Structural disorder and protein elasticity.

  title={Structural disorder and protein elasticity.},
  author={Sarah Rauscher and R{\'e}gis Pom{\`e}s},
  journal={Advances in experimental medicine and biology},
An emerging class of disordered proteins underlies the elasticity of many biological tissues. Elastomeric proteins are essential to the function of biological machinery as diverse as the human arterial wall, the capture spiral of spider webs and the jumping mechanism of fleas. In this chapter, we review what is known about the molecular basis and the functional role of structural disorder in protein elasticity. In general, the elastic recoil of proteins is due to a combination of internal… CONTINUE READING