Marine Biology

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 183–189 | Cite as

Frostschutz-Glykoproteine bei Mytilus edulis?

  • H. Theede
  • R. Schneppenheim
  • L Béress


Fractions of glycoproteins preventing formation of ice crystals in water were isolated from the mussel Mytilus edulis, using ion-exchange procedure and gel filtration. The protein fractions depress the freezing point of water more than would be expected from their concentrations, taking into account their molecular weights (>10 000 Daltons). It is suggested that the occurrence of such antifreeze glycoproteins contributes essentially to the mechanism of freezing resistance in the mussel.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Theede
    • 1
  • R. Schneppenheim
    • 1
  • L Béress
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Meereskunde an der Universität KielKielGermany

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