Silicanin-1 is a conserved diatom membrane protein involved in silica biomineralization

@inproceedings{Kotzsch2017Silicanin1IA,
  title={Silicanin-1 is a conserved diatom membrane protein involved in silica biomineralization},
  author={Alexander Kotzsch and Philip Gr{\"o}ger and Damian Pawolski and Paul Henri Hubert Bomans and Nico A J M Sommerdijk and Michael Schlierf and Nils Kr{\"o}ger},
  booktitle={BMC Biology},
  year={2017}
}
BackgroundBiological mineral formation (biomineralization) proceeds in specialized compartments often bounded by a lipid bilayer membrane. Currently, the role of membranes in biomineralization is hardly understood.ResultsInvestigating biomineralization of SiO2 (silica) in diatoms we identified Silicanin-1 (Sin1) as a conserved diatom membrane protein present in silica deposition vesicles (SDVs) of Thalassiosira pseudonana. Fluorescence microscopy of GFP-tagged Sin1 enabled, for the first time… CONTINUE READING
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