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Mass Arsenic Poisoning and the Public Health Response in Maine

Authors: Mills, DA; Tomassoni, AJ; Tallon, LA; Kade, KA; Savoia, ES (In Press) Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. HERO ID: 1017315

[Less] Created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Maine's Office of Public Health Emergency . . . [More] Created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Maine's Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention undertook a major reorganization of epidemiology and laboratory services and began developing relationships with key partners and stakeholders, and a knowledgeable and skilled public health emergency preparedness workforce. In 2003, these newly implemented initiatives were tested extensively during a mass arsenic poisoning at the Gustav Adolph Lutheran Church in the rural northern community of New Sweden, Maine. This episode serves as a prominent marker of how increased preparedness capabilities, as demonstrated by the rapid identification and administration of antidotes and effective collaborations between key partners, can contribute to the management of broader public health emergencies in rural areas.

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Mixed arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal application to improve growth and arsenic accumulation of Pteris vittata (As hyperaccumulator) grown in As-contaminated soil

Authors: Leung, HM; Leung, AOW; Ye, ZH; Cheung, KC; Yung, KKL (In Press) Chemosphere. HERO ID: 1677595

[Less] A greenhouse pot experiment was conducted to study the effects of three types of single inoculum [indigenous . . . [More] A greenhouse pot experiment was conducted to study the effects of three types of single inoculum [indigenous mycorrhizas (IM) isolated from As mine, Glomus mosseae (GM) and Glomus intraradices (GI)] and two types of mixed inoculum (mixed with IM and either GM or GI) on the growth response of Pteris vittata (hyperaccumulator) and Cynodon dactylon (non-hyperaccumulator) at three levels of As concentrations (0, 100 and 200mgkg(-1)). Both mycorrhizal plants exhibited significantly higher biomass, and N and P accumulation in its tissue than the control. Among the mycorrhizal inoculum, the mixed inoculum IM/GM promoted substantially higher mycorrhizal colonization and arsenate reductase activity in P. vittata than C. dactylon, among all As levels. The portion of Paris arbuscular mycorrhizal structure (observed in colonized roots) together with the highest As translocation factor of 10.2 in P. vittata inoculated with IM/GM was also noted. It was deduced that IM/GM inoculum may be the best choice for field inoculation at any contaminated lands as the inoculum exhibited better adaptation to variable environmental conditions and hence benefited the host plants.

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Synthesis and onwards coordination of an As(I) centered zwitterion

Authors: Dube, JW; Ragogna, PJ (In Press) Chemistry: A European Journal. HERO ID: 1797834

[Less] The bis(phosphino)borate ligand class is used as an anionic anchor to stabilize reactive, low coordinate . . . [More] The bis(phosphino)borate ligand class is used as an anionic anchor to stabilize reactive, low coordinate arsenic centers. The neutral, zwitterionic As(I) species, 2, is formed very cleanly, and isolated in good yields using cyclohexene as a halogen scavenger. The uniqueness of this heterocyclic As(I) compound is on display with the coordination to Group 6 metal centers, (2 M(CO)5 ; M=Cr, Mo, W). The arsenicmetal bond lengths are longer than the related AsPh3 complexes suggesting that compound 2 is a weak sigma donor. The metal complexes reveal a trigonal pyramidal arsenic atom, which provides the first experimental evidence for the presence of two "lone pairs" of electrons on the As(I) center. When more flexible and more electron-donating isopropyl substituents were used, an intermediate (compound 5) in the formation of low coordinate pnictogen compounds was crystallographically characterized. This structure, formally a base-stabilized dichloroarsenium cation, provides an alternative mechanistic proposal to the one described in the literature.

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Construction of small plasmid vectors for use in genetic improvement of the extremely acidophilic Acidithiobacillus caldus

Authors: Meng, J; Wang, H; Liu, X; Lin, J; Pang, X; Lin, J (In Press) Microbiological Research. HERO ID: 1579238

[Less] The genetic improvement of biomining bacteria including Acidithiobacillus caldus could facilitate the . . . [More] The genetic improvement of biomining bacteria including Acidithiobacillus caldus could facilitate the bioleaching process of sulfur-containing minerals. However, the available vectors for use in A. caldus are very scanty and limited to relatively large broad-host-range IncQ plasmids. In this study, a set of small, mobilizable plasmid vectors (pBBR1MCS-6, pMSD1 and pMSD2) were constructed based on plasmid pBBR1MCS-2, which does not belong to the IncQ, IncW, or IncP groups. The function of the tac promoter on 5.8-kb pMSD2 was determined by inserting a kanamycin-resistant reporter gene. The resulting recombinant pMSD2-Km was successfully transferred by conjugation into A. caldus MTH-04 with transfer frequency of 1.38±0.64×10(-5). The stability and plasmid copy number of pMSD2-Km in A. caldus MTH-04 were 75±2.7% and 5-6 copies per cell, respectively. By inserting an arsABC operon into pMSD2, an arsenic-resistant recombinant pMSD2-As was constructed and transferred into A. caldus MTH-04 by conjugation. The arsenic tolerance of A. caldus MTH-04 containing pMSD2-As was obviously increased up to 45mM of NaAsO2. These vectors could be applied in genetic improvement of A. caldus as well as other bioleaching bacteria.

