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Sample records for humic acid-sorbed phenanthrene

  1. Isolation of Soil Bacteria Adapted To Degrade Humic Acid-Sorbed Phenanthrene

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    Vacca, D. J.; Bleam, W. F.; Hickey, W. J.

    2005-01-01

    The goal of these studies was to determine how sorption by humic acids affected the bioavailability of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to PAH-degrading microbes. Micellar solutions of humic acid were used as sorbents, and phenanthrene was used as a model PAH. Enrichments from PAH-contaminated soils established with nonsorbed phenanthrene yielded a total of 25 different isolates representing a diversity of bacterial phylotypes. In contrast, only three strains of Burkholderia spp. and one strain each of Delftia sp. and Sphingomonas sp. were isolated from enrichments with humic acid-sorbed phenanthrene (HASP). Using [14C]phenanthrene as a radiotracer, we verified that only HASP isolates were capable of mineralizing HASP, a phenotype hence termed “competence.” Competence was an all-or-nothing phenotype: noncompetent strains showed no detectable phenanthrene mineralization in HASP cultures, but levels of phenanthrene mineralization effected by competent strains in HASP and NSP cultures were not significantly different. Levels and rates of phenanthrene mineralization exceeded those predicted to be supported solely by the metabolism of phenanthrene in the aqueous phase of HASP cultures. Thus, competent strains were able to directly access phenanthrene sorbed by the humic acids and did not rely on desorption for substrate uptake. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of (i) a selective interaction between aerobic bacteria and humic acid molecules and (ii) differential bioavailability to bacteria of PAHs sorbed to a natural biogeopolymer. PMID:16000791

  2. Equilibrium sorption of phenanthrene by soil humic acids.

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    Liang, Chongshan; Dang, Zhi; Xiao, Baohua; Huang, Weilin; Liu, Congqiang

    2006-06-01

    This study investigated the effect of chemical heterogeneity of humic acids (HAs) on the equilibrium sorption of phenanthrene by HA extracts. Six HA samples were extracted from three different soils with 0.5 M NaOH and 0.1 M Na4P2O7 and were characterized with elemental analysis, infrared spectrometry, and solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry. The equilibrium sorption measurements were carried out with a batch technique and using the six HA solids as the sorbents and phenanthrene as the sorbate. The measured sorption isotherm data were fitted to the Freundlich equation. The results showed that, for the same soil, (i) the total HA mass extracted with Na4P2O7 was 13.7-22.6% less than that extracted with NaOH, (ii) the Na4P2O7-extracted HA had higher O/C atomic ratio, greater content of polar organic carbons (POC), and lower aliphatic carbon content than the NaOH-extracted HA, and (iii) the Na4P2O7-extracted HA exhibited greater sorption isotherm linearity and but not dramatic difference in sorption capacities than the NaOH extracted HA. The differences in the HA properties resulting from the two different extraction methods may be because NaOH can hydrolyze insoluble HA fractions such as fatty acid like macromolecules bound on soils whereas Na4P2O7 could not. As a result, the HAs extracted with the two different methods had different polarity and functionality which affected their sorption property for phenanthrene.

  3. The influence of mechanochemical modification on prevention of toxic ability of humic acids towards phenanthrene in aquatic environment

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    Shekhovtsova, N. S.; Maltseva, E. V.; Glyzina, T. S.; Ovchinnikova, I. S.

    2015-11-01

    The aim of the research work is to quantify interaction between phenanthrene with modified humic acids in aquatic environment. The changes in the structure and properties of humic acids after modifications were studied with 1H NMR spectroscopy and potentiometric titration methods. Our research demonstrates that the application of thiourea as a modified agent increases the binding capacity of humic acids towards phenanthrene.

  4. Effect of solution chemistry on the extent of binding of phenanthrene by a soil humic acid: A comparison of dissolved and clay bound humic

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    Jones, K.D.; Tiller, C.L.

    1999-02-15

    The effect of pH, ionic strength, and cation in solution on the binding of phenanthrene by a soil humic acid in the aqueous phase was determined using fluorescence quenching. The phenanthrene binding coefficient with the dissolved soil humic, K{sub oc}, decreased with increasing ionic strength and solution cation valence. At low values of ionic strength, K{sub oc} values for this soil humic acid increased with increasing pH. For this humic sample, the experimental results were consistent with a conformational model of the humic substance in aqueous solution where, depending on solution conditions, some parts of the humic structure may be more open to allow increased PAH access to attachment sites. After sorption onto clays, supernatant solutions of the unadsorbed humic fraction yielded lower K{sub oc} values than the original bulk humic acid, suggesting that the humic substance was fractionating during its sorption onto the clays. Additionally, the extent of phenanthrene binding with the adsorbed humic fraction was lower than the results determined for the bulk humic acid prior to adsorption. The conformation of the humic substance when sorbed onto the inorganic surface appears to be affecting the level of phenanthrene binding by the humic acid.

  5. Bioavailability of labile and desorption-resistant phenanthrene sorbed to montmorillonite clay containing humic fractions

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    Lahlou, M.; Ortega-Calvo, J.J.

    1999-12-01

    The biodegradation of {sup 14}C-labeled phenanthrene in the presence of particles of montmorillonite and fulvic and humic acid-montmorillonite complexes was studied in a batch system. A mathematical model that takes into account the contribution to mineralization by the slowly desorbing compound was used to calculate the initial mineralization rates. Sorption of phenanthrene to the particles was determined in sorption isotherms, and desorption was measured during successive water extractions. Mineralization rates in equilibrated suspensions were higher than predicted from aqueous equilibrium concentrations, and in some cases, montmorillonite and fulvic acid-montmorillonite complexes stimulated the phenanthrene transformation rates. In contrast with the high bioavailability exhibited by phenanthrene sorbed as a labile form, biodegradation of the desorption-resistant phenanthrene occurred slowly and followed zero-order kinetics, which indicated a limitation caused by slow desorption. The results suggest that the mechanism of sorption may cause a differential bioavailability of the sorbed compound.

  6. Effect of Humic Fractions and Clay on Biodegradation of Phenanthrene by a Pseudomonas fluorescens Strain Isolated from Soil

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    Ortega-Calvo, Jose-Julio; Saiz-Jimenez, Cesareo

    1998-01-01

    The mineralization of phenanthrene in pure cultures of a Pseudomonas fluorescens strain, isolated from soil, was measured in the presence of soil humic fractions and montmorillonite. Humic acid and clay, either separately or in combination, shortened the acclimation phase. A higher mineralization rate was measured in treatments with humic acid at 100 μg/ml. Humic acid at 10 μg/ml stimulated the transformation only in the presence of 10 g of clay per liter. We suggest that sorption of phenanthrene to these soil components may result in a higher concentration of substrate in the vicinity of the bacterial cells and therefore may increase its bioavailability. PMID:9687489

  7. Effect of humic fractions and clay on biodegradation of phenanthrene by a Pseudomonas fluorescens strain isolated from soil

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    Ortega-Calvo, J.J.; Saiz-Jimenez, C.

    1998-08-01

    The mineralization of phenanthrene in pure cultures of a Pseudomonas fluorescens strain, isolated from soil, was measured in the presence of soil humic fractions and montmorillonite. Humic acid and clay, either separately or in combination, shortened the acclimation phase. A higher mineralization rate was measured in treatments with humic acid at 100 {micro}g/ml. Humic acid at 10 {micro}g/ml stimulated the transformation only in the presence of 10 g of clay per liter. The authors suggest that sorption of phenanthrene to these soil components may result in a higher concentration of substrate in the vicinity of the bacterial cells and therefore may increase its bioavailability.

  8. Use of humic acids derived from peat and lignite as phenanthrene sorbents

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    Sofikitis, Elias; Giannouli, Andriana; Kalaitzidis, Stavros; Christanis, Kimon; Karapanagioti, Hrissi K.; Papanicolaou, Cassiani

    2015-04-01

    A broad range of materials is being applied for environmental remediation of water, among them sorbents such as humic acids. Being natural substances, the extraction and purification of humic acids might be cheaper than the production of synthetic sorbents. Having higher absorbing capacity than most of the sorbents used to date, humic acids have a competitive advantage against commonly used sorbents such as active charcoals and biochar. Humic acids are "complex colloidal super-mixtures" that are characterized by their functional groups. Therefore, composition and molecular formula can vary depending on the properties of the parent material. The aim of this project was (a) to study the sorption capacity of humic acids derived from peat and lignite samples picked up from deposits spread throughout Greece and (b) to compare the results with these of the parent materials. This comparison provides an insight to which matrix samples are suitable for further chemical treatment for the isolation of humic acids to be used as sorbents. The selected model pollutant was phenanthrene, which is a PAH that consists of three fused benzene rings. Humic acids were extracted according to the methodology proposed by the IHSS, slightly modified, in order to fit better to the properties of organic sediments. Sorption experiments were conducted by mixing 0.004 g of the sorbent (peat or lignite or humic acid) with aqueous solutions of phenanthrene at different concentrations of 30, 50, 100, 300, and 500 μg/L. The results show that phenanthrene sorption is higher for the humic acid than for the original lignite and peat samples. The original samples display higher sorption at the lower phenanthere solutions (30 μg/L; Kd ranges from 15,000 to 47,000 L/kg) than at the higher one (500 μg/L; Kd ranges from 4,100 to 13,000 L/Kg) suggesting non-linear sorption. The humic acids display mainly linear isotherms with Kd ranges from 6,600 to 120,000 L/kg. Concerning the suitability of the studied

  9. Phenanthrene binding by humic acid-protein complexes as studied by passive dosing technique.

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    Zhao, Jian; Wang, Zhenyu; Ghosh, Saikat; Xing, Baoshan

    2014-01-01

    This work investigated the binding behavior of phenanthrene by humic acids (HA-2 and HA-5), proteins (bovine serum albumin (BSA)), lysozyme and pepsin), and their complexes using a passive dosing technique. All sorption isotherms were fitted well with Freundlich model and the binding capability followed an order of HA-5 > HA-2 > BSA > pepsin > lysozyme. In NaCl solution, phenanthrene binding to HA-BSA complexes was much higher than the sum of binding to individual HA and BSA, while there was no enhancement for HA-pepsin. Positively charged lysozyme slightly lowered phenanthrene binding on both HAs due to strong aggregation of HA-lysozyme complexes, leading to reduction in the number of binding sites. The binding enhancement by HA-BSA was observed under all tested ion species and ionic strengths. This enhancement can be explained by unfolding of protein, reduction of aggregate size and formation of HA-BSA complexes with favorable conformations for binding phenanthrene. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Mechanisms regulating bioavailability of phenanthrene sorbed on a peat soil-origin humic substance.

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    Yang, Yu; Shu, Liang; Wang, Xilong; Xing, Baoshan; Tao, Shu

    2012-07-01

    The organic matter-mineral complex plays an important role in regulating the fate of hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs) in the environment. In the present study, the authors investigated the microbial bioavailability of phenanthrene (PHE) sorbed on the original and demineralized humic acids (HAs) and humin (HM) that were sequentially extracted from a peat soil. Demineralization treatment dramatically decreased the 720-h mineralized percentage of HM-sorbed PHE from 42.5 ± 2.6% to 3.4 ± 1.3%, whereas the influence of this treatment on the biodegradability of HA-associated PHE was much lower. Degradation kinetics of HA- and HM-sorbed PHE showed that its initial degradation rate was negatively correlated with the aromatic carbon content of humic substances (p<0.05). This was attributed to the strong interactions between PHE and the aromatic components of humic substances, which hampered its release and subsequent biodegradation. The 720-h mineralized percentage of PHE was inversely correlated with the estimated thickness of the organic matter layer at the surfaces of HAs and HMs. Therefore, in a relatively long term, diffusion of PHE within the organic matter layer could be an important factor that may limit the bioavailability of PHE to bacteria. Results of the present study highlight the molecular-scaled mechanisms governing bioavailability of PHE sorbed on humic substances.

  11. Phenanthrene adsorption by soils treated with humic substances under different pH and temperature conditions.

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    Ping, Lifeng; Luo, Yongming; Wu, Longhua; Qian, Wei; Song, Jing; Christie, Peter

    2006-01-01

    The mobility of phenanthrene (PHE) in soils depends on its sorption and is influenced by either the existing soil humus or exogenous humic substances. Exogenous humic acids (HAs) were added to soil to enhance the amount of soil organic carbon (SOC) by 2.5, 5.0, and 10.0 g kg(-1). PHE desorption of the treated soils was determined at two pH levels (3.0 and 6.0) and temperatures (15 and 25 degrees C). Soil PHE adsorption was related to pH and the type and quantity of added HAs. Humic acid (HA) and fulvic acid (FA) derived from peat had different effects on adsorption of PHE. Adsorption increased at first and then decreased with increasing quantity of exogenous FA. When the soil solution pH (in 0.005 M CaCl(2)) was 4.5 or 3.0, the turning points were 2.5 g FA kg(-1) at pH 3.0 and 5 g FA kg(-1) at pH 4.5. When soil solution pH was 6, the amount of adsorbed PHE was enhanced with increasing exogenous HAs (HA or FA) and amount of adsorption by soil treated with FA was higher than with HA. Adsorption of PHE in the FA treatment at 10.0 g kg(-1) was lower than the controls (untreated soil or treatment with HAs at 0 g kg(-1)) when the soil solution pH was 3.0. This suggests that FA adsorbed by soil was desorbed at low pH and would then increase PHE solubility, and PHE then combined with FA. PHE adsorption was usually higher under lower pH and/or lower temperature conditions. PHE sorption fitted the Freundlich isotherm, indicating that exogenous humic substances influenced adsorption of phenanthrene, which in turn was affected by environmental conditions such as pH and temperature. Thus, exogenous humic substances can be used to control the mobility of soil PAHs under appropriate conditions to decrease PAH contamination.

  12. Hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin extractability and bioavailability of phenanthrene in humin and humic acid fractions from different soils and sediments.

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    Gao, Huipeng; Ma, Jing; Xu, Li; Jia, Lingyun

    2014-01-01

    Organic matter (OM) plays a vital role in controlling polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) bioavailability in soils and sediments. In this study, both a hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPCD) extraction test and a biodegradation test were performed to evaluate the bioavailability of phenanthrene in seven different bulk soil/sediment samples and two OM components (humin fractions and humic acid (HA) fractions) separated from these soils/sediments. Results showed that both the extent of HPCD-extractable phenanthrene and the extent of biodegradable phenanthrene in humin fraction were lower than those in the respective HA fraction and source soil/sediment, demonstrating the limited bioavailability of phenanthrene in the humin fraction. For the source soils/sediments and the humin fractions, significant inverse relationships were observed between the sorption capacities for phenanthrene and the amounts of HPCD-extractable or biodegradable phenanthrene (p < 0.05), suggesting the importance of the sorption capacity in affecting desorption and biodegradation of phenanthrene. Strong linear relationships were observed between the amount of HPCD-extractable phenanthrene and the amount degraded in both the bulk soils/sediments and the humin fractions, with both slopes close to 1. On the other hand, in the case of phenanthrene contained in HA, a poor relationship was observed between the amount of phenanthrene extracted by HPCD and the amount degraded, with the former being much less than the latter. The results revealed the importance of humin fraction in affecting the bioavailability of phenanthrene in the bulk soils/sediments, which would deepen our understanding of the organic matter fractions in affecting desorption and biodegradation of organic pollutants and provide theoretical support for remediation and risk assessment of contaminated soils and sediments.

  13. Investigating the role of mineral-bound humic acid in phenanthrene sorption.

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    Feng, Xiaojuan; Simpson, André J; Simpson, Myrna J

    2006-05-15

    Contaminant-soil interaction studies have indicated that physical conformation of organic matter atthe solid-aqueous interface is important in governing hydrophobic organic compound (HOC) sorption. To testthis, organo-clay complexes were constructed by coating montmorillonite and kaolinite with peat humic acid (PHA) in Na+ or Ca2+ dominated solutions with varying pH and ionic strength values. The solution conditions encouraged the dissolved PHA to adopt a "coiled" or "stretched" conformation prior to interacting with the clay mineral surface. Both kaolinite and montmorillonite organo-clay complexes exhibited higher phenanthrene sorption (Koc values) with decreasing pH, indicating that the coiled configuration provided more favorable sorption conditions. Evidence from 1H high-resolution magic angle spinning (HR-MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) indicated that polymethylene groups were prevalent at the surface of the organo-clay complexes and may enhance sorptive interactions. Preferential sorption of polymethylene groups on kaolinite and aromatic compounds on montmorillonite may also contribute to the difference in phenanthrene sorption by PHA associated with these two types of clay. This study demonstrates the importance of solution conditions in the sorption of nonionic, hydrophobic organic contaminants and also provides evidence for the indirect role of clay minerals in sorption of contaminants at the soil-water interface.

  14. Phenanthrene

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    Phenanthrene ; CASRN 85 - 01 - 8 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Effec

  15. Evaluation of bacterial biodegradation and accumulation of phenanthrene in the presence of humic acid.

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    Xie, Yun; Gu, Zhenggui; Herath, H M S K; Gu, Minfen; He, Chang; Wang, Fang; Jiang, Xin; Zhang, Jie; Zhang, Yinping

    2017-10-01

    This study evaluated the effect of humic acid (HA) on physicochemical properties of bacterial surfaces and on mass transfer of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from aqueous phase into intracellular bacteria. Due to this process' potential for bacterial degradation, using Sphingobium sp. PHE3, degradation of phenanthrene (PHE) was compared in HA and non-HA sets. The results showed that approximately 51.1% of PHE at a concentration of 102.0 mg L(-1) was biodegraded in the non-HA sets, whereas almost all PHE was biodegraded with HA after 72 h. Interestingly, PHE that accumulated in the intracellular bacteria reached 3.80 mg L(-1) for the HA sets, which was significantly higher than that of non-HA. Lipid inclusion bodies appeared when Sphingobium sp. PHE3 was treated with HA. The results were further confirmed by the enhanced bacterial surface sorption capacity for the HA sets. Therefore, we concluded that added HA not only act as carriers and biosurfactants facilitating PHE uptake but also adjust bacteria cell wall properties for internalizing PHE, which ultimately overcame the PHE bioavailability resulting in enhanced biodegradation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Influences of humic acid on the bioavailability of phenanthrene and alkyl phenanthrenes to early life stages of marine medaka (Oryzias melastigma).

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    Liu, Yangzhi; Yang, Chenghu; Cheng, Pakkin; He, Xiaojing; Zhu, Yaxian; Zhang, Yong

    2016-03-01

    The influences of humic acid (HA) on the environmental behavior and bioavailability of parent polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and alkyl PAHs were investigated and compared using the early life stages of marine medaka (Oryzias melastigma, O. melastigma). It was demonstrated that the binding affinity of parent phenanthrene (PHE) with HA was smaller than that of 3-methyl phenanthrene (3-MP) and 9-ethyl phenanthrene (9-EP). Furthermore, the bioaccumulation of the three PAHs and the levels of lipid peroxidation (LPO) were calculated to study the changes in bioavailability of PAHs in presence of HA. The results indicated that the addition of HA significantly decreased the bioaccumulation and toxicity of PAHs by decreasing free PAHs concentrations. The bioavailable fractions of HA-bound PAHs in bioaccumulation (α) and toxicity (β) were evaluated, indicating that the HA-bound 3-MP and 9-EP show higher bioavailability in bioaccumulation and lower bioavailability in toxicity relative to those of PHE. The β/α values were less than 1 for all PAH treatment groups containing HA, suggesting that the fraction of HA-bound PAHs contributing to bioaccumulation was higher than that of HA-bound PAHs inducing toxic effect. In addition, we proposed that the free PAHs generated by desorption from HA in the cell were toxic by showing that the β/α ratio values are correlated with the log KOW values (p = 0.007 and R(2) = 0.8355). Thus, oil spill risk assessments should consider both alkyl PAHs and the factors that influence the bioavailability and toxicity of PAHs in the natural aquatic environments.

  17. Identifying structural characteristics of humic acid to static and dynamic fluorescence quenching of phenanthrene, 9-phenanthrol, and naphthalene.

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    Wang, Lin; Li, Hao; Yang, Yu; Zhang, Di; Wu, Min; Pan, Bo; Xing, Baoshan

    2017-10-01

    Fluorescence quenching is a sensitive and fast method to quantify the interactions between a fluorescent organic contaminant and a quencher, such as dissolved organic matter (DOM). Dynamic fluorescence quenching is resulted from molecular collision, not the real binding, and thus it complicates the binding data interpretation. On the other hand, static fluorescence quenching occurs for fluorescent contaminants of ground states, which decreases the concentration of freely dissolved contaminants. However, how a particular structure in DOM contributes to the static and dynamic fluorescence quenching of a fluorescent contaminant is still unclear, which has greatly hindered the application of fluorescence quenching technique. A humic acid (HA) extracted from sediment was chemically modified, i.e., bleaching, acid hydrolysis, and decarboxylation. HAs before and after these modifications were used in fluorescence quenching experiments for phenanthrene (PHE), 9-phenanthrol (PTR) and naphthalene (NAP). Different quenching mechanisms were observed for these chemicals depending on HA properties. For PHE and NAP, aromatic components showed static quenching, while carboxyl groups primarily showed dynamic quenching. Aromatic components and carbohydrates in HAs primarily bound (static quenching) rather than collided (dynamic quenching) with PTR. Carboxyl groups showed interactions with PTR through dynamic quenching only when carboxyl groups were on the benzene ring. Based on the results, we emphasized that dynamic quenching should be carefully excluded in fluorescence quenching studies. This line of study is important to establish a general relationship between DOM properties and static/dynamic quenching contributions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Effect of cosolutes on the sorption of phenanthrene onto mineral surface of river sediments and kaolinite.

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    Wu, Yinghong; Liu, Fang; Zhang, Wen; Wang, Lei

    2014-01-01

    Sorption of phenanthrene onto the natural sediment with low organic carbon content (OC%), organic-free sediment, and kaolinite was investigated through isotherm experiments. Effects of cosolutes (pyrene, 4-n-nonyphenol (NP), and humic acid (HA)) on phenanthrene sorption were also studied by comparing apparent solid-water distribution coefficients (K d (app)) of phenanthrene. Two addition sequences, including "cosolute added prior to phenanthrene" and "cosolute and phenanthrene added simultaneously," were adopted. The Freundlich model fits phenanthrene sorption on all 3 sorbents well. The sorption coefficients on these sorbents were similar, suggesting that mineral surface plays an important role in the sorption of hydrophobic organic contaminants on low OC% sediments. Cosolutes could affect phenanthrene sorption on the sorbents, which depended on their properties, concentrations, and addition sequences. Pyrene inhibited phenanthrene sorption. Sorbed NP inhibited phenanthrene sorption at low levels and promoted sorption at high levels. Similar to NP, effect of HA on phenanthrene sorption onto the natural sediment depended on its concentrations, whereas, for the organic-free sediment and kaolinite, preloading of HA at high levels led to an enhancement in phenanthrene K d (app) while no obvious effect was observed at low HA levels; dissolved HA could inhibit phenanthrene sorption on the two sorbents.

  19. Effect of Cosolutes on the Sorption of Phenanthrene onto Mineral Surface of River Sediments and Kaolinite

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    2014-01-01

    Sorption of phenanthrene onto the natural sediment with low organic carbon content (OC%), organic-free sediment, and kaolinite was investigated through isotherm experiments. Effects of cosolutes (pyrene, 4-n-nonyphenol (NP), and humic acid (HA)) on phenanthrene sorption were also studied by comparing apparent solid-water distribution coefficients (K d app) of phenanthrene. Two addition sequences, including “cosolute added prior to phenanthrene” and “cosolute and phenanthrene added simultaneously,” were adopted. The Freundlich model fits phenanthrene sorption on all 3 sorbents well. The sorption coefficients on these sorbents were similar, suggesting that mineral surface plays an important role in the sorption of hydrophobic organic contaminants on low OC% sediments. Cosolutes could affect phenanthrene sorption on the sorbents, which depended on their properties, concentrations, and addition sequences. Pyrene inhibited phenanthrene sorption. Sorbed NP inhibited phenanthrene sorption at low levels and promoted sorption at high levels. Similar to NP, effect of HA on phenanthrene sorption onto the natural sediment depended on its concentrations, whereas, for the organic-free sediment and kaolinite, preloading of HA at high levels led to an enhancement in phenanthrene K d app while no obvious effect was observed at low HA levels; dissolved HA could inhibit phenanthrene sorption on the two sorbents. PMID:25147865

  20. [Sorption and desorption of phenanthrene by organo-mineral complexes with different bridge cations].

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    Ni, Jin-zhi; Luo, Yong-ming; Wei, Ran; Li, Xiu-hua; Qian, Wei

    2008-12-01

    Sorption and desorption of phenanthrene by organo-mineral complexes with Ca2+, Fe3+ and Al3+ as bridge cations were studied according to the association type between organic matter and minerals in natural soils. The results showed that the data of phenanthrene sorption and desorption by different cation saturated montmorillonite and their corresponding humic acid and mineral complexes could be fitted with Freundlich model, and the order of the sorption capacities (Kf) were Ca-Mont (0.184) > Fe-Mont (0.028) > Al-Mont (0.015) and Fe-Mont-HA (2.341) > Ca-Mont-HA (1.557) > Al-Mont-HA (1.136), respectively. The Kf values of humic acid and mineral complexes were far greater than those of minerals, which demonstrated that humic acid made great contributions to the sorption of phenanthrene in the organo-mineral complexes. However, the Kf values of the organo-mineral complexes with different bridge cations were not consistent with their organic carbon content, which indicated that both the organic carbon content and the combined types between organic matter and mineral could affect the sorption capacity of phenanthrene by the organo-mineral complexes. The desorption hysteresis of phenanthrene was significant for Ca2+ and Al3+ bridged organo-mineral complexes. Desorption hysteresis of phenanthrene was mainly from the sorption of phenanthrene by organic matter, and the contributions of mineral to the desorption hysteresis were not significant.

  1. Visible light photodegradation of phenanthrene catalyzed by Fe(III)-smectite: role of soil organic matter.

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    Jia, Hanzhong; Li, Li; Fan, Xiaoyun; Liu, Mingdeng; Deng, Wenye; Wang, Chuanyi

    2013-07-15

    In the present study, phenanthrene is employed as a model to explore the roles played by three soil organic matter (SOM) fractions, i.e., dissolved organic matter (DOM), humic acid (HA), and fulvic acid (FA), in its photodegradation with assistance of Fe(III)-smectite under visible-light. Slight decrease in phenanthrene photodegradation rate was observed in the presence of DOM, which is explained in terms of oxidative-radical competition between DOM and target phenanthrene molecules due to the high electron-donor capacity of phenolic moieties in DOM. On the other hand, a critic content is observed with FA (0.70mg/g) and HA (0.65mg/g). Before reaching the critic content, the removal of phenanthrene is accelerated; while after that, the photodegradation rate is suppressed. The acceleration of phenanthrene degradation can be attributed to the photosensitization of FA and HA. Due to the strong interaction between phenanthrene and the phenyl rings, however, the retention of phenanthrene on SOM-Fe(III)-smectite in the presence of high content of HA or FA is enhanced, thus slowing down its photodegradation. Those observations provide valuable insights into the transformation and fate of PAHs in the natural soil environment and open a window for using clay-humic substances complexes for remediation of contaminated soil.

  2. Effects of dissolved organic matter derived from forest leaf litter on biodegradation of phenanthrene in aqueous phase.

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    Cai, Dan; Yang, Xiuhong; Wang, Shizhong; Chao, Yuanqing; Morel, J L; Qiu, Rongliang

    2017-02-15

    Dissolved organic matter (DOM) released from forest leaf litter is potentially effective for the degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), yet the inherent mechanism remains insufficiently elucidated. In this study, we investigated the effects of DOM derived from Pinus elliottii and Schima superba leaf litter on the degradation of phenanthrene by the phenanthrene degrading bacterium Sphingobium sp. Phe-1. DOM from different origins and at a large range of concentrations enhanced the degradation rate of phenanthrene. DOM derived from P. elliottii leaf litter decomposed for 12 months used at a concentration of 100mg/L yielded the highest degradation rate (16.9% in 36h) and shortened the degradation time from 48h to 24h. Changes in the composition of DOM during degradation as measured by EEMs-FRI showed that proteins and tyrosine in the DOM supplied readily available nutrients that stimulated biological activity of Phe-1, increasing its growth rate and catechol 2,3-dioxygenase activity. Simultaneously, fulvic acid and humic acid in the DOM enhanced phenanthrene bioavailability by increasing the solubility and mass transfer of phenanthrene, enhancing the uptake kinetics of Phe-1, and increasing the bacteria's direct access to DOM-associated phenanthrene. Humic acid was co-metabolized by Phe-1, resulting in further stimulation of phenanthrene degradation. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  3. Vegetative bioremediation of phenanthrene

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    Malathi, A.; Banks, M.K.; Schwab, A.P.

    1994-12-31

    The role of vegetation to stimulate the degradation and detoxification of toxic and recalcitrant organic chemicals at low soil concentrations is brought about by several mechanisms of plant-soil interactions, including improvement of physical and chemical properties of contaminated soils, increase in soil microbial activity and increase in contact between microbes associated with the roots and toxic compounds in a contaminated soil. This represents a potential cost effective and low maintenance alternative for waste management. However, there is not enough information concerning specific application of plants, chemicals and soils either in the form of laboratory or field results. In the research to be presented, different and diverse perennial plant species [grasses (monocot), legumes, and dicots] were collected from the native prairie grasslands and tested for their efficiency in mineralization of phenanthrene. The mineralization of phenanthrene was evaluated by the measurement of {sup 14}CO{sub 2} from the radiolabeled target compound incubated in a rhizosphere soil microcosm. Results from this study will indicate the potential of using different types of plants to enhance degradation of PAHs in contaminated soils.

  4. Replica plating method for estimating phenanthrene-utilizing and phenanthrene-cometabolizing microorganisms

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    Shiaris, M.P.; Cooney, J.J.

    1983-02-01

    A replica plating method was developed for detecting and enumerating phenanthrene-degrading microorganisms. The method is designed to discriminate between aquatic organisms that utilize phenanthrene as the sole carbon and energy source and organisms that cometabolize phenanthrene. The method was used to demonstrate that phenanthrene utilizers and phenanthrene cometabolizers coexist in estuarine sediments.

  5. Stepwise adsorption of phenanthrene at the fly ash-water interface as affected by solution chemistry: experimental and modeling studies.

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    An, Chunjiang; Huang, Guohe

    2012-11-20

    Fly ash (FA) is predominantly generated from coal-fired power plants. Contamination during disposal of FA can cause significant environmental problems. Knowledge about the interaction of FA and hydrophobic organic pollutants in the environment is very limited. This study investigated the adsorption of phenanthrene at the interface of FA and water. The performance of phenanthrene adsorption on FA and the effects of various aqueous chemistry conditions were evaluated. The adsorption isotherms exhibited an increasing trend in the adsorbed amounts of phenanthrene, while a stepwise pattern was apparent. A stepwise multisite Langmuir model was developed to simulate the stepwise adsorption process. The adsorption of phenanthrene onto FA was noted to be spontaneous at all temperatures. The thermodynamic results indicated that the adsorption was an exothermic process. The adsorption capacity gradually decreased as pH increased from 4 to 8; however, this trend became less significant when pH was changed from 8 to 10. The binding affinity of phenanthrene to FA increased after the addition of humic acid (HA). The pH variation was also responsible for the changes of phenanthrene adsorption on FA in the presence of HA. High ionic strength corresponded to low mobility of phenanthrene in the FA-water system. Results of this study can help reveal the migration patterns of organic contaminants in the FA-water system and facilitate environmental risk assessment at FA disposal sites.

  6. [Adsorption of aflatoxin on montmorillonite modified by low-molecular-weight humic acids].

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    Yao, Jia-Jia; Kang, Fu-Xing; Gao, Yan-Zheng

    2012-03-01

    The adsorption of a typical biogenic toxin aflatoxin B1 on montmorillonite modified by low-molecular-weight humic acids (M(r) < 3 500) was investigated. The montmorillonite rapidly adsorbed the aflatoxin B1 until amounting to the maximal capacity, and then the adsorbed aflatoxin B1 slowly released into solution and reached the sorption equilibrium state after 12 h. The sorption isotherm of aflatoxin B1 by montmorillonite could be well described by Langmiur model, while the sorption isotherm by humic acid-modified montmorillonite was well fitted by using the Freundlich model. The modification of the montmorillonite with humic acids obviously enhanced its adsorption capacity for aflatoxin B1, and the amounts of aflatoxin adsorbed by modified montmorillonite were obviously higher than those by montmorillonite. The sorption enhancement by humic acid modification was attributed to (1) the enlarged adsorption sites which owed to the surface collapse of crystal layers induced by organic acids, and (2) the binding of aflatoxin with the humic acid sorbed on mineral surface. In addition, the adsorption amounts of aflatoxin by montmorillonite and modified montmorillonite increased with the increase of pH values in solution, and more significant enhancement was observed for the latter than the former, which attributed to the release of humic acids from the modified montmorillonite with the high pH values in solution. This indicates that increasing the pH values resulted in the enhanced hydrophilic property and the release of the organic acids presented in modified montmorillonite, and more sorption sites were available for aflatoxin on the modified montmorillonite. Results of this work would strengthen our understanding of the behavior and fate of biological contaminants in the environment.

  7. Ba2phenanthrene is the main component in the Ba-doped phenanthrene superconductor

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    Yan, Xun-Wang; Huang, Zhongbing; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2014-12-01

    We have systematically investigated the crystal structure of Ba-doped phenanthrene with various Ba doping levels by the first-principles calculations combined with the X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra simulations. Although the experimental stoichiometry ratio of Ba atom and phenanthrene molecule is 1.5:1, the simulated XRD spectra, space group symmetry and optimized lattice parameters of Ba1.5phenanthrene are not consistent with the experimental ones, while the results for Ba2phenanthrene are in good agreement with the measurements. The strength difference of a few XRD peaks can be explained by the existence of pristine phenanthrene. Our findings suggest that instead of uniform Ba1.5phenanthrene, there coexist Ba2phenanthrene and undoped phenanthrene in the superconducting sample. The electronic calculations indicate that Ba2phenanthrene is a semiconductor with a small energy gap less than 0.05 eV.

  8. Ba{sub 2}phenanthrene is the main component in the Ba-doped phenanthrene superconductor

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    Yan, Xun-Wang; Huang, Zhongbing; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2014-12-14

    We have systematically investigated the crystal structure of Ba-doped phenanthrene with various Ba doping levels by the first-principles calculations combined with the X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra simulations. Although the experimental stoichiometry ratio of Ba atom and phenanthrene molecule is 1.5:1, the simulated XRD spectra, space group symmetry and optimized lattice parameters of Ba{sub 1.5}phenanthrene are not consistent with the experimental ones, while the results for Ba{sub 2}phenanthrene are in good agreement with the measurements. The strength difference of a few XRD peaks can be explained by the existence of pristine phenanthrene. Our findings suggest that instead of uniform Ba{sub 1.5}phenanthrene, there coexist Ba{sub 2}phenanthrene and undoped phenanthrene in the superconducting sample. The electronic calculations indicate that Ba{sub 2}phenanthrene is a semiconductor with a small energy gap less than 0.05 eV.

  9. Adsorption of antimony(V) by floodplain soils, amorphous iron(III) hydroxide and humic acid.

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    Tighe, Matthew; Lockwood, Peter; Wilson, Susan

    2005-12-01

    Antimony (Sb) emissions to the environment are increasing, and there is a dearth of knowledge regarding Sb fate and behaviour in natural systems. In particular, there is a lack of understanding of sorption of the oxidised Sb(V) species onto soils and soil phases. In this study sorption of Sb(V) by two organic rich soils with high levels of oxalate extractable Fe was examined over the pH range of 2.5-7. Furthermore, the sorption behaviour of Sb(V) was examined in two phases mimicking those dominant in the experimental soils, namely a solid humic acid and an amorphous Fe(OH)3, across the same pH range. Sorption of Sb by the soils and the humic acid fitted a Freundlich type isotherm, with the equation parameters reflecting changes in bonding affinity corresponding to pH changes. The soils sorbed >75% of the added Sb in all trials, and 80-100% at pH values less than approximately 6.5. The Fe(OH)3 retained >95% of the added Sb in all experiments. The humic acid sorbed up to 60% of the added Sb at acidic pH values, but sorption decreased to zero at higher pH values. Further adsorption studies are recommended, such as examining the effects of ion competition and changes in ionic strength.

  10. Correlation between biological and physical availabilities of phenanthrene in soils and soil humin in aging experiments

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    White, J.C.; Hunter, M.; Nam, K.; Pignatello, J.J.; Alexander, M.

    1999-08-01

    The bioavailability of an organic compound in a soil or sediment commonly declines with the soil-chemical contact time (aging). A series of parallel desorption and bioavailability experiments was carried out on phenanthrene previously aged up to {approximately}100 d in Mount Pleasant silt loam (Mt. Pleasant, NY, USA) or Pahokee peat soil to determine as a function of the aging period the degree of correlation between the reduction in bioavailability and the rate and extent of desorption and the influence of soil organic matter composition on availability. The mineralization of phenanthrene by two bacteria and the uptake of phenanthrene by earthworms showed expected declines with aging. Likewise, the rate of phenanthrene desorption in the absence of organisms decreased with aging. The decline in initial rate of mineralization or desorption was nearly an order of magnitude after 50 to 60 d of aging. Plots of normalized rates of mineralization or desorption practically coincided. Similarly, plots of normalized fraction mineralized or fraction desorbed during an arbitrary period gave comparable slopes. The partial removal of organic matter from the peat by extraction with dilute NaOH to leave the humin fraction reduced the biodegradation of phenanthrene aged for 38 and 63 d as compared to the nonextracted peat, but the effect disappeared at longer incubation times. The rate of desorption from samples of peat previously extracted with NaOH or Na{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} declined with aging and, for a given aging period, was significantly slower than from nonextracted peat. This work shows that the reduction in bioavailability of phenanthrene over time in soil is directly correlated with reduction of its physical availability due to desorption limitations. In addition, this study shows that removal of extractable humic substances leads to a decline in the rate of desorption and in the bioavailability of the substrate.

  11. Toxic photoproducts of phenanthrene in sunlight

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    McConkey, B.L.; Duxbury, C.L.; El-Alawi, Y.S.; Dixon, D.G.; Greenberg, B.M.

    1995-12-31

    Phenanthrene, one of the most prevalent PAHs, undergoes a significant increase in toxicity on exposure to sunlight. Over a period of several days exposure to light, the toxicity of an aqueous phenanthrene solution increased dramatically. This increase in toxicity is largely due to the primary photoproduct, 9,10-phenanthrenequinone. This compound is more toxic than phenanthrene at equimolar concentrations, and is more water soluble than phenanthrene, increasing its bioavailability. Although many PAHs are potent photosensitizers, phenanthrene did not exhibit a significant increase in toxicity due to photosensitization. Photo-oxidation was the principal cause of photoinduced toxicity, with 9,10-phenanthrenequinone being formed via an unstable intermediate. In addition, mixtures of phenanthrene and 9,10-phenanthrenequinone exhibited potentially synergistic effects, as shown by joint toxicity testing using Photobacterium phosphoreum. Thus, mixtures of oxidized PAHs produced by photoaction in the environment create a significant risk to the biosphere.

  12. Metabolism of phenanthrene by Phanerochaete chrysosporium

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    Sutherland, J.B.; Selby, A.L.; Freeman, J.P.; Evans, F.E.; Cerniglia, C.E. )

    1991-11-01

    The white rot fungus Phanerochaete chyrsosporium metabolized phenanthrene when it was grown for 7 days at 37C in a medium containing malt extract, D-glucose, D-maltose, yeast extract, and Tween 80. After cultures were grown with (9-{sup 14}C)phenanthrene, radioactive metabolites were extracted from the medium with ethyl acetate, separated by high-performance liquid chromatography, and detected by liquid scintillation counting. Metabolites from cultures grown with unlabeled phenanthrene were identified as phenanthrene trans-9, 10-dihydrodiol, phenanthrene trans-3, 4-dihydrodiol, 9-phenanthrol, 3-phenanthrol, 4-phenanthrol, and the novel conjugate 9-phenanthryl {beta}-D-glucopyranoside. Identification of the compounds was based on their UV absorption, mass, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra. Since lignin peroxidase was not detected in the culture medium, these results suggest the involvement of monooxygenase and epoxide hydrolase activity in the initial oxidation and hydration of phenanthrene by P. chrysosporium.

  13. Mineralization of phenanthrene by a Mycobacterium sp

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    Guerin, W.F.; Jones, G.E.

    1988-04-01

    A Mycobacterium sp., designated strain BG1, able to utilize the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon phenanthrene as the sole carbon and energy source was isolated from estuarine sediment following enrichment with the hydrocarbon. Unlike other phenanthrene degraders, this bacterium degraded phenanthrene via 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid without accumulating this or other aromatic intermediates, as shown by high-performance liquid chromatography. Degradation proceeded via meta cleavage of protocatechuic acid. Different nonionic surfactants (Tween compounds) solubilized the phenanthrene to different degrees and enhanced phenanthrene utilization. The order of enhancement, however, did not correlate perfectly with increased solubility, suggesting physiological as well as physicochemical effects of the surfactants. Plasmids of approximately 21, 58, and 77 megadaltons were detected in cells grown with phenanthrene but not in those which, after growth on nutrient media, lost the phenanthrene-degrading phenotype. Given that plasmid-mediated degradations of aromatic hydrocarbons generally occur via meta cleavages, it is of interest that the addition of pyruvate, a product of meta cleavage, supported rapid mineralization of phenanthrene in broth culture; succinate, a product of ortho cleavage, supported growth but completely repressed the utilization of phenanthrene. The involvement of plasmids may have given rise to the unusual degradation pattern that was observed.

  14. Iodinated humic acids

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    Christiansen, Jesper V.; Carlsen, Lars

    Humic acids are iodinated by elemental iodine and, if the iodine is present as iodide, by peroxidase-mediated reactions. It is demonstrated that iodination of humic acids leads to a product with a uniform distribution of iodine. It could not be unambiguously verified whether the enzymatically mediated iodination is a direct reaction between a peroxidase-iodine complex and the humic acid molecule or a two-step reaction in which the enzyme creates elemental iodine, which consecutively reacts with the humic acid. Based on a simple model of a reaction between sites in the humic acids available for iodination and the electrophilic iodinating species, it was concluded that the reaction should be described as an equilibrium with a logarithmic equilibrium constant of approximately 4. The number of sites available for iodination was, in the humic acids studied, determined to be approximately 4×10-4 per gram humic acid. The different parameters influencing the enzymatically controlled iodination of humic acids are discussed.

  15. Spectroscopic characterization of dissolved organic matter isolates from sediments and the association with phenanthrene binding affinity.

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    Hur, Jin; Lee, Bo-Mi; Shin, Kyung-Hoon

    2014-09-01

    In this study, selected spectroscopic characteristics of sediment organic matter (SOM) were compared and discussed with respect to their different isolation methods, the source discrimination capabilities, and the association with the extent of phenanthrene binding. A total of 16 sediments were collected from three categorized locations including a costal lake, industrial areas, and upper streams, each of which is likely influenced by the organic sources of algal production, industrial effluent, and terrestrial input, respectively. The spectroscopic properties related to aromatic structures and terrestrial humic acids were more pronounced for alkaline extractable organic matter (AEOM) isolates than for the SOM isolates based on water soluble extracts and pore water. The three categorized sampling locations were the most differentiated in the AEOM isolates, suggesting AEOM may be the most representative SOM isolates in terms of describing the chemical properties and the organic sources of SOM. Parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) based on fluorescence excitation-emission matrix (EEM) showed that a combination of three fluorescent groups could represent all the fluorescence features of SOM. The three categorized sampling locations were well discriminated by the percent distributions of humic-like fluorescent groups of the AEOM isolates. The relative distribution of terrestrial humic-like fluorophores was well correlated with the extent of phenanthrene binding (r=0.571; p<0.05), suggesting that the presence of humic acids in SOM may contribute to the enhancement of binding with hydrophobic organic contaminants in sediments. Principal component analysis (PCA) further demonstrated that the extent of SOM's binding affinity might be affected by the degree of biogeochemical transformation in SOM.

  16. Estuarine ecology of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria

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    Guerin, William F.; Jones, Galen E.

    1989-08-01

    Phenanthrene degrading bacteria were ubiquitously distributed in waters and sediments of the Great Bay Estuary, NH, as determined using a 14C-phenanthrene mineralization assay. Similar activities were observed in water samples collected in March and June when these were incubated at 18 °C even though ambient water temperatures were 1-4 °C and 10-22 °C, respectively. This observation indicated the constant presence of a mesophilic phenanthrene-degrading bacterial population in the estuary. Among water samples, the highest biodegradation activities were associated with samples collected downstream from a dredging operation which introduced high concentrations of coal tar PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) into the Cocheco River, and in areas receiving PAH from pleasure and commercial boating activities. Mid-estuarine maxima in biodegradation activity during both sampling trips suggested adaptation of the microbial flora to the salinities prevailing in the low turnover, high residence time portion of the Estuary at the time of sampling. Despite the hydrophobicity of phenanthrene, no correlation between biodegradation rates and particulate matter concentrations were observed. Similarly, concentrations of nutrients and dissolved and particulate organic matter correlated poorly with biodegradation rates. Better agreements between 14C-phenanthrene mineralization potentials and plate counts on a phenanthrene/toluene agar (PTA) medium were observed. Phenanthrene biodegradative activities and numbers of culturable bacteria growing on PTA were governed by the degree of previous exposure to PAH.

  17. Comparative embryotoxicity of phenanthrene and alkyl-phenanthrene to marine medaka (Oryzias melastigma).

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    Mu, Jingli; Wang, Juying; Jin, Fei; Wang, Xinhong; Hong, Huasheng

    2014-08-30

    Alkylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (alkyl-PAHs) are the predominant form of PAHs in oil, comprising 85-95% of total PAHs. However, little attention has been paid to these chemicals in ecological risk assessment of marine oil spill. A comparative study of the toxic effects of phenanthrene and retene (7-isopropyl-1-methylphenanthrene, an alkyl-phenanthrene) on the early life stage of marine medaka (Oryzias melastigma) was conducted. Results showed that retene was significantly more toxic than phenanthrene, and marine medaka could be more sensitive to retene than some freshwater fishes. Retene had a higher excretion rate than phenanthrene during the larvae stage. Both of compounds resulted in developmental malformation of marine medaka embryos, with phenanthrene affecting on peripheral vascular system and yolk sac, while retene affecting on cardiac tissues. The toxicity of phenanthrene might be mainly related to its anesthetic effects, and that of retene might be related to the CYP1A-mediated toxicity of its metabolites.

  18. Temperature-dependent conformational variation of chromophoric dissolved organic matter and its consequent interaction with phenanthrene.

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    Chen, Wei; Liu, Xiao-Yang; Yu, Han-Qing

    2017-03-01

    Temperature variation caused by climate change, seasonal variation and geographic locations affects the physicochemical compositions of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM), resulting in difference in the fates of CDOM-related environmental pollutants. Exploration into the thermal induced structural transition of CDOM can help to better understand their environmental impacts, but information on this aspect is still lacking. Through integrating fluorescence excitation-emission matrix coupled parallel factor analysis with synchronous fluorescence two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy, this study provides an in-depth insight into the temperature-dependent conformational transitions of CDOM and their impact on its hydrophobic interaction with persistent organic pollutants (with phenanthrene as an example) in water. The fluorescence components in CDOM change linearly to water temperature with different extents and different temperature regions. The thermal induced transition priority in CDOM is protein-like component → fulvic-like component → humic-like component. Furthermore, the impact of thermal-induced conformational transition of CDOM on its hydrophobic interaction with phenanthrene is observed and explored. The fluorescence-based analytic results reveal that the conjugation degree of the aromatic groups in the fulvic- and humic-like substances, and the unfolding of the secondary structure in the protein-like substances with aromatic structure, contribute to the conformation variation. This integrated approach jointly enhances the characterization of temperature-dependent conformational variation of CDOM, and provides a promising way to elucidate the environmental behaviours of CDOM.

  19. Biodegradation of Phenanthrene Sorbed to Biochars

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    Kang, S.; Choi, Y.; Jung, J.; Ok, Y.

    2016-12-01

    Biochar is a porous organic matter produced from pyrolysis of biomass. Because of its high carbon content and large surface area, biochar has a high potential to sorb organic pollutants from various environments. However, there is limited knowledge on the behavior of organic pollutants sorbed to biochars. The goal of this study is to investigate the biodegradability of a model organic pollutant, phenanthrene, adsorbed to biochars with different physicochemical properties. Biochars were produced from different feedstocks, rice husk, wood chip, soybean stover, and sewage sludge, with pyrolysis temperatures of 500°C, 250°C, 700°C, and 500°C, to obtain those with different physicochemical properties. After sorption of phenanthrene, the biochars were added to a minimal medium inoculated with a phenanthrene-degrading bacterial species Pseudomonas putida. Phenanthrene biodegradation was monitored over time by measuring the CO2 evolution. The fraction of biodegradable phenanthrene ranged from 4.8% to 54% with a maximum value of 54% for the rice husk biochar. The first-order biodegradation rate constant was in the range of 0.035 to 0.096 d-1, which is comparable to the rate constant of 0.049 d-1 for the no-biochar control. Biochar desorption tests were conducted for rice husk and wood chip biochars. The desorption tests indicated that 61% and 59% of phenanthrene could be desorbed from the rice husk and wood chip biochars respectively. The estimated fraction of desorption corresponded relatively well with the biodegradable fraction for the rice husk biochar. However, for the wood chip biochar, the biodegradable fraction was significantly smaller than the fraction of desorption, suggesting inhibited or attenuated degradation of the sorbed phenanthrene. Our results suggest that the biodegradability of phenanthrene sorbed to biochars is limited by resistance to desorption as well as other factors that are currently unknown.

  20. The effect of humic acids on biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons depends on the exposure regime.

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    Tejeda-Agredano, Maria-Carmen; Mayer, Philipp; Ortega-Calvo, Jose-Julio

    2014-01-01

    Binding of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to dissolved organic matter (DOM) can reduce the freely dissolved concentration, increase apparent solubility or enhance diffusive mass transfer. To study the effects of DOM on biodegradation, we used phenanthrene and pyrene as model PAHs, soil humic acids as model DOM and a soil Mycobacterium strain as a representative degrader organism. Humic acids enhanced the biodegradation of pyrene when present as solid crystals but not when initially dissolved or provided by partitioning from a polymer. Synchronous fluorescence spectrophotometry, scintillation counting and a microscale diffusion technique were applied in order to determine the kinetics of dissolution and diffusive mass transfer of pyrene. We suggest that humic acids can enhance or inhibit biodegradation as a result of the balance of two opposite effects, namely, solubilization of the chemicals on the one hand and inhibition of cell adhesion to the pollutant source on the other.

  1. Biodegradation kinetics of phenanthrene solubilized in surfactant micelles

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    Grimberg, S.J.; Aitken, M.D.

    1995-12-31

    The biodegradation of phenanthrene solubilized in surfactant micelles was studied using a simple, well-defined laboratory system. The system was designed to evaluate whether phenanthrene present in micelles of the nonionic surfactant Tergitol NP-10 was available to a phenanthrene-degrading bacterium. Results indicate that micellized phenanthrene is essentially unavailable to the microorganism, so that only the phenanthrene present in the aqueous phase is degraded. A modified Michaelis-Menten equation was developed to quantify the effects of surfactant concentration on phenanthrene uptake rates. Experimental data were described well with this equation.

  2. Adsorption of phenanthrene on natural snow.

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    Domine, Florent; Cincinelli, Alessandra; Bonnaud, Elodie; Martellini, Tania; Picaud, Sylvain

    2007-09-01

    The snowpack is a reservoir for semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and, in particular, for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are sequestered in winter and released to the atmosphere or hydrosphere in the spring. Modeling these processes usually assumes that SVOCs are incorporated into the snowpack by adsorption to snow surfaces, but this has never been proven because the specific surface area (SSA) of snow has never been measured together with snow composition. Here we expose natural snow to phenanthrene vapors (one of the more volatile POPs) and measure for the first time both the SSA and the chemical composition of the snow. The results are consistent with an adsorption equilibrium. The measured Henry's law constant is H(Phen)(T) = 2.88 x 10(22) exp(-10660/7) Pa m2 mol(-1), with Tin Kelvin. The adsorption enthalpy is delta H(ads) = -89 +/- 18 kJ mol(-1). We also perform molecular dynamics calculations of phenanthrene adsorption to ice and obtain AHads = -85 +/- 8 kJ mol(-1), close to the experimental value. Results are applied to the adsorption of phenanthrene to the Arctic and subarctic snowpacks. The subarctic snowpack, with a low snow area index (SAI = 1000), is a negligible reservoir of phenanthrene, butthe colder Arctic snowpack, with SAI = 2500, sequesters most of the phenanthrene present in the (snow + boundary layer) system.

  3. The Halophyte Cakile maritima Reduces Phenanthrene Phytotoxicity.

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    Shiri, Moez; Rabhi, Mokded; El Amrani, Abdelhak; Abdelly, Chedly

    2015-01-01

    In a previous study, we showed that the halophyte plant model Thellungiella salsuginea was more tolerant to phenanthrene (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon: PAH) than its relative glycophyte Arabidopsis thaliana. In the present work, we investigated the potential of another halophyte with higher biomass production, Cakile maritma, to reduce phenanthrene phytotoxicity. Sand was used instead of arable soil with the aim to avoid pollutant degradation by microorganisms or their interaction with the plant. After 6 weeks of treatment by 500 ppm phenanthrene (Phe), stressed plants showed a severe reduction (-73%) in their whole biomass, roots being more affected than leaves and stems. In parallel, Guaiacol peroxidase (GPX) activity was increased by 185 and 62% in leaves and roots, respectively. Non-enzymatic antioxidant capacity (assayed by ABTS test) was maintained unchanged in all plant organs. The model halophytic plant Thellungiella salsuginea was used as a biomarker of phenanthrene stress severity and was grown at 0 (control), 125, 250, and 375 ppm. T. salsuginea plants grown on the sand previously contaminated by 500 ppm Phe then treated by C. maritma culture (phytoremediation culture) showed similar biomass production as plants subjected to 125 ppm Phe. This suggests that the phytotoxic effects of phenanthrene were reduced by 75% by the 6-week treatment by C. maritima. Our findings indicate that C. maritima can constitute a potentially good candidate for PAH phytoremediation.

  4. Oxidative degradation of phenanthrene by the ligninolytic fungus phanerochaete chrysosposium

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    Hammel, K.E.; Gai, W.Z.; Green, B.; Moen, M.A.

    1992-01-01

    The ligninolytic fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium oxidized phenanthrene and phenanthrene-9,10-quinone (PQ) at their C-9 and C-10 positions to give a ring-fission product, 2,2'-diphenic acid (DPA), which was identified in chromatographic and isotope dilution experiments. DPA formation from phenanthrene was somewhat greater in low-nitrogen (ligninolytic) cultures than in high-nitrogen (nonligninolytic) cultures and did not occur in uninoculated cultures. The oxidation of PQ to DPA involved both fungal and abiotic mechanisms, was unaffected by the level of nitrogen added, and was significantly faster than the cleavage of phenanthrene to DPA. Phenanthrene-trans-9,10-dihydrodiol, which was previously shown to be the principal phenanthrene metabolite in nonligninolytic P. chrysosporium cultures, was not formed in the ligninolytic cultures employed here. These results suggest that phenanthrene degradation by ligninolytic P. chrysosporium proceeds in order from phenanthrene -> PQ -> DPA, involves both ligninolytic and nonligninolytic enzymes, and is not initiated by a classical microsomal cytochrome P-450. The extracellular lignin peroxidases of P. chrysosporium were not able to oxidize phenanthrene in vitro and therefore are also unlikely to catalyze the first step of phenanthrene degradation in vivo. Both phenanthrene and PQ were mineralized to similar extents by the fungus, which supports the intermediacy of PQ in phenanthrene degradation, but both compounds were mineralized significantly less than the structurally related lignin peroxidase substrate pyrene was.

  5. Degradation of phenanthrene on plant leaves by phyllosphere bacteria.

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    Waight, Karen; Pinyakong, Onruthai; Luepromchai, Ekawan

    2007-10-01

    The activity of phyllosphere bacteria in the degradation of phenanthrene was investigated as a mechanism for the removal of atmospheric phenanthrene after its deposition on plant leaves. Initially, leaf samples of six plant species were collected from two roadsides in Bangkok to determine the presence of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria. The numbers of phenanthrene-degrading phyllosphere bacteria were varied and ranged from 3.5 x 10(4) to 1.95 x 10(7) CFU/g, in which the highest number was found from Ixora sp. Further studies were carried out in the laboratory by spraying phenanthrene on Ixora sp. leaves and then monitoring the amount of deposited phenanthrene and number of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria after incubation. The results showed that the amount of phenanthrene was significantly reduced on leaves containing phenanthrene-degrading bacteria. These were detected along with a rapid increase in the number of bacteria on leaves. The results indicated that many phyllosphere bacteria could utilize phenanthrene to support their growth and thereby reduce the amount of deposited phenanthrene on leaf surfaces. Several phenanthrene-degrading bacteria were later isolated from the leaves and identified with a high 16S rDNA sequence similarity to the genera Pseudomonas, Microbacterium, Rhizobium, and Deinococcus.

  6. Oxidative degradation of phenanthrene by the ligininolytic fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium

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    Hammel, K.E.; Moen, M.A. ); Wen Zhigai; Green, B. )

    1992-06-01

    The ligninolytic fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium oxidized phenanthrene and phenanthrene-9,10-quinone (PQ) at their C-9 and C-10 positions to give a ring-fission product, 2,2[prime]-diphenic acid (DPA), which was identified in chromatographic and isotope dilution experiments. DPA formation from phenanthrene was somewhat greater in low-nitrogen cultures than in high-nitrogen cultures and did not occur in uninoculated cultures. The oxidation of PQ to DPA involved both fungal and abiotic mechanisms, was unaffected by the level of nitrogen added, and was significantly faster than the cleavage of phenanthrene to DPA. Phenanthrene-trans-9,10-dihydrodiol, which was previously shown to be the principal phenathrene metabolite in nonligninolytic P. chrysosporium cultures, was not formed in the ligninolytic cultures employed here. These results suggest that phenanthrene degradation by ligninolytic P. chrysosporium proceeds in order from phenanthrene [yields] PQ [yields] DPA, involves both ligninolytic and nonligninolytic enzymes, and is not initiated by a classical microsomal cytochrome P-450. The extracellular lignin peroxidases of P. chrysosporium were not able to oxidize phenanthrene in vitro and therefore are also unlikely to catalyze the first step of phenanthrene degradation in vivo. Both phenanthrene and PQ were mineralized to similar extents by the fungus, which supports the intermediacy of PQ in phenanthrene degradation, but both compounds were mineralized significantly less than the structurally related lignin peroxidase substrate pyrene was.

  7. Microbial degradation of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and its influence on phenanthrene-DOM interactions.

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    Hur, Jin; Lee, Bo-Mi; Shin, Hyun-Sang

    2011-11-01

    Microbial degradation-induced changes in the characteristics of dissolved organic matter (DOM), and the subsequent effects on phenanthrene-DOM interactions were investigated based on the microbial incubation of DOM collected from four different sources for 28 d. Partially biodegraded DOM presented higher specific UV absorbance (SUVA), lower protein-like fluorescence, higher humic-like fluorescence, lower aliphatic carbon fraction, and higher hydrophobic neutral fractions compared to the original DOM. Microbial changes in DOM led to an increase in the isotherm nonlinearity as well as the extent of phenanthrene binding. A negative relationship between SUVA and the Freundlich n values was established for the original and the biodegraded DOM, suggesting that aromatic condensed structures may play important roles in providing nonlinear strong binding sites irrespective of microbial degradation. In contrast, there were two separate slopes of the correlations between the percentage of hydrophobic acid (HoA) fraction and the n values for the original and the biodegraded DOM with a higher slope exhibited for the latter, implying that the microbial utilization of oxygen-containing structures in the HoA fractions may contribute to enhancing the associated isotherm nonlinearity.

  8. Enhanced superconductivity by rare-earth metal doping in phenanthrene.

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    Wang, X F; Luo, X G; Ying, J J; Xiang, Z J; Zhang, S L; Zhang, R R; Zhang, Y H; Yan, Y J; Wang, A F; Cheng, P; Ye, G J; Chen, X H

    2012-08-29

    We successfully synthesized La- and Sm-doped phenanthrene powder samples and observed superconductivity in them at T(c) around 6 K. The T(c)s are 6.1 K for La(1) phenanthrene and 6.0 K for Sm(1) phenanthrene, which are enhanced by about 1 and 0.5 K compared to those in A(3) phenanthrene (A = K and Rb) and in Ae(1.5) phenanthrene (Ae = Sr and Ba) superconductors, respectively. The superconductive shielding fractions for La(1) phenanthrene and Sm(1) phenanthrene are 46.1% and 49.8% at 2 K, respectively. The small effect of doping with the magnetic ion Sm(3+) on T(c) and the positive pressure dependence coefficient of T(c) strongly suggest unconventional superconductivity in the doped phenanthrene superconductors. The charge transfer to organic molecules from dopants of La and Sm induces a redshift of 7 cm(-1) per electron for the mode at 1441 cm(-1) in the Raman spectra, which is almost the same as those observed in A(3) phenanthrene (A = K and Rb) and Ae(1.5) phenanthrene (Ae = Sr and Ba) superconductors.

  9. Phenanthrene biodegradation kinetics in unsaturated soils

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    Johnson, C.R.; Scow, K.M.

    1995-12-31

    Organic compounds when sorbed to soil solids are thought to be unavailable to soil microorganisms. The biodegradation kinetics of sorbed chemicals should thus be influenced by sorption/desorption processes as well as by the metabolic capacities of soil microbes. In the research, phenanthrene, a hydrophobic polyaromatic hydrocarbon, was used as a model compound to investigate the biodegradation kinetics of strongly sorbing organic compounds in soil. Biodegradation kinetics for phenanthrene in seven soils with moisture contents near field capacity were measured during a six and one half month experiment. Phenanthrene biodegradation rates initially increased in all soils and then declined. The declining portion of the biodegradation rate versus time plots exhibited either first order or biphasic kinetics. Both first order and biphasic kinetics are consistent with models which link microbial degradation to substrate sorption/desorption from equilibrium and kinetically controlled sorption sites. No single rate constant or analytical expression adequately captured the complexity of the observed biodegradation rates. This result is again consonant with a process derived from coupled biological and physical systems. Biodegradation kinetics were quantified using a combination of fitted and descriptive parameters. Significant correlations exist between several of the descriptive parameters. The correlations observed between descriptive biodegradation parameters mirror correlations expected from the hypothesized underlying biological process and help evince the influence this underlying process exerts on observed biodegradation kinetics.

  10. Enhanced transport of phenanthrene and 1-naphthol by colloidal graphene oxide nanoparticles in saturated soil.

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    Qi, Zhichong; Hou, Lei; Zhu, Dongqiang; Ji, Rong; Chen, Wei

    2014-09-02

    With the increasing production and use of graphene oxide, the environmental implications of this new carbonaceous nanomaterial have received much attention. In this study, we found that the presence of low concentrations of graphene oxide nanoparticles (GONPs) significantly enhanced the transport of 1-naphthol in a saturated soil, but affected the transport of phenanthrene to a much smaller extent. The much stronger transport-enhancement effect on 1-naphthol was due to the significant desorption hysteresis (both thermodynamically irreversible adsorption and slow desorption kinetics) of GONP-adsorbed 1-naphthol, likely stemmed from the specific polar interactions (e.g., H-bonding) between 1-naphthol and GONPs. Increasing ionic strength or the presence of Cu(II) ion (a complexing cation) generally increased the transport-enhancement capability of GONPs, mainly by increasing the aggregation of GONPs and thus, sequestering adsorbed contaminant molecules. Interestingly, modifying GONPs with Suwannee River humic acid or sodium dodecyl sulfate had little or essentially no effect on the transport-enhancement capability of GONPs, in contrast with the previously reported profound effects of humic acids and surfactants on the transport-enhancement capability of C60 nanoparticles. Overall, the findings indicate that GONPs in the aquatic environment may serve as an effective carrier for certain organic compounds that can interact with GONPs through strong polar interactions.

  11. Structural origin for electron affinity of phenanthrene and ion cores of phenanthrene anion clusters

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    Lee, Sang Hak; Song, Jae Kyu; Kim, Seong Keun

    2015-04-01

    We studied anion clusters of phenanthrene using photoelectron spectra and theoretical calculations. The electron affinity of phenanthrene, which lies between those of naphthalene and anthracene, was explained by the orbital interaction model that reflected the structural differences among these molecules. The spectral feature of the photoelectron spectra indicated strong electron-vibration coupling along two symmetric vibrational modes. Since the spectral features of each ion core structure were uniquely characteristic, we could identify that the pentamer anion had coexisting monomeric and trimeric cores on the basis of the shape of the photoelectron spectra and the size-dependent evolution of the electron affinity.

  12. An Undergraduate Laboratory Project Involving Photocyclizations in Independent Syntheses of Novel Chrysenes and Phenanthrenes.

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    Letcher, R. M.

    1981-01-01

    Describes a project and experimental procedures, suitable for a final year organic chemistry course, in which students synthesize a variety of substituted phenanthrenes, chrysenes, and benzo phenanthrenes. (SK)

  13. Biodegradation of phenanthrene in soils in the presence of surfactants

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    Jahan, K.

    1993-01-01

    This research addresses the effect of low surfactant concentrations on the biodegradation of slightly soluble organic compounds in the presence and absence of soil. Biodegradation of phenanthrene in excess of its aqueous solubility by an acclimated mixed culture was studied in the presence of nonionic surfactants. Nonionic surfactants were selected over other types of surfactants because of their higher hydrocarbon solubilizing power, weaker adsorption to charged sites, less toxicity to bacteria, and poor foaming properties. Surfactants were tested to measure their effectiveness for increasing the solubility of phenanthrene, their adsorption on the soil matrix, their biodegradability, their effect on the adsorption of phenanthrene and on the rates of biodegradation of phenanthrene. Solubility enhancement studies of phenanthrene by the surfactants indicated relatively small effects at sub-micellar surfactant concentrations. Batch biodegradation studies in which phenanthrene was available as particulates and as a surface coating on sand were carried out in closed BOD bottles in the Hach manometric system. Addition of surfactants at 25 mg/L enhanced biodegradation rates as measured by oxygen uptake, protein production and disappearance of phenanthrene. A dynamic model which couples dissolution and biodegradation processes could adequately represent the experimental batch data. Modelling studies suggest that biodegradation was accelerated because the dissolution rates of phenanthrene increased in presence of the surfactants. Continuous flow column studies with phenanthrene coated Jordan sand was carried out to simulate groundwater flow conditions. Sorption studies on Jordan aquifer sand indicated that this low-carbon aquifer material adsorbs small amounts of phenanthrene as well as surfactants. The tests show that low surfactant concentrations were marginally beneficial in washing phenanthrene from precoated sand.

  14. Interaction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with a soil humic acid in aqueous solution

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    Jones, K.D.; Tiller, C.L.

    1996-10-01

    The effects of pH, ionic strength, and cation type on the interactions of several polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) with a well-characterized soil humic acid were investigated. Binding coefficients (K{sub oc}) for anthracene, phenanthrene, pyrene, and triphenylene were determined by fluorescence quenching. At low ionic strength (as NaNO{sub 3}), K{sub oc}, for each of the PAHs increased with pH in the range 4 to 10; at high ionic strength this trend was less apparent. At a given pH, the effect of ionic strength was small, but K{sub oc} was highest at the lowest ionic strength. When pH and ionic strength were held constant but different electrolytes were used, binding of phenanthrene by the humic acid was greatest in the presence of (monovalent) sodium, followed by (bivalent) calcium, and lowest in the presence of (trivalent) aluminum. The results of this investigation are consistent with the view that interactions of hydrophobic organic compounds with natural organic matter (NOM) can be dependent on the conformational behavior of the NOM.

  15. Biodegradation of phenanthrene by Rhizobium petrolearium SL-1.

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    Huang, X; Shi, J; Cui, C; Yin, H; Zhang, R; Ma, X; Zhang, X

    2016-12-01

    We aimed to investigate the phenanthrene degradation characteristics and possible phenanthrene degradation pathways of Rhizobium petrolearium SL-1. Using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), UV-visible and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis, the phenanthrene-degrading properties and metabolites of Rh. petrolearium SL-1 were analysed, and then combined with genome-based analysis to elucidate the possible biodegradation pathway of phenanthrene in Rh. petrolearium SL-1. The results of the analyses showed that phenanthrene (100 mg l(-1) ) was completely degraded by strain SL-1 at 35°C, 0·02% salinity and pH 9·0 within 3 days. A wide range of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, including naphthalene, fluorene, anthracene and pyrene, could also be degraded by this strain. Based on the identified metabolites, the utilization of probable intermediates and the presence of putative phenanthrene catabolic genes, we concluded that phenanthrene was degraded via two different routes, namely the 'naphthalene' and the 'phthalic acid' routes. For the first time, this study shows the degradation pathway of phenanthrene by a Rhizobium strain. Because of its excellent stress resistance, metabolic versatility, high degradation efficiency and potential application in phytoremediation, Rh. petrolearium SL-1 is a potential candidate for the bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons-contaminated areas. © 2016 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  16. Thermodynamic study of (anthracene + phenanthrene) solid state mixtures

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    Rice, James W.; Fu, Jinxia; Sandström, Emma; Ditto, Jenna C.; Suuberg, Eric M.

    2015-01-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are common components of many materials, such as petroleum and various types of tars. They are generally present in mixtures, occurring both naturally and as byproducts of fuel processing operations. It is important to understand the thermodynamic properties of such mixtures in order to understand better and predict their behavior (i.e., fate and transport) in the environment and in industrial operations. To characterize better the thermodynamic behavior of PAH mixtures, the phase behavior of a binary (anthracene + phenanthrene) system was studied by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, and the Knudsen effusion technique. Mixtures of (anthracene + phenanthrene) exhibit non-ideal mixture behavior. They form a lower-melting, phenanthrene-rich phase with an initial melting temperature of 372 K (identical to the melting temperature of pure phenanthrene) and a vapor pressure of roughly lnP/Pa = −2.38. The phenanthrene-rich phase coexists with an anthracene-rich phase when the mole fraction of phenanthrene (xP) in the mixture is less than or equal to 0.80. Mixtures initially at xP = 0.90 consist entirely of the phenanthrene-rich phase and sublime at nearly constant vapor pressure and composition, consistent with azeotrope-like behavior. Quasi-azeotropy was also observed for very high-content anthracene mixtures (2.5 < xP < 5) indicating that anthracene may accommodate very low levels of phenanthrene in its crystal structure. PMID:26973354

  17. Plant enhanced degradation of phenanthrene in the contaminated soil.

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    Liao, Min; Xie, Xiao-Mei

    2006-01-01

    The degradative characteristics of phenanthrene, microbial biomass carbon, plate counts of heterotrophic bacteria and most probable number (MPN) of phenanthrene degraders in non-rhizosphere or rhizosphere soils with uninoculating or inoculating phenanthrene degraders were measured. At the initial concentration of 20 mg phenanthrene/kg soil, the half-lives of phenanthrene in uninoculated non-rhizosphere soil, uninoculated rhizosphere soil, inoculated non-rhizosphere soil, and inoculated rhizosphere soil were measured to be 81.5, 47.8, 15.1 and 6.4 d, respectively, and corresponding kinetic data fitted first-order kinetics. The highest degradation rate of phenanthrene was observed in inoculated rhizosphere soil. The degradative characteristics of phenanthrene were closely related to the effects of vegetation on soil microbial process. Vegetation could enhance the magnitude of rhizosphere microbial communities, microbial biomass content, and heterotrophic bacterial community, but barely influence those community components responsible for phenanthrene degradation. Results suggested that combination of vegetation and inoculation with degrading microorganisms of target organic contaminants was a better pathway to enhance degradation of the organic contaminants in soil.

  18. Thermodynamic study of (anthracene + phenanthrene) solid state mixtures.

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    Rice, James W; Fu, Jinxia; Sandström, Emma; Ditto, Jenna C; Suuberg, Eric M

    2015-11-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are common components of many materials, such as petroleum and various types of tars. They are generally present in mixtures, occurring both naturally and as byproducts of fuel processing operations. It is important to understand the thermodynamic properties of such mixtures in order to understand better and predict their behavior (i.e., fate and transport) in the environment and in industrial operations. To characterize better the thermodynamic behavior of PAH mixtures, the phase behavior of a binary (anthracene + phenanthrene) system was studied by differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, and the Knudsen effusion technique. Mixtures of (anthracene + phenanthrene) exhibit non-ideal mixture behavior. They form a lower-melting, phenanthrene-rich phase with an initial melting temperature of 372 K (identical to the melting temperature of pure phenanthrene) and a vapor pressure of roughly lnP/Pa = -2.38. The phenanthrene-rich phase coexists with an anthracene-rich phase when the mole fraction of phenanthrene (xP) in the mixture is less than or equal to 0.80. Mixtures initially at xP = 0.90 consist entirely of the phenanthrene-rich phase and sublime at nearly constant vapor pressure and composition, consistent with azeotrope-like behavior. Quasi-azeotropy was also observed for very high-content anthracene mixtures (2.5 < xP < 5) indicating that anthracene may accommodate very low levels of phenanthrene in its crystal structure.

  19. Biodegradation of phenanthrene and analysis of degrading cultures in the presence of a model organo-mineral matrix and of a simulated NAPL phase.

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    Cavalca, Lucia; Rao, Maria A; Bernasconi, Silvana; Colombo, Milena; Andreoni, Vincenza; Gianfreda, Liliana

    2008-02-01

    Two mixed bacterial cultures (C(B-BT) and C(I-AT)) degraded phenanthrene when it was: (i) in the presence of either hexadecane as a non aqueous phase liquid or a montmorillonite-Al(OH)x-humic acid complex as a model organo-mineral matrix; (ii) sorbed to the complex, either alone or in the presence of hexadecane. The cultures had different kinetic behaviours towards phenanthrene with or without hexadecane. The degradation of Phe alone as well as that of Phe in hexadecane ended in 8 and 15 days with C(B-BT) and C(I-AT) cultures, respectively. Hexadecane increased Phe bioavailability for C(I-AT) bacteria which degraded Phe according to first-order kinetics. The same effect was observed for C(B-BT) bacteria, but with an initial 2 days lag phase and in accordance with zero-order kinetics. The presence of hexadecane did not affect the degradation of phenanthrene sorbed and aged on the complex by C(I-AT )culture. This capability was exhibited also after experimental aging of 30 days. The dynamics of the bacterial community composition was investigated through PCR-DGGE (denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis) of 16S rRNA gene fragments. Individual bands changed their intensity during the incubation time, implying that particular microbe's relative abundance changed according to the culture conditions. Isolation of phenanthrene and/or hexadecane degraders was in accord with cultivation-independent data. Growth-dependent changes in the cell surface hydrophobicity of the two cultures and of the isolates suggested that modulation of cell surface hydrophobicity probably played an important role for an efficient phenanthrene assimilation/uptake.

