(III) reduction. Here, we describe the isolation of a new Geobacter sp. strain Cd1 from a Cd-contaminated field site, where the strain accounts for 10(4) cells g(-1) dry soil. Strain Cd1 reduces the poorly crystalline Fe(III) oxyhydroxide ferrihydrite in the presence of at least up to 112 mg Cd L(-1). During initial microbial reduction of Cd-loaded ferrihydrite, sorbed Cd was mobilized. However, during continuous microbial Fe(III) reduction, Cd was immobilized by sorption to and/or coprecipitation within newly formed secondary minerals that contained Ca, Fe, and carbonate, implying the formation of an otavite-siderite-calcite (CdCO3-FeCO3-CaCO3) mixed mineral phase. Our data shows that microbially mediated turnover of Fe minerals affects the mobility of Cd in soils, potentially altering the dynamics of Cd uptake into food or phyto-remediating plants.

  17. Retinoic acid induction of CD38 antigen expression on normal and leukemic human myeloid cells: relationship with cell differentiation.

    Prus, Eugenia; Fibach, Eitan


    Differentiation in the hematopoietic system involves, among other changes, altered expression of antigens, including the CD34 and CD38 surface antigens. In normal hematopoiesis, the most immature stem cells have the CD34 + CD34 - phenotype. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), although blasts from most patients are CD38 +, some are CD38 - . AML blasts are blocked at early stages of differentiation; in some leukemic cells this block can be overcome by a variety of agents, including retinoids, that induce maturation into macrophages and granulocytes both in vitro and in vivo. Retinoids can also induce CD38 expression. In the present study, we investigated the relationship between induction of CD38 expression and induction of myeloid differentiation by retinoic acid (RA) in normal and leukemic human hematopoietic cells. In the promyelocytic (PML) CD34 - cell lines, HL60 and CB-1, as well as in normal CD34 + CD34 - hematopietic progenitor cells RA induced both CD38 expression as well as morphological and functional myeloid differentiation that resulted in loss of self-renewal. In contrast, in the myeloblastic CD34 + leukemic cell lines, ML-1 and KG-1a, as well as in primary cultures of cells derived from CD34 + -AML (M0 and M1) patients, RA caused an increase in CD38 + that was not associated with significant differentiation. Yet, long exposure of ML-1, but not KG-1, cells to RA resulted in loss of self-renewal. The results suggest that while in normal hematopoietic cells and in PML CD34 - cells induction of CD38 antigen expression by RA results in terminal differentiation along the myeloid lineage, in early myeloblastic leukemic CD34 + cells, induction of CD38 and differentiation are not functionally related. Since, several lines of evidence suggest that the CD38 - cells are the targets of leukemic transformation, transition of these cellsinto CD38 + phenotype by RA or other drugs may have therapeutic effect, either alone or in conjunction with cytotoxic drugs, regardless

  18. Magnesium and iron deficiencies alter Cd accumulation in Salix viminalis L.

    Borišev, M; Pajević, S; Nikolić, N; Orlović, S; Župunski, M; Pilipović, A; Kebert, M


    Evidence exists that Cd and certain nutrient elements, such as Fe and Mg, could share similar mechanisms of plant uptake and accumulation. Here we report that Mg and Fe deficiency in mature plants of Salix viminalis, grown in hydroponic solutions containing 5 µg ml(-1) of Cd, caused a significant increase in Cd accumulation in roots, stems and leaves. Cd (µg g(-1) dry weight) was determined following three treatments: 1) Cd treatment in complete nutrient solution; 2) Cd treatment with Fe deficiency; and 3) Cd treatment with Mg deficiency, yielding, respectively: in young leaves (65.3, 76.1, and 92.2), mature leaves (51.5 to 76.3 and 87.1), upper stems (80.6, 116.8, and 130.6) lower stems (67.2, 119, and 102.3), roots (377.1, 744.8, and 442,5). Our results suggest that Cd utilizes the same uptake and transport pathways as Mg and Fe. Evidence exists that Mg and Fe uptake and translocation could be further facilitated by plants as an adaptive response to deficiency of these elements. Such physiological reaction could additionally stimulate Cd accumulation. Although Cd uptake was mostly confined in roots, high Cd content in aerial plant parts (51.5-130.6 µg g(-1)) indicates that the analysed Salix viminalis genotype is suitable for phytoextraction.

  19. CD 150 - short wheat cultivar with high quality and high yield

    Ivan Schuster


    Full Text Available The industrial quality and lodging resistance of CD 150, a cross between CD104 and CD108, are high and the plant heightis short. The average yield was 10 % higher than of the controls in the regions II, III and IV. It is suitable for cultivation in the states of PR,SP, MS and GO, MG, and DF.

  20. Dexamethasone Regulates Macrophage and Cd4+Cd25+ Cell Numbers in the Chicken Spleen

    AS Calefi


    Full Text Available Abstract Dexamethasone (DEX is a corticoid hormone that is experimentally used to mimic the effects of increased levels of endogenous corticosterone observed during the stress response. Currently, stress is considered one of the major predisposing factors for diseases in the poultry industry. The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of DEX and/or of a 20-fold coccidial vaccine dose on leukocyte phenotypes in the spleen and cecal tonsils of chickens. Twenty specific-pathogen-free (SPF Leghorn chickens were divided into four groups: a non-treated group (NT, a DEX-treated group (Dex, a vaccinated group (V and a DEX-treated+vaccinated group (Dex+V. On experimental day (ED 42, each bird in the vaccinated groups received a anti-coccidial vaccine. DEX was injected in the birds of the Dex and Dex+V groups (0.9 mg/kg onED42 and ED45. The immunophenotyping was performed by flow cytometry analysis of splenocytes and cecal tonsils cells onED48. DEX treatment per se was unable to change CD4+CD8+, CD4+CD8+ and CD4-CD8+ populations with TCRgd or CD28 in the spleen, or macrophages and T lymphocytes in the cecal tonsils. V group birds presented higher numbers of splenic macrophages compared with those measured in the Dex+V group. The number of CD4+CD25+ cells in the spleen of birds of the V group was higher than those measured in the other experimental groups. Our data suggest that CD4+CD25+ cells and macrophages might be influenced by DEX treatment in spleen, but not in the cecal tonsils of chickens inoculated with Eimeria.

  1. Effects of Mineral Phosphorous Fertilization and cd Loading on cd Translocation from Soil to Corn (Zea mays L.)

    László, Márton, ,, Dr.


    -80 mg*kg-1, AL-K2O 180-200 mg*kg-1 in the plowed layer. From 1977 to 2000 the experiment consisted of 4x3x2x4=96 plots in split plot design. The gross plot size was 4.9x7=34.3 m2. The fertiliser rates in kg* ha-1 of phosphorus (P2O5) were 0, 100 (in every year from 1977), 2000 (in 1977), 4000 (in 1997) and kg*ha-1*year-1 of cadmium were 0, 70 from 1992 to 2001. Results and Discussion In 2000, the main cadmium actual transfer index ("ATI" by Márton 2004) maximum and minimum values in the case of maize 4-6 foliaged phenophase ranged between +22.0- -89.2%. compared with control soils. The grain "ATI" maximum and minimum values changed between +14.4- -89.2% as opposed to unterated plants. The highest yields reached around 10 t* ha-1. These study shows maize has ability to a different degree to cadmium bioaccumulation from soil to corn and by these way for "FOOD CHAIN". References Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 1997. Toxicological Profile for Cadmium. Draft for public comment (update). US Department of Health and Human Services. Atlanta , US . Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 1999. Toxicological profile for Cadmium. US department of Health and Human Services. Atlanta, US. Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council (ANZECC). 1992. Australian Water Quality Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Waters. ChemFinder WebServer Project (CWP). 1995. Cadmium Oxide (accessed, May, 1999) Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Environment Agency (EA). 2002. Contaminants in soil: Collation of toxicological data and intake values for humans. Cadmium. R&D Publications TOX 3. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). 1998. Cadmium Chloride: The Chemical Scorecard: (accessed, May, 1999) Health and Safety Commission (HSC). 2005. EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits. International Agency for the Research on Cancer (IARC). 1993. Beryllium, cadmium, mercury and exposures in the glass manufacturing industry. IARC

  2. New roles for icosahedral clusters in intermetallic phases: micelle-like segregation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions in Ca10Cd27Cu2.

    Hadler, Amelia B; Harris, Nicholas A; Fredrickson, Daniel C


    Despite significant progress in the structural characterization of the quasicrystalline state, the chemical origins of long- and short-range icosahedral order remain mysterious and a subject of debate. In this Article, we present the crystal structure of a new complex intermetallic phase, Ca10Cd27Cu2 (mC234.24), whose geometrical features offer clues to the driving forces underlying the icosahedral clusters that occur in Bergman-type quasicrystals. Ca10Cd27Cu2 adopts a C-centered monoclinic superstructure of the 1/1 Bergman approximant structure, in which [110] layers of Bergman clusters in the 1/1 structure are separated through the insertion of additional atoms (accompanied by substantial positional disorder). An examination of the coordination environments of Ca and Cu (in the ordered regions) reveals that the structure can be viewed as a combination of coordination polyhedra present in the nearest binary phases in the Ca-Cd-Cu compositional space. A notable feature is the separation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions, with Bergman clusters emerging as Ca-Cd Friauf polyhedra (derived from the MgZn2-type CaCd2 phase) encapsulate a Cu-Cd icosahedron similar to those appearing in Cu2Cd5. DFT chemical pressure calculations on nearby binary phases point to the importance of this segregation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions. The mismatch in atomic size between Cu and Cd leads to an inability to satisfy Ca-Cu and Ca-Cd interactions simultaneously in the Friauf polyhedra of the nearby Laves phase CaCd2. The relegation of the Cu atoms to icosahedra prevents this frustration while nucleating the formation of Bergman clusters.

  3. CD4+/CD8+ double-positive T cells

    Overgaard, Nana H; Jung, Ji-Won; Steptoe, Raymond J


    CD4(+)/CD8(+) DP thymocytes are a well-described T cell developmental stage within the thymus. However, once differentiated, the CD4(+) lineage or the CD8(+) lineage is generally considered to be fixed. Nevertheless, mature CD4(+)/CD8(+) DP T cells have been described in the blood and peripheral...... cells, CD4(+)/CD8(+) T cell populations, outside of the thymus, have recently been described to express concurrently ThPOK and Runx3. Considerable heterogeneity exists within the CD4(+)/CD8(+) DP T cell pool, and the function of CD4(+)/CD8(+) T cell populations remains controversial, with conflicting...... reports describing cytotoxic or suppressive roles for these cells. In this review, we describe how transcriptional regulation, lineage of origin, heterogeneity of CD4 and CD8 expression, age, species, and specific disease settings influence the functionality of this rarely studied T cell population....

  4. [Effects of environmental factors on cd biotoxicity and phytochelatins production in Triticum aestivum].

    Sun, Qin; Yuan, Xinfang; Wang, Xiaorong


    In this paper, a solution culture experiment was conducted to study the effects of environmental factors on Cd biotoxicity and phytochelatins (PCs) production in wheat. The results showed that Cd stress had significant inhibitory effects on wheat growth and PCs overproduction. The Cd biotoxicity and Cd uptake by wheat were affected in varying degrees by soil pH, Ca and S, and the levels of PCs production in root were consistent with the changes of Cd biotoxicity. Furthermore, the Cd biotoxicity was decreased with increasing P supply, coinciding with the decrease of PCs level in root. Mg had no obvious effect on both Cd biotoxicity and PCs level in root. The present results further confirmed that the induced PCs production level by Cd was related to Cd biotoxicity in plant, suggesting that PCs could be a promising biomarker for estimating Cd phytotoxicity.

  5. Uptake and fate of Cd and Zn in edible fungi of the Agaricus bisporus species

    Huetter, M.


    Cd and Zn were added to growth substrate of fungi in order to investigate the Cd uptake and the effects of Zn on Cd uptake in the edible fungus Agaricus bisporus. Fungus yields were found to decrease with Cd uptake. This effect was completely overcome and sometimes even overcompensated by adding zinc. Cd concentrations in the fungi increased with the soil Cd concentration: When Cd (5.0 and 10.0 mg/kg Fg) was added to the soil cover as well as to the substrate, Cd concentrations in the fungi were found to be about 70% higher than in fungi where the same amount of Cd had been added only to the substrate. The following interactions between Cd and Zn uptake were observed: Low soil Cd concentrations enhance Zn uptake. In contrast, Zn enhances Cd uptake in fungi with low Cd concentrations. At high soil Cd concentrations, Zn inhibits Cd uptake. Cd concentrations in the fungi increased with the age of the cultures and with the size of the fungi. The highest concentrations were found in the lamellae. The enrichment factors are lower in the cultivated variety (0.6 to 1.4 in dependence of the soil Cd concentration) than in wild-growing fungi.

  6. Comparison of rizatriptan 5 mg and 10 mg tablets and sumatriptan 25 mg and 50 mg tablets.

    Kolodny, A; Polis, A; Battisti, W P; Johnson-Pratt, L; Skobieranda, F


    This randomized, double-blind, two-attack, placebo-controlled, crossover study explored the efficacy and tolerability of rizatriptan 10 mg compared with sumatriptan 50 mg as well as rizatriptan 5 mg compared with sumatriptan 25 mg in the acute treatment of migraine. Following randomization to one of six possible treatment sequences, patients (n = 1447) treated two sequential attacks, of moderate or severe intensity, separated by at least 5 days. Patients assessed pain severity, migraine-associated symptoms, and functional disability at 0.5, 1, 1.5, and 2 h post treatment. Compared with placebo, all treatments were effective. On the primary endpoint of time to pain relief, rizatriptan 10 mg was not statistically different from sumatriptan 50 mg [odds ratio (OR) 1.10, P = 0.161], and rizatriptan 5 mg was statistically superior to sumatriptan 25 mg (OR 1.22, P = 0.007). In general, rizatriptan 10 mg and 5 mg treatment resulted in improvement compared with the corresponding doses of sumatriptan on measures of pain severity, migraine symptoms, and functional disability and the 5-mg dose reached statistical significance on almost all measures. All treatments were generally well tolerated.

  7. Emitter Choice for Epitaxial CdTe Solar Cells

    Song, Tao; Kanevce, Ana; Sites, James R.


    High-quality epitaxial CdTe layers with low defect density and high carrier concentration have been demonstrated by several research groups. Nevertheless, one primary challenge for high-performance epitaxial CdTe solar cells is how to choose a suitable emitter partner for the junction formation. The numerical simulations show that a type I heterojunction with small conduction band offset (0.1 eV = = 0.3 eV) is necessary to maintain a good cell efficiency even with large interface recombination. Otherwise, a small 'cliff' can assist interface recombination causing smaller Voc, and a large 'spike' ( = 0.4 eV) can impede the photo current and lead to a reduction of JSC and FF. Among the three possible emitters, CdS, CdMgTe, and MgZnO, CdMgTe (with ~30% Mg) and MgZnO (with ~ 20% Mg) are likely to be a better choice since their type-I junction can tolerate a larger density of interface defects.

  8. Effects of elevated CO2 levels on root morphological traits and Cd uptakes of two Lolium species under Cd stress

    Yan JIA; Shi-rong TANG; Xue-hai JU; Li-na SHU; Shu-xing TU; Ren-wei FENG; Lorenzino GIUSTI


    This study was conducted to investigate the combined effects of elevated CO2 levels and cadmium (Cd) on the root morphological traits and Cd accumulation in Lolium multifiorum Lam. and Lolium perenne L. exposed to two CO2 levels (360 and 1 000 μl/L) and three Cd levels (0, 4, and 16 mg/L) under hydroponic conditions. The results show that elevated levels of CO2 increased shoot biomass more, compared to root biomass, but decreased Cd concentrations in all plant tissues. Cd exposure caused toxicity to both Lolium species, as shown by the restrictions of the root morphological parameters including root length, surface area, volume, and tip numbers. These parameters were significantly higher under elevated levels of CO2 than under ambient CO2, especially for the number of fine roots. The increases in magnitudes of those parameters triggered by elevated levels of CO2 under Cd stress were more than those under non-Cd stress, suggesting an ameliorated Cd stress under elevated levels of CO2. The total Cd uptake per pot, calculated on the basis of biomass, was significantly greater under elevated levels of CO2 than under ambient CO2.Ameliorated Cd toxicity, decreased Cd concentration, and altered root morphological traits in both Lolium species under elevated levels of CO2 may have implications in food safety and phytoremediation.

  9. Substitution of Mn for Mg in MgB_2*

    Fitzpatrick, Michael D.; Johnston, David C.; Miller, Lance L.; Hill, Julienne M.


    The study of solid solutions in which the Mg in MgB2 is partially replaced by magnetic 3d or 4f atoms can potentially reveal important information on the superconducting state of MgB_2. As an end-member of the hypothetical Mg_1-xMn_xB2 system, MnB2 is isostructural with MgB2 and is an antiferromagnet below TN = 760 K which becomes canted at 157 K. A previous study by Moritomo et al.[1] examined the structure and properties of multi-phase samples with 0.01J. Phys. Soc. Japan b70, 1889 (2001).; “Effects of transition metal doping in MgB2 superconductor", Y. Moritomo at al. arXiv:cond-mat/0104568.

  10. Influence of PGPR Bacteria and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi on Growth and some Physiological Parameters of Onopordon acanthium in a Cd-Contaminated Soil

    MirHassan Rasouli-Sadaghiani


    Cd (0, 10, 30 and 100 mg Cd kg-1 soil at greenhouse of agricultural college in Urmia University. The contaminated soils were then sterilized and subsequently inoculated with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (a mixture of Glomose species including G. intraradices, G. mosseae and G. fasciculatum and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (a mixture of Pseudomonas species includeing P. putida, P. fluorescens, and P. aeruginosa. The seeds of Onopordon plants were grown in 2.5 kilogram pots under greenhouse condition. At the end of growing season the shoot dry weight, Cd, Fe, Zn and Cu concentration and element contents and some of physiological parameters of plant as well as microbial properties were analyzed. Furthermore, the effect of soil Pb level on population, activity and efficiency of the inoculated microbes was studied. Results and Discussion: Significant difference was observed for plants’ dry weights. At different Cd levels, the yield of inoculated plants was higher than that of control plants. Furthermore, at elevated Cd concentration, plant height, biomass, relative yield, chlorophyll a, b, carotenoids, relative water content (RWC decreased significantly (P < 0.05, however, plants inoculated with plant growth promoting rhizobacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi showed considerable amount of dry matter, chlorophyll a, b as well as RWC. Mycorrizal and bacterial inoculation and Cd treatment also had significant effect on leaf photosynthetic pigments concentration and plant relative water content. In general, concentrations of photosynthetic pigments and RWC were higher in inoculated plants at every level of soil Cd. The microbial inoculation effectively decreased the inhibitory effects of Cd on plant growth. Shoot yield of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria plants increased by 2.7 and 2.1 times as well as microbial respiration increased by 2.17 and 2.01 times compared to control treatment. The results showed inoculated plant

  11. Slow desensitization of imatinib-induced nonimmediate reactions and dynamic changes of drug-specific CD4(+)CD25(+)CD134(+) lymphocytes.

    Klaewsongkram, Jettanong; Thantiworasit, Pattarawat; Sodsai, Pimpayao; Buranapraditkun, Supranee; Mongkolpathumrat, Pungjai


    Imatinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) and certain neoplastic diseases; however, nonimmediate adverse reactions are common. To describe the process of imatinib slow desensitization in patients who experienced nonimmediate reactions to imatinib and the dynamic change in drug-specific CD4(+)CD25(+)CD134(+) T-lymphocyte percentages. Five patients diagnosed as having GISTs and with a recent history of imatinib-induced nonimmediate reactions (maculopapular exanthema with eosinophilia, exfoliative dermatitis, palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia, and drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms) were desensitized using a slow desensitization protocol. The reintroduced imatinib dosage was stepped up every week starting from 10 mg/d and increasing to 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, and 300 mg/d until the target dose of 400 mg/d was achieved. Prednisolone of up to 30 mg/d was allowed if allergic reactions recurred. The percentages of CD4(+)CD25(+)CD134(+) T cells present after incubating peripheral blood mononuclear cells with imatinib, at baseline and after successful desensitization, were analyzed using flow cytometric analysis. By using a slow desensitization technique, all patients were able to receive 400 mg/d of imatinib, and prednisolone was gradually tapered off. The percentages of imatinib-induced CD4(+)CD25(+)CD134(+) T cells decreased from a mean (SD) of 11.3% (6.5%) and 13.4% (7.3%) at baseline to 3.2% (0.7%) and 3.0% (1.1%) after successful desensitization, when stimulating peripheral blood mononuclear cells with 1 and 2 μM of imatinib, respectively. Slow desensitization is a helpful procedure in treating patients with imatinib-induced nonimmediate reactions other than simple maculopapular exanthema. The reduced percentages of imatinib-induced CD4(+)CD25(+)CD134(+) T cells in these patients may be associated with immune tolerance. Copyright © 2016 American College of Allergy, Asthma

  12. Mesoporous carbon stabilized MgO nanoparticles synthesized by pyrolysis of MgCl2 preloaded waste biomass for highly efficient CO2 capture.

    Liu, Wu-Jun; Jiang, Hong; Tian, Ke; Ding, Yan-Wei; Yu, Han-Qing


    Anthropogenic CO2 emission makes significant contribution to global climate change and CO2 capture and storage is a currently a preferred technology to change the trajectory toward irreversible global warming. In this work, we reported a new strategy that the inexhaustible MgCl2 in seawater and the abundantly available biomass waste can be utilized to prepare mesoporous carbon stabilized MgO nanoparticles (mPC-MgO) for CO2 capture. The mPC-MgO showed excellent performance in the CO2 capture process with the maximum capacity of 5.45 mol kg(-1), much higher than many other MgO based CO2 trappers. The CO2 capture capacity of the mPC-MgO material kept almost unchanged in 19-run cyclic reuse, and can be regenerated at low temperature. The mechanism for the CO2 capture by the mPC-MgO was investigated by FTIR and XPS, and the results indicated that the high CO2 capture capacity and the favorable selectivity of the as-prepared materials were mainly attributed to their special structure (i.e., surface area, functional groups, and the MgO NPs). This work would open up a new pathway to slow down global warming as well as resolve the pollution of waste biomass.

  13. Avaliação de contaminação por mercúrio em Descoberto, MG Evaluation of mercury contamination in Descoberto, MG

    Ana Amélia Paulino Tinôco


    Full Text Available O mercúrio, elemento químico considerado não essencial a qualquer processo metabólico, é facilmente acumulado na maioria dos organismos. Ocorre naturalmente em formas orgânicas e inorgânicas, nos estados sólido, dissolvido e gasoso. Seu ciclo biogeoquímico envolve processos que ocorrem no solo, na água e na atmosfera. Em 2002, descobriu-se mercúrio elementar na zona rural do município de Descoberto, Minas Gerais, onde moram cerca de 70 famílias, e sua origem parece estar associada à exploração de ouro, que existiu na região no século 19. Neste trabalho, foram escolhidas três áreas para identificar possível contaminação da água, solo, sedimento e peixes por mercúrio, bem como para estabelecer valores de referência local e contraprova de resultados obtidos anteriormente. Verificaram-se elevadas concentrações no solo (0,26 a 0,55, sedimentos (0,13 a 0,61 e água (Mercury is a chemical element considered unessential to any metabolic process; however, it is easily accumulated in most organisms. It is naturally found in both organic and inorganic forms in solid, liquid and vapor states. Its biogeochemical cycle involves processes occurring in the soil, water and the atmosphere. In 2002, elementary mercury was found in the city of Descoberto, Minas Gerais, Brazil, where 70 families live, and its origin may be related to gold exploration that happened in this region in the 19th century. In this work, three areas were chosen to identify a possible mercury contamination of water, soil, sediment and fish samples and to establish local reference values and counter-evidence of the data previously obtained. Based on the results, high mercury concentrations in soil (0.26 to 0.55, sediments (0.13 to 0.61 and water (< 0.2 to 2,10 µg.L-1 were verified.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of a surface-grafted Cd(II) ion-imprinted polymer for selective separation of Cd(II) ion from aqueous solution

    Li, Min [State Key Laboratory of Explosion Science and Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Feng, Changgen, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Explosion Science and Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Li, Mingyu; Zeng, Qingxuan; Gan, Qiang [State Key Laboratory of Explosion Science and Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Yang, Haiyan [Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen, Shenzhen 518057 (China)


    Highlights: • Cd(II) ion-imprinted polymer (Cd(II)-IIP) is prepared. • Cd(II)-IIP shows high stability, good selectivity and reusability. • Cd(II)-IIP can be used as a sorbent for selective removal of Cd(II) ion. - Abstract: A novel Cd(II) ion-imprinted polymer (Cd(II)-IIP) was prepared with surface imprinting technology by using cadmium chloride as a template and allyl thiourea (ATU) as a functional monomer for on-line solid-phase extraction of trace Cd(II) ion and selective separation Cd(II) ion in water samples. The Cd(II)-IIP exhibited good chemical performance and thermal stability. Kinetics studies showed that the equilibrium adsorption was achieved within 8.0 min and the adsorption process can be described by pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Compared to the Cd(II) non-imprinted polymer (Cd(II)-NIP), the Cd(II)-IIP had a higher adsorption capacity and selectivity for Cd(II) ion. The maximum adsorption capacities of the Cd(II)-IIP and Cd(II)-NIP for Cd(II) were 38.30 and 13.21 mg g{sup −1}, respectively. The relative selectivity coefficients of the adsorbent for Cd(II) in the presence of Cu{sup 2+}, Ni{sup 2+}, Co{sup 2+}, Pb{sup 2+} and Zn{sup 2+} were 2.86, 6.42, 11.50, 9.46 and 3.73, respectively. In addition, the Cd(II) ion adsorbed was easy to remove from sorbent and the Cd(II)-IIP exhibited good stability and reusability. The adsorption capacity had no obvious decrease after being used six times. The accuracy of this method was verified by the standard reference material, it was then applied for cadmium ion determination in different types of water samples.

  15. Trace elements concentrations (Zn, Cu, Pb, Cd, As and Hg in the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis and evaluation of mussel quality and possible human health risk from cultivated and wild sites of the southeastern Adriatic Sea, Montenegro

    Jović Mihajlo


    Full Text Available The Mediterranean mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis (L was collected from the fall 2005 to the winter 2009 from the six sites on the Montenegrin coastline. Two wild samples were collected from the open sea coastline, and two cultivated and two wild were from the Boka Kotorska Bay. The mussels soft tissue was analyzed for zinc (Zn, copper (Cu, lead (Pb, cadmium (Cd, arsenic (As and total mercury (Hg. Concentrations of these metals ranged from 135.5-210 for Zn, 6.2-14.5 for Cu, 4.0-11.5 for Pb, 1.7-2.1 for Cd, 5.8-12.4 for As and 0.11-0.51 for Hg, in mg kg-1 dry weight. The metals were found to be present in the samples at different levels, but not in concentrations higher than maximum residual levels prescribed by the European Union (EU and US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA regulations for seafood. This indicates that the consumption of wild or cultivated mussels from the studied area is safe in moderate quantities.

  16. Samfundslex-cd

    Qvist, Palle; Nørbæk Hansen, Peter


    CD med mere end 2500 samfundsfaglige opslagsord med fritekstsøgning og mulighed for at kopiere tekstafsnit og figurer over i egne dokumenter ved opgaveskrivning......CD med mere end 2500 samfundsfaglige opslagsord med fritekstsøgning og mulighed for at kopiere tekstafsnit og figurer over i egne dokumenter ved opgaveskrivning...

  17. Foliar application with nano-silicon alleviates Cd toxicity in rice seedlings.

    Wang, Shihua; Wang, Fayuan; Gao, Shuangcheng


    Nanofertilizers may be more effective than regular fertilizers in improving plant nutrition, enhancing nutrition use efficiency, and protecting plants from environmental stress. A hydroponic pot experiment was conducted to study the role of foliar application with 2.5 mM nano-silicon in alleviating Cd stress in rice seedlings (Oryza sativa L. cv Youyou 128) grown in solution added with or without 20 μM CdCl2. The results showed that Cd treatment decreased the growth and the contents of Mg, Fe, Zn, chlorophyll a, and glutathione (GSH), accompanied by a significant increase in Cd accumulation. However, foliar application with nano-Si improved the growth, Mg, Fe, and Zn nutrition, and the contents of chlorophyll a of the rice seedlings under Cd stress and decreased Cd accumulation and translocation of Cd from root to shoot. Cd treatment produced oxidative stress to rice seedlings indicated by a higher lipid peroxidation level (as malondialdehyde (MDA)) and higher activities of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POD), and catalase (CAT), and a lower GSH content. However, those nano-Si-treated plants had lower MDA but higher GSH content and different antioxidant enzyme activities, indicating a higher Cd tolerance in them. The results suggested that nano-Si application alleviated Cd toxicity in rice by decreasing Cd accumulation, Cd partitioning in shoot and MDA level and by increasing content of some mineral elements (Mg, Fe, and Zn) and antioxidant capacity.

  18. Density of CD163+CD11c+ Dendritic Cells Increases and CD103+ Dendritic Cells Decreases in the Coeliac Lesion

    Beitnes, A.‐C. R; Ráki, M; Lundin, K. E. A; Jahnsen, J; Sollid, L. M; Jahnsen, F. L


    ...: CD163 + CD11c − macrophages (74%), and CD11c + cells expressing either CD163 (7%), CD103 (11%) or CD1c (13%). CD103 + and CD1c + DCs belonged to partly overlapping populations, whereas CD163...

  19. Comparative study on macro- and micro-elements concentration in Nicotiana tabacum and Faba siliquis plants by ICP-MS

    Balazs, Zoltan; Voica, Cezara; Dehelean, Adriana; Magdas, Dana Alina; Ristoiu, Dumitru


    Plants are important components of ecosystems as they transfer elements from abiotic into biotic environments. The concentration of macro and micro-elements in tobacco leaves (Nicotiana tabacum) and bean (Faba siliquis) was analyzed using ICP-MS technique. The results obtained indicated that the mean concentration of Mg, P, K and Ca in tobacco leaves was 0.965, 0.812, 4.412 and 2.694, respectively, while in bean samples were 0.899, 2.024, 6.725 and 1.387, respectively. Mn concentration ranged from 156.835 to 234.593 in tobacco leaves and from 116.174 to 440.423 in bean samples. The results for Cu and Zn were between 7.262 and 105.738, 68.549 and 113.720 (tobacco leaves); and 6.830 and 46.034, 50.166 and 77.242 (bean samples), respectively. In analyzed samples, Pb, Cd and As concentrations ranged between <0.001-0.717, 0.046 -6.218, <0.001-0.381 The paper discusses the transfer of metal ions (Mn, As, Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn, respectively) from soil to these plants in terms of transfer factors (TF).

  20. Enhanced CD3+/CD4+T Cell Activities and Modulation of Th1/Th2 Lineage Development in Irradiated Rats Due to Treatment with the Male Zooid of Antheraea Pernyi Extracts

    ZHAO Bin; ZHANG Hong-Yu; ZHAO Wen-Hua; ZHANG Bo; ZONG Min; TANG Ji-dong; YU Jin-ming; LI Sheng


    Objective:Cancer patients undergoing large dose radiotherapy exhibit multifaceted defects in their immune capacity that are likely to contribute to an increased susceptibility to infections and disease progression.The immune impairment may also constitute a barrier to effective immunotherapeutic interventions.Here.we evaluate whether supplementation with the male zooid of Antheraea pernyi extracts could enhance immune function in irradiated rats. Methods:Fifty male Wistar rats were randomly divided into a control group,a simple radiation group and a treatment group.The mice in the simple irradiation and treatment groups were given whole-chest irradiation with 6Gy.In the treatment group,the male zooid of Antheraea pernyi extracts was gavaged at the doses of 16.53mg/kg(1arge dose group),2.62mg/kg(medium dose group),and 0.564mg/kg(small dose group)once a day for 14 days.The thymus and spleen indices were calculated.T cell subsets in peripheral blood were determined by flow cytometry and the expressions of IL-2,IFN-γ,IL-4 and IL-10 in sera were determined by ELISA on the 15th day. Results:The thymus index and spleen index of the high dose treatment group were statistically lower than that of the control group and higher than that of the radiation group(P<0.01).CD3+and CD4+ T cells in the peripheral blood were increased in the high dose treatment group and decreased in the radiation group(P<0.01).Expression of IL-2 and INF-γ in the radiation group was lower than that in control,and significantly increased during therapy.The production of IL-4 and IL-10 could be induced by radiation and was inhibited in the high dose treatment group(P<0.01). Conclusion:Our data indicate that the male zooid of Antheraea pernyi extracts may be administrated to improve immune function in irradiated rats and reverse the radial immune inhibition of rats by stimulating the proliferation of Th cells and inducing the differentiation of Th2 to Th1.

  1. Plasma kinetics and biodistribution of water-soluble CdTe quantum dots in mice: a comparison between Cd and Te

    Han, Ying; Xie, Guangyun; Sun, Zhiwei; Mu, Ying; Han, Sihai; Xiao, Yang; Liu, Na; Wang, Hui; Guo, Caixia; Shi, Zhixiong; Li, Yanbo; Huang, Peili


    Water-soluble quantum dots (QDs) have shown potential as tumor diagnostic agents. However, little is known about their biological behaviors in vivo. Male ICR mice were intravenously given a single dose (2.5 μmol kg-1 body weight) of water-soluble cadmium-telluride (CdTe) QDs (the QDs are approximately 4 nm in diameter and have maximal emission at 630 nm). Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was used for measuring the kinetic action of 111Cd and 125Te for 7 days. The plasma kinetics of Cd and Te followed a two-compartment model, in which Cd exhibited greater apparent volume of distribution, greater clearance, faster distribution half-life, and significantly slower elimination half-life compared to Te. Contrary to its relatively transient fate in the plasma, high levels of Cd persisted in the liver and kidneys. Te accumulated primarily in the spleen. The different plasma kinetics and distribution patterns of Cd and Te imply that CdTe QDs have been part of the degradation or aggregation in vivo.

  2. CdCl2对豌豆种子萌发和幼苗生长的影响%Effect of CdCl2 on Seed Germination and Seedling Growth of Pea

    杜兰芳; 沈宗根; 王立新; 赵志英; 何天华


    以豌豆为实验材料,采用水培方法研究了Cd2+单盐胁迫对豌豆种子萌发与生长的影响.结果显示:(1)Cd2+质量浓度≤1 mg/L时,促进种子萌发,Cd2+质量浓度达到5 mg/L时抑制种子的萌发.(2)随Cd2+质量浓度的增加Cd2+对幼苗根生长的抑制作用逐渐增强;Cd2+质量浓度≤5 mg/L时,促进茎的生长,≥10 mg/L时,抑制茎的生长;且Cd2+对幼苗根生长的抑制作用大于茎.(3)低浓度Cd2+能促进幼苗叶绿素合成,当Cd2+质量浓度高于1 mg/L时,则对幼苗叶绿素合成有抑制作用,且随Cd2+质量浓度增加叶绿素含量逐渐下降.(4)Cd2+诱发的胚根细胞核、染色体畸变率随着Cd2+质量浓度增加而增大.(5)过氧化物酶(POD)同工酶的活性随着Cd2+质量浓度升高而明显增强,Cd2+质量浓度为1 mg/L时POD活性最强,但当Cd2+质量浓度达10 mg/L时,POD的灰度值明显下降.

  3. RPR 106541, a novel, airways-selective glucocorticoid: effects against antigen-induced CD4+ T lymphocyte accumulation and cytokine gene expression in the Brown Norway rat lung.

