Chitin as a Glycoprotein

Ralph Gainey sesame at MCN.ORG
Mon Jan 20 23:50:16 EST 1997

I am interested in the protein moiety of chitin.

I am aware of the following:

(1) Chitin from the Vella lata float is approximately 50/50
(2) In this animal it occurs as an extra-cellular topologically continuous
                 surface laid down in some biological cycle as laminar sheets.
(3) Essentially the same system of structural usage occurs in the octopus
                 and squid "pens".
(4) The protein separates from the carbohydrate cleanly in 0.0001N NaOH when
                naturally ocurring chitin from these animals is dried and ground
                to 800 mesh or finer in a puck mill. (AA analyzer results)
(5) There is a complete enzyme system for both synthesis and hydrolysis.

Has anyone analyzed the protein moiety of chitin?

With warm regards,
Ralph Gainey
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