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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636272/development-of-biotic-ligand-model-based-freshwater-aquatic-life-criteria-for-lead-following-us-environmental-protection-agency-guidelines
#1
David K DeForest, Robert C Santore, Adam C Ryan, Brian G Church, M Jasim Chowdhury, Kevin V Brix
The US Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA's) current ambient water quality criteria (AWQC) for lead (Pb) in freshwater were developed in 1984. The criteria are adjusted for hardness, but more recent studies have demonstrated that other parameters, especially dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and pH, have a much stronger influence on Pb bioavailability. These recent studies have been used to support development of a biotic ligand model (BLM) for Pb in freshwater, such that acute and chronic Pb toxicity can be predicted over a wide range of water chemistry conditions...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636253/estimation-of-vanadium-water-quality-benchmarks-for-the-protection-of-aquatic-life-with-relevance-to-the-athabasca-oil-sands-region-using-species-sensitivity-distributions
#2
Stephanie Schiffer, Karsten Liber
Elevated vanadium (V) concentrations in oil sands coke, which is produced and stored on the site of some major Athabasca Oil Sands companies, could pose a risk to aquatic ecosystems in northern Alberta, Canada, depending on its future storage and utilization. In the present study, V toxicity was determined in reconstituted Athabasca River water to various freshwater organisms, including 2 midge species (Chironomus dilutus and Chironomus riparius; 4-d and 30- to 40-d exposures) and 2 freshwater fish species (Oncorhynchus mykiss and Pimephales promelas; 4-d and 28-d exposures) to facilitate estimation of water quality benchmarks...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636229/recovery-from-reproductive-and-morphological-abnormalities-in-medaka-oryzias-latipes-following-a-14-day-exposure-to-diclofenac
#3
Hirofumi Yokota, Kaho Higashi, Erina Hanada, Ei Matsuzaki, Yukinari Tsuruda, Tomoko Suzuki, Eiko Nakano, Sayaka Eguchi
Mating pairs of medaka (Oryzias latipes) were exposed to diclofenac (DCF) at measured concentrations of 0 (control), 7.1, 37, and 78 µg/L for 14 d under static-renewal conditions. Effects on reproductive success, as well as morphological abnormalities, of the fish were assessed. During the exposure period, both fecundity and fertility were significantly decreased in the 37 and 78 µg/L treatments groups, and swollen abdomens in females were observed in all exposure groups. Notably, a defect of the lower jaw also was observed in four male fish: two at 37 µg/L, and the others at 78 µg/L of DCF...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636199/widespread-occurrence-and-potential-for-biodegradation-of-bioactive-contaminants-in-congaree-national-park-usa
#4
Paul M Bradley, William A Battaglin, Jimmy M Clark, Frank Henning, Michelle L Hladik, Luke R Iwanowicz, Celeste A Journey, Jeffrey W Riley, Kristin M Romanok
Organic contaminants with designed molecular bioactivity, such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals, originate from human and agricultural sources, occur frequently in surface waters, and threaten the structure and function of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Congaree National Park in South Carolina (USA) is a vulnerable park unit due to its location downstream of multiple urban and agricultural contaminant sources and its hydrologic setting, being composed almost entirely of floodplain and aquatic environments...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636160/species-specific-metabolism-of-naphthalene-and-phenanthrene-in-three-species-of-marine-teleosts-exposed-to-deepwater-horizon-crude-oil
#5
Erin L Pulster, Kevan Main, Dana Wetzel, Steve Murawski
The two most abundant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) measured in the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) crude oil, naphthalene and phenanthrene and their associated homologs, have both been shown to be acutely toxic in fish. Although fish have a relatively high metabolic capacity for PAHs, hydroxylated PAH (OH-PAHs) derivatives formed during the initial metabolic response can negatively impact the health of fish. Species-specific metabolism of naphthalene and phenanthrene was evaluated in three marine teleosts, red drum (Scianops ocellatus), Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) and southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636110/cumulative-toxicity-of-neonicotinoid-insecticide-mixtures-to-chironomus-dilutus-under-acute-exposure-scenarios
