Nanostructured Materials: Microstructural and Biochemical Characterization of the Nanoporous Sucker Rings from Dosidicus gigas (Adv. Mater. 4/2009)

Authors

  • Ali Miserez,

    1. Materials Department and Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 931066-5050 (USA)
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  • James C. Weaver,

    1. Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering University of California, Riverside CA 92521 (USA)
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  • Peter B. Pedersen,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center University of Aarhus 140 Langelandsgade DK-8000 Århus C (Denmark)
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  • Todd Schneeberk,

    1. Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA 93106 (USA)
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  • Roger T. Hanlon,

    1. Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole, MA 02543 (USA)
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  • David Kisailus,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering University of California, Riverside CA 92521 (USA)
    • Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering University of California, Riverside CA 92521 (USA).
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  • Henrik Birkedal

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center University of Aarhus 140 Langelandsgade DK-8000 Århus C (Denmark)
    • Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center University of Aarhus 140 Langelandsgade DK-8000 Århus C (Denmark).
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Abstract

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The cover image shows an SEM image of a squid tentacle, revealing the individual sucker rings. These toothed ringlike structures within the suckers provide additional gripping power during prey capture and handling. The background image depicts the nanoscale network of parallel tubular elements from which the rings are constructed. The structural, mechanical and biochemical properties of this wholly organic material is discussed in detail by David Kisailus, Henrik Birkedal, and co-workers on p. 401.

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