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Splenic and renal melanomacrophage centers in shorthorn sculpins (Myoxocephalus scorpius) in Nuuk harbor, West Greenland


Dang, TS and Norregaard, R and Sonne, C and Bach, L and Stride, M and Jantawongsri, K and Nowak, B, Splenic and renal melanomacrophage centers in shorthorn sculpins (Myoxocephalus scorpius) in Nuuk harbor, West Greenland, Polar Biology, 44, (10) pp. 2011-2021. ISSN 0722-4060 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00300-021-02934-0


The Nuuk harbor is the largest industrial port in Greenland. It is polluted by a number of contaminants including tributyltin (TBT), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Here we analyzed melanomacrophage center (MMC) responses in the spleen and kidney of shorthorn sculpins (Myoxocephalus scorpius) from the harbor and three reference sites in Nuuk, West Greenland. The number and area of splenic MMCs in fish from the most polluted station were significantly lower than those from the less polluted stations (p < 0.01). This suggests that the immune response differed between the fish from the contaminated site and those from the reference sites. This indicates that splenic MMCs of shorthorn sculpins could have a biomarker potential for pollutant exposure. This was, however, not the case for renal MMCs. In addition, this study showed that there were effects of body size on the splenic and renal MMC responses. Therefore, in future studies, body size of shorthorn sculpins needs to be considered when investigating splenic and renal MMC responses.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biomarker, melanomacrophage center, tributyltin (TBT), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fish pests and diseases
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Dang, TS (Ms Thi Dang)
UTAS Author:Stride, M (Dr Megan Dean)
UTAS Author:Jantawongsri, K (Mr Khattapan Jantawongsri)
UTAS Author:Nowak, B (Professor Barbara Nowak)
ID Code:146934
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2021-10-04
Last Modified:2021-12-13

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