Spider Silk Expression in Alfalfa: A Recombinant Report

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Spider Silk Expression in Alfalfa: A Recombinant Report

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Rowan, Monica
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Lewis, Dr. Randy
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Steinkraus, Dr. Holly
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Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming
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2009-05-15

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Spider silk is one of nature’s oldest biomaterials and has long been revered for its strength and flexibility. We have been working on a system that incorporates spider silk genes into alfalfa plants. The research goal is to produce an alfalfa plant capable of expressing spider silk proteins. To date we have successfully expressed a recombinant dragline silk protein (MaSp1) in alfalfa however the yield has been at a less than optimal yield. Current work is being done to optimize protein expression and generate plants capable of producing the spider silk in larger amounts. Fibers spun from the acquired synthetic silk may be used to construct designer textiles. Some proposed applications of silk encompass biomedical uses including sutures, artificial tendon and ligaments and, industrial uses include protective clothing, composite materials for building, and aerospace applications. While large scale production may be years away, the outcome of these experiments show a promising future.
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From - Undergraduate Research Day 2009 - Celebration of Research - Abstracts
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Spider silk

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alfalfa plants

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MaSp1

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recombinant dragline silk protein

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