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Stretching of supercontracted fibers: a link between spinning and the variability of spider silk
SUMMARY The spinning of spider silk requires a combination of aqueous environment and stretching, and the aim of this work was to explore the role of stretching silk fibers in an aqueous environmentExpand
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Self-tightening of spider silk fibers induced by moisture
Abstract Spider dragline silk has a unique combination of desirable mechanical properties—low density, high tensile strength and large elongation until breaking—that makes it attractive from anExpand
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Biomimetic spinning of artificial spider silk from a chimeric minispidroin.
Herein we present a chimeric recombinant spider silk protein (spidroin) whose aqueous solubility equals that of native spider silk dope and a spinning device that is based solely on aqueous buffers,Expand
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Thermo‐hygro‐mechanical behavior of spider dragline silk: Glassy and rubbery states
Spider silk is considered as the basis of a new family of high performance fibers that would reproduce the excellent mechanical properties of the silk, in particular its extreme toughness. However,Expand
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The effect of spinning forces on spider silk properties
SUMMARY A new forced silking procedure has been developed that allows measurement of the low forces involved in the silking process and, subsequently, retrieval and tensile testing of the samplesExpand
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Elongated Nanoparticle Aggregates in Cancer Cells for Mechanical Destruction with Low Frequency Rotating Magnetic Field
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) functionalized with targeting moieties can recognize specific cell components and induce mechanical actuation under magnetic field. Their size is adequate for reachingExpand
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Finding inspiration in argiope trifasciata spider silk fibers
The outstanding mechanical properties of silk fibers from the spider Argiope trifasciata are reviewed in this article, particularly the tensile behavior under controlled humidity and temperature.Expand
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Recovery in viscid line fibers.
The development of a reliable procedure for removing the viscous coating of viscid silk has allowed the accurate characterization of the tensile behavior of clean flagelliform silk (i.e., silk of theExpand
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The hidden link between supercontraction and mechanical behavior of spider silks.
The remarkable properties of spider silks have stimulated an increasing interest in understanding the roles of their composition and processing, as well as in the mass-production of these fibers.Expand
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Volume constancy during stretching of spider silk.
The characterization of silk properties requires a reliable measurement of stress-strain curves from tensile tests, which calls for a detailed analysis of what is considered the cross section of theExpand
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