  20. Evaluating phenanthrene sorption on various wood chars

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    James, G.; Sabatini, D.A.; Chiou, C.T.; Rutherford, D.; Scott, A.C.; Karapanagioti, H.K.

    2005-01-01

    A certain amount of wood char or soot in a soil or sediment sample may cause the sorption of organic compounds to deviate significantly from the linear partitioning commonly observed with soil organic matter (SOM). Laboratory produced and field wood chars have been obtained and analyzed for their sorption isotherms of a model solute (phenanthrene) from water solution. The uptake capacities and nonlinear sorption effects with the laboratory wood chars are similar to those with the field wood chars. For phenanthrene aqueous concentrations of 1 ??gl-1, the organic carbon-normalized sorption coefficients (log Koc) ranging from 5.0 to 6.4 for field chars and 5.4-7.3 for laboratory wood chars, which is consistent with literature values (5.6-7.1). Data with artificial chars suggest that the variation in sorption potential can be attributed to heating temperature and starting material, and both the quantity and heterogeneity of surface-area impacts the sorption capacity. These results thus help to corroborate and explain the range of log Koc values reported in previous research for aquifer materials containing wood chars. ?? 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Lability of Humic-Bound Phosphorus

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    Phosphorus (P) has long been known to be present in humic substances from various sources. However, information on the lability of humic-bound P is very limited although such information is critical for understanding the role of humic substances in P cycling and nutrition. In this presentation, we d...

  2. [Effects of dissolved organic matter on phenanthrene adsorption by soil].

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    Xiong, Wei; Ling, Wan-ting; Gao, Yan-zheng; Li, Qiu-ling; Dai, Jing-yu

    2007-02-01

    This paper studied the effects of exotic and native dissolved organic matter (DOM) on the phenanthrene adsorption by three soils differed in soil organic carbon content (foc). The exotic DOM came from decayed rice straw, while the native DOM was extracted from the test soils. In all cases, the adsorption of phenanthrene by treated soils could be well described with linear-type model, and there was a positive correlation between adsorption coefficient (Kd) and foc Compared with the control, the Kd value of test soils after native DOM removed was increased by 7. 08% -21. 4% , and the increment (deltaKd) was positively correlated with fo,, indicating that the presence of soil native DOM impeded the phenanthrene adsorption by soil. The effects of exotic DOM on phenanthrene adsorption had a close relation with its added concentration in soil-water system. Within the range of 0-106 mg DOC x L(-1) , the K, value increased first, and then decreased with the increase of added exotic DOM concentration. Lower concentrations of added exotic DOM promoted the phenanthrene adsorption by soil, while higher concentrations ( I> or =52 mg DOC x L(-1)) of it obviously impeded this adsorption. These effects of exotic and native DOM on soil phenanthrene adsorption were considered to be related to the association of phenanthrene with DOM in solution, and the ' cumulative adsorption effect' between soil solid and aqueous phases.

  3. Toxic effect of biosurfactant addition on the biodegradation of phenanthrene.

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    Shin, Kyung-Hee; Ahn, Yeonghee; Kim, Kyoung-Woong

    2005-11-01

    The effect of the biosurfactant rhamnolipid on phenanthrene biodegradation and cell growth of phenanthrene degraders was investigated. To compare the effect of rhamnolipid addition, two bacterial strains, 3Y and 4-3, which were isolated from a diesel-contaminated site in Korea, were selected. Without the biosurfactant, large amounts of phenanthrene were degraded with both strains at neutral pH, with higher rates of phenanthrene degradation when the cell growth was higher. Upon the addition of 240 mg/L rhamnolipid, the phenanthrene degradation and optical density were reduced, with this inhibitory effect similar for both 3Y and 4-3. To explain this inhibition, the cell growths of both strains were monitored with various concentrations of rhamnolipid, which showed significant toxic effects toward strain 3Y, but was nontoxic toward 4-3. Combining the inhibitory and toxicity results with regard to the biodegradation, different mechanisms can be suggested for each strain. In the biodegradation experiments, the toxicity of rhamnolipid itself mainly was responsible for the inhibitory effect in the case of 3Y, whereas the toxicity of solubilized phenanthrene or the increased toxicity of rhamnolipid in the presence of solubilized phenanthrene could have resulted in the inhibitory effect in the case of 4-3. This study demonstrated that the effectiveness of biosurfactant-enhanced biodegradation can be significantly different depending on the strain, and the toxicity of the biosurfactant should be considered as an important factor.

  4. Phenanthrene degradation by Biejerinickia sp. B8/36

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    Strandberg, G.W.; Abraham, T.J. Jr.; Frazier, G.C.

    1986-01-01

    The use of fossil fuels has greatly increased the ubiquity of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the environment, and their potential toxicity has generated considerable interest in the ability of microorganisms to utilize and/or detoxify these pollutants. One PAH of concern is phenanthrene. Numerous microbial species are known to degrade phenanthrene and there appear to be several metabolic routes available, depending upon the species, strain, and even the cultural conditions. Although there is a substantial amount of literature on the metabolic pathways of phenanthrene utilization, the authors have found little information regarding the effects of environmental conditions on phenanthrene degradation rates. Such information would be of importance to understanding the fate of this compound in natural and controlled (i.e., wastewater treatment) biological systems. During preliminary experiments, the authors found Beijerinickia sp. B3/36 to be unable to grow solely on phenanthrene, but capable of growth and phenanthrene utilization when yeast extract was supplied. The authors discuss the effects of pH and temperature on growth and phenanthrene degradation by intact cells of Biejerinickia sp. B8/36.

  5. Factors affecting sequestration and bioavailability of phenanthrene in soils

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    White, J.C.; Kelsey, J.W.; Hatzinger, P.B.; Alexander, M.

    1997-10-01

    A study was conducted to determine factors affecting the sequestration and changes in bioavailability as phenanthrene persists in soils. Phenanthrene became sequestered in seven soils differing appreciably in organic matter and clay content as measured by earthworm uptake, bacterial mineralization, or extractability. Phenanthrene also became sequestered as it aged in soil aggregates of various sizes as measured by decline in availability to a bacterium, a mild extractant, or both. Wetting and drying a soil during aging reduced the amount of phenanthrene recovered by a mild extractant and the rate and extent of bacterial mineralization of the hydrocarbon. After biodegradation of phenanthrene added to the soil, more of the compound remained if it had been aged than if it had not been aged. Wetting and drying the soil during aging further increased the amount of phenanthrene remaining after biodegradation. The rate and extent of bacterial mineralization of phenanthrene were less in leached than in unleached soil. Aging/sequestration is thus markedly affected by soil properties and environmental factors.

  6. Relationship between cyclodextrin extraction and biodegradation of phenanthrene in soil.

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    Rhodes, Angela H; Dew, Nadia M; Semple, Kirk T

    2008-07-01

    A number of soil extraction techniques have been proposed to determine the microbial degradability of organic contaminants in soil. Exhaustive methods using organic solvents have little relevance to the concentration of contaminants actually available to microorganisms. The present study investigated the relationship between sequential hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HPCD) extractions and microbial mineralization of [14C]phenanthrene in four soils over time. The desorption of [14C]phenanthrene was assessed at 24-h intervals over 10 d and compared to cumulative mineralization of the [14C]phenanthrene using an enriched pseudomonad inoculum. The cumulative total of [14C]phenanthrene extracted by HPCD exceeded the mineralization asymptote by more than 20%. The overall total extents mineralized after both single and multiple degrader inoculations, however, were statistically similar to that extracted after the first 24 h by HPCD; the ratios of extractable to mineralizable [14C]phenanthrene consistently approached one. Furthermore, a good linear correlation between mineralized and extracted phenanthrene was observed (single: r2 = 0.99, gradient = 0.90, intercept = 3.09; multiple: r2 = 0.95, gradient = 1.01, intercept = -0.48), suggesting that a single HPCD extraction accurately and reproducibly predicts the total fraction of phenanthrene available for microbial mineralization in all soils tested in the present study.

  7. Sorption of polar and nonpolar aromatic compounds to two humic acids with varied structural heterogeneity

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    Sun, H.Y.; Zhu, D.Q.; Mao, J.D.

    2008-12-15

    The major objective of the present study was to evaluate the correlation between structural nature of humic acids (HAs) and sorption affinity of organic compounds with varied polarity. We compared the sorption behavior of three aromatic compounds-nonpolar phenanthrene (PHEN) and 1,2,4,5-tetrachlorobenzene (TeCB) and highly polar 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP)-to a solid-phase coal humic acid (CHA) and a soil humic acid (SHA) suspended in aqueous solution. The structural nature of HAs was characterized using elemental analysis, ultraviolet absorbance, diffusive reflectance Fourier-transform infrared, and solid-state C-13 nuclear magnetic resonance. The two tested HAs have very different structural properties: CHA consists primarily of poly(methylene)-rich aliphatics with high aromatic content and some COO/N-C=O but low polarity, while SHA consists of young materials of lignin, carbohydrates, and peptides with high polarity. In response to the structural heterogeneity of HAs, sorption of nonpolar and more hydrophobic solutes (PHEN, TeCB) to CHA is much greater than that to SHA because of the predominance of hydrophobic effects; however, disparities in sorption affinity between the two HAs become smaller for polar and less hydrophobic DCP because of the major role played by polar interactions. The influence of pH on the sorption of different solutes to the two HAs was also discussed. The results of the present work highlight the importance of structural heterogeneity of both solutes and HAs in the sorption process.

  8. Humic acid protein complexation

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    Tan, W. F.; Koopal, L. K.; Weng, L. P.; van Riemsdijk, W. H.; Norde, W.

    2008-04-01

    Interactions of purified Aldrich humic acid (PAHA) with lysozyme (LSZ) are investigated. In solution LSZ is moderately positively and PAHA negatively charged at the investigated pH values. The proton binding of PAHA and of LSZ is determined by potentiometric proton titrations at various KCl concentrations. It is also measured for two mixtures of PAHA-LSZ and compared with theoretically calculated proton binding assuming no mutual interaction. The charge adaptation due to PAHA-LSZ interaction is relatively small and only significant at low and high pH. Next to the proton binding, the mass ratio PAHA/LSZ at the iso-electric point (IEP) of the complex at given solution conditions is measured together with the pH using the Mütek particle charge detector. From the pH changes the charge adaptation due to the interaction can be found. Also these measurements show that the net charge adaptation is weak for PAHA-LSZ complexes at their IEP. PAHA/LSZ mass ratios in the complexes at the IEP are measured at pH 5 and 7. At pH 5 and 50 mmol/L KCl the charge of the complex is compensated for 30-40% by K +; at pH 7, where LSZ has a rather low positive charge, this is 45-55%. At pH 5 and 5 mmol/L KCl the PAHA/LSZ mass ratio at the IEP of the complex depends on the order of addition. When LSZ is added to PAHA about 25% K + is included in the complex, but no K + is incorporated when PAHA is added to LSZ. The flocculation behavior of the complexes is also different. After LSZ addition to PAHA slow precipitation occurs (6-24 h) in the IEP, but after addition of PAHA to LSZ no precipitation can be seen after 12 h. Clearly, PAHA/LSZ complexation and the colloidal stability of PAHA-LSZ aggregates depend on the order of addition. Some implications of the observed behavior are discussed.

  9. Effect and localization of phenanthrene in maize roots.

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    Dupuy, Joan; Leglize, Pierre; Vincent, Quentin; Zelko, Ivan; Mustin, Christian; Ouvrard, Stéphanie; Sterckeman, Thibault

    2016-04-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have a toxic effect on plants, which limits the efficiency of phytomanagement of contaminated soils. The mechanisms underlying their toxicity are not fully understood. A cultivation experiment was carried out with maize, used as model plant, exposed to sand spiked with phenanthrene (50 or 150 mg kg(-1) dw). Epi-fluorescence microscopic observation of root sections was used to assess suberization of exodermis and endodermis and phenanthrene localization along the primary root length. For 10 days of cultivation, exodermis and endodermis suberization of exposed maize was more extensive. However, after 20 days of exposure, exodermis and endodermis of non-exposed roots were totally suberized, whilst PHE-exposed roots where less suberized. Early extensive suberization may act as barrier against PHE penetration, however longer exposure inhibits root maturation. Phenanthrene patches were located only near suberized exodermis and endodermis, which may therefore act as retention zones, where the hydrophobic phenanthrene accumulates during its radial transport.

  10. Pentachlorophenol and phenanthrene biodegradation in creosote contaminated aquifer material.

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    Mohammed, S A; Sorensen, D L; Sims, R C; Sims, J L

    1998-07-01

    Contamination of the subsurface environment at the Libby Superfund Site, Montana, includes polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and f1p4achlorophenol due to accidental spills and improper disposal of wood preserving wastes. Biodegradation is a treatment technology gaining wide application in the treatment of hazardous waste sites. A microcosm study was conducted to evaluate the effect of temperature, sampling depth, nutrient addition, and oxygen on the biodegradation potential of phenanthrene and pentachlorophenol in aquifer samples using radiolabeled chemicals. Mineralization of phenanthrene reached 14% but was less than 1% for pentachlorophenol over the 56 day incubation period. Phenanthrene mineralization in microcosms at 10 degrees C was not significantly different from those at 20 degrees C. This may have been due to microbial community acclimation to lower temperatures at the site. Average volatilization was less than 2% for both phenanthrene and pentachlorophenol. After 56 days, most of the radiolabeled chemical was either solvent extractable or soil bound.

  11. Effects of surfactants on extraction of phenanthrene in spiked sand.

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    Chang, M C; Huang, C R; Shu, H Y

    2000-10-01

    Problems associated with polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contaminated site in environmental media have received increasing attention. To resolve such problems, innovative in situ methods are urgently required. This work investigated the feasibility of using surfactants to extract phenanthrene on spiked sand in a batch system. Phenanthrene was spiked into Ottawa sand to simulate contaminated soil. Six surfactants, Brij 30 (BR), Triton X-100 (TR), Tergitol NP-10 (TE), Igepal CA-720 (IG), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (HTAB) were used. Adjusting the extraction time, mixing speed and surfactant concentration yielded the optimum extracting conditions. The concentration of phenanthrene was identified with HPLC. Under the experimental conditions, results indicated that those surfactants were highly promising on site remediation since the residual phenanthrene concentration was effectively reduced. The optimum operating conditions were obtained at 30 min, 125 rpm and surfactant concentrations in 4%.

  12. Oligo(3,6-phenanthrene ethynylenes): synthesis, characterization, and photoluminescence.

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    Li, Jichao; Hu, Gongfang; Wang, Ningning; Hu, Tao; Wen, Qiaodong; Lu, Ping; Wang, Yanguang

    2013-04-05

    A series of highly fluorescent, oligo(3,6-phenanthrene ethynylenes) (F1-F7) were synthesized, and their photophysical behavior was systematically investigated. They emitted light with highly emissive quantum yields, up to 0.92. Emissive wavelengths of these compounds relied on the number of phenanthrene blocks existing in the oligomers. Red-shifted emissions were observed as the number of phenanthrenes increased. On the basis of theoretical calculations, helical structures could be formed for F4-F7, indicating that the excimer emissions might be observed for F4-F7 due to the intramolecular π-π stackings of phenanthrenes in the helical structures. However, excimer emissions were only observed for F5-F7 in dilute cyclohexane and for F6 and F7 in dilute methylene chloride, respectively. No excimer emission was observed for F4-F7 in dilute tetrahydrofuran due to the degree of solvation.

  13. Bioaccumulation and toxicity of phenanthrene applied to different freshwater algae

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    Hailing-Sorensen, B.; Nyholm, N.; Rucker, N.; Peterson, H.

    1994-12-31

    Phenanthrene, a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon of medium lipophilicity (log K{sub ow} = 4.46) was chosen as a model compound for investigating mechanisms of bioaccumulation of hydrophobic chemicals in microalgae and relations between expressed toxicity and bioaccumulation. {sup 14}C labelled phenanthrene was used for easy quantification of its phase distribution. Results obtained with the green algae Selenastrum capricornutum and Scenedesmus armatus will be presented together with additional results from planned experiments with diatoms and cyanobacteria and interpreted considering cell size and lipid content of the different algae, For the same species bioconcentration factors (BCFs) were influenced to some extent by nutritional status and were slightly higher for unwashed cells than for washed cells. Much surprisingly, however, BCFs increased strongly with decreasing cell concentration. With chemostat grown nutrient deficient and washed Selenastrum cells, for example, the following BCF figures (mg phenanthrene/mg dry weight) were found: 3.8{center_dot}10{sup 4} 1.7{center_dot}10{sup 5} and 1.6{center_dot}10{sup 6}. Sorption of phenanthrene onto algae was rapid. Similar results have been reported in the literature for other compounds. The toxicity of phenanthrene increased with decreasing algal cell concentration probably as a result of increasing BCF`S. Toxicity experiments comprised both short term {sup 14}C assimilation assays and growth tests, and the phase distribution of phenanthrene was accounted for.

  14. Cosolvent-enhanced electrokinetic remediation of soils contaminated with phenanthrene

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    Li, A.; Cheung, K.A.; Reddy, K.R.

    2000-06-01

    This research was carried out to evaluate feasibility of using an electrokinetic technique to remove hydrophobic organic pollutants from soils, with the assistance of a cosolvent (n-butylamine, tetrahydrofuran, or acetone) added to the conducting fluid. The experiments were carried out on glacial till clay with phenanthrene as the test compound. Desorption equilibrium was investigated by batch tests. The electrokinetic experiments were conducted using a 19.1 cm long x 6.2 cm inside diameter column under controlled voltage. Water or 20% (volume) cosolvent solution was constantly supplied at the anode. The concentration of phenanthrene in the effluent collected at the cathode was monitored. Each experiment lasted for 100 to 145 days. Results showed that the presence of n-butylamine significantly enhanced the desorption and electrokinetic transport of phenanthrene; about 43% of the phenanthrene was removed after 127 days or 9 pore volumes. The effect of acetone was not as significant as butylamine. The effluent flow in the tetrahydrofuran experiments was minimal, and phenanthrene was not detected in the effluent. The use of water as the conducting solution did not cause observable phenanthrene migration.

  15. Evaluation of impacts of soil fractions on phenanthrene sorption.

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    Luo, Lei; Zhang, Shuzhen; Ma, Yibing

    2008-06-01

    Phenanthrene sorption to soils and soil fractions was investigated using two contrasting soils with different clay mineral and organic carbon (OC) contents in an attempt to evaluate the contribution of each soil fraction to phenanthrene sorption and the applicability of the carbon-normalized distribution constant (K(OC)) in soils. Sorbents were characterized using surface analysis, solid-state (13)C NMR analysis, and glass transition temperature (T(g)) analysis to gain a insight into the chemical nature of OC in soils. Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in the soil solution impeded the phenanthrene sorption, while humins accounted for the predominant phenanthrene sorption in soils. The contribution of OC to phenanthrene sorption in soil would be overestimated if only a K(OC)-approach was adopted, since clay minerals could account for much of the sorption, especially when OC was low in soils. Nitrogen gas was shown to be inappropriate for probing non-polar sorption capacity. The results obtained highlight the importance of clay minerals in governing the sorption of phenanthrene in soil, and emphasize the inapplicability of the carbon-normalized distribution coefficient K(OC) in soils.

  16. Biodegradation of naphthalene and phenanthren by Bacillus subtilis 3KP

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    Ni'matuzahroh, Trikurniadewi, N.; Pramadita, A. R. A.; Pratiwi, I. A.; Salamun, Fatimah, Sumarsih, Sri

    2017-06-01

    The purposes of this research were to know growth response, degradation ability, and uptake mechanism of naphthalene and phenanthrene by Bacillus subtilis 3KP. Bacillus subtilis 3KP was grown on Mineral Synthetic (MS) medium with addition of 1% yeast extract and naphthalene and phenanthrene respectively 200 ppm in different cultures. Bacillus subtilis 3KP growth response was monitored by Total Plate Count (TPC) method, the degradation ability was monitored by UV-Vis spectrophotometer, and the uptake mechanism of hydrocarbon was monitored by emulsification activity, decrease of surface tension, and activity of Bacterial Adherence to Hydrocarbon (BATH). Bacillus subtilis 3KP was able to grow and show biphasic growth pattern on both of substrates. Naphthalene and phenanthrene were used as a carbon source for Bacillus subtilis 3KP growth that indicated by the reduction of substrate concomitant with the growth. At room temperature conditions (± 30°C) and 90 rpm of agitation for 7 days, Bacillus subtilis 3KP could degrade naphthalene in the amount of 70.5% and phenanthrene in the amount of 24.8%. Based on the analysis of UV-Vis spectrophotometer, three metabolites, 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid, salicylic acid, and pyrocatechol were found in both cultures. The metabolite identification became basis of propose degradation pathway of naphthalene and phenanthrene by Bacillus subtilis 3KP. The results of hydrocarbon uptake mechanism test show that Bacillus subtilis 3KP used all of the mechanism to degrade naphthalene and phenanthrene.

  17. Toxic photoproducts of phenanthrene and anthracene in sunlight

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    Duxbury, C.L.; McConkey, B.J.; Mallakin, A.; Dixon, D.G.; Greenberg, B.M.

    1995-12-31

    Phenanthrene and anthracene, two of the most prevalent PAHs, undergo significant increases in toxicity on exposure to sunlight. Over a period of several days exposure to light, the toxicity of an aqueous solution of phenanthrene or anthracene increased dramatically. This increase in toxicity is largely due to the primary products formed by these two PAHs due to light exposure. These compounds are more toxic than the parent compounds at equimolar concentrations. Although anthracene is a potent photosensitizer, phenanthrene did not exhibit a significant increase in toxicity due to photosensitization. Photo-oxidation was the principal cause of photoinduced toxicity, with 9,10-phenanthrenequinone being the primary product. This compound is more water soluble than phenanthrene increasing its bioavailability. In addition, mixtures of phenanthrene and 9,10-phenanthrenequinone exhibited toxicity similar to the quinone added alone. This was shown by joint toxicity testing using Lemna gibba and Daphnia magna. These two organisms are currently being used in the lab to further test individual oxidized products of anthracene and phenanthrene that occur as a result of exposure to sunlight.

  18. Comparative study of the solid-matrix luminescence properties of perdeuterated phenanthrene and phenanthrene adsorbed on several solid matrices

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    Ramasamy, S.M.; Hurtubise, R.J.

    1996-09-01

    Temperature was varied over a wide range to determine its effect on the luminescence properties of deuterated phenanthrene and phenanthrene adsorbed on a number of solid matrices. Not only were insights into the effects of temperature and solid matrices on the luminescence properties acquired but also the deuterium isotope effect revealed unique information about the role played by the solid matrix in the luminescence of the model compounds. In addition, comparisons of nonradiative rate constants and the efficiencies of intersystem crossing revealed important differences among the solid matrices in altering these parameters. The perdeuterated phenanthrene and phenanthrene proved to be useful probes for investigating the effects of solid matrices on the excited triplet state of phosphors because the excited singlet state of the lumiphor was affected very little by the solid matrices, and the rate constants of phosphorescence for the two phosphors are essentially the same. {copyright} {ital 1996 Society for Applied Spectroscopy.}

  19. Use of bromodeoxyuridine immunocapture to identify psychrotolerant phenanthrene-degrading bacteria in phenanthrene-enriched polluted Baltic Sea sediments

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    Edlund, A.; Jansson, J.

    2008-05-01

    The aim of this study was to enrich and identify psychrotolerant phenanthrenedegrading bacteria from polluted Baltic Sea sediments. Polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-contaminated sediments were spiked with phenanthrene and incubated for 2 months in the presence of bromodeoxyuridine that is incorporated into the DNA of replicating cells. The bromodeoxyuridine-incorporated DNA was extracted by immunocapture and analyzed by terminal-restriction fragment length polymorphism and 16S rRNA gene cloning and sequencing to identify bacterial populations that were growing. In addition, degradation genes were quantified in the bromodeoxyuridine-incorporated DNA by real-time PCR. Phenanthrene concentrations decreased after 2 months of incubation in the phenanthrene-enriched sediments and this reduction correlated to increases in copy numbers of xylE and phnAc dioxygenase genes. Representatives of Exiguobacterium, Schewanella,Methylomonas, Pseudomonas, Bacteroides and an uncultured Deltaproteobacterium and a Gammaproteobacterium dominated the growing community in the phenanthrene spiked sediments. Isolates that were closely related to three of these bacteria (two pseudomonads and an Exiguobacterium sp.) could reduce phenanthrene concentrations in pure cultures and they all harbored phnAc dioxygenase genes. These results confirm that this combination of culture-based and molecular approaches was useful for identification of actively growing bacterial species with a high potential for phenanthrene degradation.

  20. Sorption of phenanthrene on to soil fractions in the presence of Triton X-100.

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    Zhang, Guangzhi; Sun, Weiling; Hu, Hao; Lu, Xuemei; Ni, Jinren

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of soil fractions on surfactant-enhanced soil remediation. A soil sample was separated into humic acid (HA), humin (HM), base-extracted soil (BE) and mineral fraction through solution extraction. The sorption of phenanthrene (PHE) on to individual soil fractions in the presence of a nonionic surfactant, Triton X-100 (TX100) at two concentrations, was studied. The results showed that HA had the highest affinity for both PHE and TX100. The HM and BE presented a high sorption capacity for PHE but a low capacity for TX100, while mineral presented a low sorption capacity for PHE and a high sorption capacity for TX100. The sorption of PHE on different soil fractions was greatly influenced by the presence of TX100. With TX100 present in solution, the distribution parameters K(f) and K(d) of all the sorbents decreased, with the exception of the mineral fraction at the lower TX100 initial concentration. The sorption of PHE on to HA and the mineral fraction was particularly influenced by TX100, which is because of the corresponding high TX100 sorption capacity of HA and the mineral fraction.

  1. Role of structure and microporosity in phenanthrene sorption by natural and engineered organic matter.

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    Han, Lanfang; Sun, Ke; Jin, Jie; Wei, Xin; Xia, Xinghui; Wu, Fengchang; Gao, Bo; Xing, Baoshan

    2014-10-07

    Natural sorbents including one humic acid (HA), humins (HMs), nonhydrolyzable carbons (NHCs), and engineered sorbents (biochars) were subject to bleaching to selectively remove a fraction of aromatic C. The structural properties and sorption isotherm data of phenanthrene (Phen) by original and bleached sorbents were obtained. Significant correlations between Phen Koc values by all sorbents and their organic carbon (OC)-normalized CO2 cumulative surface area (CO2-SA/OC) suggested that nanopore-filling mechanism could dominate Phen sorption. After bleaching, natural sorbents still contained large amounts of aromatic C, which are resistant to bleaching, suggesting that they are derived from condensed or nonbiodegradable organic matter (OM). After eliminating the effect of aromatic C remaining in the bleached samples, a general trend of increasing CO2-SA/OC of natural sorbents with increasing aliphaticity was observed, suggesting that nanopores of natural sorbents are partially derived from their aliphatic moieties. Conversely, positive relationships between CO2-SA/OC or Phen logKoc of engineered sorbents and their aromaticity indicated the aromatic structures of engineered sorbents primarily contribute to their nanopores and dominate their sorption of HOCs. Therefore, this study clearly demonstrated that the role of structure and microporosity in Phen sorption is dependent on the sources of sorbents.

  2. Characterization and Phenanthrene Sorption of Natural and Pyrogenic Organic Matter Fractions.

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    Jin, Jie; Sun, Ke; Wang, Ziying; Yang, Yan; Han, Lanfang; Xing, Baoshan

    2017-03-07

    Pyrogenic humic acid (HA) is released into the environment during the large-scale application of biochar. However, the biogeochemistry of pyrogenic organic matter (PyOM) fractions and their sorption of hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs) are poorly understood in comparison with natural organic matter (NOM) fractions. HA and humin (HM) fractions isolated from soils and the oxidized biochars were characterized. Sorption of phenanthrene (PHE) by these fractions was also examined. The characterization results demonstrate that pyrogenic HAs are different from natural HAs, with the former having lower atomic H/C ratios, more abundant aromatic C, and higher concentrations of surface carboxylic groups. Compared with the fresh biochars, the Koc of PHE on their oxidized biochars, pyrogenic HA, and HM fractions were undiminished, which is encouraging for the use of biochar in soil remediation. The PyOM fractions exhibited stronger nonlinear sorption than the NOM fractions. In addition, the PyOM fractions had higher sorption capacity than the NOM fractions due to their low polar C content and high aryl C content. The results obtained from this work will shed new light on the impact of the addition of biochar on the biogeochemistry of soil organic matter and on the fate of HOCs in biochar-amended soil.

  3. Preparative isolation of aquatic humic substances

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    Thurman, E.M.; Malcolm, R.L.

    1981-01-01

    A useful procedure has been developed which utilizes adsorption chromatography followed by size-exclusion chromatography, hydrogen saturation by ion exchange, and lypholization to obtain low-ash aqueous humic substances. The preparative concentration of aquatic humic substances is done by multiple reconcentration procedures even though initial concentrations of aqueous humus may be less than 25 ??g/L. The procedure yields concentration factors of 25 000 times for both humic and fulvic acid in water.

  4. Using biodegradation kinetics to measure availability of aged phenanthrene to bacteria inoculated into soil

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    Schwartz, E.; Scow, K.M.

    1999-08-01

    The rate of biodegradation of pollutants in soil can be limited by the pollutant's availability to microorganisms. The authors have developed a bioassay for the availability of phenanthrene to bacteria that degrade phenanthrene in soil. The assay uses a soil in which phenanthrene is degraded very slowly. The rate of phenanthrene mineralization in this soil may be increased substantially through bioaugmentation with a bacterial inoculum. By delaying inoculation, it is possible to manipulate the time phenanthrene is present in soil before accelerated biodegradation begins. A phenanthrene concentration much lower than the affinity constant of the inoculum is added; thus, biodegradation kinetics approach first order. Because the phenanthrene first-order rate constant for the inoculum is the same regardless of the phenanthrene residence time in soil, the change in phenanthrene availability to the inoculum can be measured over time. The availability of phenanthrene to bacteria declined in a biphasic double exponential pattern with time. The initial rapid decline in availability resembled the change in amount of phenanthrene extracted from soil with hexane-water. However, after phenanthrene had been present in the soil longer than 300 h, the fraction extracted with hexane-water declined faster than the substrate available to the bacterial inoculum, suggesting that the bacteria are able to access a pool of phenanthrene unavailable to hexane.

  5. Isolation of humic acids from leonardite

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    Shah, S.B.; Tartamella, T.L.; Lee, S.; Kulik, C.J.

    1996-12-31

    The primary interest in humic acid is its use as an effective fertilizer. Humic substances, found commonly in low-rank coals, enhance plant growth directly through positive physiological effects and indirectly by affecting the properties of the soil. Humic acids have traditionally been defined as the dark-colored organic matter that can be extracted from soil by dilute alkali and other reagents and which is insoluble in dilute acid. This paper discusses the isolation of humic acid from leonardite using the alkaline extraction method and the subsequent characterization using elemental analysis and infrared spectroscopy techniques. In this study, yields of more than 60% were obtained.

  6. Effect of Model Sorptive Phases on Phenanthrene Biodegradation: Different Enrichment Conditions Influence Bioavailability and Selection of Phenanthrene-Degrading Isolates

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    Grosser, Robert J.; Friedrich, Michael; Ward, David M.; Inskeep, William P.

    2000-01-01

    The sorption of organic contaminants by natural organic matter (NOM) often limits substrate bioavailability and is an important factor affecting microbial degradation rates in soils and sediments. We hypothesized that reduced substrate bioavailability might influence which microbial assemblages are responsible for contaminant degradation under enrichment culture conditions. Our primary goal was to characterize enrichments in which different model organic solid phases were used to establish a range of phenanthrene bioavailabilities for soil microorganisms. Phenanthrene sorption coefficients (expressed as log KD values) ranged from 3.0 liters kg−1 for Amberlite carboxylic acid cation-exchange resin (AMB) to 3.5 liters kg−1 for Biobeads polyacrylic resin (SM7) and 4.2 liters kg−1 for Biobeads divinyl benzene resin (SM2). Enrichment cultures were established for control (no sorptive phase), sand, AMB, SM7, and SM2 treatments by using two contaminated soils (from Dover, Ohio, and Libby, Mont.) as the initial inocula. The effects of sorption by model phases on the degradation of phenanthrene were evaluated for numerous transfers in order to obtain stable microbial assemblages representative of sorptive and nonsorptive enrichment cultures and to eliminate the effects of the NOM present in the initial inoculum. Phenanthrene degradation rates were similar for each soil inoculum and ranged from 4 to 5 μmol day−1 for control and sand treatments to approximately 0.4 μmol day−1 in the presence of the SM7 sorptive phase. The rates of phenanthrene degradation in the highly sorptive SM2 enrichment culture were insignificant; consequently, stable microbial populations could not be obtained. Bacterial isolates obtained from serial dilutions of enrichment culture samples exhibited significant differences in rates of phenanthrene degradation performed in the presence of SM7, suggesting that enrichments performed in the presence of a sorptive phase selected for different

  7. H(+)/phenanthrene symporter and aquaglyceroporin are implicated in phenanthrene uptake by wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) roots.

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    Zhan, Xinhua; Zhang, Xiaobin; Yin, Xiaoming; Ma, Hengliang; Liang, Jianru; Zhou, Lixiang; Jiang, Tinghui; Xu, Guohua

    2012-01-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are ubiquitous organic pollutants that are toxic to human and nonhuman organisms. Dietary intake of PAHs is a dominant route of exposure for the general population because food crops are a major source of dietary PAHs. The mechanism for crop root uptake of PAHs remains unclear. Here we reveal that wheat root uptake of PAHs involves active and passive processes. The passive uptake is mercury and glycerol dependent. Mercury and glycerol inhibit uptake, indicating that aquaglyceroporins sensitive to mercury contribute to passive uptake. Active uptake is mediated by a phenanthrene/H symporter. The electrical response of wheat roots triggered by phenanthrene consists of two sequential phases: depolarization followed by repolarization. The depolarization is phenanthrene concentration dependent, with saturation kinetics that have an apparent of K(m) 10.8 μmol L(-1). As uptake proceeds, external solution pH increase is noticed. Lower pH favors the uptake. Vanadate and 2,4-dinitrophenol suppress the electrical response to phenanthrene and phenanthrene uptake, suggesting that plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase is involved in the establishment of an electrochemical proton gradient acting as a driving force for active uptake. Therefore, it is suggested that aquaglyceroporin and phenanthrene/H symporter are implicated in phenanthrene uptake. Our results provide insight into PAH uptake mechanism in wheat roots that is relevant to strategies for reducing PAH accumulation in wheat for food safety, improving phytoremediation of PAH-contaminated soils or water by agronomic practices and genetic modification to target remedial plants for higher PAH uptake capacity.

  8. Bioventing remediation and ecotoxicity evaluation of phenanthrene-contaminated soil.

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    García Frutos, F Javier; Escolano, Olga; García, Susana; Babín, Mar; Fernández, M Dolores

    2010-11-15

    The objectives of soil remediation processes are usually based on threshold levels of soil contaminants. However, during remediation processes, changes in bioavailability and metabolite production can occur, making it necessary to incorporate an ecotoxicity assessment to estimate the risk to ecological receptors. The evolution of contaminants and soil ecotoxicity of artificially phenanthrene-contaminated soil (1000 mg/kg soil) during soil treatment through bioventing was studied in this work. Bioventing was performed in glass columns containing 5.5 kg of phenanthrene-contaminated soil and uncontaminated natural soil over a period of 7 months. Optimum conditions of mineralisation (humidity=60% WHC; C/N/P=100:20:1) were determined in a previous work. The evolution of oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production, phenanthrene concentration and soil toxicity were studied on sacrificed columns at periods of 0, 3 and 7 months. Toxicity to soil and aquatic organisms was determined using a multispecies system in the soil columns (MS-3). In the optimal bioventing treatability test, we obtained a reduction rate in phenanthrene concentration higher that 93% after 7 months of treatment. The residual toxicity obtained at the end of the treatment was not attributed to the low phenanthrene concentration, but to the ammonia used to restore the optimal C/N ratio. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Relative Role of Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Microorganisms in Phenanthrene Transformation in Coastal Sediments

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    MacGillivray, A. Ronald; Shiaris, Michael P.

    1994-01-01

    The relative role of eukaryotic versus prokaryotic microorganisms in phenanthrene transformation was measured in slurries of coastal sediment by two different approaches: detection of marker metabolites and use of selective inhibitors on phenanthrene biotransformation. Phenanthrene biotransformation was measured by polar metabolite formation and CO2 evolution from [9-14C]phenanthrene. Radiolabeled metabolites were tentatively identified by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separation combined with UV/visible spectral analysis of HPLC peaks and comparison to authentic standards. Both yeasts and bacteria transformed phenanthrene in slurries of coastal sediment. Two products of phenanthrene oxidation by fungi, phenanthrene trans-3,4-dihydrodiol and 3-phenanthrol, were produced in yeast-inoculated sterile sediment. However, only products of phenanthrene oxidation typical of bacterial transformation, 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid and phenanthrene cis-3,4-dihydrodiol, were isolated from slurries of coastal sediment with natural microbial populations. Phenanthrene trans-dihydrodiols or other products of fungal oxidation of phenanthrene were not detected in the slurry containing a natural microbial population. A predominant role for bacterial transformation of phenanthrene was also suggested from selective inhibitor experiments. Addition of streptomycin to slurries, at a concentration which suppressed bacterial viable counts and rates of [methyl-3H]thymidine uptake, completely inhibited phenanthrene transformation. Treatment with colchicine, at a concentration which suppressed yeast viable counts, depressed phenanthrene transformation by 40%, and this was likely due to nontarget inhibition of bacterial activity. The relative contribution of eukaryotic microorganisms to phenanthrene transformation in inoculated sterile sediment was estimated to be less than 3% of the total activity. We conclude that the predominant degraders of phenanthrene in muddy coastal

  10. Relative role of eukaryotic and prokaryotic microorganisms in phenanthrene transformation in coastal sediments

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    MacGillivray, A.R.; Shiaris, M.P. )

    1994-04-01

    The relative role of eukaryotic versus prokaryotic microorganisms in phenanthrene transformation was measured in slurries of coastal sediment by two different approaches: detection of marker metabolites and use of selective inhibitors on phenanthrene biotransformation. Phenanthrene biotransformation was measured by polar metabolite formation and CO[sub 2] evolution from [9-[sup 14]C]phenanthrene. Both yeasts and bacteria transformed phenanthrene in slurries of coastal sediment. Two products of phenanthrene oxidation by fungi, phenanthrene trans-3,4-dihydrodiol and 3-phenanthrol, were produced in yeast-inoculated sterile sediment. However, only products of phenanthrene oxidation typical of bacterial transformation, 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid and phenanthrene cis-3,4-dihydrodiol, were isolated from slurries of coastal sediment with natural microbial populations. Phenanthrene trans-dihydrodiols or other products of fungal oxidation of phenanthrene were not detected in the slurry containing a natural microbial population. A predominant role for bacterial transformation of phenanthrene was also suggested from selective inhibitor experiments. Addition of streptomycin to slurries, at a concentration which suppressed bacterial viable counts and rates of [methyl-[sup 3]H]thymidine uptake, completely inhibited phenanthrene transformation. Treatment with colchicine, at a concentration which suppressed yeast viable counts, depressed phenanthrene transformation by 40%, and this was likely due to nontarget inhibition of bacterial activity. The relative contribution of eukaryotic microorganisms to phenanthrene transformation in inoculated sterile sediment was estimated to be less than 3% of the total activity. We conclude that the predominant degraders of phenanthrene in muddy coastal sediments are bacteria and not eukaryotic microorganisms. 35 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Inoculation of a phenanthrene-degrading endophytic bacterium reduces the phenanthrene level and alters the bacterial community structure in wheat.

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    Liu, Juan; Xiang, Yanbing; Zhang, Zhiming; Ling, Wanting; Gao, Yanzheng

    2017-03-28

    Colonization by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-degrading endophytic bacteria (PAHDEB) can reduce the PAH contamination risk in plant. However, little information is available on the impact of PAHDEB colonization on the endophytic bacterial community of inner plant tissues. A phenanthrene-degrading endophytic bacterium (PDEB), Massilia sp. Pn2, was inoculated onto the roots of wheat and subjected to greenhouse container experiments. The endophytic bacterial community structure in wheat was investigated using high-throughput sequencing technology. The majority of endophytic bacteria in wheat were Proteobacteria, and the dominant genus was Pseudomonas. Phenanthrene contamination clearly increased the diversity of endophytic bacteria in wheat. The cultivable endophytic bacteria counts in wheat decreased with increasing the level of phenanthrene contamination; the endophytic bacterial community structure changed correspondingly, and the bacterial richness first increased and then decreased. Inoculation of strain Pn2 reduced the phenanthrene contamination in wheat, enlarged the biomass of wheat roots, changed the bacterial community structure and enhanced the cell counts, diversity and richness of endophytic bacteria in phenanthrene-contaminated wheat in a contamination level-dependent manner. The findings of this investigation provide insight into the responses of endophytic bacterial community in plant to external PAH contamination and PAHDEB colonization.

  12. Plasmid-mediated mineralization of naphthalene, phenanthrene, and anthracene

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    Sanseverino, J. IT Corp., Knoxville, TN ); Applegate, B.M.; King, J.M.H.; Sayler, G.S. )

    1993-06-01

    The biochemistry and genetics of the naphthalene degradation pathway contained on plasmid NAH7 have been well characterized. However, not much is known about the substrate specificity of the enzymes of nah operons and whether the nah-encoded enzymes are capable of metabolizing higher polyaromatic hydrocarbons. This paper shows that NAH7 and NAH7-like plasmids can mediate metabolism of phenanthrene and anthracene as well as naphthalene. In addition, a mutant blocked in the nahG (salicylate hydroxylase) gene produced unidentified metabolites when it is grown in the presence of phenanthrene and anthracene. This implies that phenanthrene and anthracene are degraded through the nah plasmid-encoded system. 29 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. Phenanthrene removal from soil slurries with surfactant-treated oxides

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    Park, J.W.; Jaffe, P.R.

    1995-06-01

    A soil-slurry washing technique to decontaminate soils containing low-solubility nonionic organic pollutants was investigated, using phenanthrene as a model pollutant. The technique is based on first transferring the sorbed phenanthrene from the soil to anionic surfactant-coated oxide particles, and then separating these anionic surfactant-coated oxide particles with the sorbed phenanthrene from the soil slurry via a magnetic separation technique. The decontamination of two soils with different particle sizes and soil organic matter content was investigated. The proposed soil-slurry washing technique was effective in removing a strongly sorbing nonionic organic contaminant from soil slurries. Various operational scenarios of multistage soil-slurry reactors were evaluated with a mathematical model.

  14. Mapping and modeling airborne urban phenanthrene distribution using vegetation biomonitoring

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    Noth, Elizabeth M.; Katharine Hammond, S.; Biging, Gregory S.; Tager, Ira B.

    2013-10-01

    To capture the spatial distribution of phenanthrene in an urban setting we used vegetation biomonitoring with Jeffrey pine trees (Pinus jeffreyi). The major challenge in characterizing spatial variation in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) concentrations within a metropolitan area has been sampling at a fine enough resolution to observe the underlying spatial pattern. However, field and chamber studies show that the primary pathway through which PAHs enter plants is from air into leaves, making vegetation biomonitoring a feasible way to examine the spatial distribution of these compounds. Previous research has shown that phenanthrene has adverse health effects and that it is one of the most abundant PAHs in urban air. We collected 99 pine needle samples from 91 locations in Fresno in the morning on a winter day, and analyzed them for PAHs in the inner needle. All 99 pine needle samples had detectable levels of phenanthrene, with mean concentration of 41.0 ng g-1, median 36.9 ng g-1, and standard deviation of 28.5 ng g-1 fresh weight. The ratio of the 90th:10th percentile concentrations by location was 3.3. The phenanthrene distribution had a statistically significant Moran's I of 0.035, indicating a high degree of spatial clustering. We implemented land use regression to fit a model to our data. Our model was able to explain a moderate amount of the variability in the data (R2 = 0.56), likely reflecting the major sources of phenanthrene in Fresno. The spatial distribution of modeled airborne phenanthrene shows the influences of highways, railroads, and industrial and commercial zones.

  15. Equivalent weight of humic acid from peat

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    Pommer, A.M.; Breger, I.A.

    1960-01-01

    By means of discontinuous titration, the equivalent weight of humic acid isolated from a peat was found to increase from 144 to 183 between the third and fifty-second day after the humic acid was dissolved. Infra-red studies showed that the material had probably condensed with loss of carbonyl groups. ?? 1960.

  16. Effects of humic acids in vitro.

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    Vašková, Janka; Veliká, Beáta; Pilátová, Martina; Kron, Ivan; Vaško, Ladislav

    2011-06-01

    Humic acids are known for their overall positive health and productivity effects in animal feeding trials and, controversially, as an aetiological factor of cancer. We tried to assess the in vitro effect of humic acids from a selected source in Slovakia when used at recommended prophylactic dosage. We investigated antioxidant properties, enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant defence system in liver mitochondria and cultured cancer cell lines in vitro. We observed a significant decrease in superoxide dismutase activity after humic acids treatment irrespective of dissolving in dimethyl sulphoxide or direct addition to mitochondria suspension in a respiration medium. Activities of other antioxidant enzymes measured, such as glutathione peroxidase and glutathione reductase, showed no significant differences from the control as well as the reduced glutathione content. Percentage of inhibition by humic acids of superoxide radical indicated lower efficacy compared with that of hydroxyl radical. Survival of six different cancer cells lines indicated that only the acute T lymphoblastic leukaemia cell line was sensitive to the tested humic acids. Despite relatively low solubility in aqueous solutions, humic acids from the selected source participated in redox regulation. By recapturing the radicals, humic acids reloaded the antioxidant defensive mechanism. Results from in vitro study conducted with humic acids from the natural source showed potential of these substances as promising immunity enhancing agents.

  17. Geosynthesis of organic compounds: II. Methylation of phenanthrene and alkylphenanthrenes

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    Alexander, Robert; Bastow, Trevor P.; Fisher, Steven J.; Kagi, Robert I.

    1995-10-01

    A crude oil and several shales which contain anomalously high concentrations of phenanthrene, 1-methylphenanthrene, 1,7-dimethylphenathrene, and retene have been shown to contain relatively high concentrations of their corresponding 9-methyl counterparts. In laboratory experiments carried out under mild conditions, each of the phenanthrenes has been shown to be substituted preferentially at the 9-position when a methyl donor was heated with the substrate in the presence of a clay catalyst. These observations have been interpreted as evidence for a sedimentary methylation process.

  18. [Adsorption of phenanthrene from aqueous solution on cetylpyridinium bromide (CPB) -modified zeolite].

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    Li, Jia; Lin, Jian-Wei; Zhan, Yan-Hui; Chen, Zu-Mei; Wang, Peng-Jun

    2014-02-01

    Surfactant-modified zeolites (SMZs) with different coverage types were prepared by loading of different amounts of cetylpyridinium bromide (CPB) onto natural zeolites and were used as adsorbents to remove phenanthrene from aqueous solution. The adsorption of phenanthrene from aqueous solution on monolayer and bilayer SMZs as a function of adsorbent dosage, initial phenanthrene concentration, contact time, and temperature was investigated using batch experiments. Results showed monolayer and bilayer SMZs were effective for the removal of phenanthrene from aqueous solution. The phenanthrene removal efficiency of SMZs increased with increasing adsorbent dosage, but the amount of phenanthrene adsorbed on SMZs decreased with increasing adsorbent dosage. The adsorption kinetics of phenanthrene on SMZs well followed a pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The equilibrium adsorption data of phenanthrene on SMZs at a low concentration of phenanthrene in solution could be described by the Linear equation and Freundlich equation. The main mechanism for phenanthrene adsorption onto monolayer SMZ is hydrophobic interaction, and the main mechanism for phenanthrene adsorption onto bilayer SMZ is organic partitioning. The calculated thermodynamic parameters such as Gibbs free energy change (deltaG(theta)), enthalpy changes (deltaH(theta)), and entropy change (deltaS(theta)) showed that the adsorption process of phenanthrene on SMZs is spontaneous and exothermic in nature. When the CPB loading amount of bilayer SMZ was twice as much as that of monolayer SMZ, the phenanthrene adsorption capacity for bilayer SMZ was slightly higher than that for monolayer SMZ. In a conclusion, both monolayer and bilayer SMZs are promising adsorbents for the removal of phenanthrene from water and wastewater, and monolayer SMZ is a more cost-effective adsorbent for phenanthrene removal than bilayer SMZ.

  19. (Biphenyl-2-alkyne) derivatives as common precursors for the synthesis of 9-iodo-10-organochalcogen-phenanthrenes and 9-organochalcogen-phenanthrenes.

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    Grimaldi, Tamiris B; Lutz, Guilherme; Back, Davi F; Zeni, Gilson

    2016-11-08

    In this paper, we report our results on the cyclization of (biphenyl-2-alkyne) derivatives to give two different types of phenanthrene derivatives, 9-iodo-10-organochalcogen-phenanthrenes and 9-organochalcogen-phenanthrenes. The strategy for the synthesis was based on the use of electrophilic cyclization for the preparation of 9-iodo-10-organochalcogen-phenanthrenes and iron(iii) chloride/diorganyl diselenide-mediated intramolecular cyclization to prepare 9-organochalcogen-phenanthrenes. The effects of solvent, temperature, reaction time and stoichiometry on the efficiency of cyclization reactions were investigated. The standard reaction conditions were compatible with many functional groups in the substrates, such as methyl, chlorine, fluorine and methoxyl. This protocol was efficient for diorganyl diselenides and disulfides but ineffective for diorganyl ditellurides. The resulting phenanthrenes were further functionalized through Sonogashira reactions followed by the electrophilic cyclization reaction to give the selenophene-fused aromatic compounds.

  20. Two-stage mineralization of phenanthrene by estuarine enrichment cultures

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    Guerin, W.F.; Jones, G.E.

    1988-04-01

    The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon phenanthrene was mineralized in two stages by soil, estuarine water, and sediment microbial populations. At high concentrations, phenanthrene was degraded, with the concomitant production of biomass and accumulation of Folin-Ciocalteau-reactive aromatic intermediates. Subsequent consumption of these intermediates resulted in a secondary increase in biomass. Analysis of intermediates by high-performance liquid chromatography, thin-layer chromatography, and UV absorption spectrometry showed 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid (1H2NA) to be the predominant product. A less pronounced two-stage mineralization pattern was also observed by monitoring /sup 14/CO/sub 2/ production from low concentrations (0.5 mg liter/sup -1/) of radiolabeled phenanthrene. Here, mineralization of /sup 14/C-labeled 1H2NA could explain the incremental /sup 14/CO/sub 2/ produced during the later part of the incubations. Accumulation of 1H2NA by isolates obtained from enrichments was dependent on the initial phenanthrene concentration. The production of metabolites during polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon biodegradation is discussed with regard to its possible adaptive significance and its methodological implications.

  1. Two-Stage Mineralization of Phenanthrene by Estuarine Enrichment Cultures

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    Guerin, William F.; Jones, Galen E.

    1988-01-01

    The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon phenanthrene was mineralized in two stages by soil, estuarine water, and sediment microbial populations. At high concentrations, phenanthrene was degraded, with the concomitant production of biomass and accumulation of Folin-Ciocalteau-reactive aromatic intermediates. Subsequent consumption of these intermediates resulted in a secondary increase in biomass. Analysis of intermediates by high-performance liquid chromatography, thin-layer chromatography, and UV absorption spectrometry showed 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid (1H2NA) to be the predominant product. A less pronounced two-stage mineralization pattern was also observed by monitoring 14CO2 production from low concentrations (0.5 mg liter−1) of radiolabeled phenanthrene. Here, mineralization of 14C-labeled 1H2NA could explain the incremental 14CO2 produced during the later part of the incubations. Accumulation of 1H2NA by isolates obtained from enrichments was dependent on the initial phenanthrene concentration. The production of metabolites during polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon biodegradation is discussed with regard to its possible adaptive significance and its methodological implications. PMID:16347614

  2. Degradation pathways of phenanthrene by Sinorhizobium sp. C4.

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    Keum, Young-Soo; Seo, Jong-Su; Hu, Yuting; Li, Qing X

    2006-08-01

    Sinorhizobium sp. C4 was isolated from a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-contaminated site in Hilo, HI, USA. This isolate can utilize phenanthrene as a sole carbon source. Sixteen metabolites of phenanthrene were isolated and identified, and the metabolic map was proposed. Degradation of phenanthrene was initiated by dioxygenation on 1,2- and 3,4-C, where the 3,4-dioxygenation was dominant. Subsequent accumulation of 5,6- and 7,8-benzocoumarins confirmed dioxygenation on multiple positions and extradiol cleavage of corresponding diols. The products were further transformed to 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid and 2-hydroxy-1-naphthoic acid then to naphthalene-1,2-diol. In addition to the typical degradation pathways, intradiol cleavage of phenanthrene-3,4-diol was proposed based on the observation of naphthalene-1,2-dicarboxylic acid. Degradation of naphthalene-1,2-diol proceeded through intradiol cleavage to produce trans-2-carboxycinnamic acid. Phthalic acid, 4,5-dihydroxyphthalic acid, and protocatechuic acid were identified as probable metabolites of trans-2-carboxycinnamic acid, but no trace salicylic acid or its metabolites were found. This is the first detailed study of PAH metabolism by a Sinorhizobium species. The results give a new insight into microbial degradation of PAHs.

  3. Effect of surfactant addition on phenanthrene biodegradation in sediments

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    Tsomides, H.J.; Hughes, J.B.; Thomas, J.M.; Ward, C.H.

    1995-12-31

    A laboratory study was conducted to determine whether commercial surfactants enhance the bioremediation of PAH-contaminated sediments. Phenanthrene was chosen as a representative PAH. An inoculum of PAH-degrading microorganisms, enriched from an aquatic sediment, was used in sediment-water slurry microcosm biodegradation experiments. Of seven nonionic surfactants tested, only one (Triton X-100) did not inhibit phenanthrene mineralization at concentrations above the critical micelle concentration (CMC). Temporal studies on Triton X-100 revealed that while it initially inhibited mineralization in sediment-free microcosms, after 1 week Triton X-100 slightly improved phenanthrene biotransformation and mineralization in microcosms with and without sediment. For all treatments, phenanthrene disappearance was complete after 9 d. and mineralization reached 50 to 65% after 12 d. Sorption to the sediment appears to have reduced the free aqueous surfactant concentration, thereby reducing surfactant toxicity to the microorganisms. These results suggest that many surfactants are toxic to PAH-degrading microorganisms, and while surfactant addition may not always have adverse effects on biodegradation, the use of surfactants might not be necessary to achieve complete contaminant removal.

  4. Effect of surfactant addition on phenanthrene biodegradation in sediments

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    Tsomides, H.J.; Hughes, J.B.; Thomas, J.M.; Ward, C.H.

    1995-06-01

    A laboratory study was conducted to determine whether commercial surfactants enhance the bioremediation of PAH-contaminated sediments. Phenanthrene was chosen as a representative PAH; an inoculum of PAH-degrading microorganisms, enriched from an aquatic sediment, was used in sediment-water slurry microcosm biodegradation experiments. Of seven non-ionic surfactants tested, only one (Triton X-100) did not inhibit phenanthrene mineralization at concentrations above the critical micelle concentration (CMC). Temporal studies on Triton X-100 revealed that while it initially inhibited mineralization in sediment-free microcosms, after 1 week Triton X-100 slightly improved phenanthrene biotransformation and mineralization in microcosms with and without sediment. For all treatments, phenanthrene disappearance was complete after 9 d, and mineralization reached 50 to 65% after 12 d. Sorption to the sediment appears to have reduced the free aqueous surfactant concentration, thereby reducing surfactant toxicity to the microorganisms. These results suggest that many surfactants are toxic to PAH-degrading microorganisms, and while surfactant addition may not always have adverse effects on biodegradation, the use of surfactants might not be desirable to achieve complete contamination removal.

  5. Rhizoremediation of phenanthrene and pyrene contaminated soil using wheat.

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    Shahsavari, Esmaeil; Adetutu, Eric M; Taha, Mohamed; Ball, Andrew S

    2015-05-15

    Rhizoremediation, the use of the plant rhizosphere and associated microorganisms represents a promising method for the clean up of soils contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) including phenanthrene and pyrene, two model PAHs. Although numerous studies have been published reporting the degradation of phenanthrene and pyrene, very few evaluate the microbial basis of the rhizoremediation process through the application of molecular tools. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of wheat on the degradation of two model PAHs (alone or in combination) and also on soil bacterial, fungal and nidA gene (i.e. a key gene in the degradation of pyrene) communities. The addition of wheat plants led to a significant enhancement in the degradation of both phenanthrene and pyrene. In pyrene-contaminated soils, the degradation rate increased from 15% (65 mg/kg) and 18% (90 mg/kg) in unplanted soils to 65% (280 mg/kg) and 70% (350 mg/kg) in planted treatments while phenanthrene reduction was enhanced from 97% (394 mg/kg) and 87% (392 mg/kg) for unplanted soils to 100% (406 mg/kg) and 98% (441 mg/kg) in the presence of wheat. PCR-DGGE results showed that the plant root let to some changes in the bacterial and fungal communities; these variations did not reflect any change in hydrocarbon-degrading communities. However, plate counting, traditional MPN and MPN-qPCR of nidA gene revealed that the wheat rhizosphere led to an increase in the total microbial abundance including PAH degrading organisms and these increased activities resulted in enhanced degradation of phenanthrene and pyrene. This clearer insight into the mechanisms underpinning PAH degradation will enable better application of this environmentally friendly technique.

  6. Effects of sediment resuspension on the degradation of phenanthrene

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    LeBlanc, L.A.; Gulnick, J.; Brownawell, B.J.; Taylor, G.T.

    1995-12-31

    Degradation of bulk organic matter in sediments is enhanced by oxic/anoxic cycling, a feature common in coastal sediments which are resuspended into overlying waters. The authors are examining the effect of periodic cycling of sediment between an oxic water column and a reducing sediment bed on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) degradation by altering resuspension frequency in controlled laboratory exposures. Rates of initial degradation in coastal sediment have been studied for {sup 14}C-labeled phenanthrene in sediments that were suspended at the following frequencies: 12/day, 6/day, 1/day, 0.25/day and 0/day in liter-sized flow through chambers. Results to date show that degradation rates are initially log linear, with the greatest initial rates (2.4--2.7%/day) occurring in the first three treatments. In treatments resuspended less frequently, this rate decreases with time and is followed at 10--12 days, by another rate increase, which may indicate the stimulation of a bacterial subpopulation. Rates of PAH mineralization are tied to the lability and mineralization of other pools of sediment organic matter, that in turn are also affected also by oxic/anoxic cycling. Addition of fresh diatom detritus stimulated the rates of phenanthrene degradation in resuspension experiments where labile organic matter had already been consumed and microbial activity was low; in contrast diatom addition depressed phenanthrene degradation in sediment exposures with more labile organic matter remaining. The authors are further addressing the behavior of phenanthrene in exposures where they vary the concentration of initial phenanthrene and the concentration and nature of co-substrates.

  7. Molecular size of aquatic humic substances

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    Thurman, E.M.; Wershaw, R. L.; Malcolm, R.L.; Pinckney, D.J.

    1982-01-01

    Aquatic humic substances, which account for 30 to 50% of the organic carbon in water, are a principal component of aquatic organic matter. The molecular size of aquatic humic substances, determined by small-angle X-ray scattering, varies from 4.7 to 33 A?? in their radius of gyration, corresponding to a molecular weight range of 500 to greater than 10,000. The aquatic fulvic acid fraction contains substances with molecular weights ranging from 500 to 2000 and is monodisperse, whereas the aquatic humic acid fraction contains substances with molecular weights ranging from 1000 to greater than 10,000 and is generally polydisperse. ?? 1982.

  8. The flocculation mechanism of humic acid hydrosol

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    Xuo Xiaofen; Yu Hui

    1997-12-31

    Humic acid solution obtained by extraction from weathered coal, brown coal, and peat is a high molecular hydrosol. It can be flocculated by electrolytes. It is discovered that for monochloride and dichloride or trichloride, the flocculation value variation with humic acid hydrosol concentration has a different curve and different mechanism. For monochloride, the hydrosol is a hydrophilic colloid; it is flocculated by salting out of monochloride. For dichloride or trichloride, the hydrosol is converted into a hydrophilic colloid, and flocculated by compressing the electric double layer of the micellae. The flocculation value variation with humic acid hydrosol pH value is also discussed. The research is valuable for theory and application.

  9. Colonization on root surface by a phenanthrene-degrading endophytic bacterium and its application for reducing plant phenanthrene contamination.

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    Liu, Juan; Liu, Shuang; Sun, Kai; Sheng, Yuehui; Gu, Yujun; Gao, Yanzheng

    2014-01-01

    A phenanthrene-degrading endophytic bacterium, Pn2, was isolated from Alopecurus aequalis Sobol grown in soils contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Based on morphology, physiological characteristics and the 16S rRNA gene sequence, it was identified as Massilia sp. Strain Pn2 could degrade more than 95% of the phenanthrene (150 mg · L(-1)) in a minimal salts medium (MSM) within 48 hours at an initial pH of 7.0 and a temperature of 30 °C. Pn2 could grow well on the MSM plates with a series of other PAHs, including naphthalene, acenaphthene, anthracene and pyrene, and degrade them to different degrees. Pn2 could also colonize the root surface of ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam), invade its internal root tissues and translocate into the plant shoot. When treated with the endophyte Pn2 under hydroponic growth conditions with 2 mg · L(-1) of phenanthrene in the Hoagland solution, the phenanthrene concentrations in ryegrass roots and shoots were reduced by 54% and 57%, respectively, compared with the endophyte-free treatment. Strain Pn2 could be a novel and useful bacterial resource for eliminating plant PAH contamination in polluted environments by degrading the PAHs inside plants. Furthermore, we provide new perspectives on the control of the plant uptake of PAHs via endophytic bacteria.

  10. Study of the degradation activity and the strategies to promote the bioavailability of phenanthrene by Sphingomonas paucimobilis strain 20006FA.

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    Coppotelli, Bibiana M; Ibarrolaza, Agustin; Dias, Romina L; Del Panno, Maria T; Berthe-Corti, Luise; Morelli, Irma S

    2010-02-01

    The present study describes the phenanthrene-degrading activity of Sphingomonas paucimobilis 20006FA and its ability to promote the bioavailability of phenanthrene. S. paucimobilis 20006FA was isolated from a phenanthrene-contaminated soil microcosm. The strain was able to grow in liquid mineral medium saturated with phenanthrene as the sole carbon source, showing high phenanthrene elimination (52.9% of the supplied phenanthrene within 20 days). The accumulation of 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid and salicylic acid as major phenanthrene metabolites and the capacity of the strain to grow with sodium salicylate as the sole source of carbon and energy indicated that the S. paucimobilis 20006FA possesses a complete phenanthrene degradation pathway. However, under the studied conditions, the strain was able to mineralize only the 10% of the consumed phenanthrene. Investigations on the cell ability to promote bioavailability of phenanthrene showed that the S. paucimobilis strain 20006FA exhibited low cell hydrophobicity (0.13), a pronounced chemotaxis toward phenanthrene, and it was able to reduce the surface tension of mineral liquid medium supplemented with phenanthrene as sole carbon source. Scanning electron micrographs revealed that: (1) in suspension cultures, cells formed flocks and showed small vesicles on the cell surface and (2) cells were also able to adhere to phenanthrene crystals and to produce biofilms. Clearly, the strain seems to exhibit two different mechanisms to enhance phenanthrene bioavailability: biosurfactant production and adhesion to the phenanthrene crystals.

  11. Molecular aggregation of humic substances

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    Wershaw, R. L.

    1999-01-01

    Humic substances (HS) form molecular aggregates in solution and on mineral surfaces. Elucidation of the mechanism of formation of these aggregates is important for an understanding of the interactions of HS in soils arid natural waters. The HS are formed mainly by enzymatic depolymerization and oxidation of plant biopolymers. These reactions transform the aromatic and lipid plant components into amphiphilic molecules, that is, molecules that consist of separate hydrophobic (nonpolar) and hydrophilic (polar) parts. The nonpolar parts of the molecules are composed of relatively unaltered segments of plant polymers and the polar parts of carboxylic acid groups. These amphiphiles form membrane-like aggregates on mineral surfaces and micelle-like aggregates in solution. The exterior surfaces of these aggregates are hydrophilic, and the interiors constitute separate hydrophobic liquid-like phases.

  12. Americium binding to humic acid.

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    Peters, A J; Hamilton-Taylor, J; Tipping, E

    2001-09-01

    The binding of americium (Am) by peat humic acid (PHA) has been investigated at Am concentrations between 10(-1) and 10(-7) M at pH approximately 2.6 in the presence and absence of Cu as a competing ion. Cu-PHA binding was also investigated in order to derive independent binding constants for use in modeling the competitive binding studies. Humic ion-binding model VI was used to compare the acquired data with previously published binding data and to investigate the importance of high-affinity binding sites in metal-PHA binding. Am was not observed to bind to high-affinity, low-concentration binding sites. The model VI parameter deltaLK2 takes into accountthe small number of strong sites in PHA and was found to be important for Cu-PHA binding but not for Am-PHA binding, regardless of whether Cu was present. Analysis of the PHA sample revealed that it contained a considerable quantity of Fe not removed by the extraction procedure, much of which is believed to be present as Fe(III). Model VI was then used to investigate the possible importance of the presence of Fe(III) in the Am-PHA binding experiments. When Fe(III) was assumed to be present, improved descriptions of the data by model VI were obtained by assuming that all of the metals [Am, Cu, and Fe(III)] undergo strong binding. This highlights the importance of Fe(III) competition in metal-PHA binding studies and possible shortcomings in the extraction procedure used to extract PHA.

  13. Immunomodulative properties of humic peat preparations

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    Stepchenko, L. M.; Syedykh, N. J.

    2010-05-01

    It is proved, that the humic peat preparations promote the resistance of plants, animals and poultry to the influence of both abyotyc and byotyc extreme factors of external environment, to action. It was shown by us before, that biologically active compounds from peat promote stability against different diseases of agricultural animals and poultry. We conducted researches of humic preparations influence (hydrohumate and oxyhumate) on several indexes of immunoreactivity of the organisms of chickens broilers, ostriches, cows and laboratory rats. It is found out, that adding of humic preparations to forage or drinking water results in the normalization of immunity indexes; in particular, leucocytes level, in the increase of the level of some classes of immunoglobuline in blood, of haemoglobin level, T- and B-lymphocytes level, as well as common unspecific resistance - lyzocymic, phagocytic and bactericidic activity. These results allow to suggest that the peat humic preparations show immunomodulative activity, influencing both on humoral and cel immunity links.

  14. [Enhanced fixation of phenanthrene in soils amended with exotic organic materials].

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    Ren, Li-Li; Ling, Wan-Ting; Gao, Yan-Zheng

    2008-03-01

    This paper studied the enhanced fixation of phenanthrene in clay loam soil, sandy silt soil, and silt loam soil under effects of exotic organic materials (EOMs) commercial organic fertilizer and peat. The results showed that after the addition of EOMs, the adsorption isotherms of phenanthrene in test soils were still linear, and distribution was the predominant mechanism for phenanthrene adsorption by soil. The adsorption of phenanthrene was significantly enhanced by the addition of EOMs, and the enhancement of distribution constant (Kd) was positively correlated with the content of soil organic carbon (foc), indicating that the higher the soil foc, the more significant the promotion effect of EOMs addition on phenanthrene adsorption. On the contrary, the desorption of phenanthrene was obviously inhibited by the addition of EOMs. After 64 days of EOMs addition, the extractable amount of phenanthrene was decreased significantly, compared with the control. Since the organic matter content of peat was higher than that of commercial organic fertilizer, the decrease of extractable phenanthrene in soils added with peat was more significant. In addition, the higher the soil foc, the stronger inhibition effect of EOMs on extractability of phenanthrene. On the whole, exotic EOMs could promote the adsorption, while inhibit the desorption and reduce the extractability of phenanthrene in soils.

  15. The mechanisms by which phenanthrene affects the photosynthetic apparatus of cucumber leaves.

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    Jin, Liqiao; Che, Xingkai; Zhang, Zishan; Li, Yuting; Gao, Huiyuan; Zhao, Shijie

    2017-02-01

    Phenanthrene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) that is widely distributed in the environment and seriously affects the growth and development of plants. To clarify the mechanisms of the direct effects of phenanthrene on the plant photosynthetic apparatus, we measured short-term phenanthrene-treated cucumber leaves. Phenanthrene inhibited Rubisco carboxylation activity, decreasing photosynthesis rates (Pn). And phenanthrene inhibited photosystem II (PSII) activity, thereby blocking photosynthetic electron transport. The inhibition of the light and dark reactions decreased the photosynthetic electron transport rate (ETR) and increased the excitation pressure (1-qP). Under high light, the maximum photochemical efficiency of photosystem II (Fv/Fm) in phenanthrene-treated cucumber leaves decreased significantly, but photosystem I (PSI) activity (Δ I/Io) did not. Phenanthrene also caused a J-point rise in the OJIP curve under high light, which indicated that the acceptor side of PSII QA to QB electron transfer was restricted. This was primarily due to the net degradation of D1 protein, which is caused by the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in phenanthrene-treated cucumber leaves under high light. This study demonstrated that phenanthrene could directly inhibit photosynthetic electron transport and Rubisco carboxylation activity to decrease net Pn. Under high light, phenanthrene caused the accumulation of ROS, resulting in net increases in D1 protein degradation and consequently causing PSII photoinhibition.

  16. Activated carbon adsorption of humic substances

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    Lee, M.C.

    1981-08-01

    Activated carbon pore-size distribution is an important parameter relative to the carbon's capacity for adsorbing humic substances. The effect of coagulation on adsorption should also be examined wherever granular activated carbon is to be used following coagulation. Experimental investigations using a commercial humic acid and a fulvic acid extracted from peat, and a number of commercial activated carbons, several of which were coal-based, are reported.

  17. Solubilities of eta-octadecane, phenanthrene, and eta-octadecane/phenanthrene mixtures in supercritical propane at 390 and 420. Kappa. and pressures to 60 bar

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    Dimitrelis, D.; Prausnitz, J.M. )

    1989-07-01

    Solubility data were obtained for n-octadecane, phenanthrene, and a nearly equimolar n-octadecane/phenanthrene mixture in supercritical propane. Solubilities were measured in a flow apparatus at 390 and 420 {Kappa} over the pressure range 35-60 bar. The experimental data is correlated using the perturbed-hard-chain equation of state. Agreement between experiment and correlation is good.

  18. Fluorescence of aqueous solutions of commercial humic products

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    Gosteva, O. Yu.; Izosimov, A. A.; Patsaeva, S. V.; Yuzhakov, V. I.; Yakimenko, O. S.

    2012-01-01

    We have studied the spectral luminescence characteristics of aqueous solutions of humic products obtained from different raw material sources, and their behavior as the excitation wavelength increases from 270 nm to 355 nm. We have identified differences in the spectral properties of industrial humic products from coalified materials, lignin-containing organic waste, and humic products from plant raw material (peat, sapropel, vermicompost). We have shown that humic products from plant raw material have spectral properties closer to those for humic substances in natural water or soil than humic products from coalified materials.

  19. Characterising the exchangeability of phenanthrene associated with naturally occurring soil colloids using an isotopic dilution technique.

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    Tavakkoli, Ehsan; Juhasz, Albert; Donner, Erica; Lombi, Enzo

    2015-04-01

    The association of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) with inorganic and organic colloids is an important factor influencing their bioavailability, mobility and degradation in the environment. Despite this, our understanding of the exchangeability and potential bioavailability of PAHs associated with colloids is limited. The objective of this study was to use phenanthrene as a model PAH compound and develop a technique using (14)C phenanthrene to quantify the isotopically exchangeable and non-exchangeable forms of phenanthrene in filtered soil water or sodium tetraborate extracts. The study was also designed to investigate the exchangeability of colloidal phenanthrene as a function of particle size. Our findings suggest that the exchangeability of phenanthrene in sodium tetraborate is controlled by both inorganic and organic colloids, while in aqueous solutions inorganic colloids play the dominant role (even though coating of these by organic matter cannot be excluded). Filter pore size did not have a significant effect on phenanthrene exchangeability. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Numerical taxonomy of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria isolated from the Chesapeake Bay.

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    West, P A; Okpokwasili, G C; Brayton, P R; Grimes, D J; Colwell, R R

    1984-01-01

    Phenanthrene-degrading bacteria were isolated from Chesapeake Bay samples by the use of a solid medium which had been overlaid with an ethanol solution of phenanthrene before inoculation. Eighteen representative strains of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria with 21 type and reference bacteria were examined for 123 characteristics representing physiological, biochemical, and nutritional properties. Relationships between strains were computed with several similarity coefficients. The phenogram constructed by unweighted-pair-group arithmetic average linkage and use of the simple Jaccard (SJ) coefficient was used to identify seven phena. Phenanthrene-degrading bacteria were identified as Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio fluvialis by their clustering with type and reference strains. Several phenanthrene-degrading bacteria resembled Enterobacteriaceae family members, although some Vibrio-like phenanthrene degraders could not be identified. PMID:6508314

  1. Numerical taxonomy of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria isolated from the Chesapeake Bay

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    West, P.A.; Okpokwasili, G.C.; Brayton, P.R.; Grimes, D.J.; Colwell, R.R.

    1984-11-01

    Phenanthrene-degrading bacteria were isolated from Chesapeake Bay samples by the use of a solid medium which had been overlaid with an ethanol solution of phenanthrene before inoculation. Eighteen representative strains of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria with 21 type and reference bacteria were examined for 123 characteristics representing physiological, biochemical, and nutritional properties. Relationships between strains were computed with several similarity coefficients. The phenogram constructed by unweighted-pair-group arithmetic average linkage and use of the simple Jaccard (S/sub J/) coefficient was used to identify seven phena. Phenanthrene-degrading bacteria were identified as Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio fluvialis by their clustering with type and reference strains. Several phenanthrene-degrading bacteria resembled Enterobacteriaceae family members, although some Vibrio-like phenanthrene degraders could not be identified. 22 references, 1 figure, 2 tables.

