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Metal accumulation in mussels of the Kuril Islands, north-west Pacific Ocean.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11939290     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Concentrations of cadmium, copper, iron, lead, manganese, nickel and zinc were investigated in two species of mussel from the Kuril Islands in the north-western Pacific Ocean: the short-lived mussel Mytilus trossulus and the much larger and longer-lived Crenomytilus grayanus. The concentrations of most elements were low, and these reported levels are believed to reflect background values for pristine locations. However, both iron and zinc concentrations were elevated in some samples taken from areas of hydrothermal vent activity, and these are believed to reflect the enrichment of the two metals in solution at such sites. Furthermore, the concentrations of cadmium were unusually elevated in both species of mussel, especially in the longer-lived C. grayanus. The high accumulation of cadmium in mussels from the Kuril Islands is believed to reflect regional upwelling, but it is also postulated that filtration rates of the mussels are high due to low levels of suspended matter, and this leads to a high assimilation efficiency for cadmium. The distribution of cadmium amongst the tissues of C. grayanus is also reported, and the need for further ecotoxicological studies in the area is proposed.
V Ya Kavun; V M Shulkin; N K Khristoforova
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine environmental research     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0141-1136     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Environ. Res.     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-09     Completed Date:  2002-09-06     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9882895     Medline TA:  Mar Environ Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  219-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Marine Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Monitoring
Metals, Heavy / analysis,  pharmacokinetics*
Pacific Islands
Tissue Distribution
Water Pollutants / analysis,  pharmacokinetics*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Metals, Heavy; 0/Water Pollutants

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