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The effect of solvents on the contraction and mechanical properties of spider silk
We examined the mechanical characteristics of four major ampullate (MA) dragline silks during and after submersion in a range of solvents. The silks were reeled from four very different spiders:Expand
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Preparation and characterization of transparent silk fibroin/cellulose blend films
Abstract Both silk fibroin (SF) and cellulose are considered as potential substitutes of synthetic polymers because of the problems for the exhaustion of fossil resources and the pollution ofExpand
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Regenerated Bombyx silk solutions studied with rheometry and FTIR
Abstract Several different solvent systems are commonly used to dissolve Bombyx mori silk fibroin to prepare regenerated silk membranes and fibers though differences in the behavior of these solventsExpand
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Doxorubicin-loaded magnetic silk fibroin nanoparticles for targeted therapy of multidrug-resistant cancer.
A strategy to prepare doxorubicin-loaded magnetic silk fibroin nanoparticles is presented. The nanoparticles serve as a nanometer-scale drug-delivery system in the chemotherapy of multidrug-resistantExpand
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Understanding the Mechanical Properties of Antheraea Pernyi Silk—From Primary Structure to Condensed Structure of the Protein
Antheraea pernyi ( A. pernyi ) silk is produced and used by "wild" silkworms to construct a cocoon, but the primary structure of its protein is rather similar to that of spider major ampullate silkExpand
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Heterogeneous morphology of Nephila edulis spider silk and its significance for mechanical properties
Previous work has shown that dragline silk of Nephila madagascariensis is not homogeneous in cross-section. We report here that the core of Nephila edulis silk also contains extremely fine elongated,Expand
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Silk Fibers Extruded Artificially from Aqueous Solutions of Regenerated Bombyx mori Silk Fibroin are Tougher than their Natural Counterparts
2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag Gm The dragline silk of certain spiders has excellent tensile properties that are maintained over a remarkable temperature range. Although the commercial Mulberry SilkwormExpand
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β-turn formation during the conformation transition in silk fibroin
The changes of the secondary structure of silk proteins, including β-sheet, helical and random coil content during the conformation transition process have been widely studied with various methods byExpand
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Hydrogel Assembly with Hierarchical Alignment by Balancing Electrostatic Forces
Prof. Q. Lu, Dr. S. Bai, Prof. D. L. Kaplan National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk & Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology Soochow University Suzhou 215123 ,Expand
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Cryogenic toughness of natural silk and a proposed structure–function relationship
Natural spider and worm silks can provide key insights into bio-polymer technology. No-one would have thought that ductility and toughness at cryogenic temperatures would be among their properties.Expand
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