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Strategies of Fibroin Production

  • Graciela C. Candelas
  • Clara E. Carrasco
  • Raquel E. Dompenciel
  • Gerardo Arroyo
  • Teresa M. Candelas

Abstract

The production of silk is a specialized case of the capacity of organisms to produce fibrous proteins. Silks are produced for a variety of life needs, and their production is widespread within the animal kingdom, particularly in the phylum Arthropoda, and more specifically in the classes Insecta and Arachnida. Of the insects, the best-known silk producers are the moths and butterflies, and within the arachnids, the spiders. The best-characterized of the fibroin synthesizers has been the silkworm, Bombyx mori. The system is known for its massive production of silk, late in the last molt or fifth instar.

Keywords

Silk Gland Secretory Epithelium Tissue Product Small Nuclear RNAs Posterior Silk Gland 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graciela C. Candelas
    • 1
  • Clara E. Carrasco
    • 1
  • Raquel E. Dompenciel
    • 1
  • Gerardo Arroyo
    • 1
  • Teresa M. Candelas
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentUniversity of Puerto RicoRio PiedrasPuerto Rico

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