Marine Keratins

  • Hermann Ehrlich
Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 4)


Keratins represent the largest subgroup among all intermediate filament proteins. These structural proteins are mechanically robust and chemically unreactive. This is due to tight packing of protein chains in the form of alpha-helices or β-sheets into supercoiled polypeptide chains crosslinked with disulphide bonds. This chapter is dedicated to keratins of marine fish, birds, reptilian and mammalian origin. Keratin-like biological materials from hagfish slime are also discussed.


Intermediate Filament Marine Turtle Gray Whale Feather Keratin Intermediate Filament Network 
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  • Hermann Ehrlich
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  1. 1.Institute of Experimental PhysicsTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

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