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Chem Commun (Camb). 2005 May 21;(19):2489-91. Epub 2005 Mar 30.

Extended wet-spinning can modify spider silk properties.

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  • 1Department of Macromolecular Science and Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers of Ministry of Education, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, P. R. China.


Contrary to expectation, we demonstrate that spider dragline silk spun experimentally under water displays greater stiffness and higher resilience compared to silk spun "naturally" into air. We suggest that this consequence of extended wet-spinning is due to increased molecular orientation resulting from extension of the mobile phase.

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