Crustins: enigmatic WAP domain-containing antibacterial proteins from crustaceans.

@article{Smith2008CrustinsEW,
  title={Crustins: enigmatic WAP domain-containing antibacterial proteins from crustaceans.},
  author={Valerie Jane Smith and Jorge M O Fernandes and Graham D. Kemp and Chris Hauton},
  journal={Developmental and comparative immunology},
  year={2008},
  volume={32 7},
  pages={
          758-72
        }
}
Crustins are antibacterial proteins of ca. 7-14 kDa with a characteristic four-disulphide core-containing whey acidic protein (WAP) domain, expressed by the circulating haemocytes of crustaceans. Over 50 crustin sequences have been now reported from a variety of decapods, including crabs, lobsters, shrimp and crayfish. Three main types seem to occur but all possess a signal sequence at the amino terminus and a WAP domain at the carboxyl end. Differences between types lie in the structure of the… CONTINUE READING
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