Proteomic analysis of Sydney Rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata) exposed to metal contamination in the field

Emma L. Thompson*, Daisy A. Taylor, Sham V. Nair, Gavin Birch, Grant C. Hose, David A. Raftos

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This study used proteomics to assess the impacts of metal contamination in the field on Sydney Rock oysters. Oysters were transplanted into Lake Macquarie, NSW, for two weeks in both 2009 and 2010. Two-dimensional electrophoresis identified changes in protein expression profiles of oyster haemolymph between control and metal contaminated sites. There were unique protein expression profiles for each field trial. Principal components analysis attributed these differences in oyster proteomes to the different combinations and concentrations of metals and other environmental variables present during the three field trials. Identification of differentially expressed proteins showed that proteins associated with cytoskeletal activity and stress responses were the most commonly affected biological functions in the Sydney Rock oyster. Overall, the data show that proteomics combined with multivariate analysis has the potential to link the effects of contaminants with biological consequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-112
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

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