Stability of molecular order in silkworm silk

S. W. Watt, I. J. McEwen, C. Viney

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DSC runs were performed on as-spun B. mori cocoon silk, and on silk that had been boiled in distilled water. To confirm the molecular as well as microstructural stability of silk fibroin subjected to boiling, ninhydrin was used to test for the absence of solubilized or degraded protein fragments in the boiling medium. The stability of the silk microstructure suggests that the crystalline fraction is connected by extended chains throughout the microstructure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8671-8673
Number of pages3
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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