This article may be too technical for most readers to understand.(August 2010)
Scleroproteins or fibrous proteins are one of the three main classifications of protein structure (alongside globular and membrane proteins). Scleroproteins are made up of elongated or fibrous polypeptide chains which form filamentous and sheet-like structures. These kind of protein can be distinguished from globular protein by its low solubility in water. The roles of such proteins include protection and structural role by forming connective tissue, tendons, bone matrices, and muscle fiber.
A scleroprotein forms long protein filaments, which are shaped like rods or wires. Scleroproteins are structural proteins or storage proteins that are typically inert and water-insoluble. A scleroprotein occurs as an aggregate due to hydrophobic side chains that protrude from the molecule.
A scleroprotein's peptide sequence often has limited residues with repeats; these can form unusual secondary structures, such as a collagen helix. The structures often feature cross-links between chains (e.g., cys-cys disulfide bonds between keratin chains).
Miroshnikov et al. (1998) are among the researchers who have attempted to synthesize fibrous proteins.
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- Miroshnikov KA, Marusich EI, Cerritelli ME, et al. (April 1998). "Engineering trimeric fibrous proteins based on bacteriophage T4 adhesins". Protein Eng. 11 (4): 329–32. doi:10.1093/protein/11.4.329. PMID 9680195.