The Role of Heme Compounds in Sulfide Tolerance in the Echiuran Worm Urechis caupo

  • Alissa J. Arp


Since the discovery of the hydrogen sulfide-rich hydrothermal vent environments in the late 1970s, much research effort has been directed at understanding the abilities of metazoan animals to tolerate high sulfide environments. A variety of sulfide-rich habitats have been reinvestigated along with the deep ocean vents (such as sewer outfalls, marshes, and mudflats), and animals from diverse phyla have been shown to tolerate toxic sulfide and/or to capitalize on its high energy state to fuel metabolism (1-5). In many cases this tolerance and/or exploitation depends upon the central role played by a Hb or heme-containing molecule (5-13).


Hydrogen Sulfide Sulfide Oxidation Aerobic Respiration Coelomic Fluid Sewer Outfall 
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  • Alissa J. Arp
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  1. 1.Biology DepartmentSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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