    Underwood, S L; Raeburn, D; Lawrence, C; Foster, M; Webber, S; Karlsson, J A


    1. The effects of a novel 17-thiosteroid, RPR 106541, were investigated in a rat model of allergic airway inflammation. 2. In sensitized Brown Norway rats, challenge with inhaled antigen (ovalbumin) caused an influx of eosinophils and neutrophils into the lung tissue and airway lumen. In the lung tissue there was also an accumulation of CD4+ T lymphocytes and increased expression of mRNA for interleukin-4 (IL-4) and IL-5, but not interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma). These findings are consistent with an eosinophilia orchestrated by activated Th2-type cells. 3. RPR 106541 (10-300 microg kg[-1]), administered by intratracheal instillation into the airways 24 h and 1 h before antigen challenge, dose-dependently inhibited cell influx into the airway lumen. RPR 106541 (100 microg kg[-1]) caused a significant (PRPR 106541 was approximately 7 times and 4 times more potent than budesonide and fluticasone propionate, respectively. 4. When tested at a single dose (300 microg kg[-1]), RPR 106541 and fluticasone each caused a significant (PRPR 106541 and fluticasone (300 microg kg[-1]), but not budesonide (300 microg kg[-1]), significantly (PRPR 106541 (300 microg kg[-1]) also significantly (PRPR 106541 in this model, which mimics important aspects of airway inflammation in human allergic asthmatics, suggests that this glucocorticoid may be useful in the treatment of bronchial asthma.

  4. 调节性CD4~+CD25~+T细胞的分离纯化及免疫功能研究%Isolation purification and function analysis of CD4~+CD25~+regulatory T cells

    杨阳; 韩岩; 杨麦贵; 夏炜; 庄然; 郭树忠


    Objective To prepare CD4~+CD25~+regulatory T cells (Treg) and analyze their immune function in order to prevent and treat rejection of composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA) by inducing local immunotolence. Methods The CD4~+CD25~ +Treg (1×10~6) were isolated from the rat spleens,and sorted with magnetic bead by magnetic activated cell sorting (MACS) system. The activity of CD4~+CD25~+Treg was assayed by Trypan blue (2% ) staining,and their purity was analyzed by flow cytometry (FCM). The relationship between IL-2 (200 U/ml) and CD4~+CD25~+Treg reactivity to stimuli by CD3 (5 mg/L) antibody was observed. Results The mean activity and purity of CD4~+CD25~+Treg isolated from 8 male rats were (97.90±0.36)% and (96.05±0.41)% respectively. The lower reactivity to CD3 stimuli was found with cultivation inhibition ratio of 89%. IL-2 could reverse the inhibition. Conclusion The CD4~+CD25~+Treg with higher purity can be isolated quickly by MACS, and the cells are anergic immuno-suppression in vitro. This can fit the demand of investigation on animal CTA rejection.%目的 制备调节性CD~+ CD25~+T细胞(Treg)分析其免疫功能,诱导局部免疫耐受防治同种异体复合组织移植(CTA)排斥反应.方法 采用免疫磁珠法(MACS)从雄性大鼠脾脏细胞分离CD4~+CD25~+Treg(1×10~6),2%锥虫蓝染色检测活性、流式细胞术分析其纯度,在5 mg/L抗CD3的刺激下观察其反应性、增殖及其与200 U/ml细胞介素(IL)-2的关系.结果 从8只雄性大鼠脾脏分选出的CD4~+CD25~+Treg活性平均为(97.90±0.36)%及纯度为(96.05±0.41)%,CD3刺激呈低反应,按比例培养抑制率为89%,IL-2可使CD4~+CD25~-抑制逆转.结论 MACS能快速分选出较高纯度的CD4~+CD25~+Treg,并且活性良好在体外具有免疫无能及免疫抑制作用,能满足动物CTA排斥反应研究的需要.

  5. Thymic Nurse Cells Support CD4-CD8+ Thymocytes to Differentiate into CD4+CD8+ Cells

    Aidong Li; Xueli Liu; Baochun Duan; Jie Ma


    Thymic nurse cells (TNCs) represent a unique microenvironment in the thymus for T cell maturation. In order to investigate the role of thymic nurse cells during T cell differentiation, a TNC clone, RWTE-1, which formed a typical complex with fetal thymocytes in vitro was established from normal Wistar rat. Hanging drop culture method was applied to reveal the interaction between TNCs and thymocytes. Our result revealed that eighty percent of immature CD4-CD8+ cells differentiated into CD4+CD8+ cells after a 12-hour hanging drop culture with RWTE-1. However, in a 12-hour culture of immature CD4-CD8+ cells with or without RWTE-1 supernatant, only 30% of the cells differentiated into CD4+CD8+ cells spontaneously. This observation led to the conclusion that RWTE-1 cell has the capacity to facilitate immature CD4-CD8+ thymocytes to differentiate into CD4+CD8+ T cells by direct interaction.

  6. Plasma Soluble CD163 Level Independently Predicts All-Cause Mortality in HIV-1-Infected Individuals

    Knudsen, Troels Bygum; Ertner, Gideon; Petersen, Janne


    Background: CD163, a monocyte- and macrophage-specific scavenger receptor, is shed as soluble CD163 (sCD163) during the proinflammatory response. Here, we assessed the association between plasma sCD163 levels and progression to AIDS and all-cause mortality among individuals infected with human...... immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV). Methods: Plasma sCD163 levels were measured in 933 HIV–infected individuals. Hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) associated with mortality were computed by Cox proportional hazards regression. Results: At baseline, 86% were receiving antiretroviral treatment......, 73% had plasma a HIV RNA level of CD163 levels were higher in nonsurvivors than in survivors (4.92 mg/L [interquartile range {IQR}, 3.29–8.65 mg/L] vs 3.16 mg/L [IQR, 2...

  7. Plasma Soluble CD163 Level Independently Predicts All-Cause Mortality in HIV-1-Infected Individuals

    Knudsen, Troels Bygum; Ertner, Gideon; Petersen, Janne


    BACKGROUND: CD163, a monocyte- and macrophage-specific scavenger receptor, is shed as soluble CD163 (sCD163) during the proinflammatory response. Here, we assessed the association between plasma sCD163 levels and progression to AIDS and all-cause mortality among individuals infected with human...... immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV). METHODS: Plasma sCD163 levels were measured in 933 HIV-infected individuals. Hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) associated with mortality were computed by Cox proportional hazards regression. RESULTS: At baseline, 86% were receiving antiretroviral treatment......, 73% had plasma a HIV RNA level of CD163 levels were higher in nonsurvivors than in survivors (4.92 mg/L [interquartile range {IQR}, 3.29-8.65 mg/L] vs 3.16 mg/L [IQR, 2...

  8. ALE-CdS/CdTe-PV-cells

    Skarp, J.; Anttila, E.; Rautiainen, A.; Suntola, T. (Microchemistry Ltd., Espoo (Finland))


    Atomic Layer Epitaxy, ALE, has been applied to grow CdS/CdTe-thin film solar cells. ALE offers the possibility of growing both CdS and CdTe in a single process and tailoring the interface of CdS and CdTe. The thickness of CdS was varied and the optimum was found to be in the range of 50-100 nm with good heterojunction performance and CdTe-crystallinity leading to excellent photovoltaic properties. The structures with thinner CdS layers suffered low open circuit voltage but on the other hand with thicker CdS the short circuit current was limited by the absorption of CdS. (author)

  9. Haptoglobin and CD163

    Madsen, M; Graversen, Jonas Heilskov; Moestrup, S K


    The plasma protein haptoglobin and the endocytic hemoglobin receptor HbSR/CD163 are key molecules in the process of removing hemoglobin released from ruptured erythrocytes. Hemoglobin in plasma is instantly bound with high affinity to haptoglobin--an interaction leading to the recognition...... of the complex by HbSR/CD163 and endocytosis in macrophages. The haptoglobin-dependent HbSR/CD163 scavenging system for hemoglobin clearance prevents toxic effects of hemoglobin in plasma and kidney and explains the decrease in the haptoglobin plasma concentration in patients with accelerated hemolysis. The Hb...

  10. Sodium chloride salinity reduces Cd uptake by edible amaranth (Amaranthus mangostanus L.) via competition for Ca channels.

    Mei, XiuQin; Li, SongSong; Li, QuSheng; Yang, YuFeng; Luo, Xuan; He, BaoYan; Li, Hui; Xu, ZhiMin


    Soil salinity is known to enhance cadmium (Cd) accumulation in crops. However, the mechanism by which this occurs independent of the surrounding soil remains unclear. In this study, root adsorption and uptake of salt cations and Cd by edible amaranth under NaCl salinity stress were investigated in hydroponic cultures with 0, 40, 80, 120, and 160mM of NaCl and 27nM Cd. The dominant Cd species in the nutrient solution changed from free Cd(2+) to Cd chlorocomplexes as NaCl salinity increased. High salinity significantly reduced K, Ca, and Cd root adsorption and K, Ca, Mg, and Cd uptake. High salinity decreased root adsorption of Cd by 43 and 58 percent and Cd uptake by 32 and 36 percent in salt-tolerant and salt-sensitive cultivars, respectively. Transformation of Cd from free ion to chlorocomplexes is unlikely to have significantly affected Cd uptake by the plant because of the very low Cd concentrations involved. Application of Ca ion channel blocker significantly reduced Na, K, Ca, Mg, and Cd uptake by the roots, while blocking K ion channels significantly reduced Na and K uptake but not Ca, Mg, and Cd uptake. These results suggest that Na was absorbed by the roots through both Ca and K ion channels, while Cd was absorbed by the roots mainly through Ca ion channels and not K ion channels. Salinity caused a greater degree of reduction in Cd adsorption and uptake in the salt-sensitive cultivar than in the salt-tolerant cultivar. Thus, competition between Na and Cd for Ca ion channels can reduce Cd uptake at very low Cd concentrations in the nutrient solution.

  11. Physical metallurgy and magnetic behavior of Cd stabilized bcc (beta)Gd alloys

    Jinke, Tang.


    As a continuation of the research on bcc Gd-Mg alloy system by Herchenroeder and Gschneidner, the metastable bcc Gd-Cd alloys were studied with the emphasis on their metallurgical and magnetic properties. An essentially single phase alloy could be retained for Cd concentrations from 15 at. % Cd to 19 at. % Cd, which is in the vicinity of the eutectoid composition of {beta}Gd in the Gd-Cd system. The lattice constants obtained for these alloys were used to determine the lattice constant of pure bcc Gd by extrapolation to 0 at. % Cd. Good agreement between this extrapolated value and that obtained from Gd-Mg alloys by using the same method suggested the validity of such extrapolation method. Thermal stability of these metastable bcc Gd-Cd alloys was examined by using differential thermal analysis (DTA).

  12. Hyperaccumulation of lead, zinc, and cadmium in plants growing on a lead/zinc outcrop in Yunnan Province, China

    Wang, S. L.; Liao, W. B.; Yu, F. Q.; Liao, B.; Shu, W. S.


    A field survey was conducted to identify potential hyperaccumulators of Pb, Zn or Cd in the Beichang Pb/Zn mine outcrop in Yunnan Province, China. The average total concentrations of Pb, Zn, and Cd in the soils were up to 28,438, 5,109, and 52 mg kg-1, respectively. A total of 68 plant species belonging to 60 genera of 37 families naturally colonizing the outcrop were recorded. According to metal accumulation in the plants and translocation factor (TF), Silene viscidula was identified as potential hyperaccumulator of Pb, Zn, and Cd with mean shoot concentrations of 3,938 mg kg-1 of Pb (TF = 1.2), 11,155 mg kg-1 of Zn (TF = 1.8) and 236 mg kg-1 of Cd (TF = 1.1), respectively; S. gracilicanlis (Pb 3,617 mg kg-1, TF = 1.2) and Onosma paniculatum (Pb 1,837 mg kg-1, TF = 1.9) were potential Pb hyperaccumulators. Potentilla griffithii (Zn 8,748 mg kg-1, TF = 1.5) and Gentiana sp. (Zn 19,710 mg kg-1, TF = 2.7) were potential Zn hyperaccumulators. Lysimachia deltoides (Cd 212 mg kg-1, TF = 3.2) was a potential Cd hyperaccumulator. These new plant resources could be used to explore the mechanisms of Pb, Zn and/or Cd hyperaccumulation, and the findings could be applied for the phytoremediation of Pb, Zn and/or Cd-contaminated soils.

  13. P2X7 Receptor Mediated Growth-Inhibitory Effect in KG1 a Cell Line

    Xiujun Zhang; Lijun Meng


    This study was conducted to investigate ATP-induced growth inhibition in human leukemic cells KGla.METHoDS ATP inhibited cell growth was analyzed by MTSassay.Extemalization of phosphatidylserine could be detected byAnnexin-V-FITC apoptosis staining after activation of the P2X7 re-ceptor.P2X7 mediated pore formation was detected in KGla cellsby Yo-Pro-1 uptake assay.RESUlTS ATP inhibited cell growth in a dose-dependent man-ner.The cytotoxic effect could be blocked by P2X7 antagonists,oxidized ATP(OATP)and KN62.Externalization of phosphatidyl-serine could be detected in a time-dependent manner.P2X7 medi-ated pore forigation could be detected in KGla cells.These effectscould not be observed in P2X7 null Ramos cells.CONCLUSIoN The results and our previously reports thatmRNA,protein expression and calcium response of the P2X7receptor in KGla cells,suggested that extracellular ATP effectivelyinduces growth inhibition through apoptosis in KGla cells byactivation of P2X7 receptor,and that may be mediated by extracel-lular Ca2+ineux and pore formation.

  14. Cadmium (Cd) distribution and contamination in Chinese paddy soils on national scale.

    Liu, Xiaojuan; Tian, Guangjin; Jiang, Dong; Zhang, Chi; Kong, Lingqiang


    Rice is a staple food by an increasing number of people in China. As more issues have arisen in China due to rice contaminated by cadmium (Cd), Cd contamination in arable soils has become a severe problem. In China, many studies have examined Cd contamination in arable soils on a national scale, but little studies have focused on the distribution of Cd in paddy fields. This study explored the spatial pattern of Cd in paddy soils in China, made a preliminary evaluation of the potential risk, and identified the most critically contaminated regions based on the domestic rough rice trade flow. The results showed that Cd concentrations in paddy soils in China ranged from 0.01 to 5.50 mg/kg, with a median value of 0.23 mg/kg. On average, the highest Cd concentrations were in Hunan (0.73 mg/kg), Guangxi (0.70 mg/kg), and Sichuan (0.46 mg/kg) provinces. Cd concentrations in paddy soils in central and western regions were higher than those in eastern regions, especially the southeastern coastal regions. Of the administrative regions, Cd standard exceedance rate was 33.2 %, and the heavy pollution rate was 8.6 %. Regarding to Cd of paddy soil, soil environmental quality was better in Northeast China Plain than in Yangtze River Basin and southeastern coastal region. Mining activities were the main anthropogenic pollution source of Cd in Chinese paddy soil. Based on rice trade, more of the Chinese population would be exposed to Cd through intake of rice produced in Hunan province. Certain regions that output rice, especially Hunan province, should be given priority in the management and control of Cd contamination in paddy soil.

  15. Assessment of potential soybean cadmium excluder cultivars at different concentrations of Cd in soils.

    Zhi, Yang; He, Kangxin; Sun, Ting; Zhu, Yongqiang; Zhou, Qixing


    The selection of cadmium-excluding cultivars has been used to minimize the transfer of cadmium into the human food chain. In this experiment, five Chinese soybean plants were grown in three soils with different concentrations of Cd (0.15, 0.75 and 1.12mg/kg). Variations in uptake, enrichment, and translocation of Cd among these soybean cultivars were studied. The results indicated that the concentration of Cd in seeds that grew at 1.12mg/kg Cd in soils exceeded the permitted maximum levels in soybeans. Therefore, our results indicated that even some soybean cultivars grown on soils with permitted levels of Cd might accumulate higher concentrations of Cd in seeds that are hazardous to human health. The seeds of these five cultivars were further assessed for interactions between Cd and other mineral nutrient elements such as Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn and Zn. High Cd concentration in soil was found to inhibit the uptake of Mn. Furthermore, Fe and Zn accumulations were found to be enhanced in the seeds of all of the five soybean cultivars in response to high Cd concentration. Cultivar Tiefeng 31 was found to fit the criteria for a Cd-excluding cultivar under different concentrations of Cd in soils.

  16. Unexpected and persistent depletion of B lymphocytes CD20 following a minimum dose of anti-CD20 antibody (Rituximab

    V. Bruzzese


    Full Text Available Rituximab is a chemeric murine/human anti-B lymphocyte antigen CD20 monoclonal antibody used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis resistant to treatment by one or more anti TNF-alpha therapies (1. The recommended dose for an efficient depletion of the B CD 20 lymphocytes in rheumatoid arthritis is two infusions of 1000 mg, with the second infusion being administered two weeks after the first. At this dose, one obtains a rapid and persistent depletion of CD 20 cells, with repopulation occurring, on the average, in about eight months (2. Here, we present a case of a woman treated with only 50 mg of rituximab, who underwent both a rapid and pronounced reduction of B CD 20 lymphocytes...

  17. Non-Rayleigh control of upper-ocean Cd isotope fractionation in the western South Atlantic

    Xie, Ruifang C.; Galer, Stephen J. G.; Abouchami, Wafa; Rijkenberg, Micha J. A.; de Baar, Hein J. W.; De Jong, Jeroen; Andreae, Meinrat O.


    We present seawater Cd isotopic compositions in five depth profiles and a continuous surface water transect, from 50°S to the Equator, in the western South Atlantic, sampled during GEOTRACES cruise 74JC057 (GA02 section, Leg 3), and investigate the mechanisms governing Cd isotope cycling in the upper and deep ocean. The depth profiles generally display high ε 112 / 110Cd at the surface and decrease with increasing depth toward values typical of Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW). However, at stations north of the Subantarctic Front, the decrease in ε 112 / 110Cd is interrupted by a shift to values intermediate between those of surface and bottom waters, which occurs at depths occupied by North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW). This pattern is associated with variations in Cd concentration from low surface values to a maximum at mid-depths and is attributed to preferential utilization of light Cd by phytoplankton in the surface ocean. Our new results show that in this region Cd-deficient waters do not display the extreme, highly fractionated ε 112 / 110Cd reported in some earlier studies from other oceanic regions. Instead, in the surface and subsurface southwest (SW) Atlantic, when [Cd] drops below 0.1 nmol kg-1, ε 112 / 110Cd are relatively homogeneous and cluster around a value of +3.7, in agreement with the mean value of 3.8 ± 3.3 (2SD, n = 164) obtained from a statistical evaluation of the global ocean Cd isotope dataset. We suggest that Cd-deficient surface waters may acquire their Cd isotope signature via sorption of Cd onto organic ligands, colloids or bacterial/picoplankton extracellular functional groups. Alternatively, we show that an open system, steady-state model is in good accord with the observed Cd isotope systematics in the upper ocean north of the Southern Ocean. The distribution of ε 112 / 110Cd in intermediate and deep waters is consistent with the water mass distribution, with the north-south variations reflecting changes in the mixing proportion

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  20. Effect of deferasirox on DLL4 expression and angiogenesis in a slender narrow pedicle and random flap in rats%地拉罗司对成年大鼠狭长窄蒂皮瓣DLL4、CD105表达及血管新生的影响

    冀宇; 赵天兰; 余道江; 徐子寒; 杨建新


    Objective To investigate the effect of deferasirox on DLL4 expression and angiogenesis in a narrow pedicle and random flap in rats.Methods Twenty SD rats were randomly divided into the deferagirox group and control group.Rats were subjected to deferagirox of 100 mg · kg-1 · d-1 inthe experimental groups,respectively and the same dose saline in the control group for 1 week. In each group,flap were created in the bilateral back of each rats.Ratio of length to width of tissue in the pedicle portion and the flap portion was 1 cm × 1 cm and 3 cm × 3 cm,respectively.The tissue samples were taken from the pedicle and the middle portions of the flap.The DLL4 and CD105 expression was also detected with immunohistochemistry (SABC).Results Compared with control group,whatever in the pedicle portion or the middle portion,there was a significant increase of microvessels marked by CD105 and a significant decrease of flap microvessels stained by DLL4 in the deferagirox group.In both groups,compared with the pedicle portion,there was a significant increase of microvessels marked by CD105 and DLL4 in the the middle portion.Conclusions Deferasirox can in crease the CD105 expression and angiogenesis of the slender narrow pedicle random flap.This process might be related to the inhibition of DLL4 protein expression,which is significant in the notch signaling pathway.%目的 探讨地拉罗司对成年大鼠狭长窄蒂皮瓣Delta样配体4(DLL4)、CD105表达及血管新生的影响.方法 健康成年SD大鼠20只随机分为地拉罗司组和对照组(n=10).地拉罗司组每只大鼠采用地拉罗司100 mg·kg-1·d-1连续灌胃1周,对照组采用等量生理盐水连续灌胃1周.灌胃停止后,两组每只大鼠背部左右各设计1个蒂部为1 cm×1 cm、瓣部为3 cm×3 cm的狭长窄蒂乒乓球拍样随意型皮瓣模型.手术1周后分别取各个皮瓣蒂部、皮瓣部中间位置组织1 cm×1 cm,以10%甲醛溶液固定,免疫组织化学(SABC法)分别检测CD

  1. Proliferative and cytotoxic capabilities of CD16+CD56- and CD16+/-CD56+ natural killer cells

    Søndergaard, S R; Ullum, H; Pedersen, Bente Klarlund


    Natural killer (NK) cells can be divided into several subpopulations according to their expression of the surface antigens CD16 and CD56. The modest quantity of NK cells in the blood available for functional analysis has been a limitation in studies of NK cell subpopulations. In the present study......, epinephrine infusion was used to induce lymphocytosis before immunomagnetic methods were applied to isolate CD16+/-CD56+ and CD16+CD56- CD3- NK cells. These subpopulations were compared according to their proliferative and cytotoxic capabilities in 10 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals...... and 5 healthy controls. The CD16+CD56- NK cell subgroup had a higher proliferative capacity, whereas the CD16+/-CD56+ NK cell subgroup was mainly cytotoxic, and unaffected by HIV serostatus. This study thus suggests that NK cell phenotypes more strongly predict NK cell function than HIV serostatus...

  2. Hesperidin Inhibits Inflammatory Response Induced by Aeromonas hydrophila Infection and Alters CD4+/CD8+ T Cell Ratio

    Abdelaziz S. A. Abuelsaad


    Full Text Available Background. Aeromonas hydrophila is an opportunistic bacterial pathogen that is associated with a number of human diseases. Hesperidin (HES has been reported to exert antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Objectives. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential effect of HES treatment on inflammatory response induced by A. hydrophila infection in murine. Methods. A. hydrophila-infected mice were treated with HES at 250 mg/kg b.wt./week for 4 consecutive weeks. Phagocytosis, reactive oxygen species production, CD4+/CD8+ T cell ratio, and CD14 expression on intestinal infiltrating monocytes were evaluated. The expression of E-selectin and intercellular adhesion molecule 1 on stimulated HUVECs and RAW macrophage was evaluated. Results. Percentage of CD4+ T cells in the intestinal tissues of infected treated mice was highly significantly increased; however, phagocytic index, ROS production, CD8+ T cells percentage, and CD14 expression on monocytes were significantly reduced. On the other hand, HES significantly inhibited A-LPS- and A-ECP-induced E-selectin and ICAM-1 expression on HUVECs and ICAM-1 expression on RAW macrophage. Conclusion. Present data indicated that HES has a potential role in the suppression of inflammatory response induced by A. hydrophila toxins through downmodulation of ROS production and CD14 and adhesion molecules expression, as well as increase of CD4+/CD8+ cell ratio.

  3. Toxic effects of Cd++ on the population of Paramecium caudatum%Cd++对草履虫种群的毒性作用

    胡好远; 郝家胜; 靳璐


    通过研究20℃培养条件下Cd++对草履虫(Paramecium caudatum)种群毒性影响,结果表明:Cd++对草履虫的24hLC50为0.3294mg/L,Cd++浓度对草履虫的种群增长率有极显著影响,多重比较结果显示高浓度组(0.25和0.30mg/L)下草履虫的种群增长率显著小于低浓度下(0.05、0.15和0.20mg/L)的值.回归分析结果表明草履虫种群增长率(Y,/d)与Cd++浓度(X,mg/L)之间呈曲线相关.在一定浓度范围内,草履虫种群增长率随Cd++浓度的升高而呈增大,但高的Cd++浓度显著地降低了草履虫的种群增长率;当Cd++浓度为0.1179mg/L时,草履虫种群有最大增长率1.5442/d.各浓度组与对照组之间的t-检验结果表明在较低的Cd++浓度范围内(0.05、0.10和0.15mg/L)草履虫的种群增长率显著大于对照组的值,而Cd++浓度为0.30mg/L时的草履虫种群增长率显著小于对照组的值.

  4. Radiative and interfacial recombination in CdTe heterostructures

    Swartz, C. H., E-mail:; Edirisooriya, M.; LeBlanc, E. G.; Noriega, O. C.; Jayathilaka, P. A. R. D.; Ogedengbe, O. S.; Hancock, B. L.; Holtz, M.; Myers, T. H. [Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Program, Texas State University, 601 University Dr., San Marcos, Texas 78666 (United States); Zaunbrecher, K. N. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Mississippi RSF200, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)


    Double heterostructures (DH) were produced consisting of a CdTe film between two wide band gap barriers of CdMgTe alloy. A combined method was developed to quantify radiative and non-radiative recombination rates by examining the dependence of photoluminescence (PL) on both excitation intensity and time. The measured PL characteristics, and the interface state density extracted by modeling, indicate that the radiative efficiency of CdMgTe/CdTe DHs is comparable to that of AlGaAs/GaAs DHs, with interface state densities in the low 10{sup 10 }cm{sup −2} and carrier lifetimes as long as 240 ns. The radiative recombination coefficient of CdTe is found to be near 10{sup −10} cm{sup 3}s{sup −1}. CdTe film growth on bulk CdTe substrates resulted in a homoepitaxial interface layer with a high non-radiative recombination rate.

  5. Olivine-type NaCd(AsO4).

    Weil, Matthias


    The title compound, sodium cadmium orthoarsenate, adopts the olivine [Mg2(SiO4)] structure type in space group Pnma, with Na (site symmetry -1) and Cd (.m.) replacing the two Mg positions, and the AsO4 tetra-hedron (.m.) the SiO4 tetra-hedron. The crystal structure is made up of a nearly hexa-gonal closed-packed arrangement of O atoms stacked along [001]. The Na and Cd atoms occupy one half of the octa-hedral voids in alternate layers stacked along [100], and one eighth of the tetra-hedral voids are occupied by As atoms.


    郭江; 王万录; 刘高斌; 冯良桓



  7. Mg spin affects adenosinetriphosphate activity

    Tulub, Alexander A


    The Schlegel-Frisch ab initio molecular dynamics (ADMP) (DFT:B3LYP), T = 310 K, is used to study complexation between adenosinetriphosphate (ATP), ATP subsystem, and magnesium cofactor [Mg(H2O)6]2+, Mg subsystem, in a water pool, modeled with 78 water molecules, in singlet (S) and triplet (T) states. The computations prove that the way of ATP cleavage is governed by the electron spin of Mg. In the S state Mg prefers chelation of \\gamma-\\beta-phosphate oxygens (O1-O2), whereas in the T state it chelates \\beta-\\alpha-phosphate oxygens (O2-O3) or produces a single-bonded intermediate. Unlike the chelates, which initiate ionic reaction paths, the single-bonded intermediate starts off a free-radical path of ATP cleavage, yielding a highly reactive adenosinemonophosphate ion-radical, .AMP-, earlier observed in the CIDNP (Chemically Induced Dynamic Nuclear Polarization) experiment (A.A. Tulub, 2006). The free-radical path is highly sensitive to Mg nuclear spin, which through a hyperfine interaction favors the produc...

  8. 类芦对铅镉的吸收动力特性及亚细胞分布规律研究%Uptake kinetic characteristics and subcellular distribution of Pb2+and Cd2+in Neyraudia reynaudiana

    罗洁文; 黄玫英; 殷丹阳; 吴鹏飞; 蔡丽平; 周垂帆


    以南方水土保持植物类芦为研究对象,采用营养液培养的方法,以Pb、Cd为目标污染物,设置不同的胁迫浓度和时间,胁迫后测定类芦体内重金属的含量和亚细胞分布。结果分析发现,类芦体内重金属含量与浓度和时间有显著的关系,可利用Freundlich方程和Michaelis-Menten方程进行拟合,R2>0.95,相关性强。通过拟合发现,重金属主要分布在根部,类芦对Pb的吸收能力更强(最高含量达到4687.87 mg·kg-1),但是对Cd的吸收速率增长更为明显,即类芦在吸收Cd方面有一定的潜力。就亚细胞分布而言,两种重金属均主要分布在细胞壁和可溶组分中,不同浓度和时间处理下,两个组分中的重金属含量共占总量的60%以上。由此说明,类芦对Pb的吸收能力更强,同时,类芦通过改变重金属的亚细胞分布来降低重金属的毒害作用,维持自身的稳态。%Neyraudia reynaudiana is a soil-conservating plant and can grow well in heavy metal polluted soils. Here a solution culture ex-periment was conducted to examine uptake and subcellular distrubution of Pb and Cd in the plant under different metal levels and stress times. Results showed that the uptake of Pb and Cd by N. reynaudiana increased with heavy metal concentrations and stress time. Fre-undlich and Michaelis-Menten equations fit the data very well, R2>0.95. It was also revealed that heavy metals were mainly distributed in the roots. Neyraudia reynaudiana had greater absorption ability for Pb(the highest content reached to 4 687.87 mg·kg-1), but higher absorp-tion rate for Cd. For subcellular distribution, Pb and Cd were mainly distributed in the cell walls and soluble constituents. Under different concentrations and stress times of Pb and Cd, the Pb/Cd content in cell wall and soluble constituent subcellular components accounted for over 60% of the total. Therefore, N. reynaudiana has stronger absorption

  9. A combined biological removal of Cd(2+) from aqueous solutions using Phanerochaete chrysosporium and rice straw.

    Zhao, Meihua; Zhang, Chaosheng; Zeng, Guangming; Cheng, Min; Liu, Yang


    The removal of Cd(2+) from aqueous solutions by agricultural residues rice straw combined with white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium (P. chrysosporium) was investigated. The results showed that over 99% of the total Cd(2+) (initial concentration of 150mgL(-1)) was removed at the optimal operating conditions (pH 5.0 at 35°C). We also found that P. chrysosporium could survive under Cd(2+) stress even with an initial Cd(2+) concentration of 250mgL(-1). But when Cd(2+) concentration increased to 250mgL(-1), fungus growth and reproduction were remarkably restrained, and as a result, Cd(2+) removal dropped to 59.2%. It was observed that the fungus biomass and activities of ligninolytic enzymes decreased at some degree under high concentration of Cd(2+) (above 100mgL(-1)). Also, we found that a moderate Cd(2+) stress (below 150mgL(-1)) could stimulate P. chrysosporium's production of the heavy metals chelator - oxalate. This study will provide useful information for the application of biological removal of heavy metal irons from wastewater.

  10. [CD4+, CD8+ AND CD19+ cells in individuals with dyslipidemia].

    Pereira de Moura, Jose; Santos Rosa, Manuel; Alves, Vera; Mota Pinto, Anabela; Rodrigues, Victor; Silva, José Manuel; Alves de Moura, J J


    Introdução: Os mecanismos imunológicos e inflamatórios têm um papel crucial no desenvolvimento da aterosclerose e na sua tradução clínica. São inúmeros os estudos que procuraram relacionar os mais diversos marcadores inflamatórios – leucócitos, proteína C reactiva, interleucinas, quimiocinas, moléculas de adesão, metaloproteinases, etc – com os factores de risco clássicos da aterosclerose, a formação da placa e os fenómenos clínicos. Não são tantos, que tenhamos conhecimento, os trabalhos que analisaram o comportamento das diversas células mononucleares na fisiopatologia da aterosclerose. Sendo os monócitos/macrófagos e os linfócitos células fundamentais no desencadear e posterior evolução desta doença vascular, procurámos determinar as percentagens das diversas populações celulares periféricas em indivíduos dislipidémicos e em normolipidémicos.Material e Métodos: Por citometria de fluxo, determinámos em indivíduos com dislipidemia e num grupo controlo, as concentrações no sangue periférico dos CD3+, CD4+, CD8+, CD19+, CD56+, CD56CD8+, DN, CD25+, CD26+, CD25CD3+, CD26CD3+, CD25CD26CD3+, CCR5+, CCR5CD3+, CCR5CD4+, HLADR+, HLADRCD4+, HLADRCD8h+, HLADRCD8low+, HLADRCD8+, CD95+, CD95CD95L+, CD3CD95+, CD3CD95L+, CD62L+, CD3CD62L+, CD69+, CD69CD3+ e CD69CD4+. Resultados: Embora na sua grande maioria não tenham sido encontradas diferenças significativas entre os dois grupos de participantes, verificaram-se em algumas populações celulares, resultados que nos mereceram alguns comentários. Neste artigo debruçámo-nos apenas sobre as populações positivas para os CD4, CD8 e CD19.Discussão: A menor concentração das células CD4+ na nossa população de dislipidémicos foi aparentemente inesperada devido ao relacionamento existente entre este tipo celular, os factores de risco e a aterosclerose. Não foram determinados os subtipos Th1 e Th2, nem a população de células reguladoras CD4+CD25+, que poderiam explicar a

  11. Expression of specific genes involved in Cd uptake, translocation, vacuolar compartmentalisation and recycling in Populus alba Villafranca clone.

    Romè, Chiara; Huang, Xin-Yuan; Danku, John; Salt, David E; Sebastiani, Luca


    Cadmium (Cd) is a heavy metal toxic to humans and its occurrence in soils represents a significant environmental problem. Poplar trees may provide one possible option to help remove Cd contamination from soil. However, before this is practicable, the ability of poplar to accumulate Cd needs to be enhanced. A better understanding of the genes involved in Cd accumulation in poplar would help to achieve this goal. Here, we monitored the expression of genes known to be involved in Cd uptake, accumulation and translocation from other species, in order to provide information on their potential role in Cd accumulation in poplar. Cd concentration in poplar was significantly higher in roots than in stem and leaves in Cd treated plants. Expression of the poplar homologues of IRT1, NRAMP and OPT3 was initially increased after exposure to Cd but reduced after longer term Cd exposure. Exposure to Cd also influenced the accumulation of Fe, Ca, Cu, Mg and Mn in poplar. In particular, Cd treated plants had a higher concentration of Fe, Ca, Cu, and Mg in leaves and stem compared to control plants after one day and one week of experiment; while in roots after one month Cd treated plants had a lower concentration of Mn, Fe, Cu, Co, and Mg.

  12. Phytoextraction of risk elements by willow and poplar trees.

    Kacálková, Lada; Tlustoš, Pavel; Száková, Jiřina


    To characterize the phytoextraction efficiency of two clones of willow trees (Salix x smithiana Willd., Salix rubens) and two clones of poplar trees (Populus nigra x maximowiczii, Populus nigra Wolterson) were planted in contaminated soil (0.4-2.0 mg, 78-313 mg, 21.3-118 mg Field experiment was carried out in Czech Republic. The study investigated their ability to accumulate heavy metals (Cd, Zn, and Cu) in harvestable plant parts. The poplars produced higher amount of biomass than willows. Both Salix clones accumulated higher amount of Cd, Zn and Cu in their biomass (maximum 6.8 mg, 909 mg, and 17.7 mg compared to Populus clones (maximum 2.06 mg, 463 mg, and 11.8 mg There were no significant differences between clones of individual species. BCs for Cd and Zn were greater than 1 (the highest in willow leaves). BCs values of Cu were very low. These results indicate that Salix is more suitable plant for phytoextraction of Cd and Zn than Populus. The Cu phytoextraction potential of Salix and Populus trees was not confirmed in this experiment due to low soil availability of this element.