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Identification of Tet45, a tetracycline efflux pump, from a poultry-litter-exposed soil isolate and persistence of tet(45) in the soil

Authors: You, Y; Hilpert, M; Ward, MJ (In Press) Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. HERO ID: 1579302

[Less] OBJECTIVES: To characterize a tetracycline resistance (Tc(R)) determinant, closely related to the TetL . . . [More] OBJECTIVES: To characterize a tetracycline resistance (Tc(R)) determinant, closely related to the TetL efflux pump, in a Bhargavaea cecembensis strain previously isolated from a poultry-litter-impacted soil. METHODS: Genomic DNA of B. cecembensis DMV42A was shotgun cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing and a [(3)H]tetracycline uptake assay were used to confirm the function of the target gene. Transferability of the gene was examined using filter matings and confirmed by PCR and sequencing. Real-time quantitative PCR was performed on soil metagenomic DNA to evaluate the prevalence of the gene in the soil from which B. cecembensis DMV42A was isolated and in more pristine local soils. RESULTS: The Tc(R) determinant from B. cecembensis DMV42A, designated Tet45, was identified as a tetracycline efflux pump sharing 78% amino acid identity with certain TetL proteins. In B. cecembensis DMV42A, tet(45) was adjacent to truncated and non-functional arsenic resistance genes with high sequence similarities to genes from staphylococcal plasmids. After filter matings, the tet(45) gene could be found in E. coli transconjugants, although the transfer mechanism was unknown. Tet45 homologues are also present in the genomes of several Bacillus cereus strains and a Bacillus thuringiensis strain. tet(45) was detected in the poultry-litter-impacted soil, and persisted at a similar level 2 years after removal of the chicken waste, although it was not detected in several more pristine soils. CONCLUSIONS: Tet45 is a tetracycline efflux pump closely related to TetL. Horizontal gene transfer may have contributed to the dissemination and persistence of tet(45) in a poultry-litter-impacted soil.

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Characterization of metals released from coal fly ash during dredging at the Kingston ash recovery project

Authors: Bednar, AJ; Averett, DE; Seiter, JM; Lafferty, B; Jones, WT; Hayes, CA; Chappell, MA; Clarke, JU; Steevens, JA (In Press) Chemosphere. HERO ID: 1597307

[Less] A storage-pond dike failure occurred on December 22, 2008 at the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston . . . [More] A storage-pond dike failure occurred on December 22, 2008 at the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston Fossil Plant resulting in the release of over 4million cubic meters (5 million cubic yards) of fly ash. Approximately half of the released ash was deposited in the main channel of the Emory River, Tennessee, USA. Remediation efforts of the Emory River focused on hydraulic dredging, as well as mechanical excavation in targeted areas. However, agitation of the submerged fly ash during hydraulic dredging introduces river water into the fly ash material, which could promote dissolution and desorption of metals from the solid fly ash material. Furthermore, aeration of the dredge slurry could alter the redox state of metals in the fly ash material and thereby change their sorption, mobility, and toxicity properties. The research presented here focuses on the concentrations and speciation of metals during the fly ash recovery from the Emory River. Our results indicate that arsenite [As(III)] released from the fly ash material during dredging was slowly oxidized to arsenate [As(V)] in the slurry recovery system with subsequent removal through precipitation or sorption reactions with suspended fly ash material. Concentrations of other dissolved metals, including iron and manganese, also generally decreased in the ash recovery system prior to water discharge back to the river.

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Characterization of arsenate uptake by cultured primary rat astrocytes

Authors: Koehler, Y; Dringen, R (In Press) Neurochemical Research. HERO ID: 1677619

[Less] Arsenate is known to be accumulated by cultured astrocytes and to stimulate astrocytic glutathione export, . . . [More] Arsenate is known to be accumulated by cultured astrocytes and to stimulate astrocytic glutathione export, but the arsenate uptake into astrocytes has not been characterized so far. To address this topic, we have exposed primary rat astrocyte cultures to arsenate and determined the cellular arsenic content by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Viable astrocytes accumulated arsenate in a time- and concentration-dependent manner. Their cellular arsenic content increased almost proportional with time for up to 60 min after application of arsenate. Analysis of the concentration-dependent increase in the specific arsenic content of the cells after 30 min of arsenate exposure revealed that cultured astrocytes take up arsenate with saturable kinetics by a transport process that has apparent KM- and Vmax-values of 1.7 ± 0.2 mM and 28 ± 4 nmol/(mg protein × 30 min), respectively. Arsenate uptake in viable astrocytes was strongly inhibited by the presence of phosphate or by lowering the incubation temperature to 4 °C and was completely abolished in a sodium ion-free medium. These results strongly suggest that the saturable temperature-dependent arsenate uptake into astrocytes is mediated by a sodium-dependent phosphate cotransporter.

