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Title: Biochemical effects of acetaminophen in aquatic species: edible clams Venerupis decussata and Venerupis philippinarum
Author: Antunes, S. C.
Freitas, Rosa
Figueira, E.
Gonçalves, Fernando
Nunes, Bruno
Keywords: Acetaminophen
Lipid peroxidation
Oxidative stress
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Abstract: Acetaminophen (paracetamol) is one of the most used pharmaceutical drugs, due to its antipyretic and analgesic properties that turn it into a primary choice in varied pathologies and conditions. However, and despite its massive use, acetaminophen is not exempt of adverse effects, especially when administered in over dosage, which are related to the formation of toxic metabolites by oxidative pathways. It is thus possible to observe that toxicity caused by acetaminophen is usually mediated by reactive oxygen species and can result in multiple effects, ranging from protein denaturation to lipid peroxidation and DNA damage. The occurrence of acetaminophen has been reported in the aquatic environment, being important to address the potential exertion of toxic effects on nontarget environmentally exposed organisms. The present study intended to characterize the effects of acute acetaminophen exposure on physiological traits (antioxidant defense, oxidative damage) of two species of bivalves, namely, the edible clams Venerupis decussata and Venerupis philippinarum. Results showed a significant increase in all oxidative stress biomarkers, evidencing the bioactivation of acetaminophen into a deleterious prooxidant, triggering the onset of deleterious effects. Furthermore, strong interspecific differences were observed among responses of the two tested species, which was a major issue due to intrinsic ecological implications when one considers that both species share the same habitat.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-013-1784-9
ISSN: 0944-1344
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