Acute exposure to polystyrene nanoplastics impairs skin cells and ion regulation in zebrafish embryos

Phunsin Kantha, Sian Tai Liu, Jiun Lin Horng, Li Yih Lin*

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摘要

The presence of nanoplastics in aquatic environments is a global problem. Accumulating evidence shows that nanoplastics can accumulate in fish and influence internal organs. However, it is still unknown if nanoplastics can impair skin cells (keratinocytes and ionocytes), which play critical roles in maintaining body fluid homeostasis. In the present study, zebrafish embryos were exposed to polystyrene nanoplastics (PS-NPs; 25 nm in size, at 0, 10, 25, and 50 mg/L) for 96 h to test the effects of PS-NPs on skin functions. After exposure to 50 mg/L, the survival rate, ion (Na+, K+, and Ca2+) contents, and acid/ammonia excretion by skin cells of embryos significantly declined. The apical structure of skin keratinocytes was damaged at 10, 25, and 50 mg/L. The number and mitochondrial activity of ionocytes were reduced at 25 and 50 mg/L. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels indicated by CellROX staining showed that both ionocytes and keratinocytes were under oxidative stress. PS-NPs reduced the mRNA expression of antioxidant genes (sod1, sod2, cat, and gpx1a), and promoted apoptosis-related genes (casp3a). Taken together, this study suggests that PS-NPs might suppress antioxidative reactions and induce oxidative stress, leading to mitochondrial damage and cell death of ionocytes, eventually impairing skin functions including ion uptake, pH regulation, and ammonia excretion.

原文英語
文章編號106203
期刊Aquatic Toxicology
248
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2022 7月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 海洋科學
  • 健康、毒理學和誘變

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