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Minke Whale

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  • The genetic variability at six cloned minisatellite loci was analyzed in minke whale populations from the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Antarctic Oceans [1].
  • We have used a human C4 cDNA probe to investigate the complement component C4 gene in four members of the family Balaenopteridae: fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), sei whale (B. borealis), minke whale (B. acutorostrata), and bryde's whale (B. edeni) [2].
  • Concentrations of organochlorine compounds (OCs) including PCBs and DDTs analyzed in common minke whale liver showed no significant correlation with hepatic mRNA expression levels of CYP1A1 and CYP1A2, indicating no induction of these enzymes by such OCs [3].
  • Differences in certain conserved and functional amino acid residues of CYP1A1 and 1A2 between common minke whale and other mammalian species indicate the possibility of their specific metabolic function [3].
  • Plasma FSH and LH levels in female minke whales were higher (P <0.05) than in male whales [4].

Biological context of Minke Whale


Anatomical context of Minke Whale


Associations of Minke Whale with chemical compounds

  • Compositions of DDT and CHL compounds in minke whale from the Antarctic were similar to those from the North Pacific. However, the composition of HCH isomers was different between the Antarctic and the North Pacific as was observed in their diet, suggesting a larger or on-going usage of lindane in the southern hemisphere countries [10].
  • Persistent organochlorines such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), DDTs, chlordane compounds (CHLs), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) were determined in the blubber of minke whale and its diet collected from the Antarctic and the North Pacific Oceans [10].
  • The lactose of Minke whale milk could be a source of energy for them [11].
  • A Norwegian penthrite grenade for minke whales: hunting trials with prototypes and results from the hunt in 1984, 1985 and 1986 [12].
  • In particular, the total cholesterol and phospholipid contents in the vitrified immature oocytes from prepubertal and adult minke whales were significantly (P<0.05) higher than those from prepubertal pigs [13].


  1. Patterns of genetic variability at individual minisatellite loci in minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata populations from three different oceans. van Pijlen, I.A., Amos, B., Burke, T. Mol. Biol. Evol. (1995) [Pubmed]
  2. Analysis of the C4 genes in baleen whales using a human cDNA probe. Spilliaert, R., Palsdottir, A., Arnason, A. Immunogenetics (1990) [Pubmed]
  3. Molecular cloning and mRNA expression of cytochrome P4501A1 and 1A2 in the liver of common minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). Niimi, S., Watanabe, M.X., Kim, E.Y., Iwata, H., Yasunaga, G., Fujise, Y., Tanabe, S. Mar. Pollut. Bull. (2005) [Pubmed]
  4. Plasma and pituitary concentrations of gonadotropins (FSH and LH) in minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) during the feeding season. Suzuki, T., Mogoe, T., Asada, M., Miyamoto, A., Tetsuka, M., Ishikawa, H., Ohsumi, S., Fukui, Y. Theriogenology (2001) [Pubmed]
  5. Allele-sharing methods for estimation of population size. Skaug, H.J. Biometrics (2001) [Pubmed]
  6. Isolation of T cell receptor gamma/delta chain constant genes from minke whale. Zhang, X.M., Huck, S., Dariavach, P., Spilliaert, R., Arnason, A., Soua, Z., Lefranc, G., Lefranc, M.P. Exp. Clin. Immunogenet. (1995) [Pubmed]
  7. Genetic variation at enzyme loci in North Atlantic minke whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata. Danielsdottir, A.K., Duke, E.J., Arnason, A. Biochem. Genet. (1992) [Pubmed]
  8. Organochlorine contaminants in northeast Atlantic minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). Kleivane, L., Skaare, J.U. Environ. Pollut. (1998) [Pubmed]
  9. Attempt at in vitro maturation of minke whale (Balaenoptera Bonaerensis) oocytes using a portable CO2 incubator. Iwayama, H., Ishikawa, H., Ohsumi, S., Fukui, Y. J. Reprod. Dev. (2005) [Pubmed]
  10. Persistent organochlorines in minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and their prey species from the Antarctic and the North Pacific. Aono, S., Tanabe, S., Fujise, Y., Kato, H., Tatsukawa, R. Environ. Pollut. (1997) [Pubmed]
  11. Chemical characterization of the oligosaccharides in beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) and Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) milk. Urashima, T., Sato, H., Munakata, J., Nakamura, T., Arai, I., Saito, T., Tetsuka, M., Fukui, Y., Ishikawa, H., Lydersen, C., Kovacs, K.M. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. B, Biochem. Mol. Biol. (2002) [Pubmed]
  12. A Norwegian penthrite grenade for minke whales: hunting trials with prototypes and results from the hunt in 1984, 1985 and 1986. Oen, E.O. Acta Vet. Scand. (1995) [Pubmed]
  13. Comparative studies on lipid analysis and ultrastructure in porcine and southern minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) oocytes. Fujihira, T., Kinoshita, M., Sasaki, M., Ohnishi, M., Ishikawa, H., Ohsumi, S., Fukui, Y. J. Reprod. Dev. (2004) [Pubmed]
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