Involvement of acetyl choline in settlement of Balanus amphitrite.

  title={Involvement of acetyl choline in settlement of Balanus amphitrite.},
  author={Marco Faimali and Carla Falugi and Lorenzo Gallus and Veronica Piazza and Grazia Tagliafierro},
  volume={19 Suppl},
The aim of the present study was to investigate the presence and distribution of cholinergic molecules in Balanus amphitrite cyprids and their possible involvement in settlement and adhesion. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE, the lythic enzyme of acetylcholine) activity was detected, for the first time, by biochemical and histoenzymological methods, in the thoracic muscles, gut wall and cement gland. The immunodetection of choline acetyltransferase-like (ChAT) molecules in the same area and in the… CONTINUE READING


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