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Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2002 Dec;6(6):865-71.

Design of nanostructured biological materials through self-assembly of peptides and proteins.

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Center for Biomedical Engineering, 56-341 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307, USA.


Several self-assembling peptide and protein systems that form nanotubes, helical ribbons and fibrous scaffolds have recently emerged as biological materials. Peptides and proteins have also been selected to bind metals, semiconductors and ions, inspiring the design of new materials for a wide range of applications in nano-biotechnology.

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