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A small molecule peptidomimetic of spider silk and webs

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Abstract

A peptidomimetic compound containing leucine, tyrosine and malonic acid self-assembles through various noncovalent interactions to form spider silk-like fibers at ambient temperature. From the high-density liquid, a liquid–solid phase transition is initiated at 20 °C and solidification occurs upon contact with air. The fiber has comprehensive mechanical strength and optical properties similar to spider silk, and can be used to mimic a natural spider web.

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The article was received on 12 Jun 2014, accepted on 19 Aug 2014 and first published on 20 Aug 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04475D
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 12749-12752
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    A small molecule peptidomimetic of spider silk and webs

    K. Maji, R. Sarkar, S. Bera and D. Haldar, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 12749
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04475D

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