Horizontal Gene Transfer Contributed to the Evolution of Extracellular Surface Structures: The Freshwater Polyp Hydra Is Covered by a Complex Fibrous Cuticle Containing Glycosaminoglycans and Proteins of the PPOD and SWT (Sweet Tooth) Families

@inproceedings{Bttger2012HorizontalGT,
  title={Horizontal Gene Transfer Contributed to the Evolution of Extracellular Surface Structures: The Freshwater Polyp Hydra Is Covered by a Complex Fibrous Cuticle Containing Glycosaminoglycans and Proteins of the PPOD and SWT (Sweet Tooth) Families},
  author={A. Zbinden P. P. Bosshard E. C. B{\"o}ttger and Andrew C. Doxey and Michael W Hess and Kristian Pfaller and Willi Salvenmoser and Rainer Deutzmann and Andreas Geissner and Barbara Pauly and Johannes Altst{\"a}tter and Sandra M{\"u}nder and Astrid Heim and Hans-Joachim Gabius and Brendan J. McConkey and Charles N. David},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
The single-cell layered ectoderm of the fresh water polyp Hydra fulfills the function of an epidermis by protecting the animals from the surrounding medium. Its outer surface is covered by a fibrous structure termed the cuticle layer, with similarity to the extracellular surface coats of mammalian epithelia. In this paper we have identified molecular components of the cuticle. We show that its outermost layer contains glycoproteins and glycosaminoglycans and we have identified chondroitin and… CONTINUE READING
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