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Characterization of a Defensin from the Oyster Crassostrea gigas
In invertebrates, defensins were found in arthropods and in the mussels. Here, we report for the first time the identification and characterization of a defensin (Cg-Def) from an oyster. Cg-def mRNAExpand
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Transforming growth factor-beta-related proteins: an ancestral and widespread superfamily of cytokines in metazoans.
Members of the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) superfamily of cell signalling polypeptides have attracted much attention because of their ability, from nematodes to mammals, to controlExpand
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DNA Methylation Is Crucial for the Early Development in the Oyster C. gigas
In vertebrates, epigenetic modifications influence gene transcription, and an appropriate DNA methylation is critical in development. Indeed, a precise temporal and spatial pattern of early geneExpand
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Generation and analysis of a 29,745 unique Expressed Sequence Tags from the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) assembled into a publicly accessible database: the GigasDatabase
BackgroundAlthough bivalves are among the most-studied marine organisms because of their ecological role and economic importance, very little information is available on the genome sequences ofExpand
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Effects of different vertebrate growth factors on primary cultures of hemocytes from the gastropod mollusc, Haliotis tuberculata.
A useful experimental system from primary cultures of hemocytes from Haliotis tuberculata has been established. Six days after initiation of the culture, the viability of hemocytes remained constantExpand
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Increasing genomic information in bivalves through new EST collections in four species: development of new genetic markers for environmental studies and genome evolution.
The generation of EST information is an essential step in the genomic characterisation of species. In the context of the European Network Marine Genomics, a common goal was to significantly increaseExpand
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Molecular cloning of a molluscan gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor orthologue specifically expressed in the gonad.
Despite their economic importance, only very little information is available regarding (neuro)endocrine mechanisms of reproduction in bivalve molluscs. To gain insights into the molecular control ofExpand
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Neuropeptides encoded by the genomes of the Akoya pearl oyster Pinctata fucata and Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas: a bioinformatic and peptidomic survey
BackgroundOysters impart significant socio-ecological benefits from primary production of food supply, to estuarine ecosystems via reduction of water column nutrients, plankton and seston biomass.Expand
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Characterization of GnRH-related peptides from the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a key neuropeptide regulating reproduction in vertebrates has now been characterized in a number of non-vertebrate species. Despite the demonstration of itsExpand
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Characterization of an atypical family 18 chitinase from the oyster Crassostrea gigas: evidence for a role in early development and immunity.
Despite their physiological significance in immune and growth-controlling processes in plants and animals, no chitinolytic enzyme has been identified yet at the molecular level in Lophotrochozoa, oneExpand
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