Identification of a novel starfish neuropeptide that acts as a muscle relaxant

@inproceedings{Kim2016IdentificationOA,
  title={Identification of a novel starfish neuropeptide that acts as a muscle relaxant},
  author={Chan-Hee Kim and Eun Jung Kim and Hye-Jin Go and Hye young Oh and Ming Nan Lin and Maurice R Elphick and Nam Gyu Park},
  booktitle={Journal of neurochemistry},
  year={2016}
}
Neuropeptides that act as muscle relaxants have been identified in chordates and protostomian invertebrates but little is known about the molecular identity of neuropeptides that act as muscle relaxants in deuterostomian invertebrates (e.g. echinoderms) that are 'evolutionary intermediates' of chordates and protostomes. Here, we have used the apical muscle of the starfish Patiria pectinifera to assay for myorelaxants in extracts of this species. A hexadecapeptide with the amino acid sequence… CONTINUE READING
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