Peptide and protein pheromones in molluscs

Abraham J. Susswein, Gregg T. Nagle

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Pheromones have been implicated in the control of a number of behaviors in molluscs, but few peptide pheromones have been characterized in these animals. Peptide pheromones include: (1) a family of water-borne peptide pheromonal attractants (attractins) in the gastropod Aplysia that are released during egg laying and attract other Aplysia to form egg-laying and mating aggregations; (2) a tetrapeptide (ILME) in the cephalopod Sepia that elutes from egg masses and is thought to be involved in the transport of oocytes in the genital tract during egg laying; and (3) a Sepia sperm-attracting peptide (SepSAP; PIDPGVamide) that is released from oocytes during egg laying to facilitate external fertilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1523-1530
Number of pages8
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Aplysia
  • Attractin
  • Bursatella
  • ILME
  • Loligo
  • Mollusc
  • PIDPGVamide
  • Peptide pheromone
  • Sepia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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