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Research Article

Unique Structural Features Facilitate Lizard Tail Autotomy

  • Kristian W. Sanggaard,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Center for Insoluble Protein Structures (inSPIN), Interdiciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Carl Chr. Danielsen,

    Affiliation: Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Lise Wogensen,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Medicine - Research Laboratory for Biochemical Pathology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Mads S. Vinding,

    Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, Center for Insoluble Protein Structures (inSPIN), Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Louise M. Rydtoft,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Medicine - Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Martin B. Mortensen,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Medicine - The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery T, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Henrik Karring,

    Affiliation: Institute of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

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  • Niels Chr. Nielsen,

    Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, Center for Insoluble Protein Structures (inSPIN), Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Tobias Wang,

    Affiliation: Department of Bioscience – Zoophysiology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Ida B. Thøgersen,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Center for Insoluble Protein Structures (inSPIN), Interdiciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Jan J. Enghild mail

    jje@mb.au.dk

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Center for Insoluble Protein Structures (inSPIN), Interdiciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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  • Published: December 19, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051803

About the Authors

Kristian W. Sanggaard, Ida B. Thøgersen, Jan J. Enghild
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Center for Insoluble Protein Structures (inSPIN), Interdiciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Carl Chr. Danielsen
Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Lise Wogensen
Department of Clinical Medicine - Research Laboratory for Biochemical Pathology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Mads S. Vinding, Niels Chr. Nielsen
Department of Chemistry, Center for Insoluble Protein Structures (inSPIN), Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Louise M. Rydtoft
Department of Clinical Medicine - Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Martin B. Mortensen
Department of Clinical Medicine - The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery T, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Henrik Karring
Institute of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Tobias Wang
Department of Bioscience – Zoophysiology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Corresponding Author

Email: jje@mb.au.dk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: KWS HK JJE. Performed the experiments: KWS CCD LW MSV LMR MBM HK TW IBT JJE. Analyzed the data: KWS CCD LW MSV LMR HK NCN IBT JJE. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: CCD LW NCN TW JJE. Wrote the paper: KWS JJE.