Matrix Proteins in the Outer Shells of Molluscs

  title={Matrix Proteins in the Outer Shells of Molluscs},
  author={Cen Zhang and Rongqing Zhang},
  journal={Marine Biotechnology},
The shells of molluscs are composed mainly of calcium carbonate crystals, with small amounts of matrix proteins. For more than 50 years, they have attracted attention for their unique mechanical and biological properties. Only recently, however, have researchers begun to realize that it is the matrix proteins that control the formation of calcium carbonate crystals and play key roles in their extraordinary properties, despite the fact that matrix proteins comprise less than 5% of the shell… CONTINUE READING