#6
Erin M Maloney, Christy A Morrissey, John V Headley, Kerry M Peru, Karsten Liber
Extensive agricultural use of neonicotinoid insecticide products has resulted in the presence of neonicotinoid mixtures in surface waters worldwide. Although many aquatic insect species are known to be sensitive to neonicotinoids, the impact of neonicotinoid mixtures is poorly understood. In the present study, the cumulative toxicity of binary and ternary mixtures of select neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam) was characterized under acute (96-h) exposure scenarios using the larval midge Chironomus dilutus as a representative aquatic insect species...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636099/spectators-or-participants-how-can-setac-become-more-engaged-in-international-climate-change-research-programs
#7
Ralph G Stahl, Jennifer L Stauber, William H Clements
Environmental toxicologists and chemists have been crucial to evaluating the chemical fate and toxicological effects of environmental contaminants, including chlorinated pesticides, before and after Rachel Carson's publication of Silent Spring in 1962. Like chlorinated pesticides previously, global climate change is widely considered to be one of the most important environmental challenges of our time. Over the past 30 yr, climate scientists and modelers have shown that greenhouse gases such as CO2 and CH4 cause radiative forcing (climate forcing) and lead to increased global temperatures...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631839/natural-variability-of-biochemical-biomarkers-in-the-macro-zoobenthos-dependence-on-life-stage-and-environmental-factors
#8
Lucia Scarduelli, Roberto Giacchini, Paolo Parenti, Sonia Migliorati, Agnese Maria Di Brisco, Marco Vighi
Biomarkers are widely used in ecotoxicology as indicators of exposure to toxicants. However, their ability to provide ecologically relevant information remains controversial. One of the major problems is understanding if the measured responses are determined by stress factors or lie within the natural variability range. In a previous work, the natural variability of enzymatic levels in invertebrates sampled in pristine rivers was proved to be relevant across both space and time. In this work, the experimental design was improved by considering different life stages of the selected taxa and by measuring more environmental parameters...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631838/aging-of-zn-added-to-soils-with-a-wide-range-of-different-properties-factors-and-modeling
#9
Xi Zhang, Bao Jiang, Yibing Ma
The aging of metals added to soil is significant in ecological risk assessment and the derivation of soil environmental quality criteria. Semi-mechanistic aging models have been developed for some metals, but not for zinc (Zn). In the present study, a published dataset detailing the changes in isotopic exchangeability with time, after water soluble Zn was added to 23 soils and incubated for 813 d, was used to analyze the effect of soil properties on aging and develop empirical and mechanistic models. Aging was mainly controlled by soil pH, probably due to precipitation, and was linearly correlated with the square root of incubation time, probably due to diffusion...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631837/transcriptional-and-histological-alterations-in-gonad-of-adult-zebrafish-after-exposure-to-the-synthetic-progestin-norgestrel
#10
Wen-Jun Shi, Jian-Liang Zhao, Yu-Xia Jiang, Guo-Yong Huang, You-Sheng Liu, Jin-Na Zhang, Guang-Guo Ying
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Norgestrel (NGT) on the gonadal development in adult zebrafish. Adult zebrafish were exposed to NGT for 14 days at 871 ng L(-1) for microarray analysis, and a follow-up experiment was conducted to further study targeted pathway in adult zebrafish after exposure to NGT at 6.7 ng L(-1) , 83 ng L(-1) and 912 ng L(-1) by quantitative PCR (qPCR) and histology analysis. The microarray analysis revealed that 11545 transcripts were identified. Gene ontology analysis showed organ development, system development, multicellular organismal development, single-organism developmental process and developmental process were significantly enriched...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631836/medaka-extended-one-generation-reproduction-test-meogrt-evaluating-4-nonylphenol
#11
Haruna Watanabe, Yoshifumi Horie, Hitomi Takanobu, Masaaki Koshio, Taisen Iguchi, Norihisa Tatarazako
