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  • 1
    In: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 2011, Vol.13(Suppl 1), p.P61-P61
    Description: CMR T2-mapping is a promising tool for characterizing myocardial edema. We applied T2-mapping in volunteers to compare two mapping sequences and to assess feasibility, reproducibility and spatial homogeneity.
    Keywords: Poster Presentation
    ISSN: 1097-6647
    E-ISSN: 1532-429X
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Water Research, 2011, Vol.45(13), pp.3999-4007
    Description: Ozone application is an effective tool to reduce loads of (micro)pollutants in wastewater, however, its ecotoxicological implications are largely unknown. Therefore, the feeding rates of a leaf-shredding invertebrate ( ) exposed to secondary (=non-ozone) or ozone treated wastewater were investigated to assess potential ecotoxicological effects. Two repetitive experiments resulted in significantly higher feeding rates for gammarids exposed to ozone compared to non-ozone treated wastewater sampled from a treatment plant equipped with a full-scale ozonation. A further experiment confirmed these results also for wastewater from the same treatment plant, when ozonation was conducted at the lab-scale. However, the deviations in dissolved organic carbon profiles of ozone and non-ozone wastewater did not seem to be the driving factor for the effects observed. Two additional experiments displayed on the one hand a higher feeding rate of if exposed to ten-fold enriched eluates from solid phase extraction cartridges loaded with ozone compared to non-ozone treated wastewater. On the other hand, the mean feeding rate of gammarids exposed to non-ozone treated wastewater, which contained hardly any (micro)pollutants (i.e. pharmaceuticals), was at the same level as wastewater from the same source additionally treated with ozone. These results suggest that not an alteration in the organic matrix but a reduction in the load of micropollutants most likely triggered the effects in the bioassay applied. Hence, the feeding rate of appears to be a well-suited bioassay to indicate alterations in ecotoxicological properties of wastewater due to the application of advanced oxidation processes like ozonation. ► Ozonation of municipal wastewater reduces ecotoxicity for gammarids. ► Alteration in organic matrix caused by ozonation did not affect gammarids. ► Loads of micropollutants seem to trigger the effects in the feeding assay. ► Feeding assays suggest to be suitable to evaluate advance oxidation techniques.
    Keywords: Pharmaceuticals ; Ozone ; By-Products ; Solid Phase Extraction ; Gammarus ; Feeding Assay ; Engineering
    ISSN: 0043-1354
    E-ISSN: 1879-2448
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Chemosphere, Nov, 2011, Vol.85(10), p.1563(5)
    Description: To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2011.07.060 Byline: Mirco Bundschuh, Jochen P. Zubrod, Dominic Englert, Frank Seitz, Ricki R. Rosenfeldt, Ralf Schulz Keywords: Nanoparticle; Titanium dioxide; Ultraviolet irradiation; Gammarus fossarum; Accumulation; Reactive oxygen species Abbreviations: nTiO.sub.2, titanium dioxide nanoparticles; ROS, reactive oxygen species; UV, ultraviolet; ANOVA, analysis of variance; PNEC, predicted no effect concentration Abstract: Display Omitted Author Affiliation: Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau, Fortstrasse 7, D-76829 Landau/Palatinate, Germany Article History: Received 17 April 2011; Revised 20 July 2011; Accepted 27 July 2011
    Keywords: Titanium Dioxide -- Analysis
    ISSN: 0045-6535
    Source: Cengage Learning, Inc.
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Chemosphere, 2011, Vol.82(3), pp.355-361
    Description: Advanced oxidation technologies such as ozonation have been proposed to improve removal efficiency of micropollutants during wastewater treatment. In a meta-analysis of peer-reviewed literature, we found no ecotoxicological effects of wastewater ozonation on invertebrates ( = 82), but significant adverse effects on bacteria ( = 24) and fish ( = 5). As information on functional endpoints or trophic interactions is lacking, we applied a bioassay relating to leaf litter decomposition to fill this gap. Leaf discs exposed to ozone-treated wastewater with a high (1.04 mg O (mg DOC) , = 49) ozone concentration were significantly preferred by an aquatic detritivore, , over discs conditioned in wastewater not treated with ozone. This effect might have been mediated by reduced bacterial and elevated fungal biomass, and appears to be the first demonstration of wastewater ozonation impacts on invertebrates and an associated ecosystem process. In accordance with the food-choice trials, chemical analyses revealed significantly decreased concentrations of organic micropollutants in wastewater treated with ozone at high concentrations. Thus, food-choice trials as applied here hold promise to assess environmental effects of advanced oxidation technologies in wastewater treatment and appear to be a valuable complement to the ecotoxicological toolbox in general.
