Samantha Naidoo

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Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTWs) are a ubiquitous feature of the urban landscape. The Banana Bat, Neoromicia nana specifically exploits the high abundance of chironomid midge prey available at WWTWs but these populations also have higher levels of non-essential metals (Cd, Cr and Ni) in their tissues than bats foraging at unpolluted sites. Pollutant(More)
The Banana Bat, Neoromicia nana, exploits pollution-tolerant chironomids at wastewater treatment works (WWTWs). We investigated how pollutant exposure impacts the detoxification organs, namely the liver and kidney of N. nana. (i) We performed SEM-EDS to quantify metal content and mineral nutrients, and found significant differences in essential metal (Fe(More)
Rhodococcus equi and species of Nocardia and Gordonia may be human opportunistic pathogens. We find that these, as well as several isolates from closely related genera, are highly susceptible to the imidazoles bifonazole, clotrimazole, econazole, and miconazole, whose MICs are </=1 micro g/ml. In liquid cultures 1 micro g of the drug/ml was bacteriostatic(More)
In this study we tested the hypothesis that the decrease in habitat quality at wastewater treatment works (WWTW), such as limited prey diversity and exposure to the toxic cocktail of pollutants, affect fatty acid profiles of interscapular brown adipose tissue (iBrAT) in bats. Further, the antioxidant capacity of oxidative tissues such as pectoral and(More)
BACKGROUND The kallikrein-kinin system (KKS) is an endogenous pathway involved in angiogenesis and tumourigenesis, both vital for cancer growth and progression. OBJECTIVES To investigate the effect of two bradykinin receptor (B1R and B2R) agonists on growth and motility of prostate tumour (DU145) and micro-vascular endothelial cells (dMVECs). METHODS(More)
Using a newly-devised chromatographic method for the separation of the acetic and propionic analogues of triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), we studied the metabolism of radioactively labeled T3 and T4 in rat brain homogenates to determine whether the rates of metabolism and the types of products formed are influenced by the age of the animal. The(More)
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