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Primary Structure Elements of Spider Dragline Silks and Their Contribution to Protein Solubility


Hümmerich, Daniel ; Helsen, Christopher W. ; Quedzuweit, Susanne ; Oschmann, Jan ; Rudolph, Rainer ; Scheibel, Thomas:
Primary Structure Elements of Spider Dragline Silks and Their Contribution to Protein Solubility.
In: Biochemistry. Bd. 43 (September 2004) Heft 42 . - S. 13604-13612.
ISSN 0006-2960
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/bi048983q


Spider silk proteins have mainly been investigated with regard to their contribution to mechanical properties of the silk thread. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms of silk assembly. As a first step toward characterizing this process, we aimed to identify primary structure elements of the garden spider's (Araneus diadematus) major dragline silk proteins ADF-3 and ADF-4 that determine protein solubility. In addition, we investigated the influence of conditions involved in mediating natural thread assembly on protein aggregation. Genes encoding spider silk-like proteins were generated using a cloning strategy, which is based on a combination of synthetic DNA modules and PCR-amplified authentic gene sequences. Comparing secondary structure, solubility, and aggregation properties of the synthesized proteins revealed that single primary structure elements have diverse influences on protein characteristics. Repetitive regions representing the largest part of dragline silk proteins determined the solubility of the synthetic proteins, which differed greatly between constructs derived from ADF-3 and ADF-4. Factors, such as acidification and increases in phosphate concentration, which promote silk assembly in vivo generally decreased silk protein solubility in vitro. Strikingly, this effect was pronounced in engineered proteins comprising the carboxyl-terminal nonrepetitive regions of ADF-3 or ADF-4, indicating that these regions might play an important role in initiating assembly of spider silk proteins.

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Institutionen der Universität: Fakultäten
Fakultäten > Fakultät für Ingenieurwissenschaften
Fakultäten > Fakultät für Ingenieurwissenschaften > Lehrstuhl Biomaterialien
Fakultäten > Fakultät für Ingenieurwissenschaften > Lehrstuhl Biomaterialien > Lehrstuhl Biomaterialien - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel
Profilfelder > Advanced Fields > Neue Materialien
Profilfelder > Advanced Fields > Molekulare Biowissenschaften
Profilfelder > Advanced Fields > Polymer- und Kolloidforschung
Profilfelder > Emerging Fields > Lebensmittel- und Gesundheitswissenschaften
Profilfelder > Advanced Fields
Profilfelder > Emerging Fields
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Themengebiete aus DDC: 600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften > 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften
Eingestellt am: 29 Sep 2015 08:17
Letzte Änderung: 26 Nov 2015 10:51
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/19783