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Natural templates for coiled-coil biomaterials from praying mantis egg cases

Walker, Andrew; Weisman, Sarah; Kameda, Tsunenori; Sutherland, Tara


Whereas there is growing interest in producing biomaterials containing coiled-coils, relatively few studies have made use of naturally occurring fibrous proteins. In this study, we have characterized fibrous proteins used by mother praying mantises to produce an extensive covering for their eggs called an ootheca and demonstrate the production of artificial ootheca using recombinantly produced proteins. Examination of natural oothecae by infrared spectroscopy and solid-state nuclear magnetic...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Biomacromolecules
DOI: 10.1021/bm301570v


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