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How a sex pheromone might act at a concentration below 10(-16) M

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urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-186818
Sumper, Manfred ; Berg, E. ; Wenzl, S. ; Godl, K.
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Abstract

The sex-inducing pheromone of Volvox carteri is a glycoprotein that triggers development of males and females at a concentration below 10(-16) M. Evidence is presented for the existence of a novel mechanism of signal amplification operating within the extracellular matrix of this multicellular organism. A family of 70 kDa matrix glycoproteins denoted pherophorins bear a C-terminal domain being ...

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