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Calcareous sponge genomes reveal complex evolution of alpha-carbonic anhydrases and two key biomineralization enzymes

Voigt, Oliver; Adamski, Marcin; Sluzek, Kasia; Adamska, Maja

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Background: Calcium carbonate biominerals form often complex and beautiful skeletal elements, including coral exoskeletons and mollusc shells. Although the ability to generate these carbonate structures was apparently gained independently during animal evolution, it sometimes involves the same gene families. One of the best-studied of these gene families comprises the a-carbonic anhydrases (CAs), which catalyse the reversible transformation of CO2 to HCO3- and fulfill many physiological...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/153033
Source: BMC Evolutionary Biology
DOI: 10.1186/s12862-014-0230-z
Access Rights: Open Access

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