silk gland


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silk gland

n.
Any of the various glands in silk-spinning insects and spiders that secrete a fluid that hardens into silk on exposure to air.
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Noun1.silk gland - silk-producing gland of insects (especially of a silkworm) or spiderssilk gland - silk-producing gland of insects (especially of a silkworm) or spiders
silkworm - the commercially bred hairless white caterpillar of the domestic silkworm moth which spins a cocoon that can be processed to yield silk fiber; the principal source of commercial silk
giant silkworm, wild wilkworm, silkworm - larva of a saturniid moth; spins a large amount of strong silk in constructing its cocoon
gland, secreter, secretor, secretory organ - any of various organs that synthesize substances needed by the body and release it through ducts or directly into the bloodstream
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The biggest surprise was the discovery that one of the orb-weaver's spidroins -- FLAG-b, a novel discovery by the group -- appears to be produced primarily in the orb-weaver's venom gland rather than in any silk gland, hinting at intriguing new functions for silk connected to prey capture, immobilization, or preservation.
nutrition and their occurrence in haemolymph, silk gland and silk cocoons--A review.
Recently, silkworm is being used as biofactory for the production of useful protein using silk gland, which has promoted the technological development in sericulture [2].
These changes are triggered by an acidity (pH) gradient present between one end of the spider silk gland (the 'N-terminal domain') and the other (the 'C-terminal domain').
1983) reported that vertebrate pituitary extract influenced the growth, biochemical composition of silk gland and cocoon yield.
Antrodiaetus has four functional spinnerets and one kind of silk gland that produces the two different types of protein that comprise their silk threads (Palmer et al.
How do spiders manage to first store the silk proteins in the silk gland and to then assemble them in the spinning passage in a split second to form threads with these extraordinary characteristics?
The situation within the silk gland is, however, very different: he silk proteins are stored in high concentrations in an aqueous environment, awaiting deployment.
These threads were as strong as threads drawn from the honeybee silk gland, a significant step towards development of coiled coil silk biomaterials.
Sutherland said that the threads were as strong as threads drawn from the honeybee silk gland.
Another discovery made by the team was that of 649 genes that are likely not spidroins but were highly expressed in silk glands of the orb-weaver.