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Oxidative stress in the mollusk Echinolittorina peruviana (Gasteropoda: Littorinidae, Lamarck, 1822) and trace metals in coastal sectors with mining activity



The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of coastal waters of sites with mining activity in Echinolittorina peruviana, through oxidative stress biomarkers and heavy metals determination both in water and in tissue. Organisms were collected in the intertidal zone in areas with and without mining activity. Metal concentrations in the water and tissues, and also, the following biomarkers of oxidative stress: antioxidant enzyme activity, superoxide dismutase and catalase, non-enzymatic oxidative capacity (TRAP), oxidative damage to proteins (carbonyls) and TBARS, were measured The concentrations of accumulated metals had the following order Fe > Cu > Cd > Zn > Cr > Mo > As; the highest concentrations of metals in water and tissues were found in Caleta Palito and Chañaral. Results suggest that the coastal waters with mining activity and greatest concentrations of copper and iron induced the greater antioxidant response and oxidative damage to lipids in E. peruviana.


Biomonitor Metals ROS Biomarkers of oxidative stress 



This work was supported by the Project No. 28/2009 of the Dirección de Investigación of the Universidad de Valparaíso.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratorio de Investigación—Estrés Oxidativo, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad de ValparaísoValparaísoChile
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias, Instituto de Ciencias AmbientalesUniversidad de ValparaísoPlaya Ancha, ValparaísoChile
  3. 3.Centro de Investigación y Gestión de Recursos Naturales (CIGREN), Universidad de ValparaísoPlaya Ancha, ValparaísoChile
  4. 4.Facultad de Ciencias, Instituto de Química y BioquímicaUniversidad de ValparaísoPlaya Ancha, ValparaísoChile

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