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Journal of Ecosystems
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 737059, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/737059
Research Article

Investigating the Effect of Aspirin on Mercury Toxicity

1Department of Environmental Protection, Almus Vocational High School, Gaziosmanpaşa University, Almus, 60900 Tokat, Turkey
2Department of Fisheries, Almus Vocational High School, Gaziosmanpaşa University, Almus, 60900 Tokat, Turkey

Received 6 May 2013; Accepted 25 July 2013

Academic Editor: José Morillo

Copyright © 2013 Fatih Polat and Tarık Dal. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The effect of aspirin on the toxicology of mercury was investigated by using fish. The variations between blood parameters of the fish, which were made exposed directly to mercury solutions prepared at certain concentrations (500 μg/L, 250 μg/L, 125 μg/L, 62.5 μg/L, and 31.25 μg/L), and blood parameters of the fish, which were made exposed to mercury at the same concentrations after they had been interacting with aspirin, were investigated. At the end of the study, increases in blood parameters were observed depending on the increases in mercury concentration. Statistically significant variations were observed in blood parameters of the fish, which were made exposed to mercury at the same concentrations after they had been interacting with aspirin, compared to blood parameters of the fish, which were made exposed directly to mercury ( ). It was found that aspirin has caused significant increases in especially the levels of serum aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotranspherase and significant decreases in cortisol and glucose levels among to blood parameters. It was concluded that aspirin alters the toxic effect of mercury.