Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

The Research Publications track research that is published across national and international peer-reviewed journals. The most recent articles are available ahead of print and searchable by Journal Title, Subject, USDA Grant Funding Agencies or FDA Grant Funding Agencies. The research publications are tracked across five subject areas: Bacterial Pathogens, Chemical Contaminants, Natural Toxins, Parasites, and Viruses.

Sun, 07/12/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Urmi Mukherjee, Anwesha Samanta, Subhasri Biswas, Sriparna Das, Soumyajyoti Ghosh, Dipak Kumar Mandal, Sudipta Maitra Bisphenol A (BPA), a weak estrogenic endocrine disruptor and a well-known plasticizer, has the potential to perturb diverse physiological functions; however, its impact on immune and metabolic function in aquatic vertebrates is relatively less understood. The present...
Sun, 07/12/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Wenmin Huang, Quan Jin, Liyan Yin, Wei Li The effects of cadmium (Cd) have been investigated in an aquatic plant Ottelia alismoides grown under low CO2. Under low CO2, no Cd treated O. alismoides operated three carbon dioxide-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) efficiently, including HCO3− acquisition, C4 and CAM photosynthesis. After 4 days of treatment with 200 μM and 2000 μM Cd, O....
Fri, 07/10/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Ana Juan-García, Marie-Abèle Bind, Florian Engert The presence of mycotoxins in food has created concern. Mycotoxin prevalence in our environment has changed in the last few years maybe due to climatic and other environmental changes. Evidence has emerged from in vitro and in vivo models: some mycotoxins have been found to be potentially carcinogenic, embryogenically harmful,...
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Huihui Zhang, Zisong Xu, Kaiwen Guo, Yuze Huo, Guoqiang He, Hongwei Sun, Yupeng Guan, Nan Xu, Wei Yang, Guangyu Sun To explore the mechanisms underlying the action of the heavy metals Cd and Zn on the photosynthetic function of plant leaves, the effects of 100 μmol L−1 Cd and 200 μmol L−1 Zn stress (the exposure concentrations of Cd and Zn in the culture medium were 2.24 mg kg−1 and 5....
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Wantang Huang, Hua Yin, Yuanyuan Yu, Guining Lu, Zhi Dang, Zhanghong Chen In this study, Pseudomonas aeruginosa was applied to degrade tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) with glucose as a co-metabolic substrate. Influencing factors of co-metabolic degradation such as pH, TBBPA and glucose concentration were examined and the degradation efficiency under optimal condition reached about 50% on...
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Jianbo Shi, Yong Cai Heavy metals have been extensively used in industry, agriculture, medicine and other fields for a long history. Their wide distribution in the environment raised great concern for adverse effects on environment and human health. Although studies have been conducted for many years, key processes and mechanisms regarding environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology of...
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 06:08
Author(s): Ching-Huang Lai, Chia-Chi Chou, Hsiao-Chi Chuang, Gu-Jiun Lin, Chih-Hong Pan, Wei-Liang Chen Advanced glycation end products (AGE) and the receptor for AGE (RAGE) have been found to be pivotal biomarkers to predict the risk of inflammation and oxidative stress. Limited evidence focuses on the influence of occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and metal fumes on...
Sun, 06/28/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Yiming Zhang, Qingqing Liu, Hang Yin, Shu Li Cadmium (Cd) is a type of toxic metal, in most cases, coming from fuel burning and aquatic plants. The cells of organisms can be caused serious damage, including pyroptosis, exposure to low concentrations of Cd in long-term. Pyroptosis is a recently discovered Caspase-1-mediated cell death. In this study, lymphocytes were extracted from the...
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Mariana Morozesk, Lidiane S. Franqui, Fernanda C. Pinheiro, Joaquim A. Nóbrega, Diego S.T. Martinez, Marisa N. Fernandes Carbon nanotubes presence in the environment increases every year because of exponential industrial production around the world. In aquatic environments, carbon nanotubes can interact with other pollutants based on their adsorbent surface chemistry properties. Heavy...
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Qiyue Jia, Yuanyuan Zhang, Sisi Liu, Zongguang Li, Fankun Zhou, Lijian Shao, Chang Feng, Guangqin Fan Heavy metals such as lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), and mercury (Hg) are representative neurotoxicological contaminants that can evoke cognitive dysfunctions. Low levels of these contaminants can be detected simultaneously in the human blood. In our previous study, behavioral performances...
