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Selenium in the Environment and Human Health

1st Edition

Edited by Gary S. Banuelos, Zhi-Qing Lin, Xuebin Yin

CRC Press

248 pages

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Selenium is arguably the naturally occurring trace element of greatest concern worldwide. In excessive amounts it can lead to toxicosis and teratogenesis in animals, while the impact of selenium deficiency can be even more significant. Contributors from 22 countries explored the connections and inter-relationships between selenium in the environment, agriculture, human and animal health, and molecular and biochemistry processes to complete this book containing 90 peer-reviewed extended abstracts. The text represents glimpses of the presentations that were delivered at the 3rd International Conference on Selenium in the Environment and Human Health in 2013 in Hefei, China. We are indebted to the international authors representing a multitude of disciplines from academic, industry, and governments for sharing their extraordinary new knowledge on selenium research.

Table of Contents



List of contributors

1 Biogeochemistry of selenium

Role of climatic factors on the terrestrial distribution of selenium

L.H.E. Winkel, T. Blazina, B. Vriens, R. Schubert & C.A. Johnson

Assessing global cycling of selenium: Analytical tools to quantify volatile species and their fluxes

B. Vriens, L.H.E. Winkel, M. Lenz & M. Berg

Selenium in soil profiles and the rhizosphere soils of typical Kaschin-Beck disease areas

Y.Y. Lv, T. Yu, Z.F. Yang, Q.Y. Hou, B.Y. Ji, Y.F. Zhang & L.X. Jin

Selenium distribution linked to monsoon climate in the Chinese Loess Plateau

T. Blazina, L.H.E. Winkel & M. Berg

Fractionation and speciation of selenium in surface soil with deficient and adequate selenium

D. Wang, J. Li, D. Liu & Y. Liu

Selenium speciation in rock from a high selenium region in Ziyang, China

Z. Ma & Z. Bao

Selenium speciation in soils from selenosis area: Comparison between a Sequential Extraction Procedure and XAFS

H.-B. Qin, J.-M. Zhu, Y. Takahashi & L.-R. Zheng

Behaviour of native and applied selenium in Malawi soils

A.D.C. Chilimba, S.D. Young, C.R. Black, M.R. Broadley & J. Lammel

Use of stable enriched selenite tracer in field experiments to investigate short- and long-term fate in soil of selenium

P.D. Tullo, M. Bueno, I.L. Hécho, F. Pannier & Y. Thiry

Use of stable isotope signatures in plants as a tool to explore the selenium cycle in the “critical zone”

H.M. Banning, M. Stelling, E. Eiche, A.K. Nothstein, T. Neumann, R. Schoenberg, M. Riemann & P. Nick

The source-partitioning of selenium volatilization in soil-Stanleya pinnata and Brassica juncea systems

L. Jones, V. Sever, Z.-Q. Lin & G.S. Bañuelos

2 Effects of selenium on animal and human health

Selenium status and widespread endocrine diseases—a critical view

L. Schomburg

The effect of mycotoxins and selenium on the modification of cartilage proteoglycan sulphation

J. Cao, M. Luo, J. Chen, Q. Fu, Z. Zhang & B. Caterson

Selenium nutrition in Africa

E.J.M. Joy, C.R. Black, S.D. Young, M.R. Broadley, E.L. Ander, M.J. Watts & A.D.C. Chilimba

Dietary selenium intake in Zangtang county, a Kashin-Beck disease area in Sichuan Province, China

T. Yu, Z.F. Yang, Y.Y. Lv, Q.Y. Hou & L.X. Jin

Selenium compounds as antioxidants and radioprotectors

K.I. Priyadarsini, B.G. Singh, A. Kunwar, P. Prabhu & V.K. Jain

Difference of geographic region in plasma selenium level with risk of type 2 diabetes patients: Meta-analysis of cross-section studies

X. Jiang, L.-Q. Qin, B. Wang & X.-B. Yin

A preliminary study on inhibitory effect of selenium against Penicillium expansum and Botrytis cinerea

Z. Wu, Q. Wang, M. Li, L. Yuan, X. Yin & Y. Liu

Bioaccessibility and transformations of selenium in the human intestine: Selenium-enriched crops versus food supplements

R.V.S. Lavu, T. Van de Wiele, V.L. Pratti, F.M.G. Tack & G.D. Laing

Food selenium and the prevention of colorectal cancer

G.H. McIntosh, Y. Hu & G.P. Young

Optimizing selenylation of seleno-astragali polysaccharide by Box-Behnken design, its characterization and antioxidant activity

Y.-B. Ji, F. Dong, M. Yu, D. Liu & L. Qin

How can we understand the epidemiology of selenium and type-2 diabetes?

