Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorLettoof, Damian
dc.contributor.authorNguyen, T.V.
dc.contributor.authorRichmond, W.R.
dc.contributor.authorNice, H.E.
dc.contributor.authorGagnon, Monique
dc.contributor.authorBeale, D.J.
dc.identifier.citationLettoof, D.C. and Nguyen, T.V. and Richmond, W.R. and Nice, H.E. and Gagnon, M.M. and Beale, D.J. 2023. Bioaccumulation and metabolic impact of environmental PFAS residue on wild-caught urban wetland tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus). Science of the Total Environment. 897: 165260.

PFAS contamination of urban waters is widespread but understanding the biological impact of its accumulation is limited to humans and common ecotoxicological model organisms. Here, we combine PFAS exposure and bioaccumulation patterns with whole organism responses and omics-based ecosurveillance methods to investigate the potential impacts of PFAS on a top predator of wetlands, the tiger snake (Notechis scutatus). Tiger snakes (18 male and 17 female) were collected from four wetlands with varying PFAS chemical profiles and concentrations in Perth, Western Australia. Tiger snake livers were tested for 28 known PFAS compounds, and Σ28PFAS in liver tissues ranged between 322 ± 193 μg/kg at the most contaminated site to 1.31 ± 0.86 μg/kg at the least contaminated site. The dominant PFAS compound detected in liver tissues was PFOS. Lower body condition was associated with higher liver PFAS, and male snakes showed signs of high bioaccumulation whereas females showed signs of maternal offloading. Biochemical profiles of snake muscle, fat (adipose tissue), and gonads were analysed using a combination of liquid chromatography triple quadrupole (QqQ) and quadrupole time-of-flight (QToF) mass spectrometry methodologies. Elevated PFAS was associated with enriched energy production and maintenance pathways in the muscle, and had weak associations with energy-related lipids in the fat tissue, and lipids associated with cellular genesis and spermatogenesis in the gonads. These findings demonstrate the bioavailability of urban wetland PFAS in higher-order reptilian predators and suggest a negative impact on snake health and metabolic processes. This research expands on omics-based ecosurveillance tools for informing mechanistic toxicology and contributes to our understanding of the impact of PFAS residue on wildlife health to improve risk management and regulation.

dc.subjectEnvironmental metabolic profiling
dc.subjectNon-model ecotox
dc.titleBioaccumulation and metabolic impact of environmental PFAS residue on wild-caught urban wetland tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus)
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleScience of the Total Environment
curtin.departmentSchool of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyFaculty of Science and Engineering
curtin.contributor.orcidGagnon, Monique [0000-0002-3190-5094]
curtin.contributor.orcidLettoof, Damian [0000-0002-6309-6914]
curtin.contributor.researcheridGagnon, Monique [P-6078-2014]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridGagnon, Monique [35577908600] [57202474096]

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as