Copper effect on the biomarker state of the Mizuhopecten yessoensis tissues in the prespawning period.


Il'ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (POI FEB RAS), Vladivostok, Russia. Electronic address: [Email]


The aim of this study was to investigate the sensitivity of the marine scallop Mizuhopecten yessoensis to different copper concentrations (10 and 30 μgl-1) in the prespawning period. Reaction of the scallop to this effect was evaluated by a set of biomarkers, including general metabolism enzymes (acid and alkaline phosphatase activities - AcPase, ALP), and oxidative stress parameters (catalase antioxidant enzyme activity - CAT and levels of damage for DNA, lipids and proteins). Experiment results show that when copper is accumulated in tissues, enzyme activity changes are similar and have phasic character. The dynamics of these changes depends on the copper accumulation levels in tissues. Unlike enzyme reaction to copper accumulation, oxidative damage of biologic molecules changes in tissues in different ways. Copper enters into a scallop's organism, mainly through the gills, where there is a more expressed reaction of biomarkers compared to the digestive gland.


Biomarkers,Copper,Digestive gland,Gills,Mizuhopecten yessoensis,Prespawning period,