The amino acid and sugar composition of diatom cell-walls

@article{Hecky1973TheAA,
  title={The amino acid and sugar composition of diatom cell-walls},
  author={R. Hecky and K. Mopper and P. Kilham and E. Degens},
  journal={Marine Biology},
  year={1973},
  volume={19},
  pages={323-331}
}
The cell walls of diatoms consist of a silica frustule encased in an organic coating. Biochemical characterization of this coating should allow insight into: (1) the mechanism of silicification; (2) taxonomy and evolution of diatoms; (3) preservation of fossil frustules. The amino acid and sugar composition of cell walls from 6 diatom species have been elucidated. When compared to cellular protein, cell-wall protein is enriched in serine plus threonine and glycine, and depleted in acidic… Expand
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