Biochemical differences between trail mucus and adhesive mucus from marsh periwinkle snails.

@article{Smith2002BiochemicalDB,
  title={Biochemical differences between trail mucus and adhesive mucus from marsh periwinkle snails.},
  author={Andrew M. Smith and Martha C Morin},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={2002},
  volume={203 3},
  pages={338-46}
}
The composition of the adhesive form of marsh periwinkle mucus was compared to the trail mucus used during locomotion. The trail mucus consists primarily of large, carbohydrate-rich molecules with some relatively small proteins. In contrast, the adhesive mucus has 2.7 times as much protein with no significant difference in carbohydrate concentration. The resulting gel has roughly equal amounts of protein and carbohydrate. This substantial increase in protein content is due to the additional… CONTINUE READING
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