, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp 541-551

Zona Localization of Shell Matrix Proteins in Mantle of Haliotis tuberculata (Mollusca, Gastropoda)

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Abstract

Organic matrix from molluscan shells has the potential to regulate calcium carbonate deposition and crystallization. Control of crystal growth thus seems to depend on control of matrix protein secretion or activation processes in the mantle cells, about which little is known. Biomineralization is a highly orchestrated biological process. The aim of this work was to provide information about the source of shell matrix macromolecule production, within the external epithelium of the mantle. An in vivo approach was chosen to describe the histologic changes in the outer epithelium and in blood sinus distribution, associated with mantle cells implicated in shell matrix production. Our results characterized a topographic and time-dependent zonation of matrix proteins involved in shell biomineralization in the mantle of Haliotis.