Jana Kovarova

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Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) such as perfluoro-octane sulphonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are emerging environmental pollutants, arising mainly from their use as surface treatment chemicals, polymerization aids and surfactants. They are ubiquitous, persistent and bioaccumulative in the environment. Perfluorinated compounds are being(More)
Due to anthropogenic activities, heavy metals still represent a threat for various trophic levels. If aquatic animals are exposed to heavy metals we can obviously observe considerable toxicity. It is well known that an organism affected by cadmium (Cd) synthesize low molecular mass thiol compounds rich in cysteine (Cys), such as metallothioneins (MT) and(More)
Structured surface is an important property of polymer biomaterials for tissue engineering, for its capacity to expose domains with different surface energy and functional groups. For this purpose, amphiphilic A-B-A block copolymers with polylactide (PLA) as A blocks and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO 3, Mn = 3090; PEO6, Mn = 6110) as B block were synthesized by(More)
OBJECTIVES The study was designed to assess the pollution of the Svitava and Svratka rivers in and around the industrial city of Brno (Czech Republic) by persistent organic pollutants using selected biochemical markers in chub. DESIGN Levels of selected biochemical markers were measured in liver and plasma samples of chub. The concentrations of persistent(More)
Due to anthropogenic activities, heavy metals still represent a threat for various trophic levels. If aquatic animals are exposed to heavy metals, we can obviously observe considerable toxicity. It is well known that organisms treated with heavy metals synthesize low molecular mass compounds rich in cysteine. In this work the effects of cadmium chloride(More)
Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) was irradiated with accelerated electrons (1 MeV in air) using high dose rates (> 25 kGy/min) and thin specimens (thickness 1 mm). Parts of the specimens were remelted (200 degrees C for 10 min; 150 degrees C for 0, 2, 10, 30, 60 min). All specimens were stored in nitrogen in the dark at 5 degrees C.(More)
Structure and properties of several ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylenes (UHMWPEs), which were crosslinked either by standard, single-step irradiation or by newer, several-step irradiation (sequential irradiation), were compared. To verify the results, the same characterization was carried out for commercially available UHMWPE liners made of(More)
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFHxS, FHUEA, PFOA, PFOS, FOSA, N-methyl FOSA and PFNA) from seven sites on the Svitava and Svratka rivers in the Brno conurbation (Czech Republic) were determined in fish blood plasma and water. Concentrations of PFHxS, FHUEA, FOSA, and N-methyl FOSA were below detection limits. Major compound in fish blood was PFOS (38.9-57.8 ng(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the effect of metals, with special attention of cadmium (Cd), content of the Svitava and Svratka rivers (Czech Republic) on levels of thiol compounds such as metallothioneins (MT), glutathione (GSH/GSSG), and cysteine (Cys) concentrations in chub (Leuciscus cephalus L.) liver and their use as biomarkers. (More)
Alkylphenols and their precursors, alkylphenol etoxylates, are a group of manmade chemicals used mainly as surfactants in domestic and industrial applications worldwide. It has been well established that they have endocrine disruption activity, hepatotoxic, genotoxic and other negative effects on animal and human health. In spite of the effort to reduce(More)