Molecular characterization and evolutionary study of spider tubuliform (eggcase) silk protein.

@article{Tian2005MolecularCA,
  title={Molecular characterization and evolutionary study of spider tubuliform (eggcase) silk protein.},
  author={Maozhen Tian and Randolph V Lewis},
  journal={Biochemistry},
  year={2005},
  volume={44 22},
  pages={8006-12}
}
As a result of hundreds of millions of years of evolution, orb-web-weaving spiders have developed the use of seven different silks produced by different abdominal glands for various functions. Tubuliform silk (eggcase silk) is unique among these spider silks due to its high serine and very low glycine content. In addition, tubuliform silk is the only silk produced just during a short period of time, the reproductive season, in the spider's life. To understand the molecular characteristics of… CONTINUE READING
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