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A yolk protein in starfish, Asterias amurensis and Asterina minor

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 July 2018

Yukio Yokota
Affiliation:
Department of Applied Information Technology, Aichi Prefectural University, Aichi, Japan
Noriko Yamamoto
Affiliation:
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Toyama University, Toyama, Japan
Kieko Komatsu
Affiliation:
Institute of Natural Sciences, Nagoya City University, Nagoya, Japan
Koichi H. Kato
Affiliation:
Department of Applied Information Technology, Aichi Prefectural University, Aichi, Japan

Extract

The starfish is an advantageous organism in which to investigate developmental modes. It is widely known that maternal substances accumulated in the course of oogenesis affect various developmental phenomena. Vitellogen is the most abundant maternal substance in the egg and has been studied in various species including sea urchins. Vitellogen and the vitellogenin gene have been analysed with regard to their relevance to developmental modes in two Heliocidaris species (Byrne et al., 1999) and Japanese sea urchins (Yokota & Amemiya, 1998). In starfish, however, relatively little is known about the yolk and yolk protein.

Type
Special Lecture for Citizens
Copyright
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1999

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