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Macromol Biosci. 2007 Feb 12;7(2):183-8.

Spider silk and amyloid fibrils: a structural comparison.

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Department Chemie, Lehrstuhl für Biotechnologie, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstr. 4, 85747 Garching, Germany.

Abstract

Although spider silks have been studied for decades, the assembly properties of the underlying silk proteins have still not been unravelled. Previously, the detection of amyloid-like nanofibrils in the spider's silk gland suggested their involvement in the assembly process.Recombinantly produced spider silk also self-assembles into nanofibrils. In order to investigate the structural properties of such silk nanofibrils in more detail, they have been compared to amyloid-like fibrils to highlight structural similarities.

PMID:
17295405
DOI:
10.1002/mabi.200600201
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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