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Dr. C. Montagnani, Dr. B. Marie, Dr. F. Marin, C. Belliard, F. Riquet, A. Tayalé, Dr. I. Zanella-Cléon, Dr. E. Fleury, Dr. Y. Gueguen, Dr. D. Piquemal and Dr. N. Cochennec-Laureau Pmarg-Pearlin is a Matrix Protein Involved in Nacre Framework Formation in the Pearl Oyster Pinctada margaritifera ChemBioChem 12

Article first published online: 27 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201100216

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Pearls of wisdom: The nacre organic matrix currently constitutes the main focus for research into the molecular mechanisms underlying biomineralization. Our study of a nacre glycoprotein, pearlin, brings new insights into nacreous layer formation: the mineralizing epithelium zone of its production, its biochemical properties, and localization in the shell.

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