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Convergently-evolved structural anomalies in the coiled coil domains of insect silk proteins

Sutherland, Tara; Trueman, Holly E.; Walker, Andrew; Weisman, Sarah; Campbell, Peter M; Dong, Zhaoming; Huson, Mickey G.; Woodhead, Andrea L.; Church, Jeffrey S.


The use of coiled coil proteins as the basis of silk materials is an engineering solution that has evolved convergently in at least five insect lineages-the stinging hymenopterans (ants, bees, hornets), argid sawflies, fleas, lacewings, and praying mantises-and persisted throughout large radiations of these insect families. These coiled coil silk proteins share a characteristic distinct from other coiled coil proteins, in that they are fabricated into solid materials after accumulating as...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Structural Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsb.2014.01.002


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