Silicon Biomineralization

Biology — Biochemistry — Molecular Biology — Biotechnology

  • Werner E. G. Müller

Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Organisms: Diatoms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hildebrand Mark, Wetherbee Richard
      Pages 11-57
    3. Wiebe H.C.F. Kooistra, Mario De Stefano, David G. Mann, K. Medlin
      Pages 59-97
    4. Véronique Martin-Jézéquell, Pascal J. Lopez
      Pages 99-124
  3. Organisms: Higher Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Jian Feng Ma
      Pages 127-147
    3. Dieter Neumann
      Pages 149-160
  4. Organisms: Sponges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Maria J. Uriz, Xavier Turon, Mikel A. Becerro
      Pages 163-193
    3. Werner E. G. Müller, Anatoli Krasko, Gaël Le Pennec, Renate Steffen, Matthias Wiens, Mohammed Shokry A. Ammar et al.
      Pages 195-221
  5. Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Jan L. Sumerel, Daniel E. Morse
      Pages 225-247
    3. Heinz C. Schröer, Anatoli Krasko, Gaël Le Pennec, Teresa Adell, Matthias Wiens, Hamdy Hassanein et al.
      Pages 249-268
    4. Carole C. Perry, David Belton, Kirill Shafran
      Pages 269-299
    5. Engel G. Vrieling, Sandra Hazelaar, Winfried W.C. Gieskes, Qianyao Sun, Theo P.M. Beelen, Rutger A. Van.Santen
      Pages 301-334
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 335-340

About this book


During evolution silica deposition has been used in Protozoa, Metazoa and in plants as skeletal elements. It appears that the mechanisms for the formation of biogenic silica have evolved independently in these three taxa. In Protozoa and plants biosilicification appears to be primarily driven by non-enzymatic processes and procedes on organic matrices. In contrast, in sponges (phylum Porifera) this process is mediated by enzymes; the initiation of this process is likewise dependent on organic matrices.

In this monograph the role of biosilica as stabilizing structures in different organisms is reviewed and their role for morphogenetic processes is outlined. It provides an up-to-date summary of the mechanisms by which polymeric biosilica is formed. The volume is intended for biologists, biochemists and molecular biologists, involved in the understanding of structure formation in living organisms and will also be very useful for scientists working in the field of applied Nanotechnology and Nanobiotechnology.


Biogen Biosilification Nanobiotechnology Nanotechnology Protozoa Silica Structure Formation biochemistry biotechnology chemistry enzymes metabolism polymer porifera silicon sponges

Editors and affiliations

  • Werner E. G. Müller
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Physiologische Chemie Abt. Angewandte MolekularbiologieJohannes Gutenberg-UniversitätMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-62451-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-55486-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-6484
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