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The interaction of phosphoproteins with calcium phosphate

  • C. Holt
  • M. J. J. M. van Kemenade
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This review is concerned with some of the well-characterised phosphoproteins that interact with calcium phosphate as part of their biological function, and phosphoproteins that have been used frequently in laboratory studies of phosphoprotein-calcium phosphate interactions. This heterogeneous group comprises the phosphophoryns from teeth, the bone phosphoproteins, the caseins from milk, the statherins and acidic proline-rich proteins of saliva, osteonectin and the egg phosvitins. The prominence given here to the caseins is largely a reflection of our own research interests, but it can be justified as bringing this well-studied group of phosphoproteins more to the attention of researchers in the field of tissue mineralisation.

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