The membranous labyrinth of lizard Podarcis sicula contains calcite and aragonite crystals. Saccule, utricle and lagena contain calcite crystals while aragonite crystals are present only in the saccule where they are very abundant. We have recently demonstrated the presence of calbindin D-28K in the organic matrix of lizard P. sicula otoconia. In order to define its localization, since calbindin modulates cellular Ca2þ level, otoconia fromutricle and lagena were collected separately fromthose fromsaccule and then otoconial proteins were extracted. Immunoblot assay on proteins extracted from the otoconia and confocal laser scanning microscope analyses of otoconia using monoclonal anti-calbindin D-28K antibodies indicated that calbindin D-28K is a protein typical of aragonite crystals.

Localization of calbindin D-28K in the otoconia of lizard Podarcis sicula

PISCOPO, MARINA;AVALLONE, BICE;BALSAMO, GIUSEPPE;MARMO, FRANCESCO
2004

Abstract

The membranous labyrinth of lizard Podarcis sicula contains calcite and aragonite crystals. Saccule, utricle and lagena contain calcite crystals while aragonite crystals are present only in the saccule where they are very abundant. We have recently demonstrated the presence of calbindin D-28K in the organic matrix of lizard P. sicula otoconia. In order to define its localization, since calbindin modulates cellular Ca2þ level, otoconia fromutricle and lagena were collected separately fromthose fromsaccule and then otoconial proteins were extracted. Immunoblot assay on proteins extracted from the otoconia and confocal laser scanning microscope analyses of otoconia using monoclonal anti-calbindin D-28K antibodies indicated that calbindin D-28K is a protein typical of aragonite crystals.
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