Biosilica in Evolution, Morphogenesis, and Nanobiotechnology: Case Study Lake Baikal / Edition 1

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Lake Baikal is the oldest, deepest and most voluminous lake on Earth, comprising one fifth of the World’s unfrozen fresh water. It hosts the highest number of endemic animals recorded in any freshwater lake. Until recently it remained enigmatic why such a high diversity evolved in the isolated Lake Baikal. Focusing on the sponges (phylum Porifera) as an example, some answers are provided to fundamental questions on evolutionary forces. The characteristic feature of these animals is that they form their polymeric silicic acid skeleton enzymatically. This process is explored using modern molecular biological and cellular biological techniques to outline strategies to fabricate novel materials applicable in biomedicine and nanooptics.

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Part I Geology - Paleontology - Paleoclimate

Overview of Geology and Tectonic Evolution of the Baikal-Tuva Area Dmitry Gladkochub Tatiana Donskaya 3

Tectonics of the Baikal Rift Deduced from Volcanism and Sedimentation: A Review Oriented to the Baikal and Hovsgol Lake Systems Alexei V. Ivanov Elena I. Demonterova 27

Paleoclimate and Evolution: Emergence of Sponges During the Neoproterozoic Werner E.G. Muller Xiaohong Wang Heinz C. Schr&oumlet;der 55

Part II Organisms: Sponges

Studies on the Taxonomy and Distribution of Freshwater Sponges in Lake Baikal Yoshiki Masuda 81

Towards a Molecular Systematics of the Lake Baikal/Lake Tuva Sponges Matthias Wiens Petra Wrede Vladislav A. Grebenjuk Oxana V. Kaluzhnaya Sergey I. Belikov Heinz C. Schr&oumlet;der Werner E.G. Muller 111

Symbiotic Interaction Between Dinoflagellates and the Demosponge Lubomirskia baicalensis: Aquaporin-Mediated Glycerol Transport Werner E.G. Muller Sergey I. Belikov Oxana V. Kaluzhnaya L. Chernogor Anatoli Krasko Heinz C. Schr&oumlet;der 145

Part III Evolution

Silicon in Life: Whither Biological Silicification? Christopher Exley 173

Fossil Sponge Fauna in Lake Baikal Region Elena Veynberg 185

Identification and Isolation of a Retrotransposon from the Freshwater Sponge Lubomirskia baicalensis: Implication in Rapid Evolution of Endemic Sponges Matthias Wiens Vladislav A. Grebenjuk Heinz C. Schr&oumlet;der Isabel M. Muller Werner E.G. Muller 207

Part IV Role of Biosilica in Morphogenesis

Modelling the Skeletal Architecture in a Sponge with Radiate Accretive Growth Jaap A. Kaandorp 237

Part V Biosilica Formation

Silicatein: Nanobiotechnological and BiomedicalApplications Heinz C. Schr&oumlet;der Ute Schloβmacher Alexandra Boreiko Filipe Natalio Malgorzata Baranowska David Brandt Xiaohong Wang Wolfgang Tremel Matthias Wiens Werner E.G. Muller|p251

Part VI Role of Biosilica in Materials Science

Role of Biosilica in Materials Science: Lessons from Siliceous George Mayer 277

An Overview of Silica in Biology: Its Chemistry and Recent Technological Advances Carole C. Perry 295

Optical and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Sea Glass Sponge Spicules Yu. N. Kulchin A. V. Bezverbny O.A. Bukin S.S. Voznesensky A.N. Galkina A.L. Drozdov I.G. Nagorny 315

Nanobiotechnology: Soft Lithography Elisa Mele Dario Pisignano 341

The Application of Silicon and Silicates in Dentistry: A Review A.-K. Luhrs Werner Geurtsen 359

Part VII Role of Biosilica in Nanobiotechnology

Sustainable Exploitation and Conservation of the Endemic Lake Baikal Sponge (Lubomirskia baicalensis) for Application in Nanobiotechnology Werner E.G. Muller Heinz C. Schr&oumlet;der Sergey I. Belikov 383

Index 417

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