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. 1998 May;6(5):185-9.
doi: 10.1016/s0966-842x(98)01234-7.

The Highly Efficient Sex-Inducing Pheromone System of Volvox

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The Highly Efficient Sex-Inducing Pheromone System of Volvox

A Hallmann et al. Trends Microbiol. .

Abstract

The green alga Volvox is one of the simplest multicellular organisms and is capable of both asexual and sexual reproduction. Sexual development is initiated by a glycoprotein pheromone that acts at a concentration below 10(-16) M. The extracellular matrix (ECM) appears to play a key role in signal amplification: several ECM proteins contain a domain with homology to the sex-inducing pheromone.

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