Biotransfer of beta-N-Methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA) in a Eutrophicated Freshwater Lake
2015 (English)In: Marine Drugs, ISSN 1660-3397, E-ISSN 1660-3397, Vol. 13, no 3, 1185-1201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
beta-N-Methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA), a neurotoxic non-protein amino acid, plays a significant role as an environmental risk factor in neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. BMAA producers occur globally, colonizing almost all habitats and represent species from distinct phytoplanktonic groups, i.e., cyanobacteria, diatoms, and dinoflagellates. Bioaccumulation of BMAA in invertebrate and vertebrate organisms has also been registered around the globe. In the Baltic Sea, BMAA has been detected in several commercial fish species, raising the question of the bioaccumulation of BMAA in Swedish limnic systems. Here we find the presence of BMAA in water samples from Lake Finjasjon and identify its bioaccumulation patterns in both plankti-benthivorous and piscivorous fish, according to fish species, total weight, gender, and season of collection. For the first time, a large number of fish individuals were used in order to draw conclusions on BMAA bioaccumulation in a closed ecological community based on a statistical approach. We may, therefore, conclude that feeding patterns (plankti-benthivorous) and increased age of fish may lead to a higher tissue concentration of BMAA.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 13, no 3, 1185-1201 p.
Research subject Plant Physiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117017DOI: 10.3390/md13031185ISI: 000351930500006PubMedID: 25738330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-117017DiVA: diva2:810096