Aug 31, 2007

Toxicity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles to rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): gill injury, oxidative stress, and other physiological effects

Aquatic Toxicology
Gillian FedericiRichard D Handy


Mammalian and in vitro studies have raised concerns about the toxicity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs), but there are very limited data on ecotoxicity to aquatic life. This paper is an observational study where we aim to describe the toxicity of TiO2 NPs to the main body systems of rainbow trout. Stock solutions of dispersed TiO2 NPs were prepared by sonication without using solvents. A semi-static test system was used to expose rainbow trout to either a freshwater control, 0.1, 0.5, or 1.0 mg l(-1) TiO2 NPs for up to 14 days. Exposure to TiO2 NPs caused some gill pathologies including oedema and thickening of the lamellae. No major haematological or blood disturbances were observed in terms of red and white blood cell counts, haematocrit values, whole blood haemoglobin, and plasma Na+ or K+ concentrations. Tissue metal levels (Na+, K+, Ca2+ and Mn) were generally unaffected. However, some exposure concentration-dependent changes in tissue Cu and Zn levels were observed, especially in the brain. Exposure to TiO2 NPs caused statistically significant decreases in Na+K+-ATPase activity (ANOVA, P<0.05) in the gills and intestine, and a trend of decreasing enzyme activity in the brain (the latter was not statistically s...Continue Reading

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