Thu, 06/25/2020 - 06:07
Author(s): Zhengxin Xie, Ying Gan, Jun Tang, Shisuo Fan, Xiangwei Wu, Xuede Li, Haomiao Cheng, Jie Tang The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac (DCF) is considered a contaminant of emerging concern. DCF can co-exist with heavy metals in aquatic environments, causing unexpected risks to aquatic organisms. This study aimed to assess the combined effects of DCF and cadmium (Cd) at...
Wed, 06/24/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Long Cang, Jinfeng Xing, Cun Liu, Yujun Wang, Dongmei Zhou Chemical immobilization of heavy metals is a simple, low-cost, and environment-friendly technology for remediation of heavy metals contaminated soils. However, changes in environmental conditions, such as water management, acid deposition, temperature fluctuation, etc., might result in release of metal ions from the fixation...
Sat, 06/20/2020 - 06:06
Author(s): Hemily Batista-Silva, Keyla Rodrigues, Kieiv Resende Sousa de Moura, Glen Van Der Kraak, Christelle Delalande-Lecapitaine, Fátima Regina Mena Barreto Silva This study investigated the acute in vitro effect of low-concentration bisphenol A (BPA) on calcium (45Ca2+) influx in zebrafish (Danio rerio) testis and examined whether intracellular Ca2+ was involved in the effects of BPA on...
Thu, 06/18/2020 - 06:07
Author(s): Hongbiao Cui, Lulu Shen, Xiong Yang, Shiwen Zhang, Qitao Yi, Lin Meng, Xuebo Zheng, Qiuya Wang, Jun Zhou Iron (Fe) oxides are intimately coupled with phosphorus and closely associated with the bioavailability of potential toxic elements (PTEs) in soil. Thus, Fe oxides may influence the stabilization of PTEs in contaminated soils amended by phosphorus. To evaluate the effects of...
Wed, 06/17/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Hyuck Soo Kim, Byoung-Hwan Seo, Gary Owens, Young-Nam Kim, Jae-Hwang Lee, Mina Lee, Kwon-Rae Kim The phytoavailability of heavy metals in soils is important for both food safety and environmental management. Hence soil metal phytoavailability threshold values need to be established based on a firm scientific basis. In this study, optimal Cd phytoavailability threshold values, were...
Mon, 06/15/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Sanjay Saini, Lavi Rani, Neha Shukla, Monisha Banerjee, Debapratim Kar Chowdhuri, Naveen Kumar Gautam Xenobiotic mediated renal toxicity is one of the major health concerns to the organisms, including humans. New chemicals with nephrotoxic potential are continuously being added to the list of existing nephrotoxicants. To predict the nephrotoxicity of these new chemicals, reliable and...
Mon, 06/15/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Marco Aurelio M. Freire, Rafael Rodrigues Lima, Priscila Cunha Nascimento, Walace Gomes-Leal, Antonio Pereira Mercury (Hg) is an environmental contaminant that poses great risk to human health. However, it is still widely used in artisanal gold-mining enterprises around the world, especially in developing countries. Methylmercury (MeHg) is produced environmentally by biomethylation of...
Sun, 06/14/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Kristi Tatsi, Thomas H. Hutchinson, Richard D. Handy The bioaccumulation potential and toxic effects of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) to earthworms are poorly understood. Two studies were conducted following OECD TG 222 on Eisenia fetida to assess the effects of CdTe QDs with different coatings and soil ageing respectively. Earthworms were exposed to carboxylate (COOH), ammonium (NH4...
Sun, 06/14/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Alina Wiszniewska, Iwona Kamińska, Ewa Hanus-Fajerska, Elwira Sliwinska, Aleksandra Koźmińska This study compared co-tolerance to salinity and cadmium and investigated its mechanisms in a facultative metallophyte Silene vulgaris originating from distinct habitats. Shoots of calamine (Cal) and non-metallicolous (N-Cal) ecotypes grown in vitro were exposed to 10 and 100 mM NaCl, 5 μM...
