Domoic acid--a new toxin in the Croatian Adriatic shellfish toxin profile

Molecules. 2010 Oct 8;15(10):6835-49. doi: 10.3390/molecules15106835.


This is the first study that presents concentrations of domoic acid detected in the whole shellfish tissue from breeding and harvesting areas along the Croatian coast of the Adriatic Sea during the period 2006 to 2008. Shellfish sample analyses after SAX cleaning procedures, using a UV-DAD-HPLC system, showed the presence of domoic acid in four species. The most prevalent of those species were the blue mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis), followed by European flat oyster (Ostrea edulis), Mediterranean scallop (Pecten jacobaeus) and proteus scallop (Flexopecten proteus). Domoic acid, a potentially lethal phycotoxin that causes amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP), was detected for the first time in January 2006 with the highest value of 6.5486 μg g⁻¹ in whole shellfish tissue. Pseudo-nitzschia spp. bloom events preceded these high domoic acid concentrations. According to this study, retention of domoic acid in the blue mussel M. galloprovincialis is more than 42 days. This investigation indicates the first presence of domoic acid in Croatian shellfish, but in concentrations under the regulatory limit (20 μg g⁻¹), therefore shellfish consumption was not found to endanger human health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Croatia
  • Diatoms / chemistry
  • Harmful Algal Bloom
  • Humans
  • Kainic Acid / analogs & derivatives*
  • Kainic Acid / chemistry
  • Marine Toxins / chemistry*
  • Neuromuscular Depolarizing Agents / chemistry*
  • Seawater / chemistry
  • Shellfish Poisoning
  • Shellfish*


  • Marine Toxins
  • Neuromuscular Depolarizing Agents
  • domoic acid
  • Kainic Acid