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Journal of Marine Biology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 913932, 9 pages
Research Article

Metabolic Effects in the Bivalve Perna perna and Mytilus galloprovincialis: Impact on the Environment due to Contamination by Copper

1Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Blida 1 University, BP 270, 09000 Blida, Algeria
2Department of Biology, Faculty of Life and Natural Sciences, Blida 1 University, BP 270, 09000 Blida, Algeria

Received 25 October 2013; Revised 25 March 2014; Accepted 14 April 2014; Published 20 May 2014

Academic Editor: E. A. Pakhomov

Copyright © 2014 Mohamed Brahim Errahmani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This work presents the study of the effects of acute exposure to various concentrations of copper from 0.03 to 0.59 μmol·L−1 on the metabolic activities (nitrogen and phosphorus), protein levels, catalase (CAT) enzyme activities, and the biological response malondialdehyde (MDA) in the mollusks Perna perna and Mytilus galloprovincialis. The concentrations above 0.88 μmol·L−1 have proven to be lethal to P. perna. The results show slight disturbances of metabolism as a result of pollutant and a significant correlation between metal contamination and ammonia nitrogen levels, resulting in an increase in the latter after 48 h of M. galloprovincialis exposure to 0.59 μmol·L−1 of copper concentrations. CAT was rapidly induced even by low concentrations of copper; MDA was increased only with low concentrations of copper in P. perna.