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Nanomedicine (Lond). 2011 Jan;6(1):111-22. doi: 10.2217/nnm.10.141.

Emerging applications of multifunctional elastin-like recombinamers.

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Bioforge Group, University of Valladolid, CIBER-BBN, Edificio I+D, Paseo de Belén 11, 47011, Valladolid, Spain.


Elastin-like recombinamers have grown in popularity in the field of protein-inspired biomimetic materials and have found widespread use in biomedical applications. Modern genetic-engineering techniques have allowed the design of multifunctional materials with an extraordinary control over their architecture and physicochemical properties, such as stimuli-responsiveness, monodispersity, biocompatibility or self-assembly, amongst others. Indeed, these materials are playing an increasingly important role in a diverse range of applications, such as drug delivery, tissue engineering and 'smart' systems. Herein, we review some of the most interesting examples of recent advances and progressive applications of elastin-like recombinamers in biomaterial and nano-engineering sciences in recent years.

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