  2. Superconductivity at 5 K in alkali-metal-doped phenanthrene.

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    Wang, X F; Liu, R H; Gui, Z; Xie, Y L; Yan, Y J; Ying, J J; Luo, X G; Chen, X H

    2011-10-18

    Organic superconductors have π-molecular orbitals, from which electrons can become delocalized, giving rise to metallic conductivity due to orbital overlap between adjacent molecules. Here we report the discovery of superconductivity at a transition temperature (T(c)) of ~5 K in alkali-metal-doped phenanthrene. A 1-GPa pressure leads to a 20% increase of T(c), suggesting that alkali-metal-doped phenanthrene shows unconventional superconductivity. Raman spectra indicate that alkali-metal doping injects charge into the system to realize the superconductivity. The discovery of superconductivity in A(3)phenanthrene (where A can be either K or Rb) produces a novel broad class of superconductors consisting of fused hydrocarbon benzene rings with π-electron networks. An increase of T(c) with increasing number of benzene rings from three to five suggests that organic hydrocarbons with long chains of benzene rings are potential superconductors with high T(c). © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  3. Sublethal effects of phenanthrene, nicotine, and pinane on Daphnia pulex

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    Savino, J.F.; Tanabe, L.L. )

    1989-05-01

    Nearly 500 compounds were detected in the tissues of Great Lakes fish as compared to 8 in tissues of hatchery-reared fish. Lethal concentrations for many representative compounds were determined by testing their acute toxicity (48-hr EC50) to Daphnia pulex. However, the population growth and survival of aquatic organisms over longer time intervals are usually affected at concentrations much lower than the EC50 for a specific chemical. To develop a general relationship between acute and chronic concentrations for representative compounds detected in Great Lakes fish, the authors initiated full-life-cycle testing on D. pulex with phenanthrene, nicotine, and pinane. Growth and fecundity of daphnids was measured in 16-d tests in the laboratory. Phenanthrene and nicotine were highly toxic and pinane was moderately toxic to D. pulex in acute studies. For phenanthrene, a compound of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that has been associated with incomplete combustion of organic matter. For nicotine, a compound in the heterocyclic nitrogen class of chemicals that has been used as an insecticide, the EC50 was 0.24 mg/L. Cyclic alkanes, many of which are constituents of crude oil were represented by pinane for which the EC50 was 3.35 mg/L.

  4. Infrared Absorption Spectrum of Matrix-Isolated Phenanthrene

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    Zhang, Xu; Stanley P. Sander

    2016-10-01

    The far-to-mid Infrared absorption spectrum of phenanthrene (C14H10), one of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), has been measured in an argon matrix at 5 K. Thirty two fundamental bands for phenanthrene have been observed; one of them is detected for the first time (v54 = 1398.0 cm-1) and eight of them are detected for the first time at temperatures below room temperature (v43 = 233.8 cm-1, v42 = 425.2 cm-1, v66 = 441.6 cm-1, v65 = 499.0 cm-1, v21 = 546.3 cm-1, v63 = 714.5 cm-1, v18 = 1033.7 cm-1 and v55 = 1362.5 cm-1). The relative intensities of these 32 bands have been measured; three ( v21, v18, v54) of which are measured for the first time and six ( v43, v42, v66, v65, v63, and v55) of which are measured for the first time at temperatures below room temperature. Our low temperature study of the vibrational bands for phenanthrene provides important information for the spectral analysis of the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) aboard the Cassini Spacecraft.

  5. Plasmid-mediated mineralization of naphthalene, phenanthrene, and anthracene.

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    Sanseverino, J; Applegate, B M; King, J M; Sayler, G S

    1993-01-01

    The well-characterized plasmid-encoded naphthalene degradation pathway in Pseudomonas putida PpG7(NAH7) was used to investigate the role of the NAH plasmid-encoded pathway in mineralizing phenanthrene and anthracene. Three Pseudomonas strains, designated 5R, DFC49, and DFC50, were recovered from a polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading inoculum developed from a manufactured gas plant soil slurry reactor. Plasmids pKA1, pKA2, and pKA3, approximately 100 kb in size, were isolated from these strains and characterized. These plasmids have homologous regions of upper and lower NAH7 plasmid catabolic genes. By conjugation experiments, these plasmids, including NAH7, have been shown to encode the genotype for mineralization of [9-14C]phenanthrene and [U-14C]anthracene, as well as [1-14C]naphthalene. One strain, Pseudomonas fluorescens 5RL, which has the complete lower pathway inactivated by transposon insertion in nahG, accumulated a metabolite from phenanthrene and anthracene degradation. This is the first direct evidence to indicate that the NAH plasmid-encoded catabolic genes are involved in degradation of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons other than naphthalene. Images PMID:8328809

  6. Anti-inflammatory phenanthrene derivatives from stems of Dendrobium denneanum.

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    Lin, Yuan; Wang, Fei; Yang, Li-Juan; Chun, Ze; Bao, Jin-Ku; Zhang, Guo-Lin

    2013-11-01

    Cultivated Dendrobium denneanum has been substituted for other endangered Dendrobium species in recent years, but there have been few studies regarding either its chemical constituents or pharmacological effects. In this study, three phenanthrene glycosides, three 9,10-dihydrophenanthrenes, two 9,10-dihydrophenanthrenes glycosides, and four known phenanthrene derivatives, were isolated from the stems of D. denneanum. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of MS and NMR spectroscopic data. Ten compounds were found to inhibit nitric oxide (NO) production in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated mouse macrophage RAW264.7 cells with IC50 values of 0.7-41.5 μM, and exhibited no cytotoxicity in RAW264.7, HeLa, or HepG2 cells. Additionally, it was found that 2,5-dihydroxy-4-methoxy-phenanthrene 2-O-β-d-glucopyranoside, and 5-methoxy-2,4,7,9S-tetrahydroxy-9,10-dihydrophenanthrene suppressed LPS-induced expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS) inhibited phosphorylation of p38, JNK as well as mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), and inhibitory kappa B-α (IκBα). This indicated that both compounds exert anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting MAPKs and nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) pathways. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Induction of PAH degradation in a phenanthrene-degrading pseudomonad

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    Stringfellow, W.T.; Chen, S.H.; Aitken, M.D.

    1995-12-31

    Recent evidence suggests that different polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) substrates are metabolized by common enzymes in PAH-degrading bacteria, implying that inducers for low-molecular-weight PAH degradation may coinduce for the metabolism of higher-molecular-weight compounds. The authors have tested this hypothesis with a well-characterized PAH-degrading bacterium, Pseudomonas saccharophila P-15. Growth of P-15 on salicylate, a metabolite of phenanthrene degradation, and a known inducer for naphthalene degradation, induced the metabolism of both substrates. Several potential inducers were then tested for their effects on metabolism of the four-ring compounds pyrene and fluoranthene, neither of which is a growth substrate for P-15, but both of which can be metabolized by this organism. Incubation of P-15 in the presence of phenanthrene or salicylate induced the metabolism of pyrene and fluoranthene in resting-cell assays. Catechol, another intermediate of naphthalene and phenanthrene degradation, did not induce the metabolism of either compound and interfered with the inducing effect of salicylate. These results have implications for strategies designed to maintain PAH degradation in contaminated environments, particularly for compounds that are degraded slowly or are degraded only by nongrowth metabolism.

  8. Degradation of phenanthrene, fluorene, fluoranthene, and pyrene by a Mycobacterium sp.

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    Boldrin, B; Tiehm, A; Fritzsche, C

    1993-01-01

    Mycobacterium sp. strain BB1 was isolated from a former coal gasification site. It was able to utilize phenanthrene, pyrene, and fluoranthene as sole sources of carbon and energy and to degrade fluorene cometabolically. Exponential growth with solid phenanthrene, pyrene, and fluoranthene was obtained in fermentor cultures. The growth rates were 0.069, 0.056, and 0.040 h-1, respectively. Several metabolites of phenanthrene and fluorene metabolism were identified. PMID:8328808

  9. Biostimulation as an attractive technique to reduce phenanthrene toxicity for meiofauna and bacteria in lagoon sediment.

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    Louati, Hela; Said, Olfa Ben; Soltani, Amel; Got, Patrice; Cravo-Laureau, Cristiana; Duran, Robert; Aissa, Patricia; Pringault, Olivier; Mahmoudi, Ezzeddine

    2014-03-01

    A microcosm experiment was setup to examine (1) the effect of phenanthrene contamination on meiofauna and bacteria communities and (2) the effects of different bioremediation strategies on phenanthrene degradation and on the community structure of free-living marine nematodes. Sediments from Bizerte lagoon were contaminated with (100 mg kg(-1)) phenanthrene and effects were examined after 20 days. Biostimulation (addition of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer or mineral salt medium) and bioaugmentation (inoculation of a hydrocarbonoclastic bacterium) were used as bioremediation treatments. Bacterial biomass was estimated using flow cytometry. Meiofauna was counted and identified at the higher taxon level using a stereomicroscope. Nematodes, comprising approximately two thirds of total meiofauna abundance, were identified to genus or species. Phenanthrene contamination had a severe impact on bacteria and meiofauna abundances with a strong decrease of nematodes with a complete disappearance of polychaetes and copepods. Bioremediation counter balanced the toxic effects of phenanthrene since meiofauna and bacteria abundances were significantly higher (p < 0.01) than those observed in phenanthrene contamination. Up to 98 % of phenanthrene removal was observed. In response to phenanthrene contamination, the nematode species had different behavior: Daptonema fallax was eliminated in contaminated microcosms, suggesting that it is an intolerant species to phenanthrene; Neochromadora peocilosoma, Spirinia parasitifera, and Odontophora n. sp., which significantly (p < 0.05) increased in contaminated microcosms, could be considered as "opportunistic" species to phenanthrene whereas Anticoma acuminata and Calomicrolaimus honestus increased in the treatment combining biostimulation and bioaugmentation. Phenanthrene had a significant effect on meiofaunal and bacterial abundances (p < 0.05), with a strong reduction of density and change in the nematode communities

  10. Natural humics impact uranium bioreduction and oxidation

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    Gu, Baohua; Yan, Hui; Zhou, Ping; Watson, David B; Park, Melora; IstokD., Jonathan

    2005-06-01

    Although humic substances occur ubiquitously in soil and groundwater, their effect on the biological reduction of uranium(VI) and subsequent reoxidation of U(IV) is poorly understood. This study investigated the role of humics in enhancing the bioreduction of U(VI) in laboratory kinetic studies, in field push-pull tests, and in the presence or absence of metal ions such as Ca{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 2+}, which are known to inhibit the biological reduction of U(VI). Results from laboratory experiments indicate that, under strict anaerobic conditions, the presence of humic materials enhanced the U(VI) reduction rates (up to 10-fold) and alleviated the toxicity effect of Ni{sup 2+} on microorganisms. Humic acid was found to be more effective than fulvic acid in enhancing the reduction of U(VI). Such an enhancement effect is attributed to the ability of these humics in facilitating electron-transfer reactions and/or in complexing Ca{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 2+} ions. Similarly, field push-pull tests demonstrated a substantially increased rate of U(VI) reduction when humic acid was introduced into the site groundwater. However, humics were also found to form complexes with reduced U(IV) and increased the oxidation of U(IV) (when exposed to oxygen) with an oxidation half-life on the order of a few minutes. Both of these processes render uranium soluble and potentially mobile in groundwater, depending on site-specific and dynamic geochemical conditions. Future studies must address the stability and retention of reduced U(IV) under realistic field conditions (e.g., in the presence of dissolved oxygen and low concentrations of complexing organics).

  11. Effect of surfactants, dispersion and temperature on solubility and biodegradation of phenanthrene in aqueous media.

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    Pantsyrnaya, T; Blanchard, F; Delaunay, S; Goergen, J L; Guédon, E; Guseva, E; Boudrant, J

    2011-03-01

    In the present study surfactant addition with the help of either a mechanical dispersion or a thermal treatment was applied in order to increase the solubility and the bioavailability of phenanthrene in aqueous media, and therefore to promote its biodegradation. Among four tested surfactants (Tween 80, Brij 30, sodium dodecyl sulphate and rhamnolipids), Brij 30 (0.5 gL(-1)) showed the best results allowing us to attain about 20 mgL(-1) of soluble phenanthrene. An additional thermal treatment at 60°C for 24h, 200 rpm permitted to increase the solubility of phenanthrene in the presence of Brij 30 (0.5 gL(-1)) to about 30 mgL(-1). Higher dispersions of phenanthrene particles as well as the reduction of their size were obtained using Ultra-Turrax and French press. The biodegradation of phenanthrene by Pseudomonas putida was then investigated. The reduction of size of phenanthrene particles by mechanical dispersion did not influence its biodegradation, suggesting that P. putida consumed only soluble phenanthrene. The addition of Brij 30 (0.5 gL(-1)) permitted to obtain more phenanthrene metabolized. The use of Brij 30 coupled with a transitory heating of phenanthrene-containing medium at 60°C led to an even more complete biodegradation. This might be a promising way to enhance biodegradation of PAHs.

  12. Selection of nonionic surfactants in enhancing biodegradation of phenanthrene in soil

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    Jahan, K.; Ahmed, T.; Maier, W.J.

    1996-12-31

    This research addresses the influence of sub-cmc concentrations of selected commercial nonionic surfactants on the biodegradation of phenanthrene. Various types of nonionic surfactants were tested to determine their ability to enhance the availability of phenanthrene to microorganisms in soil systems. Nonionic surfactants were selected as they are known to have greater hydrocarbon solubilizing power, less toxicity to microbial populations and low foaming property. Surfactants were tested to measure their effectiveness for increasing solubility of phenanthrene, their sorption on the soil matrix, their biodegradability and also their effect on the sorption and biodegradation of phenanthrene. Batch and column studies were carried out for the biodegradation experiments. Batch isotherm experiments were conducted to characterize the sorption of surfactants and phenanthrene. Solubility enhancement of phenanthrene by the selected surfactants was mainly a micellar phenomena. Sorption of phenanthrene and the surfactants could be represented by the linear isotherm model. Sorption of phenanthrene was enhanced in the presence of surfactants. Batch and column biodegradation studies indicate that biodegradation of phenanthrene was enhanced in the presence of the surfactants. None of the surfactants were biodegraded during the timecourse of these experiments. This study indicates that surfactant selection for in-situ bioremediation of insoluble hydrocarbons will depend on a large number of factors with main emphasis on the hydrocarbon solubilizing power, low toxicity to Zn bacteria and the environment and low sorptive properties.

  13. Synthesis of the k-region monofluoro- and difluorobenzo(c)phenanthrenes

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    Mirsadeghi, S.; Whittaker, N. ); Thakker, D.R. ); Prasad, G.K.B.

    1989-06-23

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are metabolically activated by cytochrome P-450 and epoxide hydrolase to ultimate mutagens and carcinogens. Substitution by fluorine at specific positions has been used to elucidate metabolic activation and detoxication pathways of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Substitution by fluorine at the K-region C-6 position of the weak carcinogen benzo(c)phenanthrene (1) causes a > 4-fold increase in its tumorigenicity. Out of the six possible monofluorobenzo(c)phenanthrenes, only 5-fluorobenzo(c)phenanthrene (8a) has not been evaluated as a carcinogen, presumably because a convenient synthetic method for the 5-fluoro derivative has not been available. Hence, a new method has been developed for the synthesis of 8a from readily available starting materials. The method consists of selective bromination of benzo(c)phenanthrene (1) to 5-bromobenzo(c)phenanthrene (3), substitution of bromine by an amino group, and a modified Schiemann reaction of 5-aminobenzo(c)phenanthrene (6a) to yield 5-fluorobenzo(c)phenanthrene (8a). An improved method for the synthesis of 6-fluorobenzo(c)phenanthrene (19) has also been developed which consists of bromofluorination of {beta}-naphthylstyrene, followed by selective dehydrobromination and photocyclization of the fluorostyrene to the 6-fluoro derivative 19. The above methods, with minor modifications, also provided synthetic routes for the preparation of the difluoro derivatives 5,7-, 5,8-, and 6,7-difluorobenzo(c)phenanthrenes.

  14. Humic substance formation during wastewater infiltration

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    Siegrist, R.L. ); Hildmann-Smed, R.; Filip, Z.K. , Langen . Inst. fuer Wasser-, Boden- und Lufthygiene); Jenssen, P.D. . Centre for Soil and Environmental Research)

    1991-01-01

    Soil infiltration of wastewater effluents is a widely practiced method of treatment and disposal/reuse throughout the world. Renovation of the wastewater results from a wide variety of complex physicochemical and biological processes. One set of processes is speculated to involve the accumulation of organic matter by filtration and sorption followed by formation of humic substances. This humic substance formation can effect the performance of soil treatment systems by contributing to soil pore clogging and reduction in hydraulic capacity, and by yielding reactive substances and an enhancement of purification processes. While there has been a wealth of research into the nature and genesis of humic substances in terrestrial environments, there has been limited research of humic substance formation during soil infiltration of wastewater. The purpose of the research reported herein was to determine if humic substances can form under conditions typical of those present during wastewater infiltration into natural soil systems. This work was conducted during 1989 to 1990 as a collaborative effort between the Centre for Soil and Environmental Research, located in Aas, Norway and the Institute for Water, Soil and Air Hygiene located in Langen, West Germany. 11 refs., 3 figs., 6 tabs.

  15. Forms and lability of phosphorus in humic and fulvic acids

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    Humic substances are involved in many biological and ecological processes in soils and natural waters. Characterization of phosphorus (P) associated with humic substances may shed light on the function of humic substances in P cycling and nutrition. In this chapter, we review and discuss the forms a...

  16. Iodine binding to humic acid.

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    Bowley, H E; Young, S D; Ander, E L; Crout, N M J; Watts, M J; Bailey, E H

    2016-08-01

    The rate of reactions between humic acid (HA) and iodide (I(-)) and iodate (IO3(-)) have been investigated in suspensions spiked with (129)I at concentrations of 22, 44 and 88 μg L(-1) and stored at 10 °C. Changes in the speciation of (129)I(-), (129)IO3(-) and mixed ((129)I(-) + (129)IO3(-)) spikes were monitored over 77 days using liquid chromatography inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LC-ICP-MS). In suspensions spiked with (129)I(-) 25% of the added I(-) was transformed into organic iodine (Org-(129)I) within 77 days and there was no evidence of (129)IO3(-) formation. By contrast, rapid loss of (129)IO3(-) and increase in both (129)I(-) and Org-(129)I was observed in (129)IO3(-)-spiked suspensions. However, the rate of Org-(129)I production was greater in mixed systems compared to (129)IO3(-)-spiked suspensions with the same total (129)I concentration, possibly indicating IO3(-)I(-) redox coupling. Size exclusion chromatography (SEC) demonstrated that Org-(129)I was present in both high and low molecular weight fractions of the HA although a slight preference to bond with the lower molecular weight fractions was observed indicating that, after 77 days, the spiked isotope had not fully mixed with the native (127)I pool. Iodine transformations were modelled using first order rate equations and fitted rate coefficients determined. However, extrapolation of the model to 250 days indicated that a pseudo-steady state would be attained after ∼200 days but that the proportion of (129)I incorporated into HA was less than that of (127)I indicating the presence of a recalcitrant pool of (127)I that was unavailable for isotopic mixing.

  17. On the nature of humic substances

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    Fedotov, G. N.; Shoba, S. A.

    2015-12-01

    It is argued that the isolation of low-molecular-weight compounds from humic substances does not prove their supramolecular nature, because small molecules can be sorbed on macromolecules by interacting with them due to noncovalent bonds. The relative mobility of molecular segments in humic substances has been proposed to be used as a criterion for the discrimination between the humic substances of supraand macromolecular nature. The macromolecules are characterized by mobility of their segments, whereas supramolecular systems have stiff structure. This difference between macroand supramolecules results in different behaviors of the matrices (gels) formed from them in the processes of segregation. In the macromolecules, the formations of a new phase appearing at the segregation (microphase separation) are of nano size, at least in one dimension. They are incapable of moving within the matrix and form a well-known, limited set of systems. In the supramolecular matrices, the new-phase formations should have higher mobility and ability to move within the matrix with the formation of particles and zones of not only nano, but also micro sizes, as well as a significantly larger set of systems, including fractal configurations. The experimental electron microscopic study of the humic matrices of soil gels shows that the new-phase formations in the matrix of humic substances have not only nano, but also micro sizes and are capable of moving within the matrix, which confirms the supramolecular nature of humic substances. The proposed method has allowed generalizing the supraand macromolecular approaches, because macromolecules can enter into the composition of supramolecular systems. It is no less important that the behavior of HSs can be perceived as the behavior of stiff impenetrable particles that may compose the structures of different types and sizes.

  18. Unique properties of humic substances from sapropel

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    Rumyantsev, V. A.; Mityukov, A. S.; Kryukov, L. N.; Yaroshevich, G. S.

    2017-04-01

    Sapropel from inland Russian water reservoirs is becoming a popular raw material for medicinal purposes, production of sorbents, organomineral fertilizers, and food supplements. A comparative study of the granulometric and biological properties of humic substances obtained from sapropel in a typical way and using ultrasonic treatment of the relevant reaction masses was performed at the Institute of Limnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It is shown that the humic substances of sapropel with an increased content of nanoparticles used as veterinary preparations lead to a significant economic effect without using imported preparations.

  19. Determination of humic and fulvic acids in commercial solid and liquid humic products by alkaline extraction and gravimetric determination

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    Increased use of humic substances in agriculture has generated intense interest among producers, consumers, and regulators for an accurate and reliable method for quantification of humic (HA) and fulvic acids (FA) in raw ores and products. Here we present a thoroughly validated method, the Humic Pro...

  20. Extractive biodegradation and bioavailability assessment of phenanthrene in the cloud point system by Sphingomonas polyaromaticivorans.

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    Pan, Tao; Deng, Tao; Zeng, Xinying; Dong, Wei; Yu, Shuijing

    2016-01-01

    The biological treatment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons is an important issue. Most microbes have limited practical applications because of the poor bioavailability of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In this study, the extractive biodegradation of phenanthrene by Sphingomonas polyaromaticivorans was conducted by introducing the cloud point system. The cloud point system is composed of a mixture of (40 g/L) Brij 30 and Tergitol TMN-3, which are nonionic surfactants, in equal proportions. After phenanthrene degradation, a higher wet cell weight and lower phenanthrene residue were obtained in the cloud point system than that in the control system. According to the results of high-performance liquid chromatography, the residual phenanthrene preferred to partition from the dilute phase into the coacervate phase. The concentration of residual phenanthrene in the dilute phase (below 0.001 mg/L) is lower than its solubility in water (1.18 mg/L) after extractive biodegradation. Therefore, dilute phase detoxification was achieved, thus indicating that the dilute phase could be discharged without causing phenanthrene pollution. Bioavailability was assessed by introducing the apparent logP in the cloud point system. Apparent logP decreased significantly, thus indicating that the bioavailability of phenanthrene increased remarkably in the system. This study provides a potential application of biological treatment in water and soil contaminated by phenanthrene.

  1. Evaluation of phenanthrene toxicity on earthworm (Eisenia fetida): an ecotoxicoproteomics approach.

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    Wu, Shijin; Xu, Xian; Zhao, Shiliang; Shen, Feichao; Chen, Jianmeng

    2013-10-01

    The goal of this study was to identify promising new biomarkers of phenanthrene by identifying differentially expressed proteins in Eisenia fetida after exposure to phenanthrene. Extracts of earthworm epithelium collected at days 2, 7, 14, and 28 after phenanthrene exposure were analyzed by two dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) and quantitative image analysis. Comparing the intensity of protein spots, 36 upregulated proteins and 45 downregulated proteins were found. Some of the downregulated and upregulated proteins were verified by MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS and database searching. Downregulated proteins in response to phenanthrene exposure were involved in glycolysis, energy metabolism, chaperones, proteolysis, protein folding and electron transport. In contrast, oxidation reduction, oxygen transport, defense systems response to pollutant, protein biosynthesis and fatty acid biosynthesis were upregulated in phenanthrene-treated E. fetida. In addition, ATP synthase b subunit, lysenin-related protein 2, lombricine kinase, glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase, actinbinding protein, and extracellular globin-4 seem to be potential biomarkers since these biomarker were able to low levels (2.5 mg kg(-1)) of phenanthrene. Our study provides a functional profile of the phenanthrene-responsive proteins in earthworms. The variable levels and trends in these spots could play a potential role as novel biomarkers for monitoring the levels of phenanthrene contamination in soil ecosystems.

  2. Slow Desorption of Phenanthrene from Silica Particles: Influence of Pore Size, Pore Water, and Aging Time

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    Huesemann, Michael H.; Fortman, Timothy J.; Riley, Robert G.; Thompson, Christopher J.; Wang, Zheming; Truex, Michael J.; Peyton, Brent M.

    2006-01-16

    When micro-porous and meso-porous silica particles were exposed to aqueous phenanthrene solutions for various durations it was observed that sorbed-phase phenanthrene concentrations increased with aging time only for meso-porous but not micro-porous silicas. Desorption equilibrium was reached almost instantaneously for the micro-porous particles while both the rate and extent of desorption decreased with increasing aging time for the meso-porous silicas. These findings indicate that phenanthrene can be sequestered within the internal pore-space of meso-porous silicas while the internal surfaces of micro-porous silicas are not accessible to phenanthrene sorption, possibly due to the presence of physi- or chemi-sorbed water that may sterically hinder the diffusion of phenanthrene inside water-filled micro-pores. By contrast, the internal surfaces of these micro-porous silicas are accessible to phenanthrene when aging methods are employed which assure that pores are devoid of physi-sorbed water. Consequently, when phenanthrene was incorporated into these particles using either supercritical CO2 or via solvent soaking, the aqueous desorption kinetics were extremely slow indicating effective sequestration of phenanthrene inside micro-porous particles. Finally, a two-compartment conceptual model is used to interpret the experimental findings.

  3. Enhanced phenanthrene biodegradation in soil by slender oat root exudates and root debris.

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    Miya, R K; Firestone, M K

    2001-01-01

    To investigate the mechanisms by which slender oat (Avena barbata Pott ex Link) enhances phenanthrene biodegradation, we analyzed the impacts of root exudates and root debris on phenanthrene biodegradation and degrader community dynamics. Accelerated phenanthrene biodegradation rates occurred in soils amended with slender oat root exudates as well as combined root debris + root exudate as compared with unamended controls. Root exudates significantly enhanced phenanthrene biodegradation in rhizosphere soils, either by increasing contaminant bioavailability and/or increasing microbial population size and activity. A modified most probable number (MPN) method was used to determine quantitative shifts in heterotrophic and phenanthrene degrader communities. During the first 4 to 6 d of treatment, heterotrophic populations increased in all amended soils. Both root debris-amended and exudate-amended soil then maintained larger phenanthrene degrader populations than in control soils later in the experiment after much of the phenanthrene had been utilized. Thus, root amendments had a greater impact over time on phenanthrene degraders than heterotrophs resulting in selective maintenance of degrader populations in amended soils compared with controls.

  4. Estimation of direct-contact fraction for phenanthrene in surfactant solutions by toxicity measurement.

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    Lee, Hyo J; Lee, Min W; Lee, Dae S; Woo, Seung H; Park, Jong M

    2007-09-30

    The toxicity of solutions containing nonionic surfactants Tween 80, Brij 35 and/or phenanthrene to Pseudomonas putida ATCC 17484 was investigated. The fraction of direct contact between micellar-phase phenanthrene and bacterial cell surface was estimated by using the toxicity data and a mathematical model. The mathematical model was used to calculate phenanthrene concentration in the micellar phase and aqueous pseudophase separately. The first-order death rate constant increased from 0.088+/-0.016 to 0.25+/-0.067 h(-1) when the phenanthrene concentration was increased from 0 to 5.17 x 10(-6)M (equals water solubility). The intrinsic toxicity of surfactant was higher in Brij 35 than in Tween 80. When phenanthrene concentration was increased to 9.7 x 10(-5)M in surfactant solutions, the death rate constant increased to 1.8 +/- 0.024 and 0.41 +/- 0.088 h(-1) for 8.4 x 10(-4)M Brij 35 and 7.6 x 10(-4)M Tween 80. The direct-contact fraction was 0.083 and 0.044 for Brij 35 and Tween 80, respectively, under these conditions using exponential model. The toxicity increased with increasing phenanthrene concentration at a fixed surfactant concentration. The toxicity decreased with increasing the surfactant concentration at a fixed phenanthrene concentration due to decreased contact of bacteria with phenanthrene present in the interior of surfactant micelles.

  5. Physiological and molecular responses of springtails exposed to phenanthrene and drought.

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    Holmstrup, Martin; Slotsbo, Stine; Schmidt, Stine N; Mayer, Philipp; Damgaard, Christian; Sørensen, Jesper G

    2014-01-01

    Interaction between effects of hazardous chemicals in the environment and adverse climatic conditions is a problem that receives increased attention in the light of climate change. We studied interactive effects of phenanthrene and drought using a test system in which springtails (Folsomia candida Willem) were concurrently exposed to a sublethal phenanthrene level via passive dosing from silicone (chemical activity of 0.010), and sublethal drought from aqueous NaCl solutions (water activity of 0.988). Previous studies have shown that the combined effects of high levels of phenanthrene and drought, respectively, interact synergistically when using lethality as an end-point. Here, we hypothesized that phenanthrene interferes with physiological mechanisms involved in drought tolerance, and that drought influences detoxification of phenanthrene. However, this hypothesis was not supported by data since phenanthrene had no effect on drought-protective accumulation of myo-inositol, and normal water conserving mechanisms of F. candida were functioning despite the near-lethal concentrations of the toxicant. Further, detoxifying induction of cytochrome P450 and glutathione-S-transferase was not impeded by drought. Both phenanthrene and drought induced transcription of heat shock protein (hsp70) and the combined effect of the two stressors on hsp70 transcription was additive, suggesting that the cellular stress and lethality imposed by these levels of phenanthrene and drought were also additive.

  6. Pulmonary surfactant suppressed phenanthrene adsorption on carbon nanotubes through solubilization and competition as examined by passive dosing technique.

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    Zhao, Jian; Wang, Zhenyu; Mashayekhi, Hamid; Mayer, Philipp; Chefetz, Benny; Xing, Baoshan

    2012-05-15

    Adsorption of phenanthrene on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was examined in the presence of pulmonary surfactant (Curosurf) and its main components, dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and bovine serum albumin (BSA). A passive-dosing method based on equilibrium partitioning from a preloaded polymer was successfully employed to measure phenanthrene binding and speciation at controlled freely dissolved concentrations while avoiding phase separation steps. Curosurf, DPPC, and BSA could all linearly solubilize phenanthrene, and phenanthrene solubilization by Curosurf was 4 times higher than individual components (DPPC or BSA). In the presence of Curosurf, DPPC or BSA, adsorption of phenanthrene by multiwalled CNTs (MWCNTs) was suppressed, showing competitive adsorption between pulmonary surfactant (or DPPC, BSA) and phenanthrene. Competitive adsorption between Curosurf and phenanthrene was the strongest. Therefore, when phenanthrene-adsorbed CNTs enter the respiratory tract, phenanthrene can be desorbed due to both solubilization and competition. The bioaccessibility of phenanthrene adsorbed on three MWCNTs in the respiratory tract would be positively related to the size of their outer diameters. Moreover, the contribution of solubilization and competition to desorption of phenanthrene from MWCNTs was successfully separated for the first time. These findings demonstrate the two mechanisms on how pulmonary surfactants can enhance desorption and thus possibly biological absorption of phenanthrene adsorbed on CNTs.

  7. Determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by four-way parallel factor analysis in presence of humic acid

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    Yang, Ruifang; Zhao, Nanjing; Xiao, Xue; Yu, Shaohui; Liu, Jianguo; Liu, Wenqing

    2016-01-01

    There is not effective method to solve the quenching effect of quencher in fluorescence spectra measurement and recognition of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aquatic environment. In this work, a four-way dataset combined with four-way parallel factor analysis is used to identify and quantify polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the presence of humic acid, a fluorescent quencher and an ubiquitous substance in aquatic system, through modeling the quenching effect of humic acid by decomposing the four-way dataset into four loading matrices corresponding to relative concentration, excitation spectra, emission spectra and fluorescence quantum yield, respectively. It is found that Phenanthrene, pyrene, anthracene and fluorene can be recognized simultaneously with the similarities all above 0.980 between resolved spectra and reference spectra. Moreover, the concentrations of them ranging from 0 to 8 μg L-1 in the test samples prepared with river water could also be predicted successfully with recovery rate of each polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon between 100% and 120%, which were higher than those of three-way PARAFAC. These results demonstrate that the combination of four-way dataset with four-way parallel factor analysis could be a promising method to recognize the fluorescence spectra of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the presence of fluorescent quencher from both qualitative and quantitative perspective.

  8. Determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by four-way parallel factor analysis in presence of humic acid.

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    Yang, Ruifang; Zhao, Nanjing; Xiao, Xue; Yu, Shaohui; Liu, Jianguo; Liu, Wenqing

    2016-01-05

    There is not effective method to solve the quenching effect of quencher in fluorescence spectra measurement and recognition of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aquatic environment. In this work, a four-way dataset combined with four-way parallel factor analysis is used to identify and quantify polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the presence of humic acid, a fluorescent quencher and an ubiquitous substance in aquatic system, through modeling the quenching effect of humic acid by decomposing the four-way dataset into four loading matrices corresponding to relative concentration, excitation spectra, emission spectra and fluorescence quantum yield, respectively. It is found that Phenanthrene, pyrene, anthracene and fluorene can be recognized simultaneously with the similarities all above 0.980 between resolved spectra and reference spectra. Moreover, the concentrations of them ranging from 0 to 8μgL(-1) in the test samples prepared with river water could also be predicted successfully with recovery rate of each polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon between 100% and 120%, which were higher than those of three-way PARAFAC. These results demonstrate that the combination of four-way dataset with four-way parallel factor analysis could be a promising method to recognize the fluorescence spectra of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the presence of fluorescent quencher from both qualitative and quantitative perspective. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Solubilization of phenanthrene above cloud point of Brij 30: a new application in biodegradation.

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    Pantsyrnaya, T; Delaunay, S; Goergen, J L; Guseva, E; Boudrant, J

    2013-06-01

    In the present study a new application of solubilization of phenanthrene above cloud point of Brij 30 in biodegradation was developed. It was shown that a temporal solubilization of phenanthrene above cloud point of Brij 30 (5wt%) permitted to obtain a stable increase of the solubility of phenanthrene even when the temperature was decreased to culture conditions of used microorganism Pseudomonas putida (28°C). A higher initial concentration of soluble phenanthrene was obtained after the cloud point treatment: 200 against 120μM without treatment. All soluble phenanthrene was metabolized and a higher final concentration of its major metabolite - 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid - (160 against 85μM) was measured in the culture medium in the case of a preliminary cloud point treatment. Therefore a temporary solubilization at cloud point might have a perspective application in the enhancement of biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Removal of phenanthrene in contaminated soil by combination of alfalfa, white-rot fungus, and earthworms.

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    Deng, Shuguang; Zeng, Defang

    2017-03-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the removal of phenanthrene by combination of alfalfa, white-rot fungus, and earthworms in soil. A 60-day experiment was conducted. Inoculation with earthworms and/or white-rot fungus increased alfalfa biomass and phenanthrene accumulation in alfalfa. However, inoculations of alfalfa and white-rot fungus can significantly decrease the accumulation of phenanthrene in earthworms. The removal rates for phenanthrene in soil were 33, 48, 66, 74, 85, and 93% under treatments control, only earthworms, only alfalfa, earthworms + alfalfa, alfalfa + white-rot fungus, and alfalfa + earthworms + white-rot fungus, respectively. The present study demonstrated that the combination of alfalfa, earthworms, and white-rot fungus is an effective way to remove phenanthrene in the soil. The removal is mainly via stimulating both microbial development and soil enzyme activity.

  11. Effect of root exudates on sorption, desorption, and transport of phenanthrene in mangrove sediments.

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    Jia, Hui; Lu, Haoliang; Dai, Minyue; Hong, Hualong; Liu, Jingchun; Yan, Chongling

    2016-08-15

    The effect of root exudates on the environmental behaviors of phenanthrene in mangrove sediments is poorly understood. In order to evaluate their influence, comprehensive laboratory experiments were performed using batch equilibrium and thin-layer chromatography (TLC) analyses. In the presence of root exudates, sorption of phenanthrene was inhibited, whereas desorption and mobility were promoted, and were elevated as root exudate concentrations increased. Among the three representative low molecular weight organic acids (LMWOAs) (citric, oxalic, and acetic acids), citric acid promoted desorption and mobility of phenanthrene more effectively than the other two. In addition, application of artificial root exudates (AREs) enhanced phenanthrene desorption, and mobility was always lower than that with the same concentration of LMWOAs, suggesting that LMWOAs predominantly affected the fate of phenanthrene in sediments. The results of this study could enhance our understanding of the mobility of persistent organic pollutants in sediment-water system.

  12. The first-principles investigations on magnetic ground-state in Sm-doped phenanthrene

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    Han, Jia-Xing; Zhong, Guo-Hua; Wang, Xiao-Hui; Chen, Xiao-Jia; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2017-05-01

    Based on the density functional theory plus the effective Coulomb repulsion U, we have investigated the crystal structure, electronic properties and magnetic characteristics in Sm-doped phenanthrene, recently characterized as a superconductor with Tc˜5 -6 Kelvin. Calculated total energies of different magnetic states indicate that Sm-doped phenanthrene is stable at the ferromagnetic ground-state. Considered the strong electronic correlations effect due to the intercalation of Sm-4f electrons, we found that the Sm-4f contributes to the Fermi surface together with C-2p, which is different from K-doped phenanthrene. Compared with alkali-metal-doped phenanthrene, Sm atom has larger local magnetic moment, which suppresses the superconductivity in conventional superconductors. Our results indicate that the electron-electron correlations play an important role in superconductivity of Sm-doped phenanthrene.

  13. Comparison of water solubility enhancements of organic solutes by aquatic humic materials and commercial humic acids

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    Chiou, C.T.; Kile, D.E.; Brinton, T.I.; Malcolm, R.L.; Leenheer, J.A.; MacCarthy, P.

    1987-12-01

    Water solubility enhancements of 1,1-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-2,2,2-trichloroethane (p,p'-DDT), 2,4,5,2',5'-pentachlorobiphenyl (2,4,5,2',5'-PCB), and 2,4,4'-trichlorobiphenyl (2,4,4'-PCB) by dissolved organic matter have been studied with the following samples: (1) acidic water samples from the Suwannee River, Georgia, and the Sopchoppy River, Florida; (2) a humic extract of a nearly neutral pH water from the Calcasieu River, Louisiana; (3) commercial humic acids from the Aldrich Chemical Co. and Fluka-Tridom Chemical Corp. The calculated partition coefficients on a dissolved organic carbon basis (K/sub doc/) for organic solutes with water samples and aquatic humic extracts from this and earlier studies indicate that the enhancement effect varies with the molecular composition of the aquatic humic materials, The K/sub doc/ values with water and aquatic humic samples are, however, far less than the observed K/sub doc/ values obtained with the two commercial samples, by factors of about 4-20. In view of this finding, one should be cautious in interpreting the effects of the dissolved organic matter on solubility enhancement of organic solutes on the basis of the use of commercial humic acids. 14 references, 3 figures, 2 tables.

  14. Tetracycline sorption to coal and soil humic acids: an examination of humic structural heterogeneity.

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    Sun, Huiyu; Shi, Xin; Mao, Jingdong; Zhu, Dongqiang

    2010-09-01

    The sorption properties of tetracycline were compared between a coal humic acid (CHA) and a soil humic acid (SHA) under various solution chemistry conditions. Structural characteristics of the two humic acids were quantified in detail by elemental analysis, solid-state (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), acid-base titration, and Zeta potential measurement. The CHA consists primarily of poly(methylene)-rich aliphatics with more aromatic C--O and higher negative surface charge, while SHA is mainly composed of young material residues of lignin, carbohydrates and peptides, and oxidized charcoal. At pH 5 the sorption affinities of tetracycline to SHA and CHA were very close, but remarkably stronger than that to functionality-free model polymeric sorbents (polyethylene and polystyrene). Meanwhile, despite the much lower hydrophobicity, tetracycline displayed stronger sorption to the humic acids than nonpolar, nonionic 1,3,5-trichlorobezene. It is thus concluded that specific complexation (H--bonding and cation exchange) with the humic functionality overwhelmed hydrophobic effect in sorption when tetracycline was dominated by the zwitterion. Furthermore, modifying solution chemistry conditions (pH, ionic strength of NaCl and CaCl2, and the presence of Zn2+) generally caused more prominent effects on tetracycline sorption to CHA than to SHA, which was attributed to the higher surface charge of CHA. Results of this research demonstrate the importance of the structural nature of humic acids in antibiotic sorption. Copyright 2010 SETAC.

  15. Adsorption and bioaccessibility of phenanthrene on carbon nanotubes in the in vitro gastrointestinal system.

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    Li, Wei; Zhao, Jian; Zhao, Qing; Zheng, Hao; Du, Peng; Tao, Shu; Xing, Baoshan

    2016-10-01

    Adsorption and bioaccessibility of phenanthrene on graphite and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were investigated in simulated gastrointestinal fluid using a passive dosing system. The saturated adsorption capacity of phenanthrene on different adsorbents follows an order of hydroxylated CNTs (H-CNTs)>carboxylated CNTs (C-CNTs)>graphitized CNTs (G-CNTs)>graphite, consistent with the order of their surface area and micropore volume. The change of phenanthrene adsorption on the adsorbents is different with the presence of pepsin (800mg/L) and bile salts (500mg/L and 5000mg/L, abbreviated as BS500 and BS5000). Both solubilization of phenanthrene by pepsin and bile salts and their competition with phenanthrene for the adsorption sites play a role. In addition, the large increase of the maximum adsorption capacity in BS5000 solution indicates an enhanced dispersion of CNTs or an exfoliation of graphite by bile salts, which consequently increases the exposed surface area. The bioaccessibility increases in pepsin and BS500 solution with a growing free phenanthrene concentration. Although the bioaccessibility of phenanthrene stalls or slightly decreases in the middle range of free phenanthrene concentration in BS5000 solution, the bioaccessibility overall is much higher than that in pepsin and BS500 solution at the same phenanthrene level. It is impossible to separate the effect of competition from dispersion (or exfoliation) at this stage, but the relative contribution of solubilization to phenanthrene desorption in pepsin and BS500 solutions was quantified, which improves our understanding of the mechanisms on bioaccessibility of adsorbed pollutants on CNTs.

  16. Biodegradation of phenanthrene and pyrene in compost-amended soil.

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    Yuan, Shaw Y; Su, Lai M; Chang, Bea V

    2009-06-01

    This study investigated the biodegradation of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) phenanthrene and pyrene in compost and compost-amended soil. The degradation rates of the two PAHs were phenanthrene>pyrene. The degradation of PAH was enhanced when the two PAHs were present simultaneously in the soil. The addition of either of the two types of compost (straw and animal manure) individually enhanced PAH degradation. Compost samples were separated into fractions with various particle size ranges, which spanned 2-50 microm, 50-105 microm, 105-500 microm, and 500-2000 microm. We observed that the compost fractions with smaller particle sizes demonstrated higher PAH degradation rates. However, when the different compost fractions were added to soil, compost particle size had no significant effect on the rate of PAH degradation. Of the micro-organisms isolated from the soil-compost mixtures, strains S1, S2, and S8, which were identified as Arthrobacter nicotianae, Pseudomonas fluorescens, and Bordetella Petrii, respectively, demonstrated the best degradation ability.

  17. Thermodynamics and existing phase of Ba-phenanthrene

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    Heguri, Satoshi; Thi Nhu Phan, Quynh; Tanabe, Yoichi; Tanigaki, Katsumi

    2015-03-01

    The recent discovery of superconductivity in potassium doped picene suggested the possibility of a new class of superconductors. The problem is that no satisfactory guide to improve the superconducting shielding fraction had been provided until recently. However, a high superconducting shielding fraction of 65 % was reported for Ba1.5(phenanthrene). Considering this situation, phenanthrene (PHN) appears to be a key material for confirming the existence of metallicity and superconductivity in the aromatic hydrocarbon (AHC) family, and also for clarifying the physical properties and superconducting mechanism of AHC superconductors. In the present work, the thermodynamics for intercalation of PHN with Ba is studied in comparison with its isomer of anthracene (AN). Contrarily to previous reports by other authors, the important observation that Ba is intercalated into neither PHN nor AN without affecting their molecular structures is unambiguously made by differential scanning calorimetry measurements and annealing time dependences observed by powder x-ray diffraction measurements. The reactions of Ba and PHN at elevated temperatures lead this system to molecular decomposition instead of intercalation. The phenomena of metallicity and superconductivity in PHN intercalated with alkaline earth metals (Ba or Sr) should be reconsidered.

  18. Photochemical oxidation of phenanthrene sorbed on silica gel

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    Barbas, J.T.; Sigman, M.E.; Dabestani, R.

    1996-05-01

    There have been relatively few detailed studies of PAH photochemical degradation mechanisms and products at solid/air interfaces under controlled conditions. Results from mechanistic studies on particulate simulants are important in understanding the fates of PAH sorbed on similar materials in natural settings. In this study, the photolysis of phenanthrene (PH) on silica gel, in the presence of air, has been carefully examined. Once sorbed onto the silica surface, PH is not observed to repartition into the gas phase, even under vacuum, and dark reactions of PH are not observed at the silica/air interface. Photolysis (254 nm) of PH leads to the formation of 2,2`-biformylbiphenyl (1), 9,10-phenanthrenequinone (2), cis-9,10-dihydrodihydroxyphenanthrene (3), benzocoumarin (4), 2,2`-biphenyldicarboxylic acid (5), 2-formyl-2`-biphenylcarboxylic acid (6), 2-formylbiphenyl (7), 1,2-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid (8), and phthalic acid (9). These products account for 85-90% of the reacted PH. The photoproducts are independent of excitation wavelength (254 and 350 nm), and the reaction proceeds entirely through an initial step involving the addition of singlet molecular oxygen to the ground state of phenanthrene with subsequent thermal and/or photochemical reactions of the initially formed product. 20 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Antiallergic phenanthrenes and stilbenes from the tubers of Gymnadenia conopsea.

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    Matsuda, Hisashi; Morikawa, Toshio; Xie, Haihui; Yoshikawa, Masayuki

    2004-09-01

    The methanolic extract from the tubers of Gymnadenia conopsea showed an antiallergic effect on ear passive cutaneous anaphylaxis reactions in mice. From the methanolic extract, three new dihydrophenanthrenes, gymconopins A ( 1), B ( 2), and C ( 3), and a new dihydrostilbene, gymconopin D ( 4), were isolated together with 10 known phenanthrene and stilbene constituents. The structures of the new compounds were determined on the basis of physicochemical evidence. Next, the inhibitory effects of the principal constituents on the release of beta-hexosaminidase, as a marker of degranulation, in RBL-2H3 cells were examined and five phenanthrenes, gymconopin B ( 2), 4-methoxy-9,10-dihydrophenanthrene-2,7-diol ( 6), 1-(4-hydroxybenzyl)-4-methoxyphenanthrene-2,7-diol ( 7), 1-(4-hydroxybenzyl)-4-methoxy-9,10-dihydrophenanthrene-2,7-diol ( 8), and blestriarene A ( 9), and six dihydrostilbenes, gymconopin D ( 4), batatacin III ( 10), 3'- O-methylbatatacin III ( 11), 3,3'-dihydroxy-2-(4-hydroxybenzyl)-5-methoxybibenzyl ( 12), 3',5-dihydroxy-2-(4-hydroxybenzyl)-3-methoxybibenzyl ( 13), and 3,3'-dihydroxy-2,6-bis(4-hydroxybenzyl)-5-methoxybibenzyl ( 14) were found to inhibit the antigen-induced degranulation by 65.5 to 99.4 % at 100 microM in RBL-2H3 cells.

  20. Multisubstrate biodegradation kinetics of naphthalene, phenanthrene, and pyrene mixtures

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    Guha, S.; Peters, C.A.; Jaffe, P.R.

    1999-12-05

    Biodegradation kinetics of naphthalene, phenanthrene and pyrene were studied in sole-substrate systems, and in binary and ternary mixtures to examine substrate interactions. The experiments were conducted in aerobic batch aqueous systems inoculated with a mixed culture that had been isolated from soils contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Monod kinetic parameters and yield coefficients for the individual parameters and yield coefficients for the individual compounds were estimated from substrate depletion and CO{sub 2} evolution rate data in sole-substrate experiments. In all three binary mixture experiments, biodegradation kinetics were comparable to the sole-substrate kinetics. In the ternary mixture, biodegradation of naphthalene was inhibited and the biodegradation rates of phenanthrene and pyrene were enhanced. A multisubstrate form of the Monod kinetic model was found to adequately predict substrate interactions in the binary and ternary mixtures using only the parameters derived from sole-substrate experiments. Numerical simulations of biomass growth kinetics explain the observed range of behaviors in PAH mixtures. In general, the biodegradation rates of the more degradable and abundant compounds are reduced due to competitive inhibition, but enhanced biodegradation of the more recalcitrant PAHs occurs due to simultaneous biomass growth on multiple substrates. In PAH-contaminated environments, substrate interactions may be very large due to additive effects from the large number of compounds present.

  1. Antagonism of phenanthrene cytotoxicity for human embryo lung fibroblast cell line HFL-I by green tea polyphenols.

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    Mei, Xin; Wu, Yuan-Yuan; Mao, Xiao; Tu, You-Ying

    2011-01-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been detected in some commercial teas around the world and pose a threat to tea consumers. However, green tea polyphenols (GTP) possess remarkable antioxidant and anticancer effects. In this study, the potential of GTP to block the toxicity of the model PAH phenanthrene was examined in human embryo lung fibroblast cell line HFL-I. Both GTP and phenanthrene treatment individually caused dose-dependent inhibition of cell growth. A full factorial design experiment demonstrated that the interaction of phenanthrene and GTP significantly reduced growth inhibition. Using the median effect method showed that phenanthrene and GTP were antagonistic when the inhibitory levels were less than about 50%. Apoptosis and cell cycle detection suggested that only phenanthrene affected cell cycle significantly and caused cell death; GTP lowered the mortality of HFL-I cells exposed to phenanthrene; However, GTP did not affect modulation of the cell cycle by phenanthrene.

  2. Effects of nanoplastics and microplastics on toxicity, bioaccumulation, and environmental fate of phenanthrene in fresh water.

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    Ma, Yini; Huang, Anna; Cao, Siqi; Sun, Feifei; Wang, Lianhong; Guo, Hongyan; Ji, Rong

    2016-12-01

    Contamination of fine plastic particles (FPs), including micrometer to millimeter plastics (MPs) and nanometer plastics (NPs), in the environment has caught great concerns. FPs are strong adsorbents for hydrophobic toxic pollutants and may affect their fate and toxicity in the environment; however, such information is still rare. We studied joint toxicity of FPs with phenanthrene to Daphnia magna and effects of FPs on the environmental fate and bioaccumulation of (14)C-phenanthrene in fresh water. Within the five sizes particles we tested (from 50 nm to 10 μm), 50-nm NPs showed significant toxicity and physical damage to D. magna. The joint toxicity of 50-nm NPs and phenanthrene to D. magna showed an additive effect. During a 14-days incubation, the presence of NPs significantly enhanced bioaccumulation of phenanthrene-derived residues in daphnid body and inhibited the dissipation and transformation of phenanthrene in the medium, while 10-μm MPs did not show significant effects on the bioaccumulation, dissipation, and transformation of phenanthrene. The differences may be attributed to higher adsorption of phenanthrene on 50-nm NPs than 10-μm MPs. Our findings underlined the high potential ecological risks of FPs, and suggested that NPs should be given more concerns, in terms of their interaction with hydrophobic pollutants in the environment.

  3. Low impact of phenanthrene dissipation on the bacterial community in grassland soil.

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    Niepceron, Maïté; Beguet, Jérémie; Portet-Koltalo, Florence; Martin-Laurent, Fabrice; Quillet, Laurent; Bodilis, Josselin

    2014-02-01

    The effect of phenanthrene on the bacterial community was studied on permanent grassland soil historically presenting low contamination (i.e. less than 1 mg kg(-1)) by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Microcosms of soil were spiked with phenanthrene at 300 mg kg(-1). After 30 days of incubation, the phenanthrene concentration decreased rapidly until its total dissipation within 90 days. During this incubation period, significant changes of the total bacterial community diversity were observed, as assessed by automated-ribosomal intergenic spacer analysis fingerprinting. In order to get a deeper view of the effect of phenanthrene on the bacterial community, the abundances of ten phyla and classes (Actinobacteria, Acidobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Alphaproteobacteria, Betaproteobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, Firmicutes, Verrucomicrobiales, Gemmatimonadetes, and Planctomycetes) were monitored by quantitative polymerase chain reaction performed on soil DNA extracts. Interestingly, abundances of some bacterial taxa significantly changed as compared with controls. Moreover, among these bacterial groups impacted by phenanthrene spiking, some of them presented the potential of phenanthrene degradation, as assessed by PAH-ring hydroxylating dioxygenase (PAH-RHDα) gene detection. However, neither the abundance nor the diversity of the PAH-RHDα genes was significantly impacted by phenanthrene spiking, highlighting the low impact of this organic contaminant on the functional bacterial diversities in grassland soil.

  4. Oxidative stress and DNA damage responses to phenanthrene exposure in the estuarine guppy Poecilia vivipara.

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    Machado, Anderson Abel de Souza; Hoff, Mariana Leivas Müller; Klein, Roberta Daniele; Cordeiro, Gilson Junior; Lencina Avila, Jannine Marquez; Costa, Patrícia Gomes; Bianchini, Adalto

    2014-07-01

    Despite ubiquitous phenanthrene contamination in aquatic coastal areas, little is known regarding its potential effects on estuarine fishes. The present work evaluated the response of a large suite of oxidative stress- and DNA damage-related biomarkers to phenanthrene exposure (10, 20 and 200 μg L(-1), 96 h) using DMSO as the solvent in estuarine guppy Poecilia vivipara (salinity 24 psu). Phenanthrene affected oxidative stress-related parameters, and decreased antioxidant defenses and reactive oxygen species in the gills and muscle overall. Lipid peroxidation occurred in muscle at 200 μg L(-1) phenanthrene. Genotoxicity was increased at 20 μg L(-1), while 200 μg L(-1) caused a relative decrease in erythrocyte release into the bloodstream. These findings indicated that phenanthrene is genotoxic and can induce oxidative stress, depending on tissue and phenanthrene concentration analyzed. Thus, some of the biomarkers analyzed in the present study are sufficiently sensitive to monitor the exposure of the guppy P. vivipara to phenanthrene in salt water. However, further studies are required for a better interpretation of the dose-response patterns observed.

  5. Phenanthrene mineralization along a natural salinity gradient in an Urban Estuary, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts

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    Shiaris, M.P. )

    1989-01-01

    The effect of varying salinity on phenanthrene and glutamate mineralization was examined in sediments along a natural salinity gradient in an urban tidal river. Mineralization was measured by trapping {sup 14}CO{sub 2} from sediment slurries dosed with trace levels of ({sup 14}C)phenanthrene or ({sup 14}C)glutamate. Sediments from three sites representing three salinity regimes (0, 15, and 30%) were mixed with filtered column water from each site. Ambient phenanthrene concentrations were also determined to calculate phenanthrene mineralization rates. Rates of phenanthrene mineralization related significantly to increasing salinity along the transect as determined by linear regression analysis. Rates ranged from 1 ng/hour/g dry sediment at the freshwater site to >16 ng/hour/g dry sediment at the 30% salinity site. Glutamate mineralization also increased from the fresh-water to the marine site; however, the relationship to salinity was not statistically significant. The results suggest that phenanthrene degraders in low salinity estuarine sediments subject to salt water intrusion are tolerant to a wide range of salinities buy phenanthrene degradation in brackish waters is mainly a function of obligate marine microorganisms.

  6. Response of uptake and translocation of phenanthrene to nitrogen form in lettuce and wheat seedlings.

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    Zhan, Xinhua; Yuan, Jiahan; Yue, Le; Xu, Guohua; Hu, Bing; Xu, Renkou

    2015-04-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widespread chemicals that are potentially carcinogenic and toxic to human due to dietary intake of food crops contaminated by PAHs. To date, the mechanisms underlying root uptake and acropetal translocation of PAHs in crops are poorly understood. Here we describe uptake and translocation of phenanthrene (a model PAH) in relation to nitrogen form and concentration in wheat and lettuce seedlings. At concentrations of 0-15 mM, phenanthrene uptake by roots is enhanced with an increase in ammonium and inhibited with an increment of nitrate. Phenanthrene concentration in shoots is much lower than in roots, suggesting that the direction of phenanthrene transport is acropetal. Ammonium reduces both phenanthrene accumulation and bioconcentration factor in shoots, as well as translocation factor, but nitrate elevates them. Phenanthrene uptake increases nutrient solution pH in the treatments with either nitrate or ammonium. Thus, it is concluded that the root uptake and acropetal translocation of phenanthrene in crops are associated with nitrogen form. Our results provide both a novel insight into the mechanism on PAH transport in higher plants and a promising agronomic strategy to minimize PAH contamination in crops or to improve phytoremediation of PAH-contaminated soils or water via nitrogen management.

  7. Genetic determinants involved in the biodegradation of naphthalene and phenanthrene in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1.

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    Qi, Jing; Wang, Bobo; Li, Jing; Ning, Huanhuan; Wang, Yingjuan; Kong, Weina; Shen, Lixin

    2015-05-01

    Pseudomonas sp. are predominant isolates of degradation-competent strains while very few studies have explored the degradation-related genes and pathways in most of the degrading strains. P. aeruginosa PAO1 was found capable of degrading naphthalene and phenanthrene efficiently. In order to investigate the degradation-related genes of naphthalene and phenanthrene in P. aeruginosa PAO1, a random promoter library of about 5760 strains was constructed. Thirty-two clones for differentially expressed promoters were obtained by screening in the presence of sub-inhibitory concentration of naphthalene and phenanthrene. Among them, 13 genes were up-regulated and 15 were down-regulated in the presence of naphthalene as well as phenanthrene. The four remaining genes have different regulation tendencies by naphthalene or phenanthrene. By comparing the growth between the wild type and mutants as well as the complementations, the roles of seven selected up-regulated genes on naphthalene and phenanthrene degradation were investigated. Five of the seven selected up-regulated genes, like PA2666 and PA4780, were found playing key roles on the degradation in P. aeruginosa PAO1. Also, the results imply that these genes participate in the overlapping part of naphthalene and phenanthrene degradation pathways in PAO1. Results in the article offer the convenience quick method and platform for searching degradation-related genes. It also laid a foundation for understanding of the role of the regulated genes.

  8. Transport of dissolved organic macromolecules and their effect on the transport of phenanthrene in porous media

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    Magee, B.R.; Lion, L.W.; Lemley, A.T. )

    1991-02-01

    The retardation factor (R) of phenanthrene in a sand column was reduced by an average factor of 1.8 in the presence of dissolved organic matter (DOM) derived from soil, suggesting that a phenanthrene-DOM complex enhanced the transport of phenanthrene. Distribution coefficients (K{sub d}'s) were determined in batch and column studies for combinations of phenanthrene and DOM with sand. The retardation factor in the advective-dispersive transport equation was modified to reflect the pressure of a carrier by incorporating both the retardation and pore exclusion of the carrier itself. The best prediction of phenanthrene transport in the presence of DOM was provided by modeling the retardation by using two K{sub d}'s derived from column experiments of DOM alone and phenanthrene alone, along with the K{sub d} for phenanthrene binding to DOM. Sensitivity analyses indicated that the critical model parameters are the distribution coefficients for the hydrophobic pollutant binding to the stationary phase and binding to the carrier, as well as the carrier concentration.

  9. Dynamics of microbial community during bioremediation of phenanthrene and chromium(VI)-contaminated soil microcosms.

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    Ibarrolaza, Agustín; Coppotelli, Bibiana M; Del Panno, María T; Donati, Edgardo R; Morelli, Irma S

    2009-02-01

    The combined effect of phenanthrene and Cr(VI) on soil microbial activity, community composition and on the efficiency of bioremediation processes has been studied. Biometer flask systems and soil microcosm systems contaminated with 2,000 mg of phenanthrene per kg of dry soil and different Cr(VI) concentrations were investigated. Temperature, soil moisture and oxygen availability were controlled to support bioremediation. Cr(VI) inhibited the phenanthrene mineralization (CO(2) production) and cultivable PAH degrading bacteria at levels of 500-2,600 mg kg(-1). In the bioremediation experiments in soil microcosms the degradation of phenanthrene, the dehydrogenase activity and the increase in PAH degrading bacteria counts were retarded by the presence of Cr(VI) at all studied concentrations (25, 50 and 100 mg kg(-1)). These negative effects did not show a correlation with Cr(VI) concentration. Whereas the presence of Cr(VI) had a negative effect on the phenanthrene elimination rate, co-contamination with phenanthrene reduced the residual Cr(VI) concentration in the water exchangeable Cr(VI) fraction (WEF) in comparison with the soil microcosm contaminated only with Cr(VI). Clear differences were found between the denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) patterns of each soil microcosm, showing that the presence of different Cr(VI) concentrations did modulate the community response to phenanthrene and caused perdurable changes in the structure of the microbial soil community.

  10. Degradation of phenanthrene and pyrene in spiked soils by single and combined plants cultivation.

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    Cheema, Sardar Alam; Imran Khan, Muhammad; Shen, Chaofeng; Tang, Xianjin; Farooq, Muhammad; Chen, Lei; Zhang, Congkai; Chen, Yingxu

    2010-05-15

    The present study was conducted to investigate the capability of four plant species (tall fescue, ryegrass, alfalfa, and rape seed) grown alone and in combination to the degradation of phenanthrene and pyrene (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs) in spiked soil. After 65 days of plant growth, plant biomass, dehydrogenase activity, water-soluble phenolic (WSP) compounds, plant uptake and accumulation and residual concentrations of phenanthrene and pyrene were determined. Our results showed that presence of vegetation significantly enhanced the dissipation of phenanthrene and pyrene from contaminated soils. Higher degradation rates of PAHs were observed in the combined plant cultivation (98.3-99.2% phenanthrene and 88.1-95.7% pyrene) compared to the single plant cultivation (97.0-98.0% phenanthrene and 79.8-86.0% pyrene). Contribution of direct plant uptake and accumulation of phenanthrene and pyrene was very low compared to the plant enhanced dissipation. By contrast, plant-promoted biodegradation was the predominant contribution to the remediation enhancement. The correlation analysis indicates a negative relation between biological activities (dehydrogenase activity and WSP compounds) and residual concentrations of phenanthrene and pyrene in planted soils. Our results suggest that phytoremediation could be a feasible choice for PAHs contaminated soil. Moreover, the combined plant cultivation has potential to enhance the process. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Involvement of humic substances in regrowth.

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    Camper, Anne K

    2004-05-01

    There appear to be interactions in the distribution system that complicate the ability to use AOC/BDOC as an independent assessment of regrowth potential. Two such complications are the limitation of the assays themselves and the potential interaction between the organic carbon concentration with the presence of disinfectants and pipe materials. To address these interactions, a series of experiments spanning several years have been conducted in model distribution systems at the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) using soil-derived humics. When compared to easily utilized organics, humic substances supported the same order of magnitude of biofilm organisms. As carbon concentration was increased from 500 to 1000 to 2000 ppb, there was no increase in growth rate of the organisms, suggesting zero-order kinetics. If the system was chlorinated, there was less biomass, but growth rates were higher. In the presence of corrosion products, humic-fed systems supported more organisms than a control system fed biologically treated water. When free chlorine was maintained at a residual of about 0.2 mg/l, biofilm numbers on the surfaces were reduced. Phosphate alone did not result in fewer bacteria, while a combination of chorine and phosphate had the best results (lowest biofilm numbers). Adjustment to pH 9 was not effective. Recently completed work compared increasing levels of humic substances in the presence of free chlorine and monochloramine on biofilm growth on a number of surfaces (PVC, epoxy, cement, ductile iron). As the concentration of humic substances was increased from 0, 0.5 to 2 mg/l, there was an increase in biofilm numbers on all surfaces. This effect was the most pronounced on iron surfaces. These results illustrate that carbon compounds not measured by the BDOC or AOC tests may profoundly influence biofilm numbers. In addition, iron surfaces are at much higher risk for elevated biofilm counts in the presence of humic substances, even if disinfection is

  12. Impact of exotic and inherent dissolved organic matter on sorption of phenanthrene by soils.

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    Gao, Yanzheng; Xiong, Wei; Ling, Wanting; Wang, Xiaorong; Li, Qiuling

    2007-02-09

    The impacts of exotic and inherent dissolved organic matter (DOM) on phenanthrene sorption by six zonal soils of China, chosen so as to have different soil organic carbon (SOC) contents, were investigated using a batch technique. The exotic DOM was extracted from straw waste. In all cases, the sorption of phenanthrene by soils could be well described by the linear equation. The presence of inherent DOM in soils was found to impede phenanthrene sorption, since the apparent distribution coefficients (K(d)(*)) for phenanthrene sorption by deionized water-eluted soils were 3.13-21.5% larger than the distribution coefficients (K(d)) by control soils. Moreover, the enhanced sorption of phenanthrene by eluted versus control soils was in positive correlation with SOC contents. On the other hand, it was observed that the influence of exotic DOM on phenanthrene sorption was related to DOM concentrations. The K(d)(*) values for sorption of phenanthrene in the presence of exotic DOM increased first and decreased thereafter with increasing the added DOM concentrations (0-106mgDOC/L). The K(d)(*) values at a low exotic DOM concentration (< or =28mgDOC/L) were 14.7-48.4% larger than their control K(d) values. In contrast, higher concentrations (> or =52mgDOC/L) of added exotic DOM clearly impeded the distribution of phenanthrene between soil and water. The effects of exotic and inherent DOM on phenanthrene sorption by soils may primarily be described as 'cumulative sorption', association of phenanthene with DOM in solution, and modified surface nature of soil solids due to DOM binding.

  13. A comparison of the accumulation of phenanthrene by marine amphipods in water versus sediment

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    Fusi, T.; Weber, L.J.

    1995-12-31

    The objective of this research is to compare the accumulation of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon phenanthrene by marine amphipods from sediment and interstitial water versus from a water only exposure system. The equilibrium partitioning theory assumes that the exposure and response of benthic invertebrates are the same when exposed to the same contaminant concentration in water and interstitial water. In this series of experiments, three infaunal marine amphipod species; Eohaustorius estuarius (non tube-forming, burrowing amphipod), Leptocheirus plumulosus (burrow-building amphipod) and Grandidierella japonica (tube-building amphipod), were exposed to {sup 14}C-phenanthrene under three experimental conditions: (1) sediment spiked at a concentration resulting in an interstitial water concentration of 2.5 {micro}g/l phenanthrene; (2) sediment spiked at a concentration resulting in interstitial water concentration of 2.5 {micro}g/l and the overlying water spiked at 2.5 {micro}g/l phenanthrene; (3) a water only exposure with the water at a concentration of 2.5 {micro}g/l phenanthrene, The exposures were conducted in a static renewal system with the overlying and exposure water being replaced every 8 hours. The bioaccumulation of phenanthrene was followed over 72 hours. In all three species of amphipods, the accumulation of phenanthrene was significantly greater in the water only exposure than in the two sediment exposures. At 72 hours, the amphipod body burdens of phenanthrene in the water only exposures were, depending on the species, 7 to 24 times that of the sediment only exposures. The results suggest that water only exposures may overestimate sediment or interstitial exposure to phenanthrene and other nonionic, lipophilic compounds.

  14. Cysteine-β-cyclodextrin enhanced phytoremediation of soil co-contaminated with phenanthrene and lead.

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    Wang, Guanghui; Wang, Yin; Hu, Suhang; Deng, Nansheng; Wu, Feng

    2015-07-01

    It is necessary to find an effective soil remediation technology for the simultaneous removal of hydrophobic organic contaminants and heavy metals from contaminated soils. In this work, a novel cysteine-β-cyclodextrin (CCD) was synthesized by the reaction of β-cyclodextrin with cysteine, and the structure of CCD was confirmed by (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR, FT-IR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. Pot-culture experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of CCD on the phytoremediation of soil co-contaminated with phenanthrene and lead. The results showed that CCD can enhance the phytoremediation of soil co-contaminated with phenanthrene and lead. When CCD was added to the co-contaminated soil, the concentrations of phenanthrene and Pb in roots and shoots of ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) significantly increased, the presence of CCD is beneficial to the accumulation of phenanthrene and Pb in ryegrass, and the residual concentrations of phenanthrene and Pb in soils significantly decreased. Under the co-contamination of 500 mg Pb kg(-1) and 50 mg PHE kg(-1), the bioconcentration factor of phenanthrene and Pb in the presence of CCD was increased by 1.43-fold and 4.47-fold, respectively. After CCD was added to the contaminated soils, the residual concentration of phenanthrene and Pb in unplanted soil was decreased by 18 and 25%, respectively. However, for the planted soil, the residual concentration of phenanthrene and Pb was decreased by 48 and 56%, respectively. CCD may improve the bioavailability of phenanthrene and Pb in co-contaminated soil; CCD enhanced phytoremediation technology may be a good alternative for the removal of hydrophobic organic contaminants and heavy metals from contaminated soils.

  15. Utilizing surfactants to control the sorption, desorption, and biodegradation of phenanthrene in soil-water system.

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    Jin, Haiwei; Zhou, Wenjun; Zhu, Lizhong

    2013-07-01

    An integrative technology including the surfactant enhanced sorption and subsequent desorption and biodegradation of phenanthrene in the soil-water system was introduced and tested. For slightly contaminated agricultural soils, cationic-nonionic mixed surfactant-enhanced sorption of organic contaminants onto soils could reduce their transfer to plants, therefore safe-guarding agricultural production. After planting, residual surfactants combined with added nonionic surfactant could also promote the desorption and biodegradation of residual phenanthrene, thus providing a cost-effective pollution remediation technology. Our results showed that the cationic-nonionic mixed surfactants dodecylpyridinium bromide (DDPB) and Triton X-100 (TX100) significantly enhanced soil retention of phenanthrene. The maximum sorption coefficient Kd of phenanthrene for contaminated soils treated by mixed surfactants was about 24.5 times that of soils without surfactant (Kd) and higher than the combined effects of DDPB and TX100 individually, which was about 16.7 and 1.5 times Kd, respectively. On the other hand, TX100 could effectively remove phenanthrene from contaminated soils treated by mixed surfactants, improving the bioavailability of organic pollutants. The desorption rates of phenanthrene from these treated soils were greater than 85% with TX100 concentration above 2000 mg/L and approached 100% with increasing TX100 concentration. The biodegradation rates of phenanthrene in the presence of surfactants reached over 95% in 30 days. The mixed surfactants promoted the biodegradation of phenanthrene to some extent in 10-22 days, and had no obvious impact on phenanthrene biodegradation at the end of the experiment. Results obtained from this study provide some insight for the production of safe agricultural products and a remediation scheme for soils slightly contaminated with organic pollutants.

  16. Characteristics of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria isolated from soils contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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    Aitken, M D; Stringfellow, W T; Nagel, R D; Kazunga, C; Chen, S H

    1998-08-01

    Ten bacterial strains were isolated from seven contaminated soils by enrichment with phenanthrene as the sole carbon source. These isolates and another phenanthrene-degrading strain were examined for various characteristics related to phenanthrene degradation and their ability to metabolize 12 other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), ranging in size from two to five rings, after growth in the presence of phenanthrene. Fatty acid methyl ester analysis indicated that at least five genera (Agrobacterium, Bacillus, Burkholderia, Pseudomonas, and Sphingomonas) and at least three species of Pseudomonas were represented in this collection. All of the strains oxidized phenanthrene according to Michaelis-Menten kinetics, with half-saturation coefficients well below the aqueous solubility of phenanthrene in all cases. All but one of the strains oxidized 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoate following growth on phenanthrene, and all oxidized at least one downstream intermediate from either or both of the known phenanthrene degradation pathways. All of the isolates could metabolize (oxidize, mineralize, or remove from solution) a broad range of PAH, although the exact range and extent of metabolism for a given substrate were unique to the particular isolate. Benz[a]anthracene, chrysene, and benzo[a]pyrene were each mineralized by eight of the strains, while pyrene was not mineralized by any. Pyrene was, however, removed from solution by all of the isolates, and the presence of at least one significant metabolite from pyrene was observed by radiochromatography for the five strains in which such metabolites were sought. Our results support earlier indications that the mineralization of pyrene by bacteria may require unique metabolic capabilities that do not appear to overlap with the determinants for mineralization of phenanthrene or other high molecular weight PAH.

  17. Naturally occurring phenanthrene degrading bacteria associated with seeds of various plant species.

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    Fernet, Jennifer L; Lawrence, John R; Germida, James J

    2016-01-01

    Seeds of 11 of 19 plant species tested yielded naturally occurring phenanthrene degrading bacteria when placed on phenanthrene impression plates. Seed associated phenanthrene degrading bacteria were mostly detected on caragana, Canada thistle, creeping red fescue, western wheatgrass, and tall wheat grass. Based on 16S rRNA analysis the most common bacteria isolated from these seeds were strains belonging to the genera Enterobacteria, Erwinia, Burkholderia, Pantoea, Pseudomonas, and Sphingomonas. These plants may provide an excellent source of pre-adapted bacterial-plant associations highly suitable for use in remediation of contaminated soil environments.

  18. Effect of humic acid on sorption of technetium by alumina.

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    Kumar, S; Rawat, N; Kar, A S; Tomar, B S; Manchanda, V K

    2011-09-15

    Sorption of technetium by alumina has been studied in absence as well as in presence of humic acid using (95)Tc(m) as a tracer. Measurements were carried out at fixed ionic strength (0.1M NaClO(4)) under varying pH (3-10) as well as redox (aerobic and reducing anaerobic) conditions. Under aerobic conditions, negligible sorption of technetium was observed onto alumina both in absence and in presence of humic acid. However, under reducing conditions (simulated with [Sn(II)] = 10(-6)M), presence of humic acid enhanced the sorption of technetium in the low pH region significantly and decreased at higher pH with respect to that in absence of humic acid. Linear additive as well as surface complexation modeling of Tc(IV) sorption in presence of humic acid indicated the predominant role of sorbed humic acid in deciding technetium sorption onto alumina.

  19. Humic substances isolated from surface sediments: analytical characteristics

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    Schultz, D.M.; Miller, R.E.