  13. Functional Analysis of CD28/B7 and CD40/CD40L Costimulation During the in vivo Type 2 Immune Response


    while suppressing cell-mediated immunity. Transplantation 58, 1082..1090. 177 Balzano, C., Buonavista, N., Rouvier , E., and Golstein, P. (1992). CTLA4 and...ofanergy in T cell clones. Nature 356, 607·609. Harper, K., Balzano, C., Rouvier , E., Mattei, M.G., Luciani, M.F., and Goistein, P. (1991). CTLA-4 and CD28

  14. Effects of Cd Interlayer on CdS/CdTe Thin Film Photovoltaics

    Rivella, David; Cerqueira, Luis; Sahiner, M. Alper

    CdS/CdTe thin films are well known for their photovoltaic effects. However, it is also known that there are various factors that limit the output of the photovoltaic cells. In these particular thin films, a limiting factor is the interaction of CdS and the CdTe layers. By adding a Cd layer between CdS and CdTe, a buffer zone was created. Therefore, the interaction between the aforementioned layers was changed. In this study, the buffer zone was added to the photovoltaic cells, while the ratio of Cd to Te in the CdTe layer was varied, in order to observe the effects of the buffer in regards to the diffusion of Te in traditional CdTe/CdS photovoltaics. The samples were created on ITO coated glass using pulsed laser deposition. This created uniform samples with an approximate thickness of 0.75 microns. In order to test the effect of the Cd buffer layer, the CdTe layers were deposited with varying ratios of Cd to Te. XRD analysis confirmed that the deposited Cd and Te formed crystalline CdTe. The active carrier concentrations were then determined using Hall Effect measurements. The photovoltaic properties were measured using Keithley source meter set-up. The effect of structural modifications on the active carrier concentrations and photovoltaic properties will be discussed.

  15. Blood concentrations of hydroxychloroquine and its desethyl derivative correlate negatively with the percentage of CD45RO+ cells among CD4+ lymphocytes in hydroxychloroquine-treated lupus patients.

    Sailler, Laurent; Puissant, Bénédicte; Méliani, Pascal; Castex, Jean Olivier; Saivin, Sylvie; Adoue, D; Fournie, B; Arlet, Philippe; Montastruc, Jean-Louis; Lapeyre-Mestre, Maryse; Pourrat, Jacques; Blancher, Antoine


    The objective of the study was to investigate the influence of the blood concentrations of hydroxychloroquine ([HCQ]) and its derivative desethylhydroxychloroquine ([DHCQ]) on lymphocyte activation or differentiation in HCQ-treated lupus patients. We studied the correlations between [HCQ], [DHCQ], and the frequency of various lymphocyte subsets in 58 HCQ-treated lupus patients (mean HCQ dose: 4.93 +/- 1.58 mg/kg/day; mean duration of the disease: 122 +/- 64 months). [HCQ] and [DHCQ] were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Lymphocyte markers were studied by flow cytometry using monoclonal anti-CD3, -CD4, -CD8, -CD25, -DR, -CD45RA, -CD45RO, -CD19, -CD38, and -CD86 antibodies. sIL2-R serum concentrations were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). [HCQ] and [DHCQ] were 599.9 ng/mL (median: 529.5; range: 55-1935) and 353.43 (median: 286 ng/mL; range: 118-1090). In a multiple regression analysis, [HCQ] and [DHCQ] were associated with the HCQ prescribed dose in mg/kg/day (P = 0.0002 and P = 0.03) and with compliance to the treatment (P = 0.004 and P = 0.03). We found a negative correlation between [HCQ], [DHCQ], and the CD45RO+ cell frequency among CD3+CD4+ cells (P = 0.03 and P = 0.007, respectively). Other lymphocyte subset markers (LSMs) and sIL2-R concentrations were not significantly associated with [HCQ] or [DHCQ]. In the multiple regression analysis, CD45RO+ expression was negatively influenced by [HCQ] (P = 0.005), and positively influenced by smoking habits (P = 0.005) and age (P = 0.005). Similar results were found in the multivariate model including [DHCQ]. Disease activity and taking more than 10 mg/day of corticosteroids or an immunosuppressive drug did not influence CD45RO+ expression. Lupus patients had less CD3+CD4+CD45RO+ cells than controls (P = 0.03). In lupus patients, HCQ and DHCQ may alter the generation or the blood circulation of CD4+CD45RO+ lymphocytes in a concentration-dependent pattern.

  16. Triptolide suppresses CD80 and CD86 expressions and IL-12 production in THP-1 cells

    Jing LIU; Qing-li WU; Yong-hong FENG; Yi-fu YANG; Xiao-yu LI; Jian-ping ZUO


    Aim: To investigate the effects of triptolide, a diterpenoid triepoxide from Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TWHF), on the co-stimulatory molecule expression and interleukin- 12 (IL-12) production from THP-1 cells. Methods: THP-1 cells were differentiated into macrophage-like cells by Me2SO, and then cultured with IFN-γ(500 kU/L) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (1 mg/L) with or without triptolide. The surface molecule expressions were analyzed on a FACScan flow cytometer. IL-12p40, IL-12p70 were assayed by ELISA. Results: Tripolide suppressed CD80 and CD86 expressions on IFN-γ (500 kU/L) and LPS (1 mg/L) activated THP-1 cells at nontoxic dosages of 2.5-0.625 μg/L. Furthermore, the production of IL-12p40 and IL-12p70 were also significantly reduced in THP-1 cells exposed to triptolide. Conclusion: Triptolide impairs the antigen-presenting function by inhibiting CD80 and CD86 expressions and decreased IL-12p40 and IL-12p70 (bioactive form) pro ductions from the activated THP-1 cells.

  17. Cadmium telluride (CdTe) and cadmium selenide (CdSe) leaching behavior and surface chemistry in response to pH and O2.

    Zeng, Chao; Ramos-Ruiz, Adriana; Field, Jim A; Sierra-Alvarez, Reyes


    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) and cadmium selenide (CdSe) are increasingly being applied in photovoltaic solar cells and electronic components. A major concern is the public health and ecological risks associated with the potential release of toxic cadmium, tellurium, and/or selenium species. In this study, different tests were applied to investigate the leaching behavior of CdTe and CdSe in solutions simulating landfill leachate. CdTe showed a comparatively high leaching potential. In the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) and Waste Extraction Test (WET), the concentrations of cadmium released from CdTe were about 1500 and 260 times higher than the regulatory limit (1 mg/L). In contrast, CdSe was relatively stable and dissolved selenium in both leaching tests was below the regulatory limit (1 mg/L). Nonetheless, the regulatory limit for cadmium was exceeded by 5- to 6- fold in both tests. Experiments performed under different pH and redox conditions confirmed a marked enhancement in CdTe and CdSe dissolution both at acidic pH and under aerobic conditions. These findings are in agreement with thermodynamic predictions. Taken as a whole, the results indicate that recycling of decommissioned CdTe-containing devices is desirable to prevent the potential environmental release of toxic cadmium and tellurium in municipal landfills.

  18. Nodulation by Sinorhizobium meliloti originated from a mining soil alleviates Cd toxicity and increases Cd-phytoextraction in Medicago sativa L.

    Ghnaya, Tahar; Mnassri, Majda; Ghabriche, Rim; Wali, Mariem; Poschenrieder, Charlotte; Lutts, Stanley; Abdelly, Chedly


    Besides their role in nitrogen supply to the host plants as a result of symbiotic N fixation, the association between legumes and Rhizobium could be useful for the rehabilitation of metal-contaminated soils by phytoextraction. A major limitation presents the metal-sensitivity of the bacterial strains. The aim of this work was to explore the usefulness of Sinorhizobium meliloti originated from a mining site for Cd phytoextraction by Medicago sativa. Inoculated and non-inoculated plants were cultivated for 60 d on soils containing 50 and/or 100 mg Cd kg−1 soil. The inoculation hindered the occurrence of Cd- induced toxicity symptoms that appeared in the shoots of non-inoculated plants. This positive effect of S. meliloti colonization was accompanied by an increase in biomass production and improved nutrient acquisition comparatively to non-inoculated plants. Nodulation enhanced Cd absorption by the roots and Cd translocation to the shoots. The increase of plant biomass concomitantly with the increase of Cd shoot concentration in inoculated plants led to higher potential of Cd-phytoextraction in these plants. In the presence of 50 mg Cd kg−1 in the soil, the amounts of Cd extracted in the shoots were 58 and 178 μg plant−1 in non-inoculated and inoculated plants, respectively. This study demonstrates that this association M. sativa-S. meliloti may be an efficient biological system to extract Cd from contaminated soils. PMID:26528320

  19. Effect of chitosan on the available contents and vertical distribution of Cu2+ and Cd2+ in different textural soils.

    Guo, Zhi; Hu, Xiang; Ao, Yansong


    Chitosan, an environment-friendly biopolymer, has been adopted to remedy contaminated soils by heavy metals of Cu(2+) and Cd(2+). Experimental results demonstrated that, within the first 7d, available Cu(2+) and Cd(2+) contents in three textural soils (clay, loam, and sandy soil) decreased significantly after chitosan application. Moreover, the available Cu(2+) and Cd(2+) contents in soil layers of 14-16 cm and 24-26 cm were significantly reduced than that in 4-6 cm after 7d of chitosan application. Our investigation suggested that application of 0.9 g chitosan kg(-1) DW soil for 7d could be perfect for the remediation of the soil contaminated by Cu(2+) and Cd(2+).

  20. Downregulation of CD44 reduces doxorubicin resistance of CD44+CD24- breast cancer cells

    Phuc PV


    Full Text Available Pham Van Phuc, Phan Lu Chinh Nhan, Truong Hai Nhung, Nguyen Thanh Tam, Nguyen Minh Hoang, Vuong Gia Tue, Duong Thanh Thuy, Phan Kim NgocLaboratory of Stem Cell Research and Application, University of Science, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh, VietnamBackground: Cells within breast cancer stem cell populations have been confirmed to have a CD44+CD24- phenotype. Strong expression of CD44 plays a critical role in numerous types of human cancers. CD44 is involved in cell differentiation, adhesion, and metastasis of cancer cells.Methods: In this study, we reduced CD44 expression in CD44+CD24- breast cancer stem cells and investigated their sensitivity to an antitumor drug. The CD44+CD24- breast cancer stem cells were isolated from breast tumors; CD44 expression was downregulated with siRNAs followed by treatment with different concentrations of the antitumor drug.Results: The proliferation of CD44 downregulated CD44+CD24- breast cancer stem cells was decreased after drug treatment. We noticed treated cells were more sensitive to doxorubicin, even at low doses, compared with the control groups.Conclusions: It would appear that expression of CD44 is integral among the CD44+CD24- cell population. Reducing the expression level of CD44, combined with doxorubicin treatment, yields promising results for eradicating breast cancer stem cells in vitro. This study opens a new direction in treating breast cancer through gene therapy in conjunction with chemotherapy.Keywords: antitumor drugs, breast cancer stem cells, CD44, CD44+CD24- cells, doxorubicin

  1. CD4~+CD56~+ hematodermic neoplasm in a child

    GUO Xia; LI Qiang; ZHOU Chen-yan


    @@ CD4~+CD56~+ hematodermic neoplasm (HN) is a rare, highly aggressive systemic neoplasm, which had been described under various names including lymphoblastic lymphoma of natural killer (NK) phenotype, blastic NK cell lymphoma (BNK), leukemic lymphoma of immature NK lineage and CD4~+CD56~+ HN. This malignancy is mainly involved in elderly people and usually a rapidly fatal disease, since consistently effective treatments have not yet been developed. It is relatively rare in children.~(1-6) Herein we report a boy with CD4~+CD56~+ HN.

  2. CsMgPO4

    Nikolay S. Slobodyanik


    Full Text Available Caesium magnesium orthophosphate is built up from MgO4 and PO4 tetrahedra (both with . m. symmetry linked together by corners, forming a three-dimensional framework. The Cs atoms have .m. site symmetry and are located in hexagonal channels running along the a- and b-axis directions.

  3. Myeloblastic Cell Lines Mimic Some but Not All Aspects of Human Cytomegalovirus Experimental Latency Defined in Primary CD34+ Cell Populations

    Albright, Emily R.


    Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a significant human pathogen that achieves lifelong persistence by establishing latent infections in undifferentiated cells of the myeloid lineage, such as CD34+ hematopoietic progenitor cells. When latency is established, viral lytic gene expression is silenced in part by a cellular intrinsic defense consisting of Daxx and histone deacetylases (HDACs) because pp71, the tegument transactivator that travels to the nucleus and inactivates this defense at the start of a lytic infection in differentiated cells, remains in the cytoplasm. Because the current in vitro and ex vivo latency models have physiological and practical limitations, we evaluated two CD34+ myeloblastic cell lines, KG-1 and Kasumi-3, for their ability to establish, maintain, and reactivate HCMV experimental latent infections. Tegument protein pp71 was cytoplasmic, and immediate-early (IE) genes were silenced as in primary CD34+ cells. However, in contrast to what occurs in primary CD34+ cells ex vivo or in NT2 and THP-1 in vitro model systems, viral IE gene expression from the laboratory-adapted AD169 genome was not induced in the presence of HDAC inhibitors in either KG-1 or Kasumi-3 cells. Furthermore, while the clinical strain FIX was able to reactivate from Kasumi-3 cells, AD169 was not, and neither strain reactivated from KG-1 cells. Thus, KG-1 and Kasumi-3 experimental latent infections differ in important parameters from those in primary CD34+ cell populations. Aspects of latency illuminated through the use of these myeloblastoid cell lines should not be considered independently but integrated with results obtained in primary cell systems when paradigms for HCMV latency are proposed. PMID:23824798

  4. Municipal composts reduce the transfer of Cd from soil to vegetables.

    Al Mamun, Shamim; Chanson, Guilhem; Muliadi; Benyas, Ebrahim; Aktar, Munmun; Lehto, Niklas; McDowell, Richard; Cavanagh, Jo; Kellermann, Liv; Clucas, Lynne; Robinson, Brett


    Cadmium (Cd) is a non-essential trace element that accumulates in agricultural soils through the application of Cd-rich phosphate fertiliser. Vegetables can accumulate Cd to concentrations that sometimes exceed food safety standards. We investigated the potential of low-cost soil amendments to reduce Cd uptake by spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.), lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) and onion (Allium cepa L.). Batch sorption experiments revealed the relative sorption of Cd by biosolids, charcoal, lignite, sawdust, two types of compost, bentonite and zeolite. Lignite and compost had the greatest ability to sorb Cd and were subsequently selected for pot trials, which elucidated their effect on Cd uptake by onions, spinach and lettuce in two market garden soils with native Cd concentrations of 1.45 mg/kg and 0.47 mg/kg. The addition of 2.5% (dry w/w) municipal compost reduced the Cd concentration in onions, spinach and lettuce by up to 60% in both soils. The addition of lignite gave variable results, which depended on the soil type and rate of addition. This Cd immobilisation was offset by soil acidification caused by the lignite. The results indicate that municipal compost is a low-cost soil conditioner that is effective in reducing plant Cd uptake.

  5. Immunotherapy of B-Cell Lymphoma with an Engineered Bispecific Antibody Targeting CD19 and CD5

    Frank Breitling


    Full Text Available Using genetic engineering a humanized Fab fragment with specificity for CD19 was fused to a disulfide-stabilized single-chain antibody (dsFv recognizing CD5. This format should show reduced immunogenicity and improved tissue penetration. The specificity of bsAb FabCD19xdsFvCD5 binding to target cells was verified by flow cytometry on B and T lymphoma cell lines. Binding affinities of both arms were compared with the bivalent parental antibodies against CD19 and CD5 by binding competition assay. Redirected lysis of B lymphoma cells by preactivated PBMC from healthy donors was demonstrated in a chromium-release assay. A clear dose-response relationship could be established in the range from 1 ng/mL to 10 mg/mL bsAb. To evaluate the in vivo efficacy of bsAb FabCD19xdsFvCD5, NOD/SCID mice were intravenously injected with luciferase transfected Raji lymphoma cells together with pre-activated PBMC. Mice received five injections of therapeutic bsAb or control antibodies. While in the control groups all mice died within 40 to 50 days, 40% of bsAb treated animals survived longer than 60 days.

  6. Synergistic defensive mechanism of phytochelatins and antioxidative enzymes in Brassica chinensis L. against Cd stress

    CHEN LiQin; GUO YiFei; YANG LiMin; WANG QiuQuan


    Brassica chinensis L. was chosen and exposed to different concentrations of Cd exposure to evaluate its Cd-accumulating capacity and its potential cellular defensive mechanisms. Cd accumulation in the shoots and roots of B. chinensis was up to 1348.3±461.8 and 3761.0±795.0 mg per killogram of dry weight, respectively, under 200 μmol/L of Cd exposure. Increasing Cd accumulation in the plant was accompanied by rapid accumulation of phytochelatins (PCs), and the sequestration of Cd by PCs pro-vided a primary cellular mechanism for Cd detoxification and tolerance of B. chinensis. Furthermore, malondialdehyde formation, hydrogen peroxide content and antioxidative enzyme activities such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, guaiacol peroxidase and ascorbate peroxidase were observed in the shoots of Cd-stressed B. chinensis. Increasing enzyme activities in response to concentrations of 5 to 50 μmol/L Cd showed an efficient defense against oxidative stress, suggesting that the antioxidative system was a secondary defensive mechanism. These resulted in reduced free Cd damage and en-hanced Cd accumulation and tolerance. Glutathione plays a pivotal role in these two detoxification pathways. In general, these results suggested that PCs and the antioxidative system are synergistic in combatting Cd-induced oxidative stress and that they play important roles in Cd detoxification of B. chinensis, and also give a deep understanding of the natural defensive mechanisms in plants under heavy metal stress.

  7. Metal contamination in wildlife living near two zinc smelters

    Beyer, W.N.; Pattee, O.H.; Sileo, L.; Hoffman, D.J.; Mulhern, B.M.


    Wildlife in an oak forest on Blue Mountain was studied 10 km upwind (Bake Oven Knob site) and 2 km downwind (Palmerton site) of two zinc smelters in eastern Pennsylvania, USA. Previous studies at sites near these smelters had shown changes in populations of soil microflora, lichens, green plants and litter-inhabiting arthropods. The 02 soil litter horizon at Palmerton was heavily contaminated with Pb (2700 mg kg-1), Zn (24000 mg kg-1), and Cd (710 mg kg-1), and to a lesser extent with Cu (440 mg kg-1). Various kinds of invertebrates (earthworms, slugs and millipedes) that feed on soil litter or soil organic matter were rare at, or absent from, the Palmerton site. Those collected at Bake Oven Knob tended to have much higher concentrations of metals than did other invertebrates. Frogs, toads and salamanders were very rare at, or absent from, the Palmerton site, but were present at Bake Oven Knob and at other sites on Blue Mountain farther from the smelters. Metal concentrations (dry wt) in different organisms from Palmerton were compared. Concentrations of Pb were highest in shrews (110 mg kg-1), followed by songbirds (56 mg kg-1), leaves (21 mg kg-1), mice (17 mg kg-1), carrion insects (14 mg kg-1), berries (4.0 mg kg-1), moths (4,3 mg kg-1) and fungi (3.7 mg kg-1). Concentrations of Cd, in contrast, were highest in carrion insects (25 mg kg-1 ),followed by fungi (9.8 mg kg-1), leaves (8.1 mg kg-1), shrews (7.3 mg kg-I), moths (4.9 mg kg-1), mice (2.6 mg kg -1), songbirds (2.5 mg kg -1) and berries (1.2 mg kg-1). Concentrations of Zn and Cu tended to be highest in the same organisms that had the highest concentrations of Cd. Only a small proportion of the metals in the soil became incorporated into plant foliage, and much of the metal contamination detected in the biota probably came from aerial deposition. The mice from both sites seemed to be healthy. Shrews had higher concentrations of metals than did mice, and one shrew showed evidence of Pb poisoning; its red

  8. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus induces CD4+CD8+CD25+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs).

    Silva-Campa, Erika; Mata-Haro, Verónica; Mateu, Enric; Hernández, Jesús


    The aim of this study was to analyze the regulatory T cells (Tregs) induced by the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) in pigs. Serum, blood, tonsil, and mediastinal lymph nodes' samples were obtained at different time post-infection (dpi). The frequencies of CD4(+)CD8(-)CD25(+)Foxp3(+), CD4(+)CD8(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+), or CD4(-)CD8(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) phenotypes were determined in PBMC and lymph node cells, and cells producing IL-10 or TGF-β were analyzed. PRRSV increased the number of CD4(+)CD8(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) cells at 14 dpi, whereas CD4(+)CD8(-)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) remained constant until 28 dpi. Positive correlation exists between viremia and induced regulatory cells. CD4(+)CD8(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+)-induced Treg cells were consistently observed in lymphoid tissues. Analysis of IL-10- and TGF-β-producing cell demonstrated that in response to PRRSV, CD4(+)CD8(-)Foxp3(low) and CD4(+)CD8(+)Foxp3(high) cells increase moderately the proportion of IL-10(+) cells. TGF-β was only observed in the CD4(+)CD8(+)Foxp3(high) population after PRRSV stimulation. In conclusion, PRRSV infection increases the frequency of Tregs with the phenotype CD4(+)CD8(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(high) and produces TGF-β. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. The potential of Lumbricus rubellus as a bioaccumulator of excess Pb and Cd in organic media

    M. Arifin


    Full Text Available Lead (Pb and cadmium (Cd are sources of serious problems in the environment due to their reactivity and toxicity. Lumbricus rubellus is an earthworm reared by people is expected to reduce Pb and Cd concentrations in the environments. The aim of this study was to explore the ability of Lumbricus rubellus in reducing excess of Pb and Cd in organic media generated from urban waste. Sixteen treatments (four levels of Pb concentration and four levels of Cd concentration were arranged in a completely randomized design with three replications. Each treatment was placed in a wooden pot of 20 cm x 20 cm x 25 cm, and supplied with 40 Lumbricus rubellus for 30 days. Results of this study showed that 20 and 40% of the earthworm could survive until day 30 in organic media contaminated with Pb and Cd, respectively. Pb accumulated in the earthworm bodies ranged from 0.03 to 211.42 mg/kg, while the Cd accumulated in the earthworm body ranged from 0.57 to 22.11 mg/kg. The bioaccumulation factor for Pb was 46.98%, while that of Cd was 53.83%t. The content of Pb in vermicompost ranged from 0.04 to 19.41 mg/kg, while that of Cd ranged from 0.01 to 1.58 mg/kg.

  10. CdS/CdSSe quantum dots in glass matrix

    R S Sonawane; S D Naik; S K Apte; M V Kulkarni; B B Kale


    The compositions containing 55 and 60% of silica have been formulated for preparation of glass filters having sharp cut-off at 475 and 575 nm. To achieve cut-off at these wavelengths, the glasses have been doped with CdS/CdSSe and melted at 1200–1300°C. The glass samples were transparent and pale yellow in colour due to presence of CdS/CdSSe tiny nano crystal (Q-dots). in situ growth of CdS/CdSSe nano crystals imparts the yellow/orange/red colour to these glasses. Optical study shows that as prepared glasses have optical cut-off in the range 350–370 nm. The linear crystal growth of CdS/CdSSe in glasses exhibits red shift in optical cut-off. The optical filter having cut-off at 475 nm can be prepared by doping CdS and cut-off filter of wavelength 575 nm by CdSSe. The TEM results show that the CdS/CdSSe nano crystals (Q-dots) ranging from 2–5 nm are uniformly distributed into the glass matrix.

  11. Effects of added Cd on Cd uptake by oilseed rape and pai-tsai co-cropping


    The experiment was designed to study whether the decrease of Cd in the rhizosphere of Zhongyouza I, one breed of oilseed rapes (Brassica junica) that can hyperaccumulate cadmium from the soil, can improve the living condition of less Cd-tolerant plant pai-tsai (Brassia chinensis) with their roots permitted to intermingle and develop coincident rhizosphere. The extent of rhizosphere interactions between Zhongyouza Ⅰ and pai-tsai was controlled by different root barriers, or without barrier. The results show that in the 10 and 20 mg/kg Cd treated soils, pai-tsai gets higher shoot mass and less Cd accumulation in its shoot than in the barrier treatments or in the mono cultures, when its roots are permitted to intermingle with those of Zhongyouza Ⅰ. Meanwhile, soil decontamination rates of Zhongyouza Ⅰ are not affected much by co-cropping with pai-tsai, they are 80.0% and 91.8% of that in the mono cultures of Zhongyouza Ⅰ, respectively. However, the co-cropping method in meliorating the living condition ofpai-tsai is not obvious when Cd concentration in soil reaches 40 mg/kg, and soil decontamination rate decreases to 0.14, which is 58.3% of that in the mono culture. These results indicate that the oilseed rape Zhongyouza Ⅰ may alleviate Cd toxicity of surrounding less-tolerant species, and its ability of phytoremediation is not affected much at the same time, especially in the middle polluted soil.

  12. Characterization of the interaction of a mono-6-thio-β-cyclodextrin-capped CdTe quantum dots-methylene blue/methylene green system with herring sperm DNA using a spectroscopic approach.

    Shen, Yizhong; Liu, Shaopu; Wang, Lei; Yin, Pengfei; He, Youqiu


    Novel, water-soluble CdTe quantum dots (QDs) capped with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and ~ 4.0 nm in diameter were synthesized in aqueous solution, and characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A fluorescence-sensing system based on the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) of (mono-6-thio-β-CD)-CdTe QDs was then designed to measure the interaction of phenothiazine dyes [methylene blue (MB) and methylene green (MG)] with herring sperm DNA (hsDNA). This fluorescence-sensing system was based on a fluorescence "OFF-ON" mode. First, MB/MG adsorbed on the surface of (mono-6-thio-β-CD)-CdTe QDs effectively quenches the fluorescence of (mono-6-thio-β-CD)-CdTe QDs through PET. Then, addition of hsDNA restores the fluorescence intensity of (mono-6-thio-β-CD)-CdTe QDs, because hsDNA can bind with MB/MG and remove it from the as-prepared (mono-6-thio-β-CD)-CdTe QDs. In addition, detailed reaction mechanisms of the (mono-6-thio-β-CD)-CdTe QDs-MB/MG-hsDNA solution system were studied using optical methods, by comparison with the TGA-CdTe QDs-MB/MG-hsDNA solution system. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  13. Metallothionein Induction by Cd(Ⅱ) and Zn(Ⅱ)

    Xiao Yan ZHANG; Xin GAO; Yan LI; Xiao Dong FAN


    The induction of MT(metallothionein) by Cd(Ⅱ) and Zn(Ⅱ) in renal proximal tubule cells (LLC-PKI) and the effects of simultaneous administration of Cd(Ⅱ) and Zn(Ⅱ) on MT induction were discussed. The two metals administered together are able to induce MT to almost 40 μg MT/mg protein. The additive production of MT may be due to two different effects by Cd(Ⅱ) and Zn(Ⅱ) on the activation of MT transcription. The experiments of simultaneous administration of Cd(Ⅱ) and Zn(Ⅱ) to the renal proximal tubule cells demonstrated the interaction of these metals, MT induction and proximal tubule toxicity.

  14. Promoter hypomethylation regulates CD133 expression in human gliomas

    Kouichi Tabu; Ken Sasai; Taichi Kimura; Lei Wang; Eiko Aoyanagi; Shinji Kohsaka; Mishie Tanino; Hiroshi Nishihara; Shinya Tanaka


    Brain tumor-initiating cells (BTICs) have been enriched using antibodies against the cell surface protein CD133;however,the biological relevance and the regulatory mechanism of CD133 expression in human gliomas are not yet understood.In this study,we initially demonstrated that CD133 was overexpressed in high-grade human glioblastomas where CD133-positive cells were focally observed as a micro-cluster.In addition,CD133 transcripts with exon 1A,1B,or 1C were predominantly expressed in glioblastomas.To elucidate the mechanism regulating this aberrant expression of CD133,three proximal promoters (P1,P2,and P3) containing a CpG island were isolated.In U251MG and T98Gglioblastoma cells,the P1 region flanking exon 1A exhibited the highest activity among the three promoters,and this activity was significantly inactivated by in vitro methylation.After treatment with the demethylating agent 5-azacytidine and/or the histone deacetylase inhibitor valproic acid,the expression level of CD133 mRNA was significantly restored in glioma cells.Importantly,hypomethylation of CpG sites within the P1,P2,and P3 regions was observed by bisulfite sequencing in human glioblastoma tissues with abundant CD133 mRNA.Taken together,our results indicate that DNA hypomethylation is an important determinant of CD133 expression in glioblastomas,and this epigenetic event may be associated with the development of BTICs expressing CD133.

  15. Study of CD4(+), CD8(+), and natural killer cells (CD16(+), CD56(+)) in children with immune thrombocytopenic purpura.

    El-Rashedi, Farida Hussein; El-Hawy, Mahmoud Ahmed; Helwa, Mohamed Ahmed; Abd-Allah, Sameh Said


    To assess the percentage of CD4(+), CD8(+), and natural killer cells (CD16(+), CD56(+)) in children with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) at presentation and study their impact on disease chronicity. This case-control study was conducted at the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit, Menoufia University Hospital (tertiary care center in Egypt). The study was held on 30 children presenting with ITP; they were followed-up and classified into two groups: 15 children with acute ITP; and 15 children with chronic ITP. Patients were compared to a group of 15 healthy children of matched age and sex. Measurements of CD4(+), CD8(+), and natural killer cells (CD16(+), CD56(+)) by flow cytometry were assessed and compared in these groups. CD4(+) and CD4(+)/CD8(+) were significantly lower in acute and chronic patients than the control group (p0.05). However, CD8(+) was significantly higher in acute and chronic patients than the control group (p0.05). Natural killer cell percent was significantly lower in acute patients than the control group (p0.05). ITP is associated with immunity dysfunction denoted by the increase in cytotoxic T lymphocytes and the decrease in natural killer cells. Copyright © 2017 King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. 不同形态氮素对龙葵镉毒害的缓解效应%Mitigation of Different Forms of Exogenous Nitrogen on Cd Toxicity to Solanum nigrum

    蒋婷; 姜贝贝; 潘远智; 谭淼; 张梦琪; 杨亚男; 刘柿良


    为探讨不同形态氮素对龙葵(Solanum nigrum)镉毒害的缓解效应,采用温室盆栽试验,研究了外源添加不同形态氮素(NO-3-N[NaNO3]、NH+4-N[(NH4)2SO4]和NH+4-N+NO-3-N [NH4NO3]),对40 mg·kg-1 Cd胁迫下龙葵生长的影响。试验结果表明,40 mg·kg-1 Cd显著抑制了龙葵的生长;外源添加一定浓度的不同形态氮素可显著缓解龙葵的Cd胁迫:NH+4-N对龙葵地上部生物量的增产效果优于NO-3-N和NH+4-N+NO-3-N;不同浓度NO-3-N的施加显著降低叶片CAT和POD活性,SOD活性呈先升后降趋势;CAT活性随着添加NH+4-N浓度的增加先升后降,POD活性逐渐上升,SOD活性逐渐下降;叶片CAT与SOD活性随着NH+4-N+NO-3-N添加浓度的增加逐渐降低至稳定,而POD活性则先升后降;叶片超氧阴离子产生速率、H2O2和MDA含量显著低于对照;NH+4-N和NH+4-N+NO-3-N处理下的GR活性降低,添加NO-3-N的则先上升后下降。AsA含量和APX活性则较无外源氮素处理的龙葵升高,较低浓度的NO-3-N处理下GSH含量呈现随其浓度的增加逐渐升高的趋势。NH+4-N对龙葵镉毒害的缓解效应优于其他两种处理方式。%Cadmium(Cd)pollution poses a serious risk to human health. Solanum nigrum is a Cd- hyperaccumulator. However, Cd ab-sorption by Solanum nigrum may be affected by different forms of exogenous nitrogen. Here we did an experiment in greenhouse to investi-gate the effects of different forms of exogenous nitrogen(NO-3-N[NaNO3]、NH+4-N[(NH4)2SO4] and NH+4-N+NO-3-N [NH4NO3])on Solanum nigrum seedlings exposed to 40 mg·kg-1 Cd in soil. At certain concentrations, different forms of exogenous nitrogen significantly relieved the Cd stress on Solanum nigrum treatment. Under Cd stress, the CAT and POD activities of Solanum nigrum leaves were significantly reduced, but SOD activity increased at first and then reduced by different concentrations of NO-3-N. Exogenous NH+4-N increased CAT activity

  17. Effect of Phosphate Addition on Cadmium Precipitation and Adsorption in Contaminated Arable Soil with a Low Concentration of Cadmium.

    Kim, Sung Un; Owens, Vance N; Kim, Yong Gyun; Lee, Sang Mong; Park, Hyean Cheal; Kim, Keun Ki; Son, Hong Joo; Hong, Chang Oh


    The objectives of this study were to determine (1) the phosphorus (P) level required to induce cadmium (Cd) precipitation in a contaminated arable soil with low concentrations of Cd and (2) the primary mechanism of Cd immobilization at different P levels. Phosphorus was added at levels of 0 800, 1600, and 16,000 mg P kg(-1) to a soil containing 5.57 mg Cd kg(-1). The concentration of 1 M NH4OAc extractable Cd decreased significantly with P levels up to 1600 mg kg(-1) due to an increase in soil pH and negative charge of soil (psoil containing low levels of this heavy metal.

  18. CD39 Expression Identifies Terminally Exhausted CD8+ T Cells.

    Prakash K Gupta


    Full Text Available Exhausted T cells express multiple co-inhibitory molecules that impair their function and limit immunity to chronic viral infection. Defining novel markers of exhaustion is important both for identifying and potentially reversing T cell exhaustion. Herein, we show that the ectonucleotidse CD39 is a marker of exhausted CD8+ T cells. CD8+ T cells specific for HCV or HIV express high levels of CD39, but those specific for EBV and CMV do not. CD39 expressed by CD8+ T cells in chronic infection is enzymatically active, co-expressed with PD-1, marks cells with a transcriptional signature of T cell exhaustion and correlates with viral load in HIV and HCV. In the mouse model of chronic Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus infection, virus-specific CD8+ T cells contain a population of CD39high CD8+ T cells that is absent in functional memory cells elicited by acute infection. This CD39high CD8+ T cell population is enriched for cells with the phenotypic and functional profile of terminal exhaustion. These findings provide a new marker of T cell exhaustion, and implicate the purinergic pathway in the regulation of T cell exhaustion.

  19. Electrical properties of CdS/CdTe heterojunctions

    Chu, T. L.; Chu, Shirley S.; Ang, S. T.


    The electrical properties of n-CdS/p-CdTe heterojunctions depend strongly on the cleanliness of the interface region. In this work, CdTe films were deposited on CdS/glass substrates by close-spaced sublimation (CSS) under various conditions. The dark current-voltage characteristics of the resulting heterojunctions were measured over a wide temperature range, and the capacitance-voltage characteristics were measured in the dark and under illumination. When the CdS surface is in situ cleaned prior to the deposition of the CdTe film, the current transport across the junction is controlled by a thermally activated process. Tunneling makes an important contribution to the interface recombination at temperatures below room temperature when the in situ cleaning of CdS is not used. The dark capacitance of CdS/CdTe heterojunctions prepared with in situ etching is essentially independent of the reverse bias due to intrinsic interface states. Under white light illumination, the 1/C 2 vs V relation is nearly linear. The CdS/CdTe heterojunctions without in situ cleaning showed different 1/C 2 vs V relations due to higher density of interface states. The in situ cleaning also has pronounced effects on the frequency dependence of dark and illuminated capacitances. Using the in situ cleaning technique, solar cells of about 1 cm2 area have achieved an AM 1.5 (global) efficiency of about 10.5%.

