Assessment of nutrients effect on the bioaccessibility of Cd and Cu in contaminated soil

Mst Sharmin Sultana, Pengfei Wang, Naiyi Yin, Md Hafizur Rahman, Huili Du, Xiaolin Cai, Yaqi Fu, Yanshan Cui

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Soil is considered as a sink for heavy metals. Human health is severely affected by the continuous intake of toxic heavy metals even in a very low concentration. In the present experiment, we determined the influence of nutritional status including control (fasted condition), glucose (fed state), plant protein (fed state), animal protein (fed state) and calcium (fed state) on soil cadmium (Cd) and copper (Cu) bioaccessibility using physiologically-based extraction test (PBET) method together with simulator of the human intestinal microbial ecosystem (SHIME) model. The bioaccessibility of Cd was 1.06–73.58%, 0.44–54.79% and 0–17.78% and Cu was 3.81–67.32%, 4.98–71.14%, and 0–17.54% in the phase-I, phase-II and Phase-III respectively (in this study gastric phase, small intestinal phase and colon phase were considered as phase-I, phase-II and Phase-III respectively). The outcomes showed that, the average Cd bioaccessibility was higher with animal protein addition compared with other treatments in different phases. So, the effect of animal protein on Cd bioaccessibility was higher than other treatments in the phase-I, phase-II and phase-III. Due to the addition of plant protein, the higher average bioaccessibility of Cu was noticed in phase-I and phase-II in comparison to other treatments. However, in phase-III, the higher average bioaccessibility of Cu was found due to control treatment comparing with other treatments. Therefore, the influence of plant protein was higher than other nutrients on Cu bioaccessibility in the phase-I and phase-II. Moreover, other nutrients showed variable influence on Cd and Cu bioaccessibility. So, nutritional status has a significant effect on bioaccessibility as well as human health risk assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110913
JournalEcotoxicology and Environmental Safety
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioaccessibility
  • Cadmium
  • Copper
  • Nutrients
  • Soil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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