    1986-01-01

    The elemental composition and infrared spectra of humic and fulvic acids isolated from Mid-Atlantic Continental Shelf and Slope surface sediments indicated relatively hydrogen-rich humic substance. The stable carbon isotopic ratios of the humic and fulvic acids range from -21.2 to -23.8 per mil with an average of -22.4 per mil. Pyrolysis-gas chromatographic patterns of humic acids and protokerogens showed longer carbon-chain length which are indicative of gas-condensate-to-oil prone, hydrogen-rich organic components. These humic substances are believed to be derived from a marine organic source and may be precursors in the formation of Type II kerogens. A succession of fulvic acid to humic acid to protokerogen is a possible evolutionary pathway for a portion of the protokerogens identified in this study.

  20. NMR diffusion analysis of surfactant-humic substance interactions.

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    Otto, William H; Britten, Danny J; Larive, Cynthia K

    2003-05-15

    Surfactants can be introduced into the environment through wastewater or by direct contamination. Understanding the fate and transport of surfactants in the environment is important in assessing their role as pollutants. Humic substances are complex heterogeneous mixtures of decomposition products of natural organic materials. They are environmentally important because they are known to solubilize and transport organic pollutants. Therefore humic substances are likely to affect the environmental fate of surfactants. Diffusion coefficients measured with pulsed-field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy are used in this study to examine the intermolecular interactions of the surfactants sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) in the presence of various humic substances. These results indicate that humic substances enhance the aggregation of SDS prior to micellization with a more pronounced effect observed for the more hydrophobic humic materials. The positively charged surfactant CTAB forms stable ion pairs with the humic substances.

  1. Tritium Enrichment in the Hydration Sphere of Humic Substances

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    Wierczinski, Birgit; Muellen, Guenther; Tuerler, Andreas

    2005-07-15

    Humic and fulvic acid can be combined under the term 'humic substances' and are natural substances with a complex structure. The structural details are not known, however, due to the functional groups present in these compounds the formation of hydrogen bonds is easily attained. Several humic substances were investigated for their potential use as compounds, which are applicable for tritium enrichment from aqueous solution. For comparison a simple compound, malonic acid, representing only few functional groups was investigated. The experiments were performed using a cryosublimation apparatus, which was run well below equilibrium vapor pressure to avoid any isotope fractionation of HTO and H{sub 2}O. A higher enrichment factor was found for natural humic acid compared to fulvic acid, however, no enrichment could be found for a synthetic humic acid and malonic acid. Interpretation of the results is difficult since no detailed information on the chemical structure of humic substances is known.

  2. Coal flotation and flocculation in the presence of humic acids

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    Lalvani, S.B.

    1990-05-01

    The principle of coal cleaning using humic acid is as follows. Humic acid is an anionic polyelectrolyte which possesses a high density of carboxyl groups. The mechanism of coal depression involves the selective adsorption of humic acid on the hydrophobic coal through hydrophobic bonding. Pyrite and ash are hydrophilic in nature and are separated from the carbonaceous part of the coal, thus resulting in a cleaner coal. The adsorption characteristics of humic acid on coal are discussed. Humic acid adsorption on coal is modeled in terms of Langmuir adsorption isotherms. Coal cleaning was carried out using humic acid and xanthic acid for coal depression and mineral matter flotation, respectively. Dramatic decrease decrease in ash content was observed while significant recovery of the original coal was accomplished in these flotation experiments. The heating recovery ratios as a function of the xanthic acid addition are also reported. 4 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Interaction of Humic Acids with Organic Toxicants

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    Tchaikovskaya, O. N.; Yudina, N. V.; Maltseva, E. V.; Nechaev, L. V.; Svetlichnyi, V. A.

    2016-08-01

    Interaction of humic acids with polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) (naphthalene and anthracene) and triazole series fungicides (cyproconazole (CC) and tebuconazole (TC)) is investigated by the method of fluorescence quenching depending on the concentration of substances in solutions and their structural features. Humic acids were modified by mechanochemical activation in a planetary mill. The complex character of intermolecular interactions between PAH and fungicides with humic acids, including donor-acceptor and hydrophobic binding, is established. Thermodynamically stable conformations of biocide molecules were estimated using ChemOffice CS Chem3D 8.0 by methods of molecular mechanics (MM2) and molecular dynamics. Biocide molecules with pH 7 are in energetically favorable position when the benzene and triazole rings are almost parallel to each other. After acidification of solutions to pH 4.5, the CC molecule retains the geometry for which donor-acceptor interactions are possible: the benzene ring in the molecule represents the electron donor, and triazole is the acceptor. In this case, the electron density in CC is redistributed easier, which is explained by a smaller number of carbon atoms between the triazole and benzene rings, unlike TC. As a result, the TC triazole ring is protonated to a greater degree, acquiring a positive charge, and enters into donoracceptor interactions with humic acid (HA) samples. The above-indicated bond types allow HA to participate actively in sorption processes and to provide their interaction with biocides and PAH and hence, to act as detoxifying agents for recultivation of the polluted environment.

  4. Thermodynamics and existing phase of Ba-phenanthrene

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    Heguri, Satoshi; Thi Nhu Phan, Quynh; Tanabe, Yoichi; Tanigaki, Katsumi

    2014-10-01

    The thermodynaqmics for intercalation of phenanthrene (PHN) with Ba, for which superconductivity has been reported, is studied in comparison with its isomer of a linear aromatic hydrocarbon of anthracene (AN). Contrary to previous reports by other authors, the important observation that Ba is intercalated into neither PHN nor AN without affecting their molecular structures is unambiguously made by differential scanning calorimetry measurements and annealing time dependences observed by powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The reactions of Ba and PHN at elevated temperatures lead this system to molecular decomposition instead of intercalation, resulting in the Ba C2 carbide or amorphous carbon formation, which is clearly supported by XRD and Raman spectroscopy. The phenomena of metallicity and superconductivity in PHN intercalated with alkaline-earth metals (Ba or Sr) should be reconsidered.

  5. Infrared Spectra of Perdeuterated Naphthalene, Phenanthrene, Chrysene, and Pyrene

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Sandford, Scott A.; Hudgins, Douglas M.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    Calculations are carried out using density functional theory (DFT) to determine the harmonic frequencies and intensities of perdeuterated naphthalene, phenanthrene, pyrene, and chrysene. We also report matrix- isolation spectra for these four species. The theoretical and experimental frequencies and relative intensities for the perdeuterated species are in generally good agreement. The effect of perdeuteration is to reduce the sum of the integrated intensities by a factor of about 1.75. This reduction occurs for all vibrational motions, except for the weak low frequency ring deformation modes. There is also a significant redistribution of the relative intensities between the out-of-plane C-D bands relative to those found for the out-of-plane C-H bands. The theoretical isotopic ratios provide an excellent diagnostic of the degree of C-H(C-D) involvement in the vibrational bands, allowing in most cases a clear distinction of the type of motion.

  6. Drift mobility of holes in phenanthrene single crystals

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    Sonnonstine, T. J.; Hermann, A. M.

    1974-01-01

    The temperature dependence of drift mobilities of holes in single crystals of phenanthrene was measured in the range from 203 to 353 K in three crystallographic directions. Below the anomaly temperature of 72 C, the mobility temperature dependences are consistent with the Munn and Siebrand slow-phonon hopping process in the b direction and the Munn and Siebrand slow-phonon coherent mode in the a and c prime directions. The drift mobility temperature dependences in crystals that have been cooled through the anomaly temperature in the presence of illumination and an electric field are consistent with the model of Spielberg et al. (1971), in which the hindered vibration of the 4,5 hydrogens introduces a new degree of freedom above 72 C.

  7. Infrared Spectra of Perdeuterated Naphthalene, Phenanthrene, Chrysene, and Pyrene

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Sandford, Scott A.; Hudgins, Douglas M.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    Calculations are carried out using density functional theory (DFT) to determine the harmonic frequencies and intensities of perdeuterated naphthalene, phenanthrene, pyrene, and chrysene. We also report matrix- isolation spectra for these four species. The theoretical and experimental frequencies and relative intensities for the perdeuterated species are in generally good agreement. The effect of perdeuteration is to reduce the sum of the integrated intensities by a factor of about 1.75. This reduction occurs for all vibrational motions, except for the weak low frequency ring deformation modes. There is also a significant redistribution of the relative intensities between the out-of-plane C-D bands relative to those found for the out-of-plane C-H bands. The theoretical isotopic ratios provide an excellent diagnostic of the degree of C-H(C-D) involvement in the vibrational bands, allowing in most cases a clear distinction of the type of motion.

  8. Effect of n-alkyl chain length on the complexation of phenanthrene and 9-alkyl-phenanthrene with $beta;-cyclodextrin

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    Rima, J.; Aoun, E.; Hanna, K.

    2004-06-01

    The characteristics of host-guest complexation between β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and phenanthrene derivatives (phenanthrene, n-propyl, n-butyl and n-hexyl-phenanthrene) were investigated by fluorescence spectrometry. Linear and non-linear regression methods were used to estimate the formation constants ( K1). A 1:1 stoichiometric ratio and an effect of n-alkyl chain length on the formation constant were observed for the binary inclusion complex between guest and β-CD. The formation constant dramatically increases with the length of n-alkyl, it starts from the value of 140 l mol -1 for the phenanthrene to reach the value of 580 l mol -1 for hexyl-phenanthrene. The effect of the temperature on the fluorescence intensity of each complex (guest-host) was also studied; and then the thermodynamic parameters were calculated. The main inclusion site seems to be aromatic moiety for short chain molecules, and it moves toward the alkyl chain part, as the chain becomes longer.

  9. Chemical structure of humic acids - Part 2, the molecular aggregation of some humic acid fractions in N, N-dimethylformamide

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    Wershaw, R. L.; Pinckney, D.J.

    1977-01-01

    Humic acid fractions form molecular aggregates in solution. In previous studies we have shown by small angle X-ray scattering that the size of these aggregates is a function of pH. In this study we have found that the size of the aggregates of two humic acid fractions in water and buffers and in dimethylformamide solutions can be changed by oxidation with molecular oxygen and air. These results cast new light on the bonding mechanisms that cause aggregation of the humic acid particles in solution. We have interpreted the changes in aggregation sizes as being brought about by changes in intermolecular and intramolecular hydrogen bonding of the humic particles. Solvation of the humic molecules by dimethylformamide interferes with some of the hydrogen bonding reactions between proton donor and acceptor groups on the same humic acid molecules or on different molecules.

  10. Measuring the toxicity of alkyl-phenanthrenes to early life stages of medaka (Oryzias latipes) using partition-controlled delivery.

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    Turcotte, Dominique; Akhtar, Parveen; Bowerman, Michelle; Kiparissis, Yiannis; Brown, R Stephen; Hodson, Peter V

    2011-02-01

    Alkyl-phenanthrenes are a class of compounds present in crude oil and toxic to developing fish. Most research on alkyl-phenanthrenes has focused on retene (7-isopropyl-1-methyl-phenanthrene), but little is known about the chronic toxicity of related congeners to the early life stages of fish. This project is the first to describe the chronic toxicity of a series of alkyl-phenanthrenes to the embryos of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) using the partition-controlled delivery (PCD) method of exposure and is the first to establish a relationship between toxicity of alkyl-phenanthrenes and log P. With PCD, test concentrations were maintained by equilibrium partitioning of test chemicals from polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) films containing various concentrations of C1 to C4 phenanthrenes. Log film:solution partition constants (log K(fs)) and aqueous solubility limits were determined for each alkyl-phenanthrene. The prevalence of abnormalities in fish embryos increased in an exposure-dependent manner, with median effective concentration (EC50) values lower than experimental solubility limits of the compounds, and typical of environmental concentrations. Alkyl-phenanthrenes were more toxic to medaka embryos than unsubstituted phenanthrene, with effects resembling those of dioxin and indicating a specific receptor-based mechanism of toxicity. These results extend conclusions for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, suggest a specific mechanism of toxicity for alkyl-phenanthrenes, and provide a model for assessing the risks of mixture toxicity.

  11. Determination of phenanthrene bioavailability by using a self-dying reporter bacterium: test with model solids and soil.

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    Shin, Doyun; Nam, Kyoungphile

    2012-02-20

    The present study was conducted to investigate the performance and feasibility of a self-dying reporter bacterium to visualize and quantify phenanthrene bioavailability in soil. The self-dying reporter bacterium was designed to die on the initiation of phenanthrene biodegradation. The viability of the reporter bacterium was determined by a fluorescence live/dead cell staining method and visualized by confocal laser scanning microscopic observation. Phenanthrene was spiked into four types of model solids and a sandy loam. The bioavailability of phenanthrene to the reporter bacterium was remarkably declined with the hydrophobicity of the model solids: essentially no phenanthrene was biodegraded in the presence of 9-nm pores and about 35.8% of initial phenanthrene was biodegraded without pores. Decrease in bioavailability was not evident in the nonporous hydrophilic bead, but a small decrease was observed in the porous hydrophilic bead at 1000 mg/kg of phenanthrene. The fluorescence intensity was commensurate with the extent of phenanthrene biodegradation by the reporter bacterium at the concentration range from 50 to 500 mg/kg. Such a quantitative relationship was also confirmed with a sandy loam spiked up to 1000 mg/kg of phenanthrene. This reporter bacterium may be a useful means to determine phenanthrene bioavailability in soil.

  12. Effects of phenanthrene on the mortality, growth, and anti-oxidant system of earthworms (Eisenia fetida) under laboratory conditions.

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    Wu, Shijin; Wu, Ermiao; Qiu, Lequan; Zhong, Weihong; Chen, Jianmeng

    2011-04-01

    To assess the toxic effects of phenanthrene on earthworms, we exposed Eisenia fetida to artificial soils supplemented with different concentrations (0.5, 2.5, 12.5, mgkg(-1) soil) of phenanthrene. The residual phenanthrene in the soil, the bioaccumulation of phenanthrene in earthworms, and the subsequent effects of phenanthrene on growth, anti-oxidant enzyme activities, and lipid peroxidation (LPO) were determined. The degradation rate of low concentrations of phenanthrene was faster than it was for higher concentrations, and the degradation half-life was 7.3d (0.5 mgkg(-1)). Bioaccumulation of phenanthrene in the earthworms decreased the phenanthrene concentration in soils, and phenanthrene content in the earthworms significantly increased with increasing initial soil concentrations. Phenanthrene had a significant effect on E. fetida growth, and the 14-d LC(50) was calculated as 40.67 mgkg(-1). Statistical analysis of the growth inhibition rate showed that the concentration and duration of exposure had significant effects on growth inhibition (p<0.001). Superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity increased at the beginning (2 and 7d) and decreased in the end (14 and 28 d). Catalase (CAT) activity in all treatments was inhibited from 1 to 14 d of exposure. However, no significant perturbations in malondialdehyde (MDA) content were noted between control and phenanthrene-treated earthworms except after 2d of exposure. These results revealed that bioaccumulation of phenanthrene in E. fetida caused concentration-dependent, sub-lethal toxicity. Growth and superoxide dismutase activity can be regarded as sensitive parameters for evaluating the toxicity of phenanthrene to earthworms. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Sorption of phenanthrene and benzene on differently structural kerogen: important role of micropore-filling.

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    Zhang, Yulong; Ma, Xiaoxuan; Ran, Yong

    2014-02-01

    Shale was thermally treated to obtain a series of kerogen with varied maturation. Their chemical, structural and porous properties were related to the sorption and/or desorption behaviors of phenanthrene and benzene. As the treatment temperature increases, aliphatic and carbonyl carbon of the kerogen samples decrease, while their aromaticity and maturation increase. Meanwhile, the isothermal nonlinearity of phenanthrene and benzene increases whereas the sorption capacity and micropore adsorption volumes (Vo,d) initially increase and then decrease. The Vo,d of benzene is significantly correlated with, but higher than that of phenanthrene, suggesting similar micropore filling mechanism and molecular sieve effect. The benzene desorption exhibits hysteresis, which is related to the pore deformation of the kerogen and the entrapment of solute in the kerogen matrix. The Vo,d of phenanthrene and benzene on the kerogen samples accounts for 23-46% and 36-65% of the maximum sorption volumes, respectively, displaying the importance of the micropore filling.

  14. Influence of surfactant sorption on the removal of phenanthrene from contaminated soils.

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    Zhou, Wenjun; Zhu, Lizhong

    2008-03-01

    Laboratory column flushing experiments were conducted to remove phenanthrene from contaminated soils by Triton X-100 (TX100) with an aim to investigating the effect of surfactant sorption on the performance of surfactant-enhanced remediation process. The effluent concentration of phenanthrene from soil columns showed strong dependence on the sorption breakthrough curves of TX100. The removal of phenanthrene from contaminated soils was enhanced only when the sorption breakthrough of TX100 occurred and the influent concentration of TX100 was greater than the critical enhanced flushing concentration (CEFC). The sorption of surfactant onto soils and the subsequent partitioning of contaminants into soil-sorbed surfactant had a significant effect on the solute equilibrium distribution coefficient (KD) and thus the flushing efficiency for phenanthrene. A model was developed to predict KD and CEFC values for simulating the performance of surfactant-enhanced flushing for contaminated soils. These results are of practical interest in developing effective and safe surfactant-enhanced remediation technologies.

  15. Monitoring plant response to phenanthrene using the red edge of canopy hyperspectral reflectance.

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    Zhu, Linhai; Chen, Zhongxin; Wang, Jianjian; Ding, Jinzhi; Yu, Yunjiang; Li, Junsheng; Xiao, Nengwen; Jiang, Lianhe; Zheng, Yuanrun; Rimmington, Glyn M

    2014-09-15

    To investigate the mechanisms and potential for the remote sensing of phenanthrene-induced vegetation stress, we measured field canopy spectra, and associated plant and soil parameters in the field controlled experiment in the Yellow River Delta of China. Two widely distributed plant communities, separately dominated by reed (Phragmites australis) and glaucous seepweed (Suaeda salsa), were treated with different doses of phenanthrene. The canopy spectral changes of plant community resulted from the decreases of biomass and foliar projective coverage, while leaf photosynthetic pigment concentrations showed no significance difference among treatments. The spectral response to phenanthrene included a flattened red edge, with decreased first derivative of reflectance. The red edge slope and area consistently responded to phenanthrene, showing a strong relationship with aboveground biomass, coverage and canopy pigments density. These results suggest the potential of remote sensing and the importance of field validation to correctly interpret the causes of the spectral changes. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Hydrocracking phenanthrene and 1-methyl naphthalene: Development of linear free energy relationships

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    Landau, R.N.; Korre, S.C.; Neurock, M.; Klein, M.T.; Quann, R.J.

    1994-12-31

    The catalytic hydrocracking reaction pathways, kinetics and mechanisms of 1-methyl naphthalene and phenanthrene were investigated in experiments at 350 C and 68.1 atm H{sub 2} partial pressure (190.6 atm total pressure), using a presulfided Ni/W on USY zeolite catalyst. 1-methyl naphthalene hydrocracking led to 2-methyl naphthalene, methyl tetralins, methyl decalins, pentyl benzene and tetralin. Phenanthrene hydrocracking led to dihydro, tetrahydro and octahydro phenanthrene, butyl naphthalene, tetralin to butyl tetralin and dibutyl benzene. The rate constants for the dealkylation of butyl tetralins produced in the phenanthrene hydrocracking network conform to a linear free energy relationship (LFER), with the heat of formation of the leaving alkyl carbenium ion as the reactivity index.

  17. Ab initio study of the optical properties of crystalline phenanthrene, including the excitonic effects

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    Dadsetani, Mehrdad; Nejatipour, Hajar; Ebrahimian, Ali

    2015-05-01

    Using the ab initio methods for solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation on the basis of the FPLAPW method, optical properties of crystalline phenanthrene were calculated, in a comparison to its isomer, anthracene. It was found that despite the similarity of the structural, electronic, and the overall optical properties in a 40 eV energy range, phenanthrene and anthracene show significant differences in their optical spectra in the energy range below band gaps. Phenanthrene has two spin singlet excitonic features whereas anthracene shows one. The singlet and the lowest triplet binding energies of phenanthrene were found to be larger than anthracene. In this study, in addition, a comparison has been made between the optical spectra in RPA and the existing experimental data.

  18. The impact of carbon nanomaterials on the development of phenanthrene catabolism in soil.

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    Oyelami, Ayodeji O; Semple, Kirk T

    2015-07-01

    This study investigates the impact of different types of carbon nanomaterials (CNMs) namely C60, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and fullerene soot on the catabolism of (14)C-phenanthrene in soil by indigenous microorganisms. Different concentrations (0%, 0.01%, 0.1% and 1%) of the different CNMs were blended with soil spiked with 50 mg kg(-1) of (12)C-phenanthrene, and aged for 1, 25, 50 and 100 days. An increase in the concentration of MWCNT- and FS-amended soils showed a significant difference (P = 0.014) in the lag phase, maximum rates and overall extent of (14)C-phenanthrene mineralisation. Microbial cell numbers did not show an obvious trend, but it was observed that control soils had the highest population of heterotrophic and phenanthrene degrading bacteria at all time points.

  19. Effects of plant species identity, diversity and soil fertility on biodegradation of phenanthrene in soil.

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    Oyelami, Ayodeji O; Okere, Uchechukwu V; Orwin, Kate H; De Deyn, Gerlinde B; Jones, Kevin C; Semple, Kirk T

    2013-02-01

    The work presented in this paper investigated the effects of plant species composition, species diversity and soil fertility on biodegradation of (14)C-phenanthrene in soil. The two soils used were of contrasting fertility, taken from long term unfertilised and fertilised grassland, showing differences in total nitrogen content (%N). Plant communities consisted of six different plant species: two grasses, two forbs, and two legume species, and ranged in species richness from 1 to 6. The degradation of (14)C-phenanthrene was evaluated by measuring indigenous catabolic activity following the addition of the contaminant to soil using respirometry. Soil fertility was a driving factor in all aspects of (14)C-phenanthrene degradation; lag phase, maximum rates and total extents of (14)C-phenanthrene mineralisation were higher in improved soils compared to unimproved soils. Plant identity had a significant effect on the lag phase and extents of mineralisation. Soil fertility was the major influence also on abundance of microbial communities.

  20. Root exudates modify bacterial diversity of phenanthrene degraders in PAH-polluted soil but not phenanthrene degradation rates.

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    Cébron, Aurélie; Louvel, Brice; Faure, Pierre; France-Lanord, Christian; Chen, Yin; Murrell, J Colin; Leyval, Corinne

    2011-03-01

    To determine whether the diversity of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria in an aged polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contaminated soil is affected by the addition of plant root exudates, DNA stable isotope probing (SIP) was used. Microcosms of soil with and without addition of ryegrass exudates and with ¹³C-labelled phenanthrene (PHE) were monitored over 12 days. PHE degradation was slightly delayed in the presence of added exudate after 4 days of incubation. After 12 days, 68% of added PHE disappeared both with and without exudate. Carbon balance using isotopic analyses indicated that a part of the ¹³C-PHE was not totally mineralized as ¹³CO₂ but unidentified ¹³C-compounds (i.e. ¹³C-PHE or ¹³C-labelled metabolites) were trapped into the soil matrix. Temporal thermal gradient gel electrophoresis (TTGE) analyses of 16S rRNA genes were performed on recovered ¹³C-enriched DNA fractions. 16S rRNA gene banding showed the impact of root exudates on diversity of PHE-degrading bacteria. With PHE as a fresh sole carbon source, Pseudoxanthomonas sp. and Microbacterium sp. were the major PHE degraders, while in the presence of exudates, Pseudomonas sp. and Arthrobacter sp. were favoured. These two different PHE-degrading bacterial populations were also distinguished through detection of PAH-ring hydroxylating dioxygenase (PAH-RHD(α)) genes by real-time PCR. Root exudates favoured the development of a higher diversity of bacteria and increased the abundance of bacteria containing known PAH-RHD(α) genes.

  1. Removal of phenanthrene from coastal waters by green tide algae Ulva prolifera.

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    Zhang, Cui; Lu, Jian; Wu, Jun; Luo, Yongming

    2017-12-31

    Ulva prolifera (U. prolifera) has been frequently involved in terrible algal proliferation in coastal areas. Although it is known to be associated with green tide, its contribution to the natural attenuation of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in seawater has not been evaluated. In this study, the removal of phenanthrene using U. prolifera collected from coastal water with green tide blooming was investigated. The results showed that phenanthrene could be removed efficiently in the presence of both the live and heat-killed U. prolifera. The phenanthrene concentrations of the live algae treatment decreased smoothly from 10.00 to 0.80μgL(-1) through the whole process, while those of the heat-killed algae treatment decreased sharply from 10.0 to 2.71μgL(-1) in one day and kept constantly after that. The in situ monitoring and visualizing using laser confocal scanning microscopy (LCSM) confirmed the accumulation of phenanthrene in U. prolifera. The increase in nutrient and temperature led to the increase of phenanthrene removal rate, while the salinity had less influence on the removal of phenanthrene. The removal efficiency by U. prolifera had a good linear relationship with phenanthrene initial concentration (r(2)=0.999) even at 100μgL(-1) which was higher than its environmentally relevant concentrations. High removal efficiency (91.3%) was observed when the initial phenanthrene concentration was set at environmental relevant concentration (5μgL(-1)). Results of this study demonstrate a potential new natural attenuation process for typical PAHs in coastal water during the outbreak of green tide. These findings indicate that the outbreak of harmful green tide algae may bring positive environmental benefits in the terms of the removal of harmful organic pollutants from coastal waters. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Phenanthrene degradation in soil by ozonation: Effect of morphological and physicochemical properties.

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    Rodriguez, J; García, A; Poznyak, T; Chairez, I

    2017-02-01

    The aim of this study was to characterize the ozone reaction with phenanthrene adsorbed in two types of soils (sand and agricultural). The effect of soil physicochemical properties (texture, bulk density, particle density, porosity, elemental composition, permeability, surface area and pore volume) on the phenanthrene decomposition was evaluated. Commercial sand has a uniform morphology (spherical) with a particle size range between 0.178 and 0.150 mm in diameter, regular elemental composition SiO2, specific density of 1701.38 kg/m(3), a true density of 2492.50 kg/m(3), with an effective porosity of 31%. On the other hand, the agricultural soil had heterogeneous morphology, particle size between 0.1779 and 0.05 mm in diameter, elemental composition was montmorrillonite silicon oxide, apparent density of 999.52 kg/m(3), a true density of 2673.55 kg/m(3), surface area of 34.92 m(2)/g and porosity of 57%. The percentage of phenanthrene decomposition in the sand was 79% after 2 h of treatment. On the other hand, the phenanthrene degradation in the agricultural soil was 95% during the same reaction time. The pore volume of soil limited the crystal size of phenanthrene and increased the contact surface with ozone confirming the direct impact of physicochemical properties of soils on the decomposition kinetics of phenanthrene. In the case of agricultural soil, the effect of organic matter on phenanthrene decomposition efficiency was also investigated. A faster decomposition of initial contaminant and byproducts formed in ozonation was obtained in natural agricultural soil compared to the sand. The partial identification of intermediates and final accumulated products produced by phenanthrene decomposition in ozonation was developed. Among others, phenanthroquinone, hydroquinone, phenanthrol, catechol as well as phthalic, diphenic, maleic and oxalic acids were identified.

  3. Increase in bioavailability of aged phenanthrene in soils by competitive displacement with pyrene

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    White, J.C.; Hunter, M.; Pignatello, J.J.; Alexander, M.

    1999-08-01

    Competitive sorption to natural solids among mixtures of organic compounds has been documented in the literature. This study was conducted to determine co-solute competitive effects on the biological and physical availability of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soils after long contact periods (aging). Sterile suspensions of Mount Pleasant silt loam (Mt. Pleasant, NY, USA) and Pahokee peat soils were spiked with phenanthrene and allowed to age for 3 or 123 d before inoculation with a phenanthrene-degrading bacterium in the presence or absence of the nonbiodegradable co-solute pyrene. As expected, mineralization decreased with aging in the samples not amended with pyrene. However, addition of pyrene just prior to inoculation at 123 d significantly mitigated this decrease; that is, the extent of mineralization was greater in the 123-d pyrene-amended samples than in the 123-d nonamended samples. Parallel experiments on sterile soils showed that pyrene increased the physical availability of phenanthrene by competitive displacement of phenanthrene from sorption sites. First, the addition of pyrene increased recovery of 123-d-aged phenanthrene by mild solvent extraction. Second, addition of pyrene (at three concentrations) dramatically reduced the apparent distribution coefficient (K{sub d}{sup app}) of several concentrations of 60-, 95-, and 111-d-aged phenanthrene. At the lowest phenanthrene and highest pyrene concentrations, reductions in the K{sub d}{sup app} of phenanthrene in the peat soil reached 83%. The competitive displacement effect observed in this study adds further support to the dual mode model of sorption to soil organic matter. The displacement of an aged contaminant by a nonaged co-solute might also prove useful in the development of novel remediation strategies.

  4. Assessment of phenanthrene bioavailability in aged and unaged soils by mild extraction.

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    Khan, Muhammad Imran; Cheema, Sardar Alam; Shen, Chaofeng; Zhang, Congkai; Tang, Xianjin; Shi, Jiyan; Chen, Xincai; Park, Joonhong; Chen, Yingxu

    2012-01-01

    It has become apparent that the threat of an organic pollutant in soil is directly related to its bioavailable fraction and that the use of total contaminant concentrations as a measure of potential contaminant exposure to plants or soil organisms is inappropriate. In light of this, non-exhaustive extraction techniques are being investigated to assess their appropriateness in determining bioavailability. To find a suitable and rapid extraction method to predict phenanthrene bioavailability, multiple extraction techniques (i.e., mild hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPCD) and organic solvents extraction) were investigated in soil spiked to a range of phenanthrene levels (i.e., 1.12, 8.52, 73, 136, and 335 μg g( - 1) dry soil). The bioaccumulation of phenanthrene in earthworm (Eisenia fetida) was used as the reference system for bioavailability. Correlation results for phenanthrene suggested that mild HPCD extraction was a better method to predict bioavailability of phenanthrene in soil compared with organic solvents extraction. Aged (i.e., 150 days) and fresh (i.e., 0 day) soil samples were used to evaluate the extraction efficiency and the effect of soil contact time on the availability of phenanthrene. The percentage of phenanthrene accumulated by earthworms and percent recoveries by mild extractants changed significantly with aging time. Thus, aging significantly reduced the earthworm uptake and chemical extractability of phenanthrene. In general, among organic extractants, methanol showed recoveries comparable to those of mild HPCD for both aged and unaged soil matrices. Hence, this extractant can be suitable after HPCD to evaluate risk of contaminated soils.

  5. Preparation and structure of ([mu]-phenanthrene)- and ([mu]-pyrene)bis(tricarbonylchromium)

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    Peitz, D.J.; Palmer, R.T.; Radonovich, L.J.; Woolsey, N.F. )

    1993-11-01

    The preparations of the bis(tricarbonylchromium) complexes of phenanthrene and pyrene are reported. These materials were characterized by spectroscopic means, including both their solution and solid CP/MAS NMR spectra. The X-ray crystal structure showed both complexes to have the anticipated anti orientation of the tricarbonylchromium moieties. In the phenanthrene complex, the rotomer conformations for the two tricarbonylchromium groups are different, whereas the pyrene complex has a center of inversion. 28 refs., 4 figs., 8 tabs.

  6. Fate of phenanthrene and mineralization of its non-extractable residues in an oxic soil.

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    Wang, Yongfeng; Xu, Jun; Shan, Jun; Ma, Yini; Ji, Rong

    2017-05-01

    The fate of organic pollutants in the environment, especially the formation and stability of non-extractable (i.e., bound) residues (NERs) determines their environmental risk. Using (14)C-tracers, we studied the fate of the carcinogen phenanthrene in active or sterilized oxic loamy soil in the absence and presence of the geophagous earthworm Metaphire guillelmi and characterized the NERs derived from phenanthrene. After incubation of (14)C-phenanthrene in active soil for 28 days, 40 ± 3.1% of the initial amount was mineralized and 70.1 ± 1.9% was converted to NERs. Most of the NERs (>92%) were bound to soil humin. Silylation of the humin-bound residues released 45.3 ± 5.3% of these residues, which indicated that they were physically entrapped, whereas the remainder of the residues were chemically bound or biogenic. By contrast, in sterilized soil, only 43.4 ± 12.6% of the phenanthrene was converted to NERs and all of these residues were completely released upon silylation, which underlines the essential role of microbial activity in NER formation. The presence of M. guillelmi in active soil significantly inhibited phenanthrene mineralization (24.4 ± 2.6% mineralized), but NER formation was not significantly affected. Only a small amount of phenanthrene-derived residues (1.9-5.3% of the initial amount) accumulated in the earthworm body. When humin-bound residues were mixed with fresh soil, 33.9% (humin recovered from active soils) and 12.4% (humin recovered from sterilized soils) of the residues were mineralized after 75 days of incubation, respectively, which indicated a high bioavailability of NERs, albeit lower than the initial addition of phenanthrene. Our results indicated that many phenanthrene-derived NERs, especially those physically entrapped, are still bioavailable and may pose a toxic threat to soil organisms.

  7. Enhancing phenanthrene biomineralization in a polluted soil using gaseous toluene as a cosubstrate.

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    Ortiz, Irmene; Auria, Richard; Sigoillot, Jean-Claude; Revah, Sergio

    2003-02-15

    Laboratory experiments were conducted to study the potential of adding gaseous toluene, as a readily degradable carbon source, to enhance phenanthrene mineralization in polluted soil (1,000 mg/kg(dry soil)) aged for 400 days. Experiments were conducted in 0.5-L column reactors packed with a mixture of (80:20 w(wet)/w(wet)) spiked soil and vermiculite and fed with 1 g m(-3)reactor h(-1) toluene load in air. Removal efficiencies of 100% for toluene and greater than 95% for phenanthrene were obtained in 190 h. Evolved CO2 showed that phenanthrene mineralization increased from 39% to 86% in columns treated with gaseous toluene. Phthalic acid was identified as the principal soluble intermediate, which accumulated when no toluene was added. Increased phenanthrene uptake and mineralization with toluene can be attributed to increased biomass and the induction of enzymes involved in the intermediate mineralization. In microcosm experiments, phthalic acid mineralization increased from 19% to 81% within 50 h in the presence of toluene. Experiments with 14C-labeled phenanthrene confirmed the enhancement of phenanthrene mineralization from 45% to 83% in 385 h with toluene as a second carbon source. The results indicate thatthe addition of an appropriate gaseous cosubstrate could be an adequate strategy to enhance mineralization of PAHs in soil.

  8. Pyrene and phenanthrene sorption to model and natural geosorbents in single- and binary-solute systems.

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    Zhang, Jing; Séquaris, Jean-Marie; Narres, Hans-Dieter; Vereecken, Harry; Klumpp, Erwin

    2010-11-01

    Sorption of pyrene and phenanthrene to model (illite and charcoal) and natural (Yangtze sediment) geosorbents were investigated by batch techniques using fluorescence spectroscopy. A higher adsorption of phenanthrene was observed with all sorbents, which is related to the better accessibility of smaller molecules to micropores in the molecular sieve sorbents. In addition, pyrene sorption in binary-solute systems with a constant initial concentration of phenanthrene (0.1 μmol L(-1) or 2 μmol L(-1)) was studied. A 0.1 μmol L(-1) concentration of phenanthrene causes no competitive effect on the pyrene sorption. A 2 μmol L(-1) concentration of phenanthrene significantly suppresses the sorption of pyrene, especially in the low concentration range; nonlinearity of the pyrene sorption isotherms thus decreases. The competitive effect of 2 μmol L(-1) phenanthrene on the pyrene sorption is overestimated by the ideal adsorbed solution theory (IAST) using the fitted single sorption results of both solutes. An adjustment of the IAST application by taking into account the molecular sieve effect is proposed, which notably improves the IAST prediction for the competitive effect.

  9. Phenanthrene-degrader community dynamics in rhizosphere soil from a common annual grass

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    Miya, R.K.; Firestone, M.K.

    2000-04-01

    Enhanced rates of phenanthrene biodegradation were observed in rhizosphere soils planted with slender oat (Avena barbata Pott ex Link) compared with unplanted bulk soil controls. Soil microbial populations were characterized using a modified most probable number (MPN) method to determine quantitative shifts in heterotrophic and phenanthrene degrader communities while principal component analysis (PCA) of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) data from isolated phenanthrene degraders was used to identify qualitative differences and degrader community diversity. The average heterotrophic bacterial population over time was about three times larger in rhizosphere soil than in bulk soil while phenanthrene degrading populations increased by as much as an order of magnitude between 24 and 28 days after planting (DAP). Thus, phenanthrene degraders were selectively enriched in rhizosphere soil compared with bulk soil. The greatest selection for degraders occurred during the later stages of plant development from 24 to 32 DAP. A PCA plot of the FAME data from phenanthrene degrader isolates indicated that the rhizosphere degraders were less diverse than bulk soil degraders. These results give some insight into the mechanisms responsible for enhanced biodegradation and selective degrader enrichment in Rhizosphere soils.

  10. Effects of a nonionic surfactant on biodegradation of phenanthrene and hexadecane in soil

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    Macur, R.E.; Inskeep, W.P.

    1999-09-01

    The influence of a nonionic (alcohol ethoxylate) surfactant (Witconol SN70) on biodegradation of phenanthrene and hexadecane (nonaqueous-phase liquid) in soil was studied in batch and transport systems. Simultaneous enhancement of phenanthrene and hexadecane degradation was noted at surfactant doses resulting in aqueous-phase surfactant concentrations below the critical micelle concentration (CMC). Conversely, degradation rates of both compounds declined to essentially zero at supra-CMC doses, suggesting that distinct mechanisms of inhibition and enhancement were operating depending on the effective surfactant concentration. Surfactant doses resulting in enhanced degradation correlated with enhanced gross microbial activity as determined using total CO{sub 2} evolution rates. Supra-CMC does that resulted in inhibited degradation did not suppress gross microbial activity. Furthermore, measurements of phenanthrene solubilization and surface tension indicated that phenanthrene was solubilized at supra-CMC levels of surfactant. Mechanisms of inhibition of phenanthrene and hexadecane degradation at supra-CMC surfactant concentrations may include changes in interfacial chemistry and subsequent mass transfer processes due to sorbed surfactant, reduced bioavailability of micelle-bound phenanthrene and hexadecane, or inhibition of specific members of the microbial community responsible for hydrophobic organic compound degradation.

  11. A battery of bioassays for the evaluation of phenanthrene biotoxicity in soil.

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    Khan, Muhammad Imran; Cheema, Sardar Alam; Tang, Xianjin; Hashmi, Muhammad Zaffar; Shen, Chaofeng; Park, Joonhong; Chen, Yingxu

    2013-07-01

    A battery of bioassays was used to assess the ecotoxicological risk of soil spiked with a range of phenanthrene levels (0.95, 6.29, 38.5, 58.7, 122, and 303 μg g(-1) dry soil) and aged for 69 days. Multiple species (viz. Brassica rapa, Eisenia feotida, Vibrio fischeri), representing different trophic levels, were used as bioindicator organisms. Among acute toxicity assays tested, the V. fischeri luminescence inhibition assay was the most sensitive indicator of phenanthrene biotoxicity. More than 15 % light inhibition was found at the lowest phenanthrene level (0.95 μg g(-1)). Furthermore, comet assay using E. fetida was applied to assess genotoxicity of phenanthrene. The strong correlation (r (2) ≥ 0.94) between phenanthrene concentration and DNA damage indicated that comet assay is appropriate for testing the genotoxic effects of phenanthrene-contaminated soil. In the light of these results, we conclude that the Microtox test and comet assay are robust and sensitive bioassays to be employed for the risk evaluation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-contaminated soil.

  12. Spatial Distribution of Bacterial Communities and Phenanthrene Degradation in the Rhizosphere of Lolium perenne L.

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    Corgié, S. C.; Beguiristain, T.; Leyval, C.

    2004-01-01

    Rhizodegradation of organic pollutants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, is based on the effect of root-produced compounds, known as exudates. These exudates constitute an important and constant carbon source that selects microbial populations in the plant rhizosphere, modifying global as well as specific microbial activities. We conducted an experiment in two-compartment devices to show the selection of bacterial communities by root exudates and phenanthrene as a function of distance to roots. Using direct DNA extraction, PCR amplification, and thermal gradient gel electrophoresis screening, bacterial population profiles were analyzed in parallel to bacterial counts and quantification of phenanthrene biodegradation in three layers (0 to 3, 3 to 6, and 6 to 9 mm from root mat) of unplanted-polluted (phenanthrene), planted-polluted, and planted-unpolluted treatments. Bacterial community differed as a function of the distance to roots, in both the presence and the absence of phenanthrene. In the planted and polluted treatment, biodegradation rates showed a strong gradient with higher values near the roots. In the nonplanted treatment, bacterial communities were comparable in the three layers and phenanthrene biodegradation was high. Surprisingly, no biodegradation was detected in the section of planted polluted treatment farthest from the roots, where the bacterial community structure was similar to those of the nonplanted treatment. We conclude that root exudates and phenanthrene induce modifications of bacterial communities in polluted environments and spatially modify the activity of degrading bacteria. PMID:15184156

  13. Enumeration of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria by an overlayer technique and its use in evaluation of petroleum-contaminated sites

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    Bogardt, A.H.; Hemmingsen, B.B. )

    1992-08-01

    Bacteria that are capable of degrading polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were enumerated by incorporating soil and water dilutions together with fine particles of phenanthrene, a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, into an agarose overlayer and pouring the mixture over a mineral salts underlayer. The phenanthrene-degrading bacteria embedded in the overlayer were recognized by a halo of clearing in the opaque phenanthrene layer. Diesel fuel- or creosote-contaminated soil and water that were undergoing bioremediation contained 6 [times] 10[sup 6] to 100 [times] 10[sup 6] phenanthrene-degrading bacteria per g and ca. 5 [times] 10[sup 5] phenanthrene-degrading bacteria per ml, respectively, whereas samples from untreated polluted sites contained substantially lower numbers. Unpolluted soil and water contained no detectable phenanthrene degraders or only very modest numbers of these organisms.

  14. Conformational arrangement of dissolved humic substances. Influence of solution composition on association of humic molecules

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    Conte, P.; Piccolo, A.

    1999-05-15

    The characteristics and quantity of humic substances greatly affects the environmental fate of organic pollutants in soils and natural waters. The authors studied the conformational changes of humic and fulvic acids of different chemical nature by high-pressure size-exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) after dissolution in mobile phases differing in composition but constant in ionic strength. Modification of a neutral mobile phase by addition of methanol, hydrochloric acid, and acetic acid produced, in the order, a progressive decrease in molecular size. Size diminishing was shown by increasingly larger elution volumes at a refractive index detector and by concomitant reductions of peaks absorbance at a UV-vis detector. The decrease of molecular absorptivity (the phenomenon of hypochromism) proved that size reduction of dissolved humic substances was due more to disruption of an only apparent high-molecular-size arrangement into several smaller molecular associations than to coiling down of a macromolecular structure. The most significant conformational changes occurred in acidic mobile phases where hydrogen bondings formation was induced, suggesting that the large and easily disruptable humic conformation was held together predominantly by weak hydrophobic forces.

  15. Np(V) reduction by humic acid: contribution of reduced sulfur functionalities to the redox behavior of humic acid.

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    Schmeide, K; Sachs, S; Bernhard, G

    2012-03-01

    The role of sulfur-containing functional groups in humic acids for the Np(V) reduction in aqueous solution has been studied with the objective to specify individual processes contributing to the overall redox activity of humic substances. For this, humic acid model substances type M1-S containing different amounts of sulfur (1.9, 3.9, 6.9 wt.%) were applied. The sulfur functionalities in these humic acids are dominated by reduced-sulfur species, such as thiols, dialkylsulfides and/or disulfides. The Np(V) reduction behavior of these humic acids has been studied in comparison to that of the sulfur-free humic acid type M1 at pH 5.0, 7.0 and 9.0 under anaerobic conditions by means of batch experiments. For Np redox speciation in solution, solvent extraction and ultrafiltration were applied. In addition, redox potentials of the sample solutions were monitored. At pH 5.0, both rate and extent of Np(V) to Np(IV) reduction were found to increase with increasing sulfur content of the humic acids. At pH 7.0 and 9.0, sulfur functional groups had only a slight influence on the reduction behavior of humic acid toward Np(V). Thus, in addition to quinoid moieties and non-quinoid phenolic OH groups, generally acknowledged as main redox-active sites in humic substances, sulfur functional groups have been identified as further redox-active moieties of humic substances being active especially in the slightly acidic pH range as shown for Np(V). Due to the low sulfur content of up to 2 wt.% in natural humic substances, their contribution to the total reducing capacity is smaller than that of the other redox-active functional groups. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Molecular structure in soil humic substances: The new view

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    Sutton, Rebecca; Sposito, Garrison

    2005-04-21

    A critical examination of published data obtained primarily from recent nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy, electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry, and pyrolysis studies reveals an evolving new view of the molecular structure of soil humic substances. According to the new view, humic substances are collections of diverse, relatively low molecular mass components forming dynamic associations stabilized by hydrophobic interactions and hydrogen bonds. These associations are capable of organizing into micellar structures in suitable aqueous environments. Humic components display contrasting molecular motional behavior and may be spatially segregated on a scale of nanometers. Within this new structural context, these components comprise any molecules intimately associated with a humic substance, such that they cannot be separated effectively by chemical or physical methods. Thus biomolecules strongly bound within humic fractions are by definition humic components, a conclusion that necessarily calls into question key biogeochemical pathways traditionally thought to be required for the formation of humic substances. Further research is needed to elucidate the intermolecular interactions that link humic components into supramolecular associations and to establish the pathways by which these associations emerge from the degradation of organic litter.

  17. Surface-active properties of humic and sulfochlorohumic acids

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    Ryabova, I.N.; Mustafina, G.A.; Akkulova, Z.G.; Satymbaeva, A.S.

    2009-10-15

    The surface tension of alkaline solutions of humic acids and their sulfochloroderivatives, which are synthesized by sulfonation of chlorohumic acids isolated from coal chlorinated by the electrochemical method, is investigated. It is established that humic compounds possess weak surface activity. Basic adsorption parameters are calculated.

  18. The effect of humic acids on iron precipitation

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    Koschalk, N.M.; Fish, C.L.

    1995-12-01

    Research involving the passive treatment of abandoned mine drainage and iron precipitation was conducted. The rate of iron precipitation from an alkaline mine drainage site in Latrobe, PA increases naturally whenever it comes in contact with Monastery Run, a stream in Latrobe, PA which is high in humic acids. To study the extent of humic acids` effect on the precipitation of metals from alkaline mine drainage, the rate of precipitation of iron, magnesium, manganese, and calcium was monitored after either Monastery Run water or Aldrich Humics were added to the alkaline mine drainage water. The rate of iron Precipitation did increase when Monastery Run water and Aldrich Humics were added to the alkaline mine drainage water. Different parameters which were studied along with the effect of humics on the precipitation of metals were concentration, ionic strength and alkalinity.

  19. Effects of diaphragm discharge in water solutions containing humic substances

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    Halamova, Ivana; Stara, Zdenka; Krcma, Frantisek

    2010-01-01

    Preliminary results of research focused on the applications of DC diaphragm discharge in water solutions containing humic substances are presented in this paper. Diaphragm discharge investigated by this work was created in the reactor using constant DC high voltage up to 2 kV that gave the total input power from 100 to 200 W. Presented work investigated decomposition of humic substances by the electric discharge in the dependence of discharge conditions (electrode polarity) as well as solution properties (electrolyte kind, pH). Especially substantial effect of pH on humic acid decomposition has been observed when acidic conditions stimulated the degradation process. Absorption spectroscopy in UV-VIS region together with fluorescence spectroscopy has been used for the detection of changes in humic solutions. Index of humification was calculated from obtained fluorescence spectra and a significant decrease of aromatic components in the humic mixture was determined during the discharge treatment.

  20. Pyrrolidone - a new solvent for the methylation of humic acid

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    Wershaw, R. L.; Pinckney, D.J.; Booker, S.E.

    1975-01-01

    In the past, humic acid has been methylated by suspending it in a solution of diazomethane in diethyl ether, and degrading the partly methylated humic acid to release those parts of the molecule that were methylated. Only small fragments of the molecule have been identified by this technique. In the procedure described here the humic acid is dissolved in 2-pyrrolidone and methylated by the addition of diazomethane in diethyl ether and ethanol to the solution. Because the humic acid is completely dissolved in the reaction medium, disaggregation of the humic acid particles takes place and much more complete methylation is obtained. The methylated products may be fractionated by countercurrent distribution and analyzed by mass spectrometry.

  1. Toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. I. Effect of phenanthrene, pyrene, and their ozonized products on blood chemistry in rats

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    Yoshikawa, T.; Ruhr, L.P.; Flory, W.; Giamalva, D.; Church, D.F.; Pryor, W.A.

    1985-06-30

    Male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with a single ip injection of physiological saline (3.0 ml/kg), dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO, 3.0 ml/kg), phenanthrene (150 mg/kg), ozonized products of phenanthrene (150 mg/kg), pyrene (150 mg/kg), or ozonized products of pyrene (150 mg/kg). Phenanthrene, pyrene, and their ozonized products were dissolved in DMSO (50 mg/ml). Serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) activity was increased significantly 24 hr after ip administration of DMSO when compared with physiological saline. Phenanthrene produced a significant elevation of serum AST and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGTP) levels related to physiological saline and DMSO-injected rats 24 hr after injection. However, GGTP levels for groups treated with DMSO or phenanthrene were not significantly increased when compared with saline groups 72 hr after injection. Ozonized products of phenanthrene produced a significant elevation of serum AST, alanine aminotransferase (ALT), GGTP, and bilirubin levels when compared with groups treated with physiological saline, DMSO, and phenanthrene 24 or 72 hr after injections. The ozonized products of phenanthrene also produced significant elevation of serum creatinine levels compared with physiological saline, DMSO, and phenanthrene groups at 24 hr after treatment and of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) levels at 24 and 72 hr.

  2. Sources of sedimentary humic substances: vascular plant debris

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    Ertel, John R.; Hedges, John I.

    1985-10-01

    A modern Washington continental shelf sediment was fractionated densimetrically using either an organic solvent, CBrCl 3, or aqueous ZnCl 2. The resulting low density materials (<2.06 g/ml) account for only 1% of the sediment mass but contain 25% of the sedimentary organic carbon and 53% of the lignin. The C/N ratios (30-40) and lignin phenol yields ( Λ = 8) and compositions indicate that the low density materials are essentially pure vascular plant debris which is slightly enriched in woody ( versus nonwoody) tissues compared to the bulk sediment. The low density materials yield approximately one-third of their organic carbon as humic substances and contribute 23% and 14% of the total sedimentary humic and fulvic acids, respectively. Assuming that the lignin remaining in the sedimentary fraction is also contained in plant fragments that yield similar levels of humic substances, then 50% and 30% of the total humic and fulvic acids, respectively, arise directly from plant debris. Base-extraction of fresh and naturally degraded vascular plant materials reveals that significant levels of humic and fulvic acids are obtained using classical extraction techniques. Approximately 1-2% of the carbon from fresh woods and 10-25% from leaves and bark were isolated as humic acids and 2-4 times those levels as fulvic acids. A highly degraded hardwood yielded up to 44% of its carbon as humic and fulvic acids. The humic acids from fresh plants are generally enriched in lignin components relative to carbohydrates and recognizable biochemicals account for up to 50% of the total carbon. Humic and fulvic acids extracted directly from sedimentary plant debris could be responsible for a major fraction of the biochemical component of humic substances.

  3. Humic substances as a mediator for microbially catalyzed metal reduction

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    Lovley, D.R.; Fraga, J.L.; Blunt-Harris, E. L.; Hayes, L.A.; Phillips, E.J.P.; Coates, J.D.

    1998-01-01

    The potential for humic substances to serve as a terminal electron acceptor in microbial respiration and to function as an electron shuttle between Fe(III)-reducing microorganisms and insoluble Fe(III) oxides was investigated. The Fe(III)-reducing microorganism Geobacter metallireducens conserved energy to support growth from electron transport to humics as evidenced by continued oxidation of acetate to carbon dioxide after as many as nine transfers in a medium with acetate as the electron donor and soil humic acids as the electron acceptor. Growth of G. metallireducens with poorly crystalline Fe(III) oxide as the electron acceptor was greatly stimulated by the addition of as little as 100 ??M of the humics analog, anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate. Other quinones investigated, including lawsone, menadione, and anthraquinone-2-sulfonate, also stimulated Fe(III) oxide reduction. A wide phylogenetic diversity of microorganisms capable of Fe(III) reduction were also able to transfer electrons to humics. Microorganisms which can not reduce Fe(III) could not reduce humics. Humics stimulated the reduction of structural Fe(III) in clay and the crystalline Fe(III) forms, goethite and hematite. These results demonstrate that electron shuttling between Fe(III)-reducing microorganisms and Fe(III) via humics not only accelerates the microbial reduction of poorly crystalline Fe(III) oxide, but also can facilitate the reduction of Fe(III) forms that are not typically reduced by microorganisms in the absence of humics. Addition of humic substances to enhance electron shuttling between Fe(III)-reducing microorganisms and Fe(III) oxides may be a useful strategy to stimulate the remediation of soils and sediments contaminated with organic or metal pollutants.

  4. High-pressure/high-temperature gas-solubility study in hydrogen-phenanthrene and methane-phenanthrene systems using static and chromatographic techniques

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    Malone, P.V.

    1987-01-01

    The design and discovery of sources for alternative energy such as coal liquefaction has become of major importance over the past two decades. One of the major problems in such design in the lack of available data, particularly, for gas solubility in polycyclic aromatics at high temperature and pressure. Static and gas-liquid partition chromatographic methods were used for the study of hydrogen-phenanthrene and methane-phenanthrene systems. The static data for these two binaries were taken along 398.2, 423.2, 448.2, and 473.2 K isotherms up to 25.23 MPa. Gas-liquid partition chromatography was used to study the infinite dilution behavior of methane, ethane, propane, n-butane, and carbon dioxide in the hydrogen-phenanthrene system as well as hydrogen, ethane, n-butane, and carbon dioxide in the methane-phenanthrene binary. The principle objective was to examine the role of the elution gas. Temperatures were along the same isotherms as the static data and up to 20.77 MPa. With the exception of carbon dioxide, Henry's constants were calculated for all systems. Expressions for the heat of solution as a function of pressure were derived for both binary and chromatographic data. Estimates of delta H/sub i/sup sol/ at high pressure were presented.

  5. Carbon Nanotube Properties Influence Adsorption of Phenanthrene and Subsequent Bioavailability and Toxicity to Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata.

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    Glomstad, Berit; Altin, Dag; Sørensen, Lisbet; Liu, Jingfu; Jenssen, Bjørn M; Booth, Andy M

    2016-03-01

    The bioavailability of organic contaminants adsorbed to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) remains unclear, especially in complex natural freshwaters containing natural organic matter (NOM). Here, we report on the adsorption capacity (Q(0)) of five CNTs exhibiting different physicochemical properties, including a single-walled CNT (SWCNTs), multiwalled CNTs (MWCNT-15 and MWCNT-30), and functionalized MWCNTs (hydroxyl, -OH, and carboxyl, -COOH), for the model polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon phenanthrene (3.1-800 μg/L). The influence of phenanthrene adsorption by the CNTs on bioavailability and toxicity was investigated using the freshwater algae Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata. CNTs were dispersed in algal growth media containing NOM (DOC, 8.77 mg/L; dispersed concentrations: 0.5, 1.3, 1.3, 3.3, and 6.1 mg/L for SWCNT, MWCNT-15, MWCNT-30, MWCNT-OH, and MWCNT-COOH, respectively). Adsorption isotherms of phenanthrene to the dispersed CNTs were fitted with the Dubinin-Ashtakhov model. Q(0) differed among the CNTs, increasing with increasing surface area and decreasing with surface functionalization. SWCNT and MWCNT-COOH exhibited the highest and lowest log Q(0) (8.891 and 7.636 μg/kg, respectively). The presence of SWCNTs reduced phenanthrene toxicity to algae (EC50; 528.4) compared to phenanthrene-only (EC50; 438.3), and the presence of MWCNTs had no significant effect on phenanthrene toxicity. However, phenanthrene adsorbed to NOM-dispersed CNTs proved to be bioavailable and contribute to exert toxicity to P. subcapitata.

  6. Discrete electronic-vibrational fluorescence spectra in the low-pressure phenanthrene and naphthacene vapors

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    Mirumyants, S.O.; Kozlov, V.K.; Vandyukov, E.A.

    1986-10-01

    In recent years considerable attention has been paid to developing methods for analysis and control of air pollutants. In this work the results of the study on quasiline fluorescence spectra for phenathrene and naphthacene in the gas phase are presented. Despite the fact that phenanthrene is a stereoisomer of anthracene, the shapes and intensities of their absorption and fluorescence spectra are markedly different. The oscillator strength of the first electronic transition in anthracene vapors is 50 times larger than that for the phenanthrene vapor (0.1 and 0.002, respectively). Therefore, the studies of the quasiline fluorescence spectrum of the phenanthrene vapor required a long exposition period (from 7 to 31 h) during the photographic detection. It is known that phenanthrene exhibits a characteristic quasiline spectrum in the 34584000-A range in frozen solutions. The authors have also investigated the possibility of obtaining structured quasiline vapor spectra for a more complex aromatic compound such as naphthacene which comprises four benzyl rings. In conclusion, the quasiline fluorescence spectra for phenanthrene and naphthacene in the gas phase have been obtained for the first time. In certain experimental conditions, phenanthrene and naphthacene emit wellresolved quasiline spectra which are dependent on the excitation frequency, temperature, and vapor pressure. For both compounds there is a frequency range for quasiline fluorescence excitation for which a shift of the quasiline spectrum occurs if the excitation frequency is changed within that range. Also more accurate values for the frequencies of the O-O electronic transition in phenanthrene and naphthacene have been obtained. Diagrams are included.

  7. Proteomic analysis of plasma membrane proteins in wheat roots exposed to phenanthrene.

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    Shen, Yu; Du, Jiangxue; Yue, Le; Zhan, Xinhua

    2016-06-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are potentially carcinogenic and toxic to humans through ingestion of contaminated food crops. PAHs can enter crop roots through proton/PAH symporters; however, to date, the symporter remains unclear. Here we reveal, for the first time, the plasma membrane proteome of Triticum aestivum seedling roots in response to phenanthrene (a model PAH) exposure. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) coupled with MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS and protein database search engines were employed to analyze and identify phenanthrene-responsive proteins. Over 192 protein spots are reproducibly detected in each gel, while 8 spots are differentially expressed under phenanthrene treatment. Phenanthrene induces five up-regulated proteins distinguished as 5-methyltetrahydropteroyltriglutamate-homocysteine methyltransferase 2, enolase, heat shock protein 80-2, probable mediator of RNA polymerase II transcription subunit 37e (heat shock 70-kDa protein 1), and lactoylglutathione lyase. Three proteins identified as adenosine kinase 2, 4-hydroxy-7-methoxy-3-oxo-3,4-dihydro-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-2-yl glucoside beta-D-glucosidase 1c, and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase 3 are down-regulated under exposure to phenanthrene. The up-regulated proteins are related to plant defense response, antioxidant system, and glycolysis. The down-regulated proteins involve the metabolism of high-energy compounds and plant growth. Magnesium, which is able to bind to enolase, can enhance the transport of phenanthrene into wheat roots. Therefore, it is concluded that phenanthrene can induce differential expression of proteins in relation to carbohydrate metabolism, self-defense, and plant growth on wheat root plasma membrane. This study not only provides novel insights into PAH uptake by plant roots and PAH stress responses, but is also a good starting point for further determination and analyses of their functions using genetic and other approaches.

  8. Carbon 13 chemical shift tensors in aromatic compounds. 3. Phenanthrene and triphenylene

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    Soderquist, A.; Hughes, C.D.; Horton, W.J.; Facelli, J.C.; Grant, D.M.

    1992-04-08

    Measurements of the principal values of the {sup 13}C chemical shift tensor are presented for the three carbons in triphenylene and for three different {alpha} carbons in phenanthrene. The measurements in triphenylene were made in natural abundance samples at room temperature, while the phenanthrene tensors were obtained from selectively labeled compounds (99% {sup 13}C) at low temperatures ({approx} 25 K). The principal values of the shift tensors were oriented in the molecular frame using ab initio LORG calculations. The steric compression at C{sub 4} in phenanthrene and in corresponding positions in triphenylene is manifested in sizable upfield shift in the {sigma} 33 component relative to the corresponding {sigma} 33 values at C{sub 1} and C{sub 9} in phenanthrene. The upfield shift in {sigma} 33 is mainly responsible for the well-known upfield shift of the isotropic chemical shifts of such sterically perturbed carbons. In phenanthrene c{sub 9} exhibits a unique {sigma} 22 value reflecting the greater localization of {pi}-electrons in the c{sub 9}-C{sub 10} bond. This localization of the {pi}-electrons at the C{sub 9}-C{sub 10} bond in the central ring of phenanthrene also corresponds with the most likely ordering of electrons described by the various Kekule structures in phenanthrene. The analysis of the {sup 13}C chemical shieldings of the bridgehead carbons in the triphenylene provides significant experimental information on bonding between rings in polycyclic aromatic compounds. 39 refs., 8 fig., 3 tab.

  9. Polyurethane foam (PUF) passive samplers for monitoring phenanthrene in stormwater.

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    Dou, Yueqin; Zhang, Tian C; Zeng, Jing; Stansbury, John; Moussavi, Massoum; Richter-Egger, Dana L; Klein, Mitchell R

    2016-04-01

    Pollution from highway stormwater runoff has been an increasing area of concern. Many structural Best Management Practices (BMPs) have been implemented for stormwater treatment and management. One challenge for these BMPs is to sample stormwater and monitor BMP performance. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of using polyurethane foam (PUF) passive samplers (PSs) for sampling phenanthrene (PHE) in highway stormwater runoff and BMPs. Tests were conducted using batch reactors, glass-tube columns, and laboratory-scale BMPs (bioretention cells). Results indicate that sorption for PHE by PUF is mainly linearly relative to time, and the high sorption capacity allows the PUF passive sampler to monitor stormwater events for months or years. The PUF passive samplers could be embedded in BMPs for monitoring influent and effluent PHE concentrations. Models developed to link the results of batch and column tests proved to be useful for determining removal or sorption parameters and performance of the PUF-PSs. The predicted removal efficiencies of BMPs were close to the real values obtained from the control columns with errors ranging between -8.46 and 1.52%. This research showed that it is possible to use PUF passive samplers for sampling stormwater and monitoring the performance of stormwater BMPs, which warrants the field-scale feasibility studies in the future.

  10. Sublethal effects of phenanthrene, nicotine, and pinane on Daphnia pulex

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    Savino, Jacqueline F.; Tanabe, Lila L.

    1989-01-01

    Chronic studies of Daphnia Pulex exposed to different concentrations of phenanthrene, nicotine, and pinane produced consistent sublethal effects among replicates and concentrations. The LOEC's for growth and fecundity with each chemical tested were 3 to 30% of the 48-hr EC50's. Growth decreased as concentration increased for each chemical tested, and fecundity approached zero at 2 to 5 times the LOEC for each chemical. In this study chemicals representing PAHs, heterocyclic nitrogen compounds, and cyclic alkanes, produced detectable sublethal effects in daphnids at less than 0.1 ppm in water. These chronic studies, in conjuction with the more extensive acute toxicity testing (Passino and Smith 1987; Perry and Smith 1988; Smith et al. 1988), provided a relatively quick but thorough toxicological assessment of a large array of chemicals and demonstrated the relative importance of different classes of compounds in changing growth and survival trends in given populations of native organisms. Classic toxicity tests continue to provide a reliable backdrop of results with which the effects of new chemicals or mixtures can be compared.

  11. Long term sorption kinetics of phenanthrene in aquifer materials

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    Ruegner, H.; Kleineidam, S.; Grathwohl, P.

    1999-05-15

    Most aquifer materials are heterogeneous in terms of grain size distribution and petrography. To understand sorption kinetics, homogeneous subfractions, either separated from heterogeneous sands and gravels or fragments of fresh rocks, have to be studied. In this paper the authors present data on long-term sorption kinetics of phenanthrene for homogeneous samples consisting of one type of lithocomponents or fresh rock fragments in different grain sizes. Diffusion rate constants were determined in batch experiments using a/ numerical model for retarded intraparticle pore diffusion and correlated to grain size and intraparticle porosity of the lithocomponents. Sorption isotherms were nonlinear for all samples investigated. The numerical model described the sorption kinetics very well for coarse sand and gravels. Tortuosity factors, which were obtained as final fitting factors, agreed with Archie`s law predictions based on the intraparticle porosity. The dependency of sorptive uptake on grain size revealed that for smaller grains intrasorbent diffusion may become significant. This is attributed to relatively large particulate organic matter (POM) within the sedimentary rock fragments. Specifically, charcoal and coal particles, which were found in some of the sandstones, controlled the sorptive uptake rates.

  12. 'Rare biosphere' bacteria as key phenanthrene degraders in coastal seawaters.

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    Sauret, Caroline; Séverin, Tatiana; Vétion, Gilles; Guigue, Catherine; Goutx, Madeleine; Pujo-Pay, Mireille; Conan, Pascal; Fagervold, Sonja K; Ghiglione, Jean-François

    2014-11-01

    By coupling DNA-SIP and pyrosequencing approaches, we identified Cycloclasticus sp. as a keystone degrader of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) despite being a member of the 'rare biosphere' in NW Mediterranean seawaters. We discovered novel PAH-degrading bacteria (Oceanibaculum sp., Sneathiella sp.) and we identified other groups already known to possess this function (Alteromonas sp., Paracoccus sp.). Together with Cycloclasticus sp., these groups contributed to potential in situ phenanthrene degradation at a rate >0.5 mg l(-1) day(-1), sufficient to account for a considerable part of PAH degradation. Further, we characterized the PAH-tolerant bacterial communities, which were much more diverse in the polluted site by comparison to unpolluted marine references. PAH-tolerant bacteria were also members of the rare biosphere, such as Glaciecola sp. Collectively, these data show the complex interactions between PAH-degraders and PAH-tolerant bacteria and provide new insights for the understanding of the functional ecology of marine bacteria in polluted waters. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Removal of naphthalene and phenanthrene using aerobic membrane bioreactor.

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    Mijaylova Nacheva, Petia; Esquivel Sotelo, Alberto

    2016-06-01

    The removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by membrane bioreactor (MBR) under aerobic conditions had been studied using naphthalene (NAP) and phenanthrene (PHE) as model compounds. Three MBRs with submerged ultra-filtration hollow fiber membranes were operated applying different operational conditions during 6.5 months. Complete NAP and PHE removal was obtained applying loads of 7 gNAP kgTSS(-1) day(-1) and 0.5 gPHE kgTSS(-1) day(-1), while the organic loading rate was adjusted to 0.26 kgCOD kgTSS(-1) day(-1), with the biomass concentration being 6000 mgTSS L(-1), the hydraulic retention time (HRT) 8 h and the solids retention time (SRT) 30 days. Load increases, as well as HRT and SRT reductions, affected the NAP and PHE removals. Biodegradation was found to be the major NAP and PHE removal mechanism. There was no NAP accumulation in the biomass. Low PHE quantities remain sorbed in the biomass and the contribution of the sorption in the removal of this compound was estimated to be less than 0.01 %. The volatilization does not contribute to the PHE removal in MBRs, but the contribution of NAP volatilization can reach up to 0.6 % when HRT of 8 h is applied.

  14. The relationship between dissolved humic acids and soluble iron in estuaries

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    Fox, L. E.

    1984-01-01

    Dissolved humic acid and soluble iron appear to be chemically unassociated in estuaries despite their coincident removal. This conclusion is supported by differences in the aggregation kinetics of soluble iron and dissolved humic acid, the inability of extracted humic acid to stabilize laboratory preparations of ferric hydroxide, and decreasing ratios of humic acid carbon to soluble iron along the axes of some estuaries.

  15. Micro-organization of humic acids in aqueous solutions

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    Klučáková, Martina; Věžníková, Kateřina

    2017-09-01

    The methods of dynamic light scattering and micro-rheology were used to investigate the molecular organization of humic acids in solutions. The obtained results were supplemented by ultraviolet/visible spectrometry and measurement of the zeta potential. Particle tracking micro-rheology was used for the first time as a novel method in humic research. Solutions of humic acids were prepared in three different mediums: NaOH, NaCl, and NaOH neutralized by HCl after dissolution of the humic sample. The molecular organization of humic acids was studied over a wide concentration range (0.01-10 g dm-3). Two breaks were detected in the obtained concentration dependencies. The rearrangements were observed at concentrations around 0.02 g dm-3 and 1 g dm-3. Changes in the measured values observed at around 0.02 g dm-3 were less noticeable and were related to the formation of particles between 100 and 1000 nm in size and the strong bimodal character of humic systems diluted by NaCl. The ;switch-over point; at around 1 g dm-3 indicated changes in the secondary structure of humic acids connected with the increase in colloidal stability (decrease of zeta potential), the decrease in polydispersity, and minimal values of viscosity.

  16. Generation of hydroxyl radicals from metal-loaded humic acids

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    Paciolla, M.D.; Jansen, S.A.; Davies, G.

    1999-06-01

    Humic acids (HAs) are naturally occurring biopolymers that are ubiquitous in the environment. They are most commonly found in the soil, drinking water, and a variety of plants. Pharmacological and therapeutic studies involving humic acids have been reported to some extent. However, when certain transition metals are bound to humic acids, e.g., iron and copper, they can be harmful to biological organisms. For this study, humic acids were extracted from German, Irish, and New Hampshire soils that were selectively chosen because of their reich abundance in humic material. Each sample was treated at room temperature with 0.1 M ferric and cupric solutions for 48 h. The amount of iron and copper adsorbed by humic acid was accurately quantitated using atomic absorption spectroscopy. The authors further demonstrate that these metal-loaded humic acids can produce deleterious oxidizing species such as the hydroxyl radical (HO*) through the metal-driven Fenton reaction. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) employing spin trapping techniques with 5,5-dimethylpyrroline N-oxide (DMPO) is used to confirm the generation of hydroxyl radicals. The DMPO-OH adduct with hyperfine splitting constants A{sub N} = A{sub H} = 14.9 G is observed upon the addition of exogenous hydrogen peroxide. The concentration of hydroxyl radical was determined using 4-hydroxytempo (TEMPO-OH) as a spin standard. The presence of another oxidizing species, Fe{double_bond}O{sup 2+}, is also proposed in the absence of hydrogen peroxide.

  17. Transport of Organic Compounds Through Porous Systems Containing Humic Acids.

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    Smilek, Jiri; Sedlacek, Petr; Lastuvkova, Marcela; Kalina, Michal; Klucakova, Martina

    2017-03-01

    Soil pollution by the presence of different contaminants (e.g. heavy metal ions or pesticides) is one of the biggest problems worldwide. The positive affinity of natural humic acids towards these contaminants might contribute to the soil and ground water protection; therefore it is necessary to study the reactivity and barrier properties of humic acids. An original reactivity-mapping tool based on diffusion techniques designed to study the reactivity and barrier properties of polyelectrolytes was developed and tested on humic acids. The results of diffusion experiments demonstrate that the electrostatic interactions between humic acids functioning as a polyelectrolyte interpenetrated in a supporting hydrogel matrix (agarose) and cationic dye (methylene blue) as a model solute have a crucial impact on the rate of diffusion processes and on the barrier properties of hydrogels. The intensity of interactions was evaluated by fundamental diffusion parameters (effective diffusion coefficients and breakthrough time). The impact of modification of humic acids was also studied by means of diffusion experiments conducted on two types of standard humic acids (Leonardite 1S104H) and humic acids with selectively methylated carboxylic groups.

  18. Humic substances enhance chlorothalonil phototransformation via photoreduction and energy transfer.

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    Porras, Jazmín; Fernández, Jhon J; Torres-Palma, Ricardo A; Richard, Claire

    2014-02-18

    The photodegradation of chlorothalonil, a polychlorinated aromatic fungicide widely used in agriculture, was investigated under ultraviolet-visible irradiation in the presence and absence of different humic substances that significantly enhance the chlorothalonil phototransformation. On the basis of a kinetic model, an analytical study, the effect of scavengers, the chlorothalonil phosphorescence measurement, and varying irradiation conditions, it was possible to demonstrate that this accelerating effect is due to their capacity to reduce the chlorothalonil triplet state via H-donor reaction and to energy transfer from the triplet humic to ground state chlorothalonil. Energy transfer occurs at wavelengths below 450 nm and accounts for up to 30% of the reaction in deoxygenated medium upon irradiation with polychromatic light (300-450 nm). This process is more important with Elliott humic and fulvic acids and with humic acids extracted from natural carbonaceous material than with Nordic NOM and Pahokee peat humic acids. The obtained results are of high relevance to understanding the processes involved in chlorothalonil phototransformation and the photoreactivity of humic substances. Chlorothalonil is one of the rare molecules shown to react by energy transfer from excited humic substances.

  19. Theoretical investigation on the mechanism of NO3 radical-initiated atmospheric reactions of phenanthrene

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    Zhao, Nan; Shi, Xiangli; Xu, Fei; Zhang, Qingzhu; Wang, Wenxing

    2017-07-01

    Phenanthrene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon from fossil fuel combustion with toxic properties. The products arising from atmospheric reaction can be more mutagenic and carcinogenic compared to unmodified phenanthrene, and are therefore important to be studied. The products of the specific NO3-radical reactions with phenanthrene where therefore investigated in this study by means of Density Functional Theory (DFT). The results show that the main products are proposed to be 10-(nitrooxy)-10-hydro-phenanthrene-9-one, 2,2‧-diformylbiphenyl, 9,10-phenanthrenequinone, 9-fluorenone and dibenzopyranone. 10-(nitrooxy)-10-hydro-phenanthrene-9-one and 2,2‧-diformylbiphenyl are classified as first-generation products which are subject to secondary reactions to produce 9,10-phenanthrenequinone, 9-fluorenone and dibenzopyranone. The rate constants of elementary reactions were assessed by Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) theory. The atmospheric lifetime of Phe determined by the gas-phase reaction with NO3 is estimated to be 1.8 h, based on the calculated overall rate constant of 3.04 × 10-13 cm3 molecule-1 s-1 at 298 K and 1 atm. Combined with available experimental observation, this work should help to clarify the transformation and potential health risk of Phe in the atmosphere.

