Evaluation of DNA Damage in Eurasian Marsh Frogs (Pelophylax ridibundus) by Comet Assay for Determination of Possible Pollution in the Different Lakes in Central Anatolia, Turkey

  • Ugur Cengiz ErismisEmail author
  • İbrahim Hakki Ciğerci
  • Muhsin Konuk


In the present study, adult Eurasian marsh frogs, Pelophylax ridibundus, and water samples were collected from a reference lake and three water bodies in central Anatolia, Turkey, to evaluate the water for chemical pollutants and possible effects of pollutants on the DNA of frog erythrocytes by using a comet assay. The results for DNA damage parameters of the comet assay (total comet length, tail intensity, and olive tail moment) and their statistical analysis by ANOVA demonstrated that P. ridibundus and the comet assay together represent an useful approach for the early detection of polluted water bodies.


DNA damage Comet assay Eurasian marsh frog Pelophylax ridibundus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ugur Cengiz Erismis
    • 1
    Email author
  • İbrahim Hakki Ciğerci
    • 1
  • Muhsin Konuk
    • 2
  1. 1.Biology Department, Faculty of Sciences and LiteraturesAfyon Kocatepe UniversityAfyonkarahisarTurkey
  2. 2.Molecular Biology and Genetics Department, Faculty of Engineering and Natural SciencesÜsküdar UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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