Extracellular Composite Matrices in Arthropods

  • Ephraim Cohen
  • Bernard Moussian

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Skeletal Matrices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Hans Merzendorfer, Yasuyuki Arakane, Qing Yang
      Pages 31-65
    3. Jan Michels, Esther Appel, Stanislav N. Gorb
      Pages 89-136
    4. Shmuel Bentov, Shai Abehsera, Amir Sagi
      Pages 137-163
    5. Yasuyuki Arakane, Mi Young Noh, Tsunaki Asano, Karl J. Kramer
      Pages 165-220
    6. Matthew D. Ginzel, Gary J. Blomquist
      Pages 221-252
  3. Peritrophic Membranes and Eggshell Matrices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Hans Merzendorfer, Marco Kelkenberg, Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan
      Pages 255-324
    3. Gustavo L. Rezende, Helena Carolina Martins Vargas, Bernard Moussian, Ephraim Cohen
      Pages 325-366
  4. Skeletal Components as Targets for Interference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Daniel Doucet, Arthur Retnakaran
      Pages 369-407
  5. Glandular Secretions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-409
    2. Frank W. Avila, Javier A. Sánchez-López, Jennifer L. McGlaughon, Sukirtha Raman, Mariana F. Wolfner, Yael Heifetz
      Pages 411-444
    3. Taylor Crawford, Caroline Williams, Ryan Hekman, Simmone Dyrness, Alisa Arata, Craig Vierra
      Pages 445-487
    4. Kenji Yukuhiro, Hideki Sezutsu, Takuya Tsubota, Yoko Takasu, Tsunenori Kameda, Naoyuki Yonemura
      Pages 515-555
    5. Maria P. Celorio-Mancera, John M. Labavitch
      Pages 601-623
  6. Kenji Yukuhiro, Hideki Sezutsu, Takuya Tsubota, Yoko Takasu, Tsunenori Kameda, Naoyuki Yonemura
    Pages E1-E2
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 689-712

About this book


Emphasis is placed on the elaborate cuticular matrices in insects and crustaceans, spider and insect silks, sialomes of phytophagous and blood-feeding arthropods as well as on secretions of male and female accessory glands. Focus is placed largely on insects, due to the extensive body of published research that in part is the result of available whole genome sequences of several model species (in particular Drosophila melanogaster) and accessible ESTs for other species. Such advances have facilitated fundamental insights into genomic, proteomic and molecular biology-based physiology. This new volume contains comprehensive contributions on extracellular composite matrices in arthropods. The building blocks of such matrices are formed in and secreted by single layered epithelial cells into exterior domains where their final assembly takes place.
Additionally, the unique mechanical properties of natural biocomposites like chitin/chitosan, the crustacean mineralized exoskeleton, the pliant protein resilin or insect and spider silks, have inspired basic and applied research that yield sophistical biomimetics and structural biocomposite hybrids important for future industrial and biomedical use. In summary, this book provides an invaluable vast source of basic and applied information for a plethora of scientists as well as textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.


Chitin Extracellular Matrix Insect Biology Drosophila accessory glands Salivary glands

Editors and affiliations

  • Ephraim Cohen
    • 1
  • Bernard Moussian
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Entomology, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentThe Hebrew University of JerusalemRehovotIsrael
  2. 2.Genetik der TiereEberhard-Karls Universität TübingenTübingenGermany

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