  20. The impact of biochar on the bioaccessibility of (14)C-phenanthrene in aged soil.

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    Ogbonnaya, O U; Adebisi, O O; Semple, K T

    2014-11-01

    Biochar is a carbon rich product from the incomplete combustion of biomass and it has been shown to reduce bioavailability of organic contaminants through adsorption. This study investigated the influence of 0%, 1%, 5% and 10% of two different particle sized wood biochars (≤2 mm and 3-7 mm) on the bioaccessibility of (14)C-phenanthrene (10 mg kg(-1)) in aged soil. The extent of (14)C-phenanthrene mineralisation by phenanthrene-degrading Pseudomonas sp. inoculum was monitored over a 14 day period in respirometric assays and compared to hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPCD) aqueous extraction. Notably, biochar amendments showed significant reduction in extents of mineralisation and HPCD extraction. Linear correlations between HPCD extractability and the total amount mineralised revealed good correlations, with 2 mm biochar showing a best fit (r(2) = 0.97, slope = 1.11, intercept = 1.72). Biochar reduced HPCD extractability and bioaccessibility of (14)C-phenanthrene to microorganisms in a similar manner. Biochar can aid risk reduction to phenanthrene exposure to biota in soil and HPCD can serve as a useful tool to assess the extent of exposure in biochar-amended soils.

  1. Sorption-desorption hysteresis of phenanthrene--effect of nanopores, solute concentration, and salinity.

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    Wu, Wenling; Sun, Hongwen

    2010-11-01

    Phenanthrene sorption and desorption from sediment/soil in fresh and saline water were measured, and effects of nanopores, solute concentration, and salinity on sorption-desorption hysteresis were discussed. The extent and kinetics of sorption-desorption hysteresis depend much on the pore distribution of the sorbents, and greater but slower-developed hysteresis occurred on the sorbent with higher specific surface area and more nanopores. In saline water, phenanthrene sorption was enhanced as compared to freshwater, with logKF increasing from 2.84 and 3.08 to 2.96 and 3.33 for the two sorbents, respectively; however, the sorption-desorption hysteresis was weakened, as indicated by the lower hysteresis index in saline water as compared to those in freshwater. In successive desorption, the irreversible sorbed amount of phenanthrene increased with increasing phenanthrene concentration until a maximum (Qmaxirr) was achieved, and the subsequent sorption became reversible. In saline water, Qmaxirr is much lower (10 mg kg(-1)) as compared to freshwater (36 mg kg(-1)), and phenanthrene sorption was almost reversible, especially at high concentrations. N2 sorption illustrated that soil organic matter had changed to a more condensed conformation in saline water, as indicted by the reduced surface area (from 9.6 to 7.3 m2 g(-1)), which is unfavorable for irreversible sorption.

  2. Cytoplasmic pH-Stat during Phenanthrene Uptake by Wheat Roots: A Mechanistic Consideration.

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    Zhan, Xinhua; Yi, Xiu; Yue, Le; Fan, Xiaorong; Xu, Guohua; Xing, Baoshan

    2015-05-19

    Dietary intake of plant-based foods is a major contribution to the total exposure of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). However, the mechanisms underlying PAH uptake by roots remain poorly understood. This is the first study, to our knowledge, to reveal cytoplasmic pH change and regulation in response to PAH uptake by wheat roots. An initial drop of cytoplasmic pH, which is concentration-dependent upon exposure to phenanthrene (a model PAH), was followed by a slow recovery, indicating the operation of a powerful cytoplasmic pH regulating system. Intracellular buffers are prevalent and act in the first few minutes of acidification. Phenanthrene activates plasmalemma and tonoplast H(+) pump. Cytolasmic acidification is also accompanied by vacuolar acidification. In addition, phenanthrene decreases the activity of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase and malate concentration. Moreover, phenanthrene stimulates nitrate reductase. Therefore, it is concluded that phenanthrene uptake induces cytoplasmic acidification, and cytoplasmic pH recovery is achieved via physicochemical buffering, proton transport outside cytoplasm into apoplast and vacuole, and malate decarboxylation along with nitrate reduction. Our results provide a novel insight into PAH uptake by wheat roots, which is relevant to strategies for reducing PAH accumulation in wheat for food safety and improving phytoremediation of PAH-contaminated soils or water by agronomic practices.

  3. Adsorption of phenanthrene on multilayer graphene as affected by surfactant and exfoliation.

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    Zhao, Jian; Wang, Zhenyu; Zhao, Qing; Xing, Baoshan

    2014-01-01

    Surfactant mediated exfoliation of multilayer graphene and its effects on phenanthrene adsorption were investigated using a passive dosing technique. In the absence of surfactant (sodium cholate, NaC), multilayer graphene had higher adsorption capacity for phenanthrene than carbon nanotube and graphite due to the higher surface area and micropore volume. The observed desorption hysteresis is likely caused by the formation of closed interstitial spaces through folding and rearrangement of graphene sheets. In the presence of NaC (both 100 and 8000 mg/L), phenanthrene adsorption on graphene was decreased due to the direct competition of NaC molecules on the graphene surface. With the aid of sonication, multilayer graphene sheets were exfoliated by NaC, leading to better dispersion. The degree of dispersion depended on the graphene-NaC ratio in aqueous solution rather than critical micelle concentration of NaC, and the good dispersion occurred after reaching adsorption saturation of NaC molecules on graphene sheets. In addition, exfoliation weakened the competition between phenanthrene and NaC and enhanced the adsorption capacity of graphene for phenanthrene due to exposed new sites. The findings on exfoliation of graphene sheets and related adsorption properties highlight not only the potential applications of multilayer graphene as efficient adsorbent but also its possible environmental risk.

  4. Stereoselective metabolism of anthracene and phenanthrene by the fungus Cunninghamella elegans

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    Cerniglia, C.E.; Yang, S.K.

    1984-01-01

    The fungus Cunninghamella elegans oxidized anthracene and phenanthrene to form predominately transdihydrodiols. The metabolites were isolated by reversed-phase high-pressure liquid chromatography for structural and conformational analyses. Comparison of the circular dichroism spectrum of the fungal trans-1,2-dihydroxy-1,2-dihydroanthracene to that formed by rat liver microsomes indicated that the major enantiomer of the trans-1,2-dihydroxy-1,2-dihydroanthracene formed by C. elegans had an S,S absolute stereochemistry, which is opposite to the predominately 1R,2R dihydrodiol formed by rat liver microsomes. C. elegans oxidized phenanthrene primarily in the 1,2-positions to form trans-1,2-dihydroxy-1,2-dihydrophenanthrene. In addition, a minor amount of trans-3,4-dihydroxy-3,4-dihydrophenanthrene was detected. Metabolism at the K-region (9,10-positions) of phenanthrene was not detected. Comparison of the circular dichroism spectra of the phenanthrene trans-1,2- and trans-3,4-dihydrodiols formed by C. elegans to those formed by mammalian enzymes indicated that each of the dihydrodiols formed by C. elegans had an S,S absolute configuration. The results indicate that there are differences in both the regio- and stereoselective metabolism of anthracene and phenanthrene between the fungus C. elegans and rat liver microsomes. 26 references.

  5. Impact of activated carbon on the catabolism of (14)C-phenanthrene in soil.

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    Oyelami, Ayodeji O; Ogbonnaya, Uchenna; Muotoh, Chitom; Semple, Kirk T

    2015-06-01

    Activated carbon amendment to contaminated soil has been proposed as an alternative remediation strategy to the management of persistent organic pollutant in soils and sediments. The impact of varying concentrations (0%, 0.01%, 0.1% and 1.0%) of different types of AC on the development of phenanthrene catabolism in soil was investigated. Mineralisation of (14)C-phenanthrene was measured using respirometric assays. The increase in concentration of CB4, AQ5000 or CP1 in soil led to an increase in the length of the lag phases. Statistical analyses showed that the addition of increasing concentrations of AC to the soil significantly reduced (P < 0.05) the extent of (14)C-phenanthrene mineralisation. For example, for CB4-, AQ5000- and CP1-amended soils, the overall extent of (14)C-phenanthrene mineralisation reduced from 43.1% to 3.28%, 36.9% to 0.81% and 39.6% to 0.96%, respectively, after 120 days incubation. This study shows that the properties of AC, such as surface area, pore volume and particle size, are important factors in controlling the kinetics of (14)C-phenanthrene mineralisation in soil.

  6. Ethanol and phenanthrene increase the biomass of fungal assemblages and decrease plant litter decomposition in streams.

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    Barros, Diana; Oliveira, Patrícia; Pascoal, Cláudia; Cássio, Fernanda

    2016-09-15

    Fungi, particularly aquatic hyphomycetes, have been recognized as playing a dominant role in microbial decomposition of plant litter in streams. In this study, we used a microcosm experiment with different levels of fungal diversity (species number and identity) using monocultures and combinations with up to five aquatic hyphomycete species (Articulospora tetracladia, Tricladium splendens, Heliscus submersus, Tetrachaetum elegans and Flagellospora curta) to assess the effects of ethanol and phenanthrene on three functional measures: plant litter decomposition, fungal biomass accrual and reproduction. Alder leaves were conditioned by fungi for 7days and then were exposed to phenanthrene (1mgL(-1)) dissolved in ethanol (0.1% final concentration) or ethanol (at the concentration used to solubilise phenanthrene) for further 24days. Exposure to ethanol alone or in combination with phenanthrene decreased leaf decomposition and fungal reproduction, but increased fungal biomass produced. All aspects of fungal activity varied with species number. Fungal activity in polycultures was generally higher than that expected from the sum of the weighted performances of participating species in monoculture, suggesting complementarity between species. However, the activity of fungi in polycultures did not exceed the activity of the most productive species either in the absence or presence of ethanol alone or with phenanthrene.

  7. Biodegradation of phenanthrene in sand columns in the presence of nonionic surfactants

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    Norris, D.; Ahmed, T.

    1994-12-31

    The effects of three nonionic surfactants on phenanthrene (C{sub 14}H{sub 10}) removal and mineralization by aerobic bacteria were studied using a bench-scale apparatus. Columns were packed with fine sand coated with a mixture of (9-{sup 14}C) labeled and unlabeled phenanthrene (0.33 mg/g) and then inoculated by pumping acclimated bacteria. Surfactants at a concentration of 50 mg/L in an oxygenated buffer solution were then pumped through the media for 14 days at average pore velocities of 1 m/d to 3 m/d. Mineralization of phenanthrene was estimated by {sup 14}CO{sub 2} activity in the column effluent and total removal was measured by the change in {sup 14}C activity of the sand. Depending on the surfactant, mineralization was either inhibited or enhanced. A two-fold increase in flow rate increased phenanthrene mineralization and total removal greater than the effect of surfactant addition alone. Total removal ranged from 86.4% to 40.3% of the initial phenanthrene present.

  8. Spatial and temporal variation of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria in intertidal sediments

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    Berardesco, G.; Dyhrman, S.; Gallagher, E.; Shiaris, M.P.

    1998-07-01

    Phenanthrene-degrading bacteria were isolated from a 1-m{sup 2} intertidal sediment site in Boston Harbor. Samples were taken six times over 2 years. A total of 432 bacteria were isolated and characterized by biochemical testing. When clustered on the basis of phenotypic characteristics, the isolates could be separated into 68 groups at a similarity level of approximately 70%. Several groups corresponded to well-characterized species belonging the genera Vibrio and Pseudomonas. Only 51 of the 437 isolates hybridized to a DNA probe that encodes the upper pathway of naphthalene and phenanthrene degradation in Pseudomonas putida NCIB 9816. A cluster analysis indicated that the species composition of the phenanthrene-degrading community changed significantly from sampling date to sampling date. At one sampling time, 12 6-mm-diameter core subsamples were taken within the 1-m{sup 2} site to determine the spatial variability of the degrading communities. An analysis of molecular variance, performed with the phenotypic characteristics, indicated that only 6% of the variation occurred among the 12 subsamples, suggesting that the subsamples were almost identical in composition. The authors concluded that the communities of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria in the sediments are very diverse, that the community structure undergoes significant change with time but does not vary significantly on a spatial scale of centimeters, and that the predominant genes that encode phenanthrene degradation in the communities are not well-characterized.

  9. The development of phenanthrene catabolism in soil amended with transformer oil.

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    Lee, Philip H; Doick, Kieron J; Semple, Kirk T

    2003-11-21

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are ubiquitous environmental contaminants frequently associated with light non-aqueous-phase liquids (LNAPLs) in soil. Microbial degradation comprises a major loss process for PAHs in the environment. Various laboratory studies, using known degraders, have shown reduced or enhanced mineralisation of PAHs when dissolved in different LNAPLs. Effects due to the presence of LNAPLs on indigenous micro-organisms, however, are not fully understood. A pristine pasture soil was spiked with [14C]phenanthrene and transformer oil to 0, 0.01 and 0.1%, and incubated for 180 days. The catabolic potential of the soil towards phenanthrene was assessed periodically during ageing. The extent of the lag phase (prior to >5% mineralisation), maximum rates and overall extents of mineralisation observed during the course of a 14-day bioassay appeared to be dependent upon phenanthrene concentration, the presence of transformer oil, and soil-contaminant contact time. Putatively, transformer oil enhanced acclimation and facilitated the development of measurable catabolic activity towards phenanthrene in a previously uncontaminated pasture soil. Exact mechanisms for the observed enhancement, longer-term fate/degradation of the oil and residual phenanthrene, and effects of the presence of the oil on the indigenous microbes over extended time frames warrant further investigation.

  10. The influence of sediment resuspension on the degradation of phenanthrene in flow-through microcosms.

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    LeBlanc, Lawrence A; Gulnick, Jeanne D; Brownawell, Bruce J; Taylor, Gordon T

    2006-03-01

    The effect of sediment resuspension on the mineralization of phenanthrene was examined in microcosms and sediment slurries. In computer-controlled, flow-through microcosms, 14C-phenanthrene-amended sediments were resuspended into overlying oxic water at frequencies of 12, 4, 1, 0.25 and 0 d(-1). In slurry bottle experiments 14C-phenanthrene-amended sediments were continuously resuspended under oxic (excess air headspace) and anoxic (N2 headspace) conditions and mineralization was measured at periods from 2 h to 7 days. Our main findings were: (1) mineralization rate constants from the microcosms ranged from 0.001 to 0.01 d(-1) and increased with frequency of resuspension, (2) these rates fell between those measured in oxic and anoxic slurries and were predicted within a factor of 2.5 by a model in which mineralization depended on the degree of oxygen exposure, and (3) the phenanthrene-degrading bacterial community was more active in resuspended sediments incubated in the microcosms than in sediments which were not resuspended, or which were stored under refrigeration. We conclude from these experiments that the effects of sediment resuspension on phenanthrene degradation are consistent with a primary role of average oxygen exposure, and also an alteration in the PAH-degrading activity of microbial populations.

  11. Sorption/desorption reversibility of phenanthrene in soils and carbonaceous materials

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    Guohui Wang; Sybille Kleineidam; Peter Grathwohl

    2007-02-15

    Sorption/desorption of phenanthrene in two soil samples and carbonaceous materials was found to yield co-incident equilibrium isotherms and no significant hysteresis was observed. Additionally, release of native phenanthrene was investigated. Equilibrium sorption and desorption isotherms were determined using pulverized samples of Pahokee peat, lignite, and high-volatile bituminous coal, a mineral soil, and an anthropogenic soil. Instead of the conventional decant-and-refill batch method, sorption/desorption was driven by temperature changes using consistent samples. Sorption started at 77{sup o}C and was increased by reducing the temperature stepwise to 46, 20, and finally 4{sup o}C. For desorption the temperature was increased stepwise again until 77{sup o}C was reached. Besides the co-incident sorption and desorption isotherms at each temperature step, the solubility-normalized sorption/desorption isotherms of all different temperatures collapse to unique overall isotherms. Leaching of native phenanthrene occurred at much lower concentrations but was well predicted by extrapolation of the spiked sorption isotherms indicating that the release of native phenanthrene involves the same sorption/desorption mechanisms as those for newly added phenanthrene. 35 refs., 4 figs., 5 tabs.

  12. Nitrite-induced enhancement of toxicity of phenanthrene in fish and its implications for coastal waters

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    Shailaja, M. S.; Rodrigues, A.

    2003-04-01

    Coastal areas are prone to varying degrees of anthropogenic chemical contamination. In many coastal environments experiencing reducing conditions in the water column, nitrite is produced as a result of denitrification. With a view to determining the effect of a natural stress such as the presence of nitrite in water on the xenobiotic metabolism in fish, the euryhaline cichlid Oreochromis mossambicus was exposed for up to 9 days to environmentally relevant concentrations of water-borne nitrite and phenanthrene, a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon. Analyses of different biomarkers in the treated fish indicated significant increase in the metabolism of phenanthrene as a result of exposure to nitrite. For example, the activity of the biotransformation enzyme measured as 7-ethoxyresorufin- O-deethylase activity was, in the presence of 1 μM nitrite, nearly twice that produced by phenanthrene alone. Similarly, biliary fixed fluorescence values reflecting phenanthrene and its metabolites were rendered 1.7 times higher when exposed simultaneously to nitrite. Contact with nitrite and phenanthrene together also led to severe hepatic damage with possible cell death as inferred from the large enhancement in sorbitol dehydrogenase activity in the serum and reduced liver somatic index.

  13. Viability of phenanthrene biodegradation by an isolated bacterial consortium: optimization and scale-up.

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    Moscoso, F; Ferreira, L; Deive, F J; Morán, P; Sanromán, M A

    2013-02-01

    In the present work, biodegradation of phenanthrene by a bacterial consortium (LB2), isolated from lab-polluted soils has been investigated. The 16S rRNA gene-based molecular analysis revealed that the bacterial consortium LB2 consisted of two strains showing a very high homology with Staphylococcus warneri and Bacillus pumilus. The optimization of phenanthrene degradation by the consortium LB2, using a central composite face-centered design was carried out taking into account three important parameters such as temperature, pH, and phenanthrene concentration. Near complete phenanthrene degradation was reached by consortium LB2 at the optimal conditions (pH of 7.5 and 37.5 °C) in less than 48 h. Moreover, the efficiency of phenanthrene biodegradation was assessed by using logistic and Luedeking and Piret-type models. Finally, the process was implemented at bench-scale bioreactor and the main degradation routes were identified based on GC-MS data.

  14. Effects of biosurfactant-producing bacteria on biodegradation and transport of phenanthrene in subsurface soil.

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    Chang, Jae-Soo; Cha, Daniel K; Radosevich, Mark; Jin, Yan

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated the effects of surfactant-producing microorganism, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 9027, on phenanthrene (PHE) biodegradation by two different PHE-degrading bacteria (Isolate P5-2 and Pseudomonas strain R) in soil. Phenanthrene mineralization experiments were conducted with soils inoculated with one of PHE-degraders and/or the surfactant-producer. Influence of co-inoculation with the surfactant-producing bacteria on phenanthrene transport and biodegradation was also examined in soil columns. P. strain R mineralized phenanthrene faster and to a greater extent than Isolate P5-2 in the test soil. Co-inoculation with the surfactant-producing bacteria significantly enhanced phenanthrene biodegradation by P. strain R but it did not affect the biodegradation by Isolate P5-2 in both batch and column systems. Production of biosurfactants by P. aeruginosa ATCC 9027 was negligible under the given conditions. This study demonstrated that bioaugmentation with surfactant-producing bacteria could enhance in situ bioremediation of soils contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and the beneficial effect of the bioaugmentation depended on types of PAH-degrading microorganisms present.

  15. Using orthogonal design to determine optimal conditions for biodegradation of phenanthrene in mangrove sediment slurry.

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    Chen, Jian Lin; Au, Kwai Chi; Wong, Yuk Shan; Tam, Nora Fung Yee

    2010-04-15

    In the present paper, the effects of four factors, each at three levels, on biodegradation of phenanthrene, a 3-ring PAH, in contaminated mangrove sediment slurry were investigated using the orthogonal experimental design. The factors and levels were (i) sediment types (clay loam, clayey and sandy); (ii) different inoculums (Sphingomonas sp., a mixture of Sphingomonas sp. and Mycobacterium sp., and without inoculum); (iii) presence of other PAHs (fluorene, pyrene, and none); and (iv) different salinities (5, 15 and 25 ppt). Variance analysis based on the percentages of Phe biodegradation showed that the presence of other PAHs had little effect on phenanthrene biodegradation. The kinetics of phenanthrene biodegradation in all experiments was best fitted by the first order rate model. The highest first order rate constant, k value was 0.1172 h(-1) with 97% Phe degradation; while the lowest k value was 0.0004 and phenanthrene was not degraded throughout the 7-d experiment. The p values of k for the four factors followed the same trend as that for the biodegradation percentage. Difference analysis revealed that optimal phenanthrene biodegradation would take place in clay loam sediment slurry at low salinity (5 to 15 ppt) with the inoculation of both Sphingomonas sp. and Mycobacterium sp.

  16. Mutagenic activity in humic water and alum flocculated humic water treated with alternative disinfectants.

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    Backlund, P; Kronberg, L; Pensar, G; Tikkanen, L

    1985-12-01

    Mutagenic activity in Salmonella typhimurium strains TA 100, TA 98 and TA 97 has been determined for humic water and alum flocculated humic water, treated with the alternative disinfectants chlorine, ozone, chlorine dioxide, ozone/chlorine and chlorine/chlorine dioxide. The most pronounced activity was found for chlorine treated water tested on strain TA 100 without metabolic activation (S9 mix). Ozone treatment prior to chlorination did not alter the activity, while treatment with chlorine in combination with chlorine dioxide reduced the activity to a level somewhat over the background. No mutagenic response was detected in waters treated with ozone or chlorine dioxide alone. In presence of S9 mix all water extracts studied were non-mutagenic.

  17. Humic substances biological activity at the plant-soil interface

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    Trevisan, Sara; Francioso, Ornella; Nardi, Serenella

    2010-01-01

    Humic substances (HS) represent the organic material mainly widespread in nature. HS have positive effects on plant physiology by improving soil structure and fertility and by influencing nutrient uptake and root architecture. The biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying these events are only partially known. HS have been shown to contain auxin and an “auxin-like” activity of humic substances has been proposed, but support to this hypothesis is fragmentary. In this review article, we are giving an overview of available data concerning molecular structures and biological activities of humic substances, with special emphasis on their hormone-like activities. PMID:20495384

  18. Effect of corn plant on survival and phenanthrene degradation capacity of Pseudomonas sp. UG14LR in two soils.

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    Chouychai, Waraporn; Thongkukiatkul, Amporn; Upatham, Suchart; Pokethitiyook, Prayad; Kruatrachue, Maleeya; Lee, Hung

    2012-07-01

    A study was undertaken to assess if corn (Zea mays L.) can enhance phenanthrene degradation in two soils inoculated with Pseudomonas sp. UG14Lr. Corn increased the number of UG14Lr cells in both soils, especially in the acidic soiL Phenanthrene was degraded to a greater extent in UG14Lr-inoculated or corn-planted soils than uninoculated and unplanted soils. The spiked phenanthrene was completely removed within 70 days in all the treatments in slightly alkaline soil. However, in acidic soil, complete phenanthrene removal was found only in the corn-planted treatments. The shoot and root lengths of corn grown in UG14Lr-inoculated soils were not different from those in non-inoculated soil between the treatments. The results showed that in unplanted soil, low pH adversely affected the survival and phenanthrene degradation ability of UG14Lr. Planting of corn significantly enhanced the survival of UG14Lr cells in both the bulk and rhizospheric soil, and this in turn significantly improved phenanthrene degradation in acidic soil. Re-inoculation of UG14Lr in the acidic soil increased the number of UG14Lr cells and enhanced phenanthrene degradation in unplanted soil. However, in corn-planted acidic soils, re-inoculation of UG14Lr did not further enhance the already active phenanthrene degradation occurring in both the bulk or rhizospheric soils.

  19. MEASURING GROWTH OF A PHENANTHRENE DEGRADING BACTERIAL INOCULUM IN SOIL WITH A QUANTITATIVE COMPETITIVE POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION METHOD. (R825433)

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    We measured growth of a phenanthrene-degrading bacterium, Arthrobacter, strain RP17, in Forbes soil, amended with 500 small mu, Greekg g−1 phenanthrene using a quantitati...

  20. Phenanthrene Bioavailability and Toxicity to Daphnia magna in the Presence of Carbon Nanotubes with Different Physicochemical Properties.

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    Zindler, Florian; Glomstad, Berit; Altin, Dag; Liu, Jingfu; Jenssen, Bjørn M; Booth, Andy M

    2016-11-15

    Studies investigating the effect of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on the bioavailability and toxicity of hydrophobic organic compounds in aquatic environments have generated contradictory results, and the influence of different CNT properties remains unknown. Here, the adsorption of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon phenanthrene (70-735 μg/L) to five types of CNTs exhibiting different physical and chemical properties was studied. The CNTs were dispersed in the presence of natural organic matter (nominally 20 mg/L) in order to increase the environmental relevance of the study. Furthermore, the bioavailability and toxicity of phenanthrene to Daphnia magna in the absence and presence of dispersed CNTs was investigated. Both CNT dispersion and adsorption of phenanthrene appeared to be influenced by CNT physical properties (diameter and specific surface area). However, dispersion and phenanthrene adsorption was not influenced by CNT surface chemical properties (surface oxygen content), under the conditions tested. Based on nominal phenanthrene concentrations, a reduction in toxicity to D. magna was observed during coexposure to phenanthrene and two types of CNTs, while for the others, no influence on phenanthrene toxicity was observed. Based on freely dissolved concentrations, however, an increased toxicity was observed in the presence of all CNTs, indicating bioavailability of CNT-adsorbed phenanthrene to D. magna.

  1. MEASURING GROWTH OF A PHENANTHRENE DEGRADING BACTERIAL INOCULUM IN SOIL WITH A QUANTITATIVE COMPETITIVE POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION METHOD. (R825433)

    EPA Science Inventory

    We measured growth of a phenanthrene-degrading bacterium, Arthrobacter, strain RP17, in Forbes soil, amended with 500 small mu, Greekg g−1 phenanthrene using a quantitati...

  2. Toxicity of phenanthrene in freshwater sediments to the rooted submersed macrophyte, Vallisneria spiralis.

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    Yan, Zai S; Hu, Ying; Jiang, He L

    2011-08-01

    A study was conducted to determine the response of the rooted submersed macrophyte, Vallisneria spiralis to phenanthrene in freshwater sediments with initial phenanthrene concentrations from 0 to 80 mg kg(-1) dry sediment. The sensitivity of various morphological endpoints was evaluated after 90 days of exposure. The most sensitive toxicity test endpoints were those that reflected root growth. Toxicological sensitivity of the endpoints changed with the effect level selected. The toxicity threshold from a plot of the EC(10) values was 1-2 orders of magnitude lower than those calculated for the threshold from plots of the EC(25) or EC(50) values. In addition, stimulatory responses (hormesis) on root growth were observed at subtoxic concentrations of phenanthrene, and a hormetic model should thus be incorporated for ecological risk assessment.

  3. Factors affecting the microbial degradation of phenanthrene in soil. (Reannouncement with new availability information)

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    Manilal, V.B.; Alexander, M.

    1991-12-31

    Because phenanthrene was mineralized more slowly in soils than in liquid media, a study was conducted to determine the environmental factors that may account for the slow biodegradation in soil. Mineralization was enhanced by additions of phosphate but not potassium, and it was reduced by additions of nitrate. Aeration or amending the soil with glucose affected the rate of mineralization, although not markedly. Phenanthrene was sorbed to soil constituents, the extent of sorption being directly related to the percentage of organic matter in the soil. Soluble phenanthrene was not detected after addition of the compound to a muck soil. The rate of mineralization was slow in the organic soil and higher in mineral soils with lower percentages of organic matter. We suggest that sorption by soil organic matter slows the biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are otherwise readily metabolized.

  4. Metabolism of phenanthrene by the marine cyanobacterium Agmenellum quadruplicatum PR-6

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    Narro, M.L.; Baalen, C. van ); Cerniglia, C.E. ); Gibson, D.T. )

    1992-04-01

    Under photoautotrophic growth conditions, the marine cyanobacterium Agmenellum quadruplicatum PR-6 metabolized phenanthrene to form trans-9,10-dihydrophenanthrene (phenanthrene trans-9,10-dihydrodiol) and 1-methoxyphenanthrene as the major ethyl acetate-extractable metabolites. Small amounts of phenanthrols were also formed. The metabolites were purified by high-pressure liquid chromatography and identified from their UV, infrared, mass and proton magnetic resonance spectral properties. A. quadruplicatum PR-6 formed phenanthrene trans-9,10-dihydrodiol with a 22% enantiomeric excess of the ({minus})-9S,10S-enantiomer. Incorporation experiments with {sup 18}O{sub 2} showed that one atom of oxygen from O{sub 2} was incorporated into the dihydrodiol. Toxicity studies, using an algal lawn bioassay, indicated that 9-phenanthrol and 9,10-phenanthrenequinone inhibit the growth of A. quadruplicatum PR-6.

  5. Constraint on the potassium content for the superconductivity of potassium-intercalated phenanthrene

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    Huang, Qiao-Wei; Zhao, Xiao-Miao; Zhong, Guo-Hua; Zhang, Jiang; Zhang, Chao; Lin, Hai-Qing; Chen, Xiao-Jia

    2014-03-21

    Raman-scattering measurements were performed on K{sub x}phenanthrene (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 6.0) at room temperature. Three phases (x = 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0) are identified based on the obtained Raman spectra. Only the K{sub 3}phenanthrene phase is found to exhibit the superconducting transition at 5 K. The C–C stretching modes are observed to broaden and become disordered in K{sub x}phenanthrene with x = 2.0, 2.5, 6.0, indicating some molecular disorder in the metal intercalation process. This disorder is expected to influence the nonmetallic nature of these materials. The absence of metallic character in these nonsuperconducting phases is found from the calculated electronic structures based on the local density approximation.

  6. [Phylogenetic analysis of the genes for naphthalene and phenanthrene degradation in Burkholderia sp. strains].

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    Izmalkova, T Yu; Sazonova, O I; Kosheleva, I A; Boronin, A M

    2013-06-01

    The genetic systems responsible for naphthalene and phenanthrene catabolism have been analyzed in the five strains of Burkholderia sp. isolated from soil samples (West Siberia) contaminated by heavy residual fuel oil and in the strain Burkholderia sp. BS3702 from the laboratory collection isolated from soil samples of the coke gas works (Vidnoe, Moscow oblast). The results of this work demonstrate that naphthalene and phenanthrene degradation in the above strains is encoded by the sequences not homologous to the classical nah genes of pseudomonades. In the Burkholderia sp. BS3702 strain, the initial stages of phenanthrene degradation and the subsequent stages of salicylate degradation are controlled by the sequences of different evolutionary origins (phn and nag genes).

  7. Identification of soil bacteria able to degrade phenanthrene bound to a hydrophobic sorbent in situ.

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    Regonne, Raïssa Kom; Martin, Florence; Mbawala, Augustin; Ngassoum, Martin Benoît; Jouanneau, Yves

    2013-09-01

    Efficient bioremediation of PAH-contaminated sites is limited by the hydrophobic character and poor bioavailability of pollutants. In this study, stable isotope probing (SIP) was implemented to track bacteria that can degrade PAHs adsorbed on hydrophobic sorbents. Temperate and tropical soils were incubated with (13)C-labeled phenanthrene, supplied by spiking or coated onto membranes. Phenanthrene mineralization was faster in microcosms with PAH-coated membranes than in microcosms containing spiked soil. Upon incubation with temperate soil, phenanthrene degraders found in the biofilms that formed on coated membranes were mainly identified as Sphingomonadaceae and Actinobacteria. In the tropical soil, uncultured Rhodocyclaceae dominated degraders bound to membranes. Accordingly, ring-hydroxylating dioxygenase sequences recovered from this soil matched PAH-specific dioxygenase genes recently found in Rhodocyclaceae. Hence, our SIP approach allowed the detection of novel degraders, mostly uncultured, which differ from those detected after soil spiking, but might play a key role in the bioremediation of PAH-polluted soils.

  8. Isolation and Characterization of Phenanthrene Degrading Bacteria from Diesel Fuel-Contaminated Antarctic Soils

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    Gran-Scheuch, Alejandro; Fuentes, Edwar; Bravo, Denisse M.; Jiménez, Juan Cristobal; Pérez-Donoso, José M.

    2017-01-01

    Antarctica is an attractive target for human exploration and scientific investigation, however the negative effects of human activity on this continent are long lasting and can have serious consequences on the native ecosystem. Various areas of Antarctica have been contaminated with diesel fuel, which contains harmful compounds such as heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Bioremediation of PAHs by the activity of microorganisms is an ecological, economical, and safe decontamination approach. Since the introduction of foreign organisms into the Antarctica is prohibited, it is key to discover native bacteria that can be used for diesel bioremediation. By following the degradation of the PAH phenanthrene, we isolated 53 PAH metabolizing bacteria from diesel contaminated Antarctic soil samples, with three of these isolates exhibiting a high phenanthrene degrading capacity. In particular, the Sphingobium xenophagum D43FB isolate showed the highest phenanthrene degradation ability, generating up to 95% degradation of initial phenanthrene. D43FB can also degrade phenanthrene in the presence of its usual co-pollutant, the heavy metal cadmium, and showed the ability to grow using diesel-fuel as a sole carbon source. Microtiter plate assays and SEM analysis revealed that S. xenophagum D43FB exhibits the ability to form biofilms and can directly adhere to phenanthrene crystals. Genome sequencing analysis also revealed the presence of several genes involved in PAH degradation and heavy metal resistance in the D43FB genome. Altogether, these results demonstrate that S. xenophagum D43FB shows promising potential for its application in the bioremediation of diesel fuel contaminated-Antarctic ecosystems. PMID:28894442

  9. Isolation and Characterization of Phenanthrene Degrading Bacteria from Diesel Fuel-Contaminated Antarctic Soils.

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    Gran-Scheuch, Alejandro; Fuentes, Edwar; Bravo, Denisse M; Jiménez, Juan Cristobal; Pérez-Donoso, José M

    2017-01-01

    Antarctica is an attractive target for human exploration and scientific investigation, however the negative effects of human activity on this continent are long lasting and can have serious consequences on the native ecosystem. Various areas of Antarctica have been contaminated with diesel fuel, which contains harmful compounds such as heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Bioremediation of PAHs by the activity of microorganisms is an ecological, economical, and safe decontamination approach. Since the introduction of foreign organisms into the Antarctica is prohibited, it is key to discover native bacteria that can be used for diesel bioremediation. By following the degradation of the PAH phenanthrene, we isolated 53 PAH metabolizing bacteria from diesel contaminated Antarctic soil samples, with three of these isolates exhibiting a high phenanthrene degrading capacity. In particular, the Sphingobium xenophagum D43FB isolate showed the highest phenanthrene degradation ability, generating up to 95% degradation of initial phenanthrene. D43FB can also degrade phenanthrene in the presence of its usual co-pollutant, the heavy metal cadmium, and showed the ability to grow using diesel-fuel as a sole carbon source. Microtiter plate assays and SEM analysis revealed that S. xenophagum D43FB exhibits the ability to form biofilms and can directly adhere to phenanthrene crystals. Genome sequencing analysis also revealed the presence of several genes involved in PAH degradation and heavy metal resistance in the D43FB genome. Altogether, these results demonstrate that S. xenophagum D43FB shows promising potential for its application in the bioremediation of diesel fuel contaminated-Antarctic ecosystems.

  10. Toxicity of sediment-associated pyrene and phenanthrene to Limnodrilus hoffmeisteri (Oligochaeta: Tubificidae)

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    Lotufo, G.R.; Fleeger, J.W.

    1996-09-01

    Acute and sublethal toxicities of sediment-spiked pyrene and phenanthrene to Limnodrilus hoffmeisteri Cleparede were investigated. Phenanthrene was acutely toxic at high sediment concentrations (10-d median lethal concentration of 297.5 {micro}g g{sup {minus}1}; 252.2--348.3, 95% confidence interval [Cl]). Pyrene was not acutely toxic, even at concentrations as high as 841 {micro}g g{sup {minus}1}. A significant impact of pyrene and phenanthrene on the feeding activity of L. hoffmeisteri was demonstrated through daily collection of egested fecal material during 5- and 10-d experiments. A short (5-d) exposure detected toxic effects more efficiently than a 10-d exposure, yielding IC25 values (estimated concentration causing a 25% reduction of measured endpoint in relation to the control[s]) of 58.9 {micro}g g{sup {minus}1} (32.1--89.4, 95% CI) for pyrene and 28.4 {micro}g g{sup {minus}1} (10.0--41.3, 95% CI) for phenanthrene. Effects on burrowing behavior and reproduction were assessed in a 28-d sediment exposure. Low burrowing avoidance (< 25%) was detected in high phenanthrene concentrations (143--612 {micro}g g{sup {minus}1}) but was not detected with pyrene. Offspring production was significantly reduced in dosed sediments yielding IC25 values of 59.1 {micro}g g{sup {minus}1} (38.3--112.5, 95% CI) for pyrene and 40.5 {micro}g g{sup {minus}1} (12.1--165.5, 955 CI) for phenanthrene. Decreases in egestion rates in the presence of nonpolar contaminants should be quantified when investigating the effects of bioturbation by deposit feeders on the flux of contaminants from sediment into the water column.

  11. Phenanthrene-triggered Chlorosis is caused by elevated Chlorophyll degradation and leaf moisture.

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    Shen, Yu; Li, Jinfeng; Gu, Ruochen; Yue, Le; Zhan, Xinhua; Xing, Baoshan

    2017-01-01

    Leaf is an important organ in responding to environmental stresses. To date, chlorophyll metabolism under polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) stress is still unclear. Here we reveal, for the first time, the chlorophyll metabolism of wheat seedling leaves in response to phenanthrene (a model PAH) exposure. In this study, the hydroponic experiment was employed, and the wheat seedlings were exposed to phenanthrene to observe the response at day 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. Over the exposure time, wheat leaf color turns light. With the accumulation of phenanthrene, the concentrations of glutamate, 5-aminolevulinic acid, uroporphyrinogen III, protoporphyrin IX, Mg-protoporphyrin IX and protochlorophyllide increase while the concentrations of porphobilinogen and Chlorophyll b decrease. Also chlorophyll a content rises initially and then declines. Uroporphyrinogen III synthase and chlorophyllase are activated and porphobilinogen deaminase activity declines in the treatments. Both chlorophyll synthesis and degradation are enhanced, but the degradation rate is faster. Phenanthrene accumulation has significant and positive effects on increase of glutamate, 5-aminolevulinic acid, uroporphyrinogen III, protoporphyrin IX, Mg-protoporphyrin IX and protochlorophyllide concentrations. There is a negative correlation between phenanthrene accumulation and total chlorophyll. Additionally, the leaf moisture increases. Therefore, it is concluded that wheat leaf chlorosis results from a combination of accelerated chlorophyll degradation and elevated leaf moisture under phenanthrene exposure. Our results are helpful not only for better understanding the toxicity of PAHs to plants and crop PAH-adaptive mechanism in the environment, but also for potentially employing the changes of the chlorophyll-synthesizing precursors and enzyme activities in plant leaves as indicators of plant response to PAH pollution.

  12. Effect of microbial polymers on the sorption and transport of phenanthrene in a low-carbon sand

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    Dohse, D.M.; Lion, L.W. )

    1994-04-01

    Extracellular polymers of bacterial origin were analyzed for their effect on the sorption behavior of phenanthrene on a low-carbon aquifer sand. Batch experiments indicated that 85% of the polymers tested acted to decrease the distribution coefficient. Column experiments revealed a decrease in the retardation factor of phenanthrene by approximately 40% in the presence of an extracellular polymer produced by a Gram-negative motile rod isolated from a coal tar waste site. This polymer did not, however, influence the mineralization of phenanthrene and was not rapidly degraded by a mixed culture. The combination of the ability of the polymer to influence phenanthrene transport as well as its apparent persistence and lack of a negative effect on phenanthrene degradation suggest the extracellular polymers can act as agents that enhance PAH transport in natural systems. 50 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. Van der Waals density functional study of the structural and electronic properties of La-doped phenanthrene

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    Yan, Xun-Wang; Huang, Zhongbing; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2013-11-28

    By the first principle calculations based on the van der Waals density functional theory, we study the crystal structures and electronic properties of La-doped phenanthrene. Two stable atomic geometries of La{sub 1}phenanthrene are obtained by relaxation of atomic positions from various initial structures. The structure-I is a metal with two energy bands crossing the Fermi level, while the structure-II displays a semiconducting state with an energy gap of 0.15 eV, which has an energy gain of 0.42 eV per unit cell compared to the structure-I. The most striking feature of La{sub 1}phenanthrene is that La 5d electrons make a significant contribution to the total density of state around the Fermi level, which is distinct from potassium doped phenanthrene and picene. Our findings provide an important foundation for the understanding of superconductivity in La-doped phenanthrene.

  14. Effects of root exudates on the leachability, distribution, and bioavailability of phenanthrene and pyrene from mangrove sediments.

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    Jia, Hui; Lu, Haoliang; Liu, Jingchun; Li, Jian; Dai, Minyue; Yan, Chongling

    2016-03-01

    In this study, column leaching experiments were used to evaluate the leachability, distribution and bioavailability of phenanthrene and pyrene by root exudates from contaminated mangrove sediments. We observed that root exudates significantly promoted the release and enhanced the bioavailability of phenanthrene and pyrene from sediment columns. The concentration of phenanthrene and pyrene and cumulative content released from the analyzed sediment samples following root exudate rinsing decreased in the following order: citric acid > oxalic acid > malic acid. After elution, the total concentrations of phenanthrene and pyrene in sediment layers followed a descending order of bottom (9-12 cm) > middle (5-7 cm) > top (0-3 cm). Furthermore, a positive correlation between leachate pH values and PAH concentrations of the leachate was found. Consequently, the addition of root exudates can increase the leachability and bioavailability of phenanthrene and pyrene.

  15. Uptake and elimination of (9-/sup 14/C)phenanthrene in the turkey wing mussel (Arca zebra)

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    Solbakken, J.E.; Knap, A.H.; Searle, C.E.; Palmork, K.H.

    1983-04-01

    Turkey wing mussels of both sexes were collected from Harrington Sound, Bermuda and dosed after a week-long acclimation period with (9-/sup 14/C)phenanthrene (714 MBq/mmol). They were transferred into 8 liters of seawater containing 8 ..mu..g of labelled phenanthrene. Results show that the accumulation of labelled phenanthrene in the turkey wing mussel was very low compared to that found in other species. In the hepatopancreas, the uptake of phenanthrene based on the water concentration was only 4% of the corresponding value found in the calico clam (Macrocallista maculata) inhabiting the same area. In comparison, the uptake of phenanthrene in a temperate mollusc such as the horse mussel (Modiola modiolus) was also considerably higher than in the turkey wing (approx. 4 times). It therefore seems likely that these are due to species variations rather than environmental variations between subtropical and temperate areas. (JMT)

  16. Photochemical aspects related to humic substances

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    Frimmel, F.H. )

    1994-01-01

    Dissolved humic substances (HS) show yellow color and relatively strong absorption in the UV range [a(254 nm) ca. 0.04 cm[sup [minus]1] for c(DOC) = 1 mg/L]. This is the basis for photochemical reactions in the photic zone of aquatic systems and in water treatment using IV sources. Even though understanding the mechanisms involved in the energy transfer and the resulting reactions is hampered by the poorly defined structure of HS, reliable information has been gathered on some typical aspects of their photochemistry. The luminescence of HS can be influenced and partly quenched by molecular interactions with other water constituents (e.g., heavy metals and organic micropollutants). The presence of oxygen may lead to the sensitized production of singlet oxygen (O[sub 2]), that can react specifically with substances containing diene structures or low valent sulfur. Because of the presence of these structures in HS, humic molecules will also react with the sensitized products. As a consequence, their biological, chemical, and physical properties are influenced. In addition, HS have a significant impact on the photochemical treatment of organic micropollutants in water. This has to be kept in mind when using photochemical steps for water treatment. The results from model experiments reflecting the conditions in surface water and in water treatment are given and discussed. In the presence of H[sub 2]O[sub 2], irradiation led to a transformation and partial degradation of HS. The rate of photochemical degradation of pesticides (e.g., atrazine) was decreased in the presence of HS. Fe and Mn quenched the luminescence. From this, a decrease of excited states of HS for sensitizing reactions can be deduced. The results suggest the manyfold and significant influences of HS on the photochemistry of aquatic systems. 66 refs., 9 figs., 7 tabs.

  17. Improving the simulation of vibrationally resolved electronic spectra of phenanthrene: A computational Investigation

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    Pang, Min; Yang, Pan; Shen, Wei; Li, Ming; He, Rongxing

    2015-05-01

    Based on the density functional theory and its time-dependent extension, the properties of the ground and the first excited states of phenanthrene were calculated. In harmonic and anharmonic approximations, the well-resolved absorption and emission spectra of phenanthrene were simulated using the Franck-Condon approximation combined with the Herzberg-Teller and Duschinsky effects, and the results reproduced the experimental spectra very well. The mirror symmetry breakdown between absorption and emission spectra is induced mainly from the Herzberg-Teller effect and Duschinsky mode mixing. Moreover, most of the vibrational modes were tentatively assigned and compared with the experiment.

  18. Enantiomeric composition of the trans-dihydrodiols produced from phenanthrene by fungi

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    Sutherland, J.B.; Fu, P.P.; Von Tungeln, L.S.; Cerniglia, C.E. ); Yang, S.K. ); Casillas, R.P.; Crow, S.A. )

    1993-07-01

    Phenanthrene and other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widespread environmental pollutants. PAHs are frequently bioaccumulated by animals and can be activated to mutagenic and carcinogenic metabolites, but they are resistant to biodegradation by microorganisms. Although PAHs do not generally serve as carbon or energy sources for fungi, many fungi cometabolize one or more PAHs to trans-dihydrodiols. In this study, circular dichroism spectroscopy and chiral stationary-phase high-performance liquid chromatography is used to compare the stereoselectivity of three species of fungi that metabolize phenanthrene to trans-dihydrodiols, Cunninghamella elegans, Syncephalastrum racemosum, and Phanerochaete chrysosporium. 30 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Antiviral activity of phenanthrenes from the medicinal plant Bletilla striata against influenza A virus.

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    Shi, Ya; Zhang, Bing; Lu, Yiyu; Qian, Chaodong; Feng, Yan; Fang, Liwei; Ding, Zhishan; Cheng, Dongqing

    2017-05-22

    Influenza represents a serious public health concern. The emergence of resistance to anti-influenza drugs underlines the need to develop new drugs. This study aimed to evaluate the anti-influenza viral activity and possible mechanisms of 12 phenanthrenes from the medicinal plant Bletilla striata (Orchidaceae family). Twelve phenanthrenes were isolated and identified from B. striata. Influenza virus A/Sydney/5/97 (H3N2) propagated in embryonated chicken eggs was used. Phenanthrenes mixed with the virus were incubated at 37 °C for 1 h and then inoculated into 9-day-old embryonated chicken eggs via the allantoic route to survey the antiviral activity in vivo. A (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium) (MTS)-based assay was performed to evaluate the reduction of cytopathic effect induced by H3N2 on Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells. The hemagglutination inhibition assay was used to study the blockage of virus receptors by the phenanthrenes, and the neuraminidase (NA) inhibition assay to evaluate the effects of the release of virus. The synthesis of influenza viral matrix protein mRNA in response to compound treatment was measured by real-time polymerase chain reaction. This study showed that phenanthrenes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 12 significantly inhibited the viruses in vivo, with inhibition rates of 20.7, 79.3, 17.2, 34.5, 34.5, 34.5, 44.8, 75.9, and 34.5%, respectively. In MDCK models, the phenanthrenes did not show significant antiviral activity when administered as pretreatment, while phenanthrenes 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 10, and 11 exhibited inhibitory activities as simultaneous treatment with 50% inhibition concentration (IC50) ranging from 14.6 ± 2.4 to 43.3 ± 5.3 μM. The IC50 ranged from 18.4 ± 3.1 to 42.3 ± 3.9 μM in the post-treatment assays. Compounds 1, 3, 4, 6, 10, and 11 exhibited an inhibitory effect on NA; and compounds 2, 3, 4 6, 7, 10, and 11 resulted in the reduced transcription of

  20. Effect of red clover on the microbial transformation of phenanthrene and octadecane in the soil

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    Nazarov, A. V.; Shestakova, E. A.; Anan'yina, L. N.

    2017-08-01

    The influence of red clover ( Trifolium pratense L.) plants on the decomposition of phenanthrene and octadecane in the soil has been studied. Effect of plant root mass on the abundance of hydrocarbondegrading bacteria, the composition of their communities, and the degradation of hydrocarbons in the soil has been revealed. Changes in the taxonomic composition of hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria under the effect of red clover are characterized by an increase in the abundance of species from the genera Acinetobacter, Kaistia, Novosphingobium, Pseudomonas, and Xanthomonas. A positive effect of the studied microbial-plant association on the degradation of octadecane and especially phenanthrene in the soil has been revealed.

  1. Adsorption of humic acids and trace metals in natural waters

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    Leung, W. H.

    1982-01-01

    Studies concerning the interactions between suspended hydrous iron oxide and dissolved humic acids and trace metals are reported. As a major component of dissolved organic matters and its readiness for adsorption at the solid/water interface, humic acids may play a very important role in the organometallic geochemistry of suspended sediments and in determining the fate and distribution of trace metals, pesticides and anions in natural water systems. Most of the solid phases in natural waters contain oxides and hydroxides. The most simple promising theory to describe the interactions of hydrous iron oxide interface is the surface complex formation model. In this model, the adsorptions of humic acids on hydrous iron oxide may be interpreted as complex formation of the organic bases (humic acid oxyanions) with surface Fe ions. Measurements on adsorptions were made in both fresh water and seawater. Attempts have been made to fit our data to Langmuir adsorption isotherm. Adsorption equilibrium constants were determined.

  2. Humic substances interfere with detection of pathogenic prion protein

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    Smith, Christen B.; Booth, Clarissa J.; Wadzinski, Tyler J.; Legname, Giuseppe; Chappell, Rick; Johnson, Christopher J.; Pedersen, Joel A.

    2014-01-01

    Studies examining the persistence of prions (the etiological agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies) in soil require accurate quantification of pathogenic prion protein (PrPTSE) extracted from or in the presence of soil particles. Here, we demonstrate that natural organic matter (NOM) in soil impacts PrPTSE detection by immunoblotting. Methods commonly used to extract PrPTSE from soils release substantial amounts of NOM, and NOM inhibited PrPTSE immunoblot signal. The degree of immunoblot interference increased with increasing NOM concentration and decreasing NOM polarity. Humic substances affected immunoblot detection of prion protein from both deer and hamsters. We also establish that after interaction with humic acid, PrPTSE remains infectious to hamsters inoculated intracerebrally, and humic acid appeared to slow disease progression. These results provide evidence for interactions between PrPTSE and humic substances that influence both accurate measurement of PrPTSE in soil and disease transmission.

  3. Use of humic products for production of berry crops

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    Many berry growers in the United States and elsewhere are incorporating humic acid products into their fertilizer programs. Proclaimed benefits of these substances include improved soil properties and structure, greater bioavailability of soil nutrients, increased microbial populations, and plant ho...

  4. TCE adsorption by GAC preloaded with humic substances

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    Kilduff, J.E.; Karanfil, T.; Weber, W.J. Jr.

    1998-05-01

    Adsorption of trichloroethylene (TCE) by activated carbon preloaded with humic and fulvic acids was studied under several conditions in completely mixed batch systems. The authors investigated how molecular weight and molecular-weight distribution of preloaded humic substances affected subsequent adsorption of TCE. The capacity of carbon to adsorb TCE was most greatly reduced in carbon that was preloaded with humic acid components having molecular weights less than about 1,400 g/mol as polystyrene sulfonate. The adsorption capacity was greatly reduced in carbon that was preloaded with whole humic mixtures in which lower molecular weights predominated. The energy distributions of adsorbent indicate that preloaded compounds preferentially occupy high-energy sites, making them inaccessible to subsequently encountered TCE.

  5. Different effects of copper (II), cadmium (II) and phosphate on the sorption of phenanthrene on the biomass of cyanobacteria.

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    Tao, Yuqiang; Li, Wei; Xue, Bin; Zhong, Jicheng; Yao, Shuchun; Wu, Qinglong

    2013-10-15

    Due to the large surface area and high organic carbon content of cyanobacteria, organic contaminants can be readily sorbed on cyanobacteria during algal blooms, and then be transferred to the food web. This process is likely to be affected by the coexisting metals and nutrients, however, the possible impacts remain unclear. Effects of Cu(2+), Cd(2+), and phosphate on the sorption of phenanthrene on cyanobacterial biomass collected from an algal bloom were therefore studied. Continuous decrease in phenanthrene sorption was observed in the presence of low concentrations of Cu(2+), and Cd(2+) (<0.04 mmol L(-1)), because Cu(2+) and Cd(2+) were coadsorbed with phenanthrene on the surface of cyanobacteria as suggested by scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analyses. Phenanthrene sorption began to increase with the further increase in Cu(2+) concentration, but remained lower than that in the absence of Cu(2+). This increase in sorption was ascribed to the cation-π interaction between Cu(2+) and phenanthrene, as suggested by the enhanced ultraviolet absorbance at 251 nm. In contrast, sorption rebounding of phenanthrene did not occur in the presence of higher concentrations of Cd(2+). The different effects of Cu(2+) and Cd(2+) on phenanthrene sorption were attributed to that Cd(2+) required much more energy than Cu(2+) to form cation-π complexes with phenanthrene in the solutions. Phenanthrene sorption decreased continuously with the increase in phosphate concentration. Phosphate blocked the binding sites, modified the cell morphology, and increased the negative charge as well as the hydrophilicity of the cyanobacterial surface, thereby suppressing phenanthrene sorption. This study indicates that sorption of aromatic organic compounds by cyanobacteria could be significantly alerted by concentrations and properties of the coexisting transition metals and phosphates, which may subsequently affect their

  6. The EmhABC efflux pump decreases the efficiency of phenanthrene biodegradation by Pseudomonas fluorescens strain LP6a.

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    Adebusuyi, Abigail A; Smith, Angela Y; Gray, Murray R; Foght, Julia M

    2012-08-01

    Pseudomonas fluorescens strain LP6a, designated here as strain WEN (wild-type PAH catabolism, efflux positive), utilizes the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon phenanthrene as a carbon source but also extrudes it into the extracellular medium using the efflux pump EmhABC. Because phenanthrene is considered a nontoxic carbon source for P. fluorescens WEP, its energy-dependent efflux seems counter-productive. We hypothesized that the efflux of phenanthrene would decrease the efficiency of its biodegradation. Indeed, an emhB disruptant strain, wild-type PAH catabolism, efflux negative (WEN), biodegraded 44% more phenanthrene than its parent strain WEP during a 6-day incubation. To determine whether efflux affected the degree of oxidation of phenanthrene, we quantified the conversion of ¹⁴C-phenanthrene to radiolabeled polar metabolites and ¹⁴CO₂. The emhB⁻ WEN strain produced approximately twice as much ¹⁴CO₂ and radiolabeled water-soluble metabolites as the WEP strain. In contrast, the mineralization of ¹⁴C-glucose, which is not a known EmhB efflux substrate, was equivalent in both strains. An early open-ring metabolite of phenanthrene, trans-4-(1-hydroxynaphth-2-yl)-2-oxo-3-butenoic acid, also was found to be a substrate of the EmhABC pump and accumulated in the supernatant of WEP but not WEN cultures. The analogous open-ring metabolite of dibenzothiophene, a heterocyclic analog of phenanthrene, was extruded by EmhABC plus a putative alternative efflux pump, whereas the end product 3-hydroxy-2-formylbenzothiophene was not actively extruded from either WEP or WEN cells. These results indicate that the active efflux of phenanthrene and its early metabolite(s) decreases the efficiency of phenanthrene degradation by the WEP strain. This activity has implications for the bioremediation and biocatalytic transformation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocycles.

  7. Aliphatic structure of humic acids; a clue to their origin

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    Hatcher, P.G.; Maciel, G.E.; Dennis, L.W.

    1981-01-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance spectra (both 1H and 13C) of humic acids from diverse depositional environments indicate the presence of aromatic chemical structures, most likely derived from lignin of vascular plants, and complex, paraffinic structures, most likely derived from algal or microbial sources. The latter components account for a major fraction of humic acid structures in both terrestrial and aquatic environments, suggesting that algae or microbes play a large role in humification of organic remains from both systems. ?? 1981.

  8. Plasma polymerized allylamine coated quartz particles for humic acid removal.

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    Jarvis, Karyn L; Majewski, Peter

    2012-08-15

    Allylamine plasma polymerization has been used to modify the surface of quartz particles for humic acid removal via an inductively coupled rotating barrel plasma reactor. Plasma polymerized allylamine (ppAA) films were deposited at a power of 25 W, allylamine flow rate of 4.4 sccm and polymerization times of 5-60 min. The influence of polymerization time on surface chemistry was investigated via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and electrokinetic analysis. Acid orange 7 adsorption/desorption quantified the number of surface amine groups. Humic acid removal via ppAA quartz particles was examined by varying pH, removal time, humic acid concentration, and particle mass. Increasing the polymerization time increased the concentration of amine groups on the ppAA quartz surface, thus also increasing the isoelectric point. ToF-SIMS demonstrated uniform distribution of amine groups across the particle surface. Greatest humic acid removal was observed at pH 5 due to electrostatic attraction. At higher pH values, for longer polymerization times, humic acid removal was also observed due to hydrogen bonding. Increasing the initial humic acid concentration increased the mass of humic acid removed, with longer polymerization times exhibiting the greatest increases. Plasma polymerization using a rotating plasma reactor has shown to be a successful method for modifying quartz particles for the removal of humic acid. Further development of the plasma polymerization process and investigation of additional contaminants will aid in the development of a low cost water treatment system.

  9. [Effects of different fertilization treatments on soil humic acid structure characteristics].

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    Zhao, Nan; Lü, Yi-Zhong

    2012-07-01

    The present article used soil humic acid as research object to study effects on the structure characteristics of soil humic acid under the condition of applying cake fertilizer, green manure, straw fertilizer with the same contents of nitrogen and phosphorus. It used element analysis, micro infrared, and solid 13C-NMR for structure analysis, the results indicated that: The chemical composition and structure characteristics of humic acids were similar, but they also had many obvious differences. (1) The atomic ratios of H/C, O/C, and C/N were all different for the humic acids, the soil humic acid of cake fertilizer processing had the highest contents of H and N, green manure processing of soil humic acid contained the highest content of O, while straw fertilizer processing of soil humic acid contained highest content of C. (2) Infrared analysis displayed that the three soil humic acids contained protein Cake fertilizer processing of soil humic acid contained the most amino compounds, green manure processing of soil humic acid contained the maximum contents of hydroxyl and aliphatic hydrocarbon, while straw fertilizer processing of soil humic acid contained the highest contents of alcohol and phenol. (3) Solid 13C-NMR data indicated that cake fertilizer processing of soil humic acid contained the most carboxyl carbon, green manure processing of soil humic acid contained the highest contents of alkyl carbon and carbonyl carbon, while straw fertilizer processing of soil humic acids had the most alkoxy carbon and aromatic carbon

  10. Capillary zone electrophoresis of humic acids from the American continent.

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    Pacheco, Maria de Lourdes; Havel, Josef

    2002-01-01

    A multicomponent background electrolyte (BGE) was developed and its composition optimized using artificial neural networks (ANN). The optimal BGE composition was found to be 90 mM boric acid, 115 mM Tris, and 0.75 mM EDTA (pH 8.4). A separation voltage of 20 kV, 20 degrees C and detection at 210 nm were used. The method was applied to characterize several humic acids originating from various countries of the American continent: soil (Argentina), peat (Brazil), leonardite (Guatemala and Mexico) and coal (United States). Comparison with humic acids of International Humic Substances Society (IHSS) standard samples was also done. Well reproducible electropherograms showing a relatively high number of peaks were obtained. Characterization of the samples by elemental analysis and UV spectrophotometry was also done. In spite of the very different origins, the similarities between humic acids are high and by matrix assisted desorption/ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF)-mass spectrometry it was shown that most of the m/z patterns are the same in all humic acids. This means that humic acids of different origin have the same structural units or that they contain the same components.

  11. Humic Acid Reduction by Propionibacterium freudenreichii and Other Fermenting Bacteria

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    Benz, Marcus; Schink, Bernhard; Brune, Andreas

    1998-01-01

    Iron-reducing bacteria have been reported to reduce humic acids and low-molecular-weight quinones with electrons from acetate or hydrogen oxidation. Due to the rapid chemical reaction of amorphous ferric iron with the reduced reaction products, humic acids and low-molecular-weight redox mediators may play an important role in biological iron reduction. Since many anaerobic bacteria that are not able to reduce amorphous ferric iron directly are known to transfer electrons to other external acceptors, such as ferricyanide, 2,6-anthraquinone disulfonate (AQDS), or molecular oxygen, we tested several physiologically different species of fermenting bacteria to determine their abilities to reduce humic acids. Propionibacterium freudenreichii, Lactococcus lactis, and Enterococcus cecorum all shifted their fermentation patterns towards more oxidized products when humic acids were present; P. freudenreichii even oxidized propionate to acetate under these conditions. When amorphous ferric iron was added to reoxidize the electron acceptor, humic acids were found to be equally effective when they were added in substoichiometric amounts. These findings indicate that in addition to iron-reducing bacteria, fermenting bacteria are also capable of channeling electrons from anaerobic oxidations via humic acids towards iron reduction. This information needs to be considered in future studies of electron flow in soils and sediments. PMID:9797315

  12. Syntheses and Chemosensory of Anthracene and Phenanthrene Bisimide Derivatives

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    Bogusz, Zachary A.

    2004-01-01

    As the present technology of biochemical weapons advances, it is essential for science to attempt to prepare our nation for such an occurrence. Various areas of current research are devoted to precautionary measures and potential antidotes for national security. A practical application of these precautions would be the development of a chemical capable of detecting harmful gas. The benefits of being capable to synthesis a chemical compound that would warn and identify potentially deadly gases would ensure a higher level of safety. The chemicals in question can be generalized as bisimide anthracene derivatives. The idea behind these compounds is that in the presence of certain nerve gases, the compound will actually fluoresce, giving an indication that there is a strong likelihood of the presence of a nerve gas and ensure the proper precautionary measures are taken. The fluorescence is due to the quenching of an electric proton transfer within the structure of the molecule. The system proves to be very unique on account of the fact that the fluorescence can be "turned off" by reducing the system. By utilizing the synthesis designed by Dr. Faysal Ilhan, four distinct compounds can be synthesized through photochemical reactions involving para- and ortho- diketones. The photochemistry involved is very modem and much research is being devoted to fully understanding the possibilities and alternative applications of such materials. and meta-nitro anthracene bisimide (ABI-NO2), the amine of each (ABI-NH2), a para- and meta-nitro phenanthrene bisimjde (PBI-NO2), and the amine of each (PBI-NH2). Upon synthesizing these distinct compounds, I must then purify and analyze them in order to obtain any relevant trends, behaviors, and characteristics. The chemical composition analyses that will be conducted are the procedures taken by Dr. Daniel Tyson on previous experiments. The results generated from the data will point further research in the correct direction and hopefully

  13. Syntheses and Chemosensory of Anthracene and Phenanthrene Bisimide Derivatives

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    Bogusz, Zachary A.

    2004-01-01

    As the present technology of biochemical weapons advances, it is essential for science to attempt to prepare our nation for such an occurrence. Various areas of current research are devoted to precautionary measures and potential antidotes for national security. A practical application of these precautions would be the development of a chemical capable of detecting harmful gas. The benefits of being capable to synthesis a chemical compound that would warn and identify potentially deadly gases would ensure a higher level of safety. The chemicals in question can be generalized as bisimide anthracene derivatives. The idea behind these compounds is that in the presence of certain nerve gases, the compound will actually fluoresce, giving an indication that there is a strong likelihood of the presence of a nerve gas and ensure the proper precautionary measures are taken. The fluorescence is due to the quenching of an electric proton transfer within the structure of the molecule. The system proves to be very unique on account of the fact that the fluorescence can be "turned off" by reducing the system. By utilizing the synthesis designed by Dr. Faysal Ilhan, four distinct compounds can be synthesized through photochemical reactions involving para- and ortho- diketones. The photochemistry involved is very modem and much research is being devoted to fully understanding the possibilities and alternative applications of such materials. and meta-nitro anthracene bisimide (ABI-NO2), the amine of each (ABI-NH2), a para- and meta-nitro phenanthrene bisimjde (PBI-NO2), and the amine of each (PBI-NH2). Upon synthesizing these distinct compounds, I must then purify and analyze them in order to obtain any relevant trends, behaviors, and characteristics. The chemical composition analyses that will be conducted are the procedures taken by Dr. Daniel Tyson on previous experiments. The results generated from the data will point further research in the correct direction and hopefully

  14. A comparison of water solubility enhancements of organic solutes by aquatic humic materials and commercial humic acids

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    Chlou, C.T.; Kile, D.E.; Brinton, T.I.; Malcolm, R.L.; Leenheer, J.A.; MacCarthy, P.

    1987-01-01

    Water solubility enhancements of 1,1-bis(p-chloro-phenyl)-2,2,2-trichloroethane (p,p???-DDT), 2,4,5,2???,5???-pentachlorobiphenyl (2,4,5,2???,5???-PCB), and 2,4,4???-tri-chlorobiphenyl (2,4,4???-PCB) by dissolved organic matter have been studied with the following samples: (1) acidic water samples from the Suwannee River, Georgia, and the Sopchoppy River, Florida; (2) a humic extract of a nearly neutral pH water from the Calcasieu River, Louisiana; (3) commercial humic acids from the Aldrich Chemical Co. and Fluka-Tridom Chemical Corp. The calculated partition coefficients on a dissolved organic carbon basis (Kdoc) for organic solutes with water samples and aquatic humic extracts from this and earlier studies indicate that the enhancement effect varies with the molecular composition of the aquatic humic materials. The Kdoc values with water and aquatic humic samples are, however, far less than the observed Kdoc values obtained with the two commercial samples, by factors of about 4-20. In view of this finding, one should be cautious in interpreting the effects of the dissolved organic matter on solubility enhancement of organic solutes on the basis of the use of commercial humic acids.

  15. The disruption of Daphnia magna sodium metabolism by humic substances: mechanism of action and effect of humic substance source.

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    Glover, Chris N; Wood, Chris M

    2005-01-01

    Humic substances have important functions in aquatic systems. While these roles are primarily indirect, influencing the physicochemical environment, recent evidence suggests these materials may also have direct biological actions. This study investigated the mechanism by which humic substances perturb sodium metabolism in a freshwater invertebrate, the water flea Daphnia magna. Aldrich humic acid (AHA) stimulated the maximal rate of whole-body sodium influx (Jmax) when experimental pH was 6 and water calcium content was 0.5 mM. This effect persisted at pH 8 and 1 mM calcium but not at pH 8 in the absence of calcium. An indirect action of AHA on apical transporter activity was proposed to explain this effect. At pH 4 AHA promoted a linear sodium uptake kinetic relationship, attributed to altered membrane permeability due to enhanced membrane binding of humic substances at low pH. In contrast, a real-world natural organic matter sample had no consistent action on sodium influx, suggesting that impacts on sodium metabolism may be limited to commercially available humic materials. These findings question the applicability of commercially available humic substances for laboratory investigations and have significant implications for the study of environmental metal toxicity.

  16. Humic substances. Part 2: Interactions with organisms.

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    Steinberg, Christian E W; Meinelt, Thomas; Timofeyev, Maxim A; Bittner, Michal; Menzel, Ralph

    2008-03-01

    Freshwater bodies which chemistry is dominated by dissolved humic substances (HS) seem to be the major type on Earth, due to huge non-calcareous geological formations in the Northern Hemisphere and in the tropics. Based on the paradigm of the inertness of being organic, direct interactions of dissolved HS with freshwater organisms are mostly neglected. However, dissolved organic carbon, the majority of which being HS, are natural environmental chemicals and should therefore directly interact with organisms. Major results that widened our perspective on humic substance ecology come from experiments with the compost nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, which behaved contradictorily to textbook knowledge and provoked an in-depth re-consideration of some paradigms. To overcome old paradigms on HS and their potential interactions with organisms, we reviewed recent international literature, as well as 'grey' literature. We also include results from own ongoing studies. This review focuses on direct interactions of dissolved HS with freshwater organisms and disregards indirect effects, such as under-water light quenching. Instead we show with some macrophyte and algal species that HS adversely interfere with photosynthesis and growth, whereby closely related algal species show different response patterns. In addition to this, HS suppress cyanobacteria more than eukaryotic algae. Quinones in the HS appear to be the effective structure. Furthermore, HS can modulate the offspring numbers in the nematode C. elegans and cause feminization of fish and amphibians--they possess hormone-like properties. The ecological consequences of this potential remain obscure at present. HS also have the potential to act as chemical attractants as shown with C. elegans and exert a mild chemical stress upon aquatic organisms in many ways: induction of molecular chaperons (stress proteins), induction and modulation of biotransformation and anti-oxidant enzymes. Furthermore, they produce an

  17. Risks of single-walled carbon nanotubes acting as contaminants-carriers: potential release of phenanthrene in Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes).

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    Su, Yu; Yan, Xiaomin; Pu, Yubing; Xiao, Feng; Wang, Dongsheng; Yang, Min

    2013-05-07

    The performance of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) acting as contaminants-carriers in vivo is critical for understanding the environmental risks of CNTs. In this study, the whole-body accumulation and tissue distribution of phenanthrene in Japanese medaka was examined in the presence of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and the potential release of phenanthrene was investigated from two types of SWCNTs suspensions that differed in surface charge and stability. The results showed that the coexistence of SWCNTs facilitated the accumulation of phenanthrene in the digestive track of fish and therefore enhanced the whole-body phenanthrene concentration by 2.1 fold after exposure for 72 h. Meanwhile, 6.4-48 and 20-34 times higher phenanthrene concentrations were measured in the liver and brain of fish exposure to the two mixtures, respectively, when comparing with the phenanthrene alone treatment with equal concentration of soluble phenanthrene. The extra phenanthrene was from the SWCNTs-associated phenanthrene that accumulated in the digestive track indicating the release of phenanthrene from SWCNTs did occur in fish. Moreover, the neutrally charged SWCNTs showed different agglomeration behaviors from the negatively charged SWCNTs, which could affect the accumulation of SWCNTs in the digestive track of fish and subsequently influence the retention of phenanthrene associated with the carbon nanotubes.

  18. Effect of humic acid source on humic acid adsorption onto titanium dioxide nanoparticles.

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    Erhayem, Mohamed; Sohn, Mary

    2014-02-01

    In many studies, different humic acid (HA) sources are used interchangeably to evaluate the effect of organic matter on geochemical processes in the environment. This research looks more specifically at the effect of HA source on HA adsorption onto nano-TiO2 and how HA adsorption affects the fate and transport of nano-TiO2. In this study, six humic acids (HAs) were studied which were derived from soils (SLHA), or from sediments (SDHA) all originating from the state of Florida. Humic acid adsorption onto titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nano-TiO2) and the sedimentation of HA-coated and uncoated nano-TiO2 were monitored by Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. Synchronous scan fluorescence (SSF) spectroscopy was used to complement the study of HA adsorption onto nano-TiO2. Phosphate buffer was found to reduce the amount of HA adsorbed onto nano-TiO2 relative to solutions of NaCl of the same pH and ionic strength. Adsorption constant values (Kads) for HAs varied in the order SLHA>FSDHA (freshwater sedimentary HA)>ESDHA (estuarine sedimentary HA). SSF results suggested that the more highly conjugated fractions of HA, which are more prevalent in SLHAs versus SDHAs, were preferentially adsorbed. In order to better understand the relationship between adsorption and aggregation, sedimentation studies were conducted and it was found that the percentage of nano-TiO2 sedimentation was preferentially enhanced in the order of the presence of SLHA>FSDHA>ESDHA. The extent of nano-TiO2 sedimentation was decreased with increasing HA concentration. TEM imaging of nano-TiO2 confirmed that nano-TiO2 was aggregated in the presence of HAs. The findings in this study suggest that HAs from different sources influence the fate and transport of nano-TiO2 in the environment differently.

  19. Effectiveness of biostimulation through nutrient content on the bioremediation of phenanthrene contaminated soil.

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    Kalantary, Roshanak Rezaei; Mohseni-Bandpi, Anoushiravan; Esrafili, Ali; Nasseri, Simin; Ashmagh, Fatemeh Rashid; Jorfi, Sahand; Ja'fari, Mahsa

    2014-01-01

    Bioremediation has shown its applicability for removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from soil and sediments. In the present study, the effect of biostimulation on phenanthrene removal from contaminated soil via adding macro and/or micronutrients and trace elements was investigated. For these purposes three macro nutrients (as N, P and K), eight micronutrients (as Mg, S, Fe, Cl, Zn, Mn, Cu and Na) and four trace elements (as B, Mo, Co and Ni) in 11 mineral salts (MS) as variables were used. Placket-Burman statistical design was used to evaluate significance of variables (MS) in two levels of high and low. A consortium of adapted microorganisms with PAHs was used for inoculation to the soil slurry which was spiked with phenanthrene in concentration of 500 mg/kg soil. The optimal reduction resulted when a high level of macro nutrient in the range of 67-87% and low level of micro nutrient in the range of 12-32% were used with the nitrogen as the dominant macronutrient. The Pareto chart showed that NH4NO3 was the most effective variable in this experiment. The effect of elements on phenanthrene biodegradation showed following sequence as N > K > P > Cl > Na > Mg. Effectiveness of the other elements in all runs was less than 1%. The type and concentration of nutrient can play an important role in biodegradation of phenanthrene. Biostimulation with suitable combination of nutrient can enhance bioremediation of PAHs contaminated soils.

