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Curr Opin Chem Biol. 1999 Feb;3(1):100-5.

Mussel byssus and biomolecular materials.

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Departments of Materials and Chemistry, University of California, SantaBarbara, CA 93106, USA. tdeming@mrl.ucsb.edu

Abstract

Mussel adhesive proteins are remarkable materials that display an extraordinary capability to adhere to substrates underwater. Recent investigations from groups with quite diverse areas of expertise have made substantial progress in the identification of the genes and proteins that are involved in adhesive formation. These discoveries have led to the development of recombinant proteins and synthetic polypeptides that are able to reproduce the properties of mussel adhesives for applications in medicine and biotechnology.

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