  20. Characterization of intermixing at the CdS/CdTe interface in CSS deposited CdTe

    Dhere, R. G.; Asher, S. E.; Jones, K. M.; Al-Jassim, M. M.; Moutinho, H. R.; Rose, D. H.; Dippo, P.; Sheldon, P.


    CdS/CdTe structures deposited on different substrates are analyzed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), optical transmission, atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL). The microstructure of CdTe was found to be independent of CdS crystallinity, and the structural defects at CdS/CdTe interface are generated principally by the lattice mismatch between CdS and CdTe. The interdiffusion at the CdS/CdTe interface was found to be a function of substrate temperature and CdCl2 heat treatment.

  1. Cadmium accumulation and biochemical responses in Sparus aurata following sub-lethal Cd exposure.

    Isani, G; Andreani, G; Cocchioni, F; Fedeli, D; Carpené, E; Falcioni, G


    Cadmium (Cd), a heavy metal with limited biological function, is widely distributed in the aquatic environment as a result of natural and anthropogenic activities. The effect of 4 and 11 days exposure of gilthead sea bream Sparus aurata to sub-lethal concentrations of Cd was evaluated as levels of Cd content and Cd-metallothionein (MT) presence in different organs. The possible genotoxic effect was also evaluated in erythrocytes by using the "comet assay", a promising tool for estimating DNA damage at the single-cell level. The results obtained show that in the controls, Cd content was significantly higher in gills compared to in liver, but the treatment of fish with 0.1mg/l Cd induced a stronger accumulation of metal in liver depending on the length of the exposure period. Cd traces were found in plasma, muscle and kidney. Cd forms complexes in the cytosol with MT only in the liver but Cd-MT content significantly increased after 11 days of exposure to the metal, while after 4 days of treatment the protein level was similar to the control. The "comet assay" performed on S. aurata eryhtrocytes isolated from fish treated for 4 and 11 days with 0.1mg/l Cd, showed that there was no DNA damage at both exposure periods.

  2. Identification for the capability of Cd-tolerance, accumulation and translocation of 96 sorghum genotypes.

    Jia, Weitao; Miao, Fangfang; Lv, Sulian; Feng, Juanjuan; Zhou, Shufeng; Zhang, Xuan; Wang, Duoliya; Li, Shizhong; Li, Yinxin


    Cadmium (Cd) pollution is a worldwide environmental problem which heavily threatens human health and food security. Sorghum, as one of the most promising energy crop, has been considered to be the source of high-quality feedstock for ethanol fuel. Ninety-six sorghum genotypes were investigated under hydroponic conditions to compare their capabilities of Cd-tolerance, accumulation and translocation for their potential in remediation of Cd contamination. Different genotypes varied largely in the tolerance to Cd stress with tolerance indexes ranked from 0.107 to 0.933. Great difference was also found in Cd uptake and accumulation with concentrations ranging from 19.0 to 202.4mg/kg in shoots and 277.0-898.3mg/kg in roots. The total amounts of Cd ranked from 6.1 to 25.8μg per plant and the highest translocation factor was over 4 times higher than the lowest one. The correlation analysis demonstrated that Cd concentration in shoot reflected the ability of Cd translocation and tolerance of sorghum, and the path coefficient analysis indicated that root biomass could be taken as a biomarker to evaluate Cd extraction ability of sorghum. The results in this study can facilitate the restoring of Cd contaminated areas by sorghum. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Influence of soil type and genotype on Cd bioavailability and uptake by rice and implications for food safety

    Xinxin Ye; Yibing Ma; Bo Sun


    Cadmium (Cd) entering the human body via the food chain is of increasing concern.This study investigates the effects of soil type and genotype on variations in the Cd concentrations of different organs of nine rice plants grown on two types of soils with two Cd levels.Cd concentrations in nine rice cultivars varied significantly with genotype and soil type (P < 0.01).The Cd concentration was higher in red paddy soil (RP) than in yellow clayey paddy soil (YP).The average Cd concentrations of different organs in three rice types were indica > hybrid > japonica for the Cd treatments and controls.The polished grain concentration in YP and RP soils had a range of 0.055-0.23 mg/kg and 0.13-0.36 mg/kg in the Cd treatment,respectively.Two rice cultivars in YP soil and five rice cultivars in RP soil exceeded the concentration limits in the Chinese Food Hygiene Standard (0.2 mg/kg).The Cd concentrations in roots,stems,and leaves were all significantly and positively correlated to that in polished grain in a single test.The Cd concentrations in polished grain were positively and significantly (P < 0.01) correlated with the calculated transfer factors of stem to grain and leaf to grain Cd transfer.The results indicated that the variations of Cd concentration in grain were related to Cd uptake and the remobilization of Cd from stem and leaf to grain.Also,the cultivars with a strong tendency for Cd-accumulation should be avoided in paddy soil with low soil pH and low organic matter content to reduce the risks to human health from high Cd levels in rice.

  4. Mg-composition induced effects on the physical behavior of sprayed Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O films

    Reddy, K.T. Ramakrishna, E-mail: [Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati - 517 502 (India); Prathap, P.; Revathi, N.; Reddy, A.S.N. [Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati - 517 502 (India); Miles, R.W. [School of Engineering and Computing, Northumbria University, Newcastle NE1 8ST (United Kingdom)


    Thin films of Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O, with Mg compositions in the range, 0 < x < 0.4, have been deposited onto soda-lime glass substrates using chemical spray pyrolysis. The effects of altering the alloy composition on the chemical and physical properties of the layers were investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman, optical and electrical measurements. The data shows systematic shifts in the properties of the layers with Mg-content. In particular, the optical absorption data showed that the influence of Mg-content on the energy gap of Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O films is significant. Layers with x = 0.24 had an optical energy band gap, E{sub g} = 3.87 eV. The best layers produced had properties appropriate for application as Cd-free buffer layers in copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells.

  5. Upregulation of CD72 expression on CD19(+) CD27(+) memory B cells by CD40L in primary immune thrombocytopenia.

    Lyu, Mingen; Hao, Yating; Li, Yang; Lyu, Cuicui; Liu, Wenjie; Li, Huiyuan; Xue, Feng; Liu, Xiaofan; Yang, Renchi


    CD72 is a co-receptor of B cells and regulates B cell activation. Although aberrant expression of CD72 has been reported in primary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), it is uncertain whether this aberrant expression is restricted to specific B cell subsets. Furthermore, the mechanisms that regulate CD72 expression are unknown. In this study, we found higher frequency of CD19(+) B cells, CD19(+) CD27(+) memory B cells and lower frequency of CD19(+) CD27(-) naive B cells in active ITP patients compared with controls and patients in remission. CD72 expression on CD19(+) CD27(+) cells was upregulated in active ITP patients and correlated with platelet count and anti-platelet autoantibodies. In vitro, CD40L could specifically induce CD72 upregulation on CD19(+) CD27(+) B cells. In combination with CD40L, interleukin (IL) 10 and BAFF (also termed TNFSF13B) further enhanced CD72 expression on CD19(+) CD27(+) B cells, whereas IL21 reduced CD72 upregulation. CD72mRNA expression after CD40L stimulation was increased in ITP patients and controls. Significant increase of CD40L on CD4(+) T cells was correlated with CD72 expression on CD19(+) CD27(+) B cells in ITP patients. In conclusion, upregulation of CD72 expression on CD27(+) memory B cells might take part in the pathogenesis of ITP. Elevated CD40L on CD4(+) cells combined with cytokines might contribute to the upregulation of CD72 expression on CD27(+) memory B cells. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  6. Formation of Mg2Ni with enhanced kinetics: Using MgH2 instead of Mg as a starting material

    Zhao, Bin; Fang, Fang; Sun, Dalin; Zhang, Qingan; Wei, Shiqiang; Cao, Fenglei; Sun, Huai; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Zhu, Min


    At a temperature over the decomposition point (375 °C) of MgH2, the formation of Mg2Ni is greatly enhanced from the 2MgH2+Ni system, as compared to the 2Mg+Ni system. In support of this finding, in-situ observation of X-ray absorption fine structure of the two systems indicates that MgNi bonds form faster in the 2MgH2+Ni system than in the 2Mg+Ni system. Furthermore, theoretical modeling also shows that Mg atoms are readily released from MgH2 using much less energy and thus are more available to react with Ni once the dehydrogenation of MgH2 occurs, as compared to normal Mg.

  7. Soluble hemoglobin-haptoglobin scavenger receptor CD163 as a lineage-specific marker in the reactive hemophagocytic syndrome

    Schaer, Dominik J; Schleiffenbaum, Boris; Kurrer, Michael


    .1 mg/L), acute mononucleosis (median 8.2 mg/L), Leishmania infection (median 6.7 mg/L) and healthy controls (median 1.8 mg/L). Follow-up of patients with a relapsing course of the disease revealed close correlations of sCD163 with clinical disease activity, serum ferritin and other markers...... and thus specificity. Serum levels of the macrophage specific scavenger receptor CD163 were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and were found to be highly increased in patients with RHS (median 39.0 mg/L). Significantly lower levels were determined in patients with sepsis (median 9...

  8. Rapamycin combined with allogenic immature dendritic cells selectively expands CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells in rats

    Guo-YingWang; QiZhang; YangYang; Wen-JieChen; WeiLiu; NanJiang; Gui-HuaChen


    BACKGROUND: Dendriticcells(DCs)caninitiatetheexpansion of regulatory T cells (Tregs), which play an indispensable role in inducing transplantation tolerance. Some studies have investigated the effect of the immunosuppressant rapamycin (Rapa) on Tregs in vitro. However, the in vivo effect of Rapa combined with immature DCs (iDCs) on Tregs is unknown. This study was undertaken to determine whether allogenic iDCs combined with a short course of Rapa have the ability to selectivelyexpandtheCD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Tregsinarat model. METHODS: Brown Norway rats were injected intravenously with 2×106 Lewis iDCs followed by 1 mg/kg per day Rapa intraperitoneally for 7 consecutive days. On day 8, the levels of CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Treg cells in peripheral blood and spleen cells were analyzed by flow cytometry. IL-2, IL-4, TGF-β1, and IFN-γ levels in serum were assessed by ELISA. The experimental animals were divided into four groups: control, Rapa-treated, iDC-treated,andcombination-treated. RESULTS: CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Tregs comprised 7%-8% of CD4+T cells in control rats. Rapa combined with iDCs enhanced this percentage in the peripheral blood and spleen. However, the levels of Tregs did not significantly change after treatment with Rapa or iDCs alone. The levels of CD4+CD25-Foxp3+ T cells and CD4+CD25+Foxp3- T cells in CD4+ T cells did not significantly change in the combined group. The TGF-β1 level in serum from the combined group increased significantly compared with the other groups. CONCLUSIONS: A significantly higher percentage of CD4+CD25+ Foxp3+ Tregs was found in rats treated with allogenic iDCs and a short course of Rapa, along with an increase in the TGF-β1 level in serum. This improved protocol may be a promising therapeutic strategy to increase Tregs, which are beneficial to the induction of peritransplant tolerance.

  9. [Effect of Nano Zeolite on Chemical Fractions of Cd in Soil and Its Uptake by Cabbage].

    Xiong, Shi-juan; Xu, Wei-hong; Xie, Wen-wen; Chen, Rong; Chen, Yong-qin; Chi, Sun-lin; Chen, Xu- gen; Zhang, Jin-zhong; Xiong, Zhi-ting; Wang, Zheng-yin; Xie, De-ti


    Incubation experiments were carried out to investigate the influence of different nano zeolite (NZ) and ordinary zeolite (OZ) levels(0, 5, 10 and 20 g · kg⁻¹) on the change trends in fraction distribution coefficient (FDC) of Cd when exposed to different Cadmium (Cd) levels (1, 5, 10 and 15 mg · kg⁻¹), and pot experiments were carried out to investigate their influence on soil Cd fraction and Cd uptake by cabbage. The results in incubation experiments showed that the application of nano zeolite as well as ordinary zeolite effectively decreased the FDC of exchangeable Cd and increased the FDC of Fe-Mn oxide fraction. The FDC of soil Cd from 0 d to 28 d was deceased at first, then increased and tended to be stable, and finally increased. At the end of incubation, the FDC of soil exchangeable Cd decreased from 72.0%-88.0% to 30.0%-66.4%. Exchangeable fraction Cd was the most dominant Cd fraction in soil during the whole incubation. The results in pot experiment indicated that the application of nano zeolite and ordinary zeolite decreased the concentration and FDC of soil exchangeable Cd, and concurrently the concentration and FDC of Cd in carbonate, Fe-Mn oxide, organic matter and residual fraction were increased. The lowest EX-Cd was observed in the treatment with high dose of nano zeolite (20 g · kg⁻¹). The FDC of exchangeable Cd showed significant negative relationship with the soil pH (P zeolite when exposed to 5 mg · kg⁻¹ 1 and Cd, respectively; FDC of exchangeable Cd decreased by 16.3%-47.7% and 16.2%-46.7%; Cd concentration in each tissues of cabbage decreased by 1.0%-75.0% and 3.8%-53.2%, respectively. Moreover, the reduction effect of nano zeolite on soil and plant Cd was better than that of ordinary zeolite. The growth of cabbage was stimulated by low and medium zeolite doses (≤ 10 g · kg⁻¹), while inhibited by high zeolite doses (20 g · kg⁻¹). Compared to ordinary zeolite, the biomass of Chinese cabbage was significantly increased

  10. Understanding Active Metal Reaction Kinetis with Cu-Mg Replacement Reaction

    Ilhami Ceyhun; Zafer Karagolge


    Metal substitution reactions are simple redox reactions. Thesereactions demonstrate the relative activity and the electrochemicalseries of metals. In particular, the purpose of thisstudy is to help students comprehend the displacement reactionamong, Mg metal and solutions containing Cu$^{+2}$, Ni$^{+2}$,Pb$^{+2}$, Cd$^{+2}$, Co$^{+2}$. This study is an important experiment towardsunderstanding reaction kinetics.

  11. Macrophage activity assessed by soluble CD163 in early rheumatoid arthritis: association with disease activity but different response patterns to synthetic and biologic DMARDs.

    Greisen, Stinne Ravn; Møller, Holger Jon; Stengaard-Pedersen, Kristian; Hetland, Merete Lund; Hørslev-Petersen, Kim; Junker, Peter; Østergaard, Mikkel; Hvid, Malene; Deleuran, Bent


    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease where TNF-α is a central mediator of inflammation, and is cleaved from the cell surface by TACE/ADAM17. This metalloproteinase is also responsible for the release of soluble (s) CD163. Soluble CD163 reflects macrophage activation. In RA, sCD163 has been suggested as a marker of disease activity and progression. Our aim is to investigate sCD163 levels in early RA patients. Soluble CD163 was measured by ELISA from 150 RA plasma samples from the OPERA trial. Averaged disease duration was three months, prior to randomisation with methotrexate (MTX) and adalimumab (DMARD+ADA) or MTX and placebo (DMARD+PLA). Soluble CD163 levels were evaluated in relation to clinical disease parameters. Plasma sCD163 at baseline was 2.39 mg/l (1.74 mg/l-3.18 mg/l), mean (95% CI), vs healthy controls: 1.63 mg/l (1.54 mg/l - 1.73 mg/l), (pCD163 correlated with disease activity markers in early RA before treatment. Plasma sCD163 may add to currently available disease measures by specifically reflecting changes in macrophage activity as evidenced by increasing levels following anti-TNF withdrawal, despite maintenance of a stable clinical condition achieved by conventional remedies. It remains to be determined whether sCD163 is an early predictor of disease flare.

  12. Thermodynamic modeling of the La-Mg-Y system and Mg-based alloys database

    DU Zhenmin; GUO Cuiping; LI Changrong; ZHANG Weijing


    As an example of the La-Mg-Y system, the method how to set up the thermodynamic model of individual phases was introduced in the process of thermodynamic optimization. The solution phases (liquid, body-centered cubic,face-centered cubic, hexagonal close-packed and double hexagonal close-packed) were modeled with the Redlich-Kister equation. The compound energy model has been used to describe the thermodynamic functions of the intermetallic compounds in the La-Mg-Y systems. The compounds Mg2Y, Mg24Y5, Mg12La, Mg17La2, Mg41La5, Mg3La and Mg2La in the La-Mg-Y system were treated as the formulae (Mg, Y)2(La,Mg, Y), Mg24(La,Mg, Y)4Y, Mg12(La, Y), Mg17(La, Y)2,Mg41(La,Y)5, Mg3(La,Mg,Y) and Mg2(La,Y), respectively. A model (La,Mg,Y)0.5(La,Mg,Y)0.5 was applied to describe the compound MgM formed by MgLa and MgY in order to cope with the order-disorder transition between body-centered cubic solution (A2) and MgM with CsCl-type structure (B2) in the La-Mg-Y system. The Gibbs energies of individual phases were optimized in the La-Mg, La-Y and La-Mg-Y systems by CALPHAD technique. The projection of the liquidus surfaces for the La-Mg-Y system was predicted. The Mg-based alloys database including 36 binary and 15 ternary systems formed by Mg, Al, Cu, Ni, Mn, Zn and rare earth elements was set up in SGTE standard.

  13. Autoimmune pancreatitis characterized by predominant CD8+ T lymphocyte infiltration

    She-Yu Li; Xiang-Yang Huang; Yong-Tao Chen; Yi Liu; Sha Zhao


    Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is a rare form of pancreatitis characterized by prominent lymphocyte infiltration and pancreatic fibrosis resulting in organ dysfunction.The pathogenesis and pathology of AIP remain unknown. A 64-year-old Chinese man presented with symptoms and signs of bile duct obstruction diffuse enlargement of the head of pancreas, elevated IgG levels, and negative autoimmune antibody responses. A pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy was performed and a pancreatic tumor was suspected. However,periductal lymphoplasmacytic infiltration and fibrosis were found in the head of pancreas and nearby organs instead of tumor cells. Four months after surgery, the patient was readmitted because of reoccurrence of severe jaundice and sustained abdominal distension. Prednisone 30 mg/d was administered orally as an AIP was suspected. One and a half months later, the symptoms of the patient disappeared, and globulin, aminotransferase and bilirubin levels decreased significantly. Over a 9-mo follow-up period, the dose of prednisone was gradually decreased to 10 mg/d and the patient remained in good condition. We further demonstrated dominant CD3+/CD8+ populations, CD20+ cells and a few CD4+ cells in the pancreatic parenchyma, duodenum and gallbladder wall by immunohistochemical assay. This AIP case presented with significant CD8+ T lymphocyte infiltration in the pancreas and extra-pancreatic lesions, indicating that this cell population may be more important in mediating AIP pathogenesis than previously known and that AIP might be a poorly defined autoimmune disease with heterogeneous pathogenesis.

  14. CdTe Photovoltaics for Sustainable Electricity Generation

    Munshi, Amit; Sampath, Walajabad


    Thin film CdTe (cadmium telluride) is an important technology in the development of sustainable and affordable electricity generation. More than 10 GW of installations have been carried out using this technology around the globe. It has been demonstrated as a sustainable, green, renewable, affordable and abundant source of electricity. An advanced sublimation tool has been developed that allows highly controlled deposition of CdTe films onto commercial soda lime glass substrates. All deposition and treatment steps can be performed without breaking the vacuum within a single chamber in an inline process that can be conveniently scaled to a commercial process. In addition, an advanced cosublimation source has been developed to allow the deposition of ternary alloys such as Cd x Mg1- x Te to form an electron reflector layer which is expected to address the voltage deficits in current CdTe devices and to achieve very high efficiency. Extensive materials characterization, including but not limited to scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron back-scatter diffraction, has been performed to get a better understanding of the effects of processing conditions on CdTe thin film photovoltaics. This combined with computer modeling such as density function theory modeling gives a new insight into the mechanism of CdTe photovoltaic function. With all these efforts, CdTe photovoltaics has seen great progress in the last few years. Currently, it has been recorded as the cheapest source of electricity in the USA on a commercial scale, and further improvements are predicted to further reduce the cost while increasing its utilization. Here, we give an overview of the advantages of thin film CdTe photovoltaics as well as a brief review of the challenges that need to be addressed. Some fundamental studies of processing conditions for thin film CdTe are also presented

  15. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) modulates CD38 expression, absorbs retinoic acid and may perturb retinoid signalling.

    Futrega, Kathryn; Yu, Jianshi; Jones, Jace W; Kane, Maureen A; Lott, William B; Atkinson, Kerry; Doran, Michael R


    Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is the most commonly used material in the manufacture of customized cell culture devices. While there is concern that uncured PDMS oligomers may leach into culture medium and/or hydrophobic molecules may be absorbed into PDMS structures, there is no consensus on how or if PDMS influences cell behaviour. We observed that human umbilical cord blood (CB)-derived CD34(+) cells expanded in standard culture medium on PDMS exhibit reduced CD38 surface expression, relative to cells cultured on tissue culture polystyrene (TCP). All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) induces CD38 expression, and we reasoned that this hydrophobic molecule might be absorbed by PDMS. Through a series of experiments we demonstrated that ATRA-mediated CD38 expression was attenuated when cultures were maintained on PDMS. Medium pre-incubated on PDMS for extended durations resulted in a time-dependant reduction of ATRA in the medium and increasingly attenuated CD38 expression. This indicated a time-dependent absorption of ATRA into the PDMS. To better understand how PDMS might generally influence cell behaviour, Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) was used to identify potential upstream regulators. This analysis was performed for differentially expressed genes in primary cells including CD34(+) haematopoietic progenitor cells, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC), and keratinocytes, and cell lines including prostate cancer epithelial cells (LNCaP), breast cancer epithelial cells (MCF-7), and myeloid leukaemia cells (KG1a). IPA predicted that the most likely common upstream regulator of perturbed pathways was ATRA. We demonstrate here that ATRA is absorbed by PDMS in a time-dependent manner and results in the concomitant reduced expression of CD38 on the cell surface of CB-derived CD34(+) cells.

  16. Lipid peroxidation in the kidney of rats treated with V and/or Mg in drinking water.

    Scibior, Agnieszka; Zaporowska, Halina; Niedźwiecka, Irmina


    LPO induced by in vitro treatment of kidney supernatants with exogenous Fe or V or Mg (600, 800 and 1000 microm) were a consequence of independent action of those metals and they also resulted from the interactions between exogenous Fe (Fe(exog)) and endogenous V (V(end)) and between V(end) and exogenous V (V(exog)). In conclusion, V (as NaVO(3)) consumed by the rats with drinking water at a dose of 12.9 mg V kg(-1) b.w. per 24 h for 12 weeks increased the basal LPO and markedly enhanced TAS in the renal tissue. Its pro-oxidant potential was also found in in vitro conditions. The Mg dose (6 mg Mg kg(-1) b.w. per 24 h) ingested by the rats together with V (12.7 mg V kg(-1) b.w. per 24 h) neither reduced nor intensified the spontaneous LPO, compared with V-only intoxicated animals; however, the stimulating effect of Mg on LPO was revealed in in vitro conditions.

  17. Pb and Cd Contents in Soil, Water, and Trees at an Afforestation Site, South China.

    Pei, Nancai; Chen, Bufeng; Liu, Shuguang


    Pb and Cd contents in 13 plantation tree species (leaf and branch components), soil, water (groundwater and river water) at a young (3-5 year-old) seashore afforestation stand were investigated in Nansha district, Guangzhou city in southern China. The results showed that (1) soil, rather than water or trees, had the highest content of both Pb (averagely 48.79 mg/kg) and Cd (0.50 mg/kg), demonstrating that soil might function as a major reservoir for extraneously derived heavy metals; (2) Pb content was higher in branches than in leaves, but Cd content appeared similar in both components, implying possibly different accumulation mechanisms in trees; (3) Pb and Cd appeared to accumulate differently among some tree taxa, whereas almost no significant difference was detected between introduced and indigenous species. The study indicated that trees were potentially useful to remediate sites contaminated with Pb and Cd in the urbanized areas.

  18. [In-situ Study on Effects of Combined Amendment on Translocation Control of Pb and Cd in Soil-Vegetable System].

    Zhu, Wei; Liu, Li; Wu, Yan-ming; Zhou, Hang; Deng, Gui-you; Yang, Wen-tao; Peng, Pei-qin; Zeng, Min; Liao, Bo-han


    An in-situ study aiming at remedying arid land complexly polluted with Pb and Cd by using combined amendment LS (a mixture of limestone and sepiolite with a ratio of 2 : 1) was conducted in a mining area in southern Hunan, China. The main objectives of this study were to discuss the effects of LS application at different amounts (0 , 2, 4, 8 g x kg(-1)) on the adsorption and accumulation of Pb and Cd in eggplant and amaranth, and to control the translocation and transportation of Pb and Cd among different parts of eggplant and amaranth. The results showed that: (1) Application of LS significantly increased soil pH values and decreased contents of exchangeable Pb and Cd in soil. (2) Application of LS led to an obvious reduction in contents of Pb and Cd in different parts of eggplant and amaranth. Compared with the control group, the contents of Pb and Cd in edible part of eggplant were decreased by 44.7% - 78.6% and 36.0%-78.7%, and those reductions for amaranth were 45.8%-59.1% and 40.0%-87.2%, respectively, when the LS applying ratios ranged 2-8 g x kg(-1). (3) Application of LS reduced the translocation factors of Pb and Cd among different parts of these two kinds of vegetables. The translocation ability of Cd among root, stem, and fruit (in eggplant) or leave (in amaranth) in these two vegetables was greater than that of Pb. However, application of LS with different amounts did not change the sequence of translocation factors of Pb and Cd among different parts of these two kinds of vegetables.

  19. 新生儿感染时CD64、CD3、CD4、CD8的表达研究%Neonatal infection CD64, CD3, CD4, CD8 expression studies

    王丽丽; 刘光辉; 郑洪


    目的:探讨新生儿感染时外周血CD64及CD3、CD4、CD8的表达,为新生儿细菌感染的早期诊断和细菌感染时细胞免疫功能的评价提供循证支持。方法应用流式细胞仪定量检测120例感染和非感染新生儿外周血CD64分子及CD3、CD4、CD8的表达变化,并将败血症组患儿的CD64与C反应蛋白(CRP)、白细胞计数及血培养进行比较。结果败血症组CD64为(6.7±2.8),高于局部感染组(4.1±1.4)与非感染组(2.9±0.5),差异有统计学意义(P0.05),各组间CD8差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。结论 CD64可作为新生儿细菌感染的早期诊断指标,严重细菌感染患儿存在细胞免疫功能紊乱,T淋巴细胞亚群检测对新生儿细胞免疫功能的评价有重要意义。%Objective To investigate neonatal infection in peripheral blood CD64 and CD3, CD4, CD8 expression for the early diagnosis of neonatal bacterial infection and bacterial infection celular immune function evaluation of evidence-based support. Methods 120 cases of flow cytometry detection of neonatal infection and non-infected peripheral blood CD64 molecule and CD3, CD4, CD8 expression changes, and sepsis in children with CD64 and C-reactive protein (CRP), white blood cellcount and blood training for comparison. Result CD64 as a result of sepsis group (6.7±2.8), higher than the local infection group (4.1±1.4) and non-infected group (2.9±0.5), the difference was statisticaly significant (P0.05), CD8 difference between the groups was not statisticaly significant (P>0.05). Conclusion CD64 can be used as an early diagnosis of neonatal bacterial infection indicators of serious bacterial infections in children with immune dysfunction, T lymphocyte subsets in the newborn immune function evaluation is important.

  20. CD74 in kidney disease

    Lara eValiño-Rivas


    Full Text Available CD74 (invariant MHC class II regulates protein trafficking and is a receptor for macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF and D-dopachrome tautomerase (D-DT/MIF-2. CD74 expression is increased in tubular cells and/or glomerular podocytes and parietal cells in human metabolic nephropathies, polycystic kidney disease, graft rejection and kidney cancer and in experimental diabetic nephropathy and glomerulonephritis. Stressors like abnormal metabolite (glucose, lyso-Gb3 levels and inflammatory cytokines increase kidney cell CD74. MIF activates CD74 to increase inflammatory cytokines in podocytes and tubular cells and proliferation in glomerular parietal epithelial cells and cyst cells. MIF overexpression promotes while MIF targeting protects from experimental glomerular injury and kidney cysts, and interference with MIF/CD74 signaling or CD74 deficiency protected from crescentic glomerulonephritis. However, CD74 may protect from interstitial kidney fibrosis. Furthermore, CD74 expression by stressed kidney cells raises questions about the kidney safety of cancer therapy strategies delivering lethal immunoconjugates to CD74-expressing cells. Thus, understanding CD74 biology in kidney cells is relevant for kidney therapeutics.

  1. Differential expression of SAP and EAT-2-binding leukocyte cell-surface molecules CD84, CD150 (SLAM), CD229 (Ly9) and CD244 (2B4).

    Romero, X; Benítez, D; March, S; Vilella, R; Miralpeix, M; Engel, P


    The CD150 (SLAM) family consists of nine leukocyte cell-surface proteins involved in lymphocyte activation that belong to the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily. Six members of this family--CD84, CD150 (SLAM), CD229 (Ly9), CD244 (2B4), NTB-A, and CS1--associate with adapter proteins--SLAM-associated protein (SAP) and EAT-2. SAP is a short intracellular molecule that is mutated in humans with X-linked lymphoproliferative disease. Flow cytometric analysis of the expression of CD84, CD150, CD229, and CD244 cell-surface receptors on several leukocyte and lymphocyte subsets was performed. CD84 and CD150 were present on thymocytes, mature T cells and antigen-presenting cells. The expression of CD84 and CD150 was high on memory T cells. CD150 expression was strongly up-regulated after cell activation. In contrast to CD84, CD150 was absent on resting monocytes and immature dendritic cells (DCs). CD229 presented a pattern of expression restricted to lymphocytes. CD244 was preferentially expressed on natural killer cells, CD8(+) effector cells, resting monocytes, basophils, and eosinophils. We describe a broader distribution of CD84, CD150, CD229, and CD244 than previously reported and show that they are differentially expressed on hematopoietic cells. The heterogeneous expression of these receptors indicates that these molecules may play non-redundant functions in the regulation of both innate and adaptive immune responses.

  2. Physiological and biochemical mechanisms preventing Cd-toxicity in the hyperaccumulator Atriplex halimus L.

    Mesnoua, Mohammed; Mateos-Naranjo, Enrique; Barcia-Piedras, José María; Pérez-Romero, Jesús Alberto; Lotmani, Brahim; Redondo-Gómez, Susana


    The xero-halophyte Atriplex halimus L., recently described as Cd-hyperaccumulator, was examined to determine Cd toxicity threshold and the physiological mechanisms involved in Cd tolerance. An experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of cadmium from 0 to 1350 μM on chlorophyll fluorescence parameters, gas exchange, photosynthetic pigment concentrations and antioxidative enzyme activities of A. halimus. Cadmium, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, sodium and zinc concentrations were also analyzed. Plants of A. halimus were not able to survive at 1350 μM Cd and the upper tolerance limit was recorded at 650 μM Cd; although chlorosis was observed from 200 μM Cd. Cadmium accumulation increased with increase in Cd supply, reaching maxima of 0.77 and 4.65 mg g(-1) dry weight in shoots and roots, respectively, at 650 μM Cd. Dry mass, shoot length, specific leaf area, relative growth rate, net photosynthetic rate, stomatal conductance, pigments contents and chlorophyll fluorescence were significantly reduced by increasing Cd concentration. However, the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD; EC1.15.1.1), catalase (CAT; EC1.11.1.6) and guaiacol peroxidase (GPx; EC1.11.1.7) were significantly induced by Cd. Exposures to Cd caused also a significant decrease in P contents in roots, Mg and Mn contents in shoots and Fe and K contents in roots and shoots and had no effect on Ca, Na and Zn contents. The tolerance of A. halimus to Cd stress might be related with its capacity to avoid the translocation of great amounts of Cd in its aboveground tissues and higher activities of enzymatic antioxidants in the leaf.

  3. Industrial contamination of soil related to some active and closed mine facilities in the Republic of Macedonia

    Tasev Goran K.


    Full Text Available Several industrial pollution sources at the territory of the Republic of Macedonia, were studied, one Pb-Zn mine with mill, one copper mine with mill and copper leaching facility, as well as one former Pb-Zn smelting facility near the city of Veles and one Fe-Ni smelting facility near the city of Kavadarci. The concentrations of heavy metals at Veles hot-spot were in the range: 20÷1823 mg kg- 1Pb, 29÷2395 mg kg-1Zn, 28÷65 mgkg-1Cd, 27÷82 mg kg-1 Cu, 39÷164 mg kg-1Ni, 508÷938 mgkg-1Mn and 1.6÷3.8% Fe, all of them being above Dutch standard optimal values. The vicinity of the Feni plant displayed concentrations of heavy metals as follows: 16÷31 mg kg-1 Pb, 117÷286 mgkg-1 Zn, 13÷24 mg kg-1Co, 42÷119 mg kg-1 Cu, 158÷292 mg kg-1Ni, 119÷236 mg kg-1 Cr and 2.24÷3.79% Fe. Airborne dust measurements around the Zletovo mine displayed multiplexed above standard values, with an exception of nickel, there enrichment factors ranged from mediate ones such were those for copper of 20.8, cadmium of 28.7, arsenic of 32.5 up to high ones for zinc with 341.7 and lead 925. Soil samples around the Zletovo mine displayed: 19.3-76.9 g kg-1 Fe, 643-28000 mg kg-1 Mn, 42.3-529.66 mg kg-1 Pb and 138-3240 mg kg-1 Zn. Finally around the Bucim copper mine the results displayed the following findings: 13.1÷225 mg kg-1 As, 0.67÷17.9 mg kg-1 Cd, 30.1÷171 mg kg-1 Cr, 17.8÷1734 mg kg-1 Cu, 9.8÷69.4 mg kg-1 Ni, 46÷3456 mg kg-1 Pb, 88÷3438 mg kg-1 Zn, 169÷998 mg kg-1 Mn, 0.73÷5.02% Fe.

  4. Adoptive immunotherapy via CD4+ versus CD8+ T cells

    Vy Phan-Lai


    Full Text Available The goal of cancer immunotherapy is to induce specific and durable antitumor immunity. Adoptive T cell therapy (ACT has garnered wide interest, particularly in regard to strategies to improve T cell efficacy in trials. There are many types of T cells (and subsets which can be selected for use in ACT. CD4+ T cells are critical for the regulation, activation and aid of host defense mechanisms and, importantly, for enhancing the function of tumor-specific CD8+ T cells. To date, much research in cancer immunotherapy has focused on CD8+ T cells, in melanoma and other cancers. Both CD4+ T cells and CD8+ T cells have been evaluated as ACT in mice and humans, and both are effective at eliciting antitumor responses. IL-17 producing CD4+ T cells are a new subset of CD4+ T cells to be evaluated in ACT models. This review discusses the benefits of adoptive immunotherapy mediated by CD8+ and CD4+ cells. It also discusses the various type of T cells, source of T cells, and ex vivo cytokine growth factors for augmenting clinical efficacy of ACT. [Biomed Res Ther 2016; 3(4.000: 588-595

  5. Effect of BSA on Adsorption Equilibrium of Cd(Ⅱ) onto δ-MnO2%BSA对Cd(Ⅱ)与δ-MnO2间吸附平衡性质的影响

    张丽娜; 马子川; 刘敬泽; 蔡爱军


    研究了溶液中牛血清白蛋白(BSA)的存在对Cd(Ⅱ)与δ-MnO2间吸附平衡性质的影响.结果表明,BSA存在下,Cd(Ⅱ)在δ-MnO2表面的吸附率-pH曲线仍为典型的"S"形,BSA使Cd(Ⅱ)的吸附突跃向高pH方向移动,Cd(Ⅱ)的吸附率随离子强度的增大而减小.并且,BSA存在及pH=3.0下,Cd(Ⅱ)的等温吸附线遵循Langmuir等温吸附方程,但Cd(Ⅱ)饱和吸附量由34.97 mg/s降低到22.83 mg/g.当pH=5.0时,Cd(Ⅱ)吸附率几乎不受BSA的影响;pH=2.0和pH=3.0、BSA浓度小于20 ms/L时,Cd(Ⅱ)吸附率随BSA浓度的增大而显著减小;当BSA浓度大于20 mg/L时,Cd(Ⅱ)吸附率几乎不再减小.研究结果增进了对Cd(Ⅱ)环境化学行为的认识.

