Structural organization of spider silk

@article{Vollrath1996StructuralOO,
  title={Structural organization of spider silk},
  author={F. Vollrath and T. Holtet and H. C. Th{\o}gersen and S. Frische},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  year={1996},
  volume={263},
  pages={147 - 151}
}
  • F. Vollrath, T. Holtet, +1 author S. Frische
  • Published 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… CONTINUE READING
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