Eliana lopez Pereira

Eliana lopez Pereira
National University of Colombia | UNAL · Departamento de Ciencias para la Producción Animal (Bogotá)

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Bioplastics have emerged to minimize the ecological footprint of non-degradable plastics. However, the effect of their degradation in aquatic systems, including the interaction with toxic metals, is still unexplored. In this work, the influence of UV-aging on structure, chemistry, wettability, rigidity, and Hg-sorption of commercially available bio...
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Mercury (Hg) is one of the most hazardous pollutants, due to its toxicity, biological magnification and worldwide persistence in aquatic systems. Thus, new efficient nanotechnologies (e.g. graphene oxide functionalized with polyethyleneimine (GO-PEI)) have been developed to remove this metal from the water. Aquatic environments, in particular trans...
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The increasing use of rare earth elements (REEs) in electric and electronic equipment has been associated with the presence of these elements in aquatic systems. The present study aimed to evaluate the toxicity of two REEs, Lanthanum (La) and Gadolinium (Gd), towards the mussel species Mytilus galloprovincialis. For this, the toxicity was assessed...
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Biosorbent materials such as nut shells has been considered a promising alternative to the classic methods to remove potentially toxic elements from contaminated waters, improving water quality for other uses. The present study evaluated the sorption capacity of almond, hazelnut, pistachio and walnut shells for the single and simultaneous removal o...
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In the context of alternatives to animal testing, and since wastewater composition is highly variable, depending on time, day of the week and season, the present study validates the potential of the H9c2(2 − 1) cell-based sulforhodamine B (SRB) assay to evaluate the temporal variability of municipal wastewater. The impact of effluent disposal on wa...
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Apple residues, banana peel, eggshell, potato peel, and sweet potato peel were tested as biosorbents to remove top priority contaminants (As, Cd, Hg, and Pb) from contaminated waters. Sorption experiments were performed using 0.5 g of each biosorbent in 1 L of natural tap water spiked with a mixture of As, Cd, Hg, and Pb at realistic concentrations...
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Considering the increasing emergence of new contaminants, such as nanomaterials, mixing with legacy contaminants, including metal(loid)s, it becomes imperative to understand the toxic profile resulting from these interactions. This work aimed at assessing and comparing the individual and combined hepatotoxic and neurotoxic potential of titanium dio...
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This work describes a novel method for integrating a graphene oxide/polyethyleneimine (GOPEI) nanocomposite into a natural three-dimensional scaffold of marine spongin (MS). The objective is to exploit GOPEI's superior performance for sorption of Hg from real water matrices at a realistic low initial Hg concentration (50 µg L-1) and to overcome one...
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Atlantic horse mackerel is one of the most commercially important species in Europe. It can reach a longevity of 30 years, with potential implications in lifespan mercury contamination. This study conducted along the Portuguese coast aimed at evaluating the total Hg content and tissue distribution, to determine the annual mercury bioaccumulation pa...
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Dysprosium (Dy) is a rare earth element with a high economic and strategic value, and simultaneously an emerging contaminant, whose removal from wastewaters is gaining increasing attention. In this work, the Response Surface Methodology (RSM) combined with a Box-Behnken Design (3 factors-3 levels) was used to optimize the key operational conditions...
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The increase of the worlds' population is being accompanied by the exponential growth in waste of electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) generation as a result of the rapid technological implementations. The inappropriate processing and disposal of this e-waste, containing rare-earth elements (REEs) such as gadolinium (Gd), may enhance its o...
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Mercury (Hg) has been increasing in waters, sediments, soils and air, as a result of natural events and anthropogenic activities. In aquatic environments, especially marine systems (estuaries and lagoons), Hg is easily bioavailable and accumulated by aquatic wildlife, namely bivalves, due to their lifestyle characteristics (sedentary and filter-fee...
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Marine bivalves are bioindicators of coastal environmental pollution, integrating monitoring programs worldwide. Nonetheless, the choice of particular species as an indicator requires validation, achieved by understanding the differences in element concentrations among and within species. The present study compares the chemical composition of whole...
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This study examined the mechanism of incorporation of the rare earth elements (REEs), La, Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Tb, Yb, into green (Codium tomentosum, Ulva rigida), red (Gracilaria gracilis, Osmundea pinnatifida, Porphyra sp), and brown seaweeds (Saccorhiza polyschides, Undaria pinnatifida) collected from a single site near the coastline of the Cape Mond...
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Mercury is a very toxic metal that persists and accumulates in the living organisms present in the aquatic systems and its elimination is an urgent need. Two green (Ulva intestinalis and Ulva lactuca), brown (Fucus spiralis and Fucus vesiculosus), and red (Gracilaria sp. and Osmundea pinnatifida) marine macroalgae were tested for mercury removal fr...
