Highly ordered protein cage assemblies: A toolkit for new materials

Published on Jan 1, 2020in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology7.689
· DOI :10.1002/WNAN.1578
Antti Korpi5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Aalto University),
Eduardo Anaya-Plaza8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Aalto University)
+ 1 AuthorsMauri A. Kostiainen36
Estimated H-index: 36
(Aalto University)
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Abstract
: Protein capsids are specialized and versatile natural macromolecules with exceptional properties. Their homogenous, spherical, rod-like or toroidal geometry, and spatially directed functionalities make them intriguing building blocks for self-assembled nanostructures. High degrees of functionality and modifiability allow for their assembly via non-covalent interactions, such as electrostatic and coordination bonding, enabling controlled self-assembly into higher-order structures. These assembly processes are sensitive to the molecules used and the surrounding conditions, making it possible to tune the chemical and physical properties of the resultant material and generate multifunctional and environmentally sensitive systems. These materials have numerous potential applications, including catalysis and drug delivery. This article is categorized under: Biology-Inspired Nanomaterials > Protein and Virus-Based Structures.
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