Marine Biology

, Volume 95, Issue 2, pp 231–235 | Cite as

Occurrence of lysozyme in the common cockle Cerastoderma edule and the effect of the tidal cycle on lysozyme activity

  • N. Conway


In 1983 a sample of cockles [Cerastoderma edule (L.)] was removed from the mid-tide level at Booterstown Strand, County Dublin, Ireland at 2-h intervals, for a period of 24 h. The gills, mantle and visceral mass tissues contained significant levels of lysozyme, with the gills containing the highest, weight-specific levels. A tidal rhythm of lysozyme activity in the gills, mantle and visceral mass was inversely related to the tidal cycle. The data were best described by a tidal curve shifted-5 hours out of phase, with maximum and minimum levels of activity occurring one hour after low and high tides, respectively. In marine bivalves, lysozyme may be involved in the extracellular digestion and absorption of bacteria during low tide. In this context the present use of bivalves as biological indicators of bacterial pollution is discussed.


Bivalve Lysozyme Mass Tissue High Tide Tidal Cycle 
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  • N. Conway
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyTrinity College DublinDublin 2Ireland

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