Differential polymerization of the two main protein components of dragline silk during fibre spinning.

@article{Sponner2005DifferentialPO,
  title={Differential polymerization of the two main protein components of dragline silk during fibre spinning.},
  author={Alexander Sponner and Eberhard Unger and F. Grosse and Klaus Weisshart},
  journal={Nature materials},
  year={2005},
  volume={4 10},
  pages={772-5}
}
Spider silks are some of the strongest materials found in nature. Achieving the high tensile strength and elasticity of the dragline of orb-weaving spiders, such as Nephila clavipes, is a principal goal in biomimetics research. The dragline has a composite nature and is predominantly made up by two proteins, the major ampullate spidroins 1 and 2 (refs 3, 6, 7), which can be considered natural block copolymers. On the basis of their molecular structures both spidroins are thought to contribute… CONTINUE READING
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