The Medaka Extended One-Generation Test (MEOGRT) was developed as a multi-generational toxicity test for chemicals, particularly endocrine disrupting chemicals. Briefly, 3 generations of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) are exposed to a chemical over a 20-week period: 3-week in the parental generation (F0), 15-week in the first generation (F1), and 2-week in the second generation (F2). The present study reports the first MEOGRT results concerning branched isomer mixtures of 4-nonylphenol (NP). Adult F0 medaka exposed to NP at 5 actual concentrations (1...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631833/tools-to-minimize-inter-laboratory-variability-in-vitellogenin-gene-expression-monitoring-programs
#12
Aaron Jastrow, Denise A Gordon, Kasie M Auger, Elizabeth C Punska, Kathleen F Arcaro, Kristen Keteles, Dana Winkelman, David Lattier, Adam Biales, James M Lazorchak
The egg yolk precursor protein vitellogenin is widely used as a biomarker of estrogen exposure in male fish. However, standardized methodology is lacking and little is known regarding the reproducibility of results among laboratories using different equipment, reagents, protocols, and employing different data analysis programs. To address this data gap we tested the reproducibility across labs to evaluate vitellogenin gene (vtg) expression and assessed the value of using a freely available software data analysis program...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631831/spatial-and-temporal-trends-and-flow-dynamics-of-glyphosate-and-other-pesticides-within-an-agricultural-watershed-in-argentina
#13
Débora J Pérez, Elena Okada, Eduardo De Gerónimo, Mirta L Menone, Virginia C Aparicio, José L Costa
In the present study, we evaluated the spatial and temporal trends of current use pesticides in surface water and sediments and to determine its relation with hydrological stream dynamics within the agricultural watershed of El Crespo stream. We sampled two contrasting sites: Site 1 (upstream) surrounded by agricultural lands, and Site 2 (downstream) surrounded by natural grasslands. Most of the applied pesticides (i.e. glyphosate, 2,4-D, atrazine, tebuconazole and imidacloprid) were detected in high frequencies in surface water samples at both sites...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628243/using-ultrahigh-resolution-mass-spectrometry-and-toxicity-identification-techniques-to-characterize-the-toxicity-of-oil-sands-process-affected-water-the-case-for-classical-naphthenic-acids
#14
Sarah A Hughes, Ashley Mahaffey, Bryon Shore, Josh Baker, Bruce Kilgour, Christine Brown, Kerry M Peru, John V Headley, Howard C Bailey
Previous assessments of oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) toxicity were hampered by lack of high-resolution analytical analysis, use of non-standard toxicity methods, and variability between OSPW samples. We integrated ultrahigh-resolution mass spectrometry with a Toxicity Identification Evaluation (TIE) approach to quantitatively identify the primary cause of acute toxicity of OSPW to rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The initial characterization of OSPW toxicity indicated that toxicity was associated with non-polar organic compounds, and toxicant(s) were further isolated within a range of discrete methanol fractions that were then subjected to Orbitrap mass spectrometry to evaluate the contribution of naphthenic acid (NA) fraction compounds to toxicity...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628233/spatial-and-temporal-trends-of-poly-and-perfluoroalkyl-substances-in-fish-fillets-and-water-collected-from-pool-2-of-the-upper-mississippi-river
#15
John L Newsted, Ryan Holem, Cleston Lange, Mark Ellefson, Gary Hohenstein, William Reagen, Susan Wolf
In 2011, poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) were analyzed in surface water and fish fillet samples taken from Pool 2 of the Upper Mississippi River, a 33-mile stretch inclusive of the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota metropolitan area. Approximately 100 each of bluegill (BGS), freshwater drum (FWD), smallmouth bass (SMB), and white bass (WHB) were sampled within the study area. Surface water samples were also collected from each of the 10 sampling reaches established for the study. Water and fillet samples were analyzed for perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCAs) (C4-C12), perfluorinated sulfonic acids (PFSAs) (C4, C6, and C8), and perfluorooctane sulfonamide (FOSA)...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627759/vibrational-biospectroscopy-characterises-biochemical-differences-between-cell-types-used-for-toxicological-investigations-and-identifies-alterations-induced-by-environmental-contaminants
