The first described non-adhesion phenotype of a marine organism

Untitled-1Our group headed by Dr. Ladurner –at the University of Innsbruck–, published an article lead authored by MSc Birgit Lengerer March last in the journal Frontiers of Zoology. The article describe an elaborate biological adhesion system in a free-living flatworm, which permits impressively rapid temporary adhesion-release performance in the marine environment. The team have demonstrated that the structural integrity of one of the three-cell types comprising the adhesive organs of Macrostomum lignano –the so called anchor cell–, is essential for its adhesion performance: the knock-down of the anchor cell-specific intermediate filament gene resulted in the inability of the animals to adhere. This article is open access, enjoy!




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