Carotenoprotein complexes in Mesidotea entomon (L.) (Crustacea: Isopoda) from the Baltic Sea
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A grey carotenoprotein containing canthaxanthin and phoenicoxanthin as the prosthetic group, was purified from the body of the Mesidotea entomon from the Baltic Sea. The analysis of the proteins forming the complexes with the above mentioned ketocarotenoids were found to contain 17 amino acids, mainly aspargine, glutamine, lysine, serine, alanine, valine, and leucine with minimal amounts of methionine. In the carotenoprotein complex cysteine were not found.
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B.Czeczuga, Department of General Biology, Medical Academy, Kilinskiego 1, 15-230 Bialystok 8, Poland.