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Title: Effects of the essential metals copper and zinc in two freshwater detritivores species: biochemical approach
Author: Quintaneiro, C.
Ranville, J.
Nogueira, A. J. A.
Keywords: Copper
Oxidative stress
Integrated biomarker response
Freshwater invertebrates
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: The input of metals into freshwater ecosystems from natural and anthropogenic sources impairs water quality and can lead to biological alterations in organisms and plants, compromising the structure and the function of these ecosystems. Biochemical biomarkers may provide early detection of exposure to contaminants and indicate potential effects at higher levels of biological organisation. The effects of 48 h exposures to copper and zinc on Atyaephyra desmarestii and Echinogammarus meridionalis were evaluated with a battery of biomarkers of oxidative stress and the determination of ingestion rates. The results showed different responses of biomarkers between species and each metal. Copper inhibited the enzymatic defence system of both species without signs of oxidative damage. Zinc induced the defence system in E. meriodionalis with no evidence of oxidative damage. However, in A. desmarestii exposed to zinc was observed oxidative damage. In addition, only zinc had significantly reduced the ingestion rate and just for E. meridionalis. The value of the integrated biomarkers response increased with concentration of both metals, which indicates that might be a valuable tool to interpretation of data as a whole, as different parameters have different weight according to type of exposure.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2015.04.006
ISSN: 0147-6513
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