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Determining the Molecular Structure of Animal Silks and Related Peptide Mimics

Abstract An animal's ability to produce protein-based silk materials has evolved independently in many different arthropod lineages, satisfying various ecological necessities. However, regardless of their wide range of uses and their potential industrial and biomedical applications, advanced knowledge on the molecular structure of silk biopolymers is largely limited to those produced by spiders (order Araneae) and silkworms (order Lepidoptera). This thesis provides an in-depth molecular-level characterization of silk fibers produced by two vastly different insects: the caddisfly larvae (order Trichoptera) and the webspinner (order Embioptera).

The molecular structure of caddisfly larval silk from the species <italic>Hesperophylax consimil... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Addison, John Bennett (Author) / Yarger, Jeffery L (Advisor) / Holland, Gregory P (Advisor) / Wang, Xu (Committee member) / Ros, Robert (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biochemistry / Polymer chemistry / Molecular biology / caddisfly / NMR / protein / silk / structure / webspinner
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 188 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biochemistry 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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