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Associations of Phocoena with chemical compounds


Gene context of Phocoena

  • A polyphasic taxonomic study was performed on two strains of an unknown Gram-positive, catalase-negative, coccus-shaped bacterium isolated from a dead seal and a harbour porpoise [10].
  • Phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial cytochrome b sequences support a close relationship between Burmeister's porpoise, Phocoena spinipinnis, and the vaquita, Phocoena sinus, and the association of these two species with the spectacled porpoise, Australophocaena dioptrica [11].
  • CB pattern in the harbour porpoise: bioaccumulation, metabolism and evidence for cytochrome P450 IIB activity [12].
  • In this way, activity of PB-type isozymes of the P450 monooxygenase system was apparent: in contrast to existing literature data, harbour porpoise appears to be able to metabolize congeners with m,p vic [12].
  • Differences in both levels and ratios of organochlorine compounds were detected in different species of marine mammals living in the same region, e.g. blubber of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) accumulated significantly lower levels of lindane, HCB, toxaphene, and DDT and its metabolites than harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) [13].


  1. The Risk of Infection from Polychlorinated Biphenyl Exposure in the Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena): A Case-Control Approach. Hall, A.J., Hugunin, K., Deaville, R., Law, R.J., Allchin, C.R., Jepson, P.D. Environ. Health Perspect. (2006) [Pubmed]
  2. Trends in the maternal investment of harbour porpoises are uncoupled from the dynamics of their primary prey. Read, A.J. Proc. Biol. Sci. (2001) [Pubmed]
  3. Levels of the flame retardants hexabromocyclododecane and tetrabromobisphenol A in the blubber of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) stranded or bycaught in the U.K., with evidence for an increase in HBCD concentrations in recent years. Law, R.J., Bersuder, P., Allchin, C.R., Barry, J. Environ. Sci. Technol. (2006) [Pubmed]
  4. Levels of hexabromocyclododecane in harbor porpoises and common dolphins from western European seas, with evidence for stereoisomer-specific biotransformation by cytochrome p450. Zegers, B.N., Mets, A., Van Bommel, R., Minkenberg, C., Hamers, T., Kamstra, J.H., Pierce, G.J., Boon, J.P. Environ. Sci. Technol. (2005) [Pubmed]
  5. Levels and enantiomeric signatures of methyl sulfonyl PCB and DDE metabolites in livers of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from the Southern North Sea. Chu, S., Covaci, A., Haraguchi, K., Voorspoels, S., Van de Vijver, K., Das, K., Bouquegneau, J.M., De Coen, W., Blust, R., Schepens, P. Environ. Sci. Technol. (2003) [Pubmed]
  6. A model for the bioaccumulation of chlorobiphenyl congeners in marine mammals. Boon, J.P., Oostingh, I., van der Meer, J., Hillebrand, M.T. Eur. J. Pharmacol. (1994) [Pubmed]
  7. Accumulation and trophic transfer of organotins in a marine food web from the Danish coastal waters. Strand, J., Jacobsen, J.A. Sci. Total Environ. (2005) [Pubmed]
  8. Organotins in marine mammals and seabirds from Norwegian territory. Berge, J.A., Brevik, E.M., Bjørge, A., Følsvik, N., Gabrielsen, G.W., Wolkers, H. Journal of environmental monitoring : JEM. (2004) [Pubmed]
  9. Persistent chlorinated organic contaminants in harbour porpoises from the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and Arctic waters. Bruhn, R., Kannan, N., Petrick, G., Schulz-Bull, D.E., Duinker, J.C. Sci. Total Environ. (1999) [Pubmed]
  10. Vagococcus fessus sp. nov., isolated from a seal and a harbour porpoise. Hoyles, L., Lawson, P.A., Foster, G., Falsen, E., Ohlén, M., Grainger, J.M., Collins, M.D. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. (2000) [Pubmed]
  11. Phylogenetic relationships among the true porpoises (Cetacea:Phocoenidae). Rosel, P.E., Haygood, M.G., Perrin, W.F. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. (1995) [Pubmed]
  12. CB pattern in the harbour porpoise: bioaccumulation, metabolism and evidence for cytochrome P450 IIB activity. Bruhn, R., Kannan, N., Petrick, G., Schulz-Bull, D.E., Duinker, J.C. Chemosphere (1995) [Pubmed]
  13. Organochlorine residues in marine mammals from the northern hemisphere--a consideration of the composition of organochlorine residues in the blubber of marine mammals. Vetter, W., Luckas, B., Heidemann, G., Skírnisson, K. Sci. Total Environ. (1996) [Pubmed]
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