Esterase activity (EA), total oxidant status (TOS) and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in gills of Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to pollutants: Analytical validation and effects evaluation by single and mixed heavy metal exposure

Lorena Franco, Diego Romero, José A. García-Navarro, Mariana Teles, Asta Tvarijonaviciute

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Abstract

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. The aims of the present study were to optimize and validate methods for esterase activity (EA), total oxidant status (TOS) and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) determination in mussel' gills, and to establish the relationships between these biomarkers and Pb, Cd and Cu pollution, in single form and ternary mixture. Two different buffers for sample homogenization, the need of ultracentrifugation, and analytical validation were evaluated. Coefficients of variation, when buffer without additives and ultracentrifugation were used, were <. 15%, and recovery were 97%-109% in all cases. The EA response tends to decrease with treatments, TOS decreased significantly in Cd and ternary groups, while TAC tended to increase in treatments with Pb, Cd and ternary groups. In conclusion, the methods for EA, TOS and TAC measurements in gills of mussel were precise and accurate and could be interesting resources in biomonitoring programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-35
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Cadmium
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Mussels
  • Oxidative stress
  • Ternary mixture

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