Sticky proteins serve as glue: green mussel
Byssus threads of the green mussel attach to a wet, solid surface due to glycosylated hydroxytryptophan in one of its adhesive proteins.
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The stickiness of the green mussel's foot, especially how it works in wet environments could be mimicked to form new adhesives, including use for teeth, bones, and for repairing ships at sea that have developed cracks.
(adapted from an article at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-08/uoc--tig082709.php)
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Adhesive that works underwater or on wet surfaces and is not water soluble. Adhesive that works in the body for use on teeth, bones.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Construction, manufacturing
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of California Santa Barbara