Mineral bridges in nacre.

@article{Checa2011MineralBI,
  title={Mineral bridges in nacre.},
  author={Antonio G Checa and Julyan H. E. Cartwright and M Willinger},
  journal={Journal of structural biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={176 3},
  pages={330-9}
}
We confirm with high-resolution techniques the existence of mineral bridges between superposed nacre tablets. In the towered nacre of both gastropods and the cephalopod Nautilus there are large bridges aligned along the tower axes, corresponding to gaps (150-200nm) in the interlamellar membranes. Gaps are produced by the interaction of the nascent tablets with a surface membrane that covers the nacre compartment. In the terraced nacre of bivalves bridges associated with elongated gaps in the… CONTINUE READING
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