Eye Lens Proteins and Vertebrate Phylogeny

Part of the Monographs in Evolutionary Biology book series (MEBI)


The vertebrate eye lens has many unique properties which make it an attractive object for a variety of molecular biologic studies (Bloemendal, 1981). In fact the eye lens was one of the earliest targets of comparative immunologic and electrophoretic studies, and a wealth of data has been collected (Clayton, 1974; De Jong, 1981). By studying and comparing the lenses of present-day vertebrates we can hope to obtain information about the evolutionary changes that have taken place in structure and composition of the lens. This will extend our knowledge of protein evolutionary processes, and at the same time provides data that can be used to infer phylogenetic relationships between the compared species.


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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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