Nov 1, 1976

A comparison of the cholinesterases of an oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and a clam (Macrocallista nimbosa)

The Journal of Experimental Zoology
T Roop, M J Greenberg


Cholinesterase activities in the hearts and ganglia of an oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and a venerid clam (Macrocallista nimbosa) were measured and compared. Tissue extracts were partially purified by ammonium sulfate fractionation followed by gel column chromatography. Enzymatic activity was assayed spectrophotometrically; substrates were acetyl-, butyryl-, and propionylthiocholine (ATC, BTC, PTC). Kinetic constants characterizing each enzyme were derived. At all substrate concentrations, the hydrolysis rates of both clam enzymes were in the order: BTC greater than PTC greater than ATC. With oyster enzymes the ranking was ATC greater than or equal to PTC greater BTC. The specific activities of oyster heart and ganglion enzymes were similar. In contrast, clam ganglion extracts were 75-100 times more active than clam heart extracts and, with any substrate, had greater activity than either oyster enzyme. All enzyme preparations proved to be homogeneous on the bases of constant substrate activity ratios in successive column fractions, and of intermediate velocities with mixed substrates. Six cholinesterase inhibitors were tested. The specific acetylcholinesterase antagonist, B.W. 62C47, WAS MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE AGAINST OYSTER ENZ...Continue Reading

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