Seawater carbonate chemistry during experiments with Mytilus edulis, 2008, supplement to: Bibby, Ruth; Widdicombe, Stephen; Parry, Helen E; Spicer, John I; Pipe, R (2008): Effects of ocean acidification on the immune response of the blue mussel Mytilus edulis. Aquatic Biology, 2(1), 97-74


The effects of medium term (32 d) hypercapnia on the immune response of Mytilus edulis were investigated in mussels exposed to acidified (using CO2) sea water (pH 7.7, 7.5 or 6.7; control: pH 7.8). Levels of phagocytosis increased significantly during the exposure period, suggesting an immune response induced by the experimental set-up. However, this induced stress response was suppressed when mussels were exposed to acidified sea water. Acidified sea water did not have any significant effects on other immuno-surveillance parameters measured (superoxide anion production, total and differential cell counts). These results suggest that ocean acidification may impact the physiological condition and functionality of the haemocytes and could have a significant effect on cellular signalling pathways, particularly those pathways that rely on specific concentrations of calcium, and so may be disrupted by calcium carbonate shell dissolution.

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Creator Spicer, John I;Widdicombe, Stephen;Parry, Helen E;Bibby, Ruth;Pipe, R
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2008
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC-BY)
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Discipline Earth System Research