Effects Of Aromatic-Hydrocarbons On The Metabolism Of The Digestive Gland Of The Mussel Mytilus-Edulis-L

Viarengo, A and Moore, MN 1982 Effects Of Aromatic-Hydrocarbons On The Metabolism Of The Digestive Gland Of The Mussel Mytilus-Edulis-L. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology C-Pharmacology Toxicology & Endocrinology, 71 (1). 21 - 25. https://doi.org/10.1016/0306-4492(82)90005-3

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1. The results presented in this paper show that the exposure of mussels to a sublethal concentration of oil-derived aromatic hydrocarbons (30 μg 1−1) for a period of 4 months significantly decreases the protein level in the digestive gland of the animals (−17%). 2. The activity of the nuclear RNA polymerase I and II is also significantly decreased in the digestive gland of hydrocarbon-exposed mussels (−64% and −18%, respectively). 3. The RNAase(s) activity present in the nuclei from the digestive gland cells increases following the exposure of the mussels to aromatic hydrocarbons. This effect is particularly evident at high ionic strength [200 mM (NH4)2SO4]. 4. The analysis of some characteristics of the nuclear RNAase(s) (most of which is soluble and shows a maximum of activity at pH 4−5) could indicate that part of this hydrolytic enzyme may have a lysosomal origin. 5. This fact appears to be in agreement with the finding that in the mussels exposed for 4 months to aromatic hydrocarbons the lysosomal stability decreases drastically and the total content of lysosomal enzymes is significantly increased (+42.4%).

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Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
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Date made live: 11 Feb 2014 15:54
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:03
URI: https://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/2700

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