Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Tim Verslycke

»Copepod diapause
»Lobster Shell Disease
»Crustacean molting receptor
»Lobster Shell Disease
»Mysids as test models for endocrine disruption testing
»Chlorotriazines in the Scheldt estuary
»Energy allocation in grasshopper
»Estrogens in Scheldt estuary
»Marsupial development in mysids to evaluate endocrine disruption
»B[a]P effects on steroid metabolism in mysid
»Ciona CYP3 genes
»Methoprene, nonylphenol, and estrone effects on mysid vitellogenesis
»Methoprene effects on mysid molting
»Mysid growth
»Mysid vitellin ELISA
»Mysid vitellin
»An analytical method to detect estrogens in water
»High levels of endocrine disruptors in wild mysid populations
»Energy allocation in wild mysid populations
»Cellular energy allocation validation with scope for growth
»Dolphin delivery prediction
»PhD thesis
»Endocrine disruptor effects on steroid and energy metabolism in mysid
»Mysid review
»TBT effects on steroid metabolism in mysid
»Metal mixture toxicity to mysid
»TBT effects on energy metabolism in mysid
»dichlorobenzene effects in zebrafish
»Ethinylestradiol effects on amphipod sexual development
»Metabolic studies with mysids
»Abiotic stress and energy metabolism in mysid
»Induced vitellogenesis in rainbow trout
»Steroid metabolism in mysid
»Endocrine disruption in freshwater snails
»Invasive mysid in Belgium

Tim Verslycke, Nancy Fockedey, Chuck L. McKenney Jr., Stephen D. Roast, Malcolm B. Jones, Jan Mees, Colin R. Janssen, Mysids as potential test organisms for the evaluation of environmental endocrine disruption: a review, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23 (5): 1219-1234, 2004

Anthropogenic chemicals that disrupt the hormonal systems (endocrine disruptors) of wildlife species have recently become a widely investigated and politically charged issue. Invertebrates account for roughly 95% of all animals, yet surprisingly little effort has been made to understand their value in signaling potential environmental endocrine disruption. This omission can be attributed largely to the high diversity of invertebrates and the shortage of fundamental knowledge of their endocrine systems. Insects and crustaceans are exceptions and, as such, appear excellent candidates for evaluating the environmental consequences of chemically-induced endocrine disruption. Mysid shrimp (Crustacea: Mysidacea) may serve as a viable surrogate for many crustaceans and have been put forward as suitable test organisms for the evaluation of endocrine disruption by several researchers and regulatory bodies (e.g. USEPA). Despite the long-standing use of mysids in toxicity testing, little information exists on their endocrinology, and few studies have focused on the potential of these animals for evaluating the effects of hormone-disrupting compounds. Therefore, the question remains as to whether the current standardized mysid endpoints can be used or adapted to detect endocrine disruption, or if new procedures need to be developed, specifically directed at evaluating hormone-regulated endpoints in these animals. This review summarizes the ecological importance of mysids in estuarine and marine ecosystems, their use in toxicity testing and environmental monitoring, and their endocrinology and important hormone-regulated processes to highlight their potential use in assessing environmental endocrine disruption.  

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