Protein- and metal-dependent interactions of a prominent protein in mussel adhesive plaques.

  title={Protein- and metal-dependent interactions of a prominent protein in mussel adhesive plaques.},
  author={Dong Soo Hwang and Hongbo Zeng and Admir Masic and Matthew Harrington and Jacob N Israelachvili and J Herbert Waite},
  journal={The Journal of biological chemistry},
  volume={285 33},
The adhesive plaques of Mytilus byssus are investigated increasingly to determine the molecular requirements for wet adhesion. Mfp-2 is the most abundant protein in the plaques, but little is known about its function. Analysis of Mfp-2 films using the surface forces apparatus detected no interaction between films or between a film and bare mica; however, addition of Ca(2+) and Fe(3+) induced significant reversible bridging (work of adhesion W(ad) approximately 0.3 mJ/m(2) to 2.2 mJ/m(2… CONTINUE READING

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