Biochemical and Structural Properties of the Protein Constituent of Junctional Domains in Eye Lens Fiber Plasma Membranes

  • E. L. Benedetti
  • I. Dunia
  • S. Manenti
  • H. Bloemendal
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Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 46)


Eye lens morphogenesis and differentiation are characterized by a unique and common cellular event: the elongation of the fiber cell, derived from the epithelial matrix. During morphogenesis, in embryonic lens a biochemical marker is the gene expression of the crystallin proteins. In particular at 12 days of rat embryo development alpha is the first crystallin to be detected. β and γ crystallins are found later and in parallel with the onset of cell elongation (Yancey, 1988).


Signal Recognition Particle Lens Fiber Intramembranous Particle Major Intrinsic Protein Bovine Lens 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. L. Benedetti
    • 1
  • I. Dunia
    • 1
  • S. Manenti
    • 1
  • H. Bloemendal
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut Jacques Monod du C.N.R.S.Université Paris VIIParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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