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Surface movement in water of splendipherin, the aquatic male sex pheromone of the tree frog Litoria splendida

Perriman, Adam; Apponyi, Margit A.; Buntine, Mark; Jackway, Rebecca J; Rutland, Mark; White, John; Bowie, John H.


The aquatic sex pheromone splendipherin (GLVSSIGKALGGLLADVVKSKGQPA-OH) of the male green tree frog Litoria splendida moves across the surface of water to reach the female. Surface pressure and X-ray reflectometry measurements confirm that splendipherin is a surface-active molecule, and are consistent with it having an ordered structure, whereby the hydrophilic portion of the peptide interacts with the underlying water and the hydrophobic region is adjacent to the vapour phase. The movement of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: The FEBS Journal
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2008.06483.x


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