Single Honeybee Silk Protein Mimics Properties of Multi-Protein Silk

  title={Single Honeybee Silk Protein Mimics Properties of Multi-Protein Silk},
  author={Tara D Sutherland and Jeffrey S. Church and Xiao Hu and Mickey G. Huson and David L Kaplan and Sarah Weisman},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Honeybee silk is composed of four fibrous proteins that, unlike other silks, are readily synthesized at full-length and high yield. The four silk genes have been conserved for over 150 million years in all investigated bee, ant and hornet species, implying a distinct functional role for each protein. However, the amino acid composition and molecular architecture of the proteins are similar, suggesting functional redundancy. In this study we compare materials generated from a single honeybee… CONTINUE READING
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