Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 1997 Nov;33(4):415-22.

Effects of sublethal copper exposure on copper accumulation, food consumption, growth, energy stores, and nucleic acid content in common carp.

Author information

  • 1Ecophysiology and Biochemistry, Department of Biology, Antwerp University (RUCA), Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium.


Juvenile common carp were exposed for 28 days to three different sublethal copper concentrations (0.20 microM, 0.55 microM, and 0.80 microM). Food consumption was monitored on a daily basis during the exposure period, while growth, copper accumulation, energy stores, and nucleic acid contents were assessed weekly. Copper exposure to 0. 80 microM affected both growth and feeding behavior in common carp. At 0.55 microM, growth was affected despite normal food consumption. Even at the lowest copper concentration (0.20 microM), metabolic demand for the fish increased, challenging the carp with an increased demand for food. Copper accumulation mainly occurred in the liver, reaching an equilibrium between uptake and excretion after 1 month of exposure. Substantial biochemical changes were observed at the two highest copper exposure concentrations, but the correlation between growth rate and RNA:DNA ratio was poor considering the substantial differences in growth rate. The use of the RNA:DNA ratio as a sensitive biomarker is questioned.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Springer
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk