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Lookup NU author(s): Sylvie-Marylene Gaudron,
Dr Gordon Watson,
Emeritus Professor Matt Bentley
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A behavioural assay based on a 'homosexual' response in males has revealed that female Harmothoe imbricata release a substance that induces pair formation. Extracts from unfertilized spawned oocytes (diameter approximately 120 μm), but not sub-mature oocytes (90 μm diameter) removed directly from the coelomic cavity, have significant pair formation-inducing activity in comparison to the control. Preliminary results indicate that the substance is stable under standard purification techniques and larger than 10 kDa, as well as being heat and trypsin insensitive.
Author(s): Gaudron SM, Watson GJ, Bentley MG
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Print publication date: 01/10/2007
ISSN (print): 0025-3154
ISSN (electronic): 1469-7769
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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