Production of Recombinant Spider Silk Proteins for Biomedical Material Applications
Spider silk protein-based materials represent a new generation of biomaterials with tunable mechanical properties for a wide range of biomedical applications. The ability to engineer silk genes and recombinantly produce spider silk proteins is key to generation of tailored silk-based biomaterials. It paves the way for potential uses as biocompatible and high performance tissue scaffolds for tissue regeneration, artificial tendons or ligaments, sutures or nanofiber mats for wound dressings. The dragline and flagelliform web silks from orb weaver spiders are strong and elastic respectively, while ...
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