Control of aragonite deposition in colonial corals by intra-skeletal macromolecules.

@article{Falini2013ControlOA,
  title={Control of aragonite deposition in colonial corals by intra-skeletal macromolecules.},
  author={G. Falini and M. Reggi and S. Fermani and F. Sparla and S. Goffredo and Z. Dubinsky and O. Levi and Y. Dauphin and J. Cuif},
  journal={Journal of structural biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={183 2},
  pages={
          226-38
        }
}
Scleractinian coral skeletons are composed mainly of aragonite in which a small percentage of organic matrix (OM) molecules is entrapped. It is well known that in corals the mineral deposition occurs in a biological confined nucleation site, but it is still unclear to what extent the calcification is controlled by OM molecules. Hence, the shape, size and organization of skeletal crystals from the fiber level through the colony architecture, were also attributed to factors as diverse as… Expand
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