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Non-spherical pearl layers in the Polynesian ‘black-lipped’ Pinctada margaritifera: The non-nacreous deposits compared to microstructure of the shell growing edge

Abstract : Cultivated pearls frequently exhibit morphological irregularities making obvious that mineral deposition was irregularly distributed onto nucleus surface. Taking advantage of experimental cultivations with short durations (from 10 days to few months), these irregular deposits predating occurrence of the nacre were investigated in Polynesian pearls by biochemical characterizations and a series of physical methods. Diversity in the resulting data suggests that various in‐depth alterations of the biomineralization mechanism may have occurred during the grafting process, leading to diversity in the biochemical pathways to nacreous deposition. This allows a precise discussion of current views about pearl formation. The “reversed shell theory” is formally disproved through point to point comparison with development of the shell growing edge. Similarity of pearl formation with “regeneration” or “shell repair” is also discussed, emphasizing the differences between these concepts.
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Submitted on : Friday, December 13, 2019 - 12:24:01 PM
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Jean-Pierre Cuif,, Yannicke Dauphin, Gilles Luquet, Oulfa Belhadj, Stéphan Rouziere, et al.. Non-spherical pearl layers in the Polynesian ‘black-lipped’ Pinctada margaritifera: The non-nacreous deposits compared to microstructure of the shell growing edge. Aquaculture Research, 2019, 51 (2), pp.506-522. ⟨10.1111/are.14395⟩. ⟨hal-02409172⟩

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