Novel Proteins Identified in the Insoluble Byssal Matrix of the Freshwater Zebra Mussel

@article{Gantayet2013NovelPI,
  title={Novel Proteins Identified in the Insoluble Byssal Matrix of the Freshwater Zebra Mussel},
  author={Arpita Gantayet and David J. Rees and Eli D. Sone},
  journal={Marine Biotechnology},
  year={2013},
  volume={16},
  pages={144-155}
}
The freshwater zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, is an invasive, biofouling species that adheres to a variety of substrates underwater, using a proteinaceous anchor called the byssus. The byssus consists of a number of threads with adhesive plaques at the tips. It contains the unusual amino acid 3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA), which is believed to play an important role in adhesion, in addition to providing structural integrity to the byssus through cross-linking. Extensive DOPA cross… CONTINUE READING