Coral Mucus: The Properties of Its Constituent Mucins (2010)

Author(s): Jatkar AA, Brown BE, Bythell JC, Guppy R, Morris NJ, Pearson JP

    Abstract: The gel-forming properties of mucus are closely related to its functioning; although there is limited information available relating to coral mucus gels. The present study investigates coral mucus glycoprotein using rheological methods. We demonstrate the presence of a high-molecular-weight polymeric glycoprotein similar to that found in vertebrates, capable of forming a gel. The milked mucus exuded mostly from the oral cavity of corals is not a gel; however, it does show a tendency to form a gel upon concentration. Such results indicate the potential for corals to produce two different kinds of mucus, each potentially capable of performing different functions.

      • Date: 03-03-2010
      • Journal: Biomacromolecules
      • Volume: 11
      • Issue: 4
      • Pages: 883-888
      • Publisher: American Chemical Society
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Dr Nick Morris
      Senior Lecturer

      Professor Jeffrey Pearson
      Professor of Molecular Physiology