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P. Compère and G. Goffinet (1995)

Cytochemical demonstration of acid Mucopolysaccharides in the epicuticular surface coat of the crab Carcinus maenas (L.) (Crustacea, Decapoda).

BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 125(1):95-100.

The epicuticle of marine decapod crustaceans is composed of three sublayers : the inner epicuticle, the cuticulin layer, and the surface coat which was previously described as an external layer rich in tannophilic proteins. Positive staining by ruthenium red and alcian blue suggests the presence in this layer of polyanionic sites and acid mucopolysaccharides. The surface coat might be viewed as a hydrophilic glycoproteinaceous layer reducing the surface tension between the hydrophobic cuticulin layer and the aqueous environment.

ACID MUCOPOLYSACCHARIDES; CUTICLE; CARCINUS MAENAS; CYTOCHEMISTRY
1st Benelux Congress on Zoology, LEUVEN, BELGIUM, NOV 04-05, 1994
BJZ

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Editor-in-Chief:
Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium

 



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