Immunotoxicity and oxidative stress in the Arctic scallop Chlamys islandica: Effects of acute oil exposure

Ecotoxicology Research and Innovation Centre, School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, UK.
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (Impact Factor: 2.76). 09/2010; 73(6):1440-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2010.06.012
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With increasing oil exploration in Arctic regions, the risk of an accidental oil spill into the environment is inevitably elevated. As a result, concerns have been raised over the potential impact of oil exposure on Arctic organisms. This study assessed the effects of an acute oil exposure (mimicking an accidental spill) on the immune function and oxidative stress status of the Arctic scallop Chlamys islandica. Scallops were exposed to the water accommodated fraction of crude oil over 21 d (maximum SigmaPAH 163 microg l(-1)) and immune endpoints and oxidative stress parameters were measured. Mortalities were recorded during the exposure and reductions in immunocompetence were observed, with significant impairment of phagocytosis and cell membrane stability. Scallops were also subjected to oxidative stress, with a significant reduction in glutathione levels and induction of lipid peroxidation. After the acute oil exposure had subsided, no recovery of immune function was observed indicating potential for prolonged sublethal effects.

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    • "They have been claimed by several authors to be valuable biological indicators of environmental risks (Van der Oost et al., 2003; Valavanidis et al., 2006) due to their sensitivity as well as their significance as modulation of these parameters reflects a degradation of the functional integrity (Halliwell and Gutteridge, 1999). In the same way, immune parameters have also been investigated in several aquatic organisms exposed to contaminants (Galloway and Depledge, 2001; Hannam et al., 2010; Luna-Acosta et al., 2011; Milinkovitch et al., 2011) and they are considered valuable biomarkers due to their precocity and significance since altered immunity is commonly related to an impairment of the health status of an organism (Amiard and Amiard-Triquet, 2008). The appropriateness of species for biomonitoring (also called sentinel species) depends on several criteria such as how sedentary, how easily collected and how wide-spread 0166-445X/© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. "
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