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Environ Sci Technol. 2007 Jun 15;41(12):4465-70.

Behavioral and physiological changes in Daphnia magna when exposed to nanoparticle suspensions (titanium dioxide, nano-C60, and C60HxC70Hx).

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Great Lakes WATER Institute, 600 E. Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204, USA.


Little is known aboutthe impact manufactured nanoparticles will have on aquatic organisms. Previously, we demonstrated that toxicity differs with nanoparticle type and preparation and observed behavioral changes upon exposure to the more lethal nanoparticle suspensions. In this experiment, we quantified these behavioral and physiological responses of Daphnia magna at sublethal nanoparticle concentrations. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and fullerenes (nano-C60) were chosen for their potential use in technology. Other studies suggest that addition of functional groups to particles can affect their toxicity to cell cultures, but it is unknown if the same is true at the whole organism level. Therefore, a fullerene derivative, C60HxC70Hx, was also used to examine how functional groups affect Daphnia response. Using a high-speed camera, we quantified several behavior and physiological parameters including hopping frequency, feeding appendage and postabdominal curling movement, and heart rate. Nano-C60 was the only suspension to cause a significant change in heart rate. Exposure to both nano-C60 and C60HxC70Hx suspensions caused hopping frequency and appendage movement to increase. These results are associated with increased risk of predation and reproductive decline. They indicate that certain nanoparticle types may have impacts on population and food web dynamics in aquatic systems.

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