Induction of metamorphosis decreases nitric oxide synthase gene expression in larvae of the marine mollusc Ilyanassa obsoleta (say).

@article{Hens2006InductionOM,
  title={Induction of metamorphosis decreases nitric oxide synthase gene expression in larvae of the marine mollusc Ilyanassa obsoleta (say).},
  author={Mark D. Hens and Kenneth A. Fowler and Esther M Leise},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={2006},
  volume={211 3},
  pages={
          208-11
        }
}
Many marine organisms spend the early part of their lives as larvae suspended in the water column before metamorphosing into benthic reproductive adults. Metamorphosis does not occur until a larva has become competent to respond to appropriate stimuli and after a suitable habitat for the young juvenile has been encountered. The gaseous neurotransmitter nitric oxide is thought to be important in the regulation of metamorphosis by holding the organism in the larval state. We have investigated… CONTINUE READING

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