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Rare earth elements (REEs) are gaining growing attention in environmental and ecotoxicological studies due to their economic relevance, wide range of applications and increasing environmental concentrations. Among REEs, special consideration should be given to Gadolinium (Gd), whose wide exploitation as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast a...
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The multiplicity and wide variety of applications of electrical and electronic equipment has largely increased with the technological and economic progress and, in consequence, the amount of generated waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Due to inappropriate processing and disposal of WEEE, different chemical elements and compounds,...
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This study focused on the impact of 3 key variables (macroalgae mass, water salinity, and Nd(III) initial concentration) on the performance of two living macroalgae (Ulva sp. and Gracilaria sp.) in the removal and bioaccumulation of Nd(III), finding the optimal operating conditions through the Response Surface Methodology (RSM). Experiments were ca...
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Indicators of oxidative stress and metabolic capacity are key factors in understanding the fitness of wild populations. In the present study, these factors were evaluated in the pelagic Southern Ocean taxa Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) and myctophid fish (Electrona antarctica, Gymnoscopelus braueri and G. nicholsi) to establish a baseline rec...
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In the last decades, the use of rare earth elements (REEs) increased exponentially, including Terbium (Tb) which has been widely used in newly developed electronic devices. Also, the production and application of nanoparticles has been growing, being Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) among the most commonly used. Accompanying such development patterns, emiss...
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The high demand for greener energy and technological innovation require some crucial elements, such as the rare earths Nd and Dy. Being considered two of the most critical elements (high supply risk), it is vital to recover them from wastes/wastewaters, for later reuse. Here, the influence of operational parameters, such as biosorbent stock density...
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Europium (Eu) strategic importance for the manufacturing industry, high economic value and high supply risk, categorizes it as critical raw material. Due to anthropogenic contamination, Eu levels in ecosystems have been growing, which opens opportunities for innovation: its recovery and recycling from contaminated water as element source – circular...
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Gadolinium (Gd) is one of the most commercially exploited rare earth elements, commonly employed in magnetic resonance imaging as a contrast agent. The present review was performed aiming to identify the Gd concentrations in marine and freshwater environments. In addition, information on Gd speciation in the environment is discussed, in order to un...
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To overcome restrictions on the use of fish in toxicity testing, the present study proposes to compare the 50% growth inhibition potential (EC50) of four types of effluents on the rat cardiomyoblast H9c2(2-1) cell line by using the sulforhodamine B (SRB) cell mass colorimetric assay, with the corresponding fish lethal test results. Our objective wa...
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Increasing emissions of Platinum-Group Elements (PGE) into marine environments may negatively impact ecosystems services and organism wellbeing. Removing PGE from contaminated systems using efficient and low-cost technologies can therefore provide a sustainable solution to aquatic system remediation. Previous studies highlight algae’s high binding...
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There is a growing interest in developing more environmentally friendly softeners for hardness reduction of water supplied for domestic consumption. This work focuses on exploring biopolymer-based softeners, through the surface modification of graphene oxide (GO) with the anionic biopolymer κ-carrageenan (GO-Si(κ)CRG). The performance of the modifi...
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The removal of the hazardous Hg2+ from aqueous solutions was studied by ion exchange using titanosilicate in sodium form (Na-ETS-4). Isothermal batch experiments at fixed pH were performed to measure equilibrium and kinetic data, considering two very distinct situations to assess the influence of competition effects: (i) the counter ions initially...
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Coastal organisms (i.e. intertidal or upper subtidal species) live in between the terrestrial and aquatic realms, making them particularly vulnerable to climate change. In this context, intertidal organisms may suffer from the predicted sea level rise (increasing their submerged time) while subtidal organisms may suffer from anthropically-induced h...
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Sorption has been proposed as a promising approach towards a sustainable water decontamination and recently to the recycling of rare earth elements (REE). Although living seaweed have been shown to be capable of removing REE from contaminated solutions, no studies have yet compared the effects of REE competition on sorption onto different groups of...
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Gadolinium (Gd) is a rare earth associated with hospital and urban wastewaters due to its application as contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging. In this work, the uptake of Gd from contaminated seawater by three living marine macroalgae, Ulva lactuca (Chlorophyta), Fucus spiralis (Phaeophyta) and Gracilaria sp. (Rhodophyta) was studied along...
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Potentially toxic elements (PTEs) are of major concern due to their high persistence and toxicity. Recently, rare earth elements (REEs) concentration in aquatic ecosystems has been increasing due to their application in modern technologies. Thus, this work aimed to study, for the first time, the influence of REEs (lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, n...
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Considering the increasing use of Lithium (Li) and the necessity to fulfil this demand, labile Li occurrence in the environment will be enhanced. Thus, additional research is needed regarding the presence of this element in marine environment and potential toxic impacts towards inhabiting wildlife. The aim of the present study was to evaluate Li to...
