Journal of comparative physiology

, Volume 104, Issue 1, pp 71–78 | Cite as

Anaerobic production of volatile fatty acids in the sea musselMytilus edulis L.

  • J. H. Kluytmans
  • P. R. Veenhof
  • A. de Zwaan


  1. 1.

    Mytilus edulis L. accumulates VFA during anaerobiosis.

  2. 2.

    Propionic acid is formed in equal amounts as succinate (26 μmol g−1 dry weight), together with small amounts of acetate (2 μmol g−1 dry weight) during 72 h under N2.

  3. 3.

    Under aerobic conditions acetate is the only free VFA present in appreciable amounts (12 μmol g−1 dry weight).

  4. 4.

    About 8 μmol g−1 dry weight of esterified VFA are present in total lipid extracts.

  5. 5.

    No significant increase in esterification to glycerol-3-phosphate takes place during 72h of anoxia.



Succinate Volatile Fatty Acid Mytilus Edulis Intermediary Metabolism Parasitic Helminth 
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volatile fatty acids




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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Kluytmans
    • 1
  • P. R. Veenhof
    • 1
  • A. de Zwaan
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Chemical Animal PhysiologyState University of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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