A significant increase in VTG and ER2 mRNA expression was observed in mussels exposed to estrogens at the early stage of gametogenesis. In contrast, mature mussels displayed no statistically significant change in the VTG or ER2 mRNA expression. The data presented suggests that the reproductive physiology of molluscs, in terms of VTG and ER2 mRNA expression, may be susceptible to damage by environmental estrogens at certain points in their gametogenesis process.
- Mytilus edulis
- Estrogen receptor
- Reproductive cycle
Ciocan, C., Cubero-Leon, E., Puinean, A. M., Hill, E. M., Minier, C., Osada, M., Fenlon, K., & Rotchell, J. M. (2010). Effects of estrogen exposure in mussels, Mytilus edulis, at different stages of gametogenesis. Environmental Pollution, 158(9), 2977-2984. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2010.05.025