Perfluorobutanesulfonate Exposure Causes Durable and Transgenerational Dysbiosis of Gut Microbiota in Marine Medaka

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Author(s)

  • Lianguo Chen
  • James C. W. Lam
  • Chenyan Hu
  • Mirabelle M. P. Tsui
  • John P. Giesy
  • Paul K. S. Lam

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-738
Journal / PublicationEnvironmental Science & Technology Letters
Volume5
Issue number12
Online published15 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2018

Abstract

Environmental pollutants are known as disruptors of gut microbiota. However, it remains unexplored whether the dysbiosis of gut microbiota by pollutants is durable and transgenerational in teleost. Therefore, this study exposed eggs of marine medaka to environmentally realistic concentrations (0, 1.0, 2.9, or 9.5 μg/L) of perfluorobutanesulfonate (PFBS), a persistent organic pollutant of emerging concern, until sexual maturity. A proportion of F0 adults was dissected after exposure (F0-exposed). Remaining fish were depurated in clean seawater (F0-depurated). F1 offspring were also cultured in clean seawater for a complete life-cycle. Substantial amounts of PFBS were accumulated in F0-exposed intestines, while F1 intestines contained no PFBS. Significant alterations were observed in physiological activities of F0-exposed and F1 medaka. The gut microbial community in F0-exposed, F0-depurated, and F1 medaka were restructured in a concentration-dependent manner by PFBS exposure. Dysbiosis of gut microbiota caused by PFBS exposure was durable in parents and persisted in the offspring. Significant positive correlations were constructed for the genus Cetobacterium with host intestinal epithelial permeability and production of endotoxin lipopolysaccharides. Overall, this study provided the first insight into durable and transgenerational dysbiosis of gut microbiota and intestinal health by PFBS, highlighting the particular susceptibility of gut to xenobiotic stresses.

Citation Format(s)

Perfluorobutanesulfonate Exposure Causes Durable and Transgenerational Dysbiosis of Gut Microbiota in Marine Medaka. / Chen, Lianguo; Lam, James C. W.; Hu, Chenyan; Tsui, Mirabelle M. P.; Wang, Qi; Giesy, John P.; Lam, Paul K. S.

In: Environmental Science & Technology Letters, Vol. 5, No. 12, 11.12.2018, p. 731-738.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review