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- The Role of Mucus in Mytella falcata (Orbigny 1842) Gills from Polluted Environments
- Fed Univ Para
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
- Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
- Fundação para o Desenvolvimento da UNESP (FUNDUNESP)
- Bivalve mussels can concentrate pollutants which, in high amounts, can cause cellular, physiological and behavioral changes. The gill mucus is essential for many metabolic and behavioral procedures on marine mussels including the response to environmental pollution. The present work analyzed the mucous cell number in Mytella falcata gill filaments from three sites of Santos estuary (Brazil) with different levels of sediment contamination named as sites A, B, and C. Site A is located at a low impacted region of the estuary, and sites B and C are under influence of port activities, domestic sewage, and industries like a still mill located in front of site C (the most contaminated area with high amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). An increase in mucous cell number was detected in animals from sites B and C, when compared to site A; this increase occurred preferentially in the frontal zone and was related to sediment contamination. Mucous cell analysis can be used as an efficient biomarker. It is suggested that mucus produced in lateral and abfrontal zones is responsible for eliminating pollutants previously absorbed and mucus produced in frontal zone is responsible for pollutant arrest and elimination as pseudofeces.
- Water Air and Soil Pollution. Dordrecht: Springer, v. 203, n. 1-4, p. 261-266, 2009.
- Mucous cell
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