  6. Efficacy of anti-CD20 chi- meric Fab′fragment on pro- liferation of B lymphoma cells


    The variable domain of heavy chain (VH) and light chain (VL) genes of anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody HI47 were cloned from anti-CD20 ScFv expression vector pCANBTEcd20 by PCR and ligated into vector pYZF to construct chimeric anti-CD20 Fab¢ fragment expression vector pYZFcd20. Chimeric anti-CD20 Fab¢ fragment was expressed in E. coli 16C9 and purified by protein G affinity chromatography. Competitive inhibition assay showed that anti-CD20 Fab¢ fragment inhibited binding of HI47 to CD20 on the surface of Daudi cells. Results from MTT assay indicated that chimeric anti-CD20 Fab¢ fragment inhibited the proliferation of Daudi cells, IC50 = 69 mg/mL. Affinity of chimeric anti-CD20 Fab¢ fragment was determined, Ka was about 8.9′108 (mol/L)-1.

  7. Evaluation of phosphate fertilizers for the immobilization of Cd in contaminated soils.

    Yin Yan

    Full Text Available A laboratory investigation was conducted to evaluate the efficiency of four phosphate fertilizers, including diammonium phosphate (DAP, potassium phosphate monobasic (MPP, calcium superphosphateon (SSP, and calcium phosphate tribasic (TCP, in terms of the toxicity and bioavailability of Cd in contaminated soils. The efficiency of immobilization was evaluated on the basis of two criteria: (a the reduction of extractable Cd concentration below the TCLP regulatory level and (b the Cd changes associated with specific operational soil fractions on the basis of sequential extraction data. Results showed that after 50 d immobilization, the extractable concentrations of Cd in DAP, MPP, SSP, and TCP treated soils decreased from 42.64 mg/kg (in the control to 23.86, 21.86, 33.89, and 35.59 mg/kg, respectively, with immobilization efficiency in the order of MPP > DAP > SSP > TCP. Results from the assessment of Cd speciation via the sequential extraction procedure revealed that the soluble exchangeable fraction of Cd in soils treated with phosphate fertilizers, especially TCP, was considerably reduced. In addition, the reduction was correspondingly related to the increase in the more stable forms of Cd, that is, the metal bound to manganese oxides and the metal bound to crystalline iron oxides. Treatment efficiency increased as the phosphate dose (according to the molar ratio of PO4/Cd increased. Immobilization was the most effective under the molar ratio of PO4/Cd at 4:1.

  8. Evaluation of phosphate fertilizers for the immobilization of Cd in contaminated soils.

    Yan, Yin; Zhou, Yi Qun; Liang, Cheng Hua


    A laboratory investigation was conducted to evaluate the efficiency of four phosphate fertilizers, including diammonium phosphate (DAP), potassium phosphate monobasic (MPP), calcium superphosphateon (SSP), and calcium phosphate tribasic (TCP), in terms of the toxicity and bioavailability of Cd in contaminated soils. The efficiency of immobilization was evaluated on the basis of two criteria: (a) the reduction of extractable Cd concentration below the TCLP regulatory level and (b) the Cd changes associated with specific operational soil fractions on the basis of sequential extraction data. Results showed that after 50 d immobilization, the extractable concentrations of Cd in DAP, MPP, SSP, and TCP treated soils decreased from 42.64 mg/kg (in the control) to 23.86, 21.86, 33.89, and 35.59 mg/kg, respectively, with immobilization efficiency in the order of MPP > DAP > SSP > TCP. Results from the assessment of Cd speciation via the sequential extraction procedure revealed that the soluble exchangeable fraction of Cd in soils treated with phosphate fertilizers, especially TCP, was considerably reduced. In addition, the reduction was correspondingly related to the increase in the more stable forms of Cd, that is, the metal bound to manganese oxides and the metal bound to crystalline iron oxides. Treatment efficiency increased as the phosphate dose (according to the molar ratio of PO4/Cd) increased. Immobilization was the most effective under the molar ratio of PO4/Cd at 4:1.

  9. Cytotoxicity and cellular mechanisms involved in the toxicity of CdS quantum dots in hemocytes and gill cells of the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis

    Katsumiti, A. [CBET Research Group, Dept. Zoology and Animal Cell Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology and Research Centre for Experimental Marine Biology and Biotechnology PIE, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Basque Country (Spain); Gilliland, D. [EU Commission–Joint Research Centre, Institute of Health and Consumer Protection, NSB Unit, Ispra (Italy); Arostegui, I. [Department of Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Leioa (Spain); Cajaraville, M.P., E-mail: [CBET Research Group, Dept. Zoology and Animal Cell Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology and Research Centre for Experimental Marine Biology and Biotechnology PIE, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Basque Country (Spain)


    Highlights: • CdS QDs were cytotoxic for mussel hemocytes and gill cells in vitro. • Ionic Cd was the most toxic form, followed by CdS QDs and bulk CdS. • CdS QDs altered oxidative balance and caused DNA damage in mussel cells. • CdS QDs caused a particle-specific immunostimulation on phagocytosis of hemocytes. • Conceptual models for cellular handling and toxicity of CdS QDs are proposed. - Abstract: CdS quantum dots (QDs) show a great promise for treatment and diagnosis of cancer and for targeted drug delivery, due to their size-tunable fluorescence and ease of functionalization for tissue targeting. In spite of their advantages it is important to determine if CdS QDs can exert toxicity on biological systems. In the present work, cytotoxicity of CdS QDs (5 nm) at a wide range of concentrations (0.001–100 mg Cd/L) was screened using neutral red (NR) and thiazolyl blue tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assays in isolated hemocytes and gill cells of mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis). The mechanisms of action of CdS QDs were assessed at sublethal concentrations (0.31–5 mg Cd/L) in the same cell types through a series of functional in vitro assays: production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), catalase (CAT) activity, DNA damage, lysosomal acid phosphatase (AcP) activity, multixenobiotic resistance (MXR) transport activity, Na-K-ATPase activity (only in gill cells) and phagocytic activity and damage to actin cytoskeleton (only in hemocytes). Exposures to CdS QDs lasted for 24 h and were performed in parallel with exposures to bulk CdS and ionic Cd. Ionic Cd was the most toxic form to both cell types, followed by CdS QDs and bulk CdS. ROS production, DNA damage, AcP activity and MXR transport were significantly increased in both cell types exposed to the 3 forms of Cd. CAT activity increased in hemocytes exposed to the three forms of Cd while in gill cells only in those exposed to ionic Cd. No effects were found on hemocytes cytoskeleton integrity. Effects on

  10. Vaccination Produces CD4 T Cells with a Novel CD154-CD40-Dependent Cytolytic Mechanism.

    Coler, Rhea N; Hudson, Thomas; Hughes, Sean; Huang, Po-Wei D; Beebe, Elyse A; Orr, Mark T


    The discovery of new vaccines against infectious diseases and cancer requires the development of novel adjuvants with well-defined activities. The TLR4 agonist adjuvant GLA-SE elicits robust Th1 responses to a variety of vaccine Ags and is in clinical development for both infectious diseases and cancer. We demonstrate that immunization with a recombinant protein Ag and GLA-SE also induces granzyme A expression in CD4 T cells and produces cytolytic cells that can be detected in vivo. Surprisingly, these in vivo CTLs were CD4 T cells, not CD8 T cells, and this cytolytic activity was not dependent on granzyme A/B or perforin. Unlike previously reported CD4 CTLs, the transcription factors Tbet and Eomes were not necessary for their development. CTL activity was also independent of the Fas ligand-Fas, TRAIL-DR5, and canonical death pathways, indicating a novel mechanism of CTL activity. Rather, the in vivo CD4 CTL activity induced by vaccination required T cell expression of CD154 (CD40L) and target cell expression of CD40. Thus, vaccination with a TLR4 agonist adjuvant induces CD4 CTLs, which kill through a previously unknown CD154-dependent mechanism. Copyright © 2015 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

  11. Preparation and Hydrogen Storage Properties of Mg-Rich Mg-Ni Ultrafine Particles

    Jianxin Zou


    Full Text Available In the present work, Mg-rich Mg-Ni ultrafine powders were prepared through an arc plasma method. The phase components, microstructure, and hydrogen storage properties of the powders were carefully investigated. It is found that Mg2Ni and MgNi2 could be obtained directly from the vapor state reactions between Mg and Ni, depending on the local vapor content in the reaction chamber. A nanostructured MgH2 + Mg2NiH4 hydrogen storage composite could be generated after hydrogenation of the Mg-Ni ultrafine powders. After dehydrogenation, MgH2 and Mg2NiH4 decomposed into nanograined Mg and Mg2Ni, respectively. Thermogravimetry/differential scanning calorimetry (TG/DSC analyses showed that Mg2NiH4 phase may play a catalytic role in the dehydriding process of the hydrogenated Mg ultrafine particles.

  12. Neoplasia hematodérmica CD4+ CD56+ en la infancia Hematodermic CD4+ CD56+ neoplasm in childhood

    Erica A. Rojas Bilbao


    Full Text Available La neoplasia hematodérmica CD4+ CD56+ con fenotipo de célula dendrítica plasmocitoide es una rara y agresiva neoplasia recientemente reconocida por la WHO-EORTC classification. Afecta adultos de edad media y ancianos, siendo muy pocos los casos descriptos en niños. Presentamos el caso de una niña de 12 años con grave retraso mental, estigmas genéticos y múltiples lesiones cutáneas localizadas en miembros inferiores y superiores. Histológicamente se observó un infiltrado dérmico difuso de células pequeñas y medianas con expresión de CD4, CD56, CD43 y S100 así como de marcadores dendríticos plasmocitoides: CD 123 y BDCA-2 confirmados por citometría de flujo, sin compromiso de sangre periférica ni médula ósea. Cumpliendo dos semanas de tratamiento para leucemia linfoblástica aguda evolucionó con remisión clínica de las lesiones cutaneas.Hematodermic CD4+ CD56+ neoplasm with plasmacytoid dendritic cell phenotype is a rare and aggressive neoplasm recently recognized by the WHO-EORTC classification. It generally appears in elderly adults, exceptionally in childhood. We present a 12-year-old girl with severe mental retardation, genetic clinical features and multiple nodular cutaneous lesions on legs and arms. Histologically the nodules showed diffuse dermal infiltrate of medium and small cells and expression of CD4, CD56, CD43, S100 and plasmacytoid dendritic markers: CD123, BDCA-2 under flow cytometry study. Peripheral blood and bone marrow were not involved. Clinical remission of cutaneous lesions was observed after two weeks of acute lymphoblastic leukemia therapy.

  13. Systematic immunohistochemical analysis of the expression of CD46, CD55, and CD59 in colon cancer.

    Shang, Yulong; Chai, Na; Gu, Yong; Ding, Li; Yang, Yan; Zhou, Jinfeng; Ren, Gui; Hao, Xiaoke; Fan, Daiming; Wu, Kaichun; Nie, Yongzhan


    The expression of membrane-bound complement regulatory proteins (mCRPs) that inhibit the complement system in normal tissues is essential for self-protection against an autologous immune reaction. However, the expression patterns of mCRPs, including CD46, CD55, and CD59, are inconsistent in different types of cancer cells. To determine whether CD46, CD55, and CD59 are differentially expressed in neoplastic and adjacent normal colon tissues and to assess their clinical significance. Immunohistochemistry was performed on tissue microarrays of cancerous and adjacent normal colon tissues. The expression levels of CD46, CD55, and CD59 were significantly higher in colon cancer tissues compared with the normal adjacent colon tissues. We found that the expression levels of CD55 and CD59 correlated with the grade of differentiation in colon cancers. In addition, the expression of CD55 and CD59 was greater in stage III and stage IV colon cancers than in stage I and stage II cancers according to staging by the TNM classification. CD46, CD55, and CD59 are up-regulated in colon cancer. Specifically, CD55 and CD59 are of clinical relevance to differentiation and TNM staging of colon cancer. These data suggest that CD46, CD55, and CD59 have the potential to be used for molecular staging diagnoses and for colon cancer therapies.

  14. Tissue histiocyte reactivity with CD31 is comparable to CD68 and CD163 in common skin lesions.

    Tidwell, W James; Googe, Paul B


    CD31 is a standard immunostain for evaluating vascular lesions of the skin, but CD31 reactivity for histiocytes is reported in only a small variety of pathological conditions. CD68 and CD163 are well recognized stains for cutaneous histiocytic lesions. We compared immunostaining of CD31 within that of CD68 and CD163 in five cases each of cutaneous lesions containing histiocytes: healing biopsy site, granuloma annulare, xanthogranuloma, ruptured follicular cyst and sarcoidosis. Reactivity was graded on a scale of 0-3 for brightness of immunostaining. Immunoreactivity was seen in histiocytes in all specimens for CD31, CD68 and CD163. The average intensity of staining was 1.7-2.5 for CD31, 2.6-3 for CD68 and 2.9-3 for CD163. The staining was somewhat less for CD31 because the reactivity is localized on the cell surfaces, whereas CD68 and CD163 react with cell surfaces and cytoplasm. We conclude that histiocytes in cutaneous lesions stain for CD31 and the staining is comparable to, but less intense, than that seen with CD68 and CD163. Caution is suggested in interpretation of CD31 staining in skin specimens, as CD31 shows reactivity with histiocytes as well as endothelial cells. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. Decreased CD8+CD28+/CD8+CD28- T cell ratio can sensitively predict poor outcome for patients with complicated Crohn disease.

    Dai, Shi-Xue; Gu, Hong-Xiang; Lin, Qian-Yi; Wu, Yan-Kun; Wang, Xiao-Yan; Huang, Shao-Zhuo; Xing, Tiao-Si; Chen, Min-Hua; Zhang, Qing-Fang; Zheng, Zhong-Wen; Sha, Wei-Hong


    Crohn disease (CD) with complications such as penetrating, stricturing, and perianal disease is called complicated CD. The aim of this study is to test the efficiency with which the CD8CD28/CD8CD28 cell balance can predict a subsequent active stage in patients with newly diagnosed complicated CD.Seventeen patients with complicated CD and 48 CD patients with no complications were enrolled. Blood CD8 T cells were tested from all of the 65 newly diagnosed CD patients upon enrollment. The potential risk factors were compared between the 2 groups. A 30-week follow-up was performed, and the efficiency of the CD8 cell balance at predicting active CD was analyzed using receiver-operating characteristic curves. The cumulative remission lasting rates (CRLRs) were analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method.Compared with the control CD group, patients with complicated CD were predominantly male and younger in age; they also had lower body mass indices (BMIs), higher Crohn disease activity indices (CDAIs), higher immunosuppressant and steroid prescription rates, and significantly higher surgical rates. The CD8CD28/CD8CD28 balance was associated with BMI, CDAI, steroids, and surgery. The CD8CD28/CD8CD28 ratios were significantly lower at week 0 and on the 6th, 22nd, and 30th week during follow-up with a shorter lasting time of remission for the complicated CD patients. The CD8CD28/CD8CD28 ratio could accurately predict the active stage for the patients with complicated CD, and the highest sensitivity (89.2%) and specificity (85.3%) were found when the ratio was 1.03. Treatment with steroids and surgery, along with a significantly lower CD8CD28/CD8CD28 ratio and lower CRLRs, was closely related to a worse outcome for the patients with complicated CD.Patients requiring steroids and surgery experience more severe disease activity and thus a disequilibrated immunological balance, which could be the main reason for a decreased CD8CD28/CD8CD28 ratio. This ratio can sensitively predict the

  16. Soluble CD163, a specific macrophage activation marker, is decreased by anti-TNF-α antibody treatment in active inflammatory bowel disease.

    Dige, A; Støy, S; Thomsen, K L; Hvas, C L; Agnholt, J; Dahlerup, J F; Møller, H J; Grønbaek, H


    Activated macrophages shed the haemoglobin-haptoglobin scavenger receptor CD163 into the circulation as soluble(s)-CD163. We measured sCD163 as an in vivo macrophage activation marker in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC) receiving antitumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α antibody or prednisolone treatment. We also investigated the CD163 expression on circulating monocytes. 58 patients with CD, 40 patients with UC and 90 healthy controls (HC) were included. All patients had active disease at inclusion and were followed for 6 weeks of anti-TNF-α antibody or prednisolone treatment. We measured plasma sCD163 levels at baseline, 1 day, 1 week and 6 weeks after initiating treatment. CD163 expression on circulating CD14(+) monocytes was measured in 21 patients with CD receiving anti-TNF-α antibody treatment. Baseline sCD163 levels were elevated in patients with CD [1.99 (1.80-2.18) mg/l] and in patients with UC [2.07 (1.82-2.32) mg/l] compared with HC [1.51 (1.38-1.63) mg/l] (P CD163 expression on CD14(+) monocytes was increased compared with HC. This study highlights that active CD and UC are associated with increased macrophage activation, as indicated by elevated sCD163 levels and monocytic CD163 expression. Anti-TNF-α antibody treatment induced a rapid decrease in sCD163 levels, suggesting a specific effect on macrophage activation in inflammatory bowel diseases. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  17. Acrolein-induced oxidative stress in NAD(P)H Oxidase Subunit gp91phox knock-out mice and its modulation of NFκB and CD36.

    Yousefipour, Zivar; Zhang, Chelsea; Monfareed, Mahdieh; Walker, James; Newaz, Mohammad


    An essential component of NAD(P)H, gp91phox, maintains the functionality of the enzyme in producing oxygen radicals. NAD(P)H oxidase plays an important role in oxidative stress but its precise contribution in acrolein-induced toxicity was not explored. We examined the involvement of NAD(P)H oxidase and other oxidant system in acrolein toxicity using gp91phox knockout mice. Male gp91phox knockout (KO) mice (20-25 gm) or wild type (WT) controls were treated with acrolein (0.5 μg/kg; 1 week). Animals were sacrificed and the liver was used to determine biochemical parameters. Knockout mice generated low (1.43 ±.02 pg/μg protein) free radicals as evident in 8-Isoprostane compared with the WT mice (2.19 ± 0.1). Acrolein increased 8-Isoprostane in WT (PAcrolein increased XO in KO mice, but significantly increased it only in WT. Cycloxygenase (COX) activity was not different between WT and KO mice, although acroelin increased COX in WT. Knockout mice exhibited a significantly low (2.1 ± 0.2 μmol/mg protein) total antioxidant status (TAS) compared with the WT (3.5 ± 0.3). Acrolein reduced TAS in both WT and KO mice equally. Baseline NFκB was significantly higher in KO mice, although acrolein increased NFκB in WT but not in KO. CD36 was higher (pacrolein increased (pacrolein-induced oxidative stress. We also suggests that in the absence of NAD(P)H oxidase XO plays a definitive role together with reduced antioxidant ability to compound the toxic effects of acrolein. We propose that in absence of NAD(P)H oxidase a different signaling process may involve that utilizes CD36 besides NFκB.

  18. High performance metal/air fuel cells. Part 1. General review. [Li, Al, Ca, Cd, Mg

    Cooper, J. F.


    Metal/air fuel cells are reviewed in terms of their potential application in electric vehicles. Attention is focused on those metals (light alkali and alkaline earth metals, and aluminum) which, in combination with oxygen, have theoretical energy densities (2--13 kWh/kg-metal) exceeding that of gasoline (utilized in automobiles at 2--3 kWh/kg). Lithium and aluminum have yielded 8- and 4 kWh/kg, respectively, in laboratory experimental cells. The slurry Zn/air system achieves 0.85 kWh/kg-Zn in prototype vehicle cells and is reviewed for comparison. Calcium can probably yield 1.8 kWh/kg-Ca, but its potential as a fuel has not yet been fully explored. The remaining metals appear to be unsuitable for use in aqueous electrolyte fuel cells. The discharge characteristics of lithium, aluminum, and (possibly) calcium/air cells indicate the potential for electric vehicles of the highway performance and minimum range (300 miles) of subcompact automobiles, rapid refueling for unlimited range extension, and the storage in the fuel cell of sufficient metal for ranges in excess of 1000 miles. Barriers to the concept are the economic necessity of recycling cell reaction products (except in the case of calcium), the expansion or creation of vast metal production industries, and the change-over of existing service station infrastructures to allow electric vehicle servicing. The energy efficiency of a transportation system using aluminum was estimated using data on the current aluminum production industry. The total estimated cost of ownership and operation of an aluminum/air cell was 3.0--3.6 cents/km. The relative rarity of lithium would complicate its use. 6 tables.

  19. Disequilibrium in the CD8(+)CD28(+)/CD8(+)CD28(-) T Lymphocyte Balance Is Related to Prognosis in Rats with Trinitrobenzenesulfonic Acid-Induced Colitis.

    Dai, Shixue; Gu, Hongxiang; Lin, Qianyi; Xing, Tiaosi; Chen, Minhua; Zhong, Tao; Wu, Gang; Feng, Yanling; Liu, Hongbo; Gao, Yong; Jian, Hongjian; Zhang, Minhai; Mo, Hongmei; Zhu, Huanjie; Chen, Dongsheng; Xu, Jun; Zou, Ying; Chi, Honggang; Zhu, Yuzhen


    The CD8(+)CD28(+)/CD8(+)CD28(-) T lymphocyte balance is vital for human ulcerative colitis (UC) but has not been defined in experimental colitis. This investigation will try to identify the changes that occur in the CD8(+)CD28(+)/CD8(+)CD28(-) T lymphocyte balance during the progression of trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis in rats. The frequencies of blood CD8(+)CD28(+) and CD8(+)CD28(-) T lymphocytes were detected in the rats belonging to the normal, model, and treated groups on five days using flow cytometry. The treated rats were administered with mesalazine and were euthanized after a 14-day treatment, as were the normal and model rats. The sensitivity and specificity of the CD8(+)CD28(+)/CD8(+)CD28(-) T lymphocyte balance in diagnosing early colitis were analyzed by receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curves. The frequencies of CD8(+)CD28(+) and CD8(+)CD28(-) T lymphocytes in the colon tissue were tested via immunofluorescence. ELISA was used to measure the levels of the cytokines. Immunohistochemistry and Western blotting were used to detect the colonic expression of JAK3, STAT6, NFATc2, and GATA3. We found that the ratio of CD8(+)CD28(+)/CD8(+)CD28(-) T lymphocytes decreased, as did the level of interleukin-7, but not IL-12p40, IL-13, or IL-15, in the blood; however, the ratio increased along with JAK3, STAT6, NFATc2, and GATA3 in the colon of the rats with colitis. The changes were effectively reversed through the administration of mesalazine for 13 days. Surprisingly, the balance in the blood could sensitively distinguish rats with early colitis from normal rats. These data show that increase in CD8(+)CD28(+) T cells in blood and decrease in CD8(+)CD28(-) T cells in colon are associated with experimental colitis.

  20. The monocytic lineage specific soluble CD163 is a plasma marker of coronary atherosclerosis

    Aristoteli, Lina Panayiota; Møller, Holger Jon; Bailey, Brian


    BACKGROUND: CD163 is a monocyte-macrophage lineage specific scavenger receptor that mediates the uptake and clearance of haptoglobin-haemoglobin complexes, and soluble CD163 (sCD163) is also present in plasma. As atherosclerosis involves infiltration by monocyte-derived macrophages, we investigated...... whether sCD163 may act as a marker of coronary atherosclerosis (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Clinical features were identified and plasma was collected from 147 consecutive patients presenting for coronary angiography. Patients were classified as having CAD+, or being free of CAD- haemodynamically...... significant (>50% luminal diameter) coronary stenoses in one or more major coronary arteries (1, 2 or 3 vessel disease), and sCD163 concentration was measured by ELISA. Plasma sCD163 was non-parametrically distributed, being significantly higher in CAD+ patients (median 2.47 mg/L, 25th-75th percentile, 1...

  1. Fluorescence relaxation dynamics of CdSe and CdSe/CdS core/shell quantum dots

    Kaur, Gurvir; Kaur, Harmandeep [Centre of Advanced Study in Physics, Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh-160014 (India); Tripathi, S. K., E-mail: [Centre of Advanced Study in Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh- 160014 (India)


    Time-resolved fluorescence spectra for colloidal CdSe and CdSe/CdS core/shell quantum dots have been investigated to know their electron relaxation dynamics at the maximum steady state fluorescence intensity. CdSe core and CdSe/CdS type I core-shell materials with different shell (CdS) thicknesses have been synthesized using mercaptoacetic acid as a capping agent. Steady state absorption and emission studies confirmed successful synthesis of CdSe and CdSe/CdS core-shell quantum dots. The fluorescence shows a tri-exponential decay with lifetimes 57.39, 7.82 and 0.96 ns for CdSe quantum dots. The lifetime of each recombination decreased with growth of CdS shell over the CdSe core, with maximum contribution to fluorescence by the fastest transition.

  2. Time-Resolved Photoluminescence Spectroscopy Evaluation of CdTe and CdTe/CdS Quantum Dots

    Yuan, Zhimin; Yang, Ping; Cao, Yongqiang


    CdTe and CdTe/CdS quantum dots (QDs) were prepared in aqueous solutions using thioglycolic acid as a stabilizing agent. The photoluminescence (PL) wavelength of the QDs depended strongly on the size of CdTe cores and the thickness of CdS shells. Being kept at room temperature for 130 days, the PL wavelength of CdTe and CdTe/CdS QDs was red-shifted. However the red-shifted degree of CdTe QDs is larger than that of CdTe/CdS QDs. The size of CdTe QDs and the thickness of CdS play important roles...

  3. Death induced by CD95 or CD95 ligand elimination.

    Hadji, Abbas; Ceppi, Paolo; Murmann, Andrea E; Brockway, Sonia; Pattanayak, Abhinandan; Bhinder, Bhavneet; Hau, Annika; De Chant, Shirley; Parimi, Vamsi; Kolesza, Piotre; Richards, Joanne; Chandel, Navdeep; Djaballah, Hakim; Peter, Marcus E


    CD95 (Fas/APO-1), when bound by its cognate ligand CD95L, induces cells to die by apoptosis. We now show that elimination of CD95 or CD95L results in a form of cell death that is independent of caspase-8, RIPK1/MLKL, and p53, is not inhibited by Bcl-xL expression, and preferentially affects cancer cells. All tumors that formed in mouse models of low-grade serous ovarian cancer or chemically induced liver cancer with tissue-specific deletion of CD95 still expressed CD95, suggesting that cancer cannot form in the absence of CD95. Death induced by CD95R/L elimination (DICE) is characterized by an increase in cell size, production of mitochondrial ROS, and DNA damage. It resembles a necrotic form of mitotic catastrophe. No single drug was found to completely block this form of cell death, and it could also not be blocked by the knockdown of a single gene, making it a promising way to kill cancer cells. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Death Induced by CD95 or CD95 Ligand Elimination

    Abbas Hadji


    Full Text Available CD95 (Fas/APO-1, when bound by its cognate ligand CD95L, induces cells to die by apoptosis. We now show that elimination of CD95 or CD95L results in a form of cell death that is independent of caspase-8, RIPK1/MLKL, and p53, is not inhibited by Bcl-xL expression, and preferentially affects cancer cells. All tumors that formed in mouse models of low-grade serous ovarian cancer or chemically induced liver cancer with tissue-specific deletion of CD95 still expressed CD95, suggesting that cancer cannot form in the absence of CD95. Death induced by CD95R/L elimination (DICE is characterized by an increase in cell size, production of mitochondrial ROS, and DNA damage. It resembles a necrotic form of mitotic catastrophe. No single drug was found to completely block this form of cell death, and it could also not be blocked by the knockdown of a single gene, making it a promising way to kill cancer cells.

  5. Critical role for CD8 T cells in allograft acceptance induced by DST and CD40/CD154 costimulatory blockade.

    Gao, Donghong; Lunsford, Keri E; Eiring, Anna M; Bumgardner, Ginny L


    Donor-specific transfusion (DST) and CD40/CD154 costimulation blockade is a powerful immunosuppressive strategy which prolongs survival of many allografts. The efficacy of DST and anti-CD154 mAb for prolongation of hepatocellular allograft survival was only realized in C57BL/6 mice that have both CD4- and CD8-dependent pathways available (median survival time, MST, 82 days). Hepatocyte rejection in CD8 KO mice which is CD4-dependent was not suppressed by DST and anti-CD154 mAb treatment (MST, 7 days); unexpectedly DST abrogated the beneficial effects of anti-CD154 mAb for suppression of hepatocyte rejection (MST, 42 days) and on donor-reactive alloantibody production. Hepatocyte rejection in CD4 KO mice which is CD8-dependent was suppressed by treatment with DST and anti-CD154 mAb therapy (MST, 35 days) but did not differ significantly from immunotherapy with anti-CD154 mAb alone (MST, 32 days). Induction of hepatocellular allograft acceptance by DST and anti-CD154 mAb immunotherapy was dependent on host CD8(+) T cells, as demonstrated by CD8 depletion studies in C57BL/6 mice (MST, 14 days) and CD8 reconstitution of CD8 KO mice (MST, 56 days). These studies demonstrate that both CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-cell subsets contribute to induction of hepatocellular allograft acceptance by this immunotherapeutic strategy.

  6. Highly (100) oriented MgO growth on thin Mg layer in MTJ structure

    Jimbo, K [Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1-S3-42 O-okayama, Meguro, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan); Nakagawa, S, E-mail:


    In order to apply Stress Assisted Magnetization Reversal (SAMR) method to perpendicular magnetoresistive random access memory (p-MRAM) with magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) using MgO (001) oriented barrier layer, multilayer of Ta/ Terfenol-D/ Mg/ MgO and Ta/ Terfenol-D/ MgO were prepared. While the MgO layer, deposited directly on the Terfenol-D layer, did not show (100) orientatin, very thin metallic Mg layer, deposited prior to the MgO deposition, was effective to attain MgO (100) orientation. The crystalline orientation was very weak without Mg, however, the multilayer with Mg showed very strong MgO(100) peak and the MgO orientation was shifted depending on the Mg thickness.

  7. IBIC analysis of CdTe/CdS solar cells

    Colombo, E; Calusi, S; Giuntini, L; Giudice, A Lo; Manfredotti, C; Massi, M; Olivero, P; Romeo, A; Romeo, N; Vittone, E


    This paper reports on the investigation of the electronic properties of a thin film CdS/CdTe solar cell with the Ion Beam Induced Charge (IBIC) technique. The device under test is a thin film (total thickness around 10 um) multilayer heterojunction solar cell, displaying an efficiency of 14% under AM1.5 illumination conditions. The IBIC measurements were carried out using focused 3.150 MeV He ions raster scanned onto the surface of the back electrode. The charge collection efficiency (CCE) maps show inhomogeneous response of the cell to be attributed to the polycrystalline nature of the CdTe bulk material. Finally, the evolution of the IBIC signal vs. the ion fluence was studied in order to evaluate the radiation hardness of the CdS/CdTe solar cells in view of their use in solar modules for space applications.

  8. Cloning and high level expression of the biologically active extracellular domain of Macaca mulatta CD40 in Pichia pastoris.

    Zhu, Shengyun; Wan, Lin; Yang, Hao; Cheng, Jingqiu; Lu, Xiaofeng


    The CD40-mediated immune response contributes to a wide variety of chronic inflammatory diseases. CD40 antagonists have potential as novel therapies for immune disorders. However, the CD40 pathway has not been well characterized in the rhesus monkey Macaca mulatta, which is a valuable animal model for human immune disease. An 834 bp transcript was cloned from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of rhesus monkey using specific primers designed according to the predicted sequence of M. mulatta CD40 (mmCD40) in GenBank. Sequence analysis demonstrated that mmCD40 is highly homologous to human CD40 (hCD40), with an amino acid sequence identity of 94%. Genes encoding the extracellular domain of mmCD40 and the Fc fragment of the hIgG1 were inserted into a pPIC9K plasmid to produce mmCD40Ig by Pichia pastoris. Approximately 15-20 mg of the mmCD40Ig protein with ∼90% purity could be recovered from 1 L of culture. The purified mmCD40Ig protein can form dimers and can specifically bind CD40L-positive cells. Additionally, the mmCD40Ig protein can bind hCD40L protein in phosphate buffered saline and form a stable combination in a size-exclusion chromatography assay using a Superdex 200 column. Moreover, mmCD40Ig is as efficient as M. mulatta CTLA4Ig (mmCTLA4Ig) to suppress Con A-stimulated lymphocyte proliferation. Additionally, mmCD40Ig only showed mild immunosuppressive activity in a one-way mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) system. These results suggest that mmCD40Ig secreted by P. pastoris was productive and functional, and it could be used as a tool for pathogenesis and therapies for chronic inflammatory diseases in a M. mulatta model.

  9. Combined effects of elevated CO{sub 2} and Cd-contaminated water on growth, photosynthetic response, Cd accumulation and thiolic components status in Lemna minor L

    Pietrini, F.; Bianconi, D.; Massacci, A. [Institute of Agro-Environmental and Forest Biology, National Research Council of Italy, Via Salaria Km 29,300, 00015 Monterotondo Scalo, Roma (Italy); Iannelli, M.A., E-mail: [Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology, National Research Council of Italy, Via Salaria Km 29,300, 00015 Monterotondo Scalo, Roma (Italy)


    Highlights: • Elevated CO{sub 2} did not affect the ability of L. minor plants to accumulate Cd in their tissues. • Elevated CO{sub 2} decreased Cd toxicity in L. minor plants by increasing photosynthesis. • Elevated CO{sub 2} reduced Cd toxicity in duckweed by enhancing antioxidant system. - Abstract: The objective of this study was to investigate the combined effects of elevated CO{sub 2} and cadmium (Cd) treatments on growth, photosynthetic efficiency and phytoremediation ability in Lemna minor L. Plants of L. minor were exposed to different Cd concentrations (0, 1.5, 2.5 and 5 mg L{sup −1} Cd) for periods of 24, 48 and 72 h at ambient (AC) and at elevated (EC) CO{sub 2} (350 and 700 ppm, respectively). Cadmium concentration, bioconcentration factor, enzyme activities and thiols content enhanced in plants with the increase of Cd treatments, time of exposure and at both CO{sub 2} levels. Glutathione levels increased only at AC. Growth, photosynthetic and chlorophyll fluorescence parameters, and the reduced glutathione to oxidized glutathione ratio declined in plants with increasing exposure time, Cd treatments and at both CO{sub 2} levels. Our results suggested that the alleviation of toxicity, at low Cd doses, observed in L. minor grown at EC is dependent on both increased photosynthesis and an enhanced antioxidant capacity.


