Biomolecules Involved in Frustule Biogenesis and Function

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For centuries diatoms have been admired by microscopists for the unusual shapes and intricate, lace-like patterns of their silica-based cell walls. Only comparatively recently, biochemical studies have identified frustule-specific organic biomolecules, of which many are novel and often display remarkably complex chemical structures. This chapter summarizes the current knowledge about the structures and properties of the frustule-associated biomolecules, with a focus on the proteins, and discusses their roles with regards to silica biogenesis and frustule function.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Molecular Life of Diatoms
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-92499-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-92498-0
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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