Differential bioaccumulation behaviour of Ag and Cd during the early development of the cuttlefish Sepia officinalis

Type Article
Date 2008-02
Language English
Author(s) Lacoue Labarthe T1, Warnau A2, Oberhansli F2, Teyssie J2, Koueta Noussithe3, Bustamante Paco1, 4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ La Rochelle, CNRS, UMR 6250, F-17042 La Rochelle 01, France.
2 : Marine Environm Labs, IAEA, MC-98000 Monaco, Monaco.
3 : Univ Caen, IFREMER, UMR 100, Lab Biol & Biotechnol Marines, F-14032 Caen 05, France.
Source Aquatic Toxicology (0166-445X) (Elsevier), 2008-02 , Vol. 86 , N. 3 , P. 437-446
DOI 10.1016/j.aquatox.2007.12.005
WOS© Times Cited 30
Keyword(s) Cephalopod, Permeability, Eggshell, Embryo, Biokinetics, Silver, Cadmium

Cuttlefish eggs were exposed to background concentrations of dissolved Ag and Cd, using the radiotracers Ag-110m and Cd-109. At different time of the embryonic development (50 days), some eggs were placed in non-contaminating conditions. During the experiment, the uptake and depuration kinetics, and distribution of these metals among the egg compartments (i.e. eggshell, vitellus, peri-vitelline fluid and embryo) were assessed. In parallel, experiments were conducted with sub-lethal concentrations of stable Ag and Cd (2 and 1 mu g l(-1), respectively) to compare the metal behaviour at higher concentrations. From the spawning date up to I month of development, both metals were taken up efficiently by the eggs, reaching load/concentration ratio (LCR) of 1059 +/- 75 and 239 +/- 22 for Ag-110m and Cd-109, respectively. From this time onwards, Ag-110m activity continued to increase in eggs, whereas 109Cd kinetics displayed a significant decrease. Whatever the developmental stage, Cd was mainly associated with the eggshell all along the exposure experiment. In addition, both stable Cd concentrations and Cd-109 LCR remained low in the embryo all along the embryonic development, indicating that the eggshell acted as an efficient shield against the penetration of this metal. In contrast, Ag-110m passed through the eggshell from day 30 onwards and was then accumulated in the embryo, which contained more than 40% of the whole egg metal burden at the end of the exposure period. In deputation conditions, it is noteworthy that Ag continued to accumulate in the embryo indicating translocation processes from the eggshell and a high affinity of the metal for the embryo tissues. Overall our results showed that at day 30 of the embryonic development the cuttlefish eggshell becomes permeable to Ag but not to Cd. Exposure to stable metals confirmed the saturation capacities of the eggshell for Cd and the Ag penetration properties. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V.. All rights reserved.

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