M.P. Rayman & S. Stranges

Selenium in cancer prevention: Did we move too quickly?

J.R. Marshall

Interaction between selenoprotein P and tubulin and the implications in Alzheimer’s disease

Z. Wang, X. Du, S. Qiu, C. Wang & Q. Liu

Effect of sodium selenate on the level of extracellular homocysteine in Alzheimer’s disease model

L.X. Wang, Q. Liu & P. Chen

Study of selenium content in foods in a high HIV prevalence community: A case study in Pala-Bondo district, Kenya

S.B. Otieno, F. Were, E. Kabiru & K. Waza

Anti-hepatoma effects of selenium-enriched foods on rats

X. Lu, J. Wang, X. Yin & L. Yuan

Selenium accumulation and oxidation resistance in rats fed with typical selenium-enriched plant materials

X. Lu, J. Wang, X. Yin & L. Yuan

3 Biological uptake and accumulation of selenium

Characteristics of selenium in soil and plants of Ping’an county, Qinghai province of China

D.S. Yu, D.L. Liang, J.J. Liu, R. Zhang & X.F. Sun

Selenium accumulation in roots and shoots of different Malaysian rice varieties

N. Alifar, Z.A. Rahman, C.F. Ishak, G. Sharifianpour & Y. Awang

Speciation-dependent uptake of selenium by rice (Oryza sativa) from varying substrates

A.K. Nothstein, E. Eiche, M. Stelling, G. Konrad, M. von Brasch, R. Kosmala, T. Neumann, M. Riemann, R. Brendel & P. Nick

Distribution of selenium in orange in the citrus orchards under different soil and water conservation conditions

B.J. Zhang

Different water-and-soil conservation measures in citrus orchard on selenium distribution in red soil

T. Yin

Effect of soil nano-selenium fertilizers on selenium accumulation and distribution in mulberry trees

Y. Deng, L. Yang, Z. Wu, H. Zhang, Y. Xu, M. Li & X. Yin

Effects of selenium on crop yield and accumulation of selenium, nutrients, and other elements in paddy rice

X.L. Chen, C.H. Wei, Z.Y. Bao, H. Tian & Y. Guo

Effects of soil selenate and selenite on selenium accumulation and distribution in Pak choi

L. Guo, D.L. Liang, N. Man & J.Y. Xie

Selenium distributions in Cordyceps militaris from different areas in China

Q. Li & C. Zhang

Drumming up selenium and sulphur in Africa: Improving nutrition with Moringa oleifera

G.H. Lyons, C. Gondwe, G.S. Bañuelos, M.C. Zambrano, A. Haug & O.A. Christophersen

Evaluation of selenium on germplasm and selenium content in wheat seedlings

L.R.G. Guilherme, G.A. Souza, J.G. Carvalho, J.C. Albrecht, M. Rutzke & L. Li

Evaluation of wheat tolerance to high selenium fertilization and its associated SNP markers in common wheat

A. Wang, T. Li, F. Sun, G. Lan, S. Gu & G. Bai

Determination of total selenium and identification of selenium compounds using ICP-MS in Australian wheat flours

W. Tjong, P.D. Morrison & D.M. Small

The effects of selenium on yield and active ingredients of medicinal Chrysanthemum flower at different growth stages X.Q. Yao, C. Si & J.Z. Chu

Protective effect of selenium in oilseed rape plants subjected to cadmium and lead exposure

Z. Wu, M. Li, L. Yuan, X. Yin & Y. Liu

Selenium-resistant microorganisms from rhizosphere of novel selenium hyperaccumulator Cardamine hupingshanesis (Brassicaceae) in Enshi, China

X. Tong, L. Luo, L. Yuan & X. Yin

4 Selenium biofortification

Effects of nationwide addition of selenium to fertilizers on foods and animal and human health in Finland

G. Alfthan

High-selenium upland rice: Agronomic biofortification strategies to improve human nutrition

A.R. Reis, L.R.G. Guilherme, M.F. Moraes & S.J. Ramos

Biofortification of field crops with selenium in Mediterranean conditions

S.P. McGrath, M.J. Poblaciones & S.M. Rodrigo

Uptake of selenate versus selenite in Zea mays: Biofortification of crops and forage

M. Longchamp & M. Castrec-Rouelle

Selenium accumulation in selenium-biofortified tea from Xuancheng, Anhui, China

J. Kong, G. Xi, X. Hong, S. Zhou & Q. Zhou

Selenium accumulation in Chinese milk vetch (Astragalus sinicus L.) from southern Anhui, China

