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Bioaccumulation of aluminium in the freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis at neutral pH.
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PMID:  15093429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
This study examined the accumulation of aluminium (Al) by the freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis at neutral pH, when most Al would be predicted to be in an insoluble form (Al(OH)(3)). Snails were exposed to a range of Al concentrations (38-285 microg l(-1)) for 30 days, followed by 20 days in clean water. Aluminium was measured using atomic absorption spectroscopy. Significant accumulation of Al occurred in the whole soft tissues, gut, digestive gland and kidney at the latest by day 10. High concentration factors were observed, ranging from 4.5 x 10(3) in the whole soft tissues to 6.3 x 10(4) in the kidney, corresponding to actual concentrations of 800 to 7500 microg g(-1), respectively. Proportionality between environmental (water) and tissue concentrations of Al was observed in the gut but not in the other tissues. Following transfer to clean water, rapid loss of Al from the whole soft tissues and gut was seen over the first 10 days. Loss of Al from the digestive gland was much less as a proportion of the total, with approximately 90% of the Al remaining in the tissue. In contrast, significant loss of Al from the kidney occurred between days 20 and 30, even in the continued presence of Al; little further loss occurred following transfer to clean water. Aluminium is clearly available to the snail at neutral pH, the most likely route of entry being the gut. This could facilitate entry of the metal into the food chain. The possible roles of the digestive gland and kidney in the handling of Al are discussed.
R Elangovan; K N White; C R McCrohan
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)     Volume:  96     ISSN:  0269-7491     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Pollut.     Publication Date:  1997  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-19     Completed Date:  2005-01-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804476     Medline TA:  Environ Pollut     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  29-33     Citation Subset:  -    
School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PT, UK.
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