Sarah K. Higgins

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The physiological effect of complex mixtures of anthropogenic contaminants on aquatic organisms is not well understood. This study employed a suite of sub-cellular biomarkers and general health measurements to assess the effect of urban-derived contaminants on wild freshwater mussels. Adult Lasmigona costata were collected from four sites in the Grand River(More)
We investigated the dependence of membrane binding on amino acid sequence for a series of amphipathic peptides derived from δ-lysin. δ-Lysin is a 26 amino acid, N-terminally formylated, hemolytic peptide that forms an amphipathic α-helix bound at membrane-water interfaces. A shortened peptide, lysette, was derived from δ-lysin by deletion of the four(More)
The salinization of freshwater can have negative effects on ecosystem health, with heightened effects in salt-sensitive biota such as glochidia, the larvae of freshwater mussels. However, the toxicological mechanism underlying this sensitivity is unknown. Therefore, Lampsilis fasciola glochidia were exposed to NaCl (nominally 0.25 and 1.0 g/L) prepared in(More)
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