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High impact information on Balaenoptera


Biological context of Balaenoptera


Anatomical context of Balaenoptera


Associations of Balaenoptera with chemical compounds

  • From sanddabs to blue whales: the pervasiveness of domoic acid [8].
  • A new method of in situ formalin fixation was used on 38 brains from minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) [9].
  • In Norway minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) are hunted using small fishing boats rigged with harpoon guns, which fire harpoons tipped with a grenade containing a charge of 30-g penthrite [10].
  • 7. Similarly, the metabolic potential (total O2 consumed during adult lifespan per g bodyweight) for a 2 g shrew or a 100000 kg blue whale is approximately 38 L O2 consumed or 8.5 mol ATP/g body mass per lifetime [11].
  • Ambergris, which is an internal secretion of the sperm blue whale, was extracted with 96% ethanol [12].

Gene context of Balaenoptera

  • No polymorphism was seen in DNA from the five minke whale samples, but Rsa I and Taq I restriction enzymes gave polymorphism in fin and sei whales whereas Hind III and Msp I restriction enzymes showed polymorphism in sei whales only [13].


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  2. Cetacean mitochondrial DNA control region: sequences of all extant baleen whales and two sperm whale species. Arnason, U., Gullberg, A., Widegren, B. Mol. Biol. Evol. (1993) [Pubmed]
  3. Structure and biological activity of finback-whale (Balaenoptera physalus L.) heparin octasaccharide. Chemical, carbon-13 nuclear-magnetic-resonance, enzymic and biological studies. Ototani, N., Kikuchi, M., Yosizawa, Z. Biochem. J. (1982) [Pubmed]
  4. In vitro maturation and ultrastructural observation of cryopreserved minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) follicular oocytes. Asada, M., Horii, M., Mogoe, T., Fukui, Y., Ishikawa, H., Ohsumi, S. Biol. Reprod. (2000) [Pubmed]
  5. Sex hormone concentrations in blood serum from the north Atlantic fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus). Kjeld, J.M., Sigurjónsson, J., Arnason, A. J. Endocrinol. (1992) [Pubmed]
  6. Species specificity in thermostable and ethanol insoluble tissue antigens. III. Further immunization of ruminants with antigens from other ruminants and whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). Andersen, A.E. Acta Vet. Scand. (1977) [Pubmed]
  7. Morphogenesis and morphology of the brain stem nuclei of Cetacea. II. The nuclei of the accessory, vagal and glossopharyngeal nerves in baleen whales. Jansen, J., Osen, K.K. Journal für Hirnforschung. (1984) [Pubmed]
  8. From sanddabs to blue whales: the pervasiveness of domoic acid. Lefebvre, K.A., Bargu, S., Kieckhefer, T., Silver, M.W. Toxicon (2002) [Pubmed]
  9. A novel method for in situ fixation of whale brains. Knudsen, S.K., Mørk, S., Øen, E.O. J. Neurosci. Methods (2002) [Pubmed]
  10. Blast-induced neurotrauma in whales. Knudsen, S.K., Øen, E.O. Neurosci. Res. (2003) [Pubmed]
  11. On being the right size: heart design, mitochondrial efficiency and lifespan potential. Dobson, G.P. Clin. Exp. Pharmacol. Physiol. (2003) [Pubmed]
  12. Chemical investigation of the internal secretion of the sperm blue whale. Taha, S.A. Pakistan journal of pharmaceutical sciences. (1989) [Pubmed]
  13. Analysis of the C4 genes in baleen whales using a human cDNA probe. Spilliaert, R., Palsdottir, A., Arnason, A. Immunogenetics (1990) [Pubmed]
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