Spider Silk and Amyloid Fibrils: A Structural Comparison

Slotta, Ute, Hess, Simone, Spieß, Kristina, Stromer, Thusnelda, Serpell, Louise and Scheibel, Thomas (2007) Spider Silk and Amyloid Fibrils: A Structural Comparison. Macromolecular Bioscience, 7 (2). pp. 183-188. ISSN 1616-5187

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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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biochemistry
Depositing User: Louise Serpell
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:17
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 11:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30602
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