  20. Mechanistic Studies on the Dibenzofuran Formation from Phenanthrene, Fluorene and 9–Fluorenone

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    Li, Shanqing; Zhang, Qingzhu

    2015-01-01

    We carried out molecular orbital theory calculations for the homogeneous gas‑phase formation of dibenzofuran from phenanthrene, fluorene, 9-methylfluorene and 9-fluorenone. Dibenzofuran will be formed if ∙OH adds to C8a, and the order of reactivity follows as 9-fluorenone > 9-methylfluorene > fluorene > phenanthrene. The oxidations initiated by ClO∙ are more favorable processes, considering that the standard reaction Gibbs energies are at least 21.63 kcal/mol lower than those of the equivalent reactions initiated by ∙OH. The adding of ∙OH and then O2 to phenanthrene is a more favorable route than adding ∙OH to C8a of phenanthrene, when considering the greater reaction extent. The reaction channel from fluorene and O2 to 9-fluorenone and H2O seems very important, not only because it contains only three elementary reactions, but because the standard reaction Gibbs energies are lower than −80.07 kcal/mol. PMID:25756381

  1. Simultaneous sorption of phosphate and phenanthrene to inorgano-organo-bentonite from water.

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    Ma, Jianfeng; Zhu, Lizhong

    2006-08-25

    The nonbiodegradable organic pollutants and excess phosphate can not be effectively removed from municipal wastewater by the widely used bioprocess, thus they are harmful to aquatic environment. In this investigation, the feasibility of utilizing inorgano-organo-bentonite (IOB), which was bentonite mineral modified with both Fe polycations and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTMAB), was explored to simultaneously remove phosphate and phenanthrene from water. The results showed that the IOB had strong affinity for both phosphate and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) such as phenanthrene in water. It was found that more than 95% phosphate and 99% phenanthrene were removed from water within 30 min. The sorption of phosphate on IOB proved to be an anion/OH(-) exchange reaction. Compared with organobentonite and bentonite mineral, the settlement separation of IOB from aquatic phase was greatly improved. The residual turbidity reached a minimum value of 10 nephelometric turbidity units (NTU) in 60 min. It was indicated that IOB is a favorable sorbent and can simultaneously remove nonbiodegradable organic pollutants such as phenanthrene and phosphate after the bioprocess in wastewater treatment.

  2. Novel Phenanthrene-Degrading Bacteria Identified by DNA-Stable Isotope Probing

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    Luo, Chunling; Zhang, Dayi; Zhang, Gan

    2015-01-01

    Microorganisms responsible for the degradation of phenanthrene in a clean forest soil sample were identified by DNA-based stable isotope probing (SIP). The soil was artificially amended with either 12C- or 13C-labeled phenanthrene, and soil DNA was extracted on days 3, 6 and 9. Terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (TRFLP) results revealed that the fragments of 219- and 241-bp in HaeIII digests were distributed throughout the gradient profile at three different sampling time points, and both fragments were more dominant in the heavy fractions of the samples exposed to the 13C-labeled contaminant. 16S rRNA sequencing of the 13C-enriched fraction suggested that Acidobacterium spp. within the class Acidobacteria, and Collimonas spp. within the class Betaproteobacteria, were directly involved in the uptake and degradation of phenanthrene at different times. To our knowledge, this is the first report that the genus Collimonas has the ability to degrade PAHs. Two PAH-RHDα genes were identified in 13C-labeled DNA. However, isolation of pure cultures indicated that strains of Staphylococcus sp. PHE-3, Pseudomonas sp. PHE-1, and Pseudomonas sp. PHE-2 in the soil had high phenanthrene-degrading ability. This emphasizes the role of a culture-independent method in the functional understanding of microbial communities in situ. PMID:26098417

  3. COSOLVENT EFFECTS ON PHENANTHRENE SORPTION-DESORPTION ON A FRESH-WATER SEDIMENT

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    This study evaluated the effects of the water-miscible cosolvent methanol on the sorption-desorption of phenanthrene by the natural organic matter (NOM) of a fresh-water sediment. A biphasic pattern was observed in the relationship between the log of the carbon-normalized sorpti...

  4. Photooxygenation of alkynylperylenes. Formation of dibenzo[jk,mn]phenanthrene-4,5-diones.

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    Maeda, Hajime; Nanai, Yasuaki; Mizuno, Kazuhiko; Chiba, Junya; Takeshima, Sakiko; Inouye, Masahiko

    2007-11-09

    3-(1-Alkynyl)perylenes undergo oxygenation when subjected to irradiation with visible light under aerated conditions. The structures of novel oxygenated products formed in this manner are assigned as regioisomeric dibenzo[jk,mn]phenanthrene-4,5-diones.

  5. Crystal structure search and electronic properties of alkali-doped phenanthrene and picene

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    Naghavi, S. Shahab; Tosatti, Erio

    2014-08-01

    Alkali-doped aromatic compounds have shown evidence of metallic and superconducting phases whose precise nature is still mysterious. In potassium and rubidium-doped phenanthrene, superconducting temperatures around 5 K have been detected, but such basic elements as the stoichiometry, crystal structure, and electronic bands are still speculative. We seek to predict the crystal structure of M3-phenanthrene (M = K, Rb) using ab initio evolutionary simulation in conjunction with density functional theory (DFT), and find metal but also insulator phases with distinct structures. The original P21 herringbone structure of the pristine molecular crystal is generally abandoned in favor of different packing and chemical motifs. The metallic phases are frankly ionic with three electrons acquired by each molecule. In the nonmagnetic insulating phases the alkalis coalesce reducing the donated charge from three to two per phenanthrene molecule. A similar search for K3-picene yields an old and a new structure, with unlike potassium positions and different electronic bands, but both metallic retaining the face-to-edge herringbone structure and the P21 symmetry of pristine picene. Both the new K3-picene and the best metallic M3-phenanthrene are further found to undergo a spontaneous transition from metal to antiferromagnetic insulator when spin polarization is allowed, a transition which is not necessarily real, but which underlines the necessity to include correlations beyond DFT. Features of the metallic phases that may be relevant to phonon-driven superconductivity are underlined.

  6. Strain in strain-free benzenoid hydrocarbons: The case of phenanthrene

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    Radenković, Slavko; Gutman, Ivan; Đorđević, Slađana

    2015-04-01

    Benzenoid molecules possessing bays are traditionally considered as 'strain-free'. Yet, repulsion between the two bay H-atoms affects the length of the near-lying carbon-carbon bonds. A method is developed to estimate the energy of this strain. In the case of phenanthrene its value was found to be about 7 kJ/mol.

  7. Preparation and characterization of a novel graphene/biochar composite for aqueous phenanthrene and mercury removal.

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    Tang, Jingchun; Lv, Honghong; Gong, Yanyan; Huang, Yao

    2015-11-01

    A graphene/biochar composite (G/BC) was synthesized via slow pyrolysis of graphene (G) pretreated wheat straw, and tested for the sorption characteristics and mechanisms of representative aqueous contaminants (phenanthrene and mercury). Structure and morphology analysis showed that G was coated on the surface of biochar (BC) mainly through π-π interactions, resulting in a larger surface area, more functional groups, greater thermal stability, and higher removal efficiency of phenanthrene and mercury compared to BC. Pseudo second-order model adequately simulated sorption kinetics, and sorption isotherms of phenanthrene and mercury were simulated well by dual-mode and BET models, respectively. FTIR and SEM analysis suggested that partitioning and surface sorption were dominant mechanisms for phenanthrene sorption, and that surface complexation between mercury and C-O, CC, -OH, and OC-O functional groups was responsible for mercury removal. The results suggested that the G/BC composite is an efficient, economic, and environmentally friendly multifunctional adsorbent for environmental remediation.

  8. Bioremediation enhancement of phenanthrene contaminated soils by chemical pre-oxidation

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    Van Kemenade, I.; Anderson, W.A.; Scharer, J.M.; Moo-Young, Murray

    1995-12-31

    A two-step oxidation process was investigated for the treatment of phenanthrene contaminated soil fines (particle diameter {le}63 {mu}m) resulting from a soil washing process. Oxone{reg_sign} (2KHSO{sub 5}{center_dot}KHSO{sub 4}{center_dot}K{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) and hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) were used as oxidants for the chemical pre-oxidation step and unacclimatized municipal activated sludge was employed in the subsequent biodegradation step. Oxone was found to have an oxidation efficiency approximately ten-fold greater than hydrogen peroxide on a stoichiometric basis. In comparison to chemical oxidation only, a 24 hour pre-oxidation step using 5 and 10 g/L Oxone followed by a 5 day biological oxidation step enhanced removal of phenanthrene from the soil by 115% and 32%, respectively. Similarly, a 48 hour pre-oxidation step utilizing 5 and 10 g/L Oxone followed by a 5 day biological oxidation step enhanced the removal of phenanthrene from the soil by 113% and 43%, respectively. Based on this preliminary assessment, a treatment protocol that integrates a 24 hour chemical preoxidation step with 5 g/L Oxone followed by a 5 day biological oxidation step appears to be an effective combination for the remediation of this phenanthrene contaminated soil. 21 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Novel Phenanthrene-Degrading Bacteria Identified by DNA-Stable Isotope Probing.

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    Jiang, Longfei; Song, Mengke; Luo, Chunling; Zhang, Dayi; Zhang, Gan

    2015-01-01

    Microorganisms responsible for the degradation of phenanthrene in a clean forest soil sample were identified by DNA-based stable isotope probing (SIP). The soil was artificially amended with either 12C- or 13C-labeled phenanthrene, and soil DNA was extracted on days 3, 6 and 9. Terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (TRFLP) results revealed that the fragments of 219- and 241-bp in HaeIII digests were distributed throughout the gradient profile at three different sampling time points, and both fragments were more dominant in the heavy fractions of the samples exposed to the 13C-labeled contaminant. 16S rRNA sequencing of the 13C-enriched fraction suggested that Acidobacterium spp. within the class Acidobacteria, and Collimonas spp. within the class Betaproteobacteria, were directly involved in the uptake and degradation of phenanthrene at different times. To our knowledge, this is the first report that the genus Collimonas has the ability to degrade PAHs. Two PAH-RHDα genes were identified in 13C-labeled DNA. However, isolation of pure cultures indicated that strains of Staphylococcus sp. PHE-3, Pseudomonas sp. PHE-1, and Pseudomonas sp. PHE-2 in the soil had high phenanthrene-degrading ability. This emphasizes the role of a culture-independent method in the functional understanding of microbial communities in situ.

  10. Relationship between organic matter content of soil and the sequestration of phenanthrene

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    Nam, K.; Chung, N.; Alexander, M.

    1998-12-01

    A study was conducted to determine the relationship between organic matter content of soil and the availability of aged phenanthrene. Phenanthrene was aged for 200 days in sterile samples of dissimilar soils, soils treated with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} to reduce the content of organic matter, and sand. Sequestration as measured by the extent of mineralization of phenanthrene by an added bacterium was appreciable in samples with >2.0% organic C, and the bioavailability of the hydrocarbon declined with time of aging. Sequestration was not evident in soils or sand with <2.0% organic C. Phenanthrene aged for 200 days was more slowly degraded than the freshly added compound in soils with >2.0% organic C, but a small effect on rate was evident in soil and sand with <2.0% organic C. More of the compound remained after biodegradation of the hydrocarbon aged for 200 days than if it was not aged, with the largest amount remaining in soils with >2.0% organic C and the least in sand. Aging as measured by a decline in extractability of 1-butanol was evident in all soils, although the rate was fastest in soil with >2.0% organic C. The volume occupied by pores of <10-{micro}m diameter was higher in soils containing more organic matter and was negligible in sand. The authors suggest that the organic matter content of soil is a major determinant of sequestration.

  11. Calcium-mediated modulation of Pseudomonas mendocina NR802 biofilm influences the phenanthrene degradation.

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    Mangwani, Neelam; Shukla, Sudhir K; Rao, T Subba; Das, Surajit

    2014-02-01

    A potential biofilm forming and phenanthrene utilizing marine bacterium Pseudomonas mendocina NR802 was isolated from Rushukulya, Odisha, East Coast of India. The effect of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) on biofilm growth and phenanthrene degradation was evaluated. Among the various tested concentrations, 20 mM of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) showed a significant enhancement in biofilm production by the bacterium. The SEM-EDAX study showed that the elemental composition of the biofilm varied significantly when grown in the presence of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+). The CSLM analysis of biofilms grown in the presence of 20 mM Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) reveal the critical role of these ions on biofilm architectural parameters such as total biomass, biofilm thickness, roughness coefficient and surface to biovolume ratio. Ca(2+) was found to enhance the extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) production and phenanthrene degradation. Ca(2+) enhanced the biofilm growth in a dose dependent manner, whereas Mg(2+) significantly increased the cell growth in biofilm. More than 15% increase in phenanthrene degradation was observed when biofilm was grown in the presence of an additional 20 mM Ca(2+). This study also supports the fundamental role of Ca(2+) in biofilm growth, architecture as well as biofilm-mediated pollutant degradation.

  12. Biodegradation of Phenanthrene by Pseudomonas sp. JPN2 and Structure-Based Degrading Mechanism Study.

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    Jin, Jingnan; Yao, Jun; Zhang, Qingye

    2016-11-01

    The strain Pseudomonas sp. JPN2 had a high potential to degrade phenanthrene degrading 98.52 % of the initial amount of 100 mg L(-1) after 10 days incubation. The analysis of metabolites demonstrated that the cleavage of phenanthrene started at the C9 and C10 positions on the aromatic ring by the dioxygenation reaction, and then further degraded via a phthalate pathway. To understand the interaction between phenanthrene and the amino acid residues in the active site of the target enzyme, a molecular docking simulation was performed. The results showed that the distances of C9-O1 and C10-O2 atoms were 3.47 and 3.67 Å, respectively. The C9 and C10 positions of the phenanthrene ring are much closer to the dioxygen molecule in the active site relative to the other atoms. Therefore, the C9 and C10 positions are vulnerable to attack in the initial oxygenation process.

  13. Bacterial mineralization of phenanthrene on thermally activated palygorskite: A (14)C radiotracer study.

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    Biswas, Bhabananda; Sarkar, Binoy; Naidu, Ravi

    2017-02-01

    Clay-bacterial interaction can significantly influence the biodegradation of organic contaminants in the environment. A moderate heat treatment of palygorskite could alter the physicochemical properties of the clay mineral and thus support the growth and function of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-degrading bacteria. By using (14)C-labelled phenanthrene and a model bacterium Burkholderia sartisoli, we studied the mineralization of phenanthrene on the surface of a moderately heat-treated (up to 400°C) palygorskite. The heat treatment at 400°C induced a reduction of binding sites (e.g., by the elimination of organic matter and/or channel shrinkage) in the palygorskite and thus imparted a weaker sequestration of phenanthrene on its surface and within the pores. As a result, a supplement with the thermally modified palygorskite (400°C) significantly increased (20-30%; p<0.05) the biomineralization of total phenanthrene in a simulated soil slurry system. These results are highly promising to develop a clay mineral based technology for the bioremediation of PAH contaminants in water and soil environments.

  14. Phytoremediation of phenanthrene by transgenic plants transformed with a naphthalene dioxygenase system from Pseudomonas.

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    Peng, Ri-He; Fu, Xiao-Yan; Zhao, Wei; Tian, Yong-Sheng; Zhu, Bo; Han, Hong-Juan; Xu, Jing; Yao, Quan-Hong

    2014-11-04

    Genes from microbes for degrading polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are seldom used to improve the ability of plants to remediate the pollution because the initiation of the microbial degradation of PAHs is catalyzed by a multienzyme system. In this study, for the first time, we have successfully transferred the complex naphthalene dioxygenase system of Pseudomonas into Arabidopsis and rice, the model dicot and monocot plant. As in bacteria, all four genes of the naphthalene dioxygenase system can be simultaneously expressed and assembled to an active enzyme in transgenic plants. The naphthalene dioxygenase system can develop the capacity of plants to tolerate a high concentration of phenanthrene and metabolize phenanthrene in vivo. As a result, transgenic plants showed improved uptake of phenanthrene from the environment over wild-type plants. In addition, phenanthrene concentrations in shoots and roots of transgenic plants were generally lower than that of wild type plants. Transgenic plants with a naphthalene dioxygenase system bring the promise of an efficient and environmental-friendly technology for cleaning up PAHs contaminated soil and water.

  15. Effect of surfactant on phenanthrene metabolic kinetics by Citrobacter sp. SA01.

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    Li, Feng; Zhu, Lizhong; Zhang, Dong

    2014-11-01

    To attain a better understanding of the effects of surfactants on the metabolic kinetics of hydrophobic organic compounds, the biodegradation of phenanthrene by Citrobacter sp. SA01 was investigated in a batch experiment containing Tween 80, sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate and liquid mineral salt medium. The Monod model was modified to effectively describe the partition, phenanthrene biodegradation and biopolymer production. The results showed that Tween 80 and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (each at 50mg/L) enhanced phenanthrene metabolism and poly-β-hydroxybutyrate production as indicated by the increasing amounts of intermediates (by 17.2% to 47.9%), and percentages of poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (by 107.3% and 33.1%) within the cell dry weight when compared to their absence. The modified Monod model was capable of predicting microbial growth, phenanthrene depletion and biopolymer production. Furthermore, the Monod kinetic coefficients were largely determined by the surfactant-enhanced partition, suggesting that partitioning is a critical process in surfactant-enhanced bioremediation of hydrophobic organic compounds.

  16. Remediation of phenanthrene-contaminated soil by simultaneous persulfate chemical oxidation and biodegradation processes.

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    Mora, Verónica C; Madueño, Laura; Peluffo, Marina; Rosso, Janina A; Del Panno, María T; Morelli, Irma S

    2014-06-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are ubiquitous compounds with carcinogenic and/or mutagenic potential. To address the limitations of individual remediation techniques and to achieve better PAH removal efficiencies, the combination of chemical and biological treatments can be used. The degradation of phenanthrene (chosen as a model of PAH) by persulfate in freshly contaminated soil microcosms was studied to assess its impact on the biodegradation process and on soil properties. Soil microcosms contaminated with 140 mg/kgDRY SOIL of phenanthrene were treated with different persulfate (PS) concentrations 0.86-41.7 g/kgDRY SOIL and incubated for 28 days. Analyses of phenanthrene and persulfate concentrations and soil pH were performed. Cultivable heterotrophic bacterial count was carried out after 28 days of treatment. Genetic diversity analysis of the soil microcosm bacterial community was performed by PCR amplification of bacterial 16S rDNA fragments followed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). The addition of PS in low concentrations could be an interesting biostimulatory strategy that managed to shorten the lag phase of the phenanthrene biological elimination, without negative effects on the physicochemical and biological soil properties, improving the remediation treatment.

  17. Enantiomeric Composition of the trans-Dihydrodiols Produced from Phenanthrene by Fungi

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    Sutherland, John B.; Fu, Peter P.; Yang, Shen K.; Von Tungeln, Linda S.; Casillas, Robert P.; Crow, Sidney A.; Cerniglia, Carl E.

    1993-01-01

    The trans-dihydrodiols produced during the metabolism of phenanthrene by Cunninghamella elegans, Syncephalastrum racemosum, and Phanerochaete chrysosporium were purified by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The enantiomeric compositions and optical purities of the trans-dihydrodiols were determined to compare interspecific differences in the regio- and stereoselectivity of the fungal enzymes. Circular dichroism spectra of the trans-dihydrodiols were obtained, and the enantiomeric composition of each preparation was analyzed by HPLC with a chiral stationary-phase column. The phenanthrene trans-1,2-dihydrodiol produced by C. elegans was a mixture of the 1R,2R and 1S,2S enantiomers in variable proportions. The phenanthrene trans-3,4-dihydrodiol produced by P. chrysosporium was the optically pure 3R,4R enantiomer, but that produced by S. racemosum was a 68:32 mixture of the 3R,4R and 3S,4S enantiomers. The phenanthrene trans-9,10-dihydrodiol produced by P. chrysosporium was predominantly the 9S,10S enantiomer, but those produced by C. elegans and S. racemosum were predominantly the 9R,10R enantiomer. The results indicate that although different fungi may exhibit similar regioselectivity, there still may be differences in stereoselectivity that depend on the species and the cultural conditions. PMID:16348991

  18. Enantiomeric Composition of the trans-Dihydrodiols Produced from Phenanthrene by Fungi.

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    Sutherland, J B; Fu, P P; Yang, S K; Von Tungeln, L S; Casillas, R P; Crow, S A; Cerniglia, C E

    1993-07-01

    The trans-dihydrodiols produced during the metabolism of phenanthrene by Cunninghamella elegans, Syncephalastrum racemosum, and Phanerochaete chrysosporium were purified by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The enantiomeric compositions and optical purities of the trans-dihydrodiols were determined to compare interspecific differences in the regio- and stereoselectivity of the fungal enzymes. Circular dichroism spectra of the trans-dihydrodiols were obtained, and the enantiomeric composition of each preparation was analyzed by HPLC with a chiral stationary-phase column. The phenanthrene trans-1,2-dihydrodiol produced by C. elegans was a mixture of the 1R,2R and 1S,2S enantiomers in variable proportions. The phenanthrene trans-3,4-dihydrodiol produced by P. chrysosporium was the optically pure 3R,4R enantiomer, but that produced by S. racemosum was a 68:32 mixture of the 3R,4R and 3S,4S enantiomers. The phenanthrene trans-9,10-dihydrodiol produced by P. chrysosporium was predominantly the 9S,10S enantiomer, but those produced by C. elegans and S. racemosum were predominantly the 9R,10R enantiomer. The results indicate that although different fungi may exhibit similar regioselectivity, there still may be differences in stereoselectivity that depend on the species and the cultural conditions.

  19. Fluorene and Phenanthrene Uptake and Accumulation by Wheat, Alfalfa and Sunflower from the Contaminated Soil.

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    Salehi-Lisar, Seyed Yahya; Deljoo, Somaye; Harzandi, Ahmad Mosen

    2015-01-01

    Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are diverse organic contaminants released into the environment by both natural and anthropogenic activities. These compounds have negative impacts on plants growth and development. Although there are many reports on their existence in different parts of plant, their uptake and translocation pathways and mechanisms are not well understood yet. This paper highlights the uptake, translocation and accumulation of PAHs by wheat, sunflower and alfalfa through an experimental study under controlled conditions. Seeds were cultivated in a soil containing 50 mg/kg of phenanthrene and fluorene and their concentrations in plants roots and shoots were determined using a gas chromatograph after 7 and 14 days. The results showed that phenanthrene and fluorene concentrations in the treated plants were increased over the time. PAHs bioavailability was time and species dependent and generally, phenanthrene uptake and translocation was faster than that of fluorene, probably due to their higher Kow. Fluorene tended to accumulate in roots, but phenanthrene was transported to aerial parts of plants.

  20. Biodegradation of phenanthrene using adapted microbial consortium isolated from petrochemical contaminated environment.

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    Janbandhu, Anjali; Fulekar, M H

    2011-03-15

    In developing countries like India, there are many industrial areas discharging effluent containing large amount of polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) which causes hazardous effect on the soil-water environment. The objective of this study was to isolate and characterize high-efficiency PAH-degrading microbial consortium from 3 decade old petrochemical refinery field located in Nagpur, Maharashtra with history of PAH disposal. Based on biochemical tests and 16S rDNA gene sequence analysis the consortium was identified as Sphingobacterium sp., Bacillus cereus and a novel bacterium Achromobacter insolitus MHF ENV IV with effective phenanthrene-degrading ability. The biodegradation data of phenanthrene indicates about 100%, 56.9% and 25.8% degradation at the concentration of 100mg/l, 250 mg/l and 500 mg/l respectively within 14 days. The consortium and its monoculture isolates also utilized variety of other hydrocarbons for growth. To best of our knowledge this is the first time that Achromobacter insolitus has been reported to mineralize phenanthrene effectively. GC-MS analysis of phenanthrene degradation confirmed biodegradation by detection of intermediates like salicylaldehyde, salicylic acid and catechol. All the results indicated that the microbial consortium have a promising application in bioremediation of petrochemical contaminated environments and could be potentially useful for the study of PAH degradation and for bioremediation purposes.

  1. Remediation of phenanthrene from contaminated kaolinite by electroremediation-Fenton technology.

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    Alcantara, T; Pazos, M; Gouveia, S; Cameselle, C; Sanroman, M A

    2008-07-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) cause a high environmental impact when released into the environment. The objective of this study was to evaluate the capacity to decontaminate polluted soils with phenanthrene as a model PAH using a combination of two technologies: electrokinetic remediation and Fenton process. Kaolinite was used as a model sample that was artificially polluted at the laboratory at an initial concentration of phenanthrene of 500 mg kg(-1) of dried kaolinite. The standard electrokinetic process resulted in negligible removal of phenanthrene from the kaolinite sample. Faster and more efficient degradation of this compound can be promoted by introduction of a strong oxidant into the soil such as hydroxyl radicals. For this reason, the Fenton reactions have been induced in several experiments in which H(2)O(2) (10%) was used as flushing solution, and kaolinite polluted with iron was used. When anode and cathode chambers were filled with H(2)O(2) (10%), the kaolinite pH is maintained at an acid value around 3.5 without pH control and an overall removal and destruction efficiency of phenanthrene of 99% was obtained in 14 days by applying a voltage gradient of 3 V cm(-1). Therefore, it is evident that a combined technology of electrokinetic remediation and Fenton reaction is capable of simultaneously removing and degrading of PAHs in polluted model samples with kaolinite.

  2. Organic Sulfur Associated with Aquatic Humic Substances

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    Aiken, G.; Vairavamurthy, M. A.; Ravichandran, M.

    2003-12-01

    This study examines the speciation and reactivity of organic sulfur associated with dissolved organic matter isolated from a variety of freshwater environments and the Pacific Ocean. The isolates, which included aquatic humic substances, were obtained using XAD resins and exhibited a wide range of elemental compositions, aromatic carbon contents, and molecular weights. Organic sulfur contents for the samples ranged from 0.4% to 1.9% of the atomic composition and were strongly dependent on the redox chemistry of the environments whence the samples originated, especially with regard to potential interactions with sulfide in sulfate reducing environments. The speciation of the sulfur associated with these samples was investigated using X-ray adsorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES). The samples, all obtained from oxic environments, contained reduced sulfur moieties. Reduced sulfur content (thiophene, organic sulfides and thiols) ranged from 22-70%. In general, humic acid fractions were found to have the largest percentage of reduced sulfur, followed by the fulvic acid and hydrophobic acid fractions. Hydrophilic fractions of the DOC contained a large percentage of oxidized organic sulfur (sulfonate and sulfate moieties). To assess the significance of reduced S content on interactions with soft metals, an environmentally significant process, the binding strength and binding capacity of Hg with organic matter isolated from the Florida Everglades were determined using equilibrium dialysis ligand exchange. Based on elemental analyses and XANES, the DOM sample from the Everglades used in our binding experiments had a reduced-S content of approximately 1.0%. Very strong interactions (KDOM' = 1023.2+/-0.5 L kg-1) were observed at Hg/DOM ratios below approximately 1 μ g Hg per mg DOM. Only a small fraction (approximately 2%) of the reduced-S groups were involved with the strongest interactions between Hg and DOM, suggesting that the binding of Hg to DOM under natural

  3. Phenanthrene degradation by Pseudoxanthomonas sp. DMVP2 isolated from hydrocarbon contaminated sediment of Amlakhadi canal, Gujarat, India.

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    Patel, Vilas; Cheturvedula, Sravanthi; Madamwar, Datta

    2012-01-30

    Amlakhadi canal, flowing through Ankleshwar (Gujarat, India) has been impinged with various xenobiotic compounds, released in industrial discharges, over last many decades. Twenty five bacterial strains capable of phenanthrene degradation were isolated from sediments of Amlakhadi canal. The best strain amongst them was identified as Pseudoxanthomonas sp. DMVP2 based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, and selected for further studies. Experiments were carried out for optimization of abiotic parameters for efficient phenanthrene degradation. Strain DMVP2 was able to degrade 300 ppm of phenanthrene completely in minimal medium containing peptone (0.1%, w/v) as nitrogen source with initial pH 8.0 at 37°C under shaking condition (150 rpm) within 120 h. Strain DMVP2 was able to consume 1,600 mg/l of phenanthrene even at high initial concentration (4,000 mg/l) of phenanthrene. Identification of phthalic acid as major metabolite on GC-MS analysis and detection of protocatechuate dioxygenase activity revealed that phenanthrene was metabolized by phthalic acid-protocatechuate acid pathway. Strain DMVP2 was also able to utilize other xenobiotic compounds as sole carbon source and degrade phenanthrene in presence of other petroleum hydrocarbons. Consequently, Pseudoxanthomonas sp. DMVP2 has potential applications in bioremediation strategies.

  4. Impact of black carbon in the extraction and mineralization of phenanthrene in soil.

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    Rhodes, Angela H; Carlin, Alisdair; Semple, Kirk T

    2008-02-01

    During the past century, increased biomass burning and fossil fuel consumption have drastically increased the input of black carbon (BC) into the environment, and that has been shown to influence the behavior of organic contaminants in soil. A study was conducted to investigate the effects of BC on the relationship between aqueous hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HPCD) extraction and microbial mineralization (bioaccessibility) of 14C-phenanthrene (10 mg kg(-1)) in four soils amended with 0, 0.1, 0.5, 1, 2.5, and 5% (% dry wt soil) activated charcoal, a type of BC. Mineralisation was monitored over 20 d incubation, within respirometric assays, using an inoculum containing a phenanthrene-degrading pseudomonad and compared to HPCD extraction (24 h) using 50 mM aqueous solution; analyses were conducted after 1, 25, 50, and 100 d soil-phenanthrene contact time. Statistical analyses revealed that for each soil the addition of BC led to significant (P < 0.001) reductions in both HPCD extractability and microbial mineralization. Linear correlations for BC concentrations of 0% (r2 = 0.95; slope = 0.89) and 0.1% (r2 = 0.67; slope = 0.95) revealed a highly significant (P < 0.01) relationship between HPCD extractability and total mineralization (20 d), indicating a direct prediction of phenanthrene bioaccessibility by HPCD. However, in soils amended with 0.5, 1, 2.5, and 5% BC exhibited r2 values ranging 0.51-0.13 and slopes of 2.19-12.73. This study has shown that BC strongly sorbs phenanthrene causing reductions in extractability and, to a lesser extent, bioaccessibility to degrading microorganisms.

  5. Phenanthrene derivatives from roots and rhizomes of Asarum heterotropoides var. mandshuricum.

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    Jing, Yu; Zhang, Yi-Fan; Shang, Ming-Ying; Yu, Jie; Tang, Jia-Wei; Liu, Guang-Xue; Li, Yao-Li; Li, Xiao-Mei; Wang, Xuan; Cai, Shao-Qing

    2017-03-01

    Five new phenanthrene derivatives: 9-ethoxy-7-methoxy-aristololactam IV (1), norcepharadione A N-β-d-glucopyranoside (2), aristololactamoside I (3), aristololactamoside II (4) and aristothiolactoside (5) together with eleven known phenanthrene derivatives (6-16) were isolated from the ethanol extract of the roots and rhizomes of Asarum heterotropoides var. mandshuricum. The aristololactams with substitution of ethoxy at C-9 position (1, 9, and 10) and the sulfur-containing phenanthrene derivative (5) were reported in the genus Asarum for the first time. Furthermore, six phenanthrene glucoside derivatives (2-5, 13 and 14) were also found in this genus for the first time and compounds 7 and 9-15 were isolated from the genus Asarum for the first time. Six of them (1, 2, 9, 10, 13 and 14) were submitted to cytotoxicity test against human renal proximal tubular epithelial cell lines (HK-2) using MTT and LDH assays. Compounds 1 and 10 showed significant cytotoxic activity against HK-2 cell lines with IC50 values of 18.18 and 20.44μmol/L in MTT assay and 84.36 and 35.06μmol/L in LDH assay, respectively. Compound 9 showed moderate cytotoxicity in MTT assay with IC50 values of 95.60μmol/L, but no cytotoxicity in LDH assay. Compounds 2, 13 and 14 showed cytotoxic effect in neither MTT assay nor LDH assay. Considering the other nephrotoxic phenanthrene derivatives (6, 8, 12, 15 and 16) previously tested, the results implied the potency of renal toxicity of this herb used as a medicine.

  6. Rapid impact of phenanthrene and arsenic on bacterial community structure and activities in sand batches.

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    Cébron, A; Arsène-Ploetze, F; Bauda, P; Bertin, P N; Billard, P; Carapito, C; Devin, S; Goulhen-Chollet, F; Poirel, J; Leyval, C

    2014-01-01

    The impact of both organic and inorganic pollution on the structure of soil microbial communities is poorly documented. A short-time batch experiment (6 days) was conducted to study the impact of both types of pollutants on the taxonomic, metabolic and functional diversity of soil bacteria. For this purpose sand spiked with phenanthrene (500 mg kg(-1) sand) or arsenic (arsenite 0.66 mM and arsenate 12.5 mM) was supplemented with artificial root exudates and was inoculated with bacteria originated from an aged PAH and heavy-metal-polluted soil. The bacterial community was characterised using bacterial strain isolation, TTGE fingerprinting and proteomics. Without pollutant, or with phenanthrene or arsenic, there were no significant differences in the abundance of bacteria and the communities were dominated by Pseudomonas and Paenibacillus genera. However, at the concentrations used, both phenanthrene or arsenic were toxic as shown by the decrease in mineralisation activities. Using community-level physiological profiles (Biolog Ecoplates™) or differential proteomics, we observed that the pollutants had an impact on the community physiology, in particular phenanthrene induced a general cellular stress response with changes in the central metabolism and membrane protein synthesis. Real-time PCR quantification of functional genes and transcripts revealed that arsenic induced the transcription of functional arsenic resistance and speciation genes (arsB, ACR3 and aioA), while no transcription of PAH-degradation genes (PAH-dioxygenase and catechol-dioxygenase) was detected with phenanthrene. Altogether, in our tested conditions, pollutants do not have a major effect on community abundance or taxonomic composition but rather have an impact on metabolic and functional bacterial properties.

  7. The variability of standard artificial soils: cadmium and phenanthrene sorption measured by a batch equilibrium method.

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    Bielská, Lucie; Hovorková, Ivana; Kuta, Jan; Machát, Jiří; Hofman, Jakub

    2017-01-01

    Artificial soil (AS) is used in soil ecotoxicology as a test medium or reference matrix. AS is prepared according to standard OECD/ISO protocols and components of local sources are usually used by laboratories. This may result in significant inter-laboratory variations in AS properties and, consequently, in the fate and bioavailability of tested chemicals. In order to reveal the extent and sources of variations, the batch equilibrium method was applied to measure the sorption of 2 model compounds (phenanthrene and cadmium) to 21 artificial soils from different laboratories. The distribution coefficients (Kd) of phenanthrene and cadmium varied over one order of magnitude: from 5.3 to 61.5L/kg for phenanthrene and from 17.9 to 190L/kg for cadmium. Variations in phenanthrene sorption could not be reliably explained by measured soil properties; not even by the total organic carbon (TOC) content which was expected. Cadmium logKd values significantly correlated with cation exchange capacity (CEC), pHH2O and pHKCl, with Pearson correlation coefficients of 0.62, 0.80, and 0.79, respectively. CEC and pHH2O together were able to explain 72% of cadmium logKd variability in the following model: logKd=0.29pHH2O+0.0032 CEC -0.53. Similarly, 66% of cadmium logKd variability could be explained by CEC and pHKCl in the model: logKd=0.27pHKCl+0.0028 CEC -0.23. Variable cadmium sorption in differing ASs could be partially treated with these models. However, considering the unpredictable variability of phenanthrene sorption, a more reliable solution for reducing the variability of ASs from different laboratories would be better harmonization of AS preparation and composition.

  8. The coupling of the plant and microbial catabolisms of phenanthrene in the rhizosphere of Medicago sativa.

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    Muratova, Anna; Dubrovskaya, Ekaterina; Golubev, Sergey; Grinev, Vyacheslav; Chernyshova, Marina; Turkovskaya, Olga

    2015-09-01

    We studied the catabolism of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon phenanthrene by four rhizobacterial strains and the possibility of enzymatic oxidation of this compound and its microbial metabolites by the root exudates of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) in order to detect the possible coupling of the plant and microbial metabolisms under the rhizospheric degradation of the organic pollutant. A comparative study of phenanthrene degradation pathways in the PAH-degrading rhizobacteria Ensifer meliloti, Pseudomonas kunmingensis, Rhizobium petrolearium, and Stenotrophomonas sp. allowed us to identify the key metabolites from the microbial transformation of phenanthrene, including 9,10-phenanthrenequinone, 2-carboxybenzaldehyde, and 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic, salicylic, and o-phthalic acids. Sterile alfalfa plants were grown in the presence and absence of phenanthrene (0.03 g kg(-1)) in quartz sand under controlled environmental conditions to obtain plant root exudates. The root exudates were collected, concentrated by ultrafiltration, and the activity of oxidoreductases was detected spectrophotometrically by the oxidation rate for various substrates. The most marked activity was that of peroxidase, whereas the presence of oxidase and tyrosinase was detected on the verge of the assay sensitivity. Using alfalfa root exudates as a crude enzyme preparation, we found that in the presence of the synthetic mediator, the plant peroxidase could oxidize phenanthrene and its microbial metabolites. The results indicate the possibility of active participation of plants in the rhizospheric degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their microbial metabolites, which makes it possible to speak about the coupling of the plant and microbial catabolisms of these contaminants in the rhizosphere.

  9. Effects of surfactant addition on the biomineralization and microbial toxicity of phenanthrene.

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    Bramwell, D P; Laha, S

    2000-01-01

    Surfactants are known to increase the apparent aqueous solubility of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and may thereby enhance their bioavailability. In this study the effects of four surfactants on the mineralization of phenanthrene by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in liquid culture and in soil-water suspensions was studied in batch reactors over a 15-week study period. In the absence of surfactant, liquid cultures mineralized approximately 50% of the phenanthrene added within seven weeks following a one-week lag period and an initial mineralization rate of 0.04 mg/d. Mineralization in soil-water suspensions proceeded without any measurable lag period. The initial mineralization rate was lower (0.006 mg/d), but mineralization continued to >70% over the fifteen week period. In general, the addition of very low concentrations of surfactant (<0.001%) to liquid cultures did not impact mineralization significantly. At higher surfactant concentrations (>CMC) all surfactants were seen to be inhibitory. In soil-water systems, the rate of phenanthrene mineralization was decreased even at surfactant doses that did not produce significant solubilization. In summary, none of the surfactants enhanced the mineralization of phenanthrene by P. aeruginosa in liquid culture or in soil-water suspensions. In order to rank surfactant toxicity, microbial toxicity tests were performed measuring the light output of bioluminescent bacteria as affected by the presence of surfactants. Additional toxicity testing indicated that the presence of solubilized phenanthrene increased the toxicity of the surfactant by a 100-fold suggesting that the toxicity of solubilized substrate needs also to be considered in the application of surfactant-amended remediation.

  10. Hypoxia exacerbates the cardiotoxic effect of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, phenanthrene in Danio rerio.

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    Cypher, Alysha D; Consiglio, Joanna; Bagatto, Brian

    2017-09-01

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 released a mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) into the Gulf of Mexico presenting a complex exposure regime for native species. Concurrently, the Gulf has experienced an increase in hypoxic events due to agricultural runoff from the Mississippi River outflow. This combination presents a unique physiological challenge to native species and a challenge for researchers. The purpose of this study was to determine how the cardiotoxic PAH, phenanthrene interacts with hypoxia to affect the cardiovascular system of larval zebrafish (Danio rerio). We exposed zebrafish larvae to 0, 1, 100, and 1000 μg/L of phenanthrene in combination with normoxia and hypoxia. At late hatching, video of hearts and vessels were used to measure heart rate (ƒH), stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (Q), red blood cell velocity, and caudal vessel diameter. We found that the highest concentration of phenanthrene caused a 58, 80, and 84% decrease in ƒH, Q, and arterial red blood cell velocity in normoxia and an 88, 98, and 99% decrease in hypoxia, respectively. Co-exposed larvae also experienced higher rates of edema and lordosis in addition to a 33% increase in mortality rate with co-exposure to hypoxia at the 1000 μg/L concentration of phenanthrene. At 12 dpf, baseline swimming behavior was similar between treatments indicating partial recovery from embryonic exposure. This study shows that phenanthrene decreases cardiac parameters, most significantly heart rate and that this effect is exacerbated by simultaneous exposure to hypoxia. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Influence of a nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) on biodegradation of phenanthrene.

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    Sandrin, T R; Kight, W B; Maier, W J; Maier, R M

    2006-10-01

    A series of batch reactor experiments was carried out to examine the effect of a nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) on the biodegradation of a hydrophobic solute. A mathematical program model that describes physical processes of solute solubilization and partitioning between the NAPL and aqueous phases as well as microbial degradation and oxygen utilization was used to analyze the test data. The model calculates the cumulative changes in concentration of substrate, cell mass, carbon dioxide, and dissolved oxygen as a function of time. The equations incorporate the effects of solute solubilization, partitioning, biodegradation, as well as oxygen availability. Hexadecane was used as the model NAPL and was not biodegraded in the timeframe of the experiments performed. The model solute was the polyaromatic hydrocarbon, phenanthrene. In agreement with several previous studies, experimental measurements showed that hexadecane increased rates of mineralization of 15 mg phenanthrene when present at low mass but decreased rates at high mass. Model results suggest that partitioning of the phenanthrene into the hexadecane phase limits bioavailability at high NAPL mass. Further the model suggests that mineralization rates were higher with the low NAPL mass because aqueous phenanthrene concentrations were higher in those treatments from ca. 20 to 40 h than in other treatments. Finally, experiments showed that the presence of hexadecane, at all masses tested, resulted in a lower cell yield, effectively increasing the amount of CO(2) produced during the experiment. Model results suggest that this is due to changes in phenanthrene metabolism that are induced by the presence of the hexadecane phase. Model studies aimed at increasing rates of biodegradation by modifying operating conditions are described along with practical approaches to implementing these modifications.

  12. Ice growth from supercooled aqueous solutions of benzene, naphthalene, and phenanthrene.

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    Liyana-Arachchi, Thilanga P; Valsaraj, Kalliat T; Hung, Francisco R

    2012-08-23

    Classical molecular dynamics (MD) were performed to investigate the growth of ice from supercooled aqueous solutions of benzene, naphthalene, or phenanthrene. The main objective of this study is to explore the fate of those aromatic molecules after freezing of the supercooled aqueous solutions, i.e., if these molecules become trapped inside the ice lattice or if they are displaced to the QLL or to the interface with air. Ice growth from supercooled aqueous solutions of benzene, naphthalene, or phenanthrene result in the formation of quasi-liquid layers (QLLs) at the air/ice interface that are thicker than those observed when pure supercooled water freezes. Naphthalene and phenanthrene molecules in the supercooled aqueous solutions are displaced to the air/ice interface during the freezing process at both 270 and 260 K; no incorporation of these aromatics into the ice lattice is observed throughout the freezing process. Similar trends were observed during freezing of supercooled aqueous solutions of benzene at 270 K. In contrast, a fraction of the benzene molecules become trapped inside the ice lattice during the freezing process at 260 K, with the rest of the benzene molecules being displaced to the air/ice interface. These results suggest that the size of the aromatic molecule in the supercooled aqueous solution is an important parameter in determining whether these molecules become trapped inside the ice crystals. Finally, we also report potential of mean force (PMF) calculations aimed at studying the adsorption of gas-phase benzene and phenanthrene on atmospheric air/ice interfaces. Our PMF calculations indicate the presence of deep free energy minima for both benzene and phenanthrene at the air/ice interface, with these molecules adopting a flat orientation at the air/ice interface.

  13. Hydrophysical properties of Humic Latosols from Brazil

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    Ebenezer Ajayi, Ayodele; de Souza Dias, Moacir; Curi, Nilton; Moreira Pais, Paula Sant'Anna; Iori, Piero

    2014-10-01

    The hydrophysical properties of the prevalent Humic Latosols (organic matter rich and charcoal stained soils) were related to structural sustainability under loading. Intact cores collected at the Ap, AB, Bw horizons were used for hydrophysical characterization. Precompression stresses at 10 suctions were obtained to estimate the load bearing capacities. We observed the dominance of kaolinite with some occurrences of gibbsite and hydroxy-interlayered vermiculite in the clay mineralogy. The high organic matter content in the Ap horizon favours crumb structure with the structural unit presenting high porosity and water retention. The structure of the AB and Bw horizons was, however, granular with structural units having low porosity. Possible influence of earlier incidences of fire enhanced the organic matter and carbon content in the soil reducing down the profile from 42.5 g kg-1 at the Ap to 16.4 g kg-1 at the Bw horizon. The C/N ratio increased from 14 at the Ap to 17 at the Bw, and air capacity increased from 18.1% at Ap to 32.0% at Bw. Precompression stress values were: 100.6±40.7 kPa at Ap, 117.4±44.6 kPa at AB, and 116.1±58.9 kPa at Bw. Load bearing capacities at the AB and Bw horizons were homogenous.

  14. Formulation of humic-based soil conditioners

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    Amanova, M. A.; Mamytova, G. A.; Mamytova, B. A.; Kydralieva, K. A.; Jorobekova, Sh. J.

    2009-04-01

    The goal of the study is to prepare soil conditioners (SC) able to carry out the following functions: (i) the chemical conditioning of soil mainly comprising the adjustment of pH, (ii) the balancing of inorganic nutrients, (iii) the physical conditioning of soil mainly comprising the improvement of water permeability, air permeability and water retention properties, and (iv) improvement of the ecological system concerning of useful microorganisms activity in the soil. The SC was made of a mixture of inorganic ingredients, a chemical composition and physical and chemical properties of which promoted improvement of physical characteristic of soil and enrichment by its mineral nutritious elements. In addition to aforesaid ingredients, this soil conditioner contains agronomical-valued groups of microorganisms having the function promoting the growth of the crop. As organic component of SC humic acids (HA) was used. HA serve many major functions that result in better soil and plant health. In soil, HA can increase microbial and mycorrhizal activity while enhancing nutrient uptake by plant roots. HA work as a catalyst by stimulating root and plant growth, it may enhance enzymatic activity that in turn accelerates cell division which can lead to increased yields. HA can help to increase crop yields, seed germination, and much more. In short, humic acids helps keep healthy plants health. The first stage goal was to evaluate mineral and organic ingredients for formulation of SC. Soil conditioners assessed included ash and slag. The use of slags has been largelly used in agriculture as a source of lime and phosphoric acid. The silicic acid of slags reduces Al-acitivity thus, promoting a better assimilation of P-fertilizer by plants. Additionally, silicic acid is also known to improve soil moisture capacity, thus enhancing soil water availability to plants. Physico-chemical characteristics of ash and slag were determined, as a total - about 20 samples. Results include

  15. DBP formation of aquatic humic substances

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    Pomes, M.L.; Green, W.R.; Thurman, E.M.; Orem, W.H.; Lerch, H.E.

    1999-01-01

    Aquatic humic substances (AHSs) in water generate potentially harmful disinfection by-products (DBPs) such as haloacetic acids (HAAs) and trihalomethanes (THMs) during chlorination. AHSs from two Arkansas reservoirs were characterized to define source, identify meta-dihydroxybenzene (m-DHB) structures as probable DBP precursors, and evaluate predicted HAA and THM formation potentials. Elemental nitrogen content 0.5 ??eq/mg, ??13C values of -27???, and low yields of syringyl phenols found by cupric oxide (CuO) oxidation suggest a pine tree source for the AHSs found in the Maumelle and Winona reservoirs in Little Rock, Ark. CuO oxidation yielded fewer m-DHB structures in Maumelle AHSs than in Winona AHSs. A higher 3,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid (3,5-DHBA) content correlated with increased HAA and THM formation potential. The 3,5-DHBA concentration in Winona AHSs was similar to the range found in AHSs extracted from deciduous leaf litter, twigs, and grass leachates.

  16. Response of humic-reducing microorganisms to the redox properties of humic substance during composting.

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    Zhao, Xinyu; He, Xiaosong; Xi, Beidou; Gao, Rutai; Tan, Wenbing; Zhang, Hui; Huang, Caihong; Li, Dan; Li, Meng

    2017-09-16

    Humic substance (HS) could be utilized by humus-reducing microorganisms (HRMs) as the terminal acceptors. Meanwhile, the reduction of HS can support the microbial growth. This process would greatly affect the redox conversion of inorganic and organic pollutants. However, whether the redox properties of HS lined with HRMs community during composting still remain unclear. This study aimed to assess the relationships between the redox capability of HS [i.e. humic acids (HA) and fulvic acids (FA)] and HRMs during composting. The results showed that the changing patterns of electron accepting capacity and electron donating capacity of HS were diverse during seven composting. Electron transfer capacities (ETC) of HA was significantly correlated with the functional groups (i.e. alkyl C, O-alkyl C, aryl C, carboxylic C, aromatic C), aromaticity and molecular weight of HA. Aromatic C, phenols, aryl C, carboxylic C, aromaticity and molecular weight of HS were the main structuralfeatures associated with the ETC of FA. Ten key genera of HRMs were found significantly determine these redox-active functional groups of HS during composting, thus influencing the ETC of HS in composts. In addition, a regulating method was suggested to enhance the ETC of HS during composting based on the relationships between the key HRMs and redox-active functional groups as well as environmental variables. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Interaction of humic acids and humic-acid-like polymers with herpes simplex virus type 1

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    Klöcking, Renate; Helbig, Björn

    The study was performed in order to compare the antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) of synthetic humic-acid-like polymers to that of their low-molecular-weight basic compounds and naturally occurring humic acids (HA) in vitro. HA from peat water showed a moderate antiviral activity at a minimum effective concentration (MEC) of 20 µg/ml. HA-like polymers, i.e. the oxidation products of caffeic acid (KOP), hydrocaffeic acid (HYKOP), chlorogenic acid (CHOP), 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (3,4-DHPOP), nordihydroguaretic acid (NOROP), gentisinic acid (GENOP), pyrogallol (PYROP) and gallic acid (GALOP), generally inhibit virus multiplication, although with different potency and selectivity. Of the substances tested, GENOP, KOP, 3,4-DHPOP and HYKOP with MEC values in the range of 2 to 10 µg/ml, proved to be the most potent HSV-1 inhibitors. Despite its lower antiviral potency (MEC 40 µg/ml), CHOP has a remarkable selectivity due to the high concentration of this polymer that is tolerated by the host cells (>640 µg/ml). As a rule, the antiviral activity of the synthetic compounds was restricted to the polymers and was not preformed in the low-molecular-weight basic compounds. This finding speaks in favour of the formation of antivirally active structures during the oxidative polymerization of phenolic compounds and, indirectly, of corresponding structural parts in different HA-type substances.

  18. INFLUENCE OF BORATE BUFFERS ON THE ELECTROPHORETIC BEHAVIOR OF HUMIC SUBSTANCES IN CAPILLARY ZONE ELECTROPHORESIS

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    The influence of tetrahydroxyborate ions on the electrophoretic mobility of humic acids was evaluated by capillary electrophoresis (CE). Depending on the molarity of borate ions in the separation buffer, the humic acids exhibit electropherograms with sharp peaks consistently exte...

  19. INFLUENCE OF BORATE BUFFERS ON THE ELECTROPHORETIC BEHAVIOR OF HUMIC SUBSTANCES IN CAPILLARY ZONE ELECTROPHORESIS

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    The influence of tetrahydroxyborate ions on the electrophoretic mobility of humic acids was evaluated by capillary electrophoresis (CE). Depending on the molarity of borate ions in the separation buffer, the humic acids exhibit electropherograms with sharp peaks consistently exte...

  20. QUANTITATIVE FOURIER TRANSFORM INFRARED SPECTROSCOPIC INVESTIGATION OF HUMIC SUBSTANCE FUNCTIONAL GROUP COMPOSITION

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    Infrared (IR) spectroscopy has been widely used for the structural investigation of humic substances. Although Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) instrumentation has been available for sometime, relatively little work with these instruments has been reported for humic substances,...

  1. Binding of pyrene to aquatic and commercial humic substances: The role of molecular weight and aromaticity

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    Chin, Y.-P.; Aiken, G.R.; Danielsen, K.M.

    1997-01-01

    The binding of pyrene to a number of humic substances isolated from various aquatic sources and a commercial humic acid was measured using the solubility enhancement method. The humic materials used in this study were characterized by various spectroscopic and liquid chromatography methods. A strong correlation was observed between the pyrene binding coefficient, K(doc), and the molecular weights, molar absorptivities at 280 nm, and aromaticity of the aquatic humic substances. Binding of pyrene to the commercial humic acid, however, was significantly stronger and did not obey the relationships observed between K(doc) and the chemical properties of the aquatic humic substrates. These results suggest that the molecular weight and the aromatic content of the humic substrates exert influences on the binding of nonpolar and planar aromatic molecules and that the physicochemical properties of both humic materials and organic solutes are important in controlling the speciation of nonpolar organic contaminants in natural waters.

  2. FLUORESCENCE CHARACTERIZATION OF IHSS HUMIC SUBSTANCES: TOTAL LUMINESCENCE SPECTRA WITH ABSORBANCE CORRECTION. (R822251)

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    Total luminescence spectroscopy was applied to the fluorescence characterization of humic substances obtained from the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS). Results show that total luminescence spectra, represented as excitation-emission matrices (EEMs), may be used to d...

  3. Capillary Electrophoresis Profiles and Fluorophore Components of Humic Acids in Nebraska Corn and Philippine Rice Soils

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    As humic substances represent relatively high molecular mass polyelectrolytes containing aromatic, aliphatic and heterocyclic subunits, capillary electrophoresis (CE) has become an attractive method for “finger-print” characterization of humic acids. In addition, fluorescence excitation-emission ma...

  4. FLUORESCENCE CHARACTERIZATION OF IHSS HUMIC SUBSTANCES: TOTAL LUMINESCENCE SPECTRA WITH ABSORBANCE CORRECTION. (R822251)

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    Total luminescence spectroscopy was applied to the fluorescence characterization of humic substances obtained from the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS). Results show that total luminescence spectra, represented as excitation-emission matrices (EEMs), may be used to d...

  5. QUANTITATIVE FOURIER TRANSFORM INFRARED SPECTROSCOPIC INVESTIGATION OF HUMIC SUBSTANCE FUNCTIONAL GROUP COMPOSITION

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    Infrared (IR) spectroscopy has been widely used for the structural investigation of humic substances. Although Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) instrumentation has been available for sometime, relatively little work with these instruments has been reported for humic substances,...

  6. Potentiometric titration and equivalent weight of humic acid

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    Pommer, A.M.; Breger, I.A.

    1960-01-01

    The "acid nature" of humic acid has been controversial for many years. Some investigators claim that humic acid is a true weak acid, while others feel that its behaviour during potentiometric titration can be accounted for by colloidal adsorption of hydrogen ions. The acid character of humic acid has been reinvestigated using newly-derived relationships for the titration of weak acids with strong base. Re-interpreting the potentiometric titration data published by Thiele and Kettner in 1953, it was found that Merck humic acid behaves as a weak polyelectrolytic acid having an equivalent weight of 150, a pKa of 6.8 to 7.0, and a titration exponent of about 4.8. Interdretation of similar data pertaining to the titration of phenol-formaldehyde and pyrogallol-formaldehyde resins, considered to be analogs for humic acid by Thiele and Kettner, leads to the conclusion that it is not possible to differentiate between adsorption and acid-base reaction for these substances. ?? 1960.

  7. Modeling ion binding to humic substances: elastic polyelectrolyte network model.

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    Orsetti, Silvia; Andrade, Estela M; Molina, Fernando V

    2010-03-02

    A new model for the electrostatic contribution to ion binding to humic substances is proposed and applied to published data for proton binding to fulvic and humic acids. The elastic polyelectrolyte network model treats humic substance particles as composed by two parts, an external one directly in contact with the solution, and an internal part or gel fraction which is considered, from a statistical point of view, as a charged polymer network swelled by the electrolyte solution, in the framework of the Flory polymer network theory. The electrostatic effect is given by a Donnan-like potential, which can be regarded as an average value over the gel fraction of the humic particle. The gel fraction expands as the pH and humic charge are increased, determining the Donnan potential and consequently the ion activity inside the gel. The model was fitted to published experimental data with good agreement. The model predictions are discussed, and the behavior suggests, for some cases, the presence of a transition between closed and open structures attributed to the presence, at low pH, of intramolecular hydrogen bonds which are removed as the carboxylic sites become deprotonated.

  8. Application of a membrane model to the sorptive interactions of humic substances.

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    Wershaw, R L

    1989-01-01

    Humic substances, the dark-colored, natural organic polyelectrolytes that are found in practically all soils, sediments, and natural water, strongly interact with both inorganic and organic pollutants. Inorganic cationic species generally undergo complexation reactions with humic substances. The binding of cations, such as cupric ions, by humic substances often markedly reduces their toxicity to aquatic organisms. Some inorganic anionic species, in the presence of metal ions, are sorbed by humic substances. In these instances the metal ions appear to form bridges between the humic substances and the anions. Several different types of interactions take place between organic compounds and humic materials. Hydrophobic organic species partition into either insoluble or soluble humic substances. The insoluble humic substances will remove hydrophobic organic compounds from the aqueous phase, thereby rendering them less mobile. However, soluble humic substances will solubilize hydrophobic organics, increasing their mobility. Other types of interactions between humic substances and organic compounds, such as adsorption and ion exchange, also have been observed. These various interactions between humic substances and pollutants are important in governing their fate and movement in natural water systems, and, for this reason, a detailed understanding of the mechanisms of the interaction is important. A recently developed membrane model of the structure of humic substances is described; this model enables one to better understand the physical-chemical properties of these materials. Images FIGURE 2. FIGURE 3. PMID:2533555

  9. Crop growth and production responses to commercial humic products in U.S. Midwestern rainfed conditions

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    Humic products (humic and/or fulvic acids) have been in use for over 100 years, yet published research is scant on crop responses to humics under differing soil and weather conditions. We initiated field research experiments on corn (Zea mays L.) in Iowa in 2009 and have since expanded to multiple U...

  10. Yields of potato and alternative crops impacted by humic product application

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    Humic substance (HA—humic acid, fulvic acid, and humin) are a family of organic molecules made up of long carbon chains and numerous active functional groups such as phenols and other aromatics. Humic substances play dynamic roles in soil physical, chemical biological functions essential to soil he...

  11. Forms and Lability of Phosphorus in Humic Acid Fractions of Hord Silt Loam Soil

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    Phosphorus (P) has long been known to be present in soil humic fractions, but little is known about specific P forms in humic fractions, or their lability. We extracted the mobile humic acid (MHA) and recalcitrant calcium humate (CaHA) fractions from a Nebraska Hord silt loam soil under continuous c...

  12. Chemical modeling of boron adsorption by humic materials using the constant capacitance model

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    The constant capacitance surface complexation model was used to describe B adsorption behavior on reference Aldrich humic acid, humic acids from various soil environments, and dissolved organic matter extracted from sewage effluents. The reactive surface functional groups on the humic materials wer...

  13. Flocculant in wastewater affects dynamics of inorganic N and accelerates removal of phenanthrene and anthracene in soil.

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    Fernandez-Luqueno, F; Thalasso, F; Luna-Guido, M L; Ceballos-Ramírez, J M; Ordoñez-Ruiz, I M; Dendooven, L

    2009-06-01

    Recycling of municipal wastewater requires treatment with flocculants, such as polyacrylamide. It is unknown how polyacrylamide in sludge affects removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from soil. An alkaline-saline soil and an agricultural soil were contaminated with phenanthrene and anthracene. Sludge with or without polyacrylamide was added while emission of CO(2) and concentrations of NH(4)(+), NO(3)(-), NO(2)(-), phenanthrene and anthracene were monitored in an aerobic incubation experiment. Polyacrylamide in the sludge had no effect on the production of CO(2), but it reduced the concentration of NH(4)(+), increased the concentration of NO(3)(-) in the Acolman soil and NO(2)(-) in the Texcoco soil, and increased N mineralization compared to the soil amended with sludge without polyacrylamide. After 112d, polyacrylamide accelerated the removal of anthracene from both soils and that of phenanthrene in the Acolman soil. It was found that polyacrylamide accelerated removal of phenanthrene and anthracene from soil.

  14. Sorption characteristics of phenanthrene and pyrene to surfactant-modified peat from aqueous solution: the contribution of partition and adsorption.

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    Zhou, Yanbo; Zhang, Ruzhuang; Gu, Xiaochen; Zhao, Qing; Lu, Jun

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the sorption characteristics and mechanisms of phenanthrene and pyrene onto peat (PT) and surfactant-modified peat (MPT) were investigated. Sorption results fit closely to the Partition model and Freundlich model, the coefficient of determination (R²) were higher than 0.98 and 0.99, respectively. The contributions of partition and adsorption to the total sorption of phenanthrene and pyrene by PT and MPT were analyzed quantitatively. Results indicate that the sorption process is a combination of partition and adsorption, and partition plays a major role in the sorption process. The contribution of partition increased with the increasing of initial concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The sorption ability of phenanthrene and pyrene by PT and MPT followed the order of pyrene > phenanthrene. MPT has demonstrated potential as a promising new class of materials for environmental remediation of organic pollutants.

  15. Reduction in the earthworm metabolomic response after phenanthrene exposure in soils with high soil organic carbon content.

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    McKelvie, Jennifer R; Whitfield Åslund, Melissa; Celejewski, Magda A; Simpson, André J; Simpson, Myrna J

    2013-04-01

    We evaluated the correlation between soil organic carbon (OC) content and metabolic responses of Eisenia fetida earthworms after exposure to phenanthrene (58 ± 3 mg/kg) spiked into seven artificial soils with OC contents ranging from 1 to 27% OC. Principal component analysis of (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of aqueous extracts identified statistically significant differences in the metabolic profiles of control and phenanthrene-exposed E. fetida in the 1% OC soil only. Partial least squares analysis identified a metabolic response in the four soils with OC values ≤11% which was well correlated to estimated phenanthrene porewater concentrations. The results suggest that the higher sorption capability of high OC soils decreased the bioavailability of phenanthrene and the subsequent metabolic response of E. fetida.

  16. Chlorination of humic materials: Byproduct formation and chemical interpretations

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    Reckhow, D.A.; Singer, P.C.; Malcolm, R.L.

    1990-01-01

    Ten aquatic humic and fulvic acids were isolated and studied with respect to their reaction with chlorine. Yields of TOX, chloroform, trichloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, dichloroacetonitrile, and 1,1,1-trichloropropanone were measured at pH 7 and 12. Humic acids produced higher concentrations than their corresponding fulvic acids of all byproducts except 1,1,1-trichloropropanone. Chlorine consumption and byproduct formation were related to fundamental chemical characteristics of the humic materials. A statistical model was proposed for activated aromatic content based on 13C NMR and base titration data. The values estimated from this model were found to be well correlated with chlorine consumption. Specific byproduct formation was related to UV absorbance, nitrogen content, or the activated aromatic content. ?? 1990 American Chemical Society.

  17. Hormonelike effects of humic substances on fish, amphibians, and invertebrates.

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    Steinberg, Christian E W; Höss, Sebastian; Kloas, Werner; Lutz, Ilka; Meinelt, Thomas; Pflugmacher, Stephan; Wiegand, Claudia

    2004-08-01

    Humic substances comprise the majority of organic matter in freshwater ecosystems and were thought to be inert or refractory, except for photolytic degradation. However, evidence is increasing that humic substances interact with aquatic organisms similarly to weak anthropogenic chemicals with nonspecific and specific effects. One specific effect is a hormonelike effect, namely, modulation of the number of offspring, which was first described with the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Yet a hormonelike effect is not restricted to only the nematode. With the ornamental swordtail fish, Xiphophorus helleri, and the South African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, we present phenomenological evidence that slight feminization occurred when these vertebrate species were exposed to a synthetic humic substance, a condensation product of polyphenols. The slight feminization was dose dependent. Copyright 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Thermodynamics of Molybdate Binding to Humic Acid

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    Thalhammer, K.; Gilbert, B.

    2016-12-01

    Molybdenum is an essential nutrient for diazotrophic bacteria that use nitrogenase I to fix atmospheric nitrogen in soils into bioavailable forms such as ammonia. This metalloid is released during rock weathering processes and at neutral pH it exists primarily as the soluble oxyanion molybdate, MoO42-. It has been established that molybdate mobility and bioavailability in soils is influenced by sorption to mineral surfaces and complexation by natural organic matter (NOM). The molybdate ion is readily bound by ortho dihydroxybenzene molecules such as catechol and catechol groups in siderophores. Humic acids (HA) found in NOM contain abundant phenolic groups and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy demonstrated that molybdate is bound by catechol-containing molecules in soil organic matter1. However, to our knowledge no quantitative determination of the affinity of molybdate to HA has been reported. We studied the interactions of molybdate with Suwannee River HA using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectroscopy and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) to determine the conditional equilibrium constant for complexation at neutral pH. We further used ITC to investigate the thermodynamic contributions to complexation and the interaction kinetics. Addition of molybdate to HA caused the formation of complexes with UV-vis absorption spectra in good agreement with molybdate-catechol species indicating catechol groups to be the primary ligands in HA. ITC data revealed that binding enthalpies and kinetics were strongly influenced by ionic strength, suggesting a role for macromolecular reorganization driven by metalloid addition. 1. Wichard et al., Nature Geoscience 2, 625 - 629 (2009).

  19. Effects of humic acids on the growth of bacteria

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    Tikhonov, V. V.; Yakushev, A. V.; Zavgorodnyaya, Yu. A.; Byzov, B. A.; Demin, V. V.

    2010-03-01

    The influence of humic acids of different origins on the growth of bacterial cultures of different taxa isolated from the soil and the digestive tracts of earthworms ( Aporrectodea caliginosa)—habitats with contrasting conditions—was studied. More than half of the soil and intestinal isolates from the 170 tested strains grew on the humic acid of brown coal as the only carbon source. The specific growth rate of the bacteria isolated from the intestines of the earthworms was higher than that of the soil bacteria. The use of humic acids by intestinal bacteria confirms the possibility of symbiotic digestion by earthworms with the participation of bacterial symbionts. Humic acids at a concentration of 0.1 g/l stimulated the growth of the soil and intestinal bacteria strains (66 strains out of 161) on Czapek’s medium with glucose (1 g/l), probably, acting as a regulator of the cell metabolism. On the medium with the humic acid, the intestinal bacteria grew faster than the soil isolates did. The most active growth of the intestinal isolates was observed by Paenibacillus sp., Pseudomonas putida, Delftia acidovorans, Microbacterium terregens, and Aeromonas sp.; among the soil ones were the representatives of the Pseudomonas genus. A response of the bacteria to the influence of humic acids was shown at the strain level using the example of Pseudomonas representatives. The Flexom humin preparation stimulated the growth of the hydrocarbon-oxidizing Acinetobacter sp. bacteria. This effect can be used for creating a new compound with the elevated activity of bacteria that are destroyers of oil and oil products.

  20. Effect of bioaugmentation to enhance phytoremediation for removal of phenanthrene and pyrene from soil with Sorghum and Onobrychis sativa

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    2014-01-01

    The use of plants to remove Poly-aromatic-hydrocarbons (PAHs) from soil (phytoremediation) is emerging as a cost-effective method. Phytoremediation of contaminated soils can be promoted by the use of adding microorganisms with the potential of pollution biodegradation (bioaugmentation). In the present work, the effect of bacterial consortium was studied on the capability of Sorghum and Onobrychis sativa for the phytoremediation of soils contaminated with phenanthrene and pyrene. 1.5 kg of the contaminated soil in the ratio of 100 and 300 mg phenanthrene and/or pyrene per kg of dry soil was then transferred into each pot (nine modes). The removal efficiency of natural, phytoremediation and bioaugmentation, separately and combined, were evaluated. The samples were kept under field conditions, and the remaining concentrations of pyrene and phenanthrene were determined after 120 days. The rhizosphere as well as the microbial population of the soil was also determined. Results indicated that both plants were able to significantly remove pyrene and phenanthrene from the contaminated soil samples. Phytoremediation alone had the removal efficiency of about 63% and 74.5% for pyrene and phenanthrene respectively. In the combined mode, the removal efficiency dramatically increased, leading to pyrene and phenanthrene removal efficiencies of 74.1% and 85.02% for Onobrychis sativa and 73.84% and 85.2% for sorghum, respectively. According to the results from the present work, it can be concluded that Onobrychis sativa and sorghum are both efficient in removing pyrene and phenanthrene from contamination and bioaugmentation can significantly enhance the phytoremediation of soils contaminated with pyrene and phenanthrene by 22% and 16% respectively. PMID:24406158

  1. Effect of bioaugmentation to enhance phytoremediation for removal of phenanthrene and pyrene from soil with Sorghum and Onobrychis sativa.

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    Baneshi, Mohammad Mehdi; Rezaei Kalantary, Roshanak; Jonidi Jafari, Ahmad; Nasseri, Simin; Jaafarzadeh, Nemat; Esrafili, Ali

    2014-01-09

    The use of plants to remove Poly-aromatic-hydrocarbons (PAHs) from soil (phytoremediation) is emerging as a cost-effective method. Phytoremediation of contaminated soils can be promoted by the use of adding microorganisms with the potential of pollution biodegradation (bioaugmentation). In the present work, the effect of bacterial consortium was studied on the capability of Sorghum and Onobrychis sativa for the phytoremediation of soils contaminated with phenanthrene and pyrene. 1.5 kg of the contaminated soil in the ratio of 100 and 300 mg phenanthrene and/or pyrene per kg of dry soil was then transferred into each pot (nine modes). The removal efficiency of natural, phytoremediation and bioaugmentation, separately and combined, were evaluated. The samples were kept under field conditions, and the remaining concentrations of pyrene and phenanthrene were determined after 120 days. The rhizosphere as well as the microbial population of the soil was also determined. Results indicated that both plants were able to significantly remove pyrene and phenanthrene from the contaminated soil samples. Phytoremediation alone had the removal efficiency of about 63% and 74.5% for pyrene and phenanthrene respectively. In the combined mode, the removal efficiency dramatically increased, leading to pyrene and phenanthrene removal efficiencies of 74.1% and 85.02% for Onobrychis sativa and 73.84% and 85.2% for sorghum, respectively. According to the results from the present work, it can be concluded that Onobrychis sativa and sorghum are both efficient in removing pyrene and phenanthrene from contamination and bioaugmentation can significantly enhance the phytoremediation of soils contaminated with pyrene and phenanthrene by 22% and 16% respectively.

  2. Direct one-pot synthesis of phenanthrenes via Suzuki-Miyaura coupling/aldol condensation cascade reaction.

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    Kim, Young Ha; Lee, Hyuk; Kim, Yeong Joon; Kim, Bum Tae; Heo, Jung-Nyoung

    2008-01-18

    We have developed an efficient cascade reaction, a Suzuki-Miyaura coupling followed by an aldol condensation, for the construction of phenanthrene derivatives using microwave irradiation. For example, the reaction of methyl 2-bromophenylacetamide with 2-formylphenylboronic acid in the presence of a palladium catalyst and a base provided a biaryl intermediate, which underwent in situ cyclization to afford the corresponding phenanthrene in high yield.

  3. Multiple metal ion exchange equilibria with humic acid

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    Gamble, Donald S.; Schnitzer, M.; Kerndorff, H.; Langford, C. H.

    1983-07-01

    A theoretical description is presented for multiple metal ion-humic acid cation exchange experiments. A law of mass action formalism and mole fraction relationships have been adapted to the simultaneous ion exchange equilibria of twelve cations with humic acid. The formal description relates the number of degrees of freedom of the system to the number of metal ions, identifies the independent variables, and accounts for cation interactions in the exchange equilibrium. A recalculation of experimental results reveals an Irving-Williams type of series for divalent metal ions. The implications of this for agriculture and add rain problems are discussed.

  4. Low molecular weight species in humic and fulvic fractions

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    Wilson, M.A.; Collin, P.J.; Malcolm, R.L.; Perdue, E. Michael; Cresswell, P.

    1988-01-01

    Fourier transform solution 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry with homogated water peak irradiation is a useful method for detecting low molecular weight substances in humic extracts. Succinate, acetate, methanol, formate, lactate and some aryl methoxyl compounds have been detected in extracts from a wide range of sources. In view of the controversy over whether low molecular weight substances are contaminants in humic extracts introduced by the concentration procedure, we report that some of these materials are not contaminants since 1H-NMR can be used to follow their formation from higher molecular weight species. ?? 1988.

  5. Effects of oil dispersant and oil on sorption and desorption of phenanthrene with Gulf Coast marine sediments.

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    Gong, Yanyan; Zhao, Xiao; O'Reilly, S E; Qian, Tianwei; Zhao, Dongye

    2014-02-01

    Effects of a model oil dispersant (Corexit EC9500A) on sorption/desorption of phenanthrene were investigated with two marine sediments. Kinetic data revealed that the presence of the dispersant at 18 mg/L enhanced phenanthrene uptake by up to 7%, whereas the same dispersant during desorption reduced phenanthrene desorption by up to 5%. Sorption isotherms confirmed that at dispersant concentrations of 18 and 180 mg/L, phenanthrene uptake progressively increased for both sediments. Furthermore, the presence of the dispersant during desorption induced remarkable sorption hysteresis. The effects were attributed to added phenanthrene affinity and capacity due to sorption of the dispersant on the sediments. Dual-mode models adequately simulated sorption isotherms and kinetic data in the presence of the dispersant. Water accommodated oil (WAO) and dispersant-enhanced WAO increased phenanthrene sorption by up to 22%. This information is important for understanding roles of oil dispersants on the distribution and transport of petroleum PAHs in seawater-sediments.

  6. Biodegradation of phenanthrene in bioaugmented microcosm by consortium ASP developed from coastal sediment of Alang-Sosiya ship breaking yard.

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    Patel, Vilas; Patel, Janki; Madamwar, Datta

    2013-09-15

    A phenanthrene-degrading bacterial consortium (ASP) was developed using sediment from the Alang-Sosiya shipbreaking yard at Gujarat, India. 16S rRNA gene-based molecular analyses revealed that the bacterial consortium consisted of six bacterial strains: Bacillus sp. ASP1, Pseudomonas sp. ASP2, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia strain ASP3, Staphylococcus sp. ASP4, Geobacillus sp. ASP5 and Alcaligenes sp. ASP6. The consortium was able to degrade 300 ppm of phenanthrene and 1000 ppm of naphthalene within 120 h and 48 h, respectively. Tween 80 showed a positive effect on phenanthrene degradation. The consortium was able to consume maximum phenanthrene at the rate of 46 mg/h/l and degrade phenanthrene in the presence of other petroleum hydrocarbons. A microcosm study was conducted to test the consortium's bioremediation potential. Phenanthrene degradation increased from 61% to 94% in sediment bioaugmented with the consortium. Simultaneously, bacterial counts and dehydrogenase activities also increased in the bioaugmented sediment. These results suggest that microbial consortium bioaugmentation may be a promising technology for bioremediation.

