Microplastics – Translocation from the Gastrointestinal Tract into Tissues Studied

According to the abstract of a study published December 9, 2020 in Sciences Advances magazine, researchers with the Germany University of Bayreuth: “… Microplastic particles ubiquitously found in the environment are ingested by a huge variety of organisms. Subsequently, microplastic particles can translocate from the gastrointestinal tract into the tissues likely by cellular internalization … We show that environmentally exposed microplastic particles were internalized significantly more often than pristine microplastic particles into macrophages.

We identified biomolecules forming an eco-corona on the surface of microplastic particles, suggesting that environmental exposure promotes the cellular internalization of microplastics. Our findings further indicate that cellular internalization is a key route by which microplastic particles translocate into tissues …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics