Relating the structure of insect silk proteins to function
Silks are extracorporeal fibrous protein materials. Classically, silkworm (Bombyx mori) and orb-spiders (Arachnida: Araneidae) have served as model organisms in which to investigate silk protein structure-function relationships. However, silk production has evolved multiple times in insects. The silk proteins of many insects do not fold into the beta-sheet structures found in silkworm and spider silks but into coiled-coils, collagen helices or polyglycine...[Show more]
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