Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) were determined in extracts of zebra mussels sampled from sites in Hamilton Harbour. The mussels were extracted using a tissue homogenizer method and the resulting solvent extracts were subjected to an alumina column and a Sephadex LH20 column clean-up procedure. Total PAH concentrations in Zebra mussel extracts ranged from 0.35 μg/g to 10.0 μg/g of mussel homogenate. The extracts were also found to exhibit significant mutagenic responses in the Ames Salmonella/microtome assay. The results indicate that zebra mussels might be used as biological indicators of PAH contamination in freshwater environments such as Hamilton Harbour. © 1994, International Association for Great Lakes Research. All rights reserved.
Marvin, C. H., McCarry, B. E., & Bryant, D. W. (1994). Determination and Genotoxicity of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Isolated from Dreissina polymorpha (Zebra Mussels) Sampled from Hamilton Harbour. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 20(3), 523–530. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0380-1330(94)71168-0