Q. Zhou, S. Zhou, X. Yin & L. Yuan

Use of selenium-contaminated plants from phytoremediation for production of selenium-enriched edible mushrooms

Z.-Q. Lin, S. Haddad, J. Hong, J. Morrissy, G.S. Bañuelos & L.Y. Zhang

Selenium biofortification differences on thin and fat types of edible fungi

L. Luo, L. Yuan & X. Yin

Plants used in the phytomanagement of selenium may be useful for producing selenium-biofortified plant products

G.S. Bañuelos

Effects of selenium fertilization on selenium accumulation, nutrient contents and yield in baby pak choi (Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis)

G.F. Xi, C.-X. Yao, S.B. Zhou & J.J. Kong

Selenium biofortified maize in typical selenium deficient areas of China

Y. Zhu, X. Yin, S. Liu & L. Yuan

The selenium speciation in the seeds of the common wheat genotypes tending to accumulate high concentrations of selenium

T. Li, A. Wang, P. Gong, S. Gu, L. Yuan, F. Li, X. Yin & W. Guan

Microbial-enhanced selenium biofortification of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

M. Yasin, M. Faisal & E.A.H. Pilon-Smits

Selenium biofortification and its effects on flour paste viscosity properties in wheat

P. Gong, T. Li, A. Wang, F. Sun, S. Gu, X. Yin & W. Guan

Screening wheat genotypes for selenium biofortification in Brazil

M.F. Moraes, P.L. Scheeren, J.A.L. Pascoalino, C.R.S. Domingos, G. Orso, H.L. Villetti, F.A. Franco, A. Evangelista & A.R. Reis

Effects of hog manure application on selenium accumulation in agricultural soil and grains

S. Singh, Z.-Q. Lin & T.Q. Zhang

Selenium bioavailability in typical selenium-biofortified foods

J. Wang, X. Lu, L. Yuan & X. Yin

Total selenium contents and selenium speciation in typical selenium-biofortified materials

D. Li, X. Yin, Y. Zhu & L. Yuan

Ethanol extraction of selenoproteins in selenium-enriched yeast in winemaking

Q. Zhou, S. Zhou, L. Yuan & X. Yin

The antioxidant activity in vitro of selenoprotein in selenium-enriched plants

H. Lei & D. Zhou

Selenium biofortification in North America: Using naturally selenium-rich feeds for livestock

J.B. Taylor, J.S. Caton & R. Larsen

Effects of organic selenium on pork quality and carcass traits: A meta-analysis

Q. Zheng, L. Qin, L. Yuan & X. Yin

Biofortification of maternal diets with selenium: Postnatal growth outcomes

J.S. Caton, T.L. Neville, L.P. Reynolds, C.J. Hammer, K.A. Vonnahme, A.M. Meye & J.B. Taylor

The functional agriculture in China: 5-year practice

Q. Zhao & X. Yin

5 Cellular and molecular functions of selenium

The selenoprotein thioredoxin reductase as a key regulator of cellular signaling pathways

E.S.J. Arnér

Molecular regulation of selenoprotein expression by local factors

N.-P. Becker, J. Martitz & L. Schomburg

Human gene of 15-kDa selenoprotein is regulated by NF κB

C. Zou, J. Zheng, J. Li & J. Tian

15-kDa selenoprotein (Sep15) interaction protein screened by a yeast two-hybrid system

J. Liu, J. Zheng, J. Li, J. Tian & Z. You

Overexpression of 15-kDa selenoprotein induces cell apoptosis in Hepg2 cell

J. Zheng & J. Tian

Selenium nucleic acids in chemical and structural biology

Z. Huang

Selenocysteine lyase: Delivering selenium in biosynthetic pathway

H. Mihara, T. Kurihara & N. Esaki

Knock-down of SelR gene induced the apoptosis of human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells

C. Wang, J.Z. Ni, Z.Y. Zeng, Q. Liu & R.L. Zhang

Nano-Se° and selenite ions impact on DNA double-strand breaks induction, repair and signaling: Structural, chemical and biological features

L. Charlet, C. Bochot, F. Bardelli, N. Foray, C.A. Faycal, M. Ferlazzo, C. Devic, A. Granzotto & L. Bodgi

Effect of kappa-selenocarrageenan combined with Epirubicin on proliferation and cell cycle of HepG2 cells

