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Long-term exposure effects in vitellogenin, sex hormones, and biotransformation enzymes in female carp in relation to a sewage treatment works

AuthorsSolé, Montserrat ; Raldúa, Demetrio; Barceló, Damià ; Porte Visa, Cinta
Sex hormones
Ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase
Glutathione S-transferase
Female carp
Cyprinus carpio
Sewage treatment works
Issue Date7-Mar-2003
CitationEcotoxicology and Environmental Safety 56(3): 373-380 (2003)
AbstractIn the present study, the estrogenic response in the reproductive cycle of female carp, Cyprinus carpio, in relation to a sewage treatment works (STWs) was measured as: alterations in plasmatic and hepatic vitellogenin (VTG) content, plasma levels of testosterone (T) and estradiol (E2), and effects on key enzymes of phases I and II biotransformation, ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase (EROD) and glutathione S-transferase (GST). Low plasma VTG content in females collected 4 km downstream of an effluent discharge suggested possible estrogenic disturbances; however, hepatic VTG content and sex hormone levels did not mirror this. In fact, E2 and T largely fluctuated among fish, with individual variations even greater than among sampling stations or periods. This suggests that at moderately polluted sites, biological variations of female carp and genetic particularities are prevalent. Hepatic biotransformation enzymes, such as EROD, increased with increasing water temperature while, in contrast, GST was maximal at the lowest water temperature.
Description8 pages, 3 figures, 1 table.-- PMID: 14575677 [PubMed].-- Printed version published Nov 2003.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0147-6513(02)00143-4
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