An Electron-Microscope X-Ray-Diffraction And Amino-Acid-Analysis Study Of The Opercular Filament Cuticle Calcareous Opercular Plate And Habitation Tube Of Pomatoceros Lamarckii Quatrefages (Polychaeta Serpulidae)

Bubel, A; Stephens, RM; Fenn, RH; Fieth, PEM. 1983 An Electron-Microscope X-Ray-Diffraction And Amino-Acid-Analysis Study Of The Opercular Filament Cuticle Calcareous Opercular Plate And Habitation Tube Of Pomatoceros Lamarckii Quatrefages (Polychaeta Serpulidae). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B-Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 74 (4). 837 - 850. 10.1016/0305-0491(83)90155-4

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0305-0491(83)90155-4

Abstract/Summary

The structure, X-ray diffraction and amino acid compositions of the opercular filament cuticle, calcareous opercular plate and habitation tube of the polychaete serpulid, Pomatoceros lamarckii quatrefages, are reported. The opercular filament cuticle is made up of protein and chitin. The chitin is probably in the crystallographic α form. The structure and amino acid composition of the organic components of the opercular filament cuticle and calcareous opercular plate have similarities but are distinctly different from those of the calcareous habitation tube. The opercular plate and habitation tube are composed of different polymorphs of calcium carbonate, aragonite and calcite respectively. Comparisons are made with other chitin-protein systems, structural and calcified proteins.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
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Date made live: 11 Feb 2014 15:54
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:03
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/2657

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