Butterfly gyroid nanostructures as a time-frozen glimpse of intracellular membrane development.

Journal article
(Original article)


Publication Details

Author(s): Wilts BD, Apeleo Zubiri B, Klatt MA, Butz B, Fischer MG, Kelly ST, Spiecker E, Steiner U, Schroeder-Turk GE
Journal: Science Advances
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 3
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: e1603119
ISSN: 2375-2548
Language: English


Abstract


The formation of the biophotonic gyroid material in butterfly wing scales is an exceptional feat of evolutionary engineering of functional nanostructures. It is hypothesized that this nanostructure forms by chitin polymerization inside a convoluted membrane of corresponding shape in the endoplasmic reticulum. However, this dynamic formation process, including whether membrane folding and chitin expression are simultaneous or sequential processes, cannot yet be elucidated by in vivo imaging. We report an unusual hierarchical ultrastructure in the butterfly Thecla opisena that, as a solid material, allows high-resolution three-dimensional microscopy. Rather than the conventional polycrystalline space-filling arrangement, a gyroid occurs in isolated facetted crystallites with a pronounced size gradient. When interpreted as a sequence of time-frozen snapshots of the morphogenesis, this arrangement provides insight into the formation mechanisms of the nanoporous gyroid material as well as of the intracellular organelle membrane that acts as the template.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Apeleo Zubiri, Benjamin Dr.-Ing.
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Mikro- und Nanostrukturforschung)
Butz, Benjamin Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Mikro- und Nanostrukturforschung)
Spiecker, Erdmann Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Mikro- und Nanostrukturforschung)


Additional Organisation
Exzellenz-Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum, Center for Nanoanalysis and Electron Microscopy (CENEM)
Lehrstuhl für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Mikro- und Nanostrukturforschung)


External institutions with authors

Murdoch University


Research Fields

A2 Nanoanalysis and Microscopy
Exzellenz-Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials
A3 Multiscale Modeling and Simulation
Exzellenz-Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials


How to cite

APA:
Wilts, B.D., Apeleo Zubiri, B., Klatt, M.A., Butz, B., Fischer, M.G., Kelly, S.T.,... Schroeder-Turk, G.E. (2017). Butterfly gyroid nanostructures as a time-frozen glimpse of intracellular membrane development. Science Advances, 3(4), e1603119. https://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1603119

MLA:
Wilts, Bodo D., et al. "Butterfly gyroid nanostructures as a time-frozen glimpse of intracellular membrane development." Science Advances 3.4 (2017): e1603119.

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