Molecular Characterization of Metallothionein- and Cytochrome P4501A-CDNAS of Sparus aurata and Their Use for Detecting Pollution along the Mediterranean Coast of Israel
Members of the fish family Sparidae are abundant in various continental shelf habitats along the Mediterranean, including relatively clean and polluted regions. Fish Metallothionein (MT) and cytochrome P4501A genes are induced by heavy metals and several groups of halogenated and nonhalogenated aromatic hydrocarbones, respectively (George and Olsson, 1994; Bucheli and Fent, 1995). The aim of the presented study is to examine the suitability of the sparid Lithognathus mormyrus as bioindicator of pollution in Mediterranean coastal habitats, using its hepatic MT- or P4501A-mRNAs as biomarkers.
KeywordsMediterranean Coast Trace Metal Pollution Depuration Period 2W96 3W96 4W96 3W97 4W97 Station
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