The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of plastic media carriers presence in the activated sludge process through the operation under different solids retention times, for the removal of carbonaceous organic matter and ammonia nitrogen, of two aerobic systems. One of them, called LAC, was constituted by activated sludge reactors with suspended biomass only and compared with another, LAI, with integrated fixed-film activated sludge reactors. The growth of attached and suspended biomass and environmental conditions in the reactors have been monitored. Respirometric analyzes were used to determine kinetic coefficients related to nitrification. It was possible to apply approximately twice the load supported by an activated sludge system, nitrification was extended until low solids retention times related to the aerobic and suspended biomass, and denitrification has occurred efficiently. The specific growth rate of nitrifying bacteria in attached biomass has resulted similar to that observed in suspended biomass
O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar os efeitos da presença de suportes plásticos móveis (carriers) no processo de lodo ativado por meio da operação, sob diferentes tempos de retenção de sólidos para remoção de matéria carbonácea e nitrogênio, de dois sistemas aeróbios. Um deles, denominado LAC, foi constituído por reatores de lodo ativado com biomassa apenas em suspensão, e comparado com outro, LAI, com reatores integrados de lodo ativado com biofilme em leito móvel. Monitorou-se o crescimento das biomassas em suspensão e aderida e as condições ambientais nos reatores. Testes respirométricos determinaram os coeficientes cinéticos relativos à nitrificação. Foi possível a aplicação de carga de aproximadamente duas vezes a que foi suportada por um sistema de lodo ativado, a nitrificação se estendeu até reduzidas idades do lodo aeróbio e a desnitrificação ocorreu eficientemente. As velocidades específicas de crescimento das bactérias nitritantes e nitratantes foram determinadas para o processo com biofilme aderido, resultando similares às obtidas apenas com biomassa em suspensão
Ionizing radiation has been successfully employed to modify the immunological properties of biomolecules. Very promising results were obtained when crude animal venoms, as well as isolated toxins, were treated with 60Co gamma rays, yielding toxoids with good immunogenicity. The achievement of modified antigens with lower toxicity and preserved or improved immunogenicity can be very useful. Ionizing radiation has already been proven to be a powerful tool to attenuate snake venom toxicity without affecting, and even increasing, their immunogenic properties. However, little is known about the modifications that irradiated molecules undergo and even less about the immunological response that such antigens elicit. In the present work, we investigated the immunological behavior of bothropstoxin-1, a K49 phospholipase, before and after irradiation. Structural modifications of the toxin were analyzed by SDS-PAGE. Isogenic mice were immunized with either the native or the irradiated toxin. The circulating antibodies were isotyped and titrated by ELISA. According to our data, irradiation promoted structural modifications in the toxin characterized by higher molecular weight forms of proteins (aggregates and oligomers). The results also indicated that irradiated toxins were immunogenic and antibodies elicited by them were able to recognize the native toxin in ELISA. These findings suggest that irradiation of toxic proteins can promote significant modifications in their structures; however they still retain many of the original antigenic and immunological properties of native proteins. Also, our data indicate that irradiated proteins induce higher titers of IgG2a and IgG2b, suggesting that Th1 cells are predominantly involved in the immune response.