Characterization of a Cystine-Rich Polyphenolic Protein Family from the Blue Mussel Mytilus edulis L.

@article{Rzepecki1992CharacterizationOA,
  title={Characterization of a Cystine-Rich Polyphenolic Protein Family from the Blue Mussel Mytilus edulis L.},
  author={L M Rzepecki and Klaus Marius Hansen and J Herbert Waite},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={1992},
  volume={183 1},
  pages={123-137}
}
Marine bivalve mollusks synthesize, in the phenol and accessory glands of the foot, proteins that integrate the post-translationally hydroxylated amino acid 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) into their primary sequence. These polyphenolic proteins serve as structural and adhesive components of the byssal threads which form the extraorganismic holdfast. One family of byssal precursors, previously characterized in a number of mytiloid species, consists of proteins between 70-130 kDa containing 8… CONTINUE READING
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