Spider silk proteins--mechanical property and gene sequence

Zoolog Sci. 2005 Mar;22(3):273-81. doi: 10.2108/zsj.22.273.


Spiders spin up to seven different types of silk and each type possesses different mechanical properties. The reports on base sequences of spider silk protein genes have gained importance as the mechanical properties of silk fibers have been revealed. This review aims to link recent molecular data, often translated into amino acid sequences and predicted three dimensional structural motifs, to known mechanical properties.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Exocrine Glands / anatomy & histology*
  • Genes / genetics*
  • Protein Conformation*
  • Silk / genetics*
  • Silk / physiology*
  • Spiders / anatomy & histology
  • Spiders / chemistry*
  • Spiders / genetics


  • Silk