Spider silk fibre extrusion: combined wide- and small-angle X-ray microdiffraction experiments.

@article{Riekel2001SpiderSF,
  title={Spider silk fibre extrusion: combined wide- and small-angle X-ray microdiffraction experiments.},
  author={Christian Riekel and Fritz Vollrath},
  journal={International journal of biological macromolecules},
  year={2001},
  volume={29 3},
  pages={
          203-10
        }
}
The major and minor ampullate silks from live Nephila senegalensis (Tetragnathidae) and the major ampullate silk from Euprostenops spp. (Pisauridae) spiders were investigated in situ by X-ray diffraction during forced silking. Wide- (WAXS) and small-angle (SAXS) scattering patterns were obtained at the same time. WAXS data show that the thread at the exit of the spigots already contains beta-sheet poly(alanine) crystallites. SAXS data suggest the presence of microfibrils with an axial repeating… CONTINUE READING
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