Polymeric materials based on silk proteins

John G. Hardy, Lin M. Roemer, Thomas R. Scheibel*

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Abstract

Silks are protein-based fibers made by arthropods for a variety of task-specific applications. In this article, we review the key features of silk proteins. This article initially focuses on the structure and function of silk proteins produced naturally by silkworms and spiders, followed by the biological and technical processing of silk proteins into a variety of morphologies (including capsules, fibers, films, foams, gels and spheres). Finally, we highlight the potential applications of silk-based materials. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4309-4327
Number of pages19
JournalPolymer
Volume49
Issue number20
Early online date09 Aug 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2008

Keywords

  • silk structure
  • protein processing
  • protein solubility
  • BOMBYX-MORI SILK
  • INTERFACIAL WATER-STRUCTURE
  • SPIDER ARANEUS-DIADEMATUS
  • MESENCHYMAL STEM-CELLS
  • REACTIVE DISPERSE DYE
  • GREEN FLUORESCENT PROTEIN
  • CONTROLLED DRUG-DELIVERY
  • DIBASIC ACID ANHYDRIDES
  • FINE-STRUCTURAL ASPECTS
  • HYDROGEN-BOND STRUCTURE
  • biomaterials
  • Polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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