Structural and functional analysis of Aplysia attractins, a family of water-borne protein pheromones with interspecific attractiveness.

@article{Painter2004StructuralAF,
  title={Structural and functional analysis of Aplysia attractins, a family of water-borne protein pheromones with interspecific attractiveness.},
  author={Sherry D. Painter and Scott F Cummins and A. J. Nichols and David-B G Akalal and Catherine H. Schein and Werner Braun and J Stephen C Smith and Abraham J Susswein and Miriam Sklair Levy and Pamela A C M de Boer and A Ter Maat and Mark W. Miller and Cory R Scanlan and Richard M Milberg and Jonathan V. Sweedler and Gregg T. Nagle},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2004},
  volume={101 18},
  pages={6929-33}
}
Mate attraction in Aplysia involves a long-distance water-borne signal (the protein pheromone attractin), which is released during egg laying. Aplysia californica attractin attracts species that produce closely related attractins, such as Aplysia brasiliana, whose geographic distribution does not overlap that of A. californica. This finding suggests that other mollusks release attractin-related pheromones to form and maintain breeding aggregations. We describe four additional members of the… CONTINUE READING