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Biological and anthropogenic influences on macrophage aggregates in white perch Morone americana from Chesapeake Bay, USA

February 11, 2021

The response of macrophage aggregates in fish to a variety of environmental stressors has been useful as a biomarker of exposure to habitat degradation. Total volume of macrophage aggregates (MAV) was estimated in the liver and spleen of white perch Morone americana from Chesapeake Bay using stereological approaches. Hepatic and splenic MAV were compared between fish populations from the rural Choptank River (n = 122) and the highly urbanized Severn River (n = 131). Hepatic and splenic MAV increased with fish age, were greater in females from the Severn River only, and were significantly greater in fish from the more polluted Severn River (higher concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, organochlorine pesticides, and brominated diphenyl ethers). Water temperature and dissolved oxygen had a significant effect on organ volumes, but not on MAV. Age and river were most influential on hepatic and splenic MAV, suggesting that increased MAV in Severn River fish resulted from chronic exposures to higher concentrations of environmental contaminants and other stressors. Hemosiderin was abundant in 97% of spleens and was inversely related to fish condition and positively related to fish age and trematode infections. Minor amounts of hemosiderin were detected in 30% of livers and positively related to concentrations of benzo[a] pyrene metabolite equivalents in the bile. This study demonstrated that hepatic and splenic MAV were useful indicators in fish from the 2 tributaries with different land use characteristics and concentrations of environmental contaminants. More data are needed from additional tributaries with a wider gradient of environmental impacts to validate our results in this species.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2021
Title Biological and anthropogenic influences on macrophage aggregates in white perch Morone americana from Chesapeake Bay, USA
DOI 10.3354/dao03555
Authors Mark A Matsche, Vicki S. Blazer, Erin Pulster, Patricia M. Mazik
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Series Number
Index ID 70223670
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Eastern Ecological Science Center

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