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Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

International Journal of Waste Resources

Author(s): Popescu C, Hcker H

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Abstract Hair is a proteinaceous fibre with a strongly hierarchical organization of subunits, from the alpha-keratin chains, via intermediate filaments, to the fibre. The chemistry of the different morphological compartments results in exciting physical properties, including the hydrophilic/hydrophobic paradox. The present tutorial review will be of interest for protein- as well as polymer chemists, who want to learn from nature, and also for biochemists interested in the cytoskeleton and particularly in intermediate filaments; it also presents a scientific basis for hair cosmetics. This article was published in Chem Soc Rev and referenced in International Journal of Waste Resources

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