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Evaluation of micronucleus and erythrocytic nuclear abnormalities in Balkan whip snake Hierophis gemonensis

Strunjak-Perović, Ivančica; Lisičić, Duje; Čož-Rakovac, Rozelinda; Topić Popović, Natalija; Jadan, Margita; Benković, Vesna; Tadić, Zoran (2010) Evaluation of micronucleus and erythrocytic nuclear abnormalities in Balkan whip snake Hierophis gemonensis. Ecotoxicology, 19 (8). pp. 1460-1465. ISSN 0963-9292

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The aim of the study was to evaluate the frequency of micronuclei (MN), nuclear abnormalities (NA) including vacuolated nuclei (VN) and cytoplasmic vacuoles (CV) in erythrocytes of Balkan whip snake Hierophis gemonensis and establish the level of spontaneous appearance during the annual cycle. Average frequency of NA was 10.89 ± 4.72 % while the MN (0.03 ± 0.03 %) and VN(0.04 ± 0.08 %) were seldom detected. NA significantly positively correlated with MN (r = 0.319 ; P < 0.05) and VN (r = 0.363 ; P < 0.05). Appearance of CV did not correlate with other measured parameters and average frequency was 11.06 ± 8.33 %. Significant seasonal variation was found in NA appearance with the lowest value in spring and the highest in winter. VN increase was observed in autumn. MN and CV levels varied between seasons but not significantly. Considering the biological cycle, frequency of NA, VN, MN and CV recorded in pre-hibernation/hibernation increased compared to the active phase, but only NA elevation was significant. Although the obtained results showed differences according to sex, statistical analysis of measured parameters showed the same pattern of seasonal variation in both sexes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: erythrocyte nuclei; seasonality; genotoxicity; fish; reptiles
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Division of Materials Chemistry
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Kognicija i percepcija u zmija-Zoran Tadić119-0000000-1285MZOS
Substanična biokemijska i filogenetska raznolikost tkiva riba, rakova i školjaka-Rozelinda Čož-Rakovac098-1782739-2749MZOS
Depositing User: Natalija Topić Popović
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 14:38
DOI: 10.1007/s10646-010-0531-y

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