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More than one way to spin a crystallite: multiple trajectories through liquid crystallinity to solid silk

Walker, Andrew; Holland, Chris; Sutherland, Tara D.


Arthropods face several key challenges in processing concentrated feedstocks of proteins (silk dope) into solid, semi-crystalline silk fibres. Strikingly, independently evolved lineages of silk-producing organisms have converged on the use of liquid crystal intermediates (mesophases) to reduce the viscosity of silk dope and assist the formation of supramolecular structure. However, the exact nature of the liquid-crystal-forming-units (mesogens) in silk dope, and the relationship between liquid...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0259


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