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Halogenation and quinone-tanning of the organic tube components of some Sabellidae (Annelida Polychaeta)
Vovelle, J.; Rusaouen-Innocent, M.; Grasset, M.; Truchet, M. (1994). Halogenation and quinone-tanning of the organic tube components of some Sabellidae (Annelida Polychaeta). Cah. Biol. Mar. 35(4): 441-459
In: Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Station Biologique de Roscoff: Paris. ISSN 0007-9723, more
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  • Vovelle, J.
  • Rusaouen-Innocent, M.
  • Grasset, M.
  • Truchet, M.

Abstract
    Histochemitry, histoenzymology and microanalysis have been applied to the study of tube-making in two Sabellidae. The investigation examined the tube constituents and the glands which supply them in two distinct secretory sequences. The organic tube adds to the wrapping of a roll which includes exogenous material gathered by the building organs and whose spiral deposit on the upper rim ensures the growth of the outer layer, with an inner sheath elaborated by the ventral thoracic shield. We link this halogenation with the presence of a catecholase in Meyer's anterior gland secretion, suggesting quinone-tanning hardening, as well as the presence of DOPA oxidase in the shield.

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