EFFECT OF MERCURY ON THE BRINE SHRIMP ARTEMIA FROM THE GREAT SALT LAKENicole Berthelemy-Okazaki and Dustin IngrahamDepartment of Zoology, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, USA email@example.com
- Mercury (Hg), a toxic metal accumulating in the Great Salt Lake (GSL), has been found in high levels in shrimp and bird tissues. We investigated the effect of Hg on various brine shrimp life cycle and biochemical parameters. Larvae and adult survival were tested after 24-hour acute exposure in Hg concs. ranging from 1 g to 1 μg/l. Survival, maturation time, number of eggs per brood and type of brood were observed in shrimp exposed to Hg concs. ranging from 1 mg to 1 μg/l.
- SDS-PAGE on shrimp tissue showed protein profiles under Hg stress.
- Mortality levels increased sharply from 0 to 50% in adult & larvae e
- exposed to Hg concs. increasing from 1 to 10 mg/l.
- 3 ) Survival rates were minimally affected in shrimp raised at 1 mg/l Hg.
- 4) However, maturation time increased while the #eggs/broods decreased
- in shrimp raised at 0.1 mg/l Hg.
- 5) No significant effect was demonstrated in shrimp raised in 0.1 μg/l Hg.
- 6) Protein profiles suggest that some proteins are down-regulated while
- others are up-regulated.
Maturation times not significantly
different when shrimp raised in Hg
Concs. ranging from 1 mg to 1 µg/l
(Figs. 2 & 3).
Note: Survival rates to maturity in control, 1, 10, 100 and 1000 μg/l were
respectively 43, 94, 92, 38 and 27%.
# eggs/brood (fertility index)
S\strongly affected by Hg levels
at & above 0.1 mg/l (Figs. 4 & 5).
- Toxic compounds accumulating in the lake, among them Hg1
- Hg: source from local industries & airborne particles3.
- Hg: deleterious effects of the health of the brine shrimp & on bird populations1,2.
- 1) quantify mortality rate in shrimp exposed a wide range of Hg concs. for 24 hr
- 2) monitoring several life parameters (survival, maturation & # eggs/brood) in
- brine shrimp exposed to chronic Hg
- Correlations between acute stress & biochemical changes in Artemia were studied
- Biochemical responses – protein profiles
Materials & Methods
- Life parameters:
- Acute exposure: Five sets of 20 adults and 32-day old larvae were exposed for 24
- hrs to Hg concs. ranging from 1 g to 1 μg/l of 3% seawater at 24oC (by 10 fold
- increment). Mortality rates were calculated.
- Chronic exposure: Five sets of 50 larvae were raised to adulthood in Hg concs.
- ranging from 1 μg/l to 1 mg/l. Survival, maturation time & fertility were monitored.
- Biochemical studies:
- In each study, for each Hg conc., brine shrimp samples were run on a SDS-PAGE for
- protein profile. Heat shock proteins 70 & 90 (hsp 70 & 90) were measured by
- western blot.
- Statistical analysis:
- One way ANOVA was applied to test effect of treatments.
Fig. 6. Protein profile (SDS-PAGE) of
shrimp exposed to varying levels
of Hg for 24 hrs.
Fig. 8. Hsp 70 western blot of shrimp exposed
to varying levels of Hg for 24 hrs.
Fig. 7. Scanning profile of lanes 0 & 5
(0 &10 mg/l Hg)
- A SDS-PAGE gel with a stain for general proteins shows the protein profile in Artemia
- placed in varying Hg concs. (Fig. 6)
- For clarity, Fig. 7 shows a scanning of Lanes 1 & 5 (0 & 10 mg/l Hg). Some
- proteins in the vicinity of hsp 90 & 70 appear to be up-regulated. Fewer proteins are
- A western blot (Fig. 8) with anti hsp70 shows a correlation between increasing Hg
- concs. & darker staining.
- Life parameters
Discussion & Conclusion
- Increasing Hg conc. in the Great Salt Lake are likely to impact the shrimp & therefore the
- bird populations.
- Hg conc. of 10 ug/l, while not killing the shrimp sharply reduces their fertility.
- Some proteins might indicate stress in the shrimp.
- A potential stress indicator might be hsp 70; further research to confirm & quantify this effect.
10-3 = 1000 mg/l
10-4= 100 mg/l
10-5= 10 mg/l
10-6= 1 mg/l
10-7= 0.1 mg/l
10-8= 0.01 mg/l
10-9= 0.001 mg/l
- Naftz, D., B. Waddell, D. Krabbenhoft. 2005. Mercury in water and biota from Great Salt Lake, Utah: Reconnaissance-phase results. USGS
- 2 Sarabia, R., A. Torreblanca, J.J. Del Ramo and J. Diaz-Mayans. 1998. Effects of low mercury concentration exposure on hatching, growth and survival in the Artemia strain La Mata parthenogenetic diploid. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. (A) 120: 93-97.
- 3 Schuster, P., D.P. Krabbenhoft, D.L. Naftz, L. DeWaynececil, M.L. Olson, J. Dewild, D. Susong, J. Green and M. Abbot. 2002. Atmospheric Mercury Deposition during the Last 270 Years: A Glacial Ice Core Record of Natural and Anthropogenic Sources. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2002, 36, 2303-2310.
- A sharp increase in mortality is seen when Hg
concs. increase from 10 to 100 mg/l.
- This effect is similar in adults and larvae (Fig. 1).
This research was funded by the WSU Undergraduate Research Office & Research, Scholarship & Growth Committee.