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Is there a linkage between bioaccumulation and the effects of alkylphenols on male breams (Abramis brama)?

: Klein, R.; Bartel, M.; He, X.; Müller, J.; Quack, M.


Environmental research 98 (2005), Nr.1, S.55-63
ISSN: 0013-9351
Fraunhofer IME ()

There was some evidence from a previous study that estrogenic disruptors, like alkylphenols, could effect fish in the small River Saar of Southwestern Germany. Concentrations of 4NP and 4NP1EO found in breams (Abramis brama) in the Saar River were much higher than those found in other sampling sites of the German Environmental Specimen Bank, including those from sampling sites in the Rivers Elbe, Rhine, Mulde, and Saale and in Lake Belau. We studied the relationship between accumulation and effect using vitellogenin (vtg) and a hepatosomatic index (HSI) of estrogenic effects and by measuring concentrations of AP and APE accumulated in breams caught at six sampling sites in the River Saar and one in the River Mosel. To link these results with those of the previous study we standardized our sampling efforts to obtain comparable data. Elevated vtg levels were found in the breams at all sampling sites near to or downstream of sewage plant discharges, whereas low vtg levels corresponded to sampling sites not influenced by municipal waste water. While HSI values did not correspond to the location of sampling sites, there was a weak but statistically significant correlation to vtg concentrations. Concentrations of four AP and APE were much more lower, as in the previous study, and were neither linked with sewage treatment plant discharges nor correlated with vtg levels. In conclusion, a linkage between accumulation and the effects of AP and APE could not be established, but the relationship between elevated vtg concentrations and municipal waste water, which contains other important endocrine disruptors, was clear.