|Prophenoloxidase activating factor from the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus
||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
||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
||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...