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Effect of cysteine and humic acids on bioavailability of Ag from Ag nanoparticles to a freshwater snail

April 20, 2016

Metal-based engineered nanoparticles (NPs) will undergo transformations that will affect their bioavailability, toxicity and ecological risk when released to the environment, including interactions with dissolved organic material. The purpose of this paper is to determine how interactions with two different types of organic material affect the bioavailability of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). Silver uptake rates by the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis were determined after exposure to 25 nmol l-1 of Ag as PVP AgNPs, PEG AgNPs or AgNO3, in the presence of either Suwannee River humic acid or cysteine, a high-affinity thiol-rich organic ligand. Total uptake rate of Ag from the two NPs was either increased or not strongly affected in the presence of 1 – 10 mg 1-1 humic acid. Humic substances contain relatively few strong ligands for Ag explaining their limited effects on Ag uptake rate. In contrast, Ag uptake rate was substantially reduced by cysteine. Three components of uptake from the AgNPs were quantified in the presence of cysteine using a biodynamic modeling approach: uptake of dissolved Ag released by the AgNPs, uptake of a polymer or large (>3kD) Ag-cysteine complex and uptake of the nanoparticle itself. Addition of 1:1 Ag:cysteine reduced concentrations of dissolved Ag, which contributed to, but did not fully explain the reductions in uptake. A bioavailable Ag-cysteine complex (> 3kD) appeared to be the dominant avenue of uptake from both PVP AgNPs and PEG AgNPs in the presence of cysteine. Quantifying the different avenues of uptake sets the stage for studies to assess toxicity unique to NPs.

Publication Year 2016
Title Effect of cysteine and humic acids on bioavailability of Ag from Ag nanoparticles to a freshwater snail
DOI 10.1016/j.impact.2016.06.006
Authors Samuel N. Luoma, Tasha Stoiber, Marie-Noële Croteau, Isabelle Romer, Ruth Merrifeild, Jamie Lead
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title NanoImpact
Index ID 70174896
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Research Program - Western Branch