, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 324–326 | Cite as

Distribution of cadmium, zinc and copper in the musselMytilus edulis. Existence of cadmium-binding proteins similar to metallothioneins

  • F. Noël-Lambot


The study of the distribution of Cd, Zn and Cu in homogenates of mussels has shown that Zn and Cu are principally associated with high mol. wt. proteins. The same distribution is observed for Cd in untreated mussels, but in Cd chronically intoxicated animals, the metal is principally bound to low mol. wt. proteins synthesized in response to the uptake of the cation and similar to metallothioneins of vertebrates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Noël-Lambot
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire d'Océanologie, Département de Biologie généraleUniversité de LiègeLiège(Belgium)

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