Revealing ecological risks of priority endocrine disrupting chemicals in four marine protected areas in Hong Kong through an integrative approach

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-112
Journal / PublicationEnvironmental Pollution
Volume215
Online published11 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

Abstract

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Hong Kong are situated in close proximity to urbanized areas, and inevitably influenced by wastewater discharges and antifouling biocides leached from vessels. Hence, marine organisms inhabiting these MPAs are probably at risk. Here an integrative approach was employed to comprehensively assess ecological risks of eight priority endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in four MPAs of Hong Kong. We quantified their concentrations in environmental and biota samples collected in different seasons during 2013-2014, while mussels (Septifer virgatus) and semi-permeable membrane devices were deployed to determine the extent of accumulation of the EDCs. Extracts from the environmental samples were subjected to the yeast estrogen screen and a novel human cell-based catechol-O-methyltransferase ELISA to evaluate their estrogenic activities. The results indicated ecological risks of EDCs in the Cape d'Aguilar Marine Reserve. This integrated approach can effectively evaluate ecological risks of EDCs through linking their concentrations to biological effects.

Research Area(s)

  • COMT assay, Ecological risk assessment, Endocrine disrupting chemicals, Marine protected areas, Yeast estrogen screen

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Revealing ecological risks of priority endocrine disrupting chemicals in four marine protected areas in Hong Kong through an integrative approach. / Xu, Elvis Genbo; Ho, Philip Wing-Lok; Tse, Zero et al.
In: Environmental Pollution, Vol. 215, 08.2016, p. 103-112.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review