Protein-Based Textiles: Bio-Inspired and Bio-Derived Materials for Medical and Non-Medical Applications
Deravi, Leila F.
Golecki, Holly M.
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CitationDeravi, Leila F., Holly M. Golecki, and Kevin Kit Parker. 2013. “Protein-Based Textiles: Bio-Inspired and Bio-Derived Materials for Medical and Non-Medical Applications.” Journal of Chemical and Biological Interfaces 1 (1) (April 1): 25–34. doi:10.1166/jcbi.2013.1009.
AbstractThe hierarchical structure-dependent function of self-assembling proteins regulates the biochemical and mechanical functions of cells, tissues, and organs. These multi-scale properties make proteins desirable candidates for novel supramolecular materials that require tailored properties and customizable functions. The ability to translate molecular domains of proteins into the bulk production of conformable materials, such as textiles, is restricted by the current limitations in fabrication technologies and the finite abundance of protein starting material. We will review the common features of self-assembling proteins, including their structure-dependent mechanical properties and how these characteristics have inspired techniques for manufacturing protein-based textiles. These technologies coupled with recent advances in recombinant protein synthesis enable the bulk production of fibers and fabrics that emulate the hierarchical function of natural protein networks.
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