Acta Vet. Brno 2016, 85: 215-221

Arsenic deposition in tissues of the European hare (Lepus europaeus)

Karel Bukovjan, Zdeňka Wittlingerová, Karel Kutlvašr

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Received June 11, 2015
Accepted May 2, 2016

The work deals with arsenic deposition in individual biological matrices of the European hare (Lepus europaeus Pall.). The aim of this work was to evaluate the arsenic deposition in biological matrices of adult hares distributed by sex, and to highlight the need for monitoring this element in the natural environment. Determination of arsenic concentration was carried out on 11 biomarkers in 105 adult hares from variously loaded areas of the Czech Republic. Individual matrices include the liver, kidneys, brain, adipose tissue, reproductive organs, bone, fur, faeces, lungs, skeletal muscle and the heart. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was employed as a method to detect arsenic concentrations in the tissues. Arsenic deposition in the monitored biological matrices of adult animals showed no significant differences between sexes. The ratio of arsenic concentration in the skeletal muscle as compared with concentration in other tissues was 1:2.96 in the liver, followed by 1:4.35 in kidneys, 1:1.07 in the heart, 1:2.73 in lungs, 1:3.12 in ovaries, 1:3.30 in testicles, 1:5.90 in bones, 1:114.68 in fur, and 1:60.05 in faeces. Deposition of this element in matrices has a similar character and only differs in concentrations.


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