#16
Kelly A Heys, Richard F Shore, M Glória Pereira, Francis L Martin
The use of cell-based assays is essential in reducing the number of vertebrates used in the investigation of chemical toxicities and in regulatory toxicology assessment. An important factor in obtaining meaningful results which can be accurately extrapolated is the use of biologically appropriate cell lines. In this preliminary study, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy with multivariate analysis was used to assess the fundamental biomolecular differences between a commonly used cell line, MCF-7 cells, and an environmentally relevant cell line derived from Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) dermal fibroblasts...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618056/improving-substance-information-in-usetox%C3%A2-part-1-discussion-on-data-and-approaches-for-estimating-freshwater-ecotoxicity-effect-factors
#17
Erwan Saouter, Karin Aschberger, Peter Fantke, Michael Z Hauschild, Stephanie K Bopp, Aude Kienzler, Alicia Paini, Rana Pant, Michela Secchi, Serenella Sala
The scientific consensus model USEtox® is recommended by the European Commission as the reference model to characterize life cycle chemical emissions in terms of their potential human toxicity and freshwater aquatic ecotoxicity impacts in the context of the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook and the Environmental Footprint pilot phase looking at products (PEF) and organisations (OEF). Consequently, this model has been systematically used within the PEF/OEF pilot phase by 25 EU industry sectors, which manufacture a wide variety of consumer products...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612479/open-water-and-under-ice-seasonal-variations-in-trace-element-content-and-physicochemical-associations-in-fluvial-bed-sediment
#18
Lorne E Doig, Meghan K Carr, Anna G N Meissner, Tim D Jardine, Paul D Jones, Lalita Bharadwaj, Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt
Across the circumpolar world, intensive anthropogenic activities in the southern reaches of many large, northward-flowing rivers can cause sediment contamination in the downstream depositional environment. The influence of ice cover on concentrations of inorganic contaminants in bed sediment (i.e., sediment quality) is unknown in these rivers where winter is the dominant season. A Geomorphic Response Unit (GRU) approach was used to select hydraulically-diverse sampling sites across a northern test-case system, the Slave River and Delta, NT, Canada...
June 13, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608930/risk-assessment-of-imidacloprid-use-in-forest-settings-on-the-aquatic-macroinvertebrate-community
#19
Elizabeth P Benton, Jerome F Grant, Rebecca J Nichols, R Jesse Webster, John S Schwartz, Joseph K Bailey
The isolated effects of a single insecticide can be difficult to assess in natural settings due to the presence of numerous pollutants in many watersheds. Imidacloprid use for suppressing hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), Adelges tsugae (Annand) (Hemiptera: Adelgidae), in forests offers a rare opportunity to assess potential impacts to aquatic macroinvertebrates in relatively pristine landscapes. Aquatic macroinvertebrate communities were assessed in 9 streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM). The streams flow through hemlock conservation areas where imidacloprid soil drench treatments were applied for HWA suppression...
June 13, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597934/a-comparison-of-four-pore-water-sampling-methods-for-metal-mixtures-and-dissolved-organic-carbon-and-the-implications-for-sediment-toxicity-evaluations
#20
Danielle Cleveland, William G Brumbaugh, Donald D MacDonald
Evaluations of sediment quality conditions are commonly conducted using whole sediment chemistry analyses, but can be enhanced by evaluating multiple lines of evidence, including measures of the bioavailable forms of contaminants. In particular, pore water chemistry data provide information that is directly relevant for interpreting sediment toxicity data. Various methods for sampling pore water for trace metals and dissolved organic carbon (DOC), which is an important moderator of metal bioavailability, have been employed...
June 9, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
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