Recombinant spider silk has arisen as one of the most promising nature-derived building blocks owing to its extraordinary mechanical properties, while its instability against thermo-oxidative degradation becomes a major drawback toward industrial applications. Here, we have firstly implemented a high-throughput screening of antioxidants on the stabilization of recombinant spider silk at an elevated temperature. The usage of high-throughput chemiluminescence imaging has allowed us to screen antioxidants with a wide spectrum of molecular structures and quickly provided two good candidates to stabilize recombinant spider silk powder through an impregnation process: E310 and BHT. An accelerated aging has further proven that these antioxidants suppressed the thermo-oxidation of recombinant spider silk through scavenging the formed radical species and slowed down the formation of carbonyl groups as oxidation products. In addition, we have employed a solution mixing process to further improve the stabilization efficacy of the antioxidants and this method also extended our selection on effective antioxidants, including vitamin E, AO-30, AO-40, HP-10, and especially Irganox 1098. These screening results provide guidelines of selecting or even developing potential antioxidants for stabilizing protein materials.
本研究の遂行に際し、当社は 内閣府 革新的研究開発推進プログラム（ImPACT）「超高機能構造タンパク質による素材産業革命」の助成を受けました。