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Colin L. Freeman, John H. Harding, David Quigley and P. Mark Rodger Structural Control of Crystal Nuclei by an Eggshell Protein Angewandte Chemie International Edition 49

Version of Record online: 10 JUN 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201000679

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Growing a good egg: Metadynamics simulations show that the eggshell protein ovocleidin-17 induces the formation of calcite crystals from amorphous calcium carbonate nanoparticles. Multiple spontaneous crystallization and amorphization events were simulated; these simulations suggest a catalytic cycle that explains the role of ovocleidin-17 in the first stages of eggshell formation (the picture shows one intermediate of this cycle).

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