Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Principles of Nanostructure Design with Protein Building Blocks

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2007

Abstract

Currently there is increasing interest in nanostructures and their design. Nanostructure design involves the ability to predictably manipulate the properties of the self-assembly of autonomous units. Autonomous units have preferred conformational states. The units can be synthetic material science-based or derived from functional biological macromolecules. Autonomous biological building blocks with available structures provide an extremely rich and useful resource for design. For proteins, the structural databases contain large libraries of protein molecules and their building blocks with a range of shapes, surfaces, and chemical properties. The introduction of engineered synthetic residues or short peptides into these can expand the available chemical space and enhance the desired properties. Here we focus on the principles of nanostructure design with protein building blocks. Proteins 2007. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Volume

68

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

12