Sun, 06/14/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Qingtie Xiao, Yujie Wang, Qixin Lü, Huanhuan Wen, Bolun Han, Shen Chen, Xinyu Zheng, Ruiyu Lin Screening new accumulators of heavy metal and identifying their tolerance, enrichment capacity of heavy metals are currently hot issues in phytoremediation research. A series of hydroponic experiments were conducted to analyze the effects of glutathione and phytochelatins in roots, stems, and...
Thu, 06/11/2020 - 06:07
Author(s): Ling Zhao, Yan Li, Wenjie Ren, Yang Huang, Xiaomi Wang, Zhaocong Fu, Wenting Ma, Ying Teng, Yongming Luo In this study, 73 samples from soils planted with Panax notoginseng and six P. notoginseng samples were collected in Yunnan Province to investigate the residual levels of six pesticides and their relationships with P. notoginseng and soil. All six pesticides were detected in the...
Wed, 06/10/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Kovo G. Akpomie, Jeanet Conradie Cotton-based adsorbents (CBAs) are promising materials for combating the problem of heavy metal pollution of environmental waters. This is ascribed to the low cost, abundance, biodegradability and efficiency of CBAs. Herein we review the adsorption of heavy metals (HMs) onto CBAs. We found that several surface modifications were employed to improve the...
Mon, 06/08/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Linzhu Sun, Yunyun Zheng, Xiaoniu Yu Heavy metals pollution in river sediments is irreversible, and it is not easy to be found to be concealed. The pollution of heavy metals for river sediments is currently a serious environmental problem. In the paper, the Bacillus subtilis was selected to remove heavy metals by bio-mineralization method in river sediments. Optimal content of Bacillus...
Sun, 06/07/2020 - 06:05
Author(s): Szu-Chieh Chen, Hsing-Chieh Lin, Wei-Yu Chen We aim to assess the risks of renal dysfunction and osteoporosis that is attributed to the seawater acidification caused cadmium (Cd) level increase in human consumed shellfish. A physiology-based pharmacokinetic model was used to estimate Cd concentrations in urine and blood among shellfish-only consumers and among the general population....
Wed, 06/03/2020 - 03:33
Author(s): Yin-Han Wang, Chia-Fang Wu, Chia-Chu Liu, Tusty-Jiuan Hsieh, Yi-Chun Tsai, Ming-Tsang Wu, Chu-Chih Chen Environmental exposure to melamine has been associated with early renal injury in urolithiasis patients even when urinary concentrations of melamine are low. The aim of this study was to derive a benchmark dose (BMD) for melamine for urolithiasis patients. To do this, one-spot urine...
Wed, 06/03/2020 - 03:33
Author(s): Jin Liu, Lingfeng Zeng, Siqi Zhuang, Chenyun Zhang, Yuchen Li, Jianlin Zhu, Wenchang Zhang Exposure to the heavy metal cadmium (Cd) in the environment is linked to adverse health. To fully understand the adverse effects of this important endocrine-disrupting compound (EDC) requires studies that address multigenerational effects and epigenetic mechanisms. The present study orally dosed...
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 03:33
Author(s): Mi Li, Hang Yu, Yuliang Cheng, Yahui Guo, Weirong Yao, Yunfei Xie A green synthesis method for nanoscale silver using β-cyclodextrin as both reducing agent and stabilizer was developed. β-cyclodextrin was used not only as a reducing agent but also a stabilizing agent for nano-silver, and is also an excellent detection substrate due to its special structure (inner hydrophobic and outer...
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 03:30
Author(s): Maria Aloupi, Elpida Ferentinou, Olga-Maria Zaharaki, Triantafyllos Akriotis Feather analysis has been widely used as a biomonitoring tool to assess metal contamination in birds, as their sampling is a non-destructive and ethically preferable technique. However, for feathers to be useful as a biomonitor of heavy metals, exogenous contamination has to be efficiently removed. Although...
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 03:30
Author(s): Kiran Yasmin Khan, Barkat Ali, Peter Joseph Stoffella, Xiaoqiang Cui, Xiaoe Yang, Ya Guo Cadmium (Cd) is an inauspicious abiotic traction that not only influences crop productivity and its growth parameters, but also has adverse effects on human health if these crops are consumed. Among crops, leafy vegetables which are the good source of mineral and vitamins accumulate more Cd than...
