Peptide and protein pheromones in molluscs

Abraham J. Susswein, Gregg T. Nagle

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Abstract

Pheromones have been implicated in the control of a number of behaviors in molluscs, but few peptide pheromones have been characterized in these animals. Peptide pheromones include: (1) a family of water-borne peptide pheromonal attractants (attractins) in the gastropod Aplysia that are released during egg laying and attract other Aplysia to form egg-laying and mating aggregations; (2) a tetrapeptide (ILME) in the cephalopod Sepia that elutes from egg masses and is thought to be involved in the transport of oocytes in the genital tract during egg laying; and (3) a Sepia sperm-attracting peptide (SepSAP; PIDPGVamide) that is released from oocytes during egg laying to facilitate external fertilization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1523-1530
Number of pages8
JournalPeptides
Volume25
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Dr. J. Boal for critical comments on cephalopod reproduction and behavior. Supported by US–Israel Binational Science Foundation (#2000344; AJS), Israel Science Foundation (#357/02-17.2; AJS), NSF (IBN-0314377; GTN), and the John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund (#2579-02R; GTN).

Funding

We thank Dr. J. Boal for critical comments on cephalopod reproduction and behavior. Supported by US–Israel Binational Science Foundation (#2000344; AJS), Israel Science Foundation (#357/02-17.2; AJS), NSF (IBN-0314377; GTN), and the John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund (#2579-02R; GTN).

FundersFunder number
John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund2579-02R
National Science FoundationIBN-0314377
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation2000344
Israel Science Foundation357/02-17.2

    Keywords

    • Aplysia
    • Attractin
    • Bursatella
    • ILME
    • Loligo
    • Mollusc
    • PIDPGVamide
    • Peptide pheromone
    • Sepia

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