Molecular Cloning and Characterization of Lustrin A, a Matrix Protein from Shell and Pearl Nacre of Haliotis rufescens *

@article{Shen1997MolecularCA,
  title={Molecular Cloning and Characterization of Lustrin A, a Matrix Protein from Shell and Pearl Nacre of Haliotis rufescens *},
  author={Xue-qin Shen and Angela M. Belcher and Paul K. Hansma and Galen D. Stucky and Daniel E. Morse},
  journal={The Journal of Biological Chemistry},
  year={1997},
  volume={272},
  pages={32472 - 32481}
}
A specialized extracellular matrix of proteins and polysaccharides controls the morphology and packing of calcium carbonate crystals and becomes occluded within the mineralized composite during formation of the molluscan shell and pearl. We have cloned and characterized the cDNA coding for Lustrin A, a newly described matrix protein from the nacreous layer of the shell and pearl produced by the abalone, Haliotis rufescens, a marine gastropod mollusc. The full-length cDNA is 4,439 base pairs (bp… 

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