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Histopathological Effects and Bioaccumulation of Mercury in the Kidney of an Indian Major Carp, Labeo rohita (Hamilton)

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The effect of mercuric chloride on the histo-morphology and bioaccumulation in the kidney of an Indian major carp, Labeo rohita (Hamilton) were examined after exposing the fish (15–20 cm) to three sublethal concentrations (0.033, 0.066 and 0.132 mg/L) of HgCl2 for 30 days. Mercury deposition in kidney tissues had increased significantly with dose and exposure duration dependant manner. Several histological changes were noted in the kidney of all treated groups in compare to control group.

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The authors are thankful to the University Grant Commission, New Delhi, India for financial support and to the Head, Department of Zoology, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal for providing the laboratory facilities. We are also thankful to Mr. Amitabha Ghosh, Metallurgy Department, Jadavpur University for his assistance during atomic absorption spectrophotometry study.

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Ghosh, D., Mandal, D.K. Histopathological Effects and Bioaccumulation of Mercury in the Kidney of an Indian Major Carp, Labeo rohita (Hamilton). Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 89, 479–483 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-012-0743-3

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Keywords

  • Labeo rohita
  • Mercuric chloride
  • Kidney
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Histopathology