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Type: Journal article
Title: Cylindrospermopsin occurrence in two German lakes and preliminary assessment of toxicity and toxin production of Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii (Cyanobacteria) isolates
Author: Fastner, J.
Heinze, R.
Humpage, A.
Mischke, U.
Eaglesham, G.
Chorus, I.
Citation: Toxicon, 2003; 42(3):313-321
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 0041-0101
Abstract: Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii, a freshwater cyanobacterium of tropical origin, is not only increasingly found in (sub) tropical water bodies, but also in temperate regions. Since this species may produce potent toxins such as cylindrospermopsin (CYN) and paralytic shellfish poisons, its massive occurrence in water bodies used as drinking water sources or for recreation is of major concern. The proliferation of C. raciborskii in German water bodies has been documented for the past decade. We investigated the occurrence of CYN in field populations and isolates of C. raciborskii from two lakes, and assessed the toxicity of culture isolates using the mouse bioassay, primary rat hepatocytes and human derived cell lines. We show for the first time the occurrence of CYN in German water bodies. None of seven isolates of C. raciborskii contained CYN, however, all isolates were toxic to primary rat hepatocytes, human hepatoblastoma (HEP-G2) and human colon adenocarcinoma (CACO-2) cells. Methanolic extracts were more toxic than aqueous extracts. Three isolates tested in the mouse bioassay were toxic at a concentration of 800 mg kg(-1) showing liver and spleen damage and inflammation of the intestine. These results give strong evidence that the German isolates of C. raciborskii contain currently not identified or unknown toxins.
Keywords: Liver
Cells, Cultured
Tumor Cells, Cultured
Bacterial Toxins
Water Pollutants
Water Microbiology
Fresh Water
Environmental Monitoring
Water Supply
Species Specificity
Cyanobacteria Toxins
DOI: 10.1016/S0041-0101(03)00150-8
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