Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.


A positive future for squid proteins

Protein-based protonic conductivity plays an important role in nature, but has been explored little outside of a biological setting. Now, proton conductors have been developed based on the squid protein reflectin, and integrated with devices for potential bioelectronic applications.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Relevant articles

Open Access articles citing this article.

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Get just this article for as long as you need it


Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Figure 1: Reflectin structure and conductivity data.


  1. Ordinario, D. D. et al. Nature Chem. 6, 596–602 (2014).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  2. Crookes, W. J. et al. Science 303, 235–238 (2004).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. Nagle, J. F. & Morowitz, H. J. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 75, 298–302 (1978).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. DeCoursey, T. E. & Hosler, J. J. Roy. Soc. Interface 11, 20130799 (2014).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Bardelmeyer, G. H. Biopolymers 12, 2289–2302 (1973).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  6. Zhong, C. et al. Nature Commun. 2, 476 (2011).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Deng, Y. et al. Sci. Rep. 3, 2481 (2013).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Deml, A. M., Bunge, A. L., Reznikov, M. A., Kolessov, A. & O'Hayre, R. P. J. Appl. Phys. 111, 074511 (2012).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Marco Rolandi.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Rolandi, M. A positive future for squid proteins. Nature Chem 6, 563–564 (2014).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


Quick links

Nature Briefing: Translational Research

Sign up for the Nature Briefing: Translational Research newsletter — top stories in biotechnology, drug discovery and pharma.

Get what matters in translational research, free to your inbox weekly. Sign up for Nature Briefing: Translational Research