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Ingestion of metal-nanoparticle contaminated food disrupts endogenous microbiota in zebrafish (Danio rerio).
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PMID:  23262071     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Nanoparticles (NPs) can be ingested by organisms, and NPs with antimicrobial properties may disrupt beneficial endogenous microbial communities and affect organism health. Zebrafish were fed diets containing Cu-NPs or Ag-NPs (500 mg kg(-1) food), or an appropriate control for 14 d. Intestinal epithelium integrity was examined by transmission electron microscopy, and microbial community structure within the intestine was assessed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) of partial 16S rRNA. No lesions were observed in intestinal epithelia; however, presence of NPs in diets changed intestinal microbial community structure. In particular, some beneficial bacterial strains (e.g., Cetobacterium somerae) were suppressed to non-detectable levels by Cu-NP exposure, and two unidentified bacterial clones from the Firmicutes phylum were sensitive (not detected) to Cu, but were present in Ag and control fish. Unique changes in zebrafish microbiome caused by exposure to Ag-NP and Cu-NP indicate that NP ingestion could affect digestive system function and organism health.
Daniel L Merrifield; Benjamin J Shaw; Glenn M Harper; Imad P Saoud; Simon J Davies; Richard D Handy; Theodore B Henry
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)     Volume:  174C     ISSN:  1873-6424     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Pollut.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804476     Medline TA:  Environ Pollut     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  157-163     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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