The presence of microcystin-LR (MC-LR) was monitored in Tapes decussatus harvested in two Sardinian ponds (Cabras and TortolÃ¬, Italy) in spring and summer. After solid phase extraction, samples were analyzed using a screening enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) followed by a liquid chromatographic coupled to tandem mass spectrometer (LC-MS/MS) analysis. Results obtained through the ELISA test showed the presence of microcystins with a maximum concentration in August for Cabras pond (0.55 ng/g) and in September for TortolÃ¬ pond (0.85 ng/g). The LC-MS/MS analysis did not confirm the presence of MC-LR suggesting that results obtained with the ELISA technique could be due to the presence of other microcystins. According to the tolerable daily intake suggested by the World Health Organization, these results hint that clams harvested in these ponds are safe for human health. These data can contribute to enrich the knowledge about the healthiness of Sardinian ponds and of their products.
Determination of microcystin-LR in clams (Tapes decussatus) of two Sardinian coastal ponds (Italy) / Sedda, Tiziana; Baralla, Elena; Varoni, Maria Vittoria; Pasciu, Valeria; Lorenzoni, Giuseppa; Demontis, Maria Piera. - In: MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN. - ISSN 0025-326X. - 108:1-2(2016), pp. 317-320. [10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.04.022]