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Silver nanoparticle toxicity in sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Lidija Siller, Sunthon Piticharoenphun, Dr Ben Horrocks


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Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are an important model system for studying health and safety issues associated with nanomaterials in the environment. So far there is no consensus as to whether toxicity is due to AgNPs themselves or Ag+ ions leaching from their surfaces. In sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus, AgNPs cause dose dependent developmental defects (different deformations like delayed development, missing body symmetry, disturbed swimming behavior or shortened/irregular arms) at concentrations ~0.3 mg/L AgNPs. It has been observed that AgNPs are more toxic than their equivalent Ag+ ion dose.

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Author(s): Siller L, Lemloh M-L, Piticharoenphun S, Mendis BG, Horrocks BR, Brummer F, Medakovic D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environmental Pollution

Year: 2013

Volume: 178

Pages: 498-502

Print publication date: 02/04/2013

ISSN (print): 0269-7491

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6424

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.03.010


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