An ancient role for nitric oxide in regulating the animal pelagobenthic life cycle: evidence from a marine sponge

In many marine invertebrates, larval metamorphosis is induced by environmental cues that activate sensory receptors and signalling pathways. Nitric oxide (NO) is a gaseous signalling molecule that regulates metamorphosis in diverse bilaterians. In most cases NO inhibits or represses this process, although it functions as an activator in some species. Here… CONTINUE READING