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Dumpton Syndrome reduces the tributyltin (TBT) sterilising effect on Nucella lapillus (L.) by limiting the development of the imposed vas deferens
Quintela, M.; Barreiro, R.; Ruiz , J.M. (2002). Dumpton Syndrome reduces the tributyltin (TBT) sterilising effect on Nucella lapillus (L.) by limiting the development of the imposed vas deferens. Mar. Environ. Res. 54(3-5): 657-660. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/S0141-1136(02)00154-X
In: Marine Environmental Research. Applied Science Publishers: Barking. ISSN 0141-1136, more
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Keywords
    Imposex; Tributyltin; Vas deferens; Nucella lapillus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Dumpton Syndrome; Endocrine disruption

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  • Quintela, M.
  • Barreiro, R.
  • Ruiz , J.M.

Abstract
    TBT induces imposex and sterilisation in female Nucella lapillus. Interestingly, there are populations where individuals (both males and imposexed females) may suffer from a genetic aberration [Dumpton Syndrome (DS)] which results in the development of no penis (i.e. aphally). This anomaly confers a so far unexplained protection against TBT. Six populations with contrasting DS frequency were sampled; the imposex stage in females and the mean calibre of every vas deferens (VDC) were assessed. While the sex ratio in the 600 specimens examined was close to 1, aphally was more frequent in females than in males (31 and 7%, respectively). VDC was significantly higher in normal than in aphallic (DS) specimens, independently of sex and/or site. It is concluded that the vas deferens imposed by TBT onto DS females is less prone to develop thick enough so as to interfere with normal egg laying.

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