    Hellna Tehubijuluw


    Full Text Available Determination of cadmium and copper concentration of canned fish have been done. Some canned fished were taken away from three mercks circulating in a market and marked as RS (the 1st sample, NF(2nd sample, and CP(3rd sample. The aim of this research is to determine of  cadmium (Cd and copper (Cu content of canned fish and to compare the content with the standard limit regulated by the Directorate General of Drug and Food Control No: 03725/B/SK/VII/89. Determination of metal concentration was conducted using  atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS. It was found that Cd concentrations of RS and  NF samples are 0.1969 mg/kg and0.0448 mg/kg, respecively while for  CP it was not detected. For Cu concentrations of  RS, NF, and CP are 3.3303 mg/kg, 4.6130 mg/kg, 3.3047 mg/kg  respectively. The results indicated that the samples of the canned fishes  have been contaminated with Cd and Cu metals although the levels of those metals are still lower than  the maximum limit regulated by the Directorate General of Drug and Food Control No: 03725/B/SK/VII/89 where the maximum limit for Cd and  Cu are 0,2 and 5.0 mg/kg respectively.    

  11. Fabrication and superconducting properties of internal Mg diffusion processed MgB2 wires using MgB4 precursors

    Xu, Da; Wang, Dongliang; Yao, Chao; Zhang, Xianping; Ma, Yanwei; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Awaji, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo


    Monofilament MgB2/Nb/Monel wires were fabricated using three different MgB4 precursors by an internal Mg diffusion (IMD) process. The wire geometry and heat-treatment conditions were optimized in order to improve the critical current density (J c) of the MgB2 wire. The influences of the quality of MgB4 powders, such as the particle size and MgO impurity, on the microstructure and superconducting properties of the wires were discussed. Although there were small amounts of voids, unreacted MgB4 particles and MgO impurity existed in the superconducting layers, and the transport layer J c of the wire with the MgB4 precursor reached 3.0 × 104 A cm-2 at 4.2 K and 10 T, which was comparable to that of IMD-processed wires fabricated using boron precursors. Both the non-barrier J c and engineering J c of MgB2 wire made using a MgB4 precursor were enhanced due to the improved grain connectivity and the enlarged fill factor.

  12. Examining the Evidence for the Influence of Carbonate Saturation State on Benthic Foraminiferal Mg/Ca

    Martin, P. A.; Lea, D. W.; McCorkle, D. C.


    Benthic foraminiferal Mg/Ca paleothermometry is based on an empirical relationship between the Mg/Ca of benthic foraminifera recovered from core tops and in situ bottom water temperatures (Rosenthal, 1997; Martin et al, in press; Lear et al, in review). While there is a tight correlation between shell Mg/Ca and temperature over a broad range of temperatures (-1 to 20 degrees C), Mg/Ca variation over the small range of deep water temperatures reveals departures from the calibration curve at low temperatures. Lower Mg/Ca values are generally associated with the deepest sites from the Atlantic and Pacific, contributing to an apparently steeper Mg/Ca-T response for abyssal benthics. The steeper response of abyssal benthics may reflect an influence of decreasing carbonate saturation with depth. Saturation related effects have already been documented for Mg in planktonic foraminifera and for other metals (Cd, Ba, and Zn) in benthic foraminifera shells (see Marchitto and ref. therein). Although it is difficult to definitively separate the effects of various environmental parameters (including temperature, depth, and relative saturation states), which often change in unison, we can use the core top Mg/Ca data to estimate the potential influence of saturation state. An alternative calibration of the benthic Mg/Ca - T relationship can be derived from core top benthic foraminifera based only on sites bathed in waters above carbonate saturation that yields a slightly smaller change in Mg/Ca per degree C (~9.5% vs. 11%) but better explains benthic Mg/Ca from the coldest sites (-1degrees C). Using this alternative Mg/Ca -T relation and a subset of data from the Ceara Rise and Ontong Java Plateau, we can estimate a maximum Mg/Ca offset attributable to saturation state. By comparing core top and downcore data, we can also address possible differences in the primary Mg-T response and carbonate saturation related effects between different genera (Cibicidoides and Uvigerina).

  13. The coordination of Mg in foraminiferal calcite

    Branson, Oscar; Redfern, Simon A. T.; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Sadekov, Aleksey; Langer, Gerald; Kimoto, Katsunori; Elderfield, Henry


    The Mg/Ca ratio of foraminiferal calcite is a widely accepted and applied empirical proxy for ocean temperature. The analysis of foraminifera preserved in ocean sediments has been instrumental in developing our understanding of global climate, but the mechanisms behind the proxy are largely unknown. Analogies have been drawn to the inorganic precipitation of calcite, where the endothermic substitution of Mg for Ca is favoured at higher temperatures. However, evidence suggests that foraminiferal Mg incorporation may be more complex: foraminiferal magnesium is highly heterogeneous at the sub-micron scale, and high Mg areas coincide with elevated concentrations of organic molecules, Na, S and other trace elements. Fundamentally, the incorporation mode of Mg in foraminifera is unknown. Here we show that Mg is uniformly substituted for Ca within the calcite mineral lattice. The consistency of Mg-specific X-ray spectra gathered from nano-scale regions across the shell (‘test’) reveals that the coordination of Mg is uniform. The similarity of these spectra to that produced by dolomite shows that Mg is present in an octahedral coordination, ideally substituted for Ca in a calcite crystal structure. This demonstrates that Mg is heterogeneous in concentration, but not in structure. The degree of this uniformity implies the action of a continuous Mg incorporation mechanism, and therefore calcification mechanism, across these compositional bands in foraminifera. This constitutes a fundamental step towards a mechanistic understanding of foraminiferal calcification processes and the incorporation of calcite-bound palaeoenvironment proxies, such as Mg.

  14. Soluble CD163 from activated macrophages predicts mortality in acute liver failure

    Møller, Holger Jon; Grønbaek, Henning; Schiødt, Frank V


    BACKGROUND/AIMS: Soluble CD163 (sCD163) is a scavenger receptor shed in serum during inflammatory activation of macrophages. We investigated if sCD163 was increased and predicted outcome in acute liver failure (ALF). METHODS: Samples from 100 consecutive patients enrolled in the U.S. ALF Study...... Group for whom sera were available were collected on days 1 and 3, and clinical data were obtained prospectively. sCD163 levels were determined by ELISA. RESULTS: The median level of sCD163 was significantly increased in ALF (21.1mg/l (range 3.6-74.9)) as compared to healthy controls (2.3mg/l (0.......65-5.6), pCD163 on day 1 correlated significantly with ALT, AST, bilirubin, and creatinine. sCD163 concentrations on day 3 were elevated in patients with fatal outcome of disease compared to spontaneous survivors, 29.0mg/l (7...

  15. Plasma Soluble CD163 Level Independently Predicts All-Cause Mortality in HIV-1-Infected Individuals.

    Knudsen, Troels Bygum; Ertner, Gideon; Petersen, Janne; Møller, Holger Jon; Moestrup, Søren K; Eugen-Olsen, Jesper; Kronborg, Gitte; Benfield, Thomas


    CD163, a monocyte- and macrophage-specific scavenger receptor, is shed as soluble CD163 (sCD163) during the proinflammatory response. Here, we assessed the association between plasma sCD163 levels and progression to AIDS and all-cause mortality among individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV). Plasma sCD163 levels were measured in 933 HIV-infected individuals. Hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) associated with mortality were computed by Cox proportional hazards regression. At baseline, 86% were receiving antiretroviral treatment, 73% had plasma a HIV RNA level of Plasma sCD163 levels were higher in nonsurvivors than in survivors (4.92 mg/L [interquartile range {IQR}, 3.29-8.65 mg/L] vs 3.16 mg/L [IQR, 2.16-4.64 mg/L]; P = .0001). The cumulative incidence of death increased with increasing plasma sCD163 levels, corresponding to a 6% or 35% increased risk of death for each milligram per liter or quartile increase, respectively, in baseline plasma sCD163 level (adjusted HR, 1.06 [95% CI, 1.03-1.09] and 1.35 [95% CI, 1.13-1.63], respectively). Plasma sCD163 was an independent marker of all-cause mortality in a cohort of HIV-infected individuals, suggesting that monocyte/macrophage activation may play a role in HIV pathogenesis and be a target of intervention. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, e-mail

  16. Modeling and stabilities of Mg/MgH2 interfaces: A first-principles investigation

    Tang, Jia-Jun; Yang, Xiao-Bao; Chen, Li-Juan; Zhao, Yu-Jun


    We have theoretically investigated the modeling and the structural stabilities of various Mg/MgH2 interfaces, i.e. Mg(10bar 10)/MgH2(210), Mg(0001)/MgH2(101) and Mg(10bar 10)/MgH2(101), and provided illuminating insights into Mg/MgH2 interface. Specifically, the main factors, which impact the interfacial energies, are fully considered, including surface energies of two phases, mutual lattice constants of interface model, and relative position of two phases. The surface energies of Mg and MgH2, on the one hand, are found to be greatly impacting the interfacial energies, reflected by the lowest interfacial energy of Mg(0001)/MgH2(101) which is comprised of two lowest energy surfaces. On the other hand, it is demonstrated that the mutual lattice constants and the relative position of two phases lead to variations of interfacial energies, thus influencing the interface stabilities dramatically. Moreover, the Mg-H bonding at interface is found to be the determinant of Mg/MgH2 interface stability. Lastly, interfacial and strain effects on defect formations are also studied, both of which are highly facilitating the defect formations. Our results provide a detailed insight into Mg/MgH2 interface structures and the corresponding stabilities.

  17. Modeling and stabilities of Mg/MgH2 interfaces: A first-principles investigation

    Jia-Jun Tang


    Full Text Available We have theoretically investigated the modeling and the structural stabilities of various Mg/MgH2 interfaces, i.e. Mg(101¯0/MgH2(210, Mg(0001/MgH2(101 and Mg(101¯0/MgH2(101, and provided illuminating insights into Mg/MgH2 interface. Specifically, the main factors, which impact the interfacial energies, are fully considered, including surface energies of two phases, mutual lattice constants of interface model, and relative position of two phases. The surface energies of Mg and MgH2, on the one hand, are found to be greatly impacting the interfacial energies, reflected by the lowest interfacial energy of Mg(0001/MgH2(101 which is comprised of two lowest energy surfaces. On the other hand, it is demonstrated that the mutual lattice constants and the relative position of two phases lead to variations of interfacial energies, thus influencing the interface stabilities dramatically. Moreover, the Mg-H bonding at interface is found to be the determinant of Mg/MgH2 interface stability. Lastly, interfacial and strain effects on defect formations are also studied, both of which are highly facilitating the defect formations. Our results provide a detailed insight into Mg/MgH2 interface structures and the corresponding stabilities.

  18. The biological difference between CD13+CD133+ and CD13¬CD133¬liver cancer cells and its clinical significance

    Shi-long JIN


    Full Text Available Objective To compare the biological difference between CD13+CD133+ and CD13-CD133- hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC cells in HuH7 cell line and its clinical significance. Methods The status of proliferation, phase of the cell cycle, tumor formation in vivo, differentiation, and their chemoresistance to 5-FU and pirarubicin of CD13+CD133+ and CD13-CD133-HCC cells were studied to analyze the clinical implication of CD13+CD133+HCC cell subset. Results The proliferation rate of CD13+CD133+HCC cells was significantly higher than that of CD13-CD133-HCC cells. The cell-cycle phase study showed that 78.45% of the CD13+CD133+HCC cells were in the G0/G1 phase, 2.19% in G2/M phase, and 19.36% in S phase, while 62.18% CD13-CD133-HCC cells were in the G0/G1 phase, 11.88% in G2/M phase, and 25.95% in S phase. Limiting dilution analysis of HuH7 cells revealed that 1×103 CD13+CD133+ cells could form the tumor, while 1×105 CD13-CD133- cells did. CD13+CD133+ cells showed chemoresistance to 5-FU and pirarubicin, while other three subsets succumbed to the drugs. Conclusion CD13+CD133+ cancer cells in HuH7 showed the characteristics of cancer stem cells (CSCs, which might contribute to the relapse and metastasis of liver cancer, and they may be the main target for chemotherapy in human liver cancer.

  19. Effects of Cd2+ and Pb2+ on the substrate biofilms in the integrated vertical-flow constructed wetland

    ZHANG Jinlian; CHENG Shuiping; HE Feng; LIANG Wei; WU Zhenbin


    The effects of single Cd2+ and Pb2+ and combined Cd2+ and Pb2+ on dehydrogenase activity and polysaccharide content of the substrate biofilms in the integrated vertical-flow constructed wetland (IVCW) were studied. Dehydrogenase activities decreased linearly with the increasing concentrations of Cd2+ and Pb2+ at different times (6, 24, 72, and 120 h). The activities at both 6 and 24 h were significantly higher than that at 72 and 120 h in the case of single and combined treatments. The single Cd2+ and Pb2+ treatments significantly inhibited dehydrogenase activities at concentrations in excess of 20 μmol/L Cd2+ (equal to 2.24 mg/L Cd2+) and 80 μmol/L Pb2+ (equal to 16.56 mg/L Pb2+), respectively. The inhibitory effect of Cd2+ was much greater than that of Pb2+. At the same time, the combined treatment of Cd2+ and Pb2+ significantly inhibited dehydrogenase activities at all five concentrations studied and the lowest combined concentration was 1.25 μmol/L Cd2+ and 5 μmol/L Pb2+ (equal to 0.14 mg/L Cd2+ and 1.04 mg/L Pb2+). A synergistic effect of Cd2+ and Pb2+ was observed. On the other hand, polysaccharide contents varied unpredictably with the increasing concentrations of Cd2+ and Pb2+ and extended experimental time. There were no significant statistical differences within the range of concentration and time studied, whether singly or in combination. These results implied that the effects of heavy metals on biofilms should be a concern for the operation and maintenance of constructed wetlands.

  20. Subcellular cadmium distribution and antioxidant enzymatic activities in the leaves of two castor (Ricinus communis L.) cultivars exhibit differences in Cd accumulation.

    Zhang, Hanzhi; Guo, Qingjun; Yang, Junxing; Shen, Jianxiu; Chen, Tongbin; Zhu, Guangxu; Chen, Hui; Shao, Chunyan


    The aims of this study were: (1) the study of cadmium (Cd) accumulation and toxicity in different castor cultivars (Ricinus communis L.); (2) to investigate changes in antioxidant enzymatic activities and the subcellular distribution of Cd in young and old leaves from two different castor cultivars, after exposure to two different Cd concentrations, and explore the underlying mechanism of Cd detoxification focusing on antioxidant enzymes and subcellular compartmentalization. The Cd concentration, toxicity, and subcellular distribution, as well as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and peroxidase (POD) activities were measured in Zibo-3 and Zibo-9 cultivars after exposure to two different concentrations of Cd (2mg/L and 5mg/L) for 10 days. This research revealed Cd accumulation characteristics in castor are root>stem>young leaf>old leaf. Castor tolerance was Cd dose exposure and the cultivars themselves dependent. Investigation of subcellular Cd partitioning showed that Cd accumulated mainly in the heat stable protein (HSP) and cellular debris fractions, followed by the Cd rich granule (MRG), heat denatured protein (HDP), and organelle fractions. With increasing Cd concentration in nutrient solution, the decreased detoxified fractions (BDM) and the increased Cd-sensitive fractions (MSF) in young leaves may indicate the increased Cd toxicity in castor cultivars. The BDM-Cd fractions or MSF-Cd in old leaves may be linked with Cd tolerance of different cultivars of castor. The antioxidant enzymes that govern Cd detoxification were not found to be active in leaves. Taken together, these results indicate Cd tolerance and toxicity in castor can be explained by subcellular partitioning.

  1. Effects of Cd and Al stress on secondary metabolites, antioxidant and antibacterial activity of Hypoxis hemerocallidea Fisch. & C.A. Mey.

    Okem, Ambrose; Stirk, Wendy A; Street, Renée A; Southway, Colin; Finnie, Jeffrey F; Van Staden, Johannes


    This study investigated the effects of cadmium (Cd) and aluminium (Al) on the accumulation of phenolics, flavonoids and the bioactive compound hypoxoside in Hypoxis hemerocallidea. In addition, antioxidant scavenging and antibacterial activity were assessed to evaluate if Cd and Al stress affect the accumulation of bioactive compounds in H. hemerocallidea. In vitro grown plantlets of H. hemerocallidea were acclimatized for seven months in a greenhouse. Thereafter plants were exposed to various concentrations of Cd and Al both singularly and in combination in the form of Cd(NO3)2 (2, 5, 10 mg Cd/L); Al3(NO3)3 (500, 1000, 1500 mg Al/L) and combinations of Cd and Al (Cd 2:Al 500, Cd 5:Al 1000 and Cd 10:Al 1500 mg/L) for a further six weeks. The highest amounts of Cd and Al translocated to the shoot were 34 and 1608 mg/L respectively. Phytochemical screening showed significantly high amounts of total phenolics and flavonoids at the moderate Cd treatment (5 mg/L) compared to the controls. Exposure to Cd and Al significantly decreased the accumulation of hypoxoside. There was a significant increase in diphenylpicrylhydrazyl (DPPH) antioxidant scavenging activity in most of the metal-treated plants compared to the positive control ascorbic acid. Extracts from Cdmg/L treatment exhibited moderate antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus compared to the control. The results of the present study revealed that cultivating H. hemerocallidea on metal contaminated soils affects the accumulation of the bioactive compound, hypoxoside.

  2. Syntheis and Photocurrent Performance of Graphene Oxide-CdTe/CdS Nanocomposite.

    Ding, Liyun; Zhang, Bingyu; Li, Tao; Huang, Jun; Fan, Xiaochun


    Graphene with two-dimensional carbon nanostructures provides a potent strategy to enhance optoelectronic performance of semiconductor nanoparticles based light harvesting assemblies. Graphene oxide-CdTe/CdS (GO-CdTe/CdS) nanocomposites were successfully prepared by CdTe/CdS quantum dots (QDs) formed on the surface of graphene oxide sheets. The structure and optical properties of GO-CdTe/CdS nanocomposites were studied in detail. Photoluminescence measurements showed that the integration of CdTe/CdS QDs with graphene oxide significantly decreased its photoluminescence, which indicated effective transfer of photo-excited electrons from CdTe/CdS to graphene oxide. The generation of photocurrent on illumination of the GO-CdTe/CdS nanocomposite was studied. Significant enhancement in photocurrent induced by GO in CdTe/CdS QDs film had also been demonstrated due to increasing the charge separation and electron conduction.

  3. Voltammetric determination of Pb, Cd, Zn, Cu and Se in milk and dairy products collected from Iran: An emphasis on permissible limits and risk assessment of exposure to heavy metals.

    Shahbazi, Yasser; Ahmadi, Farhad; Fakhari, Farnoosh


    This study was carried out to determine the concentrations of some heavy metals in dairy products, collected from five industrial regions in Iran (n = 250 samples) during winter and summer in 2013. The samples were analyzed using the differential pulse anodic and cathodic stripping voltammetry technique. The obtained ranges of mean Pb, Cd, Cu, Zn and Se were as follow: in raw milk 14.0, 1.11, 427, 571, 2.19 μg kg(-1), in pasteurized milk 9.59, 1.0, 378, 447, 1.78 μg kg(-1), in cheese 14.5, 1.25, 428, 586, 1.68 μg kg(-1), in yoghurt 7.54, 0.99, 399, 431, 1.23 μg kg(-1) and in doogh 7.2, 0.84, 320, 369, 0.99 μg kg(-1), respectively. In nearly all cases the concentrations of the metals were below the international permissible limits and do not pose a health concern for the consumption of milk and dairy products in Iran.

  4. The Combined Toxic and Genotoxic Effects of Cd and As to Plant Bioindicator Trifolium repens L

    Ghiani, Alessandra; Fumagalli, Pietro; Nguyen Van, Tho; Gentili, Rodolfo; Citterio, Sandra


    This study was undertaken to investigate combined toxic and genotoxic effects of cadmium (Cd) and arsenic (As) on white clover, a pollutant sensitive plant frequently used as environmental bioindicator. Plants were exposed to soil spiked with increasing concentrations of cadmium sulfate (20, 40 and 60 mg Kg−1) or sodium arsenite (5, 10 and 20 mg Kg−1) as well as with their combinations. Metal(loid) bioavailability was assessed after soil contamination, whereas plant growth, metal(loid) concentration in plant organs and DNA damage were measured at the end of plant exposition. Results showed that individual and joint toxicity and genotoxicity were related to the concentration of Cd and As measured in plant organs, and that As concentration was the most relevant variable. Joint effects on plant growth were additive or synergistic, whereas joint genotoxic effects were additive or antagonistic. The interaction between Cd and As occurred at both soil and plant level. In soil the presence of As limited the bioavailability of Cd, whereas the presence of Cd increased the bioavailability of As. Nevertheless only As biovailability determined the amount of As absorbed by plants. The amount of Cd absorbed by plant was not linearly correlated with the fraction of bioavailable Cd in soil suggesting the involvement of additional factors, such as plant uptake mechanisms. These results reveal that the simultaneous presence in soil of Cd and As, although producing an additive or synergistic toxic effect on Trifolium repens L. growth, generates a lower DNA damage. PMID:24914541

  5. Comparison of chelates for enhancing Ricinus communis L. phytoremediation of Cd and Pb contaminated soil.

    Zhang, Hanzhi; Guo, Qingjun; Yang, Junxing; Ma, Jie; Chen, Gang; Chen, Tongbin; Zhu, Guangxu; Wang, Jian; Zhang, Guangxin; Wang, Xin; Shao, Chunyan


    We studied chelate effects on castor bean (Ricinus communis L.) growth. These effects included Cd and Pb accumulation in plant tissues and the chemical behavior of Cd and Pb in the plant rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere. Tests were conducted in a glasshouse using the rhizobag method. Two castor bean cultivars (Zibo-3 and Zibo-9) were grown in soil contaminated with 3.53mg/kg Cd and 274mg/kg Pb. The soil was treated with citric acid (CA), ethylenediamine disuccinic acid (EDDS) or ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) (5mmol/kg). EDDS-treated soil produced 28.8% and 59.4% greater biomass for Zibo-3 and Zibo-9 respectively. In contrast, CA and EDTA inhibited the growth of the two cultivars. Zibo-9 had greater tolerance than Zibo-3 to chelate toxicity. Based on Cd and Pb plant uptake, EDDS could substitute for EDTA for phytoremediation of Cd in soil. EDTA was the most effective of the three chelates for Pb phytoremediation but it is less suitable for field use due to toxicology environmental persistence. Acid extractable Cd and Pb in the rhizosphere or reducible Cd and Pb in the non-rhizosphere of soil were the main influences on Cd and Pb accumulation in castor bean. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Análise de crescimento em Heteranthera reniformis, sob diferentes teores de Ca, Mg e S Growth analysis in Heteranthera reniformis under different contents of Ca, Mg and S

    Vanessa David Domingos


    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar o crescimento, alocação de biomassa e teores de nutrientes em Heteranthera reniformis Ruiz & Pav., sob o efeito de diferentes concentrações de Ca, Mg e S. As plantas foram cultivadas em vasos plásticos preenchidos com pedra rolada, em soluções nutritivas a 80% da concentração original de Sarruge, correspondente à solução-base. O experimento foi desenvolvido em delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com quatro teores (0%, 25%, 50% e 75% da solução base de 80% avaliados em Ca, Mg e S, além da testemunha (solução-base, com quatro repetições no período de 35 dias em casa de vegetação. O aumento dos teores de Ca na solução propiciou uma redução significativa na área foliar. As maiores áreas foliares ocorreram em soluções a 25% de Ca e 50% de Mg e S. A maior proporção de biomassa seca está no caule, exceto a 25% de Ca (40 mg L-1 que propiciou maior área foliar e área foliar específica. Entre os teores de Mg na solução, as maiores biomassas foram observadas a 50% de Mg (19,2 mg.L-1 e, para o S, não houve diferenças significativas, exceto a 0%. A solução com 160 mg L-1 de Ca propiciou maior concentração de Ca na folha (56,6 g kg-1. Os teores de Ca, Mg e S em solução corresponderam a um aumento proporcional na planta. Os teores de enxofre nas folhas e nos caules aumentaram com a concentração de S na solução, enquanto o teor nas raízes reduziu nas concentrações entre 12,8 e 38,4 mg.L-1.The objective was to study the growth, biomass allocation and concentration of nutrients in Heteranthera reniformis Ruiz & Pav. under the effect of different concentrations of Ca, Mg and S. The plants were cultivated in plastic pots fulfilled with rolled stone, in nutrient solutions of 80% of the original concentration of Sarruge. The experiment was carried out in a complete randomized design, with 4 contents (0, 25, 50 and 75% of the base solution evaluated in Ca, Mg and

  7. The critical parameters in in-situ MgB2 wires and tapes with ex-situ MgB2 barrier after hot isostatic pressure, cold drawing, cold rolling and doping

    Gajda, D.; Morawski, A.; Zaleski, A. J.; Häßler, W.; Nenkov, K.; Rindfleisch, M. A.; Żuchowska, E.; Gajda, G.; Czujko, T.; Cetner, T.; Hossain, M. S. A.


    MgB2 precursor wires were prepared using powder in tube technique by Institute of High Pressure PAS in Warsaw. All samples were annealed under isostatic pressure generated by liquid Argon in the range from 0.3 GPa to 1 GPa. In this paper, we show the effects of different processing routes, namely, cold drawing (CD), cold rolling (CR), hot isostatic pressure (HIP) and doping on critical current density (Jc), pinning force (Fp), irreversible magnetic-field (Birr), critical temperature (Tc), n value, and dominant pinning mechanism in MgB2/Fe wires with ex situ MgB2 barrier. The results show that medium pressures (˜0.35 GPa) lead to high Jc in low and medium magnetic fields (0 T - 9 T). On the other hand, higher pressures (˜1 GPa) lead to enhanced Jc in high magnetic fields (above 9 T). Transport measurements show that CD, CR, and HIP have small effects on Birr and Tc, but CD, CR, HIP, and doping enhance Jc and Fp in in situ MgB2 wires with ex situ MgB2 barrier. Transport measurements on in situ undoped MgB2 wire with ex situ MgB2 barrier yield a Jc of about 100 A/mm2 at 4.2 K in 6 T, at 10 K in 4 T and at 20 K in 2 T. The results also show that cold drawing causes increase of n value.

  8. Diagnostic Value of the CD103+CD4+/CD4+ Ratio to Differentiate Sarcoidosis from Other Causes of Lymphocytic Alveolitis.

    Bretagne, Lisa; Diatta, Ibrahima-Dina; Faouzi, Mohamed; Nobile, Antoine; Bongiovanni, Massimo; Nicod, Laurent P; Lazor, Romain


    The CD103 integrin is present on CD4+ lymphocytes of the bronchial mucosa, but not on peripheral blood CD4+ lymphocytes. It has been hypothesized that CD4+ lymphocytes in pulmonary sarcoidosis originate from redistribution from the peripheral blood to the lung, and therefore do not bear the CD103 integrin. Some data suggest that a low CD103+ percentage among bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) CD4+ lymphocytes discriminates between sarcoidosis and other diagnoses. To determine the diagnostic value of BALF CD103+ to identify sarcoidosis among other causes of alveolar lymphocytosis in a large retrospective case series. Among 391 consecutive bronchoalveolar lavages performed at our institution and analyzed by flow cytometry, we identified 207 cases, which were grouped into nine diagnostic categories: sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, non-tuberculous infections, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, non-specific interstitial pneumonia, organizing pneumonia, drug-induced lung diseases, other interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), and other diagnoses. To assess the discriminative value of the CD103+CD4+/CD4+ ratio to distinguish sarcoidosis from other entities, areas under ROC curves (AUC) were calculated. Sarcoidosis patients (n = 53) had significantly lower CD103+CD4+/CD4+ ratios than patients in other diagnostic categories. The AUC was 62% for sarcoidosis compared to all other diagnoses, and 69% for sarcoidosis compared to other ILDs. When combining CD103+CD4+/CD4+ and CD4+/CD8+ ratios, the AUC increased to 76 and 78%, respectively. When applying previously published cut-offs to our population, the AUC varied between 54 and 73%. The CD103+CD4+/CD4+ ratio does not accurately discriminate between sarcoidosis and other causes of lymphocytic alveolitis, neither alone nor in combination with the CD4+/CD8+ ratio, and is not a powerful marker for the diagnosis of sarcoidosis. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  9. A microcosmos study on the effects of Cd-containing wood ash on the coniferous humus fungal community and the Cd bioavailability

    Fritze, H.; Perkioemaeki, J.; Pennanen, T. [Finnish Forest Research Inst., Vantaa (Finland); Petaenen, T.; Romantschuk, M.; Yrjaelae, K. [Dept. of Biosciences, Div. of General Microbiology, 56 (Biocenter 1 C), Univ. of Helsinki (Finland); Karp, M. [Dept. of Biotechnology, Univ. of Turku, Turku (Finland)


    Background and Aims. The use of wood ash in forestry has been questioned because the cadmium (Cd) concentration of ash, which varies between 1 and 20 mg kg{sup -1} ash, exceeds the level allowed for fertilizers (3 mg kg{sup -1}) used in agriculture. To investigate the effects of Cd and ash on the fungal community composition and Cd bioavailability of the humus layer of boreal, coniferous forests, pumice or wood ash, spiked with a water soluble (CdCl{sub 2}) or insoluble (CdO) form of Cd at three levels (0, 400 and 1000 mg kg{sup -1}), were applied at a fertilization level of 5000 kg ha{sup -1} in a laboratory microcosm study. Methods. After 2 months, the humus in the microcosms was sampled and extracted for total DNA to detect changes in the fungal community by using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) techniques. PCR was performed using the fungal 18S rDNA primers FR1 + FF390 and FR1 + NS1. The bioavailability of Cd was measured with a bacterial biosensor (Bacillus subtilis BR 151/pT0024) emitting light in the presence of Cd. Results. Using the primer pairs FR1 + FF390 and FR1 + NS1, resulted in over 35 and 15 DGGE bands, respectively. Both primer pairs detected an ash, but no Cd effect. When using FR1 + FF390, a higher fluorescence was observed in one DGGE band of all ashed samples compared to the pumiced samples. With the primer pair FR1 + NS1, the ashed samples had a DGGE band which was not visible or only faintly visible in the pumiced samples. In addition, one DGGE band disappeared from the ashed samples. Humus layer water extracts showed that the Cd added with the pumice was in a bioavailable form. The luminescence intensity of the biosensor was dependent on the form and level of the Cd added. No luminescence was detected when the Cd was added with the ash. Conclusions. Ash fertilization altered the humus layer fungal community, whereas the level and form of additional Cd in the ash had no influence because it

  10. Corrosion behavior of Mg and Mg-Zn alloys in simulated body fluid

    GAO Jia-cheng; WU Sha; QIAO Li-ying; WANG Yong


    The corrosion behavior of Mg and Mg-Zn in simulated body fluid was studied.The mass loss of pure Mg,Mg-Zn-Zr and Mg-Zn-Zr-Y in simulated body fluid was measured using photovoltaic scale meter.Corrosion rate was determined through electrochemical tests.Finally,the corrosion mechanism was tbermodynamically studied.The results show that the corrosion rate decreases with the lapse of time for both pure Mg and Mg alloys.The purer the alloy,the borer the corrosion resistance exhibits.The corrosion behavior of Mg alloy is improved by the addition of trace Y.

  11. Ca2+ and Mg2+ binding induce conformational stability of Calfumirin-1 from Dictyostelium discoideum

    Bairagi C Mallick; Sa-Ouk Kang; Suman Jha


    The apo-Calfumirin-1 (CAF-1) binds to Ca2+ with high affinity and also to Mg2+ with high positive cooperativity. The thermal unfolding curves of wtCAF-1 monitored at neutral pH by CD spectroscopy are reversible and show different thermal stabilities in the absence or presence of Ca2+ and Mg2+ ions. Metalfree wtCAF-1 shows greater thermal stability than EF-IV mutant protein. We observed that GdnHCl-induced unfolding of apo-wtCAF-1 monitored by CD and fluorescence spectroscopies increases co-operative folding with approximately same C values. Binding of Ca2+ and Mg2+ ions to CAF-1 dramatically altered the fluorescence and CD spectra, indicating metal ion-induced conformational changes both in the wild-type and mutant proteins. The hydrophobic probe, ANS is used to observe alteration in surface hydrophobicity of the protein in different ligation states. In apo-wtCAF-1, the exposed hydrophobic surfaces are able to bind ANS which is in contrast to the unfolded or the metal ions ligated conformations. Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) resultsshow two possible independent binding sites of comparable affinity for the metal ions. However, their binding to the EF-IV E helix-loop-F helix mutant apo-protein happens with different affinities. The present study demonstrates that Ca2+ or Mg2+ binding plays a possible role in the conformational stability of the protein.

  12. Removal of Cd, Cu, Pb, and Zn from aqueous solutions by biochars.

    Doumer, M E; Rigol, A; Vidal, M; Mangrich, A S


    Sorption and desorption of heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Pb, and Zn) was evaluated in biochars derived from sugarcane bagasse (SB), eucalyptus forest residues (CE), castor meal (CM), green coconut pericarp (PC), and water hyacinth (WH) as candidate materials for the treatment of contaminated waters and soils. Solid-liquid distribution coefficients depended strongly on the initial metal concentration, with K d,max values mostly within the range 10(3)-10(4) L kg(-1). For all biochars, up to 95 % removal of all the target metals from water was achieved. The WH biochar showed the highest K d,max values for all the metals, especially Cd and Zn, followed by CE (for Cd and Pb) and PC (for Cd, Pb, and Zn). Sorption data were fitted satisfactorily with Freundlich and linear models (in the latter case, for the low concentration range). The sorption appeared to be controlled by cationic exchange, together with specific surface complexation at low metal concentrations. The low desorption yields, generally less than 5 %, confirmed that the sorption process was largely irreversible and that the biochars could potentially be used in decontamination applications.

  13. Differential number of CD34+, CD133+ and CD34+/CD133+ cells in peripheral blood of patients with congestive heart failure

    Fritzenwanger M


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Endothelial progenitor cells (EPC which are characterised by the simulateous expression of CD34, CD133 and vascular endothelial growth receptor 2 (VEGF 2 are involved in the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure (CHF and their number and function is reduced in CHF. But so far our knowledge about the number of circulating hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (CPC expressing the early hematopoietic marker CD133 and CD34 in CHF is spares and therefore we determined their number and correlated them with New York Heart Association (NYHA functional class. Methods CD34 and CD133 surface expression was quantified by flow cytometry in the peripheral venous blood of 41 healthy adults and 101 patients with various degrees of CHF. Results CD34+, CD133+ and CD34+/CD133+ cells correlated inversely with age. Both the number of CD34+ and of CD34+/CD133+ cells inversely correlated with NYHA functional class. The number of CD133+ cells was not affected by NYHA class. Furthermore the number of CD133+ cells did not differ between control and CHF patients. Conclusion In CHF the release of CD34+, CD133+ and CD34+/CD133+ cells from the bone marrow seems to be regulated differently. Modulating the releasing process in CHF may be a tool in CHF treatment.

