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Biochem Soc Trans. 2009 Aug;37(Pt 4):677-81. doi: 10.1042/BST0370677.

Silk-inspired polymers and proteins.

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Lehrstuhl für Biomaterialien, Universität Bayreuth, Universitätsstrasse 30, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany. john.hardy@bm.unibayreuth.de

Abstract

The biocompatibility and biodegradability of natural silk fibres and the benign conditions under which they (with impressive mechanical properties) are produced represent a biomimetic ideal. This ideal has inspired people in both academia and industry to prepare silk-mimetic polymers and proteins by chemical and/or biotechnological means. In the present paper, we aim to give an overview of the design principles of such silk-inspired polymers/proteins, their processing into various materials morphologies, their mechanical and biological properties, and, finally, their technical and biomedical applications.

PMID:
19614574
DOI:
10.1042/BST0370677
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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