  7. Gene quantification by the NanoGene assay is resistant to inhibition by humic acids.

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    Kim, Gha-Young; Wang, Xiaofang; Ahn, Hosang; Son, Ahjeong

    2011-10-15

    NanoGene assay is a magnetic bead and quantum dot nanoparticles based gene quantification assay. It relies on a set of probe and signaling probe DNAs to capture the target DNA via hybridization. We have demonstrated the inhibition resistance of the NanoGene assay using humic acids laden genomic DNA (gDNA). At 1 μg of humic acid per mL, quantitiative PCR (qPCR) was inhibited to 0% of its quantification capability whereas NanoGene assay was able to maintain more than 60% of its quantification capability. To further increase the inhibition resistance of NanoGene assay at high concentration of humic acids, we have identified the specific mechanisms that are responsible for the inhibition. We examined five potential mechanisms with which the humic acids can partially inhibit our NanoGene assay. The mechanisms examined were (1) adsorption of humic acids on the particle surface; (2) particle aggregation induced by humic acids; (3) fluorescence quenching of quantum dots by humic acids during hybridization; (4) humic acids mimicking of target DNA; and (5) nonspecific binding between humic acids and target gDNA. The investigation showed that no adsorption of humic acids onto the particles' surface was observed for the humic acids' concentration. Particle aggregation and fluorescence quenching were also negligible. Humic acids also did not mimic the target gDNA except 1000 μg of humic acids per mL and hence should not contribute to the partial inhibition. Four of the above mechanisms were not related to the inhibition effect of humic acids particularly at the environmentally relevant concentrations (<100 μg/mL). However, a substantial amount of nonspecific binding was observed between the humic acids and target gDNA. This possibly results in lesser amount of target gDNA being captured by the probe and signaling DNA.

  8. Influence of preozonation on the adsorptivity of humic substances onto activated carbon.

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    Rodríguez, Francisco J; García-Valverde, María

    2016-11-01

    This research aims to study the influence of preozonation on the adsorptivity of humic substances onto activated carbon, which are usual stages in drinking water treatment. Three different types of humic substances were used in this study: natural fulvic and humic acids extracted from the Úzquiza Reservoir (Burgos, Spain) and a commercially supplied humic acid. The fractionation of the humic substances by ultrafiltration showed a very different molecular weight (MW) distribution for them: the lowest fraction of <1 kDa comprises the vast majority of the fulvic acids (around 86 %), whereas the main fraction for the commercial humic acids was the highest one of >30 kDa (around 40 %). The natural humic acids show an intermediate distribution between the two aforementioned humic substances. The 1-5-kDa fraction turned out to be the most reactive toward trihalomethane formation for the commercial humic acids. The adsorptive capacity of activated carbon for the humic substances was in the following order: natural fulvic acids > natural humic acids > commercial humic acids. The most adsorbable fraction was that of <1 kDa for the fulvic acids, whereas the 5-10-kDa fraction was the most adsorbable for both humic acids. Preozonation changes the MW distribution of the humic substances, decreasing the abundance of the high MW fractions and generating smaller molecules within the low to medium MW range. Adsorption isotherms show that preozonation has a beneficial effect on the adsorptivity of the commercial humic acids onto activated carbon, whereas no appreciable effect was observed for the case of the fulvic acids.

  9. Impact of activated carbon, biochar and compost on the desorption and mineralization of phenanthrene in soil.

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    Marchal, Geoffrey; Smith, Kilian E C; Rein, Arno; Winding, Anne; Wollensen de Jonge, Lis; Trapp, Stefan; Karlson, Ulrich G

    2013-10-01

    Sorption of PAHs to carbonaceous soil amendments reduces their dissolved concentrations, limiting toxicity but also potentially biodegradation. Therefore, the maximum abiotic desorption of freshly sorbed phenanthrene (≤5 mg kg(-1)) was measured in three soils amended with activated carbon (AC), biochar or compost. Total amounts of phenanthrene desorbed were similar between the different soils, but the amendment type had a large influence. Complete desorption was observed in the unamended and compost amended soils, but this reduced for biochar (41% desorbed) and AC (8% desorbed). Cumulative amounts mineralized were 28% for the unamended control, 19% for compost, 13% for biochar and 4% for AC. Therefore, the effects of the amendments in soil in reducing desorption were also reflected in the extents of mineralization. Modeling was used to analyze key processes, indicating that for the AC and charcoal treatments bacterial activity did not limit mineralization, but rather desorption into the dissolved phase. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. [Degradation of phenanthrene and pyrene in contaminated soil by immobilized Zoogloea sp. and Fusarium sp].

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    Wang, X; Li, P; Gong, Z; Li, B; Ju, J; He, X; Tai, P

    2001-08-01

    Immobilized with PVA, sodium alginate and activated carbon, both Zoogloea sp. and Fusarium sp. strains could degrade phenanthrene and pyrene efficiently. The optimal carrier was made of 100 rho.g-1 L PVA, 5 sodium alginate rho.g-1 L and 50 activated carbon rho.g-1 L. The degradation rates of phenanthrene and pyrene in 10 days were 87.48% and 75.34% by the immobilized bacterium, 37.04% and 20.85% higher than those by the free bacterium, and the rates in 15 days were 84.36% and 74.87% by the immobilized fungus, 5.35% and 11.23% higher than those by the free fungus.

  11. [The degradation of phenanthrene and pyrene contaminated soil with immobilized technique].

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    Wang, Xin; Li, Peijun; Gong, Zongqiang; Qu, Xiangrong; Wang, Bin

    2002-05-01

    The phenanthrene and pyrene contaminated soil was degradaded by immobilized-imbedding the selected Zoogloea sp. The degradation rate was determined under various amounts of inoculation and concentration, and the result showed that there was the best degradation rate at 5%. After 168 h, the degradation rate of immobilized Zoogloea sp. to phenanthrene and pyrene was 84.89% and 76.94% respectively. While, the degradation rate of the native bacterium was only 27.85% and 19.65% at the same condition. So the Zoogloea sp. had the better degradation ability. And, Zoogloea sp. distributing shape in immobilized carrier was studied with electric scan-photo, it inferred that immobilized bacterium had the better degradation rate.

  12. Digestive determinants of benzo[a]pyrene and phenanthrene bioaccumulation by a deposit-feeding polychaete

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    Penry, D.L.; Weston, D.P.

    1998-11-01

    The uptake of hydrophobic contaminants from ingested sediment can contribute significantly to body burdens of deposit feeders, and feeding behavior and digestive physiology can play important roles in bioaccumulation. The authors examined the uptake of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by the deposit-feeding polychaete Abarenicola pacifica in experiments in which worms were first acclimated to low or high organic carbon sediments with 0.08 or 0.45% total organic carbon, respectively and then transferred to low or high organic carbon test sediments contaminated with radiolabeled phenanthrene or benzo[a]pyrene. Ingestion rate was measurements are essential in many types of bioaccumulation studies because differences in ingestion rates between sediment types may confound some traditional measures of bioavailability. Physiological acclimation to the low or high organic carbon sediments did not appear to affect PAH uptake from the test sediments, but acclimation did affect biotransformation capabilities, particularly for phenanthrene.

  13. The growth of phenanthrene from naphthalene by C2H2 additions

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.

    2015-07-01

    Two paths are investigated for the growth of phenanthrene from naphthalene by the addition of C2H2 groups. The first series of steps leads to acenaphthylene (ACN), which is consistent with the path found previously. The addition of C2H2 to ACN can yield a product with two adjacent five-membered rings. Opening one five-membered ring produces a five-membered ring with CH2 side group. This can be converted to a six-membered ring in a manner analogous to the hydrogen atom catalysed fulvene to benzene conversion. A second path, with a somewhat higher barrier, can also lead to the phenanthrene product. The transition state for the second path is essentially isoenergetic with the stating material of ACN + C2H2 + H.

  14. The contribution of humic substances to the acidity of colored natural waters

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    Oliver, B.G.; Thurman, E.M.; Malcolm, R.L.

    1983-01-01

    An operationally defined carboxyl content of humic substances extracted from rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and groundwaters throughout the United States and Canada is reported. Despite the diversity of the samples, only small variations were observed in this humic carboxyl content. The dissociation behavior of two combined fulvic/humic acid extracts was studied and it was found that the dissociation of the humics varied in a predictable manner with pH. Using a carboxyl content of 10 ??eq/ mg humic organic carbon, and mass action quotient calculated from sample pH, the ionic balances of three highly colored Nova Scotia rivers were estimated. ?? 1983.

  15. [Study of humic substance transformation in phosphatic soil in terms of nucleophilicity and electrophilicity].

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    Kudeiarova, A Iu

    2006-01-01

    The applicability of the nucleophilicity/electrophilicity concept to the explanation of mechanisms of formation and transformation of humic substances was considered. Sequential time changes in the structure and properties of humic substances in phosphatic soil have been revealed. Different elemental composition of humic and fulvic acids at different stages of humus transformation was due to different patterns of electron density distribution in phosphorus-modified fragments of humic molecules. The important role of metals and phosphorus in realization of different pathways of humic substance transformation was demonstrated.

  16. Degradation of phenanthrene, fluorene, fluoranthene, and pyrene by a Mycobacterium sp

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    Boldrin, B.; Tiehm, A.; Fritzsche, C. )

    1993-06-01

    Contamination of the environment with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are considered hazardous so remediation of contaminated sites is of interest. This paper describes the isolation and characterization of a scotochromogenic Mycobacterium sp. that metabolizes pyrene, flouranthene, phenanthrene, and several other aromatic compounds as sole carbon sources. Exponential, non-substrate-limited degradation and growth as characteristic parameters of the bacterium are investigated. 26 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs.

  17. Mechanistic characterization of adsorption and slow desorption of phenanthrene aged in soils

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    Abdul Abu; Steve Smith

    2006-09-01

    Long-term adsorption of phenanthrene to soils was characterized in a silt-loam (LHS), a sandy soil (SBS) from an uncontaminated area of a former coal treatment facility in the north of England and a podzolized soil (CNS) by use of the Polanyi-Manes model, a Langmuir-type model, and a black carbon-water distribution coefficient (K{sub BC}) at a relative aqueous concentration (C{sub e}/S{sub w}) of 0.002 - 0.32. Aqueous desorption kinetic tests and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) were also used to evaluate phenanthrene diffusivities and desorption activation energies. Adsorption contribution in soils was 48-70% after 30 days and 64-95% after 270 days. Significant increases in adsorption capacity with aging suggest that accessibility of phenanthrene to fractions of SBS soil matrix was controlled by sorptive diffusion at narrow meso- and micropore constrictions. Similar trends were not significant for LHS silt-loam or CNS podzol. Analysis of TPD profiles reveal desorption activation energies of 35-53 kJ/mol and diffusivities of 1.6 x 10{sup -7-}9.7 10{sup -8} cm{sup 2}/s. TPD tests also indicate that the fraction of phenanthrene mass not diffusing from soils was located within micropores and narrow width mesopores with a corresponding volume of 1.83 10{sup -5-}6.3710{sup -5} cm{sup 3}/g. These values were consistent with the modeled adsorption contributions, thus demonstrating the need for such complimentary analytical approach in the risk assessment of organic contaminants. 41 refs., 2 figs., 4 tabs.

  18. A novel solubilization of phenanthrene using Winsor I microemulsion-based sodium castor oil sulfate.

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    Zhao, Baowei; Zhu, Lizhong; Gao, Yanzheng

    2005-03-17

    Problems associated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) contaminated site in environmental media have received increasing attention. Ex situ soil washing is commonly used for treating contaminated soils by separating the most contaminated fraction of the soil for disposal. Surfactant-enhanced soil washing is being considered with increasing frequency to actually achieve soil-contaminant separation. In this research, a novel solubilization of phenanthrene and extraction of phenanthrene from spiked soil by sodium castor oil sulfate (SCOS) microemulsion was presented and compared with the conventional surfactants, Triton X-100 (TX100), Tween 80 (TW80), Brij35, sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). Unlike conventional surfactants, SCOS forms stable microemulsion in water and thus behaves much like a separate bulk phase in concentrating organic solutes. The extent of solubility enhancement is linearly proportional to the concentration of SCOS microemulsion, in contrast with the effect of a conventional surfactant in which a sharp inflection occurs in the vicinity of the measured critical micelle concentration. SCOS microemulsion exhibits the largest mass solubilization ratio among the selected surface active agents (SAAs) in both soil-free system and soil-water system. The partitioning coefficients of phenanthrene between the emulsified phase and the aqueous phase, Kem, is slightly larger than those between the micellar pseudo phase and the aqueous phase, Kmc. The extraction experiments demonstrate high and fast desorption of phenanthrene from spiked soil by SCOS microemulsion perhaps due to its high solubilization capacity compared with the conventional surfactant solutions. The results show that SCOS could be an attractive alternative to synthetic surfactants in ex situ washing for PAH-contaminated soils.

  19. Transcriptomics reveals extensive inducible biotransformation in the soil-dwelling invertebrate Folsomia candida exposed to phenanthrene

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    Nota, Benjamin; Bosse, Mirte; Ylstra, Bauke; van Straalen, Nico M; Roelofs, Dick

    2009-01-01

    Background Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are common pollutants in soil, have negative effects on soil ecosystems, and are potentially carcinogenic. The Springtail (Collembola) Folsomia candida is often used as an indicator species for soil toxicity. Here we report a toxicogenomic study that translates the ecological effects of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon phenanthrene in soil to the early transcriptomic responses in Folsomia candida. Results Microarrays were used to examine two different exposure concentrations of phenanthrene, namely the EC10 (24.95 mg kg-1 soil) and EC50 (45.80 mg kg-1 soil) on reproduction of this springtail, which evoked 405 and 251 differentially expressed transcripts, respectively. Fifty transcripts were differential in response to either concentration. Many transcripts encoding xenobiotic detoxification and biotransformation enzymes (phases I, II, and III) were upregulated in response to either concentration. Furthermore, indications of general and oxidative stress were found in response to phenanthrene. Chitin metabolism appeared to be disrupted particularly at the low concentration, and protein translation appeared suppressed at the high concentration of phenanthrene; most likely in order to reallocate energy budgets for the detoxification process. Finally, an immune response was evoked especially in response to the high effect concentration, which was also described in a previous transcriptomic study using the same effect concentration (EC50) of cadmium. Conclusion Our study provides new insights in the molecular mode of action of the important polluting class of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soil animals. Furthermore, we present a fast, sensitive, and specific soil toxicity test which enhances traditional tests and may help to improve current environmental risk assessments and monitoring of potentially polluted sites. PMID:19457238

  20. Mechanisms of humic substances degradation by fungi

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    Chen, Y.; Hadar, Y.; Grinhut, T.

    2012-04-01

    Humic substances (HS) are formed by secondary synthesis reactions (humification) during the decay process and transformation of biomolecules originating from plants and other dead organisms. In nature, HS are extremely resistant to biological degradation. Thus, these substances are major components in the C cycle and in the biosphere and therefore, the understanding of the process leading to their formation and transformation and degradation is vital. Fungi active in the decomposition process of HS include mainly ascomycetes and basidiomycetes that are common in the upper layer of forest and grassland soils. Many basidiomycetes belong to the white-rot fungi (WRF) and litter-decomposing fungi (LDF). These fungi are considered to be the most efficient lignin degraders due to their nonspecific oxidizing enzymes: manganese peroxidase (MnP), lignin peroxidase (LiP) and laccase. Although bacteria dominate compost and participate in the turnover of HS, their ability to degrade stable macromolecules such as lignin and HS is limited. The overall objectives of this research were to corroborate biodegradation processes of HS by WRF. The specific objectives were: (i) To isolate, identify and characterize HS degrading WRF from biosolids (BS) compost; (ii) To study the biodegradation process of three types of HS, which differ in their structure, by WRF isolated from BS compost; and (iii) To investigate the mechanisms of HA degradation by WRF using two main approaches: (a) Study the physical and chemical analyses of the organic compounds obtained from direct fungal degradation of HA as well as elucidation of the relevant enzymatic reactions; and (b) Study the enzymatic and biochemical mechanisms involved during HA degradation. In order to study the capability of fungi to degrade HS, seventy fungal strains were isolated from biosolids (BS) compost. Two of the most active fungal species were identified based on rDNA sequences and designated Trametes sp. M23 and Phanerochaetesp., Y6

  1. Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography method for measuring the composition of aquatic humic substances.

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    Wang, Ren-Qi; Gutierrez, Leonardo; Choon, Ng Siu; Croué, Jean-Philippe

    2015-01-01

    A hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) method was developed to measure the composition of humic substances from river, reservoir, and treated wastewater based on their physicochemical properties. The current method fractionates the humic substances into four well-defined groups based on parallel analyses with a neutral and a cationic HILIC column, using mobile phases of varied compositions and pH. The results indicate that: (i) the proportion of carboxylic acids in the humic substances from terrestrial origins is less than half of that from treated wastewater (Jeddah, KSA), (ii) a higher content of basic compounds was observed in the humic substances from treated wastewater and Ribou Reservoir (Cholet, France) than in the sample from Loire River (France), (iii) a higher percentage of hydrophobic macromolecules were found in the humic substances from Loire River than in the other samples, and (iv) humic substances of treated wastewater contained less ionic neutral compounds (i.e., pKa 5-9) than the waters from terrestrial origins. The physicochemical property disparity amongst the compounds in each humic substances sample was also evaluated. The humic substances from the lightly humic Loire river displayed the highest disparity, whereas the highly humic Suwannee river (Georgia, USA) showed the most homogeneous humic substances. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Transformation of chlorinated phenols and anilines in the presence of humic acid

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    Park, J.W.; Dec, J.; Kim, J.E.; Bollag, J.M.

    2000-02-01

    Incubations of chlorinated phenols and anilines with oxidoreductive catalysts (peroxidase, laccase, tyrosinase, and birnessite) in the presence of humic acid led to oligomerization of the substrates or their binding to organic matter. The effect of humic acid on the overall transformation depended on the substrate, type of catalyst, and the concentration and source of humic acid. At low humic acid concentrations, the transformation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) was enhanced, but at higher concentrations of humic acid, no further enhancement occurred. The transformation of 4-chloroaniline (4-CA) was only slightly affected after the addition of humic acid. In experiments with {sup 14}C-labeled substrates, 4-CP was mainly bound to humic acid and formed few oligomers, whereas 4-CA was largely subject to oligomerization with less binding to humic acid. Binding and oligomerization of 4-CP did not change with increasing concentration of humic acid, but with 4-CA, binding increased and oligomerization decreased. It appears that nucleophilic binding of 4-CA depended largely on the availability of carbonyl and quinone groups in humic acid and, therefore, the distribution of the transformed substrate between oligomers and organic matter greatly depended on the source of humic acid.

  3. Sensitive life detection: extraction of nucleic acids sorbing to Mars analogue minerals

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    Direito, S. O. L.; Marees, A.; Röling, W. F. M.

    2011-10-01

    The main goal of space missions to Mars is to find irrefutable proof of life. Consequently, the development, evaluation and optimization of sensitive extraction and detection methods for biomarkers are of extreme importance. Our aim consisted in the optimization of sensitive extraction techniques for molecules storing hereditary information (nucleic acids such as DNA), since these are common in life forms. However, adsorption of nucleic acids to mineral matrixes and soils can generate low extraction yields. Therefore, a second aim was to determine adsorption and identify 'problematic' Mars analogue minerals. In addition, the development of a method for quantification of DNA recovery by the use of an internal control was proved to be essential, since sensitive extraction needs information on recovery.

  4. Impact of Zn and Cu on the development of phenanthrene catabolism in soil.

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    Obuekwe, Ifeyinwa S; Semple, Kirk T

    2013-12-01

    Mixtures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals are of major concern in contaminated soil. Biodegradation of PAHs in metal-contaminated soils is complicated because metals are toxic and cannot be degraded by biological processes. This investigation considered the effects of Zn and Cu (50, 100, 500 and 1,000 mg/kg) on (14)C-phenanthrene biodegradation in soil over 60-day contact time. The presence of Zn at all concentrations and low concentrations of Cu (50 and 100 mg/kg) had no significant effect (p > 0.05) on the development of phenanthrene catabolism; however, at higher Cu concentrations, the development of phenanthrene catabolism and bacterial cell numbers were significantly reduced (p < 0.05). This suggests that Cu is more toxic than Zn to soil microbial PAH catabolic activity. Metal/PAH-contaminated soils represent one of the most difficult remedial challenges and insights into PAH biodegradation in the presence of metals is necessary in order to assess the potential for bioremediation.

  5. Effects of oil dispersant on ozone oxidation of phenanthrene and pyrene in marine water.

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    Gong, Yanyan; Zhao, Dongye

    2017-04-01

    This work investigated effects of a popular oil dispersant (Corexit EC9500A) on oxidation of phenanthrene and pyrene (two model polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in Gulf coast seawater under simulated atmospheric ozone. The degradation data followed a two-stage pseudo-first order kinetics, a slower initial reaction rate followed by a much faster rate in longer time. The ozonation rate for pyrene was faster than that for phenanthrene. The presence of 18 and 180 mg/L of the dispersant inhibited the first-order degradation rate by 32-80% for phenanthrene, and 51-85% for pyrene. In the presence of 18 mg/L of the dispersant, the pyrene degradation rate increased with increasing ozone concentration, but decreased with increasing solution pH and temperature, while remained independent of ionic strength. For the first time, the results indicate that atmospheric ozone may play a significant role in the weathering of dispersed persistent oil components in natural and engineered systems.

  6. Phenanthrene and pyrene sorption and intraparticle diffusion in polyoxymethylene, coke, and activated carbon

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    Sungwoo Ahn; David Werner; Hrissi K. Karapanagioti; Donald R. McGlothlin; Richard N. Zare; Richard G. Luthy

    2005-09-01

    The authors report sorption isotherms and uptake kinetics for phenanthrene and pyrene with three organic model sorbents: polyoxymethylene (POM), coke breeze, and activated carbon. Batch equilibration and kinetic experiments were combined with the direct observation of the long-term diffusion of phenanthrene and pyrene as measured within cross-sectioned particles using microprobe laser-desorption laser-ionization mass spectroscopy ({mu}L{sup 2}MS). For POM pellets, the intraparticle concentration profiles predicted from kinetic batch experiments and a polymer diffusion model with spherical geometry are in agreement with the independent {mu}L{sup 2}MS measurements. For coke particles, the apparent diffusivities decreased with smaller particle size. These trends in diffusivities were described by a sorption-retarded pore diffusion model with a particle-size-dependent solid-water partitioning coefficient obtained from apparent equilibrium observed in the kinetic batch studies. For activated carbon, the {mu}L{sup 2}MS measurements showed faster radial diffusion of phenanthrene and pyrene into the particle interior than predicted from diffusion models based on a single sorption domain and diffusivity. A branched pore kinetic model, comprising polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) macropore diffusion with kinetic exchange of PAH between macroporous and microporous domains, fits the experimental observations better. It is not possible to make independent parameter estimations for intraparticle diffusion in activated carbon using present procedures. 41 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs.

  7. Detoxification of fluorene, phenanthrene, carbazole, and p-cresol as studied by the Microtox

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    Renoux, A.Y.; Millette, D.; Samson, R.

    1995-12-31

    A column experiment was conducted in order to study the evolution of the toxicity of creosote-related compound mixtures during aerobic biodegradation in a saturated hydrodynamic groundwater environment. The Microtox assay was used to characterize the toxicity of phenanthrene, fluorene, carbazole and p-cresol, separately and in mixtures, and to evaluate their detoxification during biodegradation. Phenanthrene, fluorene and p-cresol, separately solubilized in an aqueous phase, produced toxic effects on P. phosphoreum luminescence emission; 15 min-IC50 values of 140 {micro}g/L, 600 {micro}g/L and 1,500 {micro}g/L respectively were determined. Carbazole appeared as poorly toxic. The detoxification of the mixture solutions was demonstrated after having passed through the columns. Phenanthrene, fluorene and carbazole combined at different proportion produced between 24.4% and 49.3% of inhibition, whereas at the last port of the columns the inhibition values of the outflows averaged 6%. The presence of 10,000 {micro}g/L of p-cresol enhanced this efficiency of detoxification, since the inhibition of the mixture with the other compounds, which was 81.4% before injection, decreased to 15.8% after having passed through the first 5 cm of the column, and was not detectable at its last two pores. The acute toxicity test corroborated the chemical analysis, reflecting the compound elimination.

  8. Desorptive behavior of pentachlorophenol (PCP) and phenanthrene in soil-water systems

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    Fall, C.; Chaouki, J.; Chavarie, C.

    2000-04-01

    Recent investigations have prompted the need for a better understanding of the complete desorptive behavior of hydrophobic organic compounds in soils. The present study evaluated the irreversibilities associated with the desorption of pentachlorophenol (PCP) and phenanthrene from different types of soils. The study also examined the influence of solid-liquid ratio of the current batch desorption tests, specifically the completeness and accuracy of data gathered for establishing isotherms. Results demonstrated that the desorption of PCP and phenanthrene from contaminated soils can lead to three different types of behavior: complete reversibility, partial reversibility, or total irreversibility. The equilibrium adsorption constant (K{sub d}) is identified as a key parameter that indirectly sets the extent of hysteresis during the reverse process of desorption. According to the data, irreversibility occurs more in soils with a large adsorption capacity, that is, when K{sub d} is approximately 50 mL/g or more in the case of the phenanthrene- and PCP-soil systems evaluated. Furthermore, to facilitate the desorption experiments overall, the study proposes selection criteria for the solid-liquid ratio of batch tests to allow for variations in the adsorption capacity of each soil.

  9. Factors affecting the biodegradation of phenanthrene initially dissolved in different nonaqueous-phase liquids

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    Carroquino, M.J.; Alexander, M.

    1998-02-01

    A study was conducted of the importance of measured partitioning rate, the nonaqueous-phase liquid (NAPL)-water interfacial area, and the toxicity of NAPLs to the biodegradation of constituents of NAPLs. Bacterial mineralization of phenanthrene was slower if the compound was initially dissolved in phthalate esters than in aliphatic hydrocarbons with several NAPL-water interfacial areas. The differences were not the result of toxicity of the test NAPLs. The rates of partitioning of phenanthrene from NAPLs to water were faster with larger interfacial areas, but a consistent influence of interfacial area on the rate of mineralization was not evident. The measured rates of partitioning from NAPLs to water under sterile conditions varied among the NAPLs, the mass transfer rates being slower with phthalate esters than with alkanes. The rates of mineralization of phenanthrene initially in NAPLs were correlated with measured partitioning rates, but the rates of biodegradation were sometimes faster than the partitioning rates measured under sterile conditions. Although the rates of biodegradation of a constituent of nontoxic NAPLs are generally related to rates of mass transfer determined under sterile conditions, the authors suggest that the partitioning rate determined in the absence of microorganisms is not an adequate predictor of the maximum rate of biodegradation of such constituents.

  10. Biomarkers indicate mixture toxicities of fluorene and phenanthrene with endosulfan toward earthworm (Eisenia fetida).

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    Nam, Tae-Hoon; Kim, Leesun; Jeon, Hwang-Ju; Kim, Kyeongnam; Ok, Yong-Sik; Choi, Sung-Deuk; Lee, Sung-Eun

    2017-04-01

    α-Endosulfan and some polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAHs) are persistent in the environment and can reach crop products via contaminated agricultural soils. They may even be present as mixtures in the soil and induce mixture toxicity in soil organisms such as earthworms. In this study, the combined toxicities of PAHs with α-endosulfan were determined in Eisenia fetida adults using an artificial soil system. α-Endosulfan and five PAHs were tested for their acute toxicity toward E. fetida in artificial soils. Only α-endosulfan, fluorene, and phenanthrene showed acute toxicities, with LC50 values of 9.7, 133.2, and 86.2 mg kg(-1), respectively. A mixture toxicity assay was conducted using α-endosulfan at LC10 and fluorene or phenanthrene at LC50 in the artificial soils. Upon exposure to the mixture of fluorene and α-endosulfan, earthworms were killed in increasing numbers owing to their synergistic effects, while no other mixture showed any additional toxicity toward the earthworms. Along with the acute toxicity results, the biochemical and molecular changes in the fluorene- and phenanthrene-treated earthworms with or without α-endosulfan treatment demonstrated that enhancement of glutathione S-transferase activity was dependent on the addition of PAH chemicals, and the HSP70 gene expression increased with the addition of α-endosulfan. Taken together, these findings contribute toward understanding the adverse effects of pollutants when present separately or in combination with other types of chemicals.

  11. Aliphatic Hydrocarbon Enhances Phenanthrene Degradation by Autochthonous Prokaryotic Communities from a Pristine Seawater.

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    Rodrigues, Edmo Montes; Morais, Daniel Kumazawa; Pylro, Victor Satler; Redmile-Gordon, Marc; de Oliveira, Juraci Alves; Roesch, Luiz Fernando Wurdig; Cesar, Dionéia Evangelista; Tótola, Marcos Rogério

    2017-10-03

    The microbial diversity and functioning around oceanic islands is poorly described, despite its importance for ecosystem homeostasis. Here, we aimed to verify the occurrence of microbe-driven phenanthrene co-oxidation in the seawater surrounding the Trindade Island (Brazil). We also used Next-Generation Sequencing to evaluate the effects of aliphatic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on these microbial community assemblies. Microcosms containing seawater from the island enriched with either labelled (9-(14)C) or non-labelled phenanthrene together with hexadecane, weathered oil, fluoranthene or pyrene, and combinations of these compounds were incubated. Biodegradation of phenanthrene-9-(14)C was negatively affected in the presence of weathered oil and PAHs but increased in the presence of hexadecane. PAH contamination caused shifts in the seawater microbial community-from a highly diverse one dominated by Alphaproteobacteria to less diverse communities dominated by Gammaproteobacteria. Furthermore, the combination of PAHs exerted a compounded negative influence on the microbial community, reducing its diversity and thus functional capacity of the ecosystem. These results advance our understanding of bacterial community dynamics in response to contrasting qualities of hydrocarbon contamination. This understanding is fundamental in the application and monitoring of bioremediation strategies if accidents involving oil spillages occur near Trindade Island and similar ecosystems.

  12. [Structural changes of aged biochar and the influence on phenanthrene adsorption].

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    Tang, Wei; Guo, Yue; Wu, Jing-Gui; Huang, Zhao-Qin; Dai, Jing-Yu

    2014-07-01

    Biochars prepared by pyrolysis of rice husk at 350 degrees C and 550 degrees C were incubated in the lucifugal thermostat for 300 d. Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) techniques were applied to explore the structural change before and after incubation. It was found that the oxygen content was increased after incubation, suggesting the formation of oxygen-containing functional groups. Incubation of the biochars also enhanced their nonlinear adsorption of phenanthrene. Structural change subjected to incubation was in fact affected by the pyrolysis temperatures at which the biochars were synthesized. Increase of polarity and decrease of aromaticity were found for biochars prepared at 350 degrees C. In contrast, incubation of biochars prepared at 550 degrees C resulted in increased aliphatic contents and aromaticity, as well as decrease of carboxyl group. The adsorption capacity of phenanthrene predicted by Langmuir model was 3.57 and 2.35 mg x g(-1) for new and aged biochar with lower pyrolysis temperature, respectively. It was assumed that change of the surface structure of the biochars due to aging inhibited the adsorption. On the contrary, aging of biochares prepared at 550 degrees C resulted in enhanced adsorption capacity of phenanthrene from 0.42 to 4.17 mg x (-1), which was probably correlated to the partition effect due to enhanced aromaticity. The data obtained in this research suggested that aging of biochars potentially affected the fate of the pollutants in environment.

  13. Effect of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on phytotoxicity of sediments contaminated by phenanthrene and cadmium.

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    Song, Biao; Zeng, Guangming; Gong, Jilai; Zhang, Peng; Deng, Jiaqin; Deng, Canhui; Yan, Jin; Xu, Piao; Lai, Cui; Zhang, Chen; Cheng, Min

    2017-04-01

    To implement effective control and abatement programs for contaminants accumulating in sediments, strategies are needed for evaluating the quality of amended sediments. In this study, phytotoxicity of the sediments contaminated by cadmium and phenanthrene was evaluated after in situ remediation with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as adsorbents. Adsorption experiments and measurement of aqueous concentrations of the contaminants in overlying water were used to investigate the remediation effectiveness from physical and chemical aspects. The results indicated that MWCNTs showed a much better adsorption performance towards phenanthrene and Cd(II) compared with the sediments. The in situ remediation with MWCNTs could distinctly decrease the aqueous concentrations of phenanthrene and Cd(II) released from the sediments, reducing environmental risk towards overlying water. Influences of MWCNTs dose, MWCNTs diameter, and contact time on phtotoxicity of the contaminated sediments were studied. No significant inhibition of the amended sediments on germination of the test species was observed in the experiments, while the root growth was more sensitive than biomass production to the changes of contaminant concentrations. The analysis of Pearson correlation coefficients between evaluation indicators and associated remediation parameters suggested that phytotoxicity of sediments might inaccurately indicate the changes of pollutant content, but it was significant in reflecting the ecotoxicity of sediments after remediation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. [Isolation of two endophytic phenanthrene-degrading strains and their degradation capacity].

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    Ni, Xue; Liu, Juan; Gao, Yan-Zheng; Zhu, Xue-Zhu; Sun, Kai

    2013-02-01

    Two endophytic bacterial strains, which could degrade high concentration (up to 200 mg.L-1) of phenanthrene in liquid, were isolated from plants grown in PAHs-contaminated soils by the selective. enrichment culture. According to the results of morphology, physiology and the phylogenetic analyses of 16S rDNA sequence, stain P1 was identified as Stenotrophomonas sp. , and strain P3 was identified as Pseudomonas sp.. Two strains were aerobic bacteria, the degradation rates of phenanthrene (100 mg.L-1) by strain P1 and strain P3 were all greater than 90% at 28 degrees C on the rotation shaker at 150 r.min-1 for 7 days. The degradation rates of phenanthrene by two strains were greater than 70% when cultivated under the conditions as: 20-30 degrees C , pH 6-8, 0%-4% NaCl, 10-30 mL/100 mL inventory. It suggested that the optimum culture condition was: 30 degrees C, pH 7.0, NaCl< or =4% , inventory < or = 30 mL/100 mL flask. Through comprehensive comparison analyses on the degradation capacity of two strains, it showed that the tolerance of strain P1 to high temperature was higher than that of str ain P3, while the tolerance of strain P3 to pH change and anoxic condition was higher than that of strain P1.

  15. Effects of rhamnolipids on cell surface hydrophobicity of PAH degrading bacteria and the biodegradation of phenanthrene.

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    Zhao, Zhenyong; Selvam, Ammaiyappan; Wong, Jonathan Woon-Chung

    2011-03-01

    The effects of rhamnolipids produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC9027 on the cell surface hydrophobicity (CSH) and the biodegradation of phenanthrene by two thermophilic bacteria, Bacillus subtilis BUM and P. aeruginosa P-CG3, and mixed inoculation of these two strains were investigated. Rhamnolipids significantly reduced the CSH of the hydrophobic BUM and resulted in a noticeable lag period in the biodegradation. However, they significantly increased the CSH and enhanced the biodegradation for the hydrophilic P-CG3. In the absence of rhamnolipids, a mixed inoculation of BUM and P-CG3 removed 82.2% of phenanthrene within 30 days and the major contributor of the biodegradation was BUM (rapid degrader) while the growth of P-CG3 (slow degrader) was suppressed. Addition of rhamnolipids promoted the surfactant-mediated-uptake of phenanthrene by P-CG3 but inhibited the uptake through direct contact by BUM. This resulted in the domination of P-CG3 during the initial stage of biodegradation and enhanced the biodegradation to 92.7%.

  16. Surface tailored organobentonite enhances bacterial proliferation and phenanthrene biodegradation under cadmium co-contamination.

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    Mandal, Asit; Biswas, Bhabananda; Sarkar, Binoy; Patra, Ashok K; Naidu, Ravi

    2016-04-15

    Co-contamination of soil and water with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and heavy metals makes biodegradation of the former extremely challenging. Modified clay-modulated microbial degradation provides a novel insight in addressing this issue. This study was conducted to evaluate the growth and phenanthrene degradation performance of Mycobacterium gilvum VF1 in the presence of a palmitic acid (PA)-grafted Arquad® 2HT-75-based organobentonite in cadmium (Cd)-phenanthrene co-contaminated water. The PA-grafted organobentonite (ABP) adsorbed a slightly greater quantity of Cd than bentonite at up to 30mgL(-1) metal concentration, but its highly negative surface charge imparted by carboxylic groups indicated the potential of being a significantly superior adsorbent of Cd at higher metal concentrations. In systems co-contained with Cd (5 and 10mgL(-1)), the Arquad® 2HT-75-modified bentonite (AB) and PA-grafted organobentonite (ABP) resulted in a significantly higher (72-78%) degradation of phenanthrene than bentonite (62%) by the bacterium. The growth and proliferation of bacteria were supported by ABP which not only eliminated Cd toxicity through adsorption but also created a congenial microenvironment for bacterial survival. The macromolecules produced during ABP-bacteria interaction could form a stable clay-bacterial cluster by overcoming the electrostatic repulsion among individual components. Findings of this study provide new insights for designing clay modulated PAH bioremediation technologies in mixed-contaminated water and soil.

  17. Phenanthrene and pyrene sorption and intraparticle diffusion in polyoxymethylene, coke, and activated carbon.

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    Ahn, Sungwoo; Werner, David; Karapanagioti, Hrissi K; McGlothlin, Donald R; Zare, Richard N; Luthy, Richard G

    2005-09-01

    We report sorption isotherms and uptake kinetics for phenanthrene and pyrene with three organic model sorbents: polyoxymethylene (POM), coke, and activated carbon. We combine batch equilibration and kinetic experiments with the direct observation of the long-term diffusion of phenanthrene and pyrene as measured within cross-sectioned particles using microprobe laser-desorption laser-ionization mass spectroscopy (muL2MS). For POM pellets, the intraparticle concentration profiles predicted from kinetic batch experiments and a polymer diffusion model with spherical geometry are in agreement with the independent muL2MS measurements. For coke particles, the apparent diffusivities decreased with smaller particle size. These trends in diffusivities were described by a sorption-retarded pore diffusion model with a particle-size-dependent solid-water partitioning coefficient obtained from apparent equilibrium observed in the kinetic batch studies. For activated carbon, the muL2MS measurements showed faster radial diffusion of phenanthrene and pyrene into the particle interior than predicted from diffusion models based on a single sorption domain and diffusivity. A branched pore kinetic model, comprising polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) macropore diffusion with kinetic exchange of PAH between macroporous and microporous domains, fits the experimental observations better. Because of parallel macro- and microdiffusion processes, nonlinear sorption isotherms, and a concentration-dependent diffusivity, it is not possible to make independent parameter estimations for intraparticle diffusion in activated carbon using our present procedures.

  18. High-Capacity and Photoregenerable Composite Material for Efficient Adsorption and Degradation of Phenanthrene in Water.

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    Liu, Wen; Cai, Zhengqing; Zhao, Xiao; Wang, Ting; Li, Fan; Zhao, Dongye

    2016-10-18

    We report a novel composite material, referred to as activated charcoal supported titanate nanotubes (TNTs@AC), for highly efficient adsorption and photodegradation of a representative polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), phenanthrene. TNTs@AC was prepared through a one-step hydrothermal method, and is composed of an activated charcoal core and a shell of carbon-coated titanate nanotubes. TNTs@AC offered a maximum Langmuir adsorption capacity of 12.1 mg/g for phenanthrene (a model PAH), which is ∼11 times higher than the parent activated charcoal. Phenanthrene was rapidly concentrated onto TNTs@AC, and subsequently completely photodegraded under UV light within 2 h. The photoregenerated TNTs@AC can then be reused for another adsorption-photodegradation cycle without significant capacity or activity loss. TNTs@AC performed well over a wide range of pH, ionic strength, and dissolved organic matter. Mechanistically, the enhanced adsorption capacity is attributed to the formation of carbon-coated ink-bottle pores of the titanate nanotubes, which are conducive to capillary condensation; in addition, the modified microcarbon facilitates transfer of excited electrons, thereby inhibiting recombination of the electron-hole pairs, resulting in high photocatalytic activity. The combined high adsorption capacity, photocatalytic activity, and regenerability/reusability merit TNTs@AC a very attractive material for concentrating and degrading a host of micropollutants in the environment.

  19. Competitive metabolism of naphthalene, methylnaphthalenes, and fluorene by phenanthrene-degrading pseudomonads

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    Stringfellow, W.T.; Aitken, M.D.

    1995-01-01

    Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) typically exist as complex mixtures in contaminated soils, yet little is known about the biodegradation of PAHs in mixtures. We have isolated two physiologically diverse bacteria, Pseudomonas stutzeri P-16 and P. saccharophila P-15, from a creosote-contaminated soil by enrichment on phenanthrene as the sole carbon source and studied their ability to metabolize several other two- and three-ring PAHs. Naphthalene, 1-methylnaphthalene, and 2-methylnaphthalene served as growth substrates for both organisms, while fluorene was only cometabolized. We also studied the effects of these compounds on initial rates of phenanthrene uptake in binary mixtures. Lineweaver-Burk analysis of kinetic measurements was used to demonstrate competitive inhibition of phenanthrene uptake by all four compounds, suggesting that multiple PAHs are being transformed by a common enzyme pathway in whole cells. Estimates of the inhibition coefficient, K{sub i}, are reported for each compound. The occurrence of competitive metabolic processes in physiologically diverse organisms suggests that competitive metabolism may be a common phenomenon among PAH-degrading organisms. 44 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs.

  20. **1**5N-NMR INVESTIGATION OF HYDROXYLAMINE DERIVATIZED HUMIC SUBSTANCES.

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    Thorn, Kevin A.; Arterburn, Jeffrey B.; Mikita, Michael A.

    1986-01-01

    Humic substances are the most abundant naturally occurring refactory organic compounds in soils and water. They have a broad range of physical, chemical and physiological properties. In soils, humic substances contribute to the cation exchange capacity, help maintain the physical structure, and play a role in plant growth and nutrition. In aquatic systems, humic substances serve to regulate the levels of inorganic constituents, yield trihalomethanes upon chlorination, and transport or concentrate organic and inorganic pollutants. The oxygen containing functional groups of humic and fulvic acids are believed to play a key role in the chemical properties of humic substances. This study was undertaken to gain additional information on the specific types of oxygen functionalities in humic substances. Since the analysis of hydroxyl moieties had been earlier established, we focused our attention on the analysis of ketone and aldehyde functional groups in humic substances.

  1. The uniqueness of humic substances in each of soil, stream and marine environments

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    Malcolm, R.L.

    1990-01-01

    Definitive compositional differences are shown to exist for both fulvic acids and humic acids from soil, stream and marine environments by five different methods (1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy, 14C age and ?? 13C isotopic analyses, amino acid analyses and pyrolysis-mass spectrometry). Definitive differences are also found between fulvic acids and humic acids within each environment. These differences among humic substances from various sources are more readily discerned because the method employed for the isolation of humic substances from all environments excludes most of the non-humic components and results in more purified humic isolates from water and soils. The major compositional aspects of fulvic acids and humic acids which determine the observed characteristic differences in each environment are the amounts and compositions of saccharide, phenolic, methoxyl, aromatic, hydrocarbon, amino acid and nitrogen moieties.

  2. Fluorescence characterization of IHSS humic substances: Total luminescence spectra with absorbance correction

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    Mobed, J.J.; Hemmingsen, S.L.; Autry, J.L.; Mcgown, L.B.

    1996-10-01

    Total luminescence spectroscopy was applied to the fluorescence characterization of humic substances obtained from the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS). Results show that total luminescence spectra, represented as excitation-emission matrices (EEMs), may be used to discriminate between soil-derived and aquatic-derived IHSS humic substances and between humic and fulvic acids derived from the same source (soil or aquatic). Ionic strength in the range of 0-1 M KCl and humic substance concentration in the range 5-100 mg/L had little effect on the fluorescence spectral characteristics of the humic substances, while pH had significant effects as expected. Absorbance correction was shown to be essential for accurate representation and comparison of the EEMs of the humic substances at high concentrations. 16 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  3. Microscopic examination of the intestinal wall and selected organs of minipigs orally supplemented with humic acids.

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    Büsing, Kirsten; Elhensheri, Mohamed; Entzian, Kristin; Meyer, Udo; Zeyner, Annette

    2014-04-01

    Humic acids are used to prophylactically treat intestinal diseases in a wide number of species, yet the mechanism of action remains unknown. The general assumption has been that humic acids act locally; however studies using young piglets show orally supplemented humic acids can penetrate the intestinal wall, and thus potentially act systemically. The objective of this study was to determine if humic acids could also cross the intestinal barrier in adult pigs and be detected in other organs. Adult minipigs (>18 months old) orally received either 1g humic acids/kg body weight (verum, n=3) or placebo (control, n=3), for 2 weeks. At the end of the feeding period tissue samples were harvested from the intestine, various glands and organs. Unstained tissue samples were examined by light microscopy for the presence of humic acid particles. No humic acid particles were detected in any of the unstained tissues from verum or control pigs. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Humic first, A new theory on the origin of life

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    Daei, Mohammad Ali; Daei, Manijeh

    2016-04-01

    In 1953, Miller &Urey through a brilliant experiment demonstrated that the building blocks of life could evolve in primitive earth conditions1. In recent years scientists revealed that organic matters are not very rare compounds in comets, asteroids, and meteorites2. These facts show simple organic molecules on early earth could be quite enough to start development of life. But, how? Many theorists have tried to explain how life emerged from non life, but failed2. There is a huge gap between the simple building blocks, like amino acid, sugar, and lipid molecules, to a living cell with a very sophisticated structure and organization. Obviously, creation of a cell needed a qualified production line which had to be durable and active, can gather all biochemical ingredients, protect them from degradation, have catalyzing ability, provide numerous opportunities for interaction between basic molecules, and above all, have capability to react to different sources of energy. We are sure this perfect factory was available on primitive earth and is nothing except humic substance! At the moment, HS, are doing nearly all of these duties, among the others, under your feet in agricultural soils4. What are humic substances? According to IHSS definition "Humic substances (HS) are major components of the natural organic matter (NOM) in soil and water as well as in geological organic deposits such as lake sediments, peats, brown coals, and shales5." They come from polymerization of organic molecules, but looking at them like a simple aggregation of different organic molecules, is a huge mistake6! It seems they do not come together except for making a capable structure! HS are the first organic machinery which appeared in proplanetary disk, more than four billion years ago. Derived from simple inorganic molecules, humic substances construct a firm intermediate structure which connects none life to life. In other word, life road pass over the humic bridge. This does not mean that

  5. Order of functionality loss during photodegradation of aquatic humic substances

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    Thorn, Kevin A.; Younger, Steven J.; Cox, Larry G.

    2009-01-01

    The time course photodegradation of the Nordic aquatic fulvic and humic acids and Suwannee River XAD-4 acids subjected to UV irradiation with an unfiltered medium pressure mercury lamp was studied by liquid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance. Photodecarboxylation was a significant pathway in all cases. Decreases in ketone, aromatic, and O-alkyl carbons were observed throughout the course of the irradiations, whereas C-alkyl carbons resisted photodegradation. Peaks attributable to the low-molecular-weight photodegradation products bicarbonate, formate, acetate, and succinate grew in intensity with irradiation time. The final products of the irradiations were decarboxylated, hydrophobic, predominantly C-alkyl and O-alkyl materials that were resistant to further photodegradation. The total amount of carbon susceptible to loss appeared to be related mainly to the total concentration of carbonyl and aromatic carbons and partly to the concentration of O-alkyl carbons in the fulvic, humic, and XAD-4 acids. The carbon losses for Nordic fulvic, Nordic Humic, Suwannee fulvic, and Suwannee XAD-4 acids were estimated to be 75, 63, 56, and 17%, respectively. More detailed analyses of the effects of irradiation on the carbonyl functionality in Nordic humic acid and Laurentian soil fulvic acid through reaction with hydroxylamine in conjunction with 15N nuclear magnetic resonance analysis confirmed preferential photodegradation of the quinone/hydroquinone functionality over ketone groups and the loss of ester groups in Laurentian fulvic acid.

  6. CONDUCTOMETRIC CHARACTERIZATION OF DISSOLVED HUMIC MATERIALS. (R828158)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Conductometric replacement titrations of humic and fulvic acids dissolved in a slight excess of hydroxide were carried out with standard acid. The slope of the titration curve corresponding to the protonation of humate/fulvate was related to the electrophoretic mobility of the...

  7. Destruction of humic substances by pulsed electrical discharge

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    Lobanova, G. L.; Yurmazova, T. A.; Shiyan, L. N.; Machekhina, K. I.; Davidenko, M. A.

    2017-01-01

    Currently, the water recourses in the territory of Tomsk region are groundwater which is limited to the high concentration of iron and manganese ions and organic substances. These impurities present in water in different forms such as soluble salts ant the colloid forms. Therefore, the present work is a part of a continuations researcher of the processes in natural waters containing humic substances at the influence of pulsed electrical discharges in a layer of iron pellets. It is shown that the main stage of water purification process of humic substances during treatment by pulsed electric discharge in the layer of iron granules is a difficult process including several stages such as formation of iron oxyhydroxide colloid particles, sorption and coagulation with humic macromolecules substances, growth of particle dispersed phase and precipitation. The reason for the formation and coagulation of the dispersed phase is a different state of charge of the colloid particles (zeta potentials of (Fe (OH)3) is +8 mV, zeta potentials of (Humic substances) is -70 mV. The most intense permanganate oxidation reduction to the maximum permissible concentration occurs at the processing time equal to 10 seconds. The contact time of active erosion products with sodium humate is established and it equals to 1 hour. The value of permanganate oxidation achieves maximum permissible concentration during this time and iron concentration in solution achieves maximum permissible concentration after filtration.

  8. CONDUCTOMETRIC CHARACTERIZATION OF DISSOLVED HUMIC MATERIALS. (R828158)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Conductometric replacement titrations of humic and fulvic acids dissolved in a slight excess of hydroxide were carried out with standard acid. The slope of the titration curve corresponding to the protonation of humate/fulvate was related to the electrophoretic mobility of the...

  9. Molecular weight, polydispersity, and spectroscopic properties of aquatic humic substances

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    Chin, Y.-P.; Aiken, G.; O'Loughlin, E.

    1994-01-01

    The number- and weight-averaged molecular weights of a number of aquatic fulvic acids, a commercial humic acid, and unfractionated organic matter from four natural water samples were measured by high-pressure size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC). Molecular weights determined in this manner compared favorably with those values reported in the literature. Both recent literature values and our data indicate that these substances are smaller and less polydisperse than previously believed. Moreover, the molecular weights of the organic matter from three of the four natural water samples compared favorably to the fulvic acid samples extracted from similar environments. Bulk spectroscopic properties of the fulvic substances such as molar absorptivity at 280 nm and the E4/E6 ratio were also measured. A strong correlation was observed between molar absorptivity, total aromaticity, and the weight average molecular weights of all the humic substances. This observation suggests that bulk spectroscopic properties can be used to quickly estimate the size of humic substances and their aromatic contents. Both parameters are important with respect to understanding humic substance mobility and their propensity to react with both organic and inorganic pollutants. ?? 1994 American Chemical Society.

  10. Compost effect on soil humic acid: A NMR study.

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    Adani, Fabrizio; Genevini, Pierluigi; Tambone, Fulvia; Montoneri, Enzo

    2006-11-01

    The humic acid (HA) fraction of a food and vegetable residues compost (CM) was taken as indicator to trace the fate of CM organic matter in four years CM amended soil. (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy were used to investigate the nature of the HA isolates from CM, control soil (S(4)) and amended soil. The result indicated a significant structural difference between CM HA and S(4) HA, and supported the presence of both HA fractions in soil at the end of the amendment trials. However, the nature and content of CM HA in soil did not fully explain the increase of soil cation exchange capacity (CEC) after amendment. All CM humic fractions (i.e., fulvic acid, humic acid and humin) were found to contribute to the change of the soil organic matter composition. It is concluded that although CM HA is a suitable indicator of the survival of compost organic matter in soil during amendment, all three humic fractions should be monitored and analyzed to fully understand changes in the composition and properties of amended soil.

  11. Can humic products become mainstream amendments for improving crop production?

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    Humic products have been used in cropland production for several decades but only by small numbers of farmers. Appreciable proportions of field studies demonstrate efficacy of the products for numerous crops, justifying their further evaluation. Their adoption by mainstream farmers could be accelera...

  12. Ozonization of humic acids in brown coal oxidized in situ

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    S.A. Semenova; Yu.F. Patrakov; M.V. Batina

    2008-10-15

    The effect of the ozonization of humic acids in chloroform and glacial acetic acid media on the yield and component composition of the resulting products was studied. The high efficiency of ozonization in acetic acid was found. Water-soluble low-molecular-weight substances were predominant among the ozonization products.

  13. Leonardite-derived humic substances are great adsorbents for cadmium.

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    Meng, Fande; Yuan, Guodong; Wei, Jing; Bi, Dongxue; Wang, Hailong

    2017-08-18

    Adsorption is an important mechanism to immobilize cadmium (Cd) in soil, for which humic substances have a potential. However, commercial humic substances are either very acidic (pH = 2) or alkaline/Na(+)-enriched, making them less suitable for use in acid and saline soils. Here, we used leonardite to produce humic adsorbents HA (pH = 4.02), Ca-HA (pH = 10.9), and Ca-CPAM-HA (pH = 9.62) by using HCl, CaCl2, or CaCl2-polyacrylamide as a flocculant. Their elemental compositions, acidity, and spectroscopic properties were determined, and their Cd adsorption characteristics were assessed by batch kinetic and thermodynamic experiments at environmentally relevant concentrations. Further, HA was mixed with Cd-contaminated soils and incubated for a month to assess its effect on Cd immobilization. Good fitting of kinetic adsorption data into pseudo-second-order model, together with FTIR spectroscopic data, suggested the chemisorption mechanism by forming Cd(II)-carboxyl complexes. The maximum adsorption capacity derived from the Langmuir equation was 129, 114, and 110 mg Cd(II)/g for HA, Ca-HA, and Ca-CPAM-HA, respectively. These values are almost the same on carbon-normalized basis. HA reduced acetic acid extractable Cd by 31% or more. Besides their high propensity for Cd adsorption, humic adsorbents are inexpensive, safe, and beneficial to soil quality.

  14. Trace metal sorption ability of insolubilized humic acids.

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    Varrault, G; Bermond, A

    2002-04-01

    The objective of this work was to study the trace metal sorption ability of Insolubilized Humic Acids (IHA) in comparison with regular Humic Acids (HA). IHA were prepared from HA by heating at 330 degrees C for one hour under a nitrogen atmosphere. A solubility study was carried out at different pH values in NaNO3 (0.1 M) as a background electrolyte. It showed that IHA were insoluble until pH 10 whereas the solubility of HA increased with pH in one main step in the pH range 4-5 over which the soluble fraction of humic acids increased from 10% to 90%. We observed that trace metal sorption was dramatically influenced by these solubility properties. Indeed this study showed that above pH 5-6, HA and IHA may have opposite effects in terms of trace metal sorption. Solubilization of HA made possible the formation of soluble metal-humic complexes, retaining metal in solution even for pH at which hydroxide can form. Under such pH conditions, which very numerous soils show, HA could be involved in the transport and uptake of trace metals in the plant-soil system. In terms of remediation, HA are not a suitable binding phase. On the contrary IHA were not solubilized at neutral and alkaline pH, avoiding then the solubilization of sorbed trace metals. They appeared to be a suitable binding additive phase for future remediation trials.

  15. Effect of a commercial alcohol ethoxylate surfactant (C11-15E7) on biodegradation of phenanthrene in a saline water medium by Neptunomonas naphthovorans.

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    Li, Jing-Liang; Bai, Renbi

    2005-02-01

    Biodegradation of poorly soluble polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been a challenge in bioremediation. In recent years, surfactant-enhanced bioremediation of PAH contaminants has attracted great attention in research. In this study, biodegradation of phenanthrene as a model PAHs solubilized in saline micellar solutions of a biodegradable commercial alcohol ethoxylate nonionic surfactant was investigated. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) of the surfactant and its solubilization capacity for phenanthrene were examined in an artificial saline water medium, and a type of marine bacteria, Neptunomonas naphthovorans, was studied for the biodegradation of phenanthrene solubilized in the surfactant micellar solutions of the saline medium. It is found that the solubility of phenanthrene in the surfactant micellar solutions increased linearly with the surfactant concentrations, but, at a fixed phenanthrene concentration, the biodegradability of phenanthrene in the micellar solutions decreased with the increase of the surfactant concentrations. This was attributed to the reduced bioavailability of phenanthrene, due to its increased solubilization extent in the micellar phase and possibly lowered mass transfer rate from the micellar phase into the aqueous phase or into the bacterial cells. In addition, an inhibitory effect of the surfactant on the bacterial growth at high surfactant concentrations may also play a role. It is concluded that the surfactant largely enhanced the solubilization of phenanthrene in the saline water medium, but excess existence of the surfactant in the medium should be minimized or avoided for the biodegradation of phenanthrene by Neptunomonas naphthovorans.

  16. Role of microbial adhesion in phenanthrene biodegradation by Pseudomonas fluorescens LP6a

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    Abbasnezhad, Hassan

    Biodegradation of poorly water soluble hydrocarbons, such as n-alkanes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is often limited by the low availability of the pollutant to microbes. Adhesion of microorganisms to the oil-water interface can influence this availability. Our approach was to study a range of compounds and mechanisms to promote the adhesion of a hydrophilic PAH degrading bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens LP6a, to an oil-water interface and examine the effect on biodegradation of phenanthrene by the bacteria. The cationic surfactants cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), poly-L-lysine and chlorhexidine gluconate (CHX) and the long chain alcohols 1-dodecanol, 2-dodecanol and farnesol increased the adhesion of P. fluorescens LP6a to n-hexadecane from ca. 30% to ca. 90% of suspended cells adhering. The alcohols also caused a dramatic change in the oil-water contact angle of the cell surface, increasing it from 24° to 104°, whereas the cationic compounds had little effect. In contrast, cationic compounds changed the electrophoretic mobility of the bacteria, reducing the mean zeta potential from --23 to --7 mV in 0.01M potassium phosphate buffer, but the alcohols had no effect on zeta potential. This results illustrate that alcohols acted through altering the cell surface hydrophobicity, whereas cationic surfactants changed the surface charge density. Phenanthrene was dissolved in heptamethylnonane and introduced to the aqueous growth medium, hence forming a two phase system. Introducing 1-dodecanol at concentrations of 217, 820 or 4100 mg/L resulted in comparable increases in phenanthrene biodegradation of about 30% after 120 h incubation with non-induced cultures. After 100 h of incubation with LP6a cultures induced with 2-aminobenzoate, 4.5% of the phenanthrene was mineralized by cultures versus more than 10% by the cultures containing initial 1-dodecanol or 2-dodecanol concentrations of 120 or 160 mg/L. The production and accumulation of metabolites in

  17. Can Humic Water Discharge Counteract Eutrophication in Coastal Waters?

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    Andersson, Agneta; Jurgensone, Iveta; Rowe, Owen F.; Simonelli, Paolo; Bignert, Anders; Lundberg, Erik; Karlsson, Jan

    2013-01-01

    A common and established view is that increased inputs of nutrients to the sea, for example via river flooding, will cause eutrophication and phytoplankton blooms in coastal areas. We here show that this concept may be questioned in certain scenarios. Climate change has been predicted to cause increased inflow of freshwater to coastal areas in northern Europe. River waters in these areas are often brown from the presence of high concentrations of allochthonous dissolved organic carbon (humic carbon), in addition to nitrogen and phosphorus. In this study we investigated whether increased inputs of humic carbon can change the structure and production of the pelagic food web in the recipient seawater. In a mesocosm experiment unfiltered seawater from the northern Baltic Sea was fertilized with inorganic nutrients and humic carbon (CNP), and only with inorganic nutrients (NP). The system responded differently to the humic carbon addition. In NP treatments bacterial, phytoplankton and zooplankton production increased and the systems turned net autotrophic, whereas the CNP-treatment only bacterial and zooplankton production increased driving the system to net heterotrophy. The size-structure of the food web showed large variations in the different treatments. In the enriched NP treatments the phytoplankton community was dominated by filamentous >20 µm algae, while in the CNP treatments the phytoplankton was dominated by picocyanobacteria <5 µm. Our results suggest that climate change scenarios, resulting in increased humic-rich river inflow, may counteract eutrophication in coastal waters, leading to a promotion of the microbial food web and other heterotrophic organisms, driving the recipient coastal waters to net-heterotrophy. PMID:23637807

  18. Can humic water discharge counteract eutrophication in coastal waters?

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    Andersson, Agneta; Jurgensone, Iveta; Rowe, Owen F; Simonelli, Paolo; Bignert, Anders; Lundberg, Erik; Karlsson, Jan

    2013-01-01

    A common and established view is that increased inputs of nutrients to the sea, for example via river flooding, will cause eutrophication and phytoplankton blooms in coastal areas. We here show that this concept may be questioned in certain scenarios. Climate change has been predicted to cause increased inflow of freshwater to coastal areas in northern Europe. River waters in these areas are often brown from the presence of high concentrations of allochthonous dissolved organic carbon (humic carbon), in addition to nitrogen and phosphorus. In this study we investigated whether increased inputs of humic carbon can change the structure and production of the pelagic food web in the recipient seawater. In a mesocosm experiment unfiltered seawater from the northern Baltic Sea was fertilized with inorganic nutrients and humic carbon (CNP), and only with inorganic nutrients (NP). The system responded differently to the humic carbon addition. In NP treatments bacterial, phytoplankton and zooplankton production increased and the systems turned net autotrophic, whereas the CNP-treatment only bacterial and zooplankton production increased driving the system to net heterotrophy. The size-structure of the food web showed large variations in the different treatments. In the enriched NP treatments the phytoplankton community was dominated by filamentous >20 µm algae, while in the CNP treatments the phytoplankton was dominated by picocyanobacteria <5 µm. Our results suggest that climate change scenarios, resulting in increased humic-rich river inflow, may counteract eutrophication in coastal waters, leading to a promotion of the microbial food web and other heterotrophic organisms, driving the recipient coastal waters to net-heterotrophy.

  19. In situ fluorescence measurements of protein-, humic- and HAP-like materials in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea

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    Tedetti, Marc; Bachet, Caroline; Germain, Chloé; Ferretto, Nicolas; Bhairy, Nagib; Guigue, Catherine; Besson, Florent; Beguery, Laurent; Goutx, Madeleine

    2015-04-01

    Understanding the biogeochemical functioning of the ocean requires high frequency measurements of dissolved organic matter (DOM) descriptors. For 10 years, the technological developments of fluorescence sensors try to cover this need. In this context, our laboratory developed the MiniFluo-UV sensor, a prototype of miniaturized submersible fluorometer for the detection of aromatic compounds that fluoresce in the UV spectral domain. The qualification of the sensor consisted in measurements of drift, linearity, repeatability, sensitivity to light, temperature and pressure, and detection limits of phenanthrene (HAP) and tryptophan (aromatic amino acid) in standard solutions. Measurements were also conducted in crude oil water soluble fractions (WSFs). The MiniFluo-UV sensor was then deployed in two distinct areas of the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea: 1) in the Gulf of Lion during the continuous monitoring of the surface water layer (DEWEX cruise, winter and spring 2013) and 2) in the Bay of Marseilles, heavily impacted by urban activities, where the sensor was mounted onto the SeaExplorer underwater glider and onto a CTD vertical profiler (July-December 2014). These platforms were also equipped with a humic-like fluorescence sensor and other sensors for hydrological and biogeochemical parameters (T, S, Chla, oxygen, turbidity). The patterns of fluorescence signatures enabled to distinguish interesting distributions of DOM in relation with hydrological features and spring biological production in the Gulf of Lion, and showed the accumulation of contaminants in marine areas under anthropogenic pressure. This work was conducted within the framework of the ANR-09-ECOT-009-01 "IBISCUS" in collaboration with ALSEAMAR-ALCEN (Aix-en-Provence) and MicroModule (Brest) companies. It is relevant to WP5 NEXOS objectives. The SACEUP team of the DEWEX-MERMEX experiment is warmly acknowledged.

  20. Bioconcentration of phenanthrene and metabolites in bile and behavioral alterations in the tropical estuarine guppy Poecilia vivipara.

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    Torreiro-Melo, Anny Gabrielle A G; Silva, Juliana Scanoni; Bianchini, Adalto; Zanardi-Lamardo, Eliete; de Carvalho, Paulo Sérgio Martins

    2015-08-01

    Quantification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) metabolites in fish bile is widely used to evaluate levels of internal PAH contamination in fish, whereas behavioral effects are deemed important to address potential risks to fish populations. The estuarine guppy Poecilia vivipara was exposed for 96h to waterborne phenanthrene at concentrations of 10, 50, 200 and 500μgL(-1). Phenanthrene and metabolites in bile were analyzed by fixed fluorescence at 260/380nm (excitation/emission) wavelengths. Phenanthrene increased in the bile of exposed fish in a dose-dependent pattern, and log bile bioconcentration factors ranged from 4.3 to 3.9 at 10 and 500μgL(-1) phenanthrene, respectively, values that are similar to predicted bioconcentration factors based on phenanthrene Kow. Swimming resistance index was reduced to 81% of control values at 500μgL(-1). Alteration of swimming speed was non monotonic, with a significant speed increase relative to control fish in treatments 50 and 200μgL(-1) phenanthrene, respectively, followed by a speed decrease in fish exposed to 500μgL(-1). However, swimming trajectories of fish exposed to 50, 200 and 500μgL(-1) was altered by the development of a repetitive circular swimming behavior, in contrast to the controls that explored the entire experimental arena. This change in swimming patterns apparently explains the reduction in prey capture rates at 200μgL(-1) phenanthrene. This study provides important information enabling the use of the estuarine guppy P. vivipara to monitor PAH metabolites in bile and its bioconcentration, linking internal exposure with ecologically relevant behavioral effects in the species.

  1. Comparing the desorption and biodegradation of low concentrations of phenanthrene sorbed to activated carbon, biochar and compost.

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    Marchal, Geoffrey; Smith, Kilian E C; Rein, Arno; Winding, Anne; Trapp, Stefan; Karlson, Ulrich G

    2013-02-01

    Carbonaceous soil amendments are applied to contaminated soils and sediments to strongly sorb hydrophobic organic contaminants (HOCs) and reduce their freely dissolved concentrations. This limits biouptake and toxicity, but also biodegradation. To investigate whether HOCs sorbed to such amendments can be degraded at all, the desorption and biodegradation of low concentrations of (14)C-labelled phenanthrene (≤5 μg L(-1)) freshly sorbed to suspensions of the pure soil amendments activated carbon (AC), biochar (charcoal) and compost were compared. Firstly, the maximum abiotic desorption of phenanthrene from soil amendment suspensions in water, minimal salts medium (MSM) or tryptic soy broth (TSB) into a dominating silicone sink were measured. Highest fractions remained sorbed to AC (84±2.3%, 87±4.1%, and 53±1.2% for water, MSM and TSB, respectively), followed by charcoal (35±2.2%, 32±1.7%, and 12±0.3%, respectively) and compost (1.3±0.21%, similar for all media). Secondly, the mineralization of phenanthrene sorbed to AC, charcoal and compost by Sphingomonas sp. 10-1 (DSM 12247) was determined. In contrast to the amounts desorbed, phenanthrene mineralization was similar for all the soil amendments at about 56±11% of the initially applied radioactivity. Furthermore, HPLC analyses showed only minor amounts (<5%) of residual phenanthrene remaining in the suspensions, indicating almost complete biodegradation. Fitting the data to a coupled desorption and biodegradation model revealed that desorption did not limit biodegradation for any of the amendments, and that degradation could proceed due to the high numbers of bacteria and/or the production of biosurfactants or biofilms. Therefore, reduced desorption of phenanthrene from AC or charcoal did not inhibit its biodegradation, which implies that under the experimental conditions these amendments can reduce freely dissolved concentration without hindering biodegradation. In contrast, phenanthrene sorbed to compost

  2. Effects of humic substances on the bioconcentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: Correlations with spectroscopic and chemical properties of humic substances

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    Haitzer, M.; Abbt-Braun, G.; Traunspurger, W.; Steinberg, C.E.W.

    1999-12-01

    The presence of dissolved humic substances (HS, fulvic and humic acids) generally reduces the uptake of hydrophobic organic compounds into aquatic organisms. The extent of this effect depends both on the concentration and on the origin of the HS. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of qualitative differences between HS from different origins. The effects of seven different HS on the bioconcentration of pyrene and benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans were related to the spectroscopic and chemical properties of the HS. The effect of each humic material on the bioconcentration of pyrene or BaP was quantified as a biologically determined partition coefficient K{sub DOC}. The authors observed significant linear relationships between K{sub DOC} and the atomic H/C ratio, the specific absorptivity at 254 nm, the content of aromatic carbons as determined by {sup 13}C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the copper-complexing capacity, the content of phenolic OH groups, and the molecular weight of the HS. There was no discernible relationship of K{sub DOC} with the atomic (N + O)/C ratio, an indicator of the polarity of HS. Taken together, their results show that the variability in the effects of HS from different origins could be related to variations in bulk properties of the HS. Parameters describing the aromaticity of the humic materials seemed to be most useful for estimating effects of HS on the bioconcentration of pyrene and BaP.

  3. Effects of humic substances on the bioconcentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: Correlations with spectroscopic and chemical properties of humic substances

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    Haitzer, M.; Abbt-Braun, G.; Traunspurger, W.; Steinberg, C.E.W.

    1999-01-01

    The presence of dissolved humic substances (HS, fulvic and humic acids) generally reduces the uptake of hydrophobic organic compounds into aquatic organisms. The extent of this effect depends both on the concentration and on the origin of the HS. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of qualitative differences between HS from different origins. The effects of seven different HS on the bioconcentration of pyrene and benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans were related to the spectroscopic and chemical properties of the HS. The effect of each humic material on the bioconcentration of pyrene or BaP was quantified as a 'biologically determined' partition coefficient K(DOC). We observed significant linear relationships between K(DOC) and the atomic H/C ratio, the specific absorptivity at 254 nm, the content of aromatic carbons (as determined by 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the copper-complexing capacity, the content of phenolic OH groups, and the molecular weight of the HS. There was no discernible relationship of K(DOC) with the atomic (N + O)/C ratio, an indicator of the polarity of HS. Taken together, our results show that the variability in the effects of HS from different origins could be related to variations in bulk properties of the HS. Parameters describing the aromaticity of the humic materials seemed to be most useful for estimating effects of HS on the bioconcentration of pyrene and BaP.

  4. Preferencial Affinity of Humic-Metal Interactions Coupled With Phosphatase Hydrolysis of Humic-Organic Phosphorus Complex

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    Information is limited on the enzymatic hydrolysis of P compounds associated with indigenous Humic (HA) and fulvic (FA) acids extracted from an Ultisol, and even less information is available on the resistance to phosphatase hydrolysis of known P compounds complexed to HA and FA. Little information ...

  5. Trinuclear nickel coordination complexes of phenanthrene-9,10-dione dioxime.

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    Williams, Owen M; Cowley, Alan H

    2016-04-01

    A trinuclear nickel complex of phenanthrene-9,10-dione dioxime (H2pqd), namely bis-[μ2-9,10-bis-(oxido-imino)-phenanthrene]-bis-[μ2-10-(oxido-imino)phenanthrene-9-one oxime](phenanthrene-9,10-dione dioxime)trinickel(II) toluene disolvate, [Ni3(C14H8N2O2)2(C14H9N2O2)2(C14H10N2O2)]·2C7H8, has been isolated and its crystal structure determined. This complex features three independent Ni(II) atoms that are arranged in a triangular fashion along with five supporting ligands. There are two square-planar Ni(II) atoms and a third pseudo-octa-hedral Ni(II) atom. While the square-planar Ni(II) atoms are stacked, there are no ligand bridges between them. Each square-planar Ni(II) atom, however, bridges with the pseudo-octa--hedral Ni(II) atom through Ni-N-O-Ni and Ni-O-Ni bonds. A fluorido-bor-ation reaction of the proton-bridged species gave the analogous complex bis-(μ2-bis-{[10-(oxido-imino)-9,10-di-hydro-phenanthren-9-yl-idene]amino}di-fluorido-borato)(phenanthrene-9,10-dione dioxime)trinickel(II) dichloromethane trisolvate, [Ni3(C28H16BF2N4O2)4(C14H10N2O2)]·3CH2Cl2, which shows the same binding structure, but features a widened Ni-Ni inter-action between the square-planar Ni(II) atoms. The proton-bridged complex completes the macrocyclic coordination around the square-planar Ni(II) atoms by means of an O-H⋯O hydrogen bond. Both compounds feature O-H⋯N hydrogen bonds between the oxime and the N atoms attached to square-planar nickel atom. The nickel units show no direct inter-action with their nearest neighbors in the extended lattice. Two π-stacking inter-actions between adjacent mol-ecules are found: one with a centroid-centroid distance of 3.886 (2) Å and the other with a centroid-centroid distance of 4.256 (3) Å. In the latter case, although not aromatic, the distance to the centroid of the central phenanthrene ring is shorter, with a distance of 3.528 (3) Å. Toluene mol-ecules occupy the solvent channels that are oriented along the c axis. In

  6. Trinuclear nickel coordination complexes of phenanthrene-9,10-dione dioxime

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    Williams, Owen M.; Cowley, Alan H.

    2016-01-01

    A trinuclear nickel complex of phenanthrene-9,10-dione dioxime (H2pqd), namely bis­[μ2-9,10-bis­(oxido­imino)­phenanthrene]­bis­[μ2-10-(oxido­imino)phenanthrene-9-one oxime](phenanthrene-9,10-dione dioxime)trinickel(II) toluene disolvate, [Ni3(C14H8N2O2)2(C14H9N2O2)2(C14H10N2O2)]·2C7H8, has been isolated and its crystal structure determined. This complex features three independent NiII atoms that are arranged in a triangular fashion along with five supporting ligands. There are two square-planar NiII atoms and a third pseudo-octa­hedral NiII atom. While the square-planar NiII atoms are stacked, there are no ligand bridges between them. Each square-planar NiII atom, however, bridges with the pseudo-octa­­hedral NiII atom through Ni—N—O—Ni and Ni—O—Ni bonds. A fluorido­bor­ation reaction of the proton-bridged species gave the analogous complex bis­(μ2-bis­{[10-(oxido­imino)-9,10-di­hydro­phenanthren-9-yl­idene]amino}di­fluorido­borato)(phenanthrene-9,10-dione dioxime)trinickel(II) dichloromethane trisolvate, [Ni3(C28H16BF2N4O2)4(C14H10N2O2)]·3CH2Cl2, which shows the same binding structure, but features a widened Ni—Ni inter­action between the square-planar NiII atoms. The proton-bridged complex completes the macrocyclic coordination around the square-planar NiII atoms by means of an O—H⋯O hydrogen bond. Both compounds feature O—H⋯N hydrogen bonds between the oxime and the N atoms attached to square-planar nickel atom. The nickel units show no direct inter­action with their nearest neighbors in the extended lattice. Two π-stacking inter­actions between adjacent mol­ecules are found: one with a centroid–centroid distance of 3.886 (2) Å and the other with a centroid–centroid distance of 4.256 (3) Å. In the latter case, although not aromatic, the distance to the centroid of the central phenanthrene ring is shorter, with a distance of 3.528 (3) Å. Toluene mol­ecules occupy the solvent channels that are

  7. Behavioural alterations from exposure to Cu, phenanthrene, and Cu-phenanthrene mixtures: linking behaviour to acute toxic mechanisms in the aquatic amphipod, Hyalella azteca.

