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Mar. Drugs 2010, 8(6), 1908-1919; doi:10.3390/md8061908

Are Known Cyanotoxins Involved in the Toxicity of Picoplanktonic and Filamentous North Atlantic Marine Cyanobacteria?

Departamento de Biologia, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental, CIIMAR/CIMAR, 4050-123 Porto, Portugal
IBMC-Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Universidade do Porto, 4150-180 Porto, Portugal
Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde do Porto, Instituto Politécnico do Porto, 4400-330 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
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Received: 1 June 2010 / Revised: 17 June 2010 / Accepted: 21 June 2010 / Published: 21 June 2010
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Eight marine cyanobacteria strains of the genera Cyanobium, Leptolyngbya, Oscillatoria, Phormidium, and Synechococcus were isolated from rocky beaches along the Atlantic Portuguese central coast and tested for ecotoxicity. Strains were identified by morphological characteristics and by the amplification and sequentiation of the 16S rDNA. Bioactivity of dichloromethane, methanol and aqueous extracts was assessed by the Artemia salina bioassay. Peptide toxin production was screened by matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry. Molecular analysis of the genes involved in the production of known cyanotoxins such as microcystins, nodularins and cylindrospermopsin was also performed. Strains were toxic to the brine shrimp A. salina nauplii with aqueous extracts being more toxic than the organic ones. Although mass spectrometry analysis did not reveal the production of microcystins or other known toxic peptides, a positive result for the presence of mcyE gene was found in one Leptolyngbya strain and one Oscillatoria strain. The extensive brine shrimp mortality points to the involvement of other unknown toxins, and the presence of a fragment of genes involved in the cyanotoxin production highlight the potential risk of cyanobacteria occurrence on the Atlantic coast. View Full-Text
Keywords: marine cyanobacteria; cyanotoxins; ecotoxicology; Artemia salina; toxin genes marine cyanobacteria; cyanotoxins; ecotoxicology; Artemia salina; toxin genes

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Frazão, B.; Martins, R.; Vasconcelos, V. Are Known Cyanotoxins Involved in the Toxicity of Picoplanktonic and Filamentous North Atlantic Marine Cyanobacteria? Mar. Drugs 2010, 8, 1908-1919.

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