    Keywords: Food Choice ; Indirect Effects ; Gammaridae ; Litter Decomposition ; Biocides ; Psychoactive Drugs ; Chemistry ; Ecology
    ISSN: 0045-6535
    E-ISSN: 1879-1298
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2011, Vol.192(2), pp.772-778
    Description: ► Meta-analysis displays reduced toxicity of wastewater due to activated carbon or ozone. ► Groups of species (invertebrates) react different than others (e.g. bacteria). ► Purification via SPE may overestimate the detoxification potential. ► bioassays showed reduced ecotoxicity due to activated carbon, ozone and TiO and UV. ► Activated carbon adsorbs nutrients, which may jeopardize any positive effect of this technique. Advanced treatment techniques, like ozone, activated carbon and TiO in combination with UV, are proposed to improve removal efficiency of micropollutants during wastewater treatment. In a meta-analysis of peer-reviewed literature, we found significantly reduced overall ecotoxicity of municipal wastewaters treated with either ozone ( = 667) or activated carbon (=113), while TiO and UV was not yet assessed. As comparative investigations regarding the detoxification potential of these advanced treatment techniques in municipal wastewater are scarce, we assessed them in four separate -feeding trials with 20 replicates per treatment. These bioassays indicate that ozone concentrations of approximately 0.8 mg ozone/mg DOC may produce toxic transformation products. However, referred effects are removed if higher ozone concentrations are used (1.3 mg ozone/mg DOC). Moreover, the application of 1 g TiO /l and ambient UV consistently reduced ecotoxicity. Although activated carbon may remove besides micropollutants also nutrients, which seemed to mask its detoxification potential, this treatment technique reduced the ecotoxicity of the wastewater following its amendment with nutrients. Hence, all three advanced treatment techniques are suitable to reduce the ecotoxicity of municipal wastewater mediated by micropollutants and may hence help to meet the requirements of the European Water Framework Directive.
    Keywords: Meta-Analysis ; Feeding Rate ; Wastewater ; Advanced Oxidation ; Activated Carbon ; Engineering ; Law
    ISSN: 0304-3894
    E-ISSN: 1873-3336
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Environmental Pollution, January 2011, Vol.159(1), pp.244-249
    Description: Climate change scenarios predict lower flow rates during summer that may lead to higher proportions of wastewater in small and medium sized streams. Moreover, micropollutants (e.g. pharmaceuticals and other contaminants) continuously enter aquatic environments via treated wastewater. However, there is a paucity of knowledge, whether extended exposure to secondary treated wastewater disrupts important ecosystem functions, e.g. leaf breakdown. Therefore, the amphipod shredder was exposed to natural stream water (  = 34) and secondary treated wastewater (  = 32) for four weeks in a semi-static test system under laboratory conditions. exposed to wastewater showed significant reductions in feeding rate (25%), absolute consumption (35%), food assimilation (50%), dry weight (18%) and lipid content (22%). Thus, high proportions of wastewater in the stream flow may affect both the breakdown rates of leaf material and thus the availability of energy for the aquatic food web as well as the energy budget of . Micropollutants in wastewater cause functional and physiological alteration in a leaf-shredding amphipod.