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    Gauthier, Patrick T; Norwood, Warren P; Prepas, Ellie E; Pyle, Greg G

    2016-01-01

    Phenanthrene (PHE) and Cu are two contaminants commonly co-occurring in marine and freshwater environments. Mixtures of PHE and Cu have been reported to induce more-than-additive lethality in the amphipod, Hyalella azteca, a keystone aquatic invertebrate, yet little is understood regarding the interactive toxic mechanisms that mediate more-than-additive toxicity. Understanding the interactions among toxic mechanisms among Cu and PHE will allow for better predictive power in assessing the ecological risks of Cu-PHE mixtures in aquatic environments. Here we use behavioural impairment to help understand the toxic mechanisms of Cu, PHE, and Cu-PHE mixture toxicity in the aquatic amphipod crustacean, Hyalella azteca. Our principal objective was to link alterations in activity and ventilation with respiratory rates, oxidative stress, and neurotoxicity in adult H. azteca. Adult amphipods were used for all toxicity tests. Amphipods were tested at sublethal exposures of 91.8- and 195-μgL(-1) Cu and PHE, respectively, and a Cu-PHE mixture at the same concentrations for 24h. Neurotoxicity was measured as acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity, where malathion was used as a positive control. Oxidative stress was measured as reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Phenanthrene-exposed amphipods exhibited severe behavioural impairment, being hyperstimulated to the extent that they were incapable of coordinating muscle movements. In addition, respiration and AChE activity in PHE-exposed amphipods were increased and reduced by 51% and 23% respectively. However, ROS did not increase following exposure to phenanthrene. In contrast, Cu had no effect on amphipod behaviour, respiration or AChE activity, but did lead to an increase in ROS. However, co-exposure to Cu antagonized the PHE-induced reduction in ventilation and negated any increase in respiration. The results suggest that PHE acts like an organophosphate pesticide (e.g., malathion) in H. azteca following 24h sublethal

  8. Effects of humic acid-metal complexes on hepatic carnitine palmitoyltransferase, carnitine acetyltransferase and catalase activities

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    Fungjou Lu; Youngshin Chen . Dept. of Biochemistry); Tienshang Huang . Dept. of Medicine)

    1994-03-01

    A significant increase in activities of hepatic carnitine palmitoyltransferase and carnitine acetyltransferase was observed in male Balb/c mice intraperitoneally injected for 40 d with 0.125 mg/0.1 ml/d humic acid-metal complexes. Among these complexes, the humic acid-As complex was relatively effective, whereas humic acid-25 metal complex was more effective, and humic acid-26 metal complex was most effective. However, humic acid or metal mixtures, or metal such as As alone, was not effective. Humic acid-metal complexes also significantly decreased hepatic catalase activity. A marked decrease of 60-kDa polypeptide in liver cytoplasm was also observed on SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis after the mice had been injected with the complexes. Morphological analysis of a histopathological biopsy of such treated mice revealed several changes in hepatocytes, including focal necrosis and cell infiltration, mild fatty changes, reactive nuclei, and hypertrophy. Humic acid-metal complexes affect activities of metabolic enzymes of fatty acids, and this results in accumulation of hydrogen peroxide and increase of the lipid peroxidation. The products of lipid peroxidation may be responsible for liver damage and possible carcinogenesis. Previous studies in this laboratory had shown that humic acid-metal complex altered the coagulation system and that humic acid, per se, caused vasculopathy. Therefore, humic acid-metal complexes may be main causal factors of not only so-called blackfoot disease, but also the liver cancer prevailing on the southwestern coast of Taiwan.

  9. The sorption of humic acids to mineral surfaces and their roles in contaminant binding

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    Murphy, E.M.; Zachara, J.M.; Smith, S.C.; Phillips, J.L.

    1990-11-01

    Humic substances dissolved in groundwater may adsorb to certain mineral surfaces, rendering hydrophilic surfaces hydrophobic and making them sorbents for hydrophobic organic compounds (HOC). The sorption of humic and fulvic acids (International Humic Substance Society, IHSS, reference samples) on hematite and kaolinite was investigated to determine how natural organic coatings influence HOC sorption. The sorption behavior of the humic substances was consistent with a ligand-exchange mechanism, and the amount of sorption depended on the concentration of hydroxylated surface sites on the mineral and the properties of the humic substance. The sorption of the humic substances to two solids was proportional to their aromatic carbon content and inversely proportional to the O/C ratio. Increasing quantities of sorbed humic substances (f{sub oc}0.01 to 0. 5%) increased the sorption of carbazole, dibenzothiophene, and anthracene. Peat humic acid, the most aromatic coating, showed the greatest sorption enhancement of HOC when sorbed to hematite. In addition, HOC sorption was greater on organic coating formed at low ionic strength (I = 0.005) as compared to higher ionic strength (I = 0.1). We suggest that both the mineral surface and the ionic strength of the electrolyte affect the interfacial configuration of the sorbed humic substance, altering the size or accessibly of hydrophobic domains on the humic molecule to HOC. 30 refs., 5 figs.

  10. Sorption of aromatic compounds to clay mineral and model humic substance-clay complex: effects of solute structure and exchangeable cation.

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    Zhang, Yingjie; Zhu, Dongqiang; Yu, Hongxia

    2008-01-01

    Clay minerals and humic substance (HS)-clay complexes are widely distributed in soil environments. Improved predictions on the uptake of organic pollutants by soil require a better understanding of fundamental mechanisms that control the relative contribution from organic and inorganic constituents. Five selected aromatic compounds varying in electronic structure, including nonpolar phenanthrene (PHEN), 1,2,4,5-tetrachlorobenzene (TeCB), polar 1,3-dinitrobenzene (DNB), 2,6-dichlorobenzonitrile (dichlobenil [DNL]), and 1-naphthalenyl methylcarbamate (carbaryl [CBL]), were sorbed separately from aqueous solution to Na(+)-, K(+)-, Cs(+)-, and Ca(2+)-saturated montmorillonites with and without the presence of dissolved HS at pH about 6. Upon normalizing for hydrophobic effects by solute aqueous solubility, the overall trend of sorptive affinity to HS-free K(+)-clay is DNB > DNL, CBL > PHEN, TeCB, indicating preferential adsorption of the polar solutes. With the presence of HS, sorption of PHEN, TeCB, and CBL increases by several times compared with the pure clay, attributed to HS-facilitated hydrophobic partition (PHEN and TeCB) or H-bonding (CBL). The enhanced sorption of PHEN by HS is cation dependent, where Cs(+) shows the strongest facilitative effect. Coadsorption of HS does not affect sorption of DNB and DNL to clays except that of DNB to Ca(2+)-clay because cation-dipole interactions between the polar group (NO(2) or CN) of solute and weakly hydrated exchangeable cations dominate the overall sorption.

  11. Polymerin and lignimerin, as humic acid-like sorbents from vegetable waste, for the potential remediation of waters contaminated with heavy metals, herbicides, or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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    Capasso, Renato; De Martino, Antonio

    2010-10-13

    Polymerin is a humic acid-like polymer, which we previously recovered for the first time from olive oil mill waste waters (OMWW) only, and chemically and physicochemically characterized. We also previously investigated its versatile sorption capacity for toxic inorganic and organic compounds. Therefore, a review is presented on the removal, from simulated polluted waters, of cationic heavy metals [Cu(II), Zn, Cr(III)] and anionic ones [Cr(VI)) and As(V)] by sorption on this natural organic sorbent in comparison with its synthetic derivatives, K-polymerin, a ferrihydrite-polymerin complex and with ferrihydrite. An overview is also performed of the removal of ionic herbicides (2,4-D, paraquat, MCPA, simazine, and cyhalofop) by sorption on polymerin, ferrihydrite, and their complex and of the removal of phenanthrene, as a representative of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, by sorption on this sorbent and its complexes with micro- or nanoparticles of aluminum oxide, pointing out the employment of all these sorbents in biobed systems, which might allow the remediation of water and protection of surface and groundwater. In addition, a short review is also given on the removal of Cu(II) and Zn from simulated contaminated waters, by sorption on the humic acid-like organic fraction, named lignimerin, which we previously isolated for the first time, in collaboration with a Chilean group, from cellulose mill Kraft waste waters (KCMWW) only. More specifically, the production methods and the characterization of the two natural sorbents (polymerin and lignimerin) and their derivatives (K-polymerin ferrihydrite-polymerin, polymerin-microAl(2)O(3) and -nanoAl(2)O(3), and H-lignimerin, respectively) as well as their sorption data and mechanism are reviewed. Published and original results obtained by the cyclic sorption on all of the considered sorbents for the removal of the above-mentioned toxic compounds from simulated waste waters are also reported. Moreover, sorption capacity

  12. Isolation, plant colonization potential, and phenanthrene degradation performance of the endophytic bacterium Pseudomonas sp. Ph6-gfp

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    Sun, Kai; Liu, Juan; Gao, Yanzheng; Jin, Li; Gu, Yujun; Wang, Wanqing

    2014-06-01

    This investigation provides a novel method of endophyte-aided removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from plant bodies. A phenanthrene-degrading endophytic bacterium Pseudomonas sp. Ph6 was isolated from clover (Trifolium pratense L.) grown in a PAH-contaminated site. After being marked with the GFP gene, the colonization and distribution of strain Ph6-gfp was directly visualized in plant roots, stems, and leaves for the first time. After ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) roots inoculation, strain Ph6-gfp actively and internally colonized plant roots and transferred vertically to the shoots. Ph6-gfp had a natural capacity to cope with phenanthrene in vitro and in planta. Ph6-gfp degraded 81.1% of phenanthrene (50 mg.L-1) in a culture solution within 15 days. The inoculation of plants with Ph6-gfp reduced the risks associated with plant phenanthrene contamination based on observations of decreased concentration, accumulation, and translocation factors of phenanthrene in ryegrass. Our results will have important ramifications in the assessment of the environmental risks of PAHs and in finding ways to circumvent plant PAH contamination.

  13. Quantifying the biodegradation of phenanthrene by Pseudomonas stutzeri P16 in the presence of a nonionic surfactant.

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    Grimberg, S J; Stringfellow, W T; Aitken, M D

    1996-01-01

    The low water solubility of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons is believed to limit their availability to microorganisms, which is a potential problem for bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-contaminated sites. Surfactants have been suggested to enhance the bioavailability of hydrophobic compounds, but both negative and positive effects of surfactants on biodegradation have been reported in the literature. Earlier, we presented mechanistic models of the effects of surfactants on phenanthrene dissolution and on the biodegradation kinetics of phenanthrene solubilized in surfactant micelles. In this study, we combined the biodegradation and dissolution models to quantify the influence of the surfactant Tergitol NP-10 on biodegradation of solid-phase phenanthrene by Pseudomonas stutzeri P16. Although micellized phenanthrene does not appear to be available directly to the bacterium, the ability of the surfactant to increase the phenanthrene dissolution rate resulted in an overall increase in bacterial growth rate in the presence of the surfactant. Experimental observations could be predicted well by the derived model with measured biokinetic and dissolution parameters. The proposed model therefore can serve as a base case for understanding the physical-chemical effects of surfactants on nonaqueous hydrocarbon bioavailability. PMID:8779577

  14. Isolation, plant colonization potential, and phenanthrene degradation performance of the endophytic bacterium Pseudomonas sp. Ph6-gfp

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    Sun, Kai; Liu, Juan; Gao, Yanzheng; Jin, Li; Gu, Yujun; Wang, Wanqing

    2014-01-01

    This investigation provides a novel method of endophyte-aided removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from plant bodies. A phenanthrene-degrading endophytic bacterium Pseudomonas sp. Ph6 was isolated from clover (Trifolium pratense L.) grown in a PAH-contaminated site. After being marked with the GFP gene, the colonization and distribution of strain Ph6-gfp was directly visualized in plant roots, stems, and leaves for the first time. After ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) roots inoculation, strain Ph6-gfp actively and internally colonized plant roots and transferred vertically to the shoots. Ph6-gfp had a natural capacity to cope with phenanthrene in vitro and in planta. Ph6-gfp degraded 81.1% of phenanthrene (50 mg·L−1) in a culture solution within 15 days. The inoculation of plants with Ph6-gfp reduced the risks associated with plant phenanthrene contamination based on observations of decreased concentration, accumulation, and translocation factors of phenanthrene in ryegrass. Our results will have important ramifications in the assessment of the environmental risks of PAHs and in finding ways to circumvent plant PAH contamination. PMID:24964867

  15. Immobilization of phenanthrene onto gemini surfactant modified sepiolite at solid/aqueous interface: Equilibrium, thermodynamic and kinetic studies.

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    Zhao, Shan; Huang, Guohe; Mu, Sen; An, Chunjiang; Chen, Xiujuan

    2017-11-15

    The immobilization of phenanthrene from aqueous phase onto natural and gemini surfactant modified sepiolite was investigated with respect to contact time, pH, ionic strength and temperature. The surface modification was examined through FT-IR characterization, SEM technique, and the thermogravimetric analysis. The maximum sorption capacity of phenanthrene on modified sepiolite was 95.15μgg(-1) with initial PHE concentration 1.0mgL(-1), temperature 293K, pH7, and ionic strength 1M. The corresponding PHE removal efficiency was higher than 95%. The Langmuir, Freundlich and Temkin isotherm models were applied to describe the phenanthrene sorption behavior and the Freundlich equation agreed well with the experimental data. The evaluation of the thermodynamic parameters indicated that the immobilization of phenanthrene onto gemini surfactant modified sepiolite was a spontaneous and exothermic process from 283 to 313K. The pseudo-first-order, pseudo-second-order, Elovich, and intraparticle diffusion models were used to evaluate the kinetic data. According to the calculated kinetic parameters, the immobilization process of phenanthrene followed the Elovich kinetic model with the highest correlation coefficients. The obtained results show that gemini surfactant modified sepiolite could be effectively utilized as one type of low-cost clay material to remove polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from water effluents. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Isolation, plant colonization potential, and phenanthrene degradation performance of the endophytic bacterium Pseudomonas sp. Ph6-gfp.

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    Sun, Kai; Liu, Juan; Gao, Yanzheng; Jin, Li; Gu, Yujun; Wang, Wanqing

    2014-06-26

    This investigation provides a novel method of endophyte-aided removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from plant bodies. A phenanthrene-degrading endophytic bacterium Pseudomonas sp. Ph6 was isolated from clover (Trifolium pratense L.) grown in a PAH-contaminated site. After being marked with the GFP gene, the colonization and distribution of strain Ph6-gfp was directly visualized in plant roots, stems, and leaves for the first time. After ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) roots inoculation, strain Ph6-gfp actively and internally colonized plant roots and transferred vertically to the shoots. Ph6-gfp had a natural capacity to cope with phenanthrene in vitro and in planta. Ph6-gfp degraded 81.1% of phenanthrene (50 mg · L(-1)) in a culture solution within 15 days. The inoculation of plants with Ph6-gfp reduced the risks associated with plant phenanthrene contamination based on observations of decreased concentration, accumulation, and translocation factors of phenanthrene in ryegrass. Our results will have important ramifications in the assessment of the environmental risks of PAHs and in finding ways to circumvent plant PAH contamination.

  17. Isolation and characterization of a novel phenanthrene (PHE) degrading strain Psuedomonas sp. USTB-RU from petroleum contaminated soil.

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    Masakorala, Kanaji; Yao, Jun; Cai, Minmin; Chandankere, Radhika; Yuan, Haiyan; Chen, Huilun

    2013-12-15

    The phenanthrene degrading novel bacterium strain USTB-RU was isolated from petroleum contaminated soil in Dagan oilfield, southeast of Tianjin, northeast China. The novel isolate was identified as Pseudomonas sp. USTB-RU on the basis of morphological, physicochemical characteristics and analysis of 16S rDNA gene sequence. The strain could degrade 86.65% of phenanthrene at an initial concentration of 100 mg L(-1) in 8 days and identified intermediate metabolite evident the biodegradation of phenanthrene through protocatechuate metabolic pathway. The strain showed the potential to produce surface-active compounds that may have caused for the resulted efficient biodegradation through enhancing the substrate bioavailability. The results highlighted that the adaptability of USTB-RU to grow in a range of temperature, pH and potential to utilize various commonly co-exist pollutants in contaminated site other than phenanthrene as sole carbon and energy source. Further, susceptibility of the strain for the tested antibiotics inferred the possibility to absence of risk of spreading drug resistant factor to other indigenous bacteria. Therefore, the isolated novel strain USTB-RU may have a high potential for application in in situ bioremediation of phenanthrene contaminated environment.

  18. Comparative proteomics reveal the mechanism of Tween80 enhanced phenanthrene biodegradation by Sphingomonas sp. GY2B.

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    Liu, Shasha; Guo, Chuling; Dang, Zhi; Liang, Xujun

    2017-03-01

    Previous study concerning the effects of surfactants on phenanthrene biodegradation focused on observing the changes of cell characteristics of Sphingomonas sp. GY2B. However, the impact of surfactants on the expression of bacterial proteins, controlling phenanthrene transport and catabolism, remains obscure. To overcome the knowledge gap, comparative proteomic approaches were used to investigate protein expressions of Sphingomonas sp. GY2B during phenanthrene biodegradation in the presence and absence of a nonionic surfactant, Tween80. A total of 23 up-regulated and 19 down-regulated proteins were detected upon Tween80 treatment. Tween80 could regulate ion transport (e.g. H(+)) in cell membrane to provide driving force (ATP) for the transmembrane transport of phenanthrene thus increasing its uptake and biodegradation by GY2B. Moreover, Tween80 probably increased GY2B vitality and growth by inducing the expression of peptidylprolyl isomerase to stabilize cell membrane, increasing the abundances of proteins involved in intracellular metabolic pathways (e.g. TCA cycle), as well as decreasing the abundances of translation/transcription-related proteins and cysteine desulfurase, thereby facilitating phenanthrene biodegradation. This study may facilitate a better understanding of the mechanisms that regulate surfactants-enhanced biodegradation of PAHs at the proteomic level.

  19. {Quantification of Colloidal Blocking by Humic Acids in Porous Media

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    Yang, X.; Flynn, R.; von der Kammer, F.; Hofmann, T.

    2009-04-01

    Humic acids (humics), resulting from the partial decomposition of organic matter, occur widely in nature and form a major constituent of environmental natural organic matter (NOM). Although their ability to promote the dissolution of many substances has been widely recognized, quantification of the influence of humics on the fate and transport of particulate matter has proven less conclusive. One dimensional dynamic column tests involving the injection of suspensions of fluorescence stained 200nm latex microspheres (microspheres) and Suwannee River Humic Acid (SRHA) through columns filled with partly iron-coated quartz sand permitted the influence of humics on colloid deposition in water saturated porous media under controlled conditions to be studied. Tests consisted of two series of experiments. The first involved the injection of an initial pulse of 13 pore volumes (PV) of 10.4ppm microspheres that resulted in a gradual rise in the colloid's concentration in the column effluent to 8.4% of that injected. Injection of further two identical pulses of 13 PV of colloid, separated by pulses of about 10 PV of colloid-free flushing water resulted in a sustained rise in effluent concentration in the breakthrough of successive pulses. Colloid response, modeled using a random sequential adsorption (RSA) model, suggested that the system required the deposition 1.35x1010 colloids on the sand surface for each 1% rise in relative concentration observed in column effluent. The second series of experiments involved the injection of an initial pulse of 13 pore volumes of colloid suspension followed by the injection of four pore volumes of 5 mg/l SRHA. A mass balance of column effluent suggested that the column retained 98.8% of SRHA injected. Subsequent injection of a second pulse of 13 PV of microspheres saw colloidal concentration breakthrough in column effluent jump to 16% after which it continued to rise at a rate comparable to that in SRHA-free experiments. RSA modeling of

  20. Determination of soluble aluminium concentration in alkaline humic water using atomic absorption spectrophotometry.

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    Nguyen, K L; Lewis, D M; Jolly, M; Robinson, J

    2004-11-01

    The steps of the standard method to determine soluble aluminium concentration are filtering, followed by acidifying, then analysing with the atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS). When applied to alkaline humic water, acidification gives rise to the formation of humic acid as a brown particulate matter. Of the total soluble aluminium in the original water, 49-61% forms complexes with the particulate humic acid upon acidification. Although the AAS is capable of detecting the binding aluminium, the particulate nature of humic acid easily induces inaccurate readings as a result of the non-uniform distribution of the particulate matter. A more precise analysis of soluble aluminium concentration of alkaline humic water is shown to be achievable in basicified solutions instead. Basicified solutions keep humic acid in the soluble form; hence maintain the homogeneity of the sample.

  1. Molecular characteristics of humic acids isolated from vermicomposts and their relationship to bioactivity.

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    Martinez-Balmori, Dariellys; Spaccini, Riccardo; Aguiar, Natália Oliveira; Novotny, Etelvino Henrique; Olivares, Fábio Lopes; Canellas, Luciano Pasqualoto

    2014-11-26

    Vermitechnology is an effective composting method, which transforms biomass into nutrient-rich organic fertilizer. Mature vermicompost is a renewable organic product containing humic substances with high biological activity. The aim of this study was to assess the chemical characteristics and the bioactivity of humic acids isolated from different vermicomposts produced with either cattle manure, sugar cane bagasse, sunflower cake from seed oil extraction, or filter cake from a sugar cane factory. More than 200 different molecules were found, and it was possible to identify chemical markers on humic acids according to the nature of the organic source. The large hydrophobic character of humic extracts and the preservation of altered lignin derivatives confer to humic acids the ability to induce lateral root emergence in maize seedlings. Humic acid-like substances extracted from plant biomass residues represent an additional valuable product of vermicomposting that can be used as a plant growth promoter.

  2. Root-Shoot Signaling crosstalk involved in the shoot growth promoting action of rhizospheric humic acids

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    Olaetxea, Maite; Mora, Verónica; García, Andrés Calderin; Santos, Leandro Azevedo; Baigorri, Roberto; Fuentes, Marta; Garnica, María; Berbara, Ricardo Luis Louro; Zamarreño, Angel Maria; Garcia-Mina, Jose M.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Numerous studies have shown the ability of humic substances to improve plant development. This action is normally reflected in an enhancement of crop yields and quality. However, the mechanisms responsible for this action of humic substances remain rather unknown. Our studies have shown that the shoot promoting action of sedimentary humic acids is dependent of its ability to increase root hydraulic conductivity through signaling pathways related to ABA, which in turn is affected in roots by humic acids in an IAA-NO dependent way. Furthermore, these studies also indicate that the primary action of humic acids in roots might also be physical, resulting from a transient mild stress caused by humic acids associated with a fouling-cleaning cycle of wall cell pores. Finally the role of alternative signal molecules, such as ROS, and corresponding signaling pathways are also discussed and modeled in the context of the above-mentioned framework. PMID:26966789

  3. High molecular size humic substances enhance phenylpropanoid metabolism in maize (Zea mays L.).

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    Schiavon, Michela; Pizzeghello, Diego; Muscolo, Adele; Vaccaro, Silvia; Francioso, Ornella; Nardi, Serenella

    2010-06-01

    A high molecular weight humic fraction (>3,500 Da) was characterized chemically by DRIFT and 1H NMR spectroscopy, and was applied to Zea mays L. plants to evaluate its effect on phenylpropanoid metabolism. The activity and gene expression of phenylalanine (tyrosine) ammonia-lyase (PAL/TAL), and the concentrations of phenolics and their amino acid precursors phenylalanine and tyrosine were assayed. Maximum induction of PAL/TAL activity and expression was obtained when the concentration of added humic substance was 1 mg C/l hydroponic solution. Phenylalanine and tyrosine significantly decreased (-16% and -22%, respectively), and phenolic compounds increased in treated plants. The effects of the humic substance could be ascribed partly to indoleacetic acid (27 nmol/mg C) in the humic fraction. Our results suggest that this humic fraction induces changes in phenylpropanoid metabolism. This is the first study that shows a relationship between humic substances and the phenylpropanoid pathway.

  4. A simple method for quantifying the humic content of commercial products.

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    Quentel, François; Filella, Montserrat

    2011-12-01

    A method based on an analytical technique, initially developed for quantifying aquatic refractory organic matter (often called humics), has been applied to commercial samples claiming to contain humic-type substances. At present, no method exists for quantifying the humic content on this type of sample. The analytical method is based on measuring the peak current obtained by adsorptive stripping voltammetry of the complex formed by refractory organic matter in the presence of trace amounts of Mo(VI). The quantification procedure requires the response obtained for the unknown sample to be compared with the response obtained with International Humic Substance Society (IHSS) reference humic substances. A very simple procedure that enables the humic content of any sample to be expressed as IHSS standard equivalents is described in detail. The method is highly selective, reproducible and suitable for routine analysis.

  5. Root-Shoot Signaling crosstalk involved in the shoot growth promoting action of rhizospheric humic acids.

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    Olaetxea, Maite; Mora, Verónica; García, Andrés Calderin; Santos, Leandro Azevedo; Baigorri, Roberto; Fuentes, Marta; Garnica, María; Berbara, Ricardo Luis Louro; Zamarreño, Angel Maria; Garcia-Mina, Jose M

    2016-01-01

    Numerous studies have shown the ability of humic substances to improve plant development. This action is normally reflected in an enhancement of crop yields and quality. However, the mechanisms responsible for this action of humic substances remain rather unknown. Our studies have shown that the shoot promoting action of sedimentary humic acids is dependent of its ability to increase root hydraulic conductivity through signaling pathways related to ABA, which in turn is affected in roots by humic acids in an IAA-NO dependent way. Furthermore, these studies also indicate that the primary action of humic acids in roots might also be physical, resulting from a transient mild stress caused by humic acids associated with a fouling-cleaning cycle of wall cell pores. Finally the role of alternative signal molecules, such as ROS, and corresponding signaling pathways are also discussed and modeled in the context of the above-mentioned framework.

  6. Characterization of pH-fractionated humic acids with respect to their dissociation behaviour.

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    Klučáková, Martina

    2016-04-01

    Humic acids were divided into several fractions using buffer solutions as extraction agents with different pH values. Two methods of fractionation were used. The first one was subsequent dissolution of bulk humic acids in buffers adjusted to different pH. The second one was sequential dissolution in buffers with increasing pH values. Experimental data were compared with hypothesis of partial solubility of humic acids in aqueous solutions. Behaviour of humic fractions obtained by sequential dissolution, original bulk sample and residual fractions obtained by subsequent dissolution at pH 10 and 12 agrees with the hypothesis. Results demonstrated that regardless the common mechanism, solubility and dissociation degree of various humic fractions may be very different and can be estimated using parameters of the model based on the proposed mechanism. Presented results suggest that dissolving of solid humic acids in water environment is more complex than conventional solubility behaviour of sparingly soluble solids.

  7. Effect of pressure on solid-liquid equilibrium for decane + octacosane, decane + p-xylene + octacosane, and decane + p-xylene + phenanthrene mixtures

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    Lee, Hyoguk; Groves, F.R.; Wolcott, J.M. )

    1993-04-01

    Saturation conditions were measured for decane + octacosane, decane + p-xylene + octacosane, and decane + p-xylene + phenanthrene mixtures for approximately 10 mol % solid content and pressures up to 20 MPa. The solubility of octacosane in decane decreased by 43% at 312.4 K as the pressure increased from atmospheric to 20 MPa. The effect of pressure on phenanthrene solubility was much less.

  8. Metabolism of a representative oxygenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) phenanthrene-9,10-quinone in human hepatoma (HepG2) cells.

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    Huang, Meng; Zhang, Li; Mesaros, Clementina; Zhang, Suhong; Blaha, Michael A; Blair, Ian A; Penning, Trevor M

    2014-05-19

    Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the food chain is the major human health hazard associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Phenanthrene is a representative PAH present in crude oil, and it undergoes biological transformation, photooxidation, and chemical oxidation to produce its signature oxygenated derivative, phenanthrene-9,10-quinone. We report the downstream metabolic fate of phenanthrene-9,10-quinone in HepG2 cells. The structures of the metabolites were identified by HPLC-UV-fluorescence detection and LC-MS/MS. O-mono-Glucuronosyl-phenanthrene-9,10-catechol was identified, as reported previously. A novel bis-conjugate, O-mono-methyl-O-mono-sulfonated-phenanthrene-9,10-catechol, was discovered for the first time, and evidence for both of its precursor mono conjugates was obtained. The identities of these four metabolites were unequivocally validated by comparison to authentic enzymatically synthesized standards. Evidence was also obtained for a minor metabolic pathway of phenanthrene-9,10-quinone involving bis-hydroxylation followed by O-mono-sulfonation. The identification of 9,10-catechol conjugates supports metabolic detoxification of phenanthrene-9,10-quinone through interception of redox cycling by UGT, COMT, and SULT isozymes and indicates the possible use of phenanthrene-9,10-catechol conjugates as biomarkers of human exposure to oxygenated PAH.

  9. Metabolism of a Representative Oxygenated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Phenanthrene-9,10-quinone in Human Hepatoma (HepG2) Cells

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    2014-01-01

    Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the food chain is the major human health hazard associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Phenanthrene is a representative PAH present in crude oil, and it undergoes biological transformation, photooxidation, and chemical oxidation to produce its signature oxygenated derivative, phenanthrene-9,10-quinone. We report the downstream metabolic fate of phenanthrene-9,10-quinone in HepG2 cells. The structures of the metabolites were identified by HPLC–UV–fluorescence detection and LC–MS/MS. O-mono-Glucuronosyl-phenanthrene-9,10-catechol was identified, as reported previously. A novel bis-conjugate, O-mono-methyl-O-mono-sulfonated-phenanthrene-9,10-catechol, was discovered for the first time, and evidence for both of its precursor mono conjugates was obtained. The identities of these four metabolites were unequivocally validated by comparison to authentic enzymatically synthesized standards. Evidence was also obtained for a minor metabolic pathway of phenanthrene-9,10-quinone involving bis-hydroxylation followed by O-mono-sulfonation. The identification of 9,10-catechol conjugates supports metabolic detoxification of phenanthrene-9,10-quinone through interception of redox cycling by UGT, COMT, and SULT isozymes and indicates the possible use of phenanthrene-9,10-catechol conjugates as biomarkers of human exposure to oxygenated PAH. PMID:24646012

  10. Evaluation of photochemical properties of compost humic-like materials.

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    Trubetskoj, Oleg; Richard, Claire; Grigatti, Marco; Ciavatta, Claudio; Trubetskaya, Olga

    2008-07-01

    Humic-like acids (HLA) were extracted from compost at the beginning and after 70, 130 and 730 days of maturation in order to be investigated for their ability to induce the transformation of 2,4,6-trimethylphenol under irradiation at 365 nm. The rate of 2,4,6-trimethylphenol phototransformation in the presence of HLA (25 mg l(-1)) varied within HLA 0humic electrophoretic fractions significantly increased during the first 70 days of maturation but did not undergo significant changes for longer composting times. These data confirm the changes of HLS during composting.

  11. Effect of humic acid on transformation of soil heavy metals

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    Wu, Shengzhe; Li, Rui; Peng, Shuyang; Liu, Qiuyong; Zhu, Xi

    2017-06-01

    The pattern of transformation among different fractions of heavy metals in soil draws great attention. This article investigated the effect of humic acid on soil heavy metal under different pH and temperature. The results showed that with the increasing of the concentration of humic acid, the concentration of available Cu, Pb decreased greatly, though the decrease of available Cd was light. Also, pH of soil had certain impact on the concentration of available Cu, Pb, Cd while the influence of environmental temperature was minor. The removal efficiency of contaminated soil was 57.283% (Cu), 2.645% (Cd) and 15.485% (Pb) while it could reach more than 98% in contaminated solution.

  12. A humic acid extract from lignite for reclaiming contaminated soils

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    Barnhisel, R.I.

    1999-07-01

    A unique form of a humic compound was developed by A.I. Shulgin, A.A. Shapovalov and U.G. Putsykin of Moscow, Russia using a patented process from lignite coal. This material appears to have properties that complexes certain heavy metals such as Pb, Cu, Cd, etc. as well as PCB's. This study was restricted to its interaction with Pb. Both greenhouse and laboratory studies were conducted from a quantity of humic acid (Stabilite) from the SET company in Louisville, KY. Although Stabilite contains some Pb, in the laboratory study, significant reductions in Pb concentration occurred. Stabilite also reduced Pb levels of an artificially contaminated soil having 1,000 ppm Pb for both the residual soil as well as water leached through this soil. Corn grown in this did not extract Pb from the Stabilite treated soil.

  13. Reduced humic acid nanosheets and its uses as nanofiller

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    Duraia, El-shazly M.; Henderson, B.; Beall, Gary W.

    2015-10-01

    Leonardite is highly oxidized form of lignite coal and contains a number of carboxyl groups around the edges of a graphene-like core. A novel approach has been developed to synthesize graphene oxide-like nanosheets in large scale utilizing leonardite as a starting material. Humic acid extracted from leonardite has been reduced by performing a high pressure catalytic hydrogenation. The reaction was carried out inside a high pressure stirred reactor at 150 °C and 750 psi (~5.2×106 Pa). Morphology of the as-synthesized samples showed porous platy particles and EDAX analysis indicates the carbon and oxygen atomic ratios as 96:4-97:3%. The as-synthesized material has been used as nanofiller in polyurethane. The reduced humic acid-polyurethane nanocomposite showed over 250% increase of Young's modulus. This new approach provides a low cost and scalable source for graphene oxide-like nanosheets in nanocomposite applications.

  14. Recovery of Phenanthrene-Degrading Bacteria After Simulated In Situ Persulfate Oxidation in Contaminated Soil

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    Richardson, Stephen D.; Lebron, Benjamin L.; Miller, Cass T.; Aitken, Michael D.

    2010-01-01

    A continuous-flow column study was conducted to investigate the long-term effects of persulfate oxidation on the abundance and activity of the indigenous microbial community and phenanthrene-degrading bacteria in contaminated soil from a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site. Approximately six pore volumes of a 20 g/L persulfate solution were introduced into the column, followed by simulated groundwater for 500 d. Soil samples were collected from the surface of the soil bed and along the column length immediately before and after persulfate injection and up to 500 d following injection. Exposure to persulfate led to a two- to three-log reduction in total bacterial 16S rRNA genes, severe inhibition of 14C-acetate mineralization (as a measure of general microbial activity), and a decrease in community diversity. However, relatively rapid recovery of both bacterial gene abundance and activity was observed within 30 d after persulfate exposure. Mineralization of 14C-phenanthrene was also inhibited but did not recover until 100 d post-oxidation. Known phenanthrene-degrading bacterial groups decreased to below detection limits throughout the column, with recovery times from 100 d to 500 d after persulfate injection. These findings suggest that coupling biological processes with persulfate oxidation is possible, although recovery of specific contaminant degraders may occur much later than the general microbial community recovers. Furthermore, the use of total bacterial quantity or non-specific measures of activity as a surrogate for the recovery of contaminant degraders may be inappropriate for evaluating the compatibility of chemical treatment with subsequent bioremediation. PMID:21162560

  15. Recovery of phenanthrene-degrading bacteria after simulated in situ persulfate oxidation in contaminated soil.

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    Richardson, Stephen D; Lebron, Benjamin L; Miller, Cass T; Aitken, Michael D

    2011-01-15

    A continuous-flow column study was conducted to investigate the long-term effects of persulfate oxidation on the abundance and activity of the indigenous microbial community and phenanthrene-degrading bacteria in contaminated soil from a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site. Approximately six pore volumes of a 20 g/L persulfate solution were introduced into the column, followed by simulated groundwater for 500 days. Soil samples were collected from the surface of the soil bed and along the column length immediately before and after persulfate injection and up to 500 days following injection. Exposure to persulfate led to a 2- to 3-log reduction in total bacterial 16S rRNA genes, severe inhibition of (14)C-acetate mineralization (as a measure of general microbial activity), and a decrease in community diversity. However, relatively rapid recovery of both bacterial gene abundance and activity was observed within 30 days after persulfate exposure. Mineralization of (14)C-phenanthrene was also inhibited but did not recover until 100 days postoxidation. Known phenanthrene-degrading bacterial groups decreased to below detection limits throughout the column, with recovery times from 100 to 500 days after persulfate injection. These findings suggest that coupling biological processes with persulfate oxidation is possible, although recovery of specific contaminant degraders may occur much later than the general microbial community recovers. Furthermore, the use of total bacterial quantity or nonspecific measures of activity as a surrogate for the recovery of contaminant degraders may be inappropriate for evaluating the compatibility of chemical treatment with subsequent bioremediation.

  16. Lipid Peroxidation by the Manganese Peroxidase of Phanerochaete chrysosporium Is the Basis for Phenanthrene Oxidation by the Intact Fungus

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    Moen, Mark A.; Hammel, Kenneth E.

    1994-01-01

    The manganese peroxidase (MnP) of Phanerochaete chrysosporium supported Mn(II)-dependent, H2O2-independent lipid peroxidation, as shown by two findings: linolenic acid was peroxidized to give products that reacted with thiobarbituric acid, and linoleic acid was peroxidized to give hexanal. MnP also supported the slow oxidation of phenanthrene to 2,2′-diphenic acid in a reaction that required Mn(II), oxygen, and unsaturated lipids. Phenanthrene oxidation to diphenic acid by intact cultures of P. chrysosporium occurred to the same extent that oxidation in vitro did and was stimulated by Mn. These results support a role for MnP-mediated lipid peroxidation in phenanthrene oxidation by P. chrysosporium. PMID:16349285

  17. Catalytic synthesis of high-value chemicals from coal-derived liquids. Conversion of phenanthrene derivatives into anthracene derivatives

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    Song, C.; Lai, W.C.

    1998-12-31

    It is known that phenanthrene and its derivatives are abundant in coal-derived liquids from coal carbonization, pyrolysis, and liquefaction; however, they have found little use in industry. On the other hand, anthracene and its derivatives are more useful materials for industrial applications. Thus, it is highly desirable to convert phenanthrene derivatives to anthracene derivatives. The authors have found that some chemically modified mordenites and Y-zeolites can selectively promote the transformation of sym-octahydrophenanthrene (sym-OHP) into sym-octahydroanthracene (sym-OHA) at lower temperatures. In this work, the effects of zeolite catalysts and reaction conditions on the ring-shift isomerization of sym-OHP into sym-OHA were studied through experiments at 200--300 C under an initial pressure of 0.79 MPa N{sub 2} or H{sub 2}. They also explored the simultaneous hydrogenation-ring-shift isomerization of phenanthrene using zeolite-supported metal catalysts.

  18. Removal of humic substances from water by brown coal sorbents

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    E.V. Veprikova; A.V. Rudkovskii; M.L. Shchipko

    2007-12-15

    Brown coal sorption materials with high activity toward humic substances were prepared using a larger scale laboratory unit with a spouted-bed system. The effect of thermal treatment conditions on the sorption properties of these materials was studied. It was found that the sorption activity of the resulting samples toward humates was closely related to the limiting sorption volume of the materials with respect to benzene.

  19. Disposition of phenanthrene and octachlorostyrene in spiny lobsters, Panulirus argus, after intragastric administration

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    Solbakken, J.E.; Knap, A.H.

    1986-11-01

    Spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) is a commercial crustacean in Bermuda. It was therefore of interest to study the fate of xenobiotics in the species as very little attention has been paid to toxicological studies with spiny lobsters. Earlier it was found that the temperate crustacean, Nephrops norveqicus (Norway lobster) had the ability to accumulate and eliminate phenanthrene. The aim of this investigation was to gain a better understanding of the fate of xenobiotics in crustaceans under different environmental conditions, and to compare the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, phenenthrene, with the more environmentally persistent chlorinated compound octachlorostyrene, a by-product of magnesium metal production.

  20. Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of phenanthrene-degrading fluorescent Pseudomonas biovars

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    Johnsen, K.; Andersen, S.; Jacobsen, C.S.

    1996-10-01

    The genus Pseudomonas is a group of gram-negative motile rods know for large metabolic versatility as well as pathogenicity to plants, animals and humans. A large number of bacteria from this group capable of degrading polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons have been isolated in soils and aquifers, but the identification is often conducted only to the Pseudomonas sp. level. This study aims to characterize a group of bacteria from the fluorescent Pseudomonas group degrading phenanthrene by four different methods to assess the bacterial diversity of the closely related group. 37 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  1. Degradation of phenanthrene-analogue azaarenes by Mycobacterium gilvum strain LB307T under aerobic conditions.

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    Willumsen, P A; Nielsen, J K; Karlson, U

    2001-08-01

    A polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degrading Mycobacterium gilvum, strain LB307T, was able to degrade the azaarenes 5,6-benzoquinoline, 7,8-benzoquinoline, and phenanthridine (nitrogen-containing heterocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) under aerobic conditions. The strain was able to use 5,6-benzoquinoline as sole sources of carbon, nitrogen, and energy. However, inhibition of degradation and growth was observed with increasing substrate concentration. During degradation, metabolites built up transiently. One of the metabolites detected during 5,6-benzoquinoline degradation is suggested to be 2-oxo-5,6-benzoquinoline. This is the first report on bacterial degradation of phenanthrene-analogue azaarenes.

  2. Accumulation and elimination of (9-/sup 14/C)phenanthrene in the calico clam (Macrocallista maculata)

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    Solbakken, J.E.; Jeffrey, F.M.H.; Knap, A.H.; Palmork, K.H.

    1982-05-01

    The accumulation and elimination of radoactivity is studied after exposure of (9-/sup 14/C) phenanthrene in various tissues in the calico clam (Macrocallista maculata). Results show that accumulation is highest in the lipid-rich hepatopancreas, and the elimination is very efficient compared to the horse mussel. The calico clam, which is a sand-dwelling organism, can easily come in contact with hydrocarbon contaminated sedments and might accumulate the hydrocarbons at different extents in various tissues. The efficient elimination, however, will prevent a lasting accumulation. (JMT)

  3. Evaluation of methods of determining humic acids in nucleic acid samples for molecular biological analysis.

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    Wang, Yong; Fujii, Takeshi

    2011-01-01

    It is important in molecular biological analyses to evaluate contamination of co-extracted humic acids in DNA/RNA extracted from soil. We compared the sensitivity of various methods for measurement of humic acids, and influences of DNA/RNA and proteins on the measurement. Considering the results, we give suggestions as to choice of methods for measurement of humic acids in molecular biological analyses.

  4. Assigning ecological roles to the populations belonging to a phenanthrene-degrading bacterial consortium using omic approaches

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    Coppotelli, Bibiana Marina; Madueño, Laura; Loviso, Claudia Lorena; Macchi, Marianela; Neme Tauil, Ricardo Martin; Valacco, María Pía; Morelli, Irma Susana

    2017-01-01

    The present study describes the behavior of a natural phenanthrene-degrading consortium (CON), a synthetic consortium (constructed with isolated strains from CON) and an isolated strain form CON (Sphingobium sp. AM) in phenanthrene cultures to understand the interactions among the microorganisms present in the natural consortium during phenanthrene degradation as a sole carbon and energy source in liquid cultures. In the contaminant degradation assay, the defined consortium not only achieved a major phenanthrene degradation percentage (> 95%) but also showed a more efficient elimination of the intermediate metabolite. The opposite behavior occurred in the CON culture where the lowest phenanthrene degradation and the highest HNA accumulation were observed, which suggests the presence of positive and also negative interaction in CON. To consider the uncultured bacteria present in CON, a metagenomic library was constructed with total CON DNA. One of the resulting scaffolds (S1P3) was affiliated with the Betaproteobacteria class and resulted in a significant similarity with a genome fragment from Burkholderia sp. HB1 chromosome 1. A complete gene cluster, which is related to one of the lower pathways (meta-cleavage of catechol) involved in PAH degradation (ORF 31–43), mobile genetic elements and associated proteins, was found. These results suggest the presence of at least one other microorganism in CON besides Sphingobium sp. AM, which is capable of degrading PAH through the meta-cleavage pathway. Burkholderiales order was further found, along with Sphingomonadales order, by a metaproteomic approach, which indicated that both orders were metabolically active in CON. Our results show the presence of negative interactions between bacterial populations found in a natural consortium selected by enrichment techniques; moreover, the synthetic syntrophic processing chain with only one microorganism with the capability of degrading phenanthrene was more efficient in

  5. Biodegradability of nonaqueous-phase liquids affects the mineralization of phenanthrene in soil because of microbial competition

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    Morrison, D.E.; Alexander, M.

    1997-08-01

    A study was conducted to determine the effects of biodegradability of nonaqueous-phase liquids (NAPLs) and microbial competition on the biodegradation in soil of a constituent of the NAPLs. The rates of mineralization of phenanthrene dissolved in 8 mg of 2,2,4,4,6,8,8-heptamethylnonane (HMN), di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), or pristane per g of soil were faster than the rates when the compound was dissolved in hexadecane or dodecane. Addition of inorganic N and P to the soil increased the mineralization rate in the first two but not the last two NAPLs. N and P addition did not enhance mineralization of phenanthrene when added in 500 {micro}g of hexadecane, pristane, or HMN per g of soil. Hexadecane was rapidly degraded, pristane was slowly metabolized, DEHP was still slower, and HMN was not mineralized in the test period. Mixing the soil stimulated mineralization of phenanthrene dissolved in HMN but not in hexadecane. Mineralization of phenanthrene dissolved in HMN was the same if the gas phase contained 21%, 2.1%, or traces of O{sub 2}. In contrast, the biodegradation of phenanthrene dissolved in hexadecane, although the same at 21 and 2.1% O{sub 2}, was not observed if traces of O{sub 2} were present. The mineralization was slower in unshaken soil-water mixtures if phenanthrene was added in hexadecane than in HMN or pristane, but the rates with the 3 NAPLs were increased by shaking the suspensions. The authors suggest that the biodegradability of major components of NAPLs and microbial competition for N, P, or O{sub 2} will have a major impact on the rate of transformation of minor constituents of NAPLs.

  6. Mutagenic by-products from chlorination of humic acid.

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    Meier, J R; Ringhand, H P; Coleman, W E; Schenck, K M; Munch, J W; Streicher, R P; Kaylor, W H; Kopfler, F C

    1986-01-01

    Chlorination of humic and fulvic acid results in the formation of direct-acting mutagenicity, detectable in the Salmonella/microsome assay (Ames test). This mutagenicity is being characterized as part of an overall effort aimed at evaluating potential health risks associated with the presence of mutagenic chemicals in drinking water. A number of chlorinated organic compounds, including several known mutagens, have been identified and quantified in diethyl ether extracts of chlorinated humic acid solutions. However, the total mutagenicity of these compounds accounts for only about 7% of the original mutagenicity. Synergistic or antagonistic interactions among the identified components have been ruled out as possible explanations for the failure to account for a higher percentage of the activity. Recent progress has been made to separate the activity into neutral and strong acid fractions. Further isolation of the strong acids by high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) has resulted in the purification of the mutagenicity into a major peak of activity with a specific mutagenicity of about 20,000 TA100 revertants per milligram. Several trichlorohydroxyfuranone isomers have been tentatively identified in this fraction. The contribution of these types of compounds to the mutagenicity of chlorinated humic acid is under investigation. PMID:2949966

  7. Complexation of copper by aquatic humic substances from different environments

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    McKnight, Diane M.; Feder, Gerald L.; Thurman, E. Michael; Wershaw, Robert L.

    1983-01-01

    The copper-complexing properties of aquatic humic substances isolated from eighteen different environments were characterized by potentiometric titration, using a cupric ion selective electrode. Potentiometric data were analyzed using FITEQL, a computer program for the determination of chemical equilibrium constants from experimental data. All the aquatic humic substances could be modelled as having two types of Cu(II)-binding sites: one with K equal to about 106 and a concentration of 1.0 ± 0.4 × 10−6 M(mg C)−1 and another with K equal to about 108 and a concentration of 2.6 ± 1.6 × 10−7 M(mg C)−1.A method is described for estimating the Cu(II)-binding sites associated with dissolved humic substances in natural water based on a measurement of dissolved organic carbon, which may be helpful in evaluating chemical processes controlling speciation of Cu and bioavailability of Cu to aquatic organisms.

  8. Covalent binding of aniline to humic substances. 1. Kinetic studies

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    Weber, E.J.; Spidle, D.L.; Thorn, K.A.

    1996-01-01

    The reaction kinetics for the covalent binding of aniline with reconstituted IHSS humic and fulvic acids, unfractionated DOM isolated from Suwannee River water, and whole samples of Suwannee River water have been investigated. The reaction kinetics in each of these systems can be adequately described by a simple second-order rate expression. The effect of varying the initial concentration of aniline on reaction kinetics suggested that approximately 10% of the covalent binding sites associated with Suwannee River fulvic acid are highly reactive sites that are quickly saturated. Based on the kinetic parameters determined for the binding of aniline with the Suwannee River fulvic and humic acid isolates, it was estimated that 50% of the aniline concentration decrease in a Suwannee River water sample could be attributed to reaction with the fulvic and humic acid components of the whole water sample. Studies with Suwannee River fulvic acid demonstrated that the rate of binding decreased with decreasing pH, which parallels the decrease in the effective concentration of the neutral form, or reactive nucleophilic species of aniline. The covalent binding of aniline with Suwannee River fulvic acid was inhibited by prior treatment of the fulvic acid with hydrogen sulfide, sodium borohydride, or hydroxylamine. These observations are consistent with a reaction pathway involving nucleophilic addition of aniline to carbonyl moieties present in the fulvic acid.

  9. Interaction between carbamazepine and humic substances: a fluorescence spectroscopy study.

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    Bai, Yingchen; Wu, Fengchang; Liu, Congqiang; Guo, Jianyang; Fu, Pingqing; Li, Wen; Xing, Baoshan

    2008-01-01

    Carbamazepine is a popular drug that has been detected in natural environments, but little is known about its biogeochemical cycling, influencing factors, and eco-environmental effects in aquatic ecosystems. Interaction between carbamazepine and humic substances, including fulvic and humic acids, was studied using three-dimensional excitation-emission matrix fluorescence spectroscopy and synchronous-scan fluorescence spectroscopy. The intrinsic fluorescence of humic substances was quenched on the addition of carbamazepine, and static quenching was the primary mechanism. The binding parameters on their interaction, including the conditional binding constants (log K) and binding capacities (C(L)), were estimated by the Ryan-Weber nonlinear theory equation. Log K ranged from 3.41 to 5.04 L/mol at 25 degrees C and pH 7.0. The influence of pH on the complexation and the competition between carbamazepine and Cu(II) for fluorescence-binding sites also were discussed. The present results would be helpful in understanding the fate and biogeochemical cycling of other pharmaceuticals and personal care products in aquatic ecosystems.

  10. AhR-mediated and antiestrogenic activity of humic substances.

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    Janosek, J; Bittner, M; Hilscherová, K; Bláha, L; Giesy, J P; Holoubek, I

    2007-04-01

    Humic substances (HS) were for decades regarded as inert in the ecosystems with respect to their possible toxicity. However, HS have been recently shown to elicit various adverse effects generally attributed to xenobiotics. In our study, we used MVLN and H4IIE-luc cell lines stably transfected with luciferase gene under control of estrogen receptor (ER) and Ah receptor (AhR; receptor connected with so-called dioxin-like toxicity) for assessment of anti/estrogenic and AhR-mediated effects of 12 commercially available humic substances. Out of those, five humic acids were shown to induce AhR-mediated activity with relative potencies related to TCDD 2.6 x 10(-8)-7.4 x 10(-8). Organic extracts of HS solutions also elicited high activities what means that lipophilic molecules are responsible for a great part of effect. However, relatively high activity remaining in extracted solution suggests also presence of polar AhR-agonists. Contribution of persistent organic compounds to the observed effects was ruled out by H(2)SO(4) treatment. Eight out of twelve HS elicited significant antiestrogenic effects with IC(50) ranging from 40 to 164 mg l(-1). The possible explanations of the antiestrogenic effect include sorption of 17-beta-estradiol (E2) on HS, changes in membrane permeability for E2 or another specific mechanism.

  11. Some effects of ozonation of humic substances in drinking water

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    Hongve, Dag; Lund, Vidar; Åkesson, Gunvor; Becher, Georg

    Ozonation is employed as a method for removal of colour due to humic substances in drinking water. We have examined some effects of ozonation of humic water in the laboratory. Ozonation reduced colour by 80% but had little influence on the DOC concentration and only moderate effect on the UV absorbance at 254 nm. High-performance size-exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) showed that the content of high-molecular-weight substances was reduced while a nearly corresponding amount of low-molecular-weight compounds was produced. The produced substances have acidic properties, are uncoloured and do not absorb UV light at 254 nm. Ozonation also led to higher BOD values. The formed low-molecular-weight compounds were consumed by microorganisms. In the original humic water sample the microbial degradation affected only high-molecular-weight compounds. The higher content of biodegradable organic compounds in ozonated drinking water is probably responsible for accelerated growth of bacteria and production of sludge in the distribution systems of a Norwegian waterwork. The obtained colour reduction seems to be temporary, since the colour of ozonated water increases under the influence of microorganisms.

  12. Nitrogen incorporation into lignite humic acids during microbial degradation

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    Dong, L.H.; Yuan, H.L.

    2009-07-01

    Previous study showed that nitrogen content in lignite humic acids (HA) increased significantly during lignite biodegradation. In this paper we evaluated the factors responsible for the increased level of N in HA and the formation of new nitrogen compound following microbial degradation. When the ammonium sulfate concentration in lignite medium was 0.5%, the N-content in HA was higher than that in the crude lignite humic acid (cHA); when the ammonium sulfate concentration was epsilon 0.5%, both the biodegraded humic acid (bHA) N-content and the content of bHA in lignite increased significantly, but at 2.0% no increase was observed. This indicated that HA incorporated N existing in the lignite medium, and more HA can incorporate more N with the increase of bHA amount in lignite during microbial degradation. CP/MAS {sup 15}N NMR analysis showed that the N incorporated into HA during biotransformation was in the form of free or ionized NH{sub 2}-groups in amino acids and sugars, as well as NH{sub 4}{sup +}. We propose nitrogen can be incorporated into HA biotically and abiotically. The high N content bHA has a potential application in agriculture since N is essential for plant growth.

  13. Interactions of Tc(IV) with humic substances

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    Boggs, M. A.; Minton, Travis; Lomasney, Samuel; Islam, Mohammed; Dong, Wenming; Gu, Baohua; Wall, Nathalie

    2011-01-01

    To understand the key processes affecting 99Tc mobility in the subsurface and help with the remediation of contaminated sites, the binding constants of several humic substances (humic and fulvic acids) with Tc(IV) were determined, using a solvent extraction technique. The novelty of this paper lies in the determination of the binding constants of the complexes formed with the individual species TcO(OH)+ and TcO(OH)20. Binding constants were found to be 6.8 and between 3.9 and 4.3, for log 1, 1,1 and log 1,-2,1, respectively; these values were little modified by a change of ionic strength, in most cases, between 0.1 M to 1.0 M, nor were they by the nature and origin of the humic substances. Modeling calculations based on these show TcO(OH)-HA to be the predominant complex in a system containing 20 ppm HA and in the 4-6 pH range, while TcO(OH)20 and TcO(OH)2-HA are the major species, in the pH 6-8 range.

  14. Formation of Humic Substances in Weathered MSWI Bottom Ash

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    Zhang, Haixia; Shimaoka, Takayuki

    2013-01-01

    The study aimed at evaluating the humic substances (HSs) content from municipal solid waste incinerator (MSWI) bottom ash and its variation with time and the effect of temperature on HSs formation. The process suggested by IHSS was applied to extract HSs from two different bottom ash samples, and the extracted efficiency with NaOH and Na4P2O7 was compared. MSWI bottom ash samples were incubated at 37°C and 50°C for 1 year. HSs and nonhumic substances were extracted from the bottom ash sample with different incubated period by 0.1 M NaOH/Na4P2O7. Results show that the rate of humic acid formation increased originally with incubation time, reached a maximum at 12th week under 37°C and at 18th week under 50°C, and then decreased with time. More humic acid in MSWI bottom ash was formed under 50°C incubated condition compared with that incubated under 37°C. Also, the elemental compositions of HSs extracted from bottom ash are reported. PMID:23844394

  15. Sorption of tebuconazole onto selected soil minerals and humic acids.

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    Cadková, Eva; Komárek, Michael; Kaliszová, Regina; Koudelková, Věra; Dvořák, Jiří; Vaněk, Aleš

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate tebuconazole sorption on common soil minerals (birnessite, ferrihydrite, goethite, calcite and illite) and humic acids (representing soil organic matter). Tebuconazole was used (i) in the commercial form Horizon 250 EW and (ii) as an analytical grade pure chemical. In the experiment with the commercially available tebuconazole, a significant pH-dependent sorption onto the oxides was observed (decreasing sorption with increasing pH). The highest sorption was found for ferrihydrite due to its high specific surface area, followed by humic acids, birnessite, goethite and illite. No detectable sorption was found for calcite. The sorption of analytical grade tebuconazole on all selected minerals was significantly lower compared to the commercial product. The sorption was the highest for humic acids, followed by ferrihydrite and illite and almost negligible for goethite and birnessite without any pH dependence. Again, no sorption was observed for calcite. The differences in sorption of the commercially available and analytical grade tebuconazole can be attributed to the additives (e.g., solvents) present in the commercial product. This work proved the importance of soil mineralogy and composition of the commercially available pesticides on the behavior of tebuconazole in soils.

  16. Characterization of humic substances: implications for trihalomethane formation.

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    Uyguner, Ceyda Senem; Hellriegel, Christine; Otto, William; Larive, Cynthia K

    2004-03-01

    Humic substances are precursors of carcinogenic trihalomethanes (THMs) formed during disinfection by chlorination in water treatment processes. In an effort to understand the relationship between trihalomethane formation potential (THMFP) and physicochemical properties of humic substances, UV-visible absorbance, fluorescence in emission and synchronous scan modes, and NMR spectra were measured for several aquatic fulvic and humic acids. For comparison, a soil fulvic acid was also examined using these methods. The feasibility of the gradient modified spin-echo (GOSE) NMR experiment to selectively measure singlet resonances arising from isolated protons was examined. In addition, diffusion coefficients were measured for DMSO solutions of the fulvic acids using BPPLED and GOSE-edited pulse sequences. Although none of the methods tested produced results that correlated with THMFP, the GOSE intensities determined for different regions of the NMR spectra did reflect the relative abundance of different types of functional groups produced by lignin oxidation. In addition, the GOSE-edited diffusion results suggest that the isolated protons, those most reactive to chlorination, are more likely contained in the larger molecular weight fractions of fulvic acids.

  17. Identifying trends for understanding the role of humic substances in the environmental behavior of radionuclides

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    Czerwinski, K.R.; Buckau, G.

    1999-07-01

    Humic substances are expected to have a major role in the environmental speciation of radionuclides. If the speciation of the radionuclide humic complex can be adequately modeled, predictions of its fate and transport may be possible. Additionally, humic substances have been shown to adsorb to a variety of mineral surfaces. The humic coated surfaces also interact with aqueous radionuclides, complicating environmental behavior. Studies indicate the importance of pH, ionic strength, and humic substance concentration in understanding the impact of humic substances on radionuclide speciation. However, values obtained to describe complexation or sorption vary and are difficult to compare and incorporate into existing geochemical codes due to variations in humic complexation models or concepts. This obscures intercomparison and the utility of the resulting values. This work shows results based on different concepts can be evaluated with the charge neutralization model, yielding similar stability constant values. The consistent stability constants found with the charge neutralization model can be used for intercomparison and identification of behavioral trends. A speciation calculation of a contaminated site using identified trends between humic and fulvic acid are given. The results yield good agreement between calculation and environmental observations. Laboratory experiments validate the identified trend. Comparisons between aquatic and sorb humic acid are presented and similarities useful for modeling are given.

  18. The simultaneous modelling of metal ion and humic substance transport in column experiments.

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    Bryan, Nick D; Barlow, Jenny; Warwick, Peter; Stephens, Sarah; Higgo, Jenny J W; Griffin, David

    2005-03-01

    Pulsed column experiments using Co, fulvic acid and porous sediment packing, along with up/down-flooding experiments using Eu, humic acid and intact sandstone blocks have been performed. The elution of metal and humic and their distribution along the sandstone columns have been measured. A mixed equilibrium and kinetic coupled chemical transport model has been used to simulate the results. In both cases, one exchangeable and one non-exchangeable component have been used to simulate the interaction of metal and humic substance. For the pulsed experiments, a simple equilibrium approach was used to model humic sorption, while a two component, kinetic model was required for the sandstone columns.

  19. Modeling the oxidation kinetics of sono-activated persulfate's process on the degradation of humic acid.

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    Songlin, Wang; Ning, Zhou; Si, Wu; Qi, Zhang; Zhi, Yang

    2015-03-01

    Ultrasound degradation of humic acid has been investigated in the presence of persulfate anions at ultrasonic frequency of 40 kHz. The effects of persulfate anion concentration, ultrasonic power input, humic acid concentration, reaction time, solution pH and temperature on humic acid removal efficiency were studied. It is found that up to 90% humic acid removal efficiency was achieved after 2 h reaction. In this system, sulfate radicals (SO₄⁻·) were considered to be the mainly oxidant to mineralize humic acid while persulfate anion can hardly react with humic acid directly. A novel kinetic model based on sulfate radicals (SO₄⁻·) oxidation was established to describe the humic acid mineralization process mathematically and chemically in sono-activated persulfate system. According to the new model, ultrasound power, persulfate dosage, solution pH and reaction temperature have great influence on humic acid degradation. Different initial concentration of persulfate anions and humic acid, ultrasonic power, initial pH and reaction temperature have been discussed to valid the effectiveness of the model, and the simulated data showed new model had good agreement with the experiments data.

  20. Dietary taurine supplementation ameliorates the lethal effect of phenanthrene but not the bioaccumulation in a marine teleost, red sea bream, Pagrus major.

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    Hano, Takeshi; Ito, Mana; Ito, Katsutoshi; Kono, Kumiko; Ohkubo, Nobuyuki

    2017-03-01

    The present study was performed to evaluate the effect of dietary taurine on the hepatic metabolic profiles of red sea bream (Pagrus major) and on phenanthrene (a polyaromatic hydrocarbon) toxicity and bioaccumulation. The fish were fed a diet supplemented with 0% (TAU0%), 0.5% (TAU0.5%), or 5% (TAU5%) taurine for 40-55d and subjected to phenanthrene acute toxicity and bioaccumulation tests. Taurine deficiency in feed severely affected the hepatic metabolic profiles of fish, which indicated a complementary physiological response to taurine deficiency. For the acute toxicity test, fish were fed the test diets for 55d and were then exposed to 0-893µg/L phenanthrene for 96h. Tolerance to phenanthrene was significantly improved by 0.5% of taurine inclusion in feed relative to TAU0%, but not by 5.0% inclusion. Reduced glutathione in the liver, which acts as an oxygen-free radical scavenger, was associated with a reduction in the toxicity of phenanthrene. For the bioaccumulation test, fish were fed the test diets for 40d and were thereafter chronically exposed to 20µg/L phenanthrene for 13d followed by depuration for 3d. The activity of hepatic biomarker, ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase, was increased by phenanthrene exposure in the taurine inclusion groups. However, phenanthrene concentrations in the liver and muscle of fish fed TAU5.0% tended to be higher than those of fish fed TAU0% and TAU0.5% during the exposure period. These results indicate that 0.5% of taurine inclusion in feed plays an important role in the alleviation of phenanthrene toxicity but not bioaccumulation. Furthermore, larger amount of taurine inclusion (TAU5%) did not show marked beneficial effects against phenanthrene exposure. This study provides insight about a major concern of environmental contaminants into aquatic environment and can be effectively used for improvement of aquaculture. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Revisiting Mn and Fe removal in humic rich estuaries

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    Oldham, Véronique E.; Miller, Megan T.; Jensen, Laramie T.; Luther, George W.

    2017-07-01

    Metal removal by estuarine mixing has been studied for several decades, but few studies emphasize dissolved metal speciation and organic ligand complexation. Findings from the last decade indicate that metal-humic complexation can be significant for dissolved metals including Cu(II), Al(III) and Fe(III), but little consideration is given to the precipitation of these complexes with humic material at pH < 2. Given that total soluble metal analysis involves an acidification step for sample preservation, we show that Mn and other metal concentrations may have been underestimated in estuaries, especially when humic substance concentrations are high. A competitive ligand assay of selected samples from our study site, a coastal waterway bordered by wetlands (Broadkill River, DE), showed that Mn(III)-humic complexation is significant, and that some Mn(III)-L complexes precipitate during acidification. In the oxygenated surface waters of the Broadkill River, total dissolved Mn (dMnT) was up to 100% complexed to ambient ligands as Mn(III)-L, and we present evidence for humic-type Mn(III)-L complexes. The Mn(III) complexes were kinetically stabilized against Fe(II) reduction, even when [Fe(II)] was 17 times higher than [dMnT]. Unlike typical oceanic surface waters, [Fe(II)] > [Fe(III)-L] in surface waters, which may be attributed to high rates of photoreduction of Fe(III)-L complexes. Total [Mn(III)-L] ranged from 0.22 to 8.4 μM, in excess of solid MnOx (below 0.28 μM in all samples). Filtration of samples through 0.02 μm filters indicated that all Mn(III)-L complexes pass through the filters and were not colloidal species in contrast to dissolved Fe. Incubation experiments indicated that the reductive dissolution of solid MnOx by ambient ligands may be responsible for Mn(III) formation in this system. Unlike previous studies of estuarine mixing, which demonstrated metal removal during mixing, we show significant export of dMn and dissolved Fe (dFe) in the summer and fall

  2. A new standardized method for quantification of humic and fulvic acids in humic ores and commercial products.

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    Lamar, Richard T; Olk, Daniel C; Mayhew, Lawrence; Bloom, Paul R

    2014-01-01

    Increased use of humic substances in agriculture has generated intense interest among producers, consumers, and regulators for an accurate and reliable method to quantify humic acid (HA) and fulvic acid (FA) in raw ores and products. Here we present a thoroughly validated method, the new standardized method for determination of HA and FA contents in raw humate ores and in solid and liquid products produced from them. The methods used for preparation of HA and FA were adapted according to the guidelines of the International Humic Substances Society involving alkaline extraction followed by acidification to separate HA from the fulvic fraction. This is followed by separation of FA from the fulvic fraction by adsorption on a nonionic macroporous acrylic ester resin at acid pH. It differs from previous methods in that it determines HA and FA concentrations gravimetrically on an ash-free basis. Critical steps in the method, e.g., initial test portion mass, test portion to extract volume ratio, extraction time, and acidification of alkaline extract, were optimized for maximum and consistent recovery of HA and FA. The method detection limits for HA and FA were 4.62 and 4.8 mg/L, respectively. The method quantitation limits for HA and FA were 14.7 and 15.3 mg/L, respectively.

  3. Impacts of heterogeneous organic matter on phenanthrene sorption--Different soil and sediment samples

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    Karapanagioti, Hrissi K.; Childs, Jeffrey; Sabatini, David A.

    2001-01-01

    Organic petrography has been proposed as a tool for characterizing the heterogeneous organic matter present in soil and sediment samples. A new simplified method is proposed as a quantitative means of interpreting observed sorption behavior for phenanthrene and different soils and sediments based on their organic petrographical characterization. This method is tested under singe solute conditions and at phenanthrene concentration of 1 μg/L. Since the opaque organic matter fraction dominates the sorption process, we propose that by quantifying this fraction one can interpret organic content normalized sorption distribution coefficient (Koc) values for a sample. While this method was developed and tested for various samples within the same aquifer, in the current study the method is validated for soil and sediment samples from different sites that cover a wide range of organic matter origin, age, and organic content. All 10 soil and sediment samples studied had log Koc values for the opaque particles between 5.6 and 6.8. This range of Koc values illustrates the heterogeneity of opaque particles between sites and geological formations and thus the need to characterize the opaque fraction of materials on a site-by-site basis.

  4. Flame-retardant EPDM compounds containing phenanthrene to enhance radiation resistance

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    Chen, Jian; Huang, Wei; Jiang, Shu-Bin; Li, Xiao-Yan; An, You; Li, Chuang; Gao, Xiao-Ling; Chen, Hong-Bing

    2017-01-01

    Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) compounds with good flame-retardant and γ-ray radiation resistant properties were prepared by adding complex flame retardants and phenathrene. The resultant EPDM formulations have a long time to ignition (TTI >46 s), a low peak heat release rate (PHRR 341 kW/m2) and a high limited oxygen index (LOI >30). Effects of γ-ray radiation on the resultant flame-retardant EPDM was investigated. The formulated EPDM is a crosslinking dominated polymer under γ-ray radiation. The γ-ray radiation resistant property of EPDM was enhanced by adding phenanthrene. Elongation at break of EPDM formulated with phenanthrene could retain 91% after being irradiated to 0.3 MGy and still retains 40% elongation even after being irradiated to 0.9 MGy, which is much better the control. It is expected that the formulated flame-retardant and radiation resistant EPDM materials could meet the requirements for use in radiation environments.

  5. Oxidative metabolism of phenanthrene and anthracene by soil pseudomonads. The ring-fission mechanism

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    Evans, W. C.; Fernley, H. N.; Griffiths, E.

    1965-01-01

    1. Phenanthrene is oxidatively metabolized by soil pseudomonads through trans-3,4-dihydro-3,4-dihydroxyphenanthrene to 3,4-dihydroxyphenanthrene, which then undergoes cleavage. 2. Some properties of the ring-fission product, cis-4-(1-hydroxynaphth-2-yl)-2-oxobut-3-enoic acid, are described. The Fe2+-dependent oxygenase therefore disrupts the bond between C-4 and the angular C of the phenanthrene nucleus. 3. An enzyme of the aldolase type converts the fission product into 1-hydroxy-2-naphthaldehyde (2-formyl-1-hydroxynaphthalene). An NAD-specific dehydrogenase is also present in the cell-free extract, which oxidizes the aldehyde to 1-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid. This is then oxidatively decarboxylated to 1,2-dihydroxynaphthalene, thus allowing continuation of metabolism via the naphthalene pathway. 4. Anthracene is similarly metabolized, through 1,2-dihydro-1,2-dihydroxyanthracene to 1,2-dihydroxyanthracene, in which ring-fission occurs to give cis-4-(2-hydroxynaphth-3-yl)-2-oxobut-3-enoic acid. The position of cleavage is again at the bond between the angular C and C-1 of the anthracene nucleus. 5. Enzymes that convert the fission product through 2-hydroxy-3-naphthaldehyde into 2-hydroxy-3-naphthoic acid were demonstrated. The further metabolism of this acid is discussed. 6. The Fe2+-dependent oxygenase responsible for cleavage of all the o-dihydroxyphenol derivatives appears to be catechol 2,3-oxygenase, and is a constitutive enzyme in the Pseudomonas strains used. PMID:14342521

  6. Properties of the low-lying electronic states of phenanthrene: Exact PPP results

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    Chakrabarti, A.; Ramasesha, S.

    1996-10-05

    The authors report properties of the exact low-lying states of phenanthrene, its anion and dianion within the Pariser-Parr-Pople (PPP) model. The experimentally known singlet states of the neutral molecule are well reproduced by the model. The intensities for one and two photon absorption to various single states are also in good agreement with experiment. From the bond orders of these states, the authors predict the equilibrium geometries. The relaxation energies of these states, computed from charge-charge correlations and bond orders, are presented. The authors also present results of ring current calculations in the singlet ground state of phenanthrene. The authors have also reported energies, spin densities, bond orders, and relaxation energies of several triplet states and compared then with experiments as well as with other calculations, where available. The fine structure constants D and E, computed in the lowest triplet state, compare well with those obtained from experiments. These properties are also presented for the anions and the dianions. The PPP model in these cases predicts a low-energy (< 1 eV) dipole excitation. 31 refs., 4 figs., 9 tabs.

  7. Synthesis of substituted phenanthrene-9-benzimidazole conjugates: Cytotoxicity evaluation and apoptosis inducing studies.

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    Kumar, Niggula Praveen; Sharma, Pankaj; Kumari, S Sujana; Brahma, Umarani; Nekkanti, Shalini; Shankaraiah, Nagula; Kamal, Ahmed

    2017-09-08

    A series of new phenanthrene-9-benzimidazole conjugates has been synthesized by condensing phenanthrene aldehydes with various substituted o-phenylenediamines. The title compounds were evaluated for their in vitro cytotoxic potential against various human cancer cell lines like breast (BT-549), prostate (PC-3 and DU145), triple negative breast cancer (MDA-MB-453), and human colon cancer (HCT-116 and HCT-15) cells. Among the tested compounds, 10o displayed significant in vitro cytotoxic activity against PC-3 prostate cancer cells with an IC50 value of 6.32 ± 0.09 μM. Further, the cell cycle analysis indicated that it blocks G2/M phase of the cell cycle in a dose dependent manner. In order to determine the effect of the compound 10o on cell viability; phase contrast microscopy, AO/EB staining, DAPI staining, and DCFDA staining studies were performed. In these studies, apoptotic features were clearly observed indicating that the compound inhibited cell proliferation by apoptosis. JC-1 staining and annexin binding assays indicated the extent of apoptosis in PC-3 cells. Further, relative viscosity measurements and molecular docking studies indicated that these compounds bind to DNA by intercalation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  8. The effect of soil: water ratios on the mineralisation of phenanthrene: LNAPL mixtures in soil.

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    Doick, Kieron J; Semple, Kirk T

    2003-03-14

    Contamination of soil by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons is frequently associated with non-aqueous-phase liquids. Measurement of the catabolic potential of a soil or determination of the biodegradable fraction of a contaminant can be done using a slurried soil respirometric system. This work assessed the impact of increasing the concentration of transformer oil and soil:water ratio on the microbial catabolism of [(14)C]phenanthrene to (14)CO(2) by a phenanthrene-degrading inoculum. Slurrying (1:1, 1:2, 1:3 and 1:5 soil:water ratios) consistently resulted in statistically higher rates and extents of mineralisation than the non-slurried system (2:1 soil:water ratio; P<0.01). The maximum extents of mineralisation observed occurred in the 1:2-1:5 soil:water ratio microcosms irrespective of transformer oil concentration. Transformer oil concentrations investigated displayed no statistically significant effect on total mineralisation (P>0.05). Soil slurries 1:2 or greater, but less than 1:5 (soil:water), are recommended for bioassay determinations of total contaminant bioavailability du