HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Genetic sequence identified for anti-bacterial sea slug protein

ATLANTA (April 29, 2004) -- A Center for Behavioral Neuroscience research team led by Georgia State University biologist Charles Derby has identified the genetic sequence of an anti-microbial protein called Escapin found in the ink of the common Aplysia sea slug or hare. The finding could have implications for the development of new anti-bacterial industrial compounds to prevent the formation of damaging biofilms on marine materials such as ship hulls, fishing traps and nets.

When encountering predators, sea slugs discharge a purple ink containing Escapin which chemically resembles toxins of some venomous snakes. Among its properties, the protein causes foreign cells to lyse or explode and prevents bacteria from growing on sea hares.

Derby, whose team has sequenced, cloned and expressed Escapin, believes a natural or synthetic form of the protein could be manufactured for the marine industry as an environmentally friendly alternative to toxic heavy metals, such as copper, normally applied on materials to prevent biofilm development. Biofilm formation is the precursor to the growth of barnacles and other damaging organisms that must be removed through costly and time-consuming processes.

Derby, who has filed a provisional patent for Escapin's genetic sequence, plans to submit an academic paper for publication on the protein within the next several months. His research team includes former doctorate student and postdoctoral researcher Paul Johnson, GSU researchers Hsiuchin Yang, Phang Tai and Cynthia Kicklighter.


'"/>

Contact: Poul Olson
biopeo@langate.gsu.edu
404-463-9433
Emory University Health Sciences Center
29-Apr-2004


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Genetic mutations linked to the practice of burning coal in homes in China
2. Genetic differences might help distinguish thyroid cancers
3. Genetic modification of linseed produces healthier omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
4. Wiley publishes Welcome to the Genome: A Users Guide to the Genetic Past, Present, and Future
5. Genetically modified bacterium as remedy for intestinal diseases
6. Genetic analysis rewrites salamanders evolutionary history
7. Genetic map of important tree genes outlined
8. Genetically-engineered marathon mouse keeps on running
9. Genetic clues found for common congenital brain disorder
10. Genetic mutation linked to more aggressive breast cancer found more often in African-Americans
11. Genetic discovery could dramatically reduce need for liver transplants in children

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/4/2019)... ... April 02, 2019 , ... ... company, will present results demonstrating that RNA genetic testing (RGT), as a supplement ... study, awarded as a Top Rated poster, is one of 13 presentations at ...
(Date:4/1/2019)... SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) , ... April 01, 2019 ... ... entitled “Method and System for Characterizing Skin Related Conditions” by the US Patent ... 21, 2014. The patent is an invention by uBiome collaborators Dr. Zachary ...
(Date:3/29/2019)... ... March 28, 2019 , ... In the development of biosimilars, ... a path for this task. Despite this uncertainty, several manufacturers have been successful and ... the first part of this webinar, learn how analytical similarity is achieved in biosimilars ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/4/2019)... ... April 02, 2019 , ... Biomeme, Inc. , ... it’s latest field-ready solution for performing PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, and Isothermal tests called ... to Rosland Franklin, an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made significant contributions ...
(Date:3/27/2019)... ... , ... Lachman is sponsoring the event on April 1-4, where they will ... executive team on site will be available to discuss strategies and tactics to support ... year. , Executives from Lachman participating at this year’s conference include Fran Zipp, President ...
(Date:3/19/2019)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... March 19, 2019 , ... Bogey was nine years old when ... arthritis in his left hip. These ailments caused Bogey to experience problems with his ... vehicles, up stairs, and onto his special spot on the couch. , His owners, devastated ...
(Date:3/18/2019)... ... March 18, 2019 , ... For more than 15 years, USDM Life ... life science companies to easily comply with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and EMA ... managed service delivering end-to-end GxP compliance from vendor audit through ongoing validation maintenance, including ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: