Self-Assembly of Proteins and Peptides and Their Applications in Bionanotechnology and Dentistry

Subramani, K.a and Ahmed, Waqar (2012) Self-Assembly of Proteins and Peptides and Their Applications in Bionanotechnology and Dentistry. Elsevier Inc., pp. 209-224. ISBN 9781455778621

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This chapter discusses applications of self-assembly of proteins and peptides in bionanotechnology and dentistry. Recent studies show that proteins and peptides can self-assemble into various structures like nanotubes, nanovesicles, and three-dimensional peptide matrices with interwoven nanofibers. Bionanotechnology takes advantage of the unique properties of biological molecules like amphiphilic peptides by utilizing their self-assembling property for the nano-engineering of molecular templates and supramolecular structures. Amphiphiles are molecules containing a nonpolar hydrophobic region, and a polar hydrophilic region will self-assemble in aqueous solution to form distinct structures such as micelles, vesicles and tubules. The shape and dimensions of supramolecular structures formed from such assemblies depend on different factors, such as the structure of the polar head group and the shape of each amphiphile. This chapter discusses in detail the mechanism of molecular self-assembly and classification of self-assembly. The chapter explains self-assembly of proteins and peptides and provides an overview of the peptide nanofibers, nanotubes, and nanowires. The chapter concludes with a discussion on self-asembly in regenerative biology and dentistry. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Keywords:Dentistry, Bionanotechnology
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F200 Materials Science
J Technologies > J510 Materials Technology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Mathematics and Physics
ID Code:27155
Deposited On:22 Oct 2018 14:04

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