Association between radionuclides (Po-210 and Pb-210) and antioxidant enzymes in oak (Quercus coccifera) and mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus)

Gorgun A. U. , Aslan E., Kul M., Ilhan S., Dimlioglu G., Bor M. , ...More

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOACTIVITY, vol.174, pp.71-77, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 174
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2016.08.019
  • Page Numbers: pp.71-77
  • Keywords: P-210, (210)pb, Superoxide dismutase, Ascorbate peroxidase, Lipid peroxidation, Malondialdehyde, FIRED POWER-PLANT, OXIDATIVE STRESS, ASCORBATE PEROXIDASE, MEDICINAL-PLANTS, GAMMA-RADIATION, WESTERN TURKEY, DROUGHT STRESS, RESPONSES, MOSSES, L.


The activity levels of naturally occurring radionuclides Polonium-210 and lead-210 in different subjects including plant species have direct or indirect impact on human beings. High levels of ionising radiation cause oxidative stress and the interaction between antioxidative defense and radionuclides is not well established in plant systems. In this study, we aimed to understand the impact of oxidative stress caused by 2.1 Po and 21 Pb in two Mediterranean plants; Quercus coccifera and Pistacia lentiscus. We analysed the constitutive and seasonal levels of Po-210, Pb-210 lipid peroxidation levels, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) activities in the field-collected samples. The highest activity concentrations of Po-210 and Pb-210 were detected in both plants in summer and Q. coccifera had higher levels than that of P. lentiscus. SOD and APX activity trends were different between oak and mastic; as compared to P. lentiscus, Q coccifera efficiently used the two major components of antioxidative defense. Lipid per oxidation levels were low in both plants in all seasons except that of spring which were in good agreement with high antioxidant enzyme activities. In conclusion, we found that high Po-210 and Pb-210 activity concentrations in oak and mastic did not interfere with their growth and life cycles. The ability of both plants for survival and adaptation to Mediterranean environmental constraints provided an additional advantage for coping radionuclide induced oxidative stress as well. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.