Learn More
Distribution coefficients (K(d)) between water and activated sludge particles (f(oc)=27.7+/-0.1%) were measured for the steroid estrogens (SE), estrone (E1), 17beta-estradiol (E2) and 17alpha-ethinylestradiol (EE2) in batch experiments. Experimental concentration levels ranged from environmentally realistic low ng/l to the high microg/l. In this range K(d)s(More)
The effects of three model endocrine disruptors, prochloraz, ketoconazole and genistein on steroidogenesis were tested in the adrenocortical H295R cell line to demonstrate that a broader mechanistic understanding can be achieved in one assay by applying chemical analysis to the H295R assay. Seven key steroid hormones (pregnenolone, progesterone,(More)
Recent findings of poor semen quality among at least 20% of normal young men in Denmark prompted us to use unique Danish registers on births and induced abortions to evaluate a possible effect of the poor male fecundity on pregnancy rates among their presumed partners--the younger cohorts of women. We have analysed data from the Danish birth and abortion(More)
Metagenomic approaches are widespread in microbiological research, but so far, the knowledge on extrachromosomal DNA diversity and composition has largely remained dependant on cultivating host organisms. Even with the emergence of metagenomics, complete circular sequences are rarely identified, and have required manual curation. We propose a robust in(More)
BACKGROUND The increasing interest in small non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) such as microRNAs (miRNAs), small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) and recent advances in sequencing technology have yielded large numbers of short (18-32 nt) RNA sequences from different organisms, some of which are derived from small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs)(More)
This paper addresses the question of whether subjects are able to assess the perceived time-varying quality of speech material continuously. A method is introduced which is characterized by a subjective continuous rating of the perceived speech quality by moving a slider along a graphical scale. The usability of this method is illustrated with an experiment(More)
Dichlobenil is a herbicide widely used for weed control, mainly in non-agricultural areas and in the aquatic environment. When released into the environment, dichlobenil can undergo many processes such as vaporization to air, binding to soil and sediment, as well as degradation to a number of new compounds. The main metabolite is 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM)(More)
This work determines the principal environmental pollution pathways of pharmaceuticals on the island of Mallorca (Spain). The evaluation was made on the basis of the quantification of pharmaceutical residues by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry in several environmental water samples, including wastewater-treatment plant effluents, municipal(More)
We studied the molecular diversity of β-glucosidase-encoding genes, microbial biomass, cellulase, N-acetyl-glucosaminidase, β-glucosidase, and β-galactosidase activities in the rhizosphere and bulk soil of two maize lines differing in nitrogen use efficiency (NUE). The maize lines had significant differences in diversity of β-glucosidase-encoding genes in(More)