Film formation and structural characterization of silk of the hornet Vespa simillima xanthoptera Cameron.

  title={Film formation and structural characterization of silk of the hornet Vespa simillima xanthoptera Cameron.},
  author={Tsunenori Kameda and Katsura Kojima and Mitsuhiro Miyazawa and Seita Fujiwara},
  journal={Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung. C, Journal of biosciences},
  volume={60 11-12},
We extracted silk produced by the larva of the hornet Vespa simillima xanthoptera Cameron from its nest. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) analysis of the extracted hornet silk showed four major components with molecular weights between 35 and 60 kDa. The main amino acid components of the hornet silk protein were Ala (33.5%), Ser (16.9%), Asp (8.5%) and Glu (8.1%). The hornet silk could be dissolved in hexafluoroisopropyl alcohol (HFIP) at 25 degrees C without… CONTINUE READING


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