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Shafer, Thomas


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Prophenoloxidase activating factor from the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus 2009 1101 Crustaceans are encased in a hard exoskeleton, making it necessary for them to shed this cuticle in order to grow. Once the old exoskeleton is shed, the newly synthesized cuticle can begin to harden. Tanning, or sclerotization, initially hardens the ...
Characterization of a gene family associated with calcified structures in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus 2009 714 Eleven cDNAs from a family of genes were cloned from the calcified exoskeleton of the decapod crustacean Callinectes sapidus. Multiple, variant copies of a conserved 18-residue motif (xLxGPSGffxxDGxxxQf), unique to calcified crustacean exoskeleton,...
Four differentially expressed cDNAs containing the Rebers-Riddiford consensus sequence in Callinectes sapidus 2009 698 Decapod crustaceans such as Callinectes sapidus, the blue crab, provide a unique opportunity to study proteins involved in biomineralization. Subsequent to each molt, the majority of the exoskeleton (e.g. dorsal carapace) calcifies while morphologica...