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Role of metallothioneins in metal regulation by the guillemotUria aalge

Authors
Journal
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C Pharmacology Toxicology and Endocrinology
0742-8413
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
113
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0742-8413(95)02079-9
Keywords
  • Section 1: Heavy Metal Cation Homeostasis And Toxicity
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract Guillemots, like other seabird species living in the North Sea, appear to be heavily contaminated by copper. Metallothioneins are present in both liver and kidney but, at least in the specimens stranded along the Belgian coast, fail to maintain constant the copper, zinc and cadmium load of the high molecular weight soluble proteins of both organs, stressing the potential toxic role of these metals, mainly copper.

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