Accession Number : ADA329916

Title :   Interfacial Culprits: Targetting Proteins of Byssal Adhesion

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 8 Jan 93, 30 Sep 96

Corporate Author : DELAWARE UNIV NEWARK COLL OF MARINE STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Waite, J. H.

PDF Url : ADA329916

Report Date : 30 SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : Marine mussels (Mytilus) form permanent adhesive bonds with hard surfaces in their environment. The adhesive plaques of the byssus are situated in closest proximity with the bonded foreign surface. Of the four proteins known to be present in byssal plaques, we have isolated, characterized, and cloned several variants of Mefp-3. These are small basic proteins with two prominent post-translational modifications, 3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine and 4- hydroxyarginine. Laser desorption studies of byssal plaques indicate Mefp-3s to occur at or near the interface.

Descriptors :   *PROTEINS, *TARGETING, *MUSSELS, PEPTIDES, SURFACES, FOULING, CLONES, INVERTEBRATES, DESORPTION, ADHESIVE BONDING, MOLLUSCA.

Subject Categories : Biochemistry
      Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology
      Biology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE