The Korean government reported that in 2005, 4395 tons/day of sewage sludge were generated from sewage disposal facilities
in Korea and only 11.03% of it was reused. In addition, as a direct landfill of sewage sludge was forbidden from June 2003,
research for a relevant disposal technique has been increasing. In this study, the aims were to analyze the collected sewage
sludge samples and to evaluate the possibility for their reuse by a comparison of the elemental contents from a sewage sludge
and a cover soil. Sludge samples were collected from a sewage disposal plant in Daejeon city and the cover soil was produced
by a dilution of a sewage sludge with quicklime. Instrumental neutron activation analysis was employed to determine the elemental
contents in the samples. Twenty seven elements were analyzed and their concentrations were compared.
Authors:J.-M. Lim, J.-H. Lee, Y.-S. Chung, J.-H. Moon and K.-H. Kim
In order to study the effects of air pollution, about 1,300 samples of airborne particulate matter (APM) were collected at
suburban and industrial sites, in Daejeon, Korea from 1998 to 2006. The concentrations of carcinogenic (As and Cr) and non-carcinogenic
metals (Al, Mn, and Zn) were determined by using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). These long-term metal concentration
data were applied to a risk assessment of inhalation exposure using Monte Carlo analysis (MCA).
Authors:J. Lim, J. Lee, G. Sun, J. Moon, Y. Chung and K. Kim
In order to expand the utilization of phellinus mushrooms as a dietary supplement, we attempted to evaluate the chemical composition by measuring its inorganic elemental
content with the aid of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Twenty seven phellinus mushrooms samples were collected from Korea, Cambodia, and Vietnam. A total of 28 elements were analyzed in the phellinus mushroom samples using the INAA. The concentrations of Ca, K, and Mg are much higher than those of other elements in phellinus mushroom samples. The sum of determined elemental concentration in Cambodia samples was about 2–6 times higher than those
in Korea and Vietnam samples, respectively. Based on our measurement data, we attempted to discriminate the geographical origin
using principal components analysis (PCA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA). The geogrpahical origins of all samples
were clearly classified with correct classification rate of 100%.
Authors:J. Moon, S. Kim, Y. Chung, J. Lim, G. Ahn and M. Koh
A delayed neutron counting system has been implemented at the HANARO research reactor in 2007. Thermal neutron flux measured
at the NAA #2 irradiation hole coupled to the delayed counting system, was higher than 3 × 1013 n cm−2 s−1. The delayed neutron counting system is composed of 18 3He detectors which are divided into three groups with six detectors and the collected signals of each group are processed
to a digital signal. The count numbers were measured with the uranium mass by using NIST SRMs under fixed analytical condition
and their correlation could be determined. Finally, delayed neutron activation analysis has been carried out for the determination
of uranium mass fraction in the collected environmental samples.
Authors:H Jee, E Ochi, T Sakurai, J-Y Lim, K Nakazato and H Hatta
We used the model of eccentric contraction of the hindlimb muscle by Ochi et al. to examine the role of eccentric contraction in muscle plasticity. This model aims to focus on stimulated skeletal muscle responses by measuring tissue weights and tracing the quantities of αB-crystallin and tubulin. The medial gastrocnemius muscle (GCM) responded to electrically induced eccentric contraction (EIEC) with significant increases in tissue weight (p < 0.01) and the ratio of tissue weight to body weight (p < 0.05); however, there was a decrease in soleus muscle weight after EIEC. EIEC in the GCM caused contractile-induced sustenance of the traced proteins, but the soleus muscle exhibited a remarkable decrease in α-tubulin and a 19% decrease in αB-crystallin. EIEC caused fast-to-slow myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoform type-oriented shift within both the GCM and soleus muscle. These results have shown that different MHC isoform type-expressing slow and fast muscles commonly undergo fast-to-slow type MHC isoform transformation. This suggests that different levels of EIEC affected each of the slow and fast muscles to induce different quantitative changes in the expression of αB-crystallin and α-tubulin.