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Chen J.,Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory for Technology | Tanguay R.L.,Oregon State University | Tal T.L.,Oregon State University | Tal T.L.,US Toxicology | And 8 more authors.
Aquatic Toxicology | Year: 2014

As a persistent organic contaminant, perfluorooctanesulphonic acid (PFOS) has been widely detected in the environment, wildlife, and humans. The present study revealed that zebrafish embryos exposed to 16. μM PFOS during a sensitive window of 48-96. hour post-fertilization (hpf) disrupted larval morphology at 120. hpf. Malformed zebrafish larvae were characterized by uninflated swim bladder, less developed gut, and curved spine. Histological and ultrastructural examination of PFOS-exposed larvae showed structural alterations in swim bladder and gut. Whole genome microarray was used to identify the early transcripts dysregulated following exposure to 16. μM PFOS at 96. hpf. In total, 1278 transcripts were significantly misexpressed (p<. 0.05) and 211 genes were changed at least two-fold upon PFOS exposure in comparison to the vehicle-exposed control group. A PFOS-induced network of perturbed transcripts relating to swim bladder and gut development revealed that misexpression of genes were involved in organogenesis. Taken together, early life stage exposure to PFOS perturbs various molecular pathways potentially resulting in observed defects in swim bladder and gut development. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

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