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 03:30
Author(s): Dipa Lalwani, Yuefei Ruan, Sachi Taniyasu, Eriko Yamazaki, Nirmal J.I. Kumar, Paul K.S. Lam, Xinhong Wang, Nobuyoshi Yamashita Bisphenol A (BPA) has been frequently found in surface waters worldwide, and its estrogenic effects in humans are well documented. Nevertheless, less is known about other bisphenol analogues (BPs), such as bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol F (BPF) which are...
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 03:34
Author(s): Hanzhi Zhang, Yiran Zhang In this study, the effects of iron (Fe) nanoparticles (NPs) on Fe and heavy metal accumulations by castor (Ricinus communis L.) plants were investigated. The castor cultivar was planted in the soil contaminated with Pb and Zn for 48 days with Fe2O3 NPs treatments. The Fe and heavy metal concentrations in the plant tissues, the plant tissues’ ultrastructures,...
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 03:30
Author(s): Eloy Navarro-León, Francisco Javier López-Moreno, Juan José Rios, Begoña Blasco, Juan Manuel Ruiz An optimal uptake of mineral elements is crucial to ensure both crop yield and quality. The use of biostimulants is taking relevance to improve the nutrition of crops. Sulphur (S) is one of the elements with great potential within biostimulants. Furthermore, soil contamination by heavy...
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Jéssica Andrade Vilas–Boas, Simone Jaqueline Cardoso, Marcus Vinicius Xavier Senra, Andreu Rico, Roberto Júnio Pedroso Dias Ciliates are key components of aquatic ecosystems, significantly contributing to the decomposition of organic matter and energy transfer to higher trophic levels. They are considered good biological indicators of chemical pollution and relatively sensitive to...
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Aixue Zhu, Pengyan Liu, Yichao Gong, Muyuan Li, Jianbing Su, Guisui Liu Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) in water from Xiongan New Area was determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), simultaneous with its risk assessment. The optimal extraction conditions, derivatization factors (such as derivation reagent amount, derivatization time and temperature), and dissolution...
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Houjun Liu, Lei Yang, Na Li, Chongjun Zhou, Huan Feng, Jinfeng Yang, Xiaori Han Cadmium (Cd) pollution is a worldwide concern due to its biotoxicity. Because Cd and Fe are closely associated during plant photosynthesis, this study aims at investigating the mechanism governing Cd toxicity during photosynthetic primary reaction in rice by adjusting Fe concentration. The results show that...
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 03:30
Author(s): Dongmei Xu, Hua Pan, Jiachao Yao, Yixuan Feng, Panpan Wu, Kai Shao Sulfonamides (SAs) are antibiotics widely used in clinical practice, livestock and poultry production, and the aquaculture industry. The compounds enter the soil environment largely through livestock and poultry manure application to farmland. SAs not only affect plant growth, but also pose a potential threat to human...
Thu, 05/07/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): El-Sayed M. Desoky, Abdel-Rahman M. Merwad, Wael M. Semida, Seham A. Ibrahim, Mohamed T. El-Saadony, Mostafa M. Rady Microorganism technologies can provide a potential alternative to traditional methods of removing heavy metals to conserve agricultural soils. This study aimed to identify and characterize heavy metals-resistant bacteria (HM-RB) isolated from industry-affected soil and...
Sun, 05/03/2020 - 03:30
Author(s): Tao Huang, Yuting Tang, Shuling Wang, Chaoyue Zhang, Xiaoqian Ma The volatilization characteristics and risk evaluation of heavy metals (As, Cd, Co ,Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn, and Ti) during pyrolysis and combustion of rubber waste with or without molecular sieves (MS) were studied. The addition of MS during pyrolysis inhibited the volatilization of As and promoted the volatilization of Ni...
Sat, 05/02/2020 - 03:28
Author(s): Yinhai He, Hai Lin, Xiaona Jin, Yingbo Dong, Mingke Luo In situ immobilization of heavy metal cations in contaminated soil using natural minerals is an attractive remediation technique. However, little research has focused on the remediation of arsenic (As) and cadmium (Cd) co-contaminated. In this work, three different crystal structures and chemical compositions minerals, zeolite;...
