Title
An exposure study with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in female European starlings (**Sturnus vulgaris**): toxicokinetics and reproductive effects An exposure study with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in female European starlings (**Sturnus vulgaris**): toxicokinetics and reproductive effects
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Pharmacy
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Environmental pollution. - London
Volume/pages
157(2009) :2 , p. 430-436
ISSN
0269-7491
ISI
000262971900012
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We exposed female European starlings to a pentabromodiphenyl ether (Penta-BDE) mixture through subcutaneous implants, and examined levels and profiles of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) together with reproductive effects. Sum PBDE levels increased significantly in the serum of the exposed females from 218 ± 43 to 23,400 ± 2035 pg/ml. Sum PBDE concentrations in the eggs of the exposed group ranged from 130 ± 12 to 220 ± 37 ng/g wet weight (ww). The profile in serum after egg laying was very similar to that in eggs. There were no detectable levels of HO-PBDEs in both serum and eggs. Fewer females of the exposed group initiated egg laying compared to the control group, although the difference was not significant. In addition, egg weight and volume were significantly higher in the exposed group. These results suggest that, at the investigated exposure levels (150 ìg sum PBDEs/bird), PBDEs may have a negative effect on reproductive performance. Exposure to an environmentally relevant concentration of PBDEs may result in adverse reproductive effects in a terrestrial songbird species, the European starling.
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