Active biomonitoring in Greek coastal waters: Application of the integrated biomarker response index in relation to contaminant levels in caged mussels

Type Article
Date 2011-12
Language English
Author(s) Tsangaris Catherine1, Hatzianestis Ioannis1, Catsiki Vassiliki-Angelique1, Kormas Konstantinos Ar2, Strogyloudi Evangelia1, Neofitou Christos2, Andral Bruno3, Galgani FrancoisORCID4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Hellen Ctr Marine Res, Inst Oceanog, Anavyssos 19013, Greece.
2 : Univ Thessaly, Fac Agr Sci, Dept Ichthyol & Aquat Environm, Volos 38446, Greece.
3 : IFREMER, Lab Provence Azar Corse, F-83507 La Seyne Sur Mer, France.
4 : IFREMER, Lab Environm Ressources Languedoc Roussillon, F-34203 Sete, France.
Source Science Of The Total Environment (0048-9697) (Elsevier Science Bv), 2011-12 , Vol. 412 , P. 359-365
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.10.028
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Keyword(s) Pollution, Biomarkers, Monitoring, Mussel caging, Mytilus galloprovincialis, Mediterranean Sea
Abstract An integrated approach using biomarkers and contaminant levels in mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis L was employed to assess chemical contamination in Greek coastal waters within the framework of the MYTIMED program. Biomarkers (metallothioneins, glutathione S-transferase, catalase, acetylcholinesterase and RNA:DNA ratio) have been previously described in mussels caged at 14 sites in coastal areas influenced by different types of anthropogenic activities. This study applied a biomarker index, the Integrated Biomarker Response (IBR) to summarize biomarker responses and relate stress levels to concentrations of organochlorine compounds (PCBs, DDTs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and metals (Cu, Ni, Fe, Zn) measured in the mussel tissues. The IBR index indicated environmental stress at sites near cities and industries and was overall related to organic contaminants, but also elevated metal concentrations at certain sites. Slightly increased IBR values at few sites away from known pollution sources were not accompanied with increased contaminant levels suggesting stress possibly caused by natural factors. Results confirmed the usefulness of integration of biological effects measurements and chemical analysis for the assessment of chemical contamination in coastal waters. (C) 2011 Elsevier By. All rights reserved.
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Tsangaris Catherine, Hatzianestis Ioannis, Catsiki Vassiliki-Angelique, Kormas Konstantinos Ar, Strogyloudi Evangelia, Neofitou Christos, Andral Bruno, Galgani Francois (2011). Active biomonitoring in Greek coastal waters: Application of the integrated biomarker response index in relation to contaminant levels in caged mussels. Science Of The Total Environment, 412, 359-365. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.10.028 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00059/17033/