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Top Curr Chem. 2012;310:71-116. doi: 10.1007/128_2011_205.

Elastomeric polypeptides.

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Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Elastomeric polypeptides are very interesting biopolymers and are characterized by rubber-like elasticity, large extensibility before rupture, reversible deformation without loss of energy, and high resilience upon stretching. Their useful properties have motivated their use in a wide variety of materials and biological applications. This chapter focuses on elastin and resilin - two elastomeric biopolymers - and the recombinant polypeptides derived from them (elastin-like polypeptides and resilin-like polypeptides). This chapter also discusses the applications of these recombinant polypeptides in the fields of purification, drug delivery, and tissue engineering.

PMID:
21826606
PMCID:
PMC3733241
DOI:
10.1007/128_2011_205
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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