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Folding behavior of four silks of giant honey bee reflects the evolutionary conservation of aculeate silk proteins

Maitip, Jakkrawut; Trueman, Holly E.; Kaehler, Benjamin; Huttley, Gavin Austin; Chantawannakul, Panuwan; Sutherland, Tara D.


Multiple gene duplication events in the precursor of the Aculeata (bees, ants, hornets) gave rise to four silk genes. Whilst these homologs encode proteins with similar amino acid composition and coiled coil structure, the retention of all four homologs implies they each are important. In this study we identified, produced and characterized the four silk proteins from Apis dorsata, the giant Asian honeybee. The proteins were readily purified, allowing us to investigate the folding behavior of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2015.02.007


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