Ancient Properties of Spider Silks Revealed by the Complete Gene Sequence of the Prey-Wrapping Silk Protein (AcSp1)

@inproceedings{Ayoub2013AncientPO,
  title={Ancient Properties of Spider Silks Revealed by the Complete Gene Sequence of the Prey-Wrapping Silk Protein (AcSp1)},
  author={Nadia A. Ayoub and Jessica E. Garb and Amanda Kuelbs and Cheryl Y. Hayashi},
  booktitle={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2013}
}
Spider silk fibers have impressive mechanical properties and are primarily composed of highly repetitive structural proteins (termed spidroins) encoded by a single gene family. Most characterized spidroin genes are incompletely known because of their extreme size (typically >9 kb) and repetitiveness, limiting understanding of the evolutionary processes that gave rise to their unusual gene architectures. The only complete spidroin genes characterized thus far form the dragline in the Western… CONTINUE READING
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