    Keywords: Advanced Treatment Technology ; Ecological Functioning ; Gammarus Fossarum ; Leaf Litter Breakdown ; Wastewater ; Engineering ; Environmental Sciences ; Anatomy & Physiology
    ISSN: 0269-7491
    E-ISSN: 1873-6424
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Optics letters, 15 November 2011, Vol.36(22), pp.4329-31
    Description: The normalized Born approximation has been suggested as a ratiometric method in fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT) applications, to account for heterogeneity variations. The method enabled practical inversions, as it offered fluorescence reconstruction accuracy over a wide range of absorption heterogeneity, while also accounting for unknown experimental factors, such as the various system gains and losses. Yet it was noted that scattering variations affect the robustness and accuracy. Herein we decompose the effects of absorption and scattering and capitalize on the recent development of hybrid FMT/x-ray computed tomography imaging methods to proposed amendments to the method, which improve the overall accuracy of the approach.
    Keywords: Artifacts ; Image Processing, Computer-Assisted -- Methods ; Tomography -- Methods
    ISSN: 01469592
    E-ISSN: 1539-4794
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy, 01 September 2011, Vol.9(9), pp.1193-1201
    Description: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging can precisely quantify cardiac size and function, but moreover depict tissue changes that are associated with various forms of myocardial inflammation. Thereby, CMR can often detect myocardial inflammation before contractility is obviously impaired. Various CMR techniques to assess aspects of inflammation including T2-weighted imaging, and early- and late-contrast enhanced T1-weighted imaging, are reviewed regarding technical challenges and clinical usefulness. In this article we discuss the available evidence regarding clinical application of CMR in different forms of myocardial inflammation.
    Keywords: Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging ; Contrast ; Edema ; Inflammation ; Myocarditis ; Pharmacy, Therapeutics, & Pharmacology
    ISSN: 1477-9072
    E-ISSN: 1744-8344
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  • 9
    In: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 2011, Vol.13(Suppl 1), p.P152-P152
    Description: According to the wavefront-phenomenon myocardial infarction scar should have a larger extent on the subendocardial than the subepicardial surface. This is important for differentiating ischemic from nonischemic lesions in late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) images.
    Keywords: Poster Presentation
    ISSN: 1097-6647
    E-ISSN: 1532-429X
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: PLoS ONE, 2011, Vol.6(5), p.e20112
    Description: The production and use of nanoparticles (NP) has steadily increased within the last decade; however, knowledge about risks of NP to human health and ecosystems is still scarce. Common knowledge concerning NP effects on freshwater organisms is largely limited to standard short-term (≤48 h) toxicity tests, which lack both NP fate characterization and an understanding of the mechanisms underlying toxicity. Employing slightly longer exposure times (72 to 96 h), we found that suspensions of nanosized (∼100 nm initial mean diameter) titanium dioxide (nTiO 2 ) led to toxicity in Daphnia magna at nominal concentrations of 3.8 (72-h EC 50 ) and 0.73 mg/L (96-h EC 50 ). However, nTiO 2 disappeared quickly from the ISO-medium water phase, resulting in toxicity levels as low as 0.24 mg/L (96-h EC 50 ) based on measured concentrations. Moreover, we showed that nTiO 2 (∼100 nm) is significantly more toxic than non-nanosized TiO 2 (∼200 nm) prepared from the same stock suspension. Most importantly, we hypothesized a mechanistic chain of events for nTiO 2 toxicity in D. magna that involves the coating of the organism surface with nTiO 2 combined with a molting disruption. Neonate D. magna (≤6 h) exposed to 2 mg/L nTiO 2 exhibited a “biological surface coating” that disappeared within 36 h, during which the first molting was successfully managed by 100% of the exposed organisms. Continued exposure up to 96 h led to a renewed formation of the surface coating and significantly reduced the molting rate to 10%, resulting in 90% mortality. Because coating of aquatic organisms by manmade NP might be ubiquitous in nature, this form of physical NP toxicity might result in widespread negative impacts on environmental health.
    Keywords: Research Article ; Biology ; Chemistry ; Earth Sciences ; Materials Science ; Medicine ; Chemistry ; Public Health And Epidemiology ; Marine And Aquatic Sciences ; Ecology ; Critical Care And Emergency Medicine ; Science Policy ; Biochemistry ; Non-clinical Medicine
    E-ISSN: 1932-6203
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