Navigation Links
American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- July 9, 2008
Date:7/14/2008

Email: jschmidt@lanl.gov

Suri S. Iyer, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0172
Phone: 513-556-9273
Fax: 513-556-9239
Email: suri.iyer@uc.edu


ARTICLE #2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Marine worm's jaws say "cutting-edge new aerospace materials"
Biomacromolecules

Researchers in California and New Hampshire report the first detailed characterization of the protein composition of the hard, fang-like jaws of a common marine worm. Their work could lead to the design of a new class of super-strong, lightweight materials for use as construction and repair materials for spacecraft, airplanes, and other applications. Their study is scheduled for the July 14 issue of ACS' Biomacromolecules, a monthly journal.

In the new study, Chris C. Broomell and colleagues note that Nereis virens, also known as the sandworm or ragworm, is a burrowing marine worm found in shallow waters in the North Atlantic region. Researchers remain intrigued by the remarkable hardness of its jaws and long pincers, which rivals that of human teeth and exceed the hardness of many synthetic plastics. But little is known about the exact chemical composition of these structures.

Broomell and colleagues collected the jaws of 1,000 worms and analyzed their protein content using high-tech instrumentation. They found that the primary chemical in the jaws and pincers of the worm is a unique protein, named Nereis virens jaw protein-1 (Nvjp-1), which is rich in the amino acid histidine. The researchers also characterized the chemical conditions needed for its formation, such as the presence of zinc, which could allow researchers to create synthetic versions of this super-hard, lightweight material. MTS

ARTICLE #2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"Cutting Edge Structural Protein from the Jaws of Nereis virens
'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Woods
m_woods@acs.org
202-872-4400
American Chemical Society
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Related biology news :

1. American Chemical Societys Weekly PressPac -- July 2, 2008
2. Highlights from the July 2008 Journal of the American Dietetic Association
3. American Chemical Societys Weekly PressPac -- June 25, 2008
4. New report looks at the state of the North American environment
5. American Chemical Societys Weekly PressPac -- May 28, 2008
6. Highlights from the June 2008 Journal of the American Dietetic Association
7. NASA presentations at American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly
8. American Chemical Societys Weekly PressPac -- May 14, 2008
9. American Society for Microbiology supports One Health initiative
10. American Chemical Society’s Weekly PressPac -- May 7, 2008
11. American Chemical Societys Weekly PressPac -- April 30, 2008
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- July 9, 2008
(Date:7/10/2014)... major cities in New Mexico, nearly every public golf ... than precious potable water supplies. Across the U.S. Southwest ... courses receive treated effluent. Reusing the effluent increases the ... and homeowners alike fertilize their lawns during the growing ... New Mexico State University turfgrass expert has a new ...
(Date:7/10/2014)...  Unisys Corporation,s (NYSE: UIS ) subsidiary in ... announced that it has been selected by the Dutch Custodial ... Basic Provision Biometrics solution for penitentiaries across The ... with a solution based on its open standards-based LEIDA ... contract is up to seven years, with the new system ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Sweden , July 7, 2014 ... its first major design win (DW). A Chinese Top 5 ... the planned start of mass production in October 2014.   ... a Chinese Top 5 smartphone OEM, which has a planned ... and a target sales volume for this phone of 3 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):'Tailored' water -- the latest in lawn care 2Unisys Delivers New Basic Provision Biometrics Solution to Dutch Custodial Institutions Service 2Unisys Delivers New Basic Provision Biometrics Solution to Dutch Custodial Institutions Service 3FPC Wins DW for 1021 Touch Sensor for Flagship Smartphone from Chinese Top 5 Smartphone OEM 2
... (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and collaborators released ... Radiation Database, a web-based technical report that provides critical ... in the U.S. and its territories. ... 2006-2010 for the first time. It also features improved ...
... new motivations to serve their kids vegetables. A new ... by simply serving vegetables with dinner, the main course would ... thoughtful and attentive. , "Most parents know that vegetables ... American dinners," said lead author Brian Wansink, PhD, the John ...
... A new review of existing studies points toward a potential ... or tooth decay. The review, published in the December ... trials, spanning the 1920s to the 1980s, on approximately 3,000 ... was associated with an approximately 50 percent reduction in the ...
Cached Biology News:NREL updates solar radiation database 2New review associates vitamin D with lower rates of tooth decay 2New review associates vitamin D with lower rates of tooth decay 3
(Date:7/10/2014)... (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 Senior supply ... and professional associations, addressed the challenges of “Reducing Cost, ... Device Industries” through strategic sourcing. Describing the partnership of ... the Supply Chain Management Institute ( SCMI) of ... on June 24 at the Kroc Institute of Peace ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Tute Genomics, the ... announced an agreement with Lineagen, Inc., to ... NextStep Dx PLUS.  Lineagen, focused on ... disorders, currently offers FirstStep Dx PLUS, ... used by healthcare providers as a first-line ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... the fight against terrorism with the creation of a ... the use of light and special glass fibres. , ... Chemical , the researchers describe a novel optical fibre ... as 6.3 ppm (parts per million). It requires an ... explosives detection has involved looking for metals that encase ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... researchers have observed the fractional quantum Hall effect in ... matter can be tuned by an electric field. ... when electrons confined to thin sheets are exposed to ... behavior where thousands of individual electrons behave as a ... effect is well established, many details of this collective ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Biotech & Biopharm Supply Chain Management Executives Launch BSMA in San Diego 2Biotech & Biopharm Supply Chain Management Executives Launch BSMA in San Diego 3Biotech & Biopharm Supply Chain Management Executives Launch BSMA in San Diego 4Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 2Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 3Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 4Detecting trace amounts of explosives with light 2Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene 2Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene 3
... curiosity and re-stimulates scientific interest through compelling stories at technology's ... in the midst of a subdued background with simple tutorials ... offered to encourage further inquiry and study. , ... ...
... years the only way to shape metal has been ... nanotechnology, metalworking involves carving metals with electron beams or ... developed a method to self-assemble metals into complex configurations ... bacterial cell by guiding metal particles into the desired ...
... Laboratories, Inc.,(NYSE: FRX ), an international manufacturer ... 2009 First Quarter financial results,before the U.S. stock ... that,day, at 10:00 AM EDT, Forest will host ... Chief Operating Officer and Frank Perier, Senior,Vice President ...
Cached Biology Technology:"Brave New Reality" Provides a Wide Spectrum of High Tech News and Easy Science. 2"Brave New Reality" Provides a Wide Spectrum of High Tech News and Easy Science. 3Metals shape up with a little help from friends 2Metals shape up with a little help from friends 3Forest Laboratories, Inc. Sets Date and Conference Call for Fiscal 2009 First Quarter Earnings 2
... protein assay reagents package is used for determining ... and detergents. The RC DC protein assay is ... for 500 standard assays: 250 ml RC reagent ... alkaline copper tartrate solution, 2 L dilute Folin ...
... SureLINK Bioconjugation Kit provides a powerful ... carbohydrates and nuceleic acids. The kit provides ... with reagents for quantifying conjugation efficiencies. It ... fluorophores, biotin and other tags with a ...
...
MAb to HLA, Class II-DR+DP Dry Ice: No Preservative: NaN3 Availability When Not in Inventory: 14-21 Business Days...
Biology Products: