Hormetic effect induced by alpha-particle-induced stress communicated in vivo between zebrafish embryos

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11678-11683
Journal / PublicationEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume46
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2012

Abstract

We report data showing that embryos of the zebrafish, Danio rerio, at 1.5 h post fertilization (hpf) subjected to a low-dose alpha-particle irradiation can release a stress signal into the water, which can be communicated to unirradiated bystander zebrafish embryos sharing the same water medium to induce a hormetic effect in the bystander embryos. Hormetic responses are characterized as biphasic dose-response relationships exhibiting a low-dose stimulation and a high-dose inhibition. The effects on the whole embryos were studied through quantification of apoptotic signals at 24 hpf through staining with the vital dye acridine orange, followed by counting the stained cells under a microscope. The results show that, for low alpha-particle dose, the number of apoptotic signals decreases in the irradiated embryos and also in the unirradiated bystander embryos having partnered with the irradiated embryos. These suggested that alpha-particle-irradiated zebrafish embryos could release a stress signal into the water, which could be communicated to unirradiated bystander zebrafish embryos sharing the same water medium to induce a hormetic effect in the bystander embryos. © 2012 American Chemical Society.