  14. Recrystallization and sulfur diffusion in CdCl{sub 2}-treated CdTe/CdS thin films

    McCandless, B.E.; Moulton, L.V.; Birkmire, R.W. [University of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States). Inst. of Energy Conversion


    The role of CdCl{sub 2} in prompting recrystallization, grain growth and interdiffusion between CdS and CdTe layers in physical vapor-deposited CdS/CdTe thin-film solar cells is presented. Several CdTe/CdS thin-film samples with different CdTe film thicknesses were treated in air at 415{sup o}C for different times with and without a surface coating of CdCl{sub 2}. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray diffractometry and optical absorption. The results show that CdCl{sub 2} treatment enhances the recrystallization and diffusion processes, leading to a compositional variation within the CdTe layer due to diffusion of sulfur from the CdS. The highest sulfur concentrations observed after 30 min treatments with CdCl{sub 2} at 415{sup o}C are near the solubility limit for sulfur in CdTe. The compositional distributions indicated by x-ray diffraction measurements of samples with different CdTe thickness show that the S-rich CdTe{sub 1-x}S{sub x} region lies near the CdTe/CdS interface. A multiple-step mixing process must be inferred to account for the diffraction profiles obtained. (author)

  15. Glutamine or whey-protein supplementation on alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Effects on CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocytes Efeitos da oferta de glutamina ou de proteína do soro de leite sobre os linfócitos CD4+ e CD8+ em ratos diabéticos aloxano induzidos

    Renato Motta Neto


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of glutamine (L-Gln or whey-protein supplementation on CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocytes in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. METHODS: Thirty-two healthy male Wistar rats were used in the experiment. Eight rats served as baseline controls (G-1. The remaining 24 animals received alloxan 150mg/Kg intraperitonially dissolved in buffer solution and were equally distributed in 3 subgroups, upon induction of diabetes mellitus, and treated as follows: (G2: saline, 2.0ml; (G3: glutamine solution (0.7g/kg, 2.0 ml; and (G4: whey-protein (WPS solution (0.7g/kg, 2.0 ml. All solutions were administered by daily 7:00 AM gavages during 30 days. Next, arterial blood samples (3.0 ml were collected from anesthetized rats for CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocyte count through flow cytometry technology. RESULTS: CD4+ and CD8+ counts decreased significantly in all groups compared with baseline values (G1. G2 rats CD4+/CD8+ ratio decreased significantly compared with G1. CD4+/CD8+ ratio increased significantly (>260% in L-Gln treated group (G3 compared with saline-treated rats (G2. There were no statistical differences in lymphocyte counts (CD4+ and CD8+ between L-Gln (G3 and saline-treated (G2 groups. There was a significant reduction in CD8+ cell count compared with CD4+ cell count in L-Gln treated rats (G3. CONCLUSION: The offer of L-Gln to experimental diabetic rats enhances the immunologic response to infection.OBJETIVO: Avaliar os efeitos da suplementação de glutamina ou proteína do soro de leite ( PSL sobre os linfócitos CD4+ e CD8+ em ratos diabéticos aloxano induzidos. MÉTODOS: Trinta e dois ratos Wistar machos, saudáveis, foram utilizados no estudo. Oito ratos foram usados como controles basais (G1. Os 24 animais remanescentes foram equitativamente distribuídos em 3 subgrupos, após indução do diabetes mellitus por injeção intraperitonial de aloxano (150mg/Kg e tratados como se segue: (G2: salina; (G3: 2,0 ml de solução de glutamina

  16. CD133(+) CD44(+) Cells Mediate in the Lung Metastasis of Osteosarcoma.

    He, Aina; Yang, Xiaojing; Huang, Yujing; Feng, Tao; Wang, Yonggang; Sun, Yuanjue; Shen, Zan; Yao, Yang


    CD133 and CD44 are commonly used markers of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are characterized by their ability for self-renewal and tumorigenicity. However, the clinical value and significance of CD133 and CD44 in lung metastasis of osteosarcoma (OS) remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether CD133(+) CD44(+) cells mediates the metastasis of OS. We identified the CD133(+) CD44(+) cells in lung metastatic lesions and OS cell lines, and next demonstrated CD133(+) CD44(+) cells were more aggressive in sphere formation, migration and invasiveness compared with CD133(+) CD44(-) , CD133(-) CD44(+) , or CD133(-) CD44(-) cells. We finally sorted the CD133(+) CD44(+) and CD133(-) CD44(-) cells from Saos-2 cell lines, after intratibial xenograft in nude mice, these cells developed primary tumors, and CD133(+) CD44(+) cells are more potential to form lung metastatic tumors. Thus we concluded that CD133(+) CD44(+) cells may mediate in the lung metastasis of OS. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. CD4+CD25+ regulatory T lymphocytes in tuberculous pleural effusion

    QIN Xue-jun; SHI Huan-zhong; LIANG Qiu-li; HUANG Lu-ying; YANG Hai-bo


    Background Active suppression by CD4+CD25+ regulatory T lymphocytes plays an important role in the down-regulation of T cell responses to foreign and self-antigens.This study was conducted to analyze whether the CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells exist and function normally in tuberculous pleural effusion.Methods The percentages of CD4+CD25+ T cells in pleural effusion and peripheral blood from patients with tuberculous pleurisy and peripheral blood from healthy control subjects were determined by flow cytometry.The expression of forkhead transcription factor Foxp3 was also examined.CD4+CD25+ and CD4+CD25- T cells from pleural effusion and blood were isolated,and were cultured to observe the effects Of CD4+CD25+ T cells on proliferation response of CD4+CD25- T cells in Vitro.Results There were increased numbers of CD4+CD25+ T cells in tuberculous pleural effusion compared with peripheral blood from both patients with tuberculous pleurisy and normal subjects,and these cells demonstrated a constitutive high-level expression of Foxp3.Moreover,CD4+CD25+ T cells mediated potent inhibition of proliferation response of CD4+CD25- T cells.Conclusion The increased CD4+CD25+ T cells in tuberculous pleu ral effusion express a high level of Foxp3 transcription factor,while potently suppressing the proliferation of CD4+CD25- T cells.

  18. Stripe structure CdTe-CdZnTe-CdTe in a bulk single crystal

    Azoulay, M.; Sinvani, M.; Mizrachi, M.; Feldstein, H.


    In this paper we present a study that was aimed at performing a selective diffusion of Zn into CdTe. A single crystal CdTe wafer fabricated into a "tooth-like" structure which was further subjected to high temperature annealing in the presence of Zn vapour. The sample was then cut parallel to the diffusion direction and a Zn concentration analysis, using an electron microprobe, was performed. As expected, the stripe structure CdTe-CdZnTe-CdTe has been confirmed. The Zn decay profiles were fitted to a modified diffusion model, suggesting a bulk diffusion mechanism coupled with a surface reaction. Practical implementation of this stripe structure for an infrared light waveguide is being evaluated.

  19. Synergetic effects of DA-6/GA₃ with EDTA on plant growth, extraction and detoxification of Cd by Lolium perenne.

    He, Shanying; Wu, Qiuling; He, Zhenli


    Research is needed to improve efficiency of phytoextraction of heavy metals from contaminated soils. A pot experiment was carried out to study the effects of plant growth regulators (PGRs) (diethyl aminoethyl hexanoate (C18H33NO8, DA-6) and gibberellic acid 3 (C19H22O6, GA3)) and/or EDTA on Cd extraction, subcellular distribution and chemical forms in Lolium perenne. The addition of EDTA or PGRs significantly enhanced Cd extraction efficiency (P10 μM DA-6>10 μM GA3>2.5 mmol kg(-1) EDTA>other treatments of PGR alone. PGRs+EDTA resulted in a further increase in Cd extraction efficiency, with EDTA+1 μM DA-6 being the most efficient. At the subcellular level, about 44-57% of Cd was soluble fraction, 18-44% in cell walls, and 12-25% in cellular organelles fraction. Chemical speciation analysis showed that 40-54% of Cd was NaCl extractable, 7-23% HAc extractable, followed by other fractions. EDTA increased the proportions of Cd in soluble and cellular organelles fraction, as well as the metal migration in shoot; therefore, the toxicity to plant increased and plant growth was inhibited. Conversely, PGRs fixed more Cd in cell walls and reduced Cd migration in shoot; thus, metal toxicity was reduced. In addition, PGRs promoted plant biomass growth significantly (PEDTA can alleviate the adverse effect of EDTA on plant growth, and the treatment of EDTA+1 μM DA-6 appears to be optimal for improving the remediation efficiency of L. perenne for Cd contaminated soil.

  20. Non-resonant microwave absorption studies of superconducting MgB2 and MgB2 + MgO

    Janhavi P Joshi; Subhasis Sarangi; A K Sood; Dilip Pal; S V Bhat


    Non-resonant microwave absorption (NRMA) studies of superconducting MgB2 and a sample containing ∼ 10% by weight of MgO in MgB2 are reported. The NRMA results indicate near absence of intergranular weak links in the pure MgB2 sample. A linear temperature dependence of the lower critical field c1 is observed indicating a non- wave superconductivity. However, the phase reversal of the NRMA signal which could suggest wave symmetry is also not observed. In the MgB2 + MgO sample, much larger low field dependent absorption is observed indicating the presence of intergranular weak links. The hysteretic behavior of NRMA is compared and contrasted in the two samples. In the pure MgB2 sample, a large hysteresis is observed between the forward and the reverse scans of the magnetic field indicating strong pinning of flux lines. This hysteresis saturates a few degrees below c while in the MgB2 + MgO sample, a much slower increase of hysteresis with decreasing temperature is observed, a signature of weaker pinning.

  1. Elevated soluble CD163 in gestational diabetes mellitus: secretion from human placenta and adipose tissue.

    Muhammad Furqan Bari

    Full Text Available Recently soluble CD163 (sCD163, a cleaved form of the macrophage receptor CD163, was identified as a macrophage-specific risk-predictor for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Here, we investigate circulating levels of sCD163 in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM. Furthermore, given the role of the placenta in the pathogenesis of GDM, we assessed placental contribution to sCD163 secretion. Paired maternal (venous and umbilical vein blood samples from GDM (n = 18 and Body Mass Index (BMI matched control women (n = 20 delivered by caesarean section at 39-40 week gestation were assessed for circulating levels of sCD163, Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α and Interleukin 6 (IL-6. Media from explant culture of maternal subcutaneous fat and corresponding placental tissues were assayed for these same molecules. CD163 positive cell numbers were determined in placental and adipose tissues of GDM and control women. We found significantly elevated circulating sCD163 levels in GDM mothers (688.4±46.9 ng/ml vs. 505.6±38.6 ng/ml and their offspring (418.2±26.6 ng/ml vs. 336.3±24.4 ng/ml [p<0.05 for both] as compared to controls, together with elevated circulating TNF-α and IL-6 levels. Moreover, both GDM placentae (268.1±10.8 ng/ml/mg vs. 187.6±20.6 ng/ml/mg and adipose explants (41.1±2.7 ng/ml/mg vs. 26.6±2.4 ng/ml/mg released significantly more sCD163 than controls. Lastly, significantly more CD163 positive cells were observed in GDM placentae (25.7±1.1 vs. 22.1±1.2 and adipose tissue (19.1±1.1 vs 12.7±0.9 compared to controls. We describe elevated sCD163 levels in GDM and identify human placenta as a novel source of sCD163 suggesting that placental tissues might contribute to the increased levels of circulating sCD163 in GDM pregnancies.

  2. Removal of Cd(Ⅱ) from Aqueous Solutions by Natural Freshwater Surface Coatings

    LI Yu; DONG De-ming; CHEN Li-yuan; HUA Xiu-yi


    Natural freshwater surface coatings(biofilms and associated minerals), which were developed in the Nanhu Lake, Changchun, P. R. China, were used as an efficient biosorbent for the removal of Cd(Ⅱ) from aqueous solutions. The batch experiments were carried out to determine the adsorption properties of Cd(Ⅱ) onto the natural surface coatings. The classical Langmuir adsorption isotherm was applied to estimating the equilibrium coefficients of Cd(Ⅱ) adsorbed on the surface coatings. The results show that the maximum adsorption capacity of the surface coatings is 434.78 μmol Cd/m2(being equal to 0.17 mmol Cd/g of surface coatings or 10.38 mmol Cd/g Fe) and the Cd(Ⅱ) removal from solution media by the natural surface coatings was shown to be strongly affected by solution pH and ion strength. The resulted information also indicates that the maximum Cd removal efficiency(CRE) was determined to be approximately 90% at initial Cd mass concentration of 0.1 mg/L(the concentration limit of Cd (Ⅱ) in wastewaters for discharge in aquatic media in Chinese legislation), and the kinetic adsorption of Cd(Ⅱ) onto the surface coatings is fast with around 70% of the total adsorption-taking place in 150 min in solution under the controlled laboratory conditions (mineral salts solution with defined speciation, ionic strength 0.05 mol/L, and 25 ℃). With the advantage of high Cd adsorption capacity, the natural surface coatings appear to be a potentially effective biosorbent for the removal and recovery of Cd (Ⅱ) from polluted water.

  3. Monocyte/macrophage-derived soluble CD163: a novel biomarker in multiple myeloma.

    Andersen, Morten N; Abildgaard, Niels; Maniecki, Maciej B; Møller, Holger J; Andersen, Niels F


    Macrophages play an important role in cancer by suppression of adaptive immunity and promotion of angiogenesis and metastasis. Tumor-associated macrophages strongly express the hemoglobin scavenger receptor CD163, which can also be found as a soluble protein in serum and other body fluids (soluble CD163, sCD163). In this study, we examined serum sCD163 as a biomarker in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Peripheral blood (n = 104) and bone marrow (n = 17) levels of sCD163 were measured using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. At diagnosis, high sCD163 was associated with higher stage according to the International Staging System (ISS) and with other known prognostic factors in multiple myeloma (creatinine, C-reactive protein, and beta-2 microglobulin). Soluble CD163 decreased upon high-dose treatment, and in a multivariate survival analysis including the covariates treatment modality and age at diagnosis, higher levels of sCD163 were associated with poor outcome (HR = 1.82; P = 0.010). The prognostic significance of sCD163 was lost when including ISS stage in the model (HR = 1.51; P = 0.085). Soluble CD163 values were significantly higher in bone marrow samples than in the matched blood samples, which indicate a localized production of sCD163 within the bone marrow microenvironment. Soluble CD163 was found to be a prognostic marker in patients with multiple myeloma. This may indicate that macrophages and/or monocytes have an important role in the bone marrow microenvironment of myeloma patients, supporting myeloma cell proliferation and survival. We propose the serum sCD163 value 1.8 mg/L as a cutoff concentration for survival analysis in patients with multiple myeloma, which should be validated in future studies. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  4. Phytoextraction of Pb and Cd from a superfund soil: effects of amendments and croppings.

    Bricker, T J; Pichtel, J; Brown, H J; Simmons, M


    In a growth chamber, maize (Zea mays) and Indian mustard (Brassica juncea) were grown over two croppings in soil from a Superfund site (PbTotal = 65,200 mg/kg and CdTotal = 52mg/kg). Soil treatments consisted of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, sodium citrate and composted sewage sludge, each at two rates (EDTA .05%, EDTA .2%, citrate .05%, citrate .2%, CSS 5% and CSS 10%, respectively). In most cases, the EDTA and citrate treatments were superior in terms of solubilizing soil Pb for root uptake and translocation into above-ground biomass. In the first maize crop, the EDTA .2% treatment resulted in 2,435 and 9,389mg/kg Pb in shoot and root tissues, respectively. The CSS treatments typically resulted in lowest Pb and Cd removal efficiencies. Lead remaining in the soil after two croppings was mainly associated with the carbonate, organic, and residual fractions, which represent the less bioavailable forms. Soil Cd was generally more mobile for plant uptake than soil Pb. The EDTA .2% and citrate treatments were most successful in promoting Cd uptake by both maize and mustard. Although Pb concentrations (mg/kg tissue) were lower for maize than mustard, the former removed more total Pb (0.2 mg per pot, mean over all treatments), compared to mustard (0.03 mg), by virtue of its higher biomass production.

  5. Different responses of low grain-Cd-accumulating and high grain-Cd-accumulating rice cultivars to Cd stress.

    Wang, Feijuan; Wang, Min; Liu, Zhouping; Shi, Yan; Han, Tiqian; Ye, Yaoyao; Gong, Ning; Sun, Junwei; Zhu, Cheng


    Cadmium (Cd) is a major heavy metal pollutant which is highly toxic to plants and animals. The accumulation of Cd in rice grains is a major agricultural problem in regions with Cd pollution. A hydroponics experiment using low grain-Cd-accumulating rice (xiushui 11) and high grain-Cd-accumulating rice (xiushui 110) was carried out to characterize the different responses of rice cultivars to Cd stress. We found that xiushui 11 was more tolerant to Cd than xiushui 110, and xiushui 11 suffered less oxidative damage. Cell walls played an important role in limiting the amount of Cd that entered the protoplast, especially in xiushui 11. Cd stored in organelles as soluble fractions, leading to greater physiological stress of Cd detoxification. We found that Cd can disturb the ion homeostasis in rice roots because Cd(2+) and Ca(2+) may have a similar uptake route. Xiushui 11 had a faster root-to-shoot transport of Cd, and the expression level of OsPCR1 gene which was predicted related with Cd accumulation in rice was consist with the Cd transport of root-to-shoot in rice and maintain the greater Cd tolerance of xiushui 11. These results suggest there are different Cd detoxification and accumulation mechanisms in rice cultivars.

  6. Adsorption properties of CdS-CdTe system semiconductors

    Kirovskaya, I. A.; Nor, P. E.


    The adsorption of carbon(II) oxide and ammonia on nanofilms of solid solutions and binary compounds of the CdS-CdTe system is studied by means of piezoquartz microweighing, FTIR IR, and measuring electroconductivity. Allowing for the conditions and composition of semiconductor systems, we determine the mechanisms and principles of adsorption processes by analyzing the α p = f( T), α T = f( p), and α T = f( t) experimental dependences; IR spectra; the thermodynamic and kinetic characteristics of adsorption; the acid-base, electrophysical, and other characteristics of adsorbents; the electron nature of adsorbate molecules; and the obtained acid-base characteristics: the composition and adsorption characteristics and composition state diagrams. Previous statements on the nature and retention of local active centers responsible for adsorption and catalytic processes upon changes in their habitus and composition (as components of systems of the AIIIBV-AIIBVI and AIIBVI-AIIBVI types) on the surface of diamond-like semiconductors are confirmed. Specific features of the behavior of (CdS) x (CdTe)1 - x solid solutions are identified in addition to general features with binary compounds (CdS, CdTe), as is demonstrated by the presence of critical points on acid-base characteristics-composition and adsorption characteristics-composition diagrams. On the basis of these diagrams, the most active adsorbents (with respect to CO and NH3) used in designing highly sensitive and selective sensors are identified.

  7. The conduction bands of MgO, MgS and HfO2

    Boer, P.K. de; Groot, R.A. de


    Electronic structure calculations for MgO, MgS and HfO2 are reported. It is shown that the conduction bands of MgO and MgS have predominantly anion character, contrary to the common picture of the conduction band being derived from cation states. In transition metal oxides, unoccupied anion states a

  8. TRPM6 forms the Mg2+ influx channel involved in intestinal and renal Mg2+ absorption.

    Voets, T.; Nilius, B.; Hoefs, S.J.G.; Kemp, J.W.C.M. van der; Droogmans, G.; Bindels, R.J.M.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.


    Mg2+ is an essential ion involved in a multitude of physiological and biochemical processes and a major constituent of bone tissue. Mg2+ homeostasis in mammals depends on the equilibrium between intestinal Mg2+ absorption and renal Mg2+ excretion, but little is known about the molecular nature of

  9. sCD200 present in mice receiving cardiac and skin allografts causes immunosuppression in vitro and induces Tregs.

    Gorczynski, Reginald; Chen, Zhiqi; Khatri, Ismat; Yu, Kai


    CD200 overexpression in transgenic mice increases skin, cardiac, and renal allograft survival. Elevated levels of soluble CD200 (sCD200) are found in the serum of cancer individuals. We investigated whether sCD200 levels increase in mice with prolonged graft survival. Control or CD200 BL/6 recipients of BALB/c cardiac or skin grafts received low-dose rapamycin (0.5 mg/kg) at 36-hr intervals, a dose shown previously not to augment the survival of control grafts or alter the host antigraft immunity or graft gene expression profiles. Separate groups received high-dose rapamycin (1.5 mg/kg). Serum was obtained at 8, 15, and 80 days after grafting and assayed for sCD200 (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), for the suppression of immunity in mixed leukocyte cultures (MLCs), for the induction of regulatory T cells able to suppress cytotoxic T lymphocyte induction in MLCs, and for the ability to transfer graft survival to naïve recipients. Both CD200 and conventional mice with early enhanced graft survival had increased levels of sCD200 in serum, which induced Tr1 able to suppress MLCs. Suppression was abolished after passage of serum over a CD200 immunoadsorbent column. Dendritic cells maturing in the presence of sCD200 serum could induce populations of Foxp3 regulatory T cells able to suppress MLCs in vitro. In CD200 mice with long-term surviving cardiac (skin) allografts in the absence of continued transgene induction (>80 days [>35 days]), sCD200 levels returned to baseline, with no loss of grafts, but sera were unable to suppress MLCs in vitro. sCD200 serum adoptively transferred increased graft survival to naïve mice. We conclude that monitoring sCD200 at early times after engraftment may predict allograft survival.

  10. Differential Effect of Cytomegalovirus Infection with Age on the Expression of CD57, CD300a, and CD161 on T-Cell Subpopulations

    Fakhri Hassouneh


    Full Text Available Immunosenescence is a progressive deterioration of the immune system with aging. It affects both innate and adaptive immunity limiting the response to pathogens and to vaccines. As chronic cytomegalovirus (CMV infection is probably one of the major driving forces of immunosenescence, and its persistent infection results in functional and phenotypic changes to the T-cell repertoire, the aim of this study was to analyze the effect of CMV-seropositivity and aging on the expression of CD300a and CD161 inhibitory receptors, along with the expression of CD57 marker on CD4+, CD8+, CD8+CD56+ (NKT-Like and CD4−CD8− (DN T-cell subsets. Our results showed that, regardless of the T-cell subset, CD57−CD161−CD300a+ T-cells expand with age in CMV-seropositive individuals, whereas CD57−CD161+CD300a+ T-cells decrease. Similarly, CD57+CD161−CD300a+ T-cells expand with age in CMV-seropositive individuals in all subsets except in DN cells and CD57−CD161+CD300a− T-cells decrease in all T-cell subsets except in CD4+ T-cells. Besides, in young individuals, CMV latent infection associates with the expansion of CD57+CD161−CD300a+CD4+, CD57−CD161−CD300a+CD4+, CD57+CD161−CD300a+CD8+, CD57−CD161−CD300a+CD8+, CD57+CD161−CD300a+NKT-like, and CD57+CD161−CD300a+DN T-cells. Moreover, in young individuals, CD161 expression on T-cells is not affected by CMV infection. Changes of CD161 expression were only associated with age in the context of CMV latent infection. Besides, CD300a+CD57+CD161+ and CD300a−CD57+CD161+ phenotypes were not found in any of the T-cell subsets studied except in the DN subpopulation, indicating that in the majority of T-cells, CD161 and CD57 do not co-express. Thus, our results show that CMV latent infection impact on the immune system depends on the age of the individual, highlighting the importance of including CMV serology in any study regarding immunosenescence.

  11. Hydrogen storage systems from waste Mg alloys

    Pistidda, C.; Bergemann, N.; Wurr, J.; Rzeszutek, A.; Møller, K. T.; Hansen, B. R. S.; Garroni, S.; Horstmann, C.; Milanese, C.; Girella, A.; Metz, O.; Taube, K.; Jensen, T. R.; Thomas, D.; Liermann, H. P.; Klassen, T.; Dornheim, M.


    The production cost of materials for hydrogen storage is one of the major issues to be addressed in order to consider them suitable for large scale applications. In the last decades several authors reported on the hydrogen sorption properties of Mg and Mg-based systems. In this work magnesium industrial wastes of AZ91 alloy and Mg-10 wt.% Gd alloy are used for the production of hydrogen storage materials. The hydrogen sorption properties of the alloys were investigated by means of volumetric technique, in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXD) and calorimetric methods. The measured reversible hydrogen storage capacity for the alloys AZ91 and Mg-10 wt.% Gd are 4.2 and 5.8 wt.%, respectively. For the Mg-10 wt.% Gd alloy, the hydrogenated product was also successfully used as starting reactant for the synthesis of Mg(NH2)2 and as MgH2 substitute in the Reactive Hydride Composite (RHC) 2LiBH4 + MgH2. The results of this work demonstrate the concrete possibility to use Mg alloy wastes for hydrogen storage purposes.

  12. Coherent interface structures and intergrain Josephson coupling in dense MgO/Mg2Si/MgB2 nanocomposites

    Ueno, Katsuya; Nagashima, Yukihito; Seto, Yusuke; Matsumoto, Megumi; Sakurai, Takahiro; Ohta, Hitoshi; Takahashi, Kazuyuki; Uchino, Takashi


    Many efforts are under way to control the structure of heterointerfaces in nanostructured composite materials for designing functionality and engineering application. However, the fabrication of high-quality heterointerfaces is challenging because the crystal/crystal interface is usually the most defective part of the nanocomposite materials. In this work, we show that fully dense insulator (MgO)/semiconductor(Mg2Si)/superconductor(MgB2) nanocomposites with atomically smooth and continuous interfaces, including epitaxial-like MgO/Mg2Si interfaces, are obtained by solid phase reaction between metallic magnesium and a borosilicate glass. The resulting nanocomposites exhibit a semiconductor-superconducting transition at 36 K owing to the MgB2 nanograins surrounded by the MgO/Mg2Si matrix. This transition is followed by the intergrain phase-lock transition at ˜24 K due to the construction of Josephson-coupled network, eventually leading to a near-zero resistance state at 17 K. The method not only provides a simple process to fabricate dense nanocomposites with high-quality interfaces, but also enables to investigate the electric and magnetic properties of embedded superconducting nanograins with good intergrain coupling.

  13. The Coordination of Mg in Foraminiferal Calcite

    Branson, O.; Redfern, S. A.; Tyliszczak, T.; Sadekov, A.; Langer, G.; Elderfield, H.


    The Mg/Ca ratio in calcite shells ('tests') of foraminifera is an empirical ocean temperature proxy widely used to interpret palaeoclimates. We explore the distribution and local environment of Mg in foram tests using STXM and NEXAFS spectroscopy to test the fundamental assumptions behind the proxy, and shed light on the mechanisms underpinning this vital oceanographic tool. Throughout the development of the Mg/Ca proxy, it has been assumed that Mg in foraminifera tests substitutes directly into the calcite lattice (1). This assumption is based on XRD analyses of various high-Mg biogenic carbonates, where Mg concentrations are manifest in the shifted position of diffraction peaks (2, 3). The extrapolation of this trend to foraminiferal calcite links the proxy to inorganic precipitation experiments, and provides a theoretical mechanistic framework to understand the link between Mg/Ca and temperature: the substitution of Mg is endothermic, and favoured at higher temperatures. However, the concentration of Mg in most foraminifera (0-10 mmol/mol Mg/Ca) is below the detection limit of XRD methods, and the analogy to inorganic systems has not been explicitly tested. Electron microprobe (4-6), LA-ICP-MS (7) and high-resolution nanoSIMS mapping (Sadekov, unpub.) of foraminifera tests have revealed the presence of high 'trace element' bands running in plane with the test surface, enriched in Mg, Sr, S, organic molecules and other trace elements. This emphasises a key question highlighted by Dodd (1) when the proxy was still in its infancy: how is Mg incorporated into mineral skeletons? By direct substitution into the calcite lattice, interstitially in a separate distinct mineral phase, or associated with organic compounds? We address this fundamental question using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy at ALS beamline 11.0.2 to examine the distribution and local atomic environment of Mg in two contrasting species of foraminifera

  14. Soluble CD206 plasma levels in rheumatoid arthritis reflect decrease in disease activity

    Heftdal, Line Dam; Stengaard-Pedersen, Kristian; Ørnbjerg, Lykke Midtbøll


    and after 3, 6, 12 and 24 months. Baseline plasma level of sCD206 in treatment naïve RA patients was 0.33 mg/L (CI: 0.33-0.38 mg/L) corresponding to the upper part of the reference interval for healthy controls (0.10-0.43 mg/L). In the PLA group, sCD206 levels decreased after 3 months, but did not differ...... from baseline after 6 months. In the ADA group, however, levels remained lower than baseline throughout the treatment period. In conclusion, initially, plasma sCD206 in early RA patients decreased in accordance with disease activity and initiation of DMARD treatment. Treatment with anti-TNFα preserved...... this decrease throughout the study period....

  15. Experimental and theoretical approaches for Cd(II) biosorption from aqueous solution using Oryza sativa biomass.

    Fawzy, Manal; Nasr, Mahmoud; Helmi, Shacker; Nagy, Heba


    Biomass of Oryza sativa (OS) was tested for the removal of Cd(II) ions from synthetic and real wastewater samples. Batch experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of operating parameters on Cd(II) biosorption. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy were used to examine the surface characteristics of the Cd(II)-loaded biomass. The maximum removal efficiency of Cd(II) was 89.4% at optimum pH 6.0, biosorbent dose 10.0 g L(-1), initial Cd(II) 50 mg L(-1), and biosorbent particle size 0.5 mm. The applicability of Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms to the sorbent system implied the existence of both monolayer and heterogeneous surface conditions. Kinetic studies revealed that the adsorption process of Cd(II) followed the pseudo-second-order model (r2: 0.99). On the theoretical side, an adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) was applied to select the operating parameter that mostly influences the Cd(II) biosorption process. Results from ANFIS indicated that pH was the most influential parameter affecting Cd(II) removal efficiency, indicating that the biomass of OS was strongly pH sensitive. Finally, the biomass was confirmed to adsorb Cd(II) from real wastewater samples with removal efficiency close to 100%. However, feasibility studies of such systems on a large-scale application remain to be investigated.

  16. An efficient method for refolding the extracellular portion of CD147 from the total bacterial lysate

    Fei Song; Xin Zhang; Yifei Li; Qiang Ru; Xiaobai Ren; Bin Xia; Zhi-Nan Chen


    CD147 is a widely expressed transmembrane protein that mediates signal transduction,and it plays important roles in many physiological and pathological processes,such as tumor invasion and metastasis.The extracellular portion of CD147 (CD147EC) is responsible for its functional interactions with different signaling molecules.Due to the existence of two disulfide bonds,CD147EC is mainly expressed as an inclusion body in Escherichia coli.Here,we report a convenient rapid-dilution refolding protocol that enables the refolding of CD147EC efficiently from total bacterial lysate instead of pure inclusion bodies.Using this method,over 25 mg of CD147EC can be purified from 1 1 of bacterial culture in M9 medium.The refolded CD147EC is well folded as characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR),and it can induce the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-9 in fibroblast cells.The described protocol is also applicable to the refolding of two immunoglobulin domains of CD147EC individually.Interestingly,we noticed that little protein was produced for the C-terminal immunoglobulin (Ig) domain of CD147EC by bacteria in M9 medium,even though it was overexpressed in LuriaBertani (LB) medium.However,when the pH of the bacterial culture in M9 medium was adjusted in accordance with that in LB medium during growth,comparable expression level could be achieved.

  17. Existing form and effect of zirconium in pure Mg, Mg-Yb, and Mg-Zn-Yb alloys

    YU Wenbin; HE Hong; LI Chunmei; LI Qing; LIU Zhiyi; QIN Bing


    The existing form and grain refining effects of small zirconium addition in pure Mg, Mg-Yb and Mg-Zn binary alloys, and Mg-Zn-Yb ternary alloy (ZK60-Yb) were investigated. The results show that Zr element exists mainly in single and cluster particles of pure α-Zr or Zn-Zr compounds inside grains and at grain boundaries. Only the particles located in the interior of grains can act as the nucleus for α-Mg growth and effectively promote the formation of Fine equiaxed grains. The broken and dispersed Zr-rich particles produced during the hot extrusion process can form nebulous banded structure in which these free particles may act as obstacles to dislocation motion in wrought magnesium alloys.

  18. Bioavailability of Cd in 110 polluted topsoils to recombinant bioluminescent sensor bacteria. Effect of soil particulate matter

    Ivask, Angela; Pollumaa, Lee; Kahru, Anne [National Inst. of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Lab. of Molecular Genetics, Tallin (Estonia); Dubourguier, Henri-Charles [National Inst. of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Lab. of Molecular Genetics, Tallin (Estonia); Estonian Univ. of Life Sciences, Tartu (Estonia); Inst. Superieur d' Agriculture, Lille (France)


    In this study, bioavailability and water extractability of Cd in a panel of 110 natural aged heavy metal-polluted soils from northern France containing up to 20.1 mg of Cd per kilogramme was evaluated. Materials and methods Particulate matter was removed by differential centrifugation of soil-water suspensions (liquid to solid ratio 10) resulting in soil-water extracts containing different size of particles. Chemical analysis of Cd and analysis of bioavailable Cd with recombinant bioluminescent Cd-sensing bacteria were applied in parallel to these fractionated soil solutions. Results and Discussion Extractability of Cd from soil to the aqueous phase was low-only 0.13% of the soil total Cd as a mean; however, Cd-sensing recombinant luminescent bacteria Bacillus subtilis incubated in soil-water suspensions for 2 h showed that in the conditions of contact exposure, the bioavailable fraction of Cd increased about 30-fold being 3.74% of the soil total Cd as a mean value. The total Cd content of soils was not a good predictor of either bioavailable or water-extracted fraction of Cd, but these fractions were rather determined by the combination of soil total Cd and physico-chemical properties-texture and organic matter content. Analysis of two selected ''model'' soils with Cd sensor bacteria showed that about 90% of the bioavailable Cd was associated with larger soil particles that were removed from the soil suspensions by centrifugation at 4,500 x g, and even settling of the soil suspensions for 2 h removed already 65% of bioavailable Cd. Conclusions Thus, our results indicate a potential for remarkably higher environmental hazard for soil-associated heavy metals than just aqueous exposure. (orig.)

  19. Evolutionary biology of CD1.

    Dascher, C C


    The recognition more than a decade ago that lipids presented by CD1 could function as T cell antigens revealed a startling and previously unappreciated complexity to the adaptive immune system. The initial novelty of lipid antigen presentation by CD1 has since given way to a broader perspective of the immune system's capacity to sense and respond to a diverse array of macromolecules. Some immune recognition systems such as Toll-like receptors can trace their origins back into the deep history of sea urchins and arthropods. Others such as the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) appear relatively recently and interestingly, only in animals that also possess a jaw. The natural history of CD1 is thus part of the wider story of immune system evolution and should be considered in this context. Most evidence indicates that CD1 probably evolved from a classical MHC class I (MHC I) gene at some point during vertebrate evolution. This chapter reviews the evidence for this phylogenetic relationship and attempts to connect CD1 to existing models of MHC evolution. This endeavor is facilitated today by the recent availability of whole genome sequence data from a variety of species. Investigators have used these data to trace the ultimate origin of the MHC to a series of whole genome duplications that occurred roughly 500 million years ago. Sequence data have also revealed homologs of the mammalian MHC I and MHC II gene families in virtually all jawed vertebrates including sharks, bony fishes, reptiles, and birds. In contrast, CD1 genes have thus far been found only in a subset of these animal groups. This pattern of CD1 occurrence in the genomes of living species suggests the emergence of CD 1 in an early terrestrial vertebrate.

