Graphene oxide effects in early ontogenetic stages of Triticum aestivum L. seedlings.


NIRDBS, Branch Institute of Biological Research Iasi, Lascar Catargi Str. 47, 700107, Iasi, Romania. Electronic address: [Email]


Nanomaterials are being used increasingly in various areas such as electronic devices manufacture, medicine, mechanical devices production, and even food industry. Therefore, the evaluation of their toxicity is mandatory. Graphene oxide (GO) has been shown to have both positive as well as negative impact on different crop plants, depending on species, dose, and duration of exposure. The current study evaluated the impact of GO sheets at different concentrations (500, 1000 and 2000 mg/L) on physiological, biochemical and genetic levels to determine the possible toxic action. Wheat caryopses were treated with GO for 48 h and 7 days. The germination rate and roots elongation decreased in a dose-response manner, except the sample treated with GO at a concentration of 1000 mg/L. Mitotic index has ascendant trend; its increase may be due to the accumulation of prophases GO induced significant accumulation of the cells with aberrations, their presence suggests a clastogenic/aneugenic effect of these carbon nanomaterials. Regarding enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant system defence, the activity varied depending on the dose of GO. Thus, chlorophyll a pigments content decreased significantly at high dose (2000 mg/L), while the carotenoid pigments had lower content at 500 mg/L of GO, and no statistical difference encountered in case of chlorophyll b amount. The antioxidant enzyme activity (CAT, POD, and SOD) was higher at low dose of GO, indicating the presence of oxidative stress generated as a response to the GO treatment. Also, the free radical scavenging activity of the polyphenolic compounds was enhanced upon GO exposure. The GO accumulation has been identified by transmission electron microscopy only at plumules level, near the intercellular space.


Antioxidant enzymes,Chromosome aberrations,Graphene oxide,Photosynthetic pigments,