ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Interactive Effects of Copper, Fluorene, and Fluoranthene on Enzymatic Biomarkers and Metallothionein Levels in Crucian Carp (Carassius auratus)
Guanghua Lu1, 2, Hao Wu2, Jiannan Ding3
 
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1College of Hydraulic and Civil Engineering, XiZang Agricultural and Animal Husbandry College,
Linzhi, 860000, China
2Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resources Development of Shallow Lakes of Ministry
of Education, College of the Environment, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
3School of the Environment and Civil Engineering, Jiangnan University,
Wuxi 214122, China
Online publication date: 2017-12-22
Publication date: 2018-01-02
Submission date: 2017-04-23
Final revision date: 2017-07-03
Acceptance date: 2017-07-11
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2018;27(1):183–190
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To evaluate potential interactive effects of metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on biomarker responses, groups of the freshwater fish crucian carp (Carassius auratus) were exposed to single and binary combinations of copper (Cu) (0.01-0.16 mg L-1) with fluorene (Fl) or fluoranthene (Fluo) (2-10 mg kg-1) for 96 h. Dose-dependent increases in the activities of phases I and II metabolic enzymes [7-ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase (EROD) and glutathione-S-transferase (GST), respectively] were observed in fish liver exposed to Fl and Fluo, but these enzyme activities did not differ significantly from the controls when co-treated with higher concentrations of Cu, suggesting an inhibiting interaction on the metabolic enzymes. Although Cu did not alter catalase (CAT) activity, CAT activity was decreased in fish liver exposed to the two PAHs alone or in combination with Cu. Although metallothionein (MT) content in gills was significantly increased following exposure to Cu alone or in combination with Fl and Fluo, the induction folds of MT decreased under co-exposure. Co-exposures to these chemicals invoked complex biomarker responses in fish liver and gills. These results highlight the need for careful consideration of the interactive effects of multiple environmental stressors on fish.
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