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    The aim of this work was to study the absorption, distribution through the hemolymph, and bioaccumulation of arsenic by the freshwater Pomacea canaliculata using a short-lived tracer (76As, t1/2: 1.07 d) with high specific activity. Arsenic travels mainly dissolved in the plasma of the snail's hemolymph. This element is transferred from the hemolymph to the tissues (87%) 4 h after the inoculation of 50 μL of a 0.04 g/L of 76As radiotracer solution, being the digestive gland, kidney, and head-foot the main places of arsenical inventories. Snails exhibited a rapid arsenic accumulation response in a wide range of concentrations (from 1 to 1000 μg/L) of the metalloid dissolved in water and in a concentration-dependent manner. Also, snails incorporated As from the digestive system when they received a single safe dose of ~2 μg of 76As inoculated in a fish food pellet. The (semi) physiologically based toxicokinetic model developed in this study is based on anatomical and physiological parameters (blood flow, irrigation, tissue volume and other). Together, these findings make P. canaliculata an excellent sentinel organism to evaluate freshwater bodies naturally contaminated with As. Copyright © 2021. Published by Elsevier B.V.


    Andrea Juarez, Israel A Vega, Luis S Mayorga, Sergio Ribeiro Guevara, María A Arribére. An Arsenic-76 radiotracer to study the routes of assimilation, hemolymph distribution, and tissue inventories in the bioindicator organism Pomacea canaliculata. The Science of the total environment. 2022 Apr 01;815:152760

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