The key role of the surface membrane in why gastropod nacre grows in towers.

@article{Checa2009TheKR,
  title={The key role of the surface membrane in why gastropod nacre grows in towers.},
  author={Antonio G Checa and Julyan H. E. Cartwright and M Willinger},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2009},
  volume={106 1},
  pages={38-43}
}
The nacre of gastropod molluscs is intriguingly stacked in towers. It is covered by a surface membrane, which protects the growing nacre surface from damage when the animal withdraws into its shell. The surface membrane is supplied by vesicles that adhere to it on its mantle side and secretes interlamellar membranes from the nacre side. Nacre tablets rapidly grow in height and later expand sideways; the part of the tablet formed during this initial growth phase is here called the core. During… CONTINUE READING

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