Title

Chitin the epidermal cuticle of a vertebrate (Paralipophrys trigloides, Blenniidae, Teleostei)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-1993

Abstract

Lectin binding, endo-chitinase binding and enzymatic degradation studies show that the epidermal Cuticle of the bony fish Paralipophrys trigloides (Blenniidae) is chitinous. This is the first evidence that a vertebrate species possesses a chitinous tissue. Recently a Xenopus gene has been identified which has significant sequence similarity to the catalytic domain of yeast chitin synthase III, a chitin producing enzyme1,2. Talcen together these two findings imply that chitin synthesis capability may be a basic vertebrate feature.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Experientia

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