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Coral Mucus: The Properties of Its Constituent Mucins

Lookup NU author(s): Amita Jatkar, Emeritus Professor Barbara Brown, Professor John BythellORCiD, Dr Reia Guppy, Dr Nick Morris, Professor Jeffrey Pearson


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The gel-forming properties of mucus are closely related to its functioning; although there is limited information available relating to coral mucus gels. The present study investigates coral mucus glycoprotein using rheological methods. We demonstrate the presence of a high-molecular-weight polymeric glycoprotein similar to that found in vertebrates, capable of forming a gel. The milked mucus exuded mostly from the oral cavity of corals is not a gel; however, it does show a tendency to form a gel upon concentration. Such results indicate the potential for corals to produce two different kinds of mucus, each potentially capable of performing different functions.

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Author(s): Jatkar AA, Brown BE, Bythell JC, Guppy R, Morris NJ, Pearson JP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Biomacromolecules

Year: 2010

Volume: 11

Issue: 4

Pages: 883-888

Print publication date: 03/03/2010

ISSN (print): 1525-7797

ISSN (electronic): 1526-4602

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/bm9012106


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F/00125/SLeverhulme Trust