The protective roles of TiO2 nanoparticles against UV-B toxicity in Daphnia magna

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-53
Journal / PublicationScience of the Total Environment
Online published22 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes


Aquatic environments are increasingly under environmental stress due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and potential inputs of nanoparticles with intense application of nanotechnology. In this study, we investigated the interaction between UV-B radiation and titanium nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) in a model freshwater cladoceran Daphnia magna. UV-B toxicity to Daphnia magna was examined when the daphnids were exposed to a range of TiO2-NPs concentrations with an initial 5 or 10 min of 200 μW/cm2 UV-B radiation. In addition, UV-B toxicity was also examined in the presence of TiO2-NPs in the body of daphnids. Our results demonstrated that the daphnid mortality under UV-B radiation decreased significantly in the presence of TiO2-NPs both in the water and in the body, indicating that TiO2-NPs had some protective effects on D. magna against UV-B. Such protective effect was mainly caused by the blockage of UV-B by TiO2-NPs adsorption. UV-B produced reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the water and in the daphnids, which was not sufficient to cause mortality of daphnids over short periods of radiation. Previous studies focused on the effects of TiO2-NPs on the toxicity of total UV radiation, and did not attempt to differentiate the potential diverse roles of UV-A and UV-B. Our study indicated that TiO2-NPs may conversely protect the UV-B toxicity to daphnids.

Research Area(s)

  • Daphnia magna, Nanoparticles, ROS, TiO2, Toxicity, UV-B