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Keywords:

  • Common eider;
  • Long-tailed duck;
  • Selenium;
  • Glutathione metabolism;
  • Alaska

Abstract

The relationships of selenium (Se) concentrations in whole blood with plasma activities of total glutathione peroxidase, Se-dependent glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione reductase were studied in long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis) and common eiders (Somateria mollissima) sampled along the Beaufort Sea coast of Alaska, USA. Blood Se concentrations were >8 µg/g wet weight in both species. Linear regression revealed that the activities of total and Se-dependent glutathione peroxidase were significantly related to Se concentrations only in long-tailed ducks, raising the possibility that these birds were experiencing early oxidative stress. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2011; 30:1479–1481. © 2011 SETAC