Biological Materials of Marine Origin

Biological Materials of Marine Origin

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Biological substances appeared in marine environments at the dawn of evolution. At that moment, the ?rst organisms acquired the ability to synthesize polymer chains which were the basis, in their turn, for the formation of the building blocks that fueled the so-called self-assembling process. They, in their turn, produced more complicated structures. The phenomenon of three main organic structural and sc- folding polymers (chitin, cellulose, and collagen) probably determined the further development and evolution of bioorganic structures and, of course, the organisms themselves. Allthethreebiopolymers, notwithstandingtheirdifferencesinchemical composition, have the common principles in their organization: nano?brils with the diameter 1. 5a€“2 nm, the ability to self-assemble, production of ?brillar and ?ber-like structures with hierarchical organization from nanoa€”up to macrolevels, the ability to perform both the role of scaffolds and the templates for biomineralization and formation of the rigid skeletal structures. Chitin and collagen in particular played the determining role in the formation of skeletal structure in marine invertebrate organisms. These two biopolymers possess all the qualities needed to refer to them simul- neously as biological materials and biomaterials, the latter thanks to their successful application in biomedicine. The fact that modern science ?nds chitin and collagen both in unicellular and in multicellular invertebrates in fossil and modern species con?rms beyond a doubt the success of these biological materials in the evolution of biological species during millions of years. I realize that this success should be consolidated at genetic level and the detection of corresponding conserved genes must be the main priority.... coe- lenterates collagen and climate changes, but in the case of giant jellyfish species Nemopilema nomurai, it is true (Pauly et al. ... However, each year between 2002 and 2007, dense aggregations of this jellyfish have been reported in the seas surrounding Japan (Honda et al. ... Therefore, processing of jellyfish is carried out preferably within a few hours of capture, while the animals are still alive.

Title:Biological Materials of Marine Origin
Author: Hermann Ehrlich
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2010-09-02

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