The tanning agent in the silk of the Japanese giant silkmoth, Dictyoploca japonica butler

  • Kawasaki H
  • Sato H
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Abstract

The newly spun silk of Dictyoploca japonica contains a phenol oxidase and a tanning agent tentatively identified as N-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyllactyl)DOPA. Other saturniid silks so far studied contain an additional enzyme, β-glucosidase, and the tanning agents are present as glucosides of phenolic compounds (Brunet and Coles, 1974, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 187, 133-170). © 1985.

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  • Dictyoploca japonica
  • N-(34-dihydroxyphenyllactyl)DOPA
  • phenol oxidase
  • tanned silk
  • tanning agent

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Authors

  • Hiroya Kawasaki

  • Hitoshi Sato

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