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Bibliographie de l'Institut Maurice-Lamontagne

Mammifères marins - Pinnipèdes / Mirounga angustirostris / Éléphant de mer boréal

LESTYK, K.C., L.P. FOLKOW, A.S. BLIX, M.O. HAMMILL, J.M. BURNS, 2009. Development of myoglobin concentration and acid buffering capacity in Harp (Pagophilus groenlandicus) and Hooded (Cystophora cristata) Seals from birth to maturity. J. Comp. Physiol. B, 179(8): 985-996 .

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Pinnipeds rely on muscle oxygen stores to help support aerobic diving, therefore muscle maturation may influence the behavioral ecology of young pinnipeds. To investigate the pattern of muscle development, myoglobin concentration ([Mb]) and acid buffering ability (β) was measured in ten muscles from 23 harp and 40 hooded seals of various ages. Adult [Mb] ranged from 28–97 to 35–104 mg g tissue-1 in harp and hooded seals, respectively, with values increasing from the cervical, non-swimming muscles to the main swimming muscles of the lumbar region. Neonatal and weaned pup muscles exhibited lower (˜30 % adult values) and less variable [Mb] across the body than adults. In contrast, adult β showed little regional variation (60–90 slykes), while high pup values (˜75 % adult values) indicate significant in utero development. These findings suggest that intra-uterine conditions are sufficiently hypoxic to stimulate prenatal β development, but that [Mb] development requires additional postnatal signal such as exercise, and/or growth factors. However, because of limited development in both β and [Mb] during the nursing period, pups are weaned with muscles with lower aerobic and anaerobic capacities than those of adults.©2009 Springer