Myoglobin in the heart tissue of fishes lacking hemoglobin

Comp Biochem Physiol A Comp Physiol. 1985;81(4):885-8. doi: 10.1016/0300-9629(85)90924-7.


Myoglobin has been identified in the heart tissue of three species of antarctic icefish, Chaenocephalus aceratus, Pseudochaenichthys georgianus and Chaenodraco wilsoni. Quantitative analysis shows myoglobin concentrations that are substantially lower than other teleost fish. A simple and accurate method for the direct measurement of myoglobin in tissue is described.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antarctic Regions
  • Carps / metabolism
  • Cattle
  • Fishes / metabolism*
  • Heart Ventricles / analysis
  • Hemoglobins
  • Molecular Weight
  • Myocardium / analysis*
  • Myoglobin / analysis*
  • Species Specificity
  • Trout / metabolism


  • Hemoglobins
  • Myoglobin