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Title: Promotion of fluorapatite crystallization by soluble-matrix proteins from Lingula anatina shells
Authors: Lévêque, Ingrid
Cusack, Maggie
Davis, Sean A
Mann, Stephen
Contact Email: maggie.cusack@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Biomineralisation
biosynthesis
crystal growth
natural products
proteins
Issue Date: 6-Feb-2004
Citation: Lévêque I, Cusack M, Davis SA & Mann S (2004) Promotion of fluorapatite crystallization by soluble-matrix proteins from Lingula anatina shells, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 43 (7), pp. 885-888.
Abstract: The geological longevity of Lingula, depicted, suggests that the lightly mineralized carbonate-substituted fluorapatite (FAP) shell has remained well-adapted to evolutionary pressures. Contrary to earlier studies, soluble macromolecules isolated from Lingula shells are shown to specifically promote FAP crystallization by the destabilization of an amorphous calcium phosphate precursor.
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.200353115
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