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dc.contributor.authorJacob, Hugo
dc.contributor.authorBesson, Marc
dc.contributor.authorOberhaensli, François
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Angus
dc.contributor.authorGillet, Benjamin
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Sandrine
dc.contributor.authorMelvin, Steven D
dc.contributor.authorBustamante, Paco
dc.contributor.authorSwarzenski, Peter W
dc.contributor.authorLecchini, David
dc.contributor.authorMetian, Marc
dc.description.abstractPlastic pollution has become a major environmental and societal concern in the last decade. From larger debris to microplastics (MP), this pollution is ubiquitous and particularly affects aquatic ecosystems. MP can be directly or inadvertently ingested by organisms, transferred along the trophic chain, and sometimes translocated into tissues. However, the impacts of such MP exposure on organisms' biological functions are yet to be fully understood. Here, we used a multi-diagnostic approach at multiple levels of biological organization (from atoms to organisms) to determine how MP affect the biology of a marine fish, the gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata. We exposed juvenile seabreams for 35 days to spherical 10-20 µm polyethylene primary MP through food (Artemia salina pre-exposed to MP) at a concentration of 5 ± 1 µg of MP per gram of fish per day. MP-exposed fish experienced higher mortality, increased abundance of several brain and liver primary metabolites, hepatic and intestinal histological defects, higher assimilation of an essential element (Zn), and lower assimilation of a non-essential element (Ag). In contrast, growth and muscle C/N isotopic profiles were similar between control and MP-exposed fish, while variable patterns were observed for the intestinal microbiome. This comprehensive analysis of biological responses to MP exposure reveals how MP ingestion can cause negligible to profound effects in a fish species and contributes towards a better understanding of the causal mechanisms of its toxicity.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAquatic Toxicology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchToxicology (incl. clinical toxicology)
dc.subject.fieldofresearchChemical oceanography
dc.subject.keywordsExperimental exposure
dc.subject.keywordsMarine contaminant
dc.subject.keywordsMicroplastic ingestion
dc.subject.keywordsPlastic pollution
dc.titleA multifaceted assessment of the effects of polyethylene microplastics on juvenile gilthead seabreams (Sparus aurata)
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationJacob, H; Besson, M; Oberhaensli, F; Taylor, A; Gillet, B; Hughes, S; Melvin, SD; Bustamante, P; Swarzenski, PW; Lecchini, D; Metian, M, A multifaceted assessment of the effects of polyethylene microplastics on juvenile gilthead seabreams (Sparus aurata), Aquat Toxicology, 2021, 241, pp. 106004
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gro.griffith.authorMelvin, Steve D.

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