ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-120404-3
Natural mixtures of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) suppress ovarian follicle development, liver vitellogenin immunostaining and hepatocyte proliferation in female zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Kraugerud, M., Doughty, R.W., Lyche, J.L., Berg, V., Tremoen, N.H., Alestrøm, P., Aleksandersen, M., and Ropstad, E.
Date: 2012
Source: Aquatic toxicology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)   116-117C: 16-23 (Journal)
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Keywords: POPs, ovary, follicle, oocyte, vitellogenin, liver
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Cell Proliferation/drug effects
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation/drug effects
  • Hepatocytes/cytology
  • Hepatocytes/drug effects*
  • Liver/drug effects*
  • Ovarian Follicle/drug effects*
  • Vitellogenins/metabolism*
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical/toxicity*
  • Zebrafish/physiology*
PubMed: 22459409 Full text @ Aquat. Toxicol.

Persistent organic pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) are present in high concentrations in livers of burbot (Lota lota) in Lake Mjøsa, Norway. In order to assess effects of such pollutants on fish gonadal morphology, female zebrafish were exposed in two generations by food to mixtures of pollutants extracted from livers of burbot from Lake Mjøsa (high and low dose) and Lake Losna, which represents background pollution, and compared to a control group. Ovarian follicle counts detected a significant decrease in late vitellogenic follicle stages in fish exposed to the Losna and the high concentrations of Mjøsa mixtures in fish from the first generation. In addition, proliferation of granulosa cells, visualized by immunohistochemistry against proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), was decreased in all exposure groups in either early or late vitellogenic follicle stages compared to control. This was accompanied by increased apoptosis of granulosa cells. There was a decrease in proliferation of liver hepatocytes with exposure to both Mjøsa mixtures. In addition, immunopositivity for vitellogenin in the liver was significantly lower in the Mjøsa high group than in the control group. When analysing effects of parental exposure, fish with parents exposed to Mjøsa high mixture had significantly higher numbers of perinucleolar follicles than fish with control parents.

We conclude that long-term exposure of a real-life mixture of pollutants containing high- and background levels of chemicals supress ovarian follicle development, liver vitellogenin immunostaining intensity and hepatocyte proliferation in the zebrafish model.