, Volume 28, Issue 10, pp 687-695
Date: 23 May 2006

Tailored recombinant elastin-like polymers for advanced biomedical and nano(bio)technological applications

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The genetic engineering of protein-based polymers is a method that enables, in an easy way, the design of complex and highly functional macromolecules. As examples of this approach, different molecular designs are presented, with increasing degree of complexity, showing how the controlled increase in their complexity yields (multi)functional materials with more selected and sophisticated properties. The simplest designs show interesting properties already, but the adequate introduction of given chemical functions along the polymer chain provides an opportunity to expand the range of properties to enhanced smart behavior and self-assembly. Finally, examples are given where those molecular designs further incorporate selected bioactivities in order to develop materials for the most cutting edge applications in biomedicine and nano(bio)technology.