Author(s): Pyatt FB, Metcalfe MR, Pyatt AJ
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Abstract Snails (Lymnaea peregra) were exposed to both low and high concentrations of copper(as copper nitrate) undercontrolled conditions and then were sacrificed and dissected; various tissues/organs were removed and subsequently analyzed by atomic absorption spectrophotometry to determine both the copper concentration and the nature of localization. At low concentrations, bioaccumulation was evident in various tissues/organs; a dose response occurred in tissues derived from both the head and foot. At high concentrations, the copper concentrations of the liver-like body and kidney became massively enhanced. There was some variability in the ranking of tissues/organs with regard to copper bioaccumulation--this was predominantly linked to the copper concentration to which the snails were exposed. Mechanisms of copper bioaccumulation are reviewed and comparisons with other organisms made.
This article was published in Environ Toxicol Chem
and referenced in Journal of Aquaculture Research & Development