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  Transformation of ACC into aragonite and the origin of the nanogranular structure of nacre

Macías-Sánchez, E., Willinger, M. G., Pina, C. M., & Checa, A. G. (2017). Transformation of ACC into aragonite and the origin of the nanogranular structure of nacre. Scientific Reports, 7: 12728. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-12673-0.

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Macías-Sánchez, Elena, Author
Willinger, Marc Georg1, Author              
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Checa, Antonio G., Author
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 Abstract: Currently a basic tenet in biomineralization is that biominerals grow by accretion of amorphous particles, which are later transformed into the corresponding mineral phase. The globular nanostructure of most biominerals is taken as evidence of this. Nevertheless, little is known as to how the amorphous-to-crystalline transformation takes place. To gain insight into this process, we have made a high-resolution study (by means of transmission electron microscopy and other associated techniques) of immature tablets of nacre of the gastropod Phorcus turbinatus, where the proportion of amorphous calcium carbonate is high. Tablets displayed a characteristic nanoglobular structure, with the nanoglobules consisting of an aragonite core surrounded by amorphous calcium carbonate together with organic macromolecules. The changes in composition from the amorphous to the crystalline phase indicate that there was a higher content of organic molecules within the former phase. Within single tablets, the crystalline cores were largely co-oriented. According to their outlines, the internal transformation front of the tablets took on a complex digitiform shape, with the individual fingers constituting the crystalline cores of nanogranules. We propose that the final nanogranular structure observed is produced during the transformation of ACC into aragonite.

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 Dates: 2017-10-052017
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Title: Scientific Reports
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Publ. Info: London, UK : Nature Publishing Group
Pages: 12728 Volume / Issue: 7 Sequence Number: 12728 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2045-2322