1st Edition

Selenium in the Environment and Human Health

ISBN 9781138000179
Published November 10, 2013 by CRC Press
248 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.