Characterization of the extracellular matrix of Phaeodactylum tricornutum (Bacillariophyceae): structure, composition, and adhesive characteristics.

  title={Characterization of the extracellular matrix of Phaeodactylum tricornutum (Bacillariophyceae): structure, composition, and adhesive characteristics.},
  author={Anusuya Willis and Anthony Chiovitti and Tony M. Dugdale and Richard Wetherbee},
  journal={Journal of phycology},
  volume={49 5},
The extracellular matrix of the ovoid and fusiform morphotypes of Phaeodactylum tricornutum (Bohlin) was characterized in detail. The structural and nanophysical properties were analyzed by microscopy. Of the two morphotypes, only the ovoid form secretes adhesive mucilage; light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy images showed that the mucilage was secreted from the girdle band region of the cell as cell-substratum tethers, accumulating on the surface forming a biofilm. After 7 d, the… CONTINUE READING
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