Bioaccumulation and toxicity of CuO nanoparticles by a freshwater invertebrate after waterborne and dietborne exposures

Marie-Noële Croteau, Superb K Misra, Samuel N Luoma, Eugenia Valsami-Jones

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The incidental ingestion of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) can be an important route of uptake for aquatic organisms. Yet, knowledge of dietary bioavailability and toxicity of NPs is scarce. Here we used isotopically modified copper oxide ((65)CuO) NPs to characterize the processes governing their bioaccumulation in a freshwater snail after waterborne and dietborne exposures. Lymnaea stagnalis efficiently accumulated (65)Cu after aqueous and dietary exposures to (65)CuO NPs. Cu assimilation efficiency and feeding rates averaged 83% and 0.61 g g(-1) d(-1) at low exposure concentrations (<100 nmol g(-1)), and declined by nearly 50% above this concentration. We estimated that 80-90% of the bioaccumulated (65)Cu concentration in L. stagnalis originated from the (65)CuO NPs, suggesting that dissolution had a negligible influence on Cu uptake from the NPs under our experimental conditions. The physiological loss of (65)Cu incorporated into tissues after exposures to (65)CuO NPs was rapid over the first days of depuration and not detectable thereafter. As a result, large Cu body concentrations are expected in L. stagnalis after exposure to CuO NPs. To the degree that there is a link between bioaccumulation and toxicity, dietborne exposures to CuO NPs are likely to elicit adverse effects more readily than waterborne exposures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10929-37
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Science & Technology
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2014


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