Self-Assembled Peptide Nanostructures: Advances and Applications in Nanobiotechnology

Jaime Castillo, Luigi Sasso, Winnie Edith Svendsen

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November 21, 2012 by Pan Stanford
Reference - 324 Pages - 53 Color & 40 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9789814316941 - CAT# N10551

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Features

  • Focuses on the theory supporting the self-assembly process in peptide nanostructures, various peptide self-assembled building blocks found in nature, and the applications of these nanostructures in nanotechnology
  • Presents state-of-the-art applications of peptide self-assembled nanostructures in bionanotechnology
  • Provides a timely overview of the different fields, ideal for those working with biological self-assembled nanostructures

Summary

The self-organization of bionanostructures into well-defined functional machineries found in nature has been a priceless source of ideas for researchers. The molecules of life, proteins, DNA, RNA, etc., as well as the structures and forms that these molecules assume serve as rich sources of ideas for scientists or engineers who are interested in developing bio-inspired materials for innovations in biomedical fields. In nature, molecular self-assembly is a process by which complex three-dimensional structures with well-defined functions are constructed, starting from simple building blocks such as proteins and peptides.

This book introduces readers to the theory and mechanisms of peptide self-assembly processes. The authors present the more common peptide self-assembled building blocks and discuss how researchers from different fields can apply self-assembling principles to bionanotechnology applications. The advantages and challenges are mentioned together with examples that reflect the state of the art of the use of self-assembled peptide building blocks in nanotechnology.