Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 437–446

Synthetic Musks in the Environment. Part 1: Species-Dependent Bioaccumulation of Polycyclic and Nitro Musk Fragrances in Freshwater Fish and Mussels


  • R. Gatermann
    • Dr. Wiertz, Dipl.-Chem. Eggert, Dr. Jörissen GmbH, Analytical Laboratory (WEJ), Stenzelring 14b, D-21107 Hamburg, Germany
  • S. Biselli
    • Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), Wüstland 2, D-22589 Hamburg, Germany
  • H. Hühnerfuss
    • Institute of Organic Chemistry, Martin-Luther-King-Platz, 6, D-20146 Hamburg, Germany
  • G. G. Rimkus
    • Official Food and Veterinary Institute (LVUA), D-24517 Neumünster, Germany
  • M. Hecker
    • Institut für Hydrobiologie und Fischereiwissenschaft, D-22765 Hamburg, Germany
  • L. Karbe
    • Institut für Hydrobiologie und Fischereiwissenschaft, D-22765 Hamburg, Germany

DOI: 10.1007/s00244-001-0041-2

Cite this article as:
Gatermann, R., Biselli, S., Hühnerfuss, H. et al. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. (2002) 42: 437. doi:10.1007/s00244-001-0041-2


Bioaccumulation of polycyclic musks (HHCB, AHTN) and nitro musks (musk xylene, musk ketone, and their amino metabolites) in aquatic biota was investigated by analyzing 18 fish samples (rudd, tench, crucian carp, eel) and 1 pooled zebra mussel sample from the pond of a municipal sewage treatment plant. Furthermore, water samples taken at the effluent of the sewage plant as well as water samples and two series of semipermeable membrane devices (SPMDs) from the pond were included. This comprehensive data set allowed the determination of species-dependent bioaccumulation factors on a lipid basis (BAFL), e.g., for HHCB the BAFL in tench were more than 20 times higher than in eel. The BAFL for HHCB and AHTN in biota were lower than the partition coefficients KSPMD/W obtained from SPMD samples, which are assumed to represent model bioconcentration values. This stresses that metabolism of these compounds in fish must not be neglected.

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