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

Elvis Genbo Xu, Philip Wing Lok Ho, Zero Tse, Shu Leong Ho, Kenneth Mei Yee Leung

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-112
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume215
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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