The formation of nematic liquid crystal phases by hen lysozyme amyloid fibrils.

@article{Corrigan2006TheFO,
  title={The formation of nematic liquid crystal phases by hen lysozyme amyloid fibrils.},
  author={Adam M Corrigan and Christian M{\"u}ller and Mark R H Krebs},
  journal={Journal of the American Chemical Society},
  year={2006},
  volume={128 46},
  pages={14740-1}
}
Amyloid fibrils are a polymeric aggregate of protein. The fibrils are typically on the order of micrometers long, with widths of 10-20 nm. They are generally regarded as stiff, and nonbranching. It is well-known that similar synthetic polymers and biopolymers such as DNA and polysaccharides, have a tendency to form liquid crystalline phases when incubated under appropriate conditions. Here we show that amyloid fibrils from the protein hen lysozyme can similarly form liquid crystal phases. The… CONTINUE READING