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An ancient role for nitric oxide in regulating the animal pelagobenthic life cycle: evidence from a marine sponge

Ueda, Nobuo; Richards, Gemma S; Degnan, Bernard M; Kranz, Alexandrea; Adamska, Maja; Croll, Roger P; Degnan, Sandie M


In many marine invertebrates, larval metamorphosis is induced by environmental cues that activate sensory receptors and signalling pathways. Nitric oxide (NO) is a gaseous signalling molecule that regulates metamorphosis in diverse bilaterians. In most cases NO inhibits or represses this process, although it functions as an activator in some species. Here we demonstrate that NO positively regulates metamorphosis in the poriferan Amphimedon queenslandica. High rates of A. queenslandica...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-11-22
Type: Journal article
Source: Scientific reports
DOI: 10.1038/srep37546
Access Rights: Open Access


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