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Soluble protein of the organic matrix of mollusk shells: a potential template for shell formation

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Science  05 Dec 1975:
Vol. 190, Issue 4218, pp. 987-989
DOI: 10.1126/science.1188379

Abstract

A significant proportion of the soluble protein of the organic matrix of mollusk shells is composed of a repeating sequence of aspartic acid separated by either glycine or serine. This regularly spaced, negatively charged aspartic acid may function as a template upon which mineralization occurs.