Reference : Comparative value of chitosan test and enzymatic method for chitin detection
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Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/196756
Comparative value of chitosan test and enzymatic method for chitin detection
English
Sundara-Rajulu, G. [University of Madras > Department of zoology > > >]
Jeuniaux, Charles [Université de Liège - ULg > Zoological institute > Laboratory and animal morphology, systematics and ecology > >]
Poulicek, Mathieu mailto [Université de Liège > Zoological institute > Laboratory and animal morphology, systematics and ecology > >]
Voss-Foucart, M. F. [Université de Liège - ULg > Zoological institute > Laboratory and animal morphology, systematics and ecology > >]
1982
4
International
International conference on chitin and chitosan
July 12-14
Sapporo
Japan
[en] chitosan test ; chitin identification ; Pterobranchia exoskeletons ; Sipunculid introvert hooks ; organic material ; true chitin ; enzymatic method ; chitin topographic
[en] In oorder to check their relative value for the specific identification of chitin on minute pieces of skeletal material, the chitoisan test of Campbell, readapted by Krishan and Sundara-Rajulu and the enzymatic method of Jeuniaux using purified chitinases, were applied simultaneously to the same material. In most cases, both methods gave similar results, the chitosan test being more rapid and useful to locate chitin in composite structures. In two specific cases, these methods yielded contractory results. Fragments of Rhabdopleura sp exoskeleton (Pterobranchia), after alkali treatment, gave a more or less typical colour with chitosan tests, but remained unaltered in pure chitinase solutions without N-acetyl-D-glucosamine production. In the same manner, hooks of Cloesiphon sp (Sipunculida) gave a positive reaction to chitosan test but failed to dissolve in pure chitinase, after repeated incubations at 37°C. It is concluded that, in some cases, undetermined organic substances, which do not correspond to true chitin, may be interpreted as chitin with chitosan test.
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/196756

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