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Marine organisms are frequently exposed to pollutants, including trace metals, derived from natural and anthropogenic activities. In order to prevent environmental pollution, different approaches have been applied to remove pollutants from waste water and avoid their discharge into aquatic systems. However, organisms in their natural aquatic enviro...
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The development of new graphene-based nanocomposites able to provide synergistic effects for the adsorption of toxic heavy metals in realistic conditions (environment) is of higher demand for future applications. This work explores the preparation of a green nanocomposite based on the self-assembly of graphene oxide (GO) with chitosan (CH) for the...
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Spinel ferrite particles (Fe3O4, MnFe2O4, and CoFe2O4) were investigated as magnetic nanosorbents for removing arsenic from spiked water samples. The nanosorbents were collected via magnetic separation from aqueous solutions spiked with an arsenic concentration that mimics the amount of this contaminant in real water samples. This research shows th...
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It is known that, for marine coastal ecosystems, pollution and global warming are among the most threatening factors. Among emerging pollutants, nanoparticles (NPs) deserve particular attention as their possible adverse effects are significantly influenced by environmental factors such as salinity, pH and temperature, as well as by their ability to...
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Shellfish farming and shellfish harvesting has been practiced for a long time in the Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon (Portugal). Among commercial bivalves, Manila clam Ruditapes philippinarum represents one of the most important species inhabiting the Ria de Aveiro. Introduced in Portugal in 1984, naturalised R. philippinarum clam populations have bee...
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The development of effective sorbent materials to remove mercury (Hg) from real waters is a challenge. Here, we report the simple preparation of high-performance GOPEI aerogel for Hg remediation by self-assembly of high branched polyethyleneimine (PEI) with elevated molecular weight (Mw = 750k) and graphene oxide (GO) under acidic conditions (pH<3)...
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Low recycling rates of rare earth elements (REEs) are a consequence of inefficient, expensive and/or contaminating methods currently available for their extraction from solid wastes or from liquid wastes such as acid mine drainage or industrial wastewaters. The search for sustainable recovery alternatives was the motivation for this study. For the...
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In the last few years the use of nanoparticles (NPs) such as the manganese spinel ferrite (MnFe2O4) has been increasing, with a vast variety of applications including water remediation from pollutants as metal(oid)s. Although an increasing number of studies already demonstrated the potential toxicity of NPs towards aquatic systems and inhabiting or...
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Mercury (Hg) removal by six different living marine macroalgae, namely, Ulva intestinalis, Ulva lactuca, Fucus spiralis, Fucus vesiculosus, Gracilaria sp., and Osmundea pinnatifida was investigated in mono and multi-contamination scenarios. All macroalgae were tested under the same experimental conditions, evaluating the competition effects with al...
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Climate change is leading to a gradual increase in the ocean temperature, which can cause physiological and biochemical impairments in aquatic organisms. Along with the environmental changes, the presence of emerging pollutants such as titanium oxide (TiO2) in marine coastal systems has also been a topic of concern, especially considering the inter...
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The modern technology brought new engineering materials (e.g. nanostructured materials) with advantageous characteristics such as a high capacity to decontaminate water from pollutants (for example metal(loid)s). Among those innovative materials the synthesis of nanostructured materials (NSMs) based on graphene as graphene oxide (GO) functionalized...
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With the technological advances and economic development, the multiplicity and wide variety of applications of electrical and electronic equipment have increased, as well as the amount of end-of-life products (waste of electrical and electronic equipment, WEEE). Accompanying their increasing application, there is an increasing risk to aquatic ecosy...
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The use of banana peels as biosorbent for mercury sorption from different aqueous solutions was investigated in this work. The impact of the operating conditions, such as biosorbent dosage, contact time and ionic strength was evaluated for realistic initial Hg(II) concentrations of 50 μg dm-3. Biosorbent dosage and contact time showed more influenc...
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Water is an essential resource on Earth and the maintenance of its quality led to the incentive of water reuse programmes. Among the most relevant contaminants, mercury is recognized for its toxicity and biomagnifications along the food chain, reason why its removal from aqueous solutions was studied in this essay using two microporous materials fo...
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The extensive use of nanomaterials, namely metal and metal oxide nanoparticles (NPs), in a variety of application areas—such as electronics, medicine, energy, environment, industry, information, security, among others—leads to the end-up of these materials into the aquatic environments. Once there, NPs accumulate in organisms and may amplify along...
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The wide range of applications of rare earth elements (REE) is leading to their occurrence in worldwide aquatic environments. Among the most popular REE is Neodymium (Nd), being widely used in permanent magnets, lasers, and glass additives. Neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets is the main application of Nd since they are used in electric motors, ha...
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The need to overcome logistic and ethical limitations of in vivo nanotoxicity evaluation in marine organisms is essential, mostly when dealing with fish. It is well established that medium/solvent conditions affect dispersion and agglomeration of nanoparticles (NPs), which represents a constraint towards a solid and realistic toxicity appraisal. In...
