Developmental toxicity and DNA damage from exposure to parking lot runoff retention pond samples in the Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes)

Meryl D. Colton, Wing Hin Kevin Patrick Kwok, Jennifer A. Brandon, Isaac H. Warren, Ian T. Ryde, Ellen M. Cooper, David E. Hinton, Daniel Rittschof, Joel N. Meyer

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Parking lot runoff retention ponds (PLRRP) receive significant chemical input, but the biological effects of parking lot runoff are not well understood. We used the Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) as a model to study the toxicity of water and sediment samples from a PLRRP in Morehead City, NC. Medaka exposed in ovo to a dilution series of PLRRP water had increased odds of death before hatching, but not teratogenesis or delayed hatching. Next, we adapted a long-amplicon quantitative PCR (LA-QPCR) assay for DNA damage for use with the Japanese medaka. We employed LA-QPCR to test the hypotheses that PLRRP water and sediments would cause nuclear and mitochondrial DNA damage with and without full-spectrum, natural solar radiation. Fluoranthene with and without natural sunlight was a positive control for phototoxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-induced DNA damage. Fluoranthene exposure did not result in detectable DNA damage by itself, but in combination with sunlight caused significant DNA damage to both genomes. PLRRP samples caused DNA damage to both genomes, and this was not increased by sunlight exposure, suggesting the DNA damage was unlikely the result of PAH phototoxicity. We report for the first time that PLRRP-associated pollutants cause both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA damage, and that fluoranthene-mediated phototoxicity results in similar levels of damage to the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. These effects may be especially significant in sensitive marine ecosystems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-124
Number of pages8
JournalMarine Environmental Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • DNA damage
  • Japanese medaka
  • Long amplicon QPCR assay
  • Parking lot runoff retention ponds
  • Phototoxicity
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution


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