N. Ling, Y.B. Ji, X.M. Cao, N. Cheng, Q.Y. Sun & X. Zhong

6 Selenium pollution and control

Increasing environmental emission of selenium and its countermeasures in China

L.-H. Jiang, C.-L. Zhu, Y.-C. Wen, G. Zhang, N. Duan, Y. Liu & F.-H. Zhu

Concentrations of selenium and other heavy metals in workers at a metal refining factory in Hunan, China

L.-H. Jiang, Z. Zhang, Y.-C. Wen, F.-Y. Xu, C. Zhou, N. Duan & Y. Liu

Chemical characterization on selenium in residues of fourteen factories in Hunan, China

L.-H. Jiang, X.-J. Gao, Z. Zhang, Z.-G. Dan, W.-L. Guo, N. Duan & Y. Liu

Interaction of selenium and mercury in soil-plant system in mercury mining areas and their combined exposure and risk

H. Zhang, X.-B. Feng & T. Lassen

Selenium status and intake influences mercury exposure risk assessments

N.V.C. Ralston & L.J. Raymond

Synchrotron studies of selenium interactions with arsenic

I.J. Pickering, O. Ponomarenko, G.N. George, P.F.L. Porte, K. Strait, J. Gailer, E.M. Leslie & J. Spallholz

Protective role of selenium on arsenic trioxide (As2O3)-induced cytotoxicity in HUECVs

Z. Man, L. Xinying, J. Yanyan, Z. Xiaoyan & B. Jianchao

Removal of selenite from wastewater using microbial fuel cells inoculated with Shewanella oneidensis MR-1

Y. Zhang, Z. Wu, Q. Wang, L. Yang, M. Li, Z.-Q. Lin & G. Bañuelos

Simultaneous removal of selenite and electricity production from Se-laden wastewater by constructed wetland coupled with microbial fuel cells

L. Yang, Z. Wu, J. Wu, Y. Zhang, M. Li, Z.-Q. Lin & G. Bañuelos

Biological treatment systems for removing selenium from water

N. Terry

Engineering plant selenium accumulation: Potential uses and ecological impacts

E.A.H. Pilon-Smits

The applications of selenium stable isotopes in environmental geochemistry

J.-M. Zhu & T.M. Johnson

Author index

About the Editors

Dr. Gary Bañuelos is a Plant/Soil scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, Water Management Research Unit, Parlier, California, and adjunct professor at the University of California and California State University-Fresno. Dr. Bañuelos began work with "green technology" with Professor H. Marschner in Germany and focuses his research on the phytoremediation of soils and waters laden with selenium, boron, and salinity in California, and on integrated production of innovative biofortified and bio-based products (e.g., biofuel, Se-enriched feeds, and organic fertilizer/herbicides). He strives for creating a sustainable green strategy for managing trace elements in the United States and in other parts of the world. Dr. Bañuelos is the principle author of over 140 refereed technical journals on the topic of phytoremediation and has co-edited four books. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in German from California State University, Bachelor of Science in Crop Science, and Master of Science degree in International Agriculture from California Poly-Technical University, while his diploma in Plant Biology was earned at the University of Tubingen, Germany, and doctorate in Agriculture/Plant Nutrition at Hohenheim University, Germany, as a U.S. National Science Foundation Fellow.

Dr. Z.-Q. Lin is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Director of the Environmental Sciences Program at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville in Illinois. Dr. Lin received his BS degree in Environmental Biology from Liaoning University in China, MS degree in Pollution Ecology from Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Ph.D. degree in Renewable Resources from McGill University in Canada. He was a post-graduate researcher on biogeochemistry of selenium at University of California - Berkeley. His research is related to the biogeochemistry of environmentally important trace elements, with a special focus on biological accumulation, transformation, and volatilization processes of selenium in the air-water-soil-plant system. He is the author or coauthor of over 65 peer-reviewed articles published in scientific journals, proceedings and monographs.

Dr. Xuebin Yin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Director of Advanced Lab for Selenium and Human Health, at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Dr. Yin started his research on selenium biogeochemistry, phytoremediation and biofortification with Professor Liguang Sun at USTC in 1998, and continued with Professor Yongming Luo at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. His research is related to the biogeochemistry of trace/macro elements (such as, selenium, zinc, calcium, iron, iodine and fluorine), with a special emphasis on their biological transformation process, health issue and utilization in the agriculture and foods. He is the author or coauthor of over 40 refereed journal and review articles, proceedings, and book chapters. He has worked twice as chair of the organizing committee for the Selenium conference. Dr. Yin received his Bachelor of Science degree (2000) in Geochemistry, Ph. D. degree of Environmental Science (2005) from USTC.

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MEDICAL / Biochemistry
SCIENCE / Environmental Science