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Mar Biotechnol (NY). 2007 Nov-Dec;9(6):661-81. Epub 2007 Nov 8.

Understanding marine mussel adhesion.

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Biological Systems Department, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415, USA. Heather.Silverman@inl.gov

Abstract

In addition to identifying the proteins that have a role in underwater adhesion by marine mussels, research efforts have focused on identifying the genes responsible for the adhesive proteins, environmental factors that may influence protein production, and strategies for producing natural adhesives similar to the native mussel adhesive proteins. The production-scale availability of recombinant mussel adhesive proteins will enable researchers to formulate adhesives that are water-impervious and ecologically safe and can bind materials ranging from glass, plastics, metals, and wood to materials, such as bone or teeth, biological organisms, and other chemicals or molecules. Unfortunately, as of yet scientists have been unable to duplicate the processes that marine mussels use to create adhesive structures. This study provides a background on adhesive proteins identified in the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, and introduces our research interests and discusses the future for continued research related to mussel adhesion.

PMID:
17990038
PMCID:
PMC2100433
DOI:
10.1007/s10126-007-9053-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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