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Effects of PCBs sorbed to algal paste and sediments on the stress protein response (HSP70 family) in the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica.

Authors
  • Cruz-Rodríguez, L A
  • Baucum, A J
  • Soudant, P
  • Chu, F L
  • Hale, R C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Marine Environmental Research
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2000
Volume
50
Issue
1-5
Pages
341–345
Identifiers
PMID: 11460715
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study examined the stress protein response (HSP70 family) of reproductively inactive oysters fed 0.7 g algal paste containing 0, 0.35 and 3.5 micrograms polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) daily. A second set of treatment groups investigated the combined effect of PCBs and sediments (0.3 g sediments daily per oyster) on HSP70 response. After 8 weeks of PCB exposure, oyster tissues (mantle and gill) were sampled and analyzed for HSP70. Preliminary results did not show a significant effect in HSP70 response in oysters fed PCB sorbed to algal paste, albeit PCBs accumulated up to 1342 ng/g dry weight in the mantle, and up to 180 ng/g dry weight in gill tissues. However, the addition of sediments caused a significant increase in HSP70 levels of gills and mantle, although the mantle was less sensitive to the sediments.

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