chitin in protists

Mark Farmer farmer at
Fri Oct 6 09:30:29 EST 1995

Chitin has been reported from a number of different protists but some 
questions remain if this represents "true" chitin or some other closely 
related molecule.  I have a paper by Herth et al. showing the presence of 
chitin in a diatom, a chrysophyte, and a ciliate.  Das and Gillin (1991) 
demonstrate chitin in Entamoeba cysts, and a big review article by 
Mulisch (1993 Europ. J. Protistol. 29:1-18) gives extensive references of 
chitin in everything from Giardia to Euplotes.

Mark A. Farmer
Director, Ctr. Ultrastructural Research
University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
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