Transformations of arsenic in the marine environment

Experientia. 1987 May 15;43(5):553-7. doi: 10.1007/BF02143584.


It is ten years since arsenobetaine was first isolated from the western rock lobster Palinurus cygnus. Subsequently this naturally-occurring arsenical has been found in many species of marine animals contributing to the human diet. The identification of arsenic-containing ribofuranosides in algae and the production of dimethylarsinoylethanol from their anaerobic decomposition has allowed speculation on arsenic metabolism in marine organisms and has suggested a possible route to arsenobetaine from oceanic arsenate.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arsenic / metabolism*
  • Biotransformation
  • Crustacea / metabolism*
  • Eukaryota / metabolism
  • Fishes / metabolism*
  • Seawater


  • Arsenic