Author(s): Varanka Z, Rojik I, Varanka I, Nemcsk J, Abrahm M
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Abstract As a consequence of human activity various toxicants reach the aquatic ecosystems; humics may interact with them and may change their toxicity. Many fish are exposed to a considerable concentration of humics and pollutants. Because of paucity of data on the biochemical action of tannins in the presence of the fungicide CuSO4 a comparative study was undertaken. The alterations of redox-parameters in carp liver were monitored and tissue necrosis was followed by measuring the plasma transaminase activities and by electron microscopy. Tannic acid, a representative phenolic/humic compound, exerted prooxidant effects in carp, which may be partially due to formation of prooxidant intermediates/end-products via its biotransformation. Alternatively, tannic acid may partially inhibit the antioxidant enzymes of fish. The response to CuSO4 was more severe. Although tannic acid alone acted as a prooxidant in fish, electron micrographs demonstrated that it reduced the necrotizing effect of copper, which may be due to the complexing activity of tannic acid with the biomolecules of the hepatocytes and to the H2O2-degrading activity of tannin-CuSO4 combination. Our results indicate that the heavy metal-detoxifying capacity of tannin may be significant; however, tannin-exposure alone or combined with metals may be toxic for fish due to enzyme inhibition and oxidative stress induction.
This article was published in Comp Biochem Physiol C Toxicol Pharmacol
and referenced in Journal of Aquaculture Research & Development