This study investigated the subcellular distribution of Cd, Cu and Zn in liver and kidney of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) stranded along the Italian coast of the South Adriatic Sea (Eastern Mediterranean). Cd and Zn mean concentrations did not differ significantly between liver (4.26 lg g1 and 34.53 lg g1, respectively) and kidney (5.06 lg g1 and 26.39 lg g1, respectively), whereas the levels of Cu were significantly higher in liver (32.75 lg g1) than in kidney (8.20 lg g1) (p < 0.009). Most of Cd, Cu and Zn was present in hepatic and renal cytosol, and their concentrations increased with total levels in both organs, indicating that cytosol has a crucial role in metal accumulation. Cd and Cu in hepatic and renal cytosol were present mostly in metallothionein fractions (MTs), whereas Zn was fractionated into MTs and high-molecular-weight-substances (HMWS). The comparison with the results of other investigations on individuals of the same species collected in different marine areas shows good agreement relatively to essential metals. For Cd our data are comparable with those encountered in specimens from the Mediterranean Sea (Cyprus) confirming the homogeneity of the area comprising the southeastern basin of the Mediterranean Sea from an ecological point of view.

Total and subcellular distribution of trace elements(Cd, Cu, and Zn) in the liver and kidney of green turles (Chelonia mydas) from the mediterranean Sea

STORELLI, Maria Maddalena;BARONE, GRAZIA;
2008-01-01

Abstract

This study investigated the subcellular distribution of Cd, Cu and Zn in liver and kidney of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) stranded along the Italian coast of the South Adriatic Sea (Eastern Mediterranean). Cd and Zn mean concentrations did not differ significantly between liver (4.26 lg g1 and 34.53 lg g1, respectively) and kidney (5.06 lg g1 and 26.39 lg g1, respectively), whereas the levels of Cu were significantly higher in liver (32.75 lg g1) than in kidney (8.20 lg g1) (p < 0.009). Most of Cd, Cu and Zn was present in hepatic and renal cytosol, and their concentrations increased with total levels in both organs, indicating that cytosol has a crucial role in metal accumulation. Cd and Cu in hepatic and renal cytosol were present mostly in metallothionein fractions (MTs), whereas Zn was fractionated into MTs and high-molecular-weight-substances (HMWS). The comparison with the results of other investigations on individuals of the same species collected in different marine areas shows good agreement relatively to essential metals. For Cd our data are comparable with those encountered in specimens from the Mediterranean Sea (Cyprus) confirming the homogeneity of the area comprising the southeastern basin of the Mediterranean Sea from an ecological point of view.
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