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Smelly feet are not always a bad thing: The relationship between cyprid footprint protein and the barnacle settlement pheromone

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Catherine Dreanno, Professor Tony Clare


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A critical phase in the life cycle of sessile benthic marine invertebrates is locating a suitable substratum for settlement. For barnacles, it is the lecithotrophic cypris larva that makes this plankto-benthic transition. In exploring possible substrata for settlement, the cyprid leaves behind 'footprints' of a proteinaceous secretion that reportedly functions as a temporary adhesive, and also acts as a secondary cue in larval-larval interactions at settlement. Here, we show that two polyclonal antibodies raised against peptides localized at the N- and C-terminal regions of the adult settlement cue-the settlement-inducing protein complex (SIPC)-could both detect 'temporary adhesive' indicating that the SIPC is either a component of this secretion or that they are the same protein. © 2006 The Royal Society.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dreanno C, Kirby R, Clare A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Biology Letters

Year: 2006

Volume: 2

Issue: 3

Pages: 423-425

Print publication date: 22/09/2006

ISSN (print): 1744-9561

ISSN (electronic): 1744-957X

Publisher: The Royal Society


DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2006.0503


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