Yield and post-yield behavior of mussel byssal thread: a self-healing biomolecular material.

@article{Vaccaro2001YieldAP,
  title={Yield and post-yield behavior of mussel byssal thread: a self-healing biomolecular material.},
  author={Eleonora Vaccaro and J Herbert Waite},
  journal={Biomacromolecules},
  year={2001},
  volume={2 3},
  pages={906-11}
}
Byssal threads provide marine mussels with the tenacity to remain sessile in habitats of high flow. Under uniaxial tension, byssal threads are typical of other biological and synthetic fibers in exhibiting an initial linear region followed by yield. They differ, however, in their capacity to recover or "self-heal" following yield. We have examined the effect of urea, dithiothreitol (DTT), and metal-chelating agents such as ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) in perturbing the modulus, yield… CONTINUE READING

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