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Dimerisation (red) enhances the strength of spider silk

In the spinning passage the threads are oriented in parallel and form so-called micro-crystallites. The free N terminal domains (red) are layed together into to dimers and from a very stable material as a result of the cross-linked micro-crystallites. Source: TUM
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