A lipidomic approach to understand copper resilience in oyster Crassostrea hongkongensis

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-170
Journal / PublicationAquatic Toxicology
Online published22 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


Copper (Cu) can cause oxidative stress and inflammatory responses, and there is arising evidence between Cu toxicity and lipid disturbance. In this study, we examined the relationships between Cu exposure and lipid metabolism in an estuarine oyster (Crassostrea hongkongensis) and aimed to understand the effects and resilience strategies of Cu on oyster metabolism. We exposed the oysters to waterborne Cu (10 and 50 μg/L) and measured the physiological changes (condition index and clearance rate), lipid accumulation and lipid peroxidation in the oysters. We found more altered lipid responses in oysters exposed to a lower Cu concentration (10 μg/L), and speculated that oysters exposed to 50 μg/L may upregulate the defenses. We further evaluated the changes in lipidome profiling of the Cu-exposed oysters in aspects of membrane dynamics, lipid signaling and energy metabolism. We documented the phospholipid remodeling as well as quick modulation in inflammatory responses and extensive vesicle formation for subcellular compartmentalization and autophagosome formation, as well as the possible impacts on mitochondrial bioenergetics in the Cu-exposed oysters. The lipidomics approach provided a comprehensive lipid profile of possible alteration by Cu exposure. In combination with other omics approaches, it may be possible to elucidate the pathways and mechanisms in stress acclimation and resilience associated between Cu contamination and lipid metabolism.

Research Area(s)

  • Copper, Lipid metabolism, Lipidomics, Oyster, Resilience