Environmental response and adaptation of glycoprotein glue within the droplets of viscous prey capture threads from araneoid spider orb-webs

@article{Opell2013EnvironmentalRA,
  title={Environmental response and adaptation of glycoprotein glue within the droplets of viscous prey capture threads from araneoid spider orb-webs},
  author={B. Opell and Shannon E. Karinshak and M. Sigler},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={216},
  pages={3023 - 3034}
}
  • B. Opell, Shannon E. Karinshak, M. Sigler
  • Published 2013
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
  • SUMMARY Viscous threads that form the prey capture spiral of araneoid orb-webs retain insects that strike the web, giving a spider more time to locate and subdue them. The viscoelastic glycoprotein glue responsible for this adhesion forms the core of regularly spaced aqueous droplets, which are supported by protein axial fibers. Glycoprotein extensibility both facilitates the recruitment of adhesion from multiple droplets and dissipates the energy generated by insects struggling to free… CONTINUE READING
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