Probing the adhesive footprints of Mytilus californianus byssus.

@article{Zhao2006ProbingTA,
  title={Probing the adhesive footprints of Mytilus californianus byssus.},
  author={Hua Zhao and Nicholas B Robertson and Scott A Jewhurst and J Herbert Waite},
  journal={The Journal of biological chemistry},
  year={2006},
  volume={281 16},
  pages={
          11090-6
        }
}
California mussels Mytilus californianus owe their tenacity to a holdfast known as the byssus, a fibrous extracellular structure that ends distally in flattened adhesive plaques. The "footprints" of freshly secreted plaques deposited onto glass coverslips were shown by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectrometry to consist chiefly of proteins ranging in mass from 5200 to 6700 Da. These proteins, variants of a family known as mcfp3 (M. californianus foot protein… CONTINUE READING
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