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Is lipid peroxidation induced by the aqueous suspension of fullerene C60 nanoparticles in the brains of Cyprinus carpio?

  • Shinohara, Naohide
  • Matsumoto, Takeru
  • Gamo, Masashi
  • Miyauchi, Arisa
  • Endo, Shigehisa
  • Yonezawa, Yoshitaka
  • Nakanishi, Junko
Published Article
Environmental Science & Technology
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2009
PMID: 19245041


This study aimed to clarify whether fullerene C60 nanoparticles induced lipid peroxidation in Cyprinus carpio brains. A stable well-characterized aqueous suspension of C60 nanoparticle (diameter: 50th and 95th percentiles, 36 and 95 nm respectively) with 0.1% Tween80 solution was prepared by bead milling. Lipid hydroperoxides (LPO) were measured in vitro in homogenized fish brain tissues containing 33 microg/mg-protein dispersed C60 nanoparticles under light and dark conditions to verify the lipid peroxidation ability of C60 and the interference of light exposure by using a commercial assay kit The LPO concentration significantly increased under the light condition but not under the dark condition. This suggests that C60 has the lipid peroxidation ability under light condition, and the light exposure that occurs during the dissection and preparation of fish brain samples containing C60 for the LPO assay interferes with the measurements of the in vivo LPO levels. Therefore, dissection and assay in the in vivo experiment were conducted under a yellow lamp or dark condition to avoid the interference of light. Moreover, the result of the in vitro test suggests that the LPO assay with irradiation might be a good method for detecting C60 in brain tissues. In the in vivo experiment, C. carpio was exposed to 4.5 mg/L nano C60 suspension for 48 h, following which the brain LPO concentration was measured. In the in vivo experiment, no fish died or exhibited abnormal symptoms during exposure. LPO assay of the C. carpio brain samples confirmed the absence of lipid peroxidation after exposure to 4.5 mg/L aqueous C60 nanoparticle suspension for 48 h. Additional LPO assay under irradiation showed that C60 did not reach the brain.

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