Structural organization of spider silk

  title={Structural organization of spider silk},
  author={Fritz Vollrath and Thor Las Holtet and Hans Christian Th{\o}gersen and Sebastian Frische},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={147 - 151}
  • F. Vollrath, T. Holtet, S. Frische
  • Published 22 February 1996
  • Materials Science
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
Spider silks are protein polymers with outstanding physical properties. A benchmark for spider silks is the dragline thread of the golden silk spider Nephila. Our study using urea super-contraction suggests a new model for the microstructure of this silk. According to this model, which challenges the general view, this silk consists of a structured fibril tube surrounding a thin core. This hypothetical structural organization could explain the supreme tensile strength of this interesting… 

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