Solid-Binding Peptides in Biomedicine

  • Andrew Care
  • Peter L. Bergquist
  • Anwar Sunna
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1030)


Some peptides are able to bind to inorganic materials such as silica and gold. Over the past decade, Solid-binding peptides (SBPs) have been used increasingly as molecular building blocks in nanobiotechnology. These peptides show selectivity and bind with high affinity to a diverse range of inorganic surfaces e.g. metals, metal oxides, metal compounds, magnetic materials, semiconductors, carbon materials, polymers and minerals. They can be used in applications such as protein purification and synthesis, assembly and the functionalization of nanomaterials. They offer simple and versatile bioconjugation methods that can increase biocompatibility and also direct the immobilization and orientation of nanoscale entities onto solid supports without impeding their functionality. SBPs have been employed in numerous nanobiotechnological applications such as the controlled synthesis of nanomaterials and nanostructures, formation of hybrid biomaterials, immobilization of functional proteins and improved nanomaterial biocompatibility. With advances in nanotechnology, a multitude of novel nanomaterials have been designed and synthesized for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. New approaches have been developed recently to exert a greater control over bioconjugation and eventually, over the optimal and functional display of biomolecules on the surfaces of many types of solid materials. In this chapter we describe SBPs and highlight some selected examples of their potential applications in biomedicine.


Bioconjugation Biomaterials Functionalization Biomedicine Solid-binding peptides 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Care
    • 1
  • Peter L. Bergquist
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Anwar Sunna
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular SciencesMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia
  2. 2.ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP)Macquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia
  3. 3.Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research CentreMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Molecular Medicine & Pathology, Medical SchoolUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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