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Bioaccumulation and biomagnification of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in a food web of Lake Michigan.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19882349     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are hydrophobic chemicals and can biomagnify in food chains. Little is known about the biomagnification of PBDEs in the Lake Michigan food web. Plankton, Diporeia, lake whitefish, lake trout, and Chinook salmon were collected from Lake Michigan in 2006 between April and August. Fish liver and muscle and whole invertebrates were analyzed for six PBDEs (BDE-47, 99, 100, 153, 154, and 209). Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios (delta(13)C and delta(15)N) were also quantified in order to establish the trophic structure of the food web. Geometric means of Sigma PBDE concentrations in fish ranged from 0.562 to 1.61 microg/g-lipid. BDE-209 concentrations ranged from 0.184 to 1.23 microg/g-lipid in all three fish species. Sigma BDE-47, 99, and 209 comprised 80-94% of Sigma PBDE molar concentration. Within each fish species, there were no significant differences in PBDE concentrations between liver and muscle. The highest concentration of BDE-209 (144 microg/g-lipid) was detected in Diporeia. Based on analysis of delta(15)N and PBDE concentrations, BDE-47 and 100 were found to biomagnify, whereas BDE-209 did not. A significant negative correlation between BDE-209 and trophic level was found in this food web. Biomagnification factors were also calculated and again BDE-47 and 100 biomagnified between food web members whereas BDE-209 did not. Diporeia could be one of the main dietary sources of BDE-209 for fish in Lake Michigan; BDE-47 and 100 biomagnified within this food chain; the concentration of BDE-209 decreased at higher trophic levels, suggesting partial uptake and/or biotransformation of BDE-209 in the Lake Michigan food web.
Yin-Ming Kuo; Maria S Sep?lveda; Inez Hua; Hugo G Ochoa-Acu?a; Trent M Sutton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2009-11-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ecotoxicology (London, England)     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1573-3017     ISO Abbreviation:  Ecotoxicology     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-25     Completed Date:  2010-06-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9885956     Medline TA:  Ecotoxicology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  623-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 550 Stadium Mall Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Amphipoda / metabolism*
Body Burden
Body Weight
Carbon Isotopes / metabolism
Environmental Monitoring
Fishes / growth & development,  metabolism*
Flame Retardants / metabolism*
Food Chain*
Fresh Water / chemistry
Halogenated Diphenyl Ethers / metabolism*
Liver / metabolism
Muscles / metabolism
Nitrogen Isotopes / metabolism
Plankton / metabolism*
Tissue Distribution
Water Pollutants, Chemical / metabolism*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Carbon Isotopes; 0/Flame Retardants; 0/Halogenated Diphenyl Ethers; 0/Nitrogen Isotopes; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical

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