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Heterogeneous ferritin in the blood of two species of Tyrrhenian limpets,Patella coerulea L. andPatella lusitanica G.

  • E. Muzii


The hemolymph ofPatella is yellow and contains 30–300 μg/ml of iron. Ferritin was found to be uniquely abundant in the hemolymph, and was identified by electron microscopy and electrophoresis. Electrophoretically it appears to be heterogeneous, with an individually variable number of components with very similar mobilities. Ferritin in the blood of limpets might relate to the turnover of radular denticles.


Iron Microscopy Electron Microscopy Electrophoresis Ferritin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Muzii
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  1. 1.Stazione Zoologica di NapoliNapoli(Italy)

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