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Concentrations of arsenic, cadmium and lead in selected foodstuffs from Serbian market basket: Estimated intake by the population from the Serbia

Authors: Škrbić, B; Živančev, J; Mrmoš, N (In Press) Food and Chemical Toxicology. HERO ID: 1597294

[Less] In this study arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) were determined in 114 samples of various food . . . [More] In this study arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) were determined in 114 samples of various food items collected at supermarkets located in Novi Sad, the capitol of the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina in January 2012 and March 2013. The considered items represented the most consumed foodstuffs according to the "national market basket". The highest concentrations were obtained for Pb in candy (0.323 mg kg-1), for Cd in paprika (0.118 mg kg(-1)) and for As in canned fish (0.43 mg kg(-1)). The results were compared with the relevant data on the occurrence of these toxic elements available in literature for other European countries. Human health risk assessment through dietary exposure was evaluated for Serbian adult consumers. The estimated intakes were compared with available toxicological references to assess the risk of As, Cd and Pb intake through consumption of analyzed food items. The highest intake were estimated for Pb being 72.30 μg day-1 for adult population, while intakes of As and Cd were significantly lower (21.89 μg day-1 and 11.51 μg day-1, respectively).

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Biosorption of heavy metals by lactic acid bacteria and identification of mercury binding protein

Authors: Kinoshita, H; Sohma, Y; Ohtake, F; Ishida, M; Kawai, Y; Kitazawa, H; Saito, T; Kimura, K (In Press) Research in Microbiology. HERO ID: 1579288

[Less] Heavy metals cause various health hazards. Using lactic acid bacteria (LAB), we tested the biosorption . . . [More] Heavy metals cause various health hazards. Using lactic acid bacteria (LAB), we tested the biosorption of heavy metals e.g. cadmium (Cd) (II), lead (Pb) (II), arsenic (As) (III), and mercury (Hg) (II). Cd (II) sorption was tested in 103 strains using atomic absorption spectrophotometery (AAS). Weissella viridescens MYU 205 (1×10(8) cells/ml) decreased Cd (II) levels in citrate buffer (pH 6.0) from one ppm to 0.459 ± 0.016 ppm, corresponding to 10.46 μg of Cd (II). After screening, 11 LAB strains were tested using various pH (pH 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) showing the sorption was acid sensitive; and was cell concentration dependent, where the Cd (II) concentration decreased from one ppm to 0.042 (max) / 0.255 (min) ppm at 1×10(10) cells/ml. Additionally, the biosorption of Pb (II), As (III), and Hg (II) were tested using an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). The Hg (II) concentration was reduced the most followed by Pb (II) and As (III). Many of the bacterial cell surface proteins of W. viridescens MYU 205 showed binding to Hg (II) using the Hg (II) column assay. Having a CXXC motif, a ∼14 kDa protein may be one of the Hg (II) binding proteins. LAB biosorption may aid the detoxification of people exposed to heavy metals.

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Metal interactions in mice under environmental stress

Authors: García-Sevillano, MA; Jara-Biedma, R; González-Fernández, M; García-Barrera, T; Gómez-Ariza, JL (In Press) BioMetals. HERO ID: 1677561

[Less] A metallomic analytical approach based on the use of size exclusion chromatography coupled to ICP-MS . . . [More] A metallomic analytical approach based on the use of size exclusion chromatography coupled to ICP-MS has been used to obtain metal profiles related to overexpression or inhibition of metal-binding biomolecules, which is connected to exposure experiment of laboratory mice Mus musculus to toxic metals, such as Cd, Hg and As. Exposure to Cd induces the formation of Cd-metallothionein in liver that reveals the protective role of this organ; however, exposure to Hg reduces the intensity of the peak associated to Cu-superoxide dismutase (Cu-SOD) while Hg-SOD peak increases, which suggests the competence of Cu and Hg for the active sites of SOD in liver that causes mercury translocation to kidney, in which the concentration of Hg as Hg-metallothionein increases drastically to be excreted by urine. It has been also observed the protective effect of selenium on mercury toxicity in blood plasma, which produces decreasing of the intensity of Se-protein in plasma with Hg exposure and correlative increases of Hg-albumin that transport mercury to kidney for excretion. Finally, arsenic exposure provokes the accumulation of small metabolites of this element, such as dimethylarsenic and monomethylarsenic for excretion. The application of the metallomic approach to liver extracts from free-living mouse Mus spretus shows the overexpression of Cu, Zn and Cd-peaks at 7 kDa (related to metal-metallothionein) in environmental contaminated sites, as well as the increase of peaks related to Cu- and Zn-SOD and Zn-albumin. However, in kidney, can be checked the presence of high concentration of arsenic small metabolites in contaminated areas, similarly to results found in exposure experiments. In addition, the application of a metabolomic approach based on direct infusion mass spectrometry to organ extracts (liver, kidney and serum) from mice (M. musculus) exposed to arsenic reveals important metabolic changes related to antioxidative activity, membrane cell damage, energy metabolism and arsenic elimination. Similar results were obtained from free-living mouse (M. spretus) from areas contaminated with arsenic. The integration of metallomics and metabolomics results provides a more comprehensive evaluation about the biological response in exposure experiments to toxic metals as well as in environmental assessment of contamination.