Identification of Silicateins in Freshwater Sponge

Siliceous spicules of Baikal freshwater sponge Lubomirskia baicalensis contain several proteins, including silicateins. Analysis of a L. baicalensis cDNA library revealed four different mRNAs coding for proteins related to marine sponge silicatein ?(?1,?2,?3, and ?4). The intron–exon structure was determined for the genomic ?1 silicatein gene. The gene is 1988 bp from the initiation to the termination codon and consists of six intron (total size 1007 bp) and seven exons (total size 981 bp). Mass spectrometry of a tryptic digest of spicule proteins revealed peptides of two silicateins ?.

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