  20. Emitter/absorber interface of CdTe solar cells

    Song, Tao, E-mail:; Sites, James R. [Physics Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 (United States); Kanevce, Ana [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)


    The performance of CdTe solar cells can be very sensitive to the emitter/absorber interface, especially for high-efficiency cells with high bulk lifetime. Performance losses from acceptor-type interface defects can be significant when interface defect states are located near mid-gap energies. Numerical simulations show that the emitter/absorber band alignment, the emitter doping and thickness, and the defect properties of the interface (i.e., defect density, defect type, and defect energy) can all play significant roles in the interface recombination. In particular, a type I heterojunction with small conduction-band offset (0.1 eV ≤ ΔE{sub C} ≤ 0.3 eV) can help maintain good cell efficiency in spite of high interface defect density, much like with Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) cells. The basic principle is that positive ΔE{sub C}, often referred to as a “spike,” creates an absorber inversion and hence a large hole barrier adjacent to the interface. As a result, the electron-hole recombination is suppressed due to an insufficient hole supply at the interface. A large spike (ΔE{sub C} ≥ 0.4 eV), however, can impede electron transport and lead to a reduction of photocurrent and fill-factor. In contrast to the spike, a “cliff” (ΔE{sub C} < 0 eV) allows high hole concentration in the vicinity of the interface, which will assist interface recombination and result in a reduced open-circuit voltage. Another way to mitigate performance losses due to interface defects is to use a thin and highly doped emitter, which can invert the absorber and form a large hole barrier at the interface. CdS is the most common emitter material used in CdTe solar cells, but the CdS/CdTe interface is in the cliff category and is not favorable from the band-offset perspective. The ΔE{sub C} of other n-type emitter choices, such as (Mg,Zn)O, Cd(S,O), or (Cd,Mg)Te, can be tuned by varying the elemental ratio for an optimal positive value of ΔE{sub C}. These

  1. Emitter/absorber interface of CdTe solar cells

    Song, Tao [Physics Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523, USA; Kanevce, Ana [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401, USA; Sites, James R. [Physics Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523, USA


    The performance of CdTe solar cells can be very sensitive to their emitter/absorber interfaces, especially for high-efficiency cells with improved bulk properties. When interface defect states are located at efficient recombination energies, performance losses from acceptor-type interface defects can be significant. Numerical simulations show that the emitter/absorber band alignment, the emitter doping and thickness, and the defect properties of the interface (i.e. defect density, defect type, and defect energy) can all play significant roles in the interface recombination. In particular, a type I heterojunction with small conduction-band offset (0.1 eV /= 0.4 eV), however, can impede electron transport and lead to a reduction of photocurrent and fill-factor. In contrast to the spike, a 'cliff' (.delta..EC < 0 eV) is likely to allow many holes in the vicinity of the interface, which will assist interface recombination and result in a reduced open-circuit voltage. In addition, a thin and highly-doped emitter can invert the absorber, form a large hole barrier, and decrease device performance losses due to high interface defect density. CdS is the most common emitter material used in CdTe solar cells, but the CdS/CdTe interface is in the cliff category and is not favorable from the band-offset perspective. Other n-type emitter choices, such as (Mg,Zn)O, Cd(S,O), or (Cd,Mg)Te, can be tuned by varying the elemental ratio for an optimal positive value of These materials are predicted

  2. The Effect of CD3-Specific Monoclonal Antibody on Treating Experimental Autoimmune Myasthenia Gravis

    Ruonan Xu; Jianan Wang; Guojiang Chen; Gencheng Han; Renxi Wang; Beffen Shen; Yan Li


    CD3-specific monoclonal antibody was the first one used for clinical practice in field of transplantation. Recently,renewed interests have elicited in its capacity to prevent autoimmune diabetes by inducing immune tolerance. In this study, we tested whether this antibody can also be used to treat another kind of autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis (MG) and explored the possible mechanisms. MG is caused by an autoimmune damage mediated by antibody- and complement-mediated destruction of AChR at the neuromuscular junction. We found that administration of CD3-specific antibody (Fab)2 to an animal model with experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis (EAMG) (B6 mice received 3 times of AChR/CFA immunization) could not significantly improve the clinical signs and clinical score. When the possible mechanisms were tested, we found that CD3 antibody treatment slightly down-regulated the T-cell response to AChR, modestly up-regulation the muscle strength. And no significant difference in the titers of IgG2b was found between CD3 antibody treated and control groups. These data indicated that CD3-specific antibody was not suitable for treating MG, an antibody- and complementmediated autoimmune disease, after this disease has been established. The role of CD3-specific antibody in treating this kind of disease remains to be determined.

  3. Electrodialytic removal of Cd from straw ash in a pilot plant

    Lima, Ana Teresa; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Ribeiro, Alexandra B.


    Ashes from biomass combustion contain many macro and micro nutrients and its reuse in agricultural fields could be beneficial. In the case of straw ash, however, the content of Cd is often too high for the ash to be utilized this way. In Denmark the limiting concentration for spreading the ash...... in agricultural land is 5.0 mg Cd/kg and in order to utilize the nutrients in the straw ash it is necessary to decrease the Cd content to meet this limiting concentration. It has been previously shown, at a laboratory scale, that the Cd concentration can successfully be decreased by an electrodialytic method...... this concentration still exceeds the limiting concentration, valuable experience concerning the practical operation through scale-up was obtained. In addition, the experiments are a good basis for further scale-up and optimization of the process for improved Cd removal to meet the requirements. A very important...

  4. Root anatomy and element distribution vary between two Salix caprea isolates with different Cd accumulation capacities.

    Vaculík, Marek; Konlechner, Cornelia; Langer, Ingrid; Adlassnig, Wolfram; Puschenreiter, Markus; Lux, Alexander; Hauser, Marie-Theres


    The understanding of the influence of toxic elements on root anatomy and element distribution is still limited. This study describes anatomical responses, metal accumulation and element distribution of rooted cuttings of Salix caprea after exposure to Cd and/or Zn. Differences in the development of apoplastic barriers and tissue organization in roots between two distinct S. caprea isolates with divergent Cd uptake and accumulation capacities in leaves might reflect an adaptive predisposition based on different natural origins. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) revealed that Cd and Zn interfered with the distribution of elements in a tissue- and isolate-specific manner. Zinc, Ca, Mg, Na and Si were enriched in the peripheral bark, K and S in the phloem and Cd in both vascular tissues. Si levels were lower in the superior Cd translocator. Since the cuttings originated from stocks isolated from polluted and unpolluted sites we probably uncovered different strategies against toxic elements.

  5. Antioxidant response of Phragmites australis to Cu and Cd contamination.

    Rocha, A Cristina S; Almeida, C Marisa R; Basto, M Clara P; Vasconcelos, M Teresa S D


    Metals are known to induce oxidative stress in plant cells. Antioxidant thiolic compounds are known to play an important role in plants׳ defence mechanisms against metal toxicity but, regarding salt marsh plants, their role is still very poorly understood. In this work, the involvement of non-protein thiols (NPT), such as cysteine (Cys), reduced glutathione (GSH), oxidised glutathione (GSSG) and total acid-soluble SH compounds (total thiols), in the tolerance mechanisms of the marsh plant Phragmites australis against Cu and Cd toxicity was assessed. Specimens of this plant, freshly harvested in an estuarine salt marsh, were exposed, for 7 days, to rhizosediment soaked with the respective elutriate contaminated with Cu (0, 10 and 100 mg/L) or Cd (0, 1, 10 mg/L). In terms of NPT production, Cu and Cd contamination induced different responses in P. australis. The content of Cys increased in plant tissue after plant exposure to Cu, whereas Cd contamination led to a decrease in GSSG levels. In general, metal contamination did not cause a significant variation on GSH levels. Both metals influenced, to some extent, the production of other thiolic compounds. Despite the accumulation of considerable amounts of Cu and Cd in belowground tissues, no visible toxicity signs were observed. So, antioxidant thiolic compounds were probably involved in the mechanisms used by P. australis to alleviate metal toxicity. As P. australis is considered suitable for phytostabilising metal-contaminated sediments, understanding its tolerance mechanisms to toxic metals is important to optimise the conditions for applying this plant in phytoremediation procedures.

  6. Fate of half-metallicity near interfaces: The case of NiMnSb/MgO and NiMnSi/MgO

    Zhang, Ruijing


    The electronic and magnetic properties of the interfaces between the half-metallic Heusler alloys NiMnSb, NiMnSi, and MgO have been investigated using first-principles density-functional calculations with projector augmented wave potentials generated in the generalized gradient approximation. In the case of the NiMnSb/MgO (100) interface, the half-metallicity is lost, whereas the MnSb/MgO contact in the NiMnSb/MgO (100) interface maintains a substantial degree of spin polarization at the Fermi level (∼60%). Remarkably, the NiMnSi/MgO (111) interface shows 100% spin polarization at the Fermi level, despite considerable distortions at the interface, as well as rather short Si/O bonds after full structural optimization. This behavior markedly distinguishes NiMnSi/MgO (111) from the corresponding NiMnSb/CdS and NiMnSb/InP interfaces. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  7. Fate of half-metallicity near interfaces: the case of NiMnSb/MgO and NiMnSi/MgO.

    Zhang, Rui-Jing; Eckern, Ulrich; Schwingenschlögl, Udo


    The electronic and magnetic properties of the interfaces between the half-metallic Heusler alloys NiMnSb, NiMnSi, and MgO have been investigated using first-principles density-functional calculations with projector augmented wave potentials generated in the generalized gradient approximation. In the case of the NiMnSb/MgO (100) interface, the half-metallicity is lost, whereas the MnSb/MgO contact in the NiMnSb/MgO (100) interface maintains a substantial degree of spin polarization at the Fermi level (∼60%). Remarkably, the NiMnSi/MgO (111) interface shows 100% spin polarization at the Fermi level, despite considerable distortions at the interface, as well as rather short Si/O bonds after full structural optimization. This behavior markedly distinguishes NiMnSi/MgO (111) from the corresponding NiMnSb/CdS and NiMnSb/InP interfaces.

  8. Combined effects of graphene oxide and Cd on the photosynthetic capacity and survival of Microcystis aeruginosa

    Tang, Yulin, E-mail:; Tian, Jinglin; Li, Shuyan; Xue, Chonghua; Xue, Zhehua; Yin, Daqiang; Yu, Shuili


    In this work, the combined effects of graphene oxide (GO) and Cd{sup 2+} solution on Microcystis aeruginosa were investigated. Chlorophyll fluorescence parameters were measured by a pulse-amplitude modulated fluorometer. GO at low concentrations exhibited no significant toxicity. The presence of GO at low concentrations significantly enhanced Cd{sup 2+} toxicity as the 96 h half maximal effective concentration of the Cd{sup 2+} reduced from 0.51 ± 0.01 to 0.474 ± 0.01 mg/L. However, concentrations of GO above 5 mg/L did not significantly increase the toxicity of the Cd{sup 2+}/GO system. Observations through scanning and transmission electron microscopy revealed that GO, with Cd{sup 2+}, easily attached to and entered into the algae. Reactive oxygen species and malondialdehyde were measured to explain the toxicity mechanism. The photosynthetic parameters were useful in measuring the combined toxicity of the nanoparticles and heavy metals. - Highlights: • Combined effects of graphene oxide and Cd{sup 2+} to M. aeruginosa were investigated. • Chlorophyll fluorescence parameters were obtained by PAM. • OS and MDA were measured to evaluate algae toxicity. • GO at low concentration enhanced Cd{sup 2+} toxicity.

  9. Impact of CdS annealing atmosphere on the performance of CdS–CdTe solar cell

    Maticiuc, N., E-mail:; Spalatu, N.; Mikli, V.; Hiie, J.


    Highlights: • Annealed CdS films are used for CdTe based solar cells. • CdS–CdTe solar cell with air annealed CdS shows better performance. • The air annealed CdS brings the O{sub 2} and chloride at the place of junction formation. • H{sub 2} removes the oxygen containing compounds from CdS grain boundaries. - Abstract: CdS thin films obtained by chemical bath deposition and annealed in hydrogen and air ambients were combined with CdTe absorbers obtained by close spaced sublimation. CdS–CdTe solar cells in superstrate configuration were characterized by current–voltage and quantum efficiency measurements while the analysis of annealed CdS films was made by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and UV–vis spectroscopy. It was found that in superstrate configuration, due to the big grains on CdS surface and gas emission from CdS film at high temperature deposition of the absorber, the delamination of layers take place. Annealing in H{sub 2} removes the oxygen compounds from CdS grain boundaries and opens them for formation of shortcutting through the CdS layer. The processing in air is most advantageous due to simultaneous presence of chloride and oxygen, contributing to the recrystallization and sintering of the highly textured columnar CdS. The direct influence of the CdS annealing on the solar cell parameters is shown for CdS–CdTe solar cell.

  10. Effect of Homoharringtonine on Bone Morrow CD34+CD7+ Cells in Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia

    LI Yu-feng; DENG Zhi-kui; XUAN Heng-bao; CHEN Bao-an


    Objective: To explore the effect of homoharringtonine (HHT) on bone morrow CD34+CD7+ cells in chronic granulocytic leukemia (CGL). Methods: The changes of bone morrow CD34+CD7+ cells were observed after the treatment of HHT in 23 cases with CGL. The proliferation and apoptosis of CD34+CD7+ cells treated with HHT in vitro were studied. Results: The proportion of CD34+CD7+ cells in CGL (0.145±0.021) was higher than that of normal control (0.052±0.013). The proportion of CD34+CD7+ cells in patients who got cytogenetic responses to HHT (0.072±0.020) decreased remarkably, but not in those patients who did not got cytogenetic responses to HHT, (0.137±0.023). the proliferation of CD34+ cells was inhibited and the proportion of CD34+CD7+ cells decreased after cultured with HHT (0.134 in 24 h, 0.126 in 48 h and 0.102 in 72). The apoptosis rate of CD34+CD7+ cells was higher than that in CD34+CD7- cells (35.39%±4.39% versus 24.57%(4.01%, P<0.05) 72 h after culture with HHT. Conclusion: The proportion of CD34+CD7+ cells in CGL was higher than that of normal control and HHT may inhibit the proliferation and induce apoptosis of bone marrow CD34+CD7+ cells.

  11. Everolimus and basiliximab permit suppression by human CD4+CD25+ cells in vitro.

    Game, David S; Hernandez-Fuentes, Maria P; Lechler, Robert I


    Immunosuppressive drugs are essential for the prevention of acute transplant rejection but some may not promote long-term tolerance. Tolerance is dependent on the presence and regulatory function of CD4(+)CD25(+) T cells in a number of animal models. The direct effects of immunosuppressive drugs on CD4(+)CD25(+) cells, particularly those that interfere with IL-2 signaling are uncertain. We studied the effects of the rapamycin derivative everolimus and the anti-CD25 monoclonal antibody basiliximab on the regulatory capacity of human CD4(+)CD25(+) cells in vitro. Both drugs permitted the suppression of proliferation and IFN-gamma secretion by CD4(+)CD25(-) cells responding to allogeneic and other polyclonal stimuli; CTLA-4 expression was abolished on CD4(+)CD25(+) cells without compromising their suppressive ability. Everolimus reduced IFN-gamma secretion by CD4(+)CD25(-) cells before the anti-proliferative effect: this is a novel finding. Exogenous IL-2 and IL-15 could prevent the suppression of proliferation by CD4(+)CD25(+) cells and the drugs could not restore suppression. By contrast, suppression of IFN-gamma secretion was only slightly impeded with the exogenous cytokines. Finally, CD4(+)CD25(+) cells were more resistant than CD4(+)CD25(-) cells to the pro-apoptotic action of the drugs. Together these data suggest that CD4(+)CD25(+) cells may still exert their effects in transplant patients taking immunosuppression that interferes with IL-2 signaling.

  12. Relationship between Cd and Zn concentration in the kidneys, liver, and muscles of moose (Alces alces) from north-eastern Poland.

    Skibniewski, Michał; Skibniewska, Ewa M; Kośla, Tadeusz; Olbrych, Katarzyna


    The aim of the study was to evaluate the cadmium and zinc content in the kidneys and liver of moose from north-eastern Poland. Animals were divided with respect to their age. The mean concentration of cadmium in the kidneys of moose studied was 11.31 mg kg(-1), while in the liver it amounted to 2.68 mg kg(-1). Age had a significant effect on the content of cadmium in both organs. In the muscles of most animals studied, the cadmium concentrations were below the detection limit. Elevated concentrations were found in three individuals only. Older animals had over six times higher concentrations of cadmium in both kidneys and liver than younger individuals. The cadmium content in kidneys increased with animals' age while no such relationship was found for zinc. Although older animals had higher mean concentrations of zinc in kidneys, liver, and muscles, the two age groups did not differ significantly. The mean concentration of zinc in the kidneys of moose studied was 38.83 mg kg(-1), while in the liver it amounted to 29.03 mg kg(-1). The cadmium concentration in the kidneys was significantly correlated with the cadmium concentration in the liver (r = 0.53, p ≤ 0.01) and with the zinc concentration in the kidneys (r = 0.52, p ≤ 0.01). The data obtained within study correspond with analyses results of the organs of healthy moose in Sweden.

  13. CdS/CdTe Solar Cells Containing Directly Deposited CdSxTe1-x Alloy Layers: Preprint

    Duenow, J. N.; Dhere, R. G.; Moutinho, H. R.; To, B.; Pankow, J. W.; Kuciauskas, D.; Gessert, T. A.


    A CdSxTe1-x layer forms by interdiffusion of CdS and CdTe during the fabrication of thin-film CdTe photovoltaic (PV) devices. The CdSxTe1-x layer is thought to be important because it relieves strain at the CdS/CdTe interface that would otherwise exist due to the 10% lattice mismatch between these two materials. Our previous work [1] has indicated that the electrical junction is located in this interdiffused CdSxTe1-x region. Further understanding, however, is essential to predict the role of this CdSxTe1-x layer in the operation of CdS/CdTe devices. In this study, CdSxTe1-x alloy films were deposited by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering and co-evaporation from CdTe and CdS sources. Both RF-magnetron-sputtered and co-evaporated CdSxTe1-x films of lower S content (x<0.3) have a cubic zincblende (ZB) structure akin to CdTe, whereas those of higher S content have a hexagonal wurtzite (WZ) structure like that of CdS. Films become less preferentially oriented as a result of a CdCl2 heat treatment (HT) at ~400 degrees C for 5 min. Films sputtered in a 1% O2/Ar ambient are amorphous as deposited, but show CdTe ZB, CdS WZ, and CdTe oxide phases after a CdCl2 HT. Films sputtered in O2 partial pressure have a much wider bandgap than expected. This may be explained by nanocrystalline size effects seen previously [2] for sputtered oxygenated CdS (CdS:O) films. Initial PV device results show that the introduction of a directly-deposited CdSxTe1-x alloy layer into the device structure produces devices of comparable performance to those without the alloy layer when a CdCl2 HT is performed. Further investigation is required to determine whether the CdCl2 heat treatment step can be altered or eliminated through direct deposition of the alloy layer.

  14. Influence of CdS deposition technique for CdS/CdTe solar cells applications

    Rubio, Sandra; Plaza, José Luis; Diéguez, Ernesto


    The manufacturing of an optimal window layer is essential for a high efficiency solar cell. CdS thin films were deposited on FTO commercial substrates by two different techniques: Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD), and Closed Space Sublimation (CSS) using SiC rods as electrical heating elements. The composition, morphology, and crystalline structure of the CdS thin films were analyzed by Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). CdS layers obtained by CSS have shown good stoichiometries of 51.07(Cd at %), and 48.93(S at %), with the presence of disordered microrods of hexagonal shape. The CdS films obtained by CBD exhibited certain contamination from the bath chemical components and a poor defined structure. In conclusion, the layers deposited by electric heating based CSS present a better morphology and crystal structure than the layers deposited by CBD. The CdTe absorber layer deposited by CSS electric heating also shows good cubic structure and morphology.

  15. Activation of Blood CD3+CD56+CD8+ T Cells during Pregnancy and Multiple Sclerosis

    de Andrés, Clara; Fernández-Paredes, Lidia; Tejera-Alhambra, Marta; Alonso, Bárbara; Ramos-Medina, Rocío; Sánchez-Ramón, Silvia


    A striking common feature of most autoimmune diseases is their female predominance, with at least twice as common among women than men in relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), the prevailing MS clinical form with onset at childbearing age. This fact, together with the protective effect on disease activity during pregnancy, when there are many biological changes including high levels of estrogens and progesterone, puts sex hormones under the spotlight. The role of natural killer (NK) and NKT cells in MS disease beginning and course is still to be elucidated. The uterine NK (uNK) cells are the most predominant immune population in early pregnancy, and the number and function of uNK cells infiltrating the endometrium are sex-hormones’ dependent. However, there is controversy on the role of estrogen or progesterone on circulating NK (CD56dim and CD56bright) and NKT cells’ subsets. Here, we show a significantly increased activation of CD3+CD56+CD8+ cells in pregnant MS women (MSP) compared with non-pregnant MS women (NPMS) (p pregnancy. Further studies on specific CD8+ NKT cells function and their role in pregnancy beneficial effects on MS are warranted to move forward more effective MS treatments. PMID:28280497

  16. Co-localization of Fyn with CD3 complex, CD45 or CD28 depends on different mechanisms.

    zur Hausen, J D; Burn, P; Amrein, K E


    The Src family protein tyrosine kinase Fyn (p59fyn) plays an important role in thymocyte development and T cell receptor (TCR) signal transduction. Fyn has been shown to associate with the TCR-CD3 complex, the protein tyrosine phosphatase CD45 and several co-receptors such as CD28 which are crucial for initiating T cell activation and proliferation. The molecular basis of how Fyn is associated with these transmembrane proteins is largely unknown. To investigate the Fyn association with the TCR-CD3 complex, CD45 and CD28 at the molecular level, various Fyn/beta-galactosidase fusion proteins were constructed and expressed in Jurkat cells. Co-localization experiments applying antibody-induced co-capping and double immunofluorescence staining techniques were used to study the association of these fusion proteins with the TCR-CD3 complex, CD45 and CD28. Our results revealed that co-localization of Fyn with the TCR-CD3 complex requires the unique N terminus whereas co-localization with CD45 depends on the unique N terminus, the Src homology (SH)3- and a functional SH2 domain. CD28 co-localizes with Fyn molecules that contain the N terminus and a functional SH2 domain. These results suggest that Fyn association with the TCR-CD3 complex, CD45 and CD28 is mediated by different molecular mechanisms.

  17. Responses of different Chinese flowering cabbage (brassica parachinensis l.) cultivars to cadmium and lead exposure: screening for Cd + Pb pollution-safe cultivars

    Qiu, Qiu; Yang, Zhongyi; Xin, Junliang; Yuan, Jiangang; Wang, Jianbing; Xin, Guorong [State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou (China); Wang, Yutao [Key Laboratory of Ecology and Environmental Science in Guangdong Higher Education, School of Life Sciences, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)


    To reduce the potential risks of cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) entering the human food chain in vegetables, two pot experiments (Exp. 1 and Exp. 2) were carried out to screen for Cd and Pb pollution-safe cultivars (PSCs) of Chinese flowering cabbage (Brassica parachinensis L.). The three Cd treatments in Exp. 1 (0.114, 0.667, and 1.127 mg kg{sup -1}) showed that Chinese flowering cabbage could easily take up Cd from polluted soils, and there were wide variations in Cd accumulation among different cultivars. The Cd accumulation trait at cultivar level was rather stable under different soil Cd treatments. In Exp. 2, seven cultivars that had been shown in Exp. 1 to be typical high or low accumulators of Cd were selected and six Cd + Pb joint exposure treatments were applied to them. The results showed that there were similar trends of accumulation between Cd and Pb for the tested cultivars, but Pb accumulation by the species was much poorer than that of Cd. It was worth noting that an increase in soil Pb levels significantly (p < 0.01) depressed shoot Cd accumulation. Six cultivars were selected as Cd + Pb PSCs. This study showed that it is feasible to apply a PSC strategy in Chinese flowering cabbage cultivation, to cope with the Cd and Pb contamination commonly found in agricultural soils. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. The effect on CdS/CdTe solar cell conversion efficiency of the presence of fluorine in the usual CdCl2 treatment of CdTe

    O. K. Echendu; Dharmadasa, I


    The addition of CdF2 to the CdCl2 solution used in the well-known CdCl2 treatment of CdS/CdTe solar cells has been observed to drastically improve the conversion efficiency of fully fabricated CdS/CdTe solar cells. The observed improvement is as a result of further enhancement of structural and optoelectronic properties of the CdCl2+CdF2-treated CdTe layers compared to the CdCl2-treated CdTe layers. A set of CdS/CdTe samples were grown by electrochemical deposition under different conditions ...

  19. CD4-regulatory cells in COPD patients

    Smyth, Lucy J C; Starkey, Cerys; Vestbo, Jørgen


    BACKGROUND: The numbers of airway CD8 and B lymphocytes are increased in COPD patients, suggesting an autoimmune process. CD4-regulatory T cells control autoimmunity but have not been studied in patients with COPD. OBJECTIVE: To compare T-regulatory cell numbers in the BAL from COPD patients......, smokers with normal lung function, and healthy nonsmokers (HNS). METHODS: BAL and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) samples were obtained from 26 COPD patients, 19 smokers, and 8 HNS. Flow cytometry was performed for regulatory phenotypic markers. RESULTS: COPD patients had increased BAL CD8...... numbers compared to smokers and HNS. CD4 numbers were similar between groups. There was increased BAL CD4CD25(bright) expression in smokers (median 28.8%) and COPD patients (median 23.1%) compared to HNS (median 0%). Increased FoxP3 expression was confirmed in BAL CD4CD25(bright) cells. BAL CD4CD25 cells...

  20. Enhanced removal of Cd(II) and Pb(II) by composites of mesoporous carbon stabilized alumina

    Yang, Weichun; Tang, Qiongzhi; Wei, Jingmiao; Ran, Yajun; Chai, Liyuan; Wang, Haiying


    A novel adsorbent of mesoporous carbon stabilized alumina (MC/Al2O3) was synthesized through one-pot hard-templating method. The adsorption potential of MC/Al2O3 for Cd(II) and Pb(II) from aqueous solution was investigated compared with the mesoporous carbon. The results indicated the MC/Al2O3 showed excellent performance for Cd(II) and Pb(II) removal, the adsorption capacity reached 49.98 mg g-1 for Cd(II) with initial concentration of 50 mg L-1 and reached 235.57 mg g-1 for Pb(II) with initial concentration of 250 mg L-1, respectively. The kinetics data of Cd(II) adsorption demonstrated that the Cd(II) adsorption rate was fast, and the removal efficiencies with initial concentration of 10 and 50 mg L-1 can reach up 99% within 5 and 20 min, respectively. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model could describe the kinetics of Cd(II) adsorption well, indicating the chemical reaction was the rate-controlling step. The mechanism for Cd(II) and Pb(II) adsorption by MC/Al2O3 was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and the results indicated that the excellent performance for Cd(II) and Pb(II) adsorption of MC/Al2O3 was mainly attributed to its high surface area and the special functional groups of hydroxy-aluminum, hydroxyl, carboxylic through the formation of strong surface complexation or ion-exchange. It was concluded that MC/Al2O3 can be recognized as an effective adsorbent for removal of Cd(II) and Pb(II) in aqueous solution.

  1. Cd-induced phytochelatin synthesis in Dittrichia viscosa (L.) Greuter is determined by the dilution of the culture medium.

    Fernández, R; Fernández-Fuego, D; Rodríguez-González, P; Alonso, J I García; Bertrand, A; González, A


    In this paper, we examined Cd accumulation and PC synthesis in two clones of Dittrichia viscosa, one with a metallicolous (DV-A) and the other with a non-metallicolous origin (DV-W). The clones were cultured in vitro with 0 and 10 mg Cd L(-1) in both short-term treatments (up to 72 h) and over 10 days. We also examined the influence of the culture medium dilution and the PC-synthesis inhibitor, L-buthionine-sulfoximine (BSO), on these parameters. Similar Cd accumulation values were found in the two clones. No synthesis of new thiolic compounds was observed in Cd-treated plants cultured in vitro in Murashige and Skoog medium up to 72 h when compared to controls. Dilution of the culture medium affected PC production, increasing it in 1/2 MS and especially in 1/4 MS. Cd uptake did not increase in the same way, but still hyperaccumulation levels were exceeded in all Cd treatments. BSO addition increased the sensitivity of D. viscosa to Cd and diminished Cd accumulation. Nevertheless, a poor correlation between PCs and Cd accumulation capacity was observed since the highest Cd content did not correspond to the highest PC levels. All these results obtained suggest that PCs are important in Cd accumulation and detoxification in D. viscosa and also that other mechanisms might be involved in these traits.

  2. Melatonin administration in diabetes: regulation of plasma Cr, V, and Mg in young male Zucker diabetic fatty rats.

    Navarro-Alarcon, Miguel; Ruiz-Ojeda, Francisco J; Blanca-Herrera, Rosa M; Kaki, Abdullah; Adem, Abdu; Agil, Ahmad


    The use of melatonin, a neurohormone present in plants, represents an exciting approach for the maintenance of optimum health conditions. Melatonin administration ameliorates glucose homeostasis in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of melatonin in diabetes in relation to the levels and regulation of plasma chromium (Cr), vanadium (V), and magnesium (Mg) in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) and Zucker lean (ZL) rats. At the age of 6 weeks, ZDF (n = 30) and ZL (n = 30) groups were each subdivided into three groups: control (C) (n = 10), vehicle-treated (V') (n = 10) and melatonin-treated (M) (10 mg kg(-1) per day; n = 10) groups for a 6 week period. After treatment, plasma mineral concentrations were measured by flame (Mg) and electrothermal (Cr and V) atomic absorption spectrometry. No significant differences were found between the C and V' groups (p > 0.05). Plasma Mg levels were significantly lower in C-ZDF vs. C-ZL rats, demonstrating the presence of hypomagnesemia in this diabetes mellitus model. Plasma V and Cr levels were significantly higher in M-ZDF vs. C-ZDF rats. Plasma Mg levels in ZDF rats were not affected by melatonin treatment (p > 0.05). Melatonin administration ameliorates the diabetic status of ZDF rats by enhancing plasma Cr and V concentrations. This appears to be the first report of a beneficial effect of melatonin treatment on plasma Cr and V regulation in ZDF rats.

  3. Theoretical simulation of CO2 capture by an \\text{A}{{\\text{l}}_{11}}\\text{Mg}_{3}^{-} cluster

    Jiang, Yuanyuan; Xie, Xuefang; Hamid, Ilyar; Chen, Chu; Duan, Haiming


    In order to have an impact on carbon emissions, new stable materials for carbon capture should be able to adsorb CO2 from a mixture of other gases efficiently. Based on density functional theory calculations, we showed that the \\text{A}{{\\text{l}}11}\\text{Mg}3- cluster has an excellent capture capacity of CO2 and high CO2 selectivity under ambient conditions. \\text{A}{{\\text{l}}11}\\text{Mg}3- has an O2-resist property because this cluster is similar to \\text{Al}13- which contains 40 electrons with a larger energy gap. The \\text{A}{{\\text{l}}11}\\text{Mg}3- cluster prefers to adsorb CO2 compared with CH4, H2 and N2, and the CO2 molecule can be chemically adsorbed on the cluster by overcoming a lower barrier, which originates from the introduction of the Mg atom. When seven CO2 molecules are chemically adsorbed on the cluster, the capture capacity of CO2 can reach up to 18.99 mol kg-1 this means that the \\text{A}{{\\text{l}}11}\\text{Mg}3- cluster can be viewed as a potential candidate material for CO2 capture.

  4. Determination of Cd, Pb and As in sediments of the Sava River by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry



    Full Text Available The applicability of nitric acid, palladium nitrate and a mixture of palladium and magnesium nitrate as matrix modifiers were estimated for the accurate and reproducible determination of cadmium (Cd, lead (Pb and arsenic (As in sediments of the Sava River by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry, ETAAS. Decomposition of the samples was done in a closed vessel microwave-assisted digestion system using nitric, hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acids, followed by the addition of boric acid to convert the fluorides into soluble complexes. The parameters for the determination of Cd, Pb and As in sediments were optimised for each individual element and for each matrix modifier. In addition, two sediment reference materials were also analysed. In determination of Cd and Pb, nitric acid was found to be the most appropriate matrix modifier. The accurate and reliable determination of Cd and Pb in sediments was possible also in the presence of boric acid. The use of a mixture of palladium and magnesium nitrate efficiently compensated for matrix effects and enabled the accurate and reliable determination of As in the sediments. Quantification of Cd and As was performed by calibration using acid matched standard solutions, while the standard addition method was applied for the quantification of Pb. The repeatability of the analytical procedure for the determination of Cd, Pb and As in sediments was ±5 % for Cd, ±4 % for Pb and ±2 % for As. The LOD values of the analytical procedure were found to be 0.05 mg/kg for Cd and 0.25 mg/kg for Pb and As, while the LOQ values were 0.16 mg/kg for Cd and 0.83 mg/kg for Pb and As. Finally, Cd, Pb and As were successfully determined in sediments of the Sava River in Slovenia.

  5. Removal and Preconcentration of Pb (II and Cd (II by Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles in Contaminated Water



    Full Text Available Background Lead (Pb and cadmium (Cd are two of the hazardous metals in the environment due to their acute and chronic effects on human health. Zero-valent iron nanoparticles (ZVINPs are one of the adsorbents proposed as an efficient adsorbent for Pb and Cd. Objectives This study evaluated the quantitative removal efficiency of Pb and Cd ions from contaminated water by ZVINPs. In addition, the capability of ZVINPs as a solid phase extractor for preconcentration and determination of Pb and Cd was investigated. Materials and Methods Four samples, each from different water sources like Well water (Shushtar, Iran, Karoon River (Ahvaz, Iran, Caspian Sea (northern Iran and Persian Gulf (southern Iran were collected. Results The elapsed time for quantitative removal of both Pb and Cd ions was two minutes. This method is applicable in a widespread range of pH and relatively high concentrations of electrolyte (NaCl for the efficient removal (> 99% of Pb and Cd ions in water samples. The adsorption of Pb and Cd ions on ZVINPs was well followed by the Langmuir model. The maximum adsorption amounts of Pb and Cd ions on ZVINPs were 96.5 and 58.3 mg/g, respectively. Limits of detection (LODs of the method for lead and cadmium ions were 0.015 and 0.002 mg/L, respectively. The relative standard deviations for ten replicate determinations (Pb2+ 0.3 mg/L, Cd2+ 0.03 mg/L were below 5%. The enrichment factors were more than 16 and 14 for Pb2+ and Cd2+, respectively. Conclusions The proposed method is simple, fast, cost-effective and safe for the environment.

  6. Anti-CD163-dexamethasone conjugate inhibits the acute phase response to lipopolysaccharide in rats

    Thomsen, Karen Louise; Møller, Holger Jon; Graversen, Jonas Heilskov


    AIM: To study the effect of a new anti-CD163-dexamethasone conjugate targeting activated macrophages on the hepatic acute phase response in rats. METHODS: Wistar rats were injected intravenous with either the CD163 targeted dexamethasone-conjugate (0.02 mg/kg) or free dexamethasone (0.02 or 1 mg/...... the hepatic acute phase response to LPS. This indicates an anti-inflammatory potential of the conjugate in vivo.......AIM: To study the effect of a new anti-CD163-dexamethasone conjugate targeting activated macrophages on the hepatic acute phase response in rats. METHODS: Wistar rats were injected intravenous with either the CD163 targeted dexamethasone-conjugate (0.02 mg/kg) or free dexamethasone (0.02 or 1 mg....../kg) 24 h prior to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (2.5 mg/kg intraperitoneal). We measured plasma concentrations of tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) 2 h post-LPS and liver mRNAs and serum concentrations of the rat acute phase protein α-2-macroglobulin (α-2-M) 24 h after LPS. Also...

  7. UHV and Ambient Pressure XPS: Potentials for Mg, MgO, and Mg(OH)2 Surface Analysis

    Head, Ashley R.; Schnadt, Joachim


    The surface sensitivity of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has positioned the technique as a routine analysis tool for chemical and electronic structure information. Samples ranging from ideal model systems to industrial materials can be analyzed. Instrumentational developments in the past two decades have popularized ambient pressure XPS, with pressures in the tens of mbar now commonplace. Here, we briefly review the technique, including a discussion of developments that allow data collection a