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Research article2005Peer reviewedOpen access

Spider silk proteins - Mechanical property and gene sequence

Rising A, Nimmervoll H, Grip S, Fernandez-Arias A, Storckenfeldt E, Knight DP, Vollrath F, Engstrom W


Spiders spin up to seven different types of silk and each type possesses different mechanical properties. The reports on base sequences of spider silk protein genes have gained importance as the mechanical properties of silk fibers have been revealed. This review aims to link recent molecular data, often translated into amino acid sequences and predicted three dimensional structural motifs, to known mechanical properties


spider silk; MaSp1; MaSp2; structure; function

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Zoological Science
2005, Volume: 22, number: 3, pages: 273-281