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Occurrence and role of a Quaternary base, trimethylamine oxide, in two cockle species, Cerastoderma edule and Cerastoderma lamarcki
de Vooys, C.G.N. (2002). Occurrence and role of a Quaternary base, trimethylamine oxide, in two cockle species, Cerastoderma edule and Cerastoderma lamarcki. J. Sea Res. 47(1): 69-73
In: Journal of Sea Research. Elsevier/Netherlands Institute for Sea Research: Amsterdam; Den Burg. ISSN 1385-1101, more
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Keywords
    Accumulation; Shellfish; Trimethylamine; Trimethylamine; Cerastoderma edule (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Cerastoderma lamarcki (Reeve, 1845) [WoRMS]; ANE, Denmark [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • de Vooys, C.G.N.

Abstract
    Trimethylamine oxide was demonstrated in the tissues of two European cockle species: erastoderma edule and Cerastoderma lamarcki (Mollusca: Bivalvia). No role in osmoregulation could be demonstrated, but a passive accumulation of the compound was found. Trimethylamine was demonstrated to be present in phytoplankton. Passive changes of the concentration of trimethylamine oxide are likely to occur in cockle tissues depending on the concentration of trimethylamine in the food.

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