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Polypropylene microplastics affect the physiology in Drosophila model

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 January 2023

Hao Tang
College of Artificial Intelligence, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China 310018
Lichao Zhong
College of Artificial Intelligence, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China 310018
Yifan Xu
College of Artificial Intelligence, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China 310018
Zhishen Jin
College of Artificial Intelligence, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China 310018
Zhihao Pan
College of Artificial Intelligence, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China 310018
Jie Shen*
College of Artificial Intelligence, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China 310018
Author for correspondence: Jie Shen, Email:


Microplastics (MPs) pollution has been a hot research topic in recent years. MPs are ubiquitous throughout the ecological environment and are eventually accumulated in organisms through inhalation or ingestion. However, given that MPs are inert pollutants, their effects on organisms are not clear. In previous study, we have investigated the effects of polyethylene terephthalate MPs on physiology of Drosophila. What is the effect of polypropylene microplastics (PP-MPs)? The results of our experiments show that being exposed to high concentration of PP-MPs have significant effect on Drosophila. PP-MPs exposure can significantly increase locomotor activity and shorten the time of group sleep in Drosophila. In the presence of high concentrations of PP-MPs, the triglyceride content was reduced in females and their ability of egg production was affected. However, there was no significant effect on the level of protein and carbohydrate, or on the food intake. Our experimental results can provide some preliminary data for assessing the potential hazard of PP-MPs to other organisms.

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