Sat, 05/02/2020 - 03:28
Author(s): Jingchun Shi, Li Xiang, Xiaoxiao Wang, Helong Ren, Longmeng Wei, Pengcheng Chen Disposal of e-waste is a global issue and has caused serious pollution in recycling areas. Most of these areas had once developed intensive agriculture and might incur organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) pollution. However, this used to be neglected. Here we discuss the joint effects via analyzing OCPs and...
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Weiqin Xing, Hui Liu, Travis Banet, Hongsheng Wang, James A. Ippolito, Liping Li Smelting activities have been shown to increase the likelihood of environmental heavy metal accumulation and bioaccumulation potential within relative proximity to smelter sites. This investigation focused specifically on cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) accumulation in 43 wild plant...
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Tingting Ding, Shilin Du, Yahui Zhang, Hongliang Wang, Yu Zhang, Ying Cao, Jin Zhang, Liansheng He Hardness is one important water quality parameter that influences the toxicity of cadmium. Several studies have derived water quality criteria (WQC) for cadmium, but most of these studies did not consider environmental factors. Moreover, few studies considered environmental factors when...
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Liye Zhu, Chuchu Huang, Xuan Yang, Boyang Zhang, Xiaoyun He, Wentao Xu, Kunlun Huang Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) is a known carcinogen found in contaminated food and designated by the World Health Organization as a class I carcinogenic substance. AFB1 presents with carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, and mutagenicity, and the liver is the human organ most susceptible to AFB1. Zinc (Zn), which is...
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Xiaoyu Li, Wenchuan Ding, Siying Tan, Xiaolan Zeng As the presence of nanosized zinc oxide particles (nano-ZnO) in landfill leachate increases, their interaction with coexisting heavy metal ions (HMs) also increases. The interface interaction between nano-ZnO and HMs will influence nano-ZnO stability and therefore affect its bioavailability and environmental impact. In the present...
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Yunyun Su, Cheng Qin, Naheeda Begum, Muhammad Ashraf, Lixin Zhang Acetylcholine (ACh), a well-known major neurotransmitter, plays a potential role in response to abiotic stresses. However, the mechanism of ACh-mediated cadmium (Cd) toxicity in tobacco seedlings is largely uncharacterized. In this study, a hydroponics experiment was conducted under 100 μM Cd stress in the presence or...
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 03:27
Author(s): Na Chen, Xiaofeng Tang, Zhaoyang Ye, Shanshan Wang, Xianjin Xiao Methylmercury (MeHg) is an extremely toxic environmental pollutant that can cause serious male reproductive developmental dysplasia in humans and animals. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying MeHg-induced male reproductive injury are not fully clear. The purpose of this study was to explore whether mitophagy and...
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 03:28
Author(s): Wei Cao, Shuying Geng, Jing Zou, Yingying Wang, Yanqing Guo, Yi Zhu, Junfeng Dou As a persistent organic pollutant, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) may still residually pollute industrial sites after relocation. This study investigated the contamination status of PAHs in the topsoils of three industrial legacy sites (the Shougang industrial ruins, the original Beijing coking...
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 03:27
Author(s): Ackmez Mudhoo, Deepika Lakshmi Ramasamy, Amit Bhatnagar, Muhammad Usman, Mika Sillanpää The persistence and bioaccumulation of environmental pollutants in water bodies, soils and living tissues remain alarmingly related to environmental protection and ecosystem restoration. Adsorption-based techniques appear highly competent in sequestering several environmental pollutants. In this...
Mon, 04/20/2020 - 03:29
Author(s): Na Zheng, Shengnan Hou, Sujing Wang, Siyu Sun, Qirui An, Pengyang Li, Xiaoqian Li In order to investigate pollution level, chemical speciation and health risk of exposure to heavy metals in street dust from smelting district, we carried the following studies: (a). the differences in the morphology of street dust in smelting and non-smelting districts using a scanning electron...
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 03:27
Author(s): Ying Yang, Huijie Zhang, Shengnan Wang, Wenzhi Yang, Jian Ding, Yingmei Zhang Sperm morphology and performance traits are key determinants of male fertilization success, particularly when females copulate with multiple males. Such sperm traits have been reported to be influenced by environmental pollutants in various animals; however, such studies remain rare in free-living birds...

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