Dibutyl phthalate rapidly alters calcium homeostasis in the gills of Danio rerio Journal Articles uri icon

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  • This study investigates the impacts of exposure to an environment Ca2+ challenge and the mechanism of action of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) on Ca2+ influx in the gills of Danio rerio. In vitro profile of 45Ca2+ influx in gills was verified through the basal time-course. Fish were exposed to low, normal and high Ca2+ concentrations (0.02, 0.7 and 2 mM) for 12 h. So, gills were morphologically analysed and ex vivo45Ca2+ influx at 30 and 60 min was determined. For the in vitro studies, gills were treated for 60 min with DBP (1 pM, 1 nM and 1 μM) with/without blockers/activators of ionic channels, Ca2+ chelator, inhibitors of ATPases, ionic exchangers and protein kinase C to study the mechanism of DBP-induced 45Ca2+ influx. Exposure to high environmental Ca2+ augmented 45Ca2+ influx when compared to fish exposed to normal and low Ca2+ concentrations. Additionally, histopathological changes were observed in the gills of fish maintained for 12 h in low and high Ca2+. In vitro exposure of gills to DBP (1 pM) disturbed Ca2+ homeostasis. DBP stimulated 45Ca2+ influx in gills through the transitory receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1), and reverse-mode Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) activation, protein kinase C and K+ channels and sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA). These data suggest that in vivo short-term exposure of gills to low and high Ca2+ leads to 45Ca2+ influx and histopathological changes. Additionally, the DBP-induced rapid 45Ca2+ influx is mediated by TRPV1, NCX activation with the involvement of PKC, K+-channels and SERCA, thereby altering Ca2+ homeostasis.


  • Rodrigues, Keyla
  • Batista-Silva, Hemily
  • Sousa de Moura, Kieiv Resende
  • Van Der Kraak, Glen
  • Mena Barreto Silva, Fátima Regina

publication date

  • November 2020