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Titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles have been widely used in various industrial applications and consumer products. Due to their large production and use, they will eventually enter into aquatic environments. Once in the aquatic environment TiO2 particles may interact with the organisms and induce toxic effects. Since the most common crystallographic...
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Technology critical elements (TCE) are considered the vitamins of nowadays technology. Factors such as high demand, limited sources and geopolitical pressures, mining exploitation and its negative impact, point these elements as new emerging contaminants and highlight the importance for removal and recycling TCE from contaminated waters. This paper...
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Modern societies depend strongly on electronic and electric equipment (EEE) which has a side effect result on the large production of electronic wastes (e-waste). This has been regarded as a worldwide issue, because of its environmental impact-namely due to non-adequate treatment and storage limitations. In particular, EEE is dependent on the avail...
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Recently, anthropogenic enrichment of rare earth elements (REEs) have been reported in natural environments, due to increasing use and discharges of hospital/industrial wastewaters. Gadolinium (Gd), which is mainly used as contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging in medical exams, may reach concentrations in water up to two orders of magnitude...
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The mobility of mercury (Hg) was assessed in sediment from the Union Canal, Scotland, UK. Samples collected from the vicinity of a former munitions factory that manufactured mercury fulminate detonators were subjected to sequential extraction followed by cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CVAAS) and direct analysis using thermal desorption...
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Mussels, such as the marine bivalve Mytilus galloprovincialis are sentinels for marine pollution but they are also excellent bioindicators under laboratory conditions. For that, in this study we tested the modulation of biochemical responses under realistic concentrations of the toxic metal Lead (Pb) in water for 28 days under different conditions...
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In the last decade different approaches have been applied for water remediation purposes, including the use of nanoparticles (NPs) to remove metals and metalloids from water. Although studies have been done on the toxic impacts of such NPs, very scarce information is available on the impacts of water after decontamination when discharged into aquat...
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Environmental compartments are being enriched with myriads of nanoparticles (NPs) known for their unique physicochemical characteristics. Plants are sessile in nature and have greater chance to interact with environmental NPs. Oxidative stress, a condition of imbalance between the pace of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and its metabolism,...
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This work shows the capabilities of living seaweed, Ulva lactuca, to remove As, Cd, Pb, Cu, Cr, Hg, Mn and Ni from contaminated waters. Experiments were performed with three algal doses (1.5, 3.0 and 6.0 g L-1, FW), two ionic strengths (salinity 15 and 35), and trace element concentrations corresponding to the maximum allowed values in wastewaters....
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Abstract: Intake of soil by children and adults is a major exposure pathway to contaminants including potentially toxic elements (PTEs). However, only the fraction of PTEs released in stomach and intestine are considered as bioaccessible and results from routine analyses of the total PTE content in soils, therefore, are not necessarily related to t...
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The decline of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla L., 1758) population throughout Europe has been partially attributed to pollution. As glass eel estuarine migration may represent a considerable threat, the impact of mercury (Hg) contamination at this stage was evaluated through an in situ experiment (7days). Total Hg (tHg) bioaccumulation was eva...
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After use by a wide range of activities and applications, and/or after made available by accidental sources, chemicals of various types remain as major pollutants in the main environmental compartments including soils. Organisms, including plants, and animals/humans, can be exposed to and impacted by soil-associated pollutants. Once in soils, the t...
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This research describes the synthesis and characterization of a periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) with low thiol density, and its efficiency to trap Hg(II) from waters under realistic environmental conditions. Despite the low density of SH groups grafted to the silanol groups of the pristine PMO, the functionalized material displays effective...
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Metal uptake from contaminated waters by living Ulva lactuca was studied during 6 days, under different relevant contamination scenarios. In mono-metallic solutions, with concentrations ranging from 10 to 100 μg L⁻¹ for Hg, 10–200 μg L⁻¹ for Cd, and 50–1000 μg L⁻¹ for Pb, macroalgae (500 mg L⁻¹, d.w.) were able to remove, in most cases 93–99% of me...
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Pristine, amino monofunctionalized and amino and thiol bifunctionalized phenylene-bridged periodic mesoporous organosilicas (Ph-PMO) were synthetized by a simple methodology without any protection/deprotection steps. The Ph-PMO materials were characterized and their potential as new sorbents for Hg(II) was investigated for low-contamination scenari...
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The present study aimed at investigating cytotoxicity and oxidative stress induced by silica-coated iron oxide nanoparticles functionalized with dithiocarbamate (Fe3O4 NPs) in Chinook salmon cells (CHSE-214) derived from Oncorhynchus tshawytscha embryos. A significant reduction in cell viability was evident in response to Fe3O4 NPs as revealed by t...