Circular proteoglycans from sponges: first members of the spongican family

@article{FernndezBusquets2003CircularPF,
  title={Circular proteoglycans from sponges: first members of the spongican family},
  author={Xavier Fern{\'a}ndez-Busquets and Max M. Burger},
  journal={Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS},
  year={2003},
  volume={60},
  pages={88-112}
}
Species-specific cell adhesion in marine sponges is mediated by a new family of modular proteoglycans whose general supramolecular structure resembles that of hyalectans. However, neither their protein nor their glycan moieties have significant sequence homology to other proteoglycans, despite having protein subunits equivalent to link proteins and to proteoglycan monomer core proteins, and glycan subunits equivalent to hyaluronan and to the glycosaminoglycans of hyalectans. In some species… CONTINUE READING