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Themed collection Complex Coacervation

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Complex coacervation

Guest editors Paul Dubin and Russell J. Stewart introduce this Soft Matter themed collection on complex coacervation.

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Complex coacervates based on recombinant mussel adhesive proteins: their characterization and applications

Recombinant mussel adhesive protein-based complex coacervates are an effective underwater adhesive and have significant potential in practical applications that require underwater adhesion.

Graphical abstract: Complex coacervates based on recombinant mussel adhesive proteins: their characterization and applications
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Structure and rheology of polyelectrolyte complex coacervates

Scattering investigations of the structure and chain conformations, and the rheological properties of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) comprising model polyelectrolytes are presented.

Graphical abstract: Structure and rheology of polyelectrolyte complex coacervates
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Dilution induced coacervation in polyelectrolyte–micelle and polyelectrolyte–protein systems

“Self-suppression”, the instability of complex coacervates at high concentration, is well-known for polycation–polyanion systems, but the transient nature of those complexes impedes development of a convincing model.

Graphical abstract: Dilution induced coacervation in polyelectrolyte–micelle and polyelectrolyte–protein systems
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Impact of macromolecular crowding on RNA/spermine complex coacervation and oligonucleotide compartmentalization

The impact of macromolecular crowding on both the phase behavior and functional properties of complex coacervate droplets is explored.

Graphical abstract: Impact of macromolecular crowding on RNA/spermine complex coacervation and oligonucleotide compartmentalization
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Open Access Paper

Reversible generation of coacervate droplets in an enzymatic network

Here we develop ATP-based coacervate droplets as artificial membraneless organelles that can be fully controlled by two cooperating enzymes.

Graphical abstract: Reversible generation of coacervate droplets in an enzymatic network
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Complex coacervation of Mg(II) phospho-polymethacrylate, a synthetic analog of sandcastle worm adhesive phosphoproteins

A phospho-methacrylate analog of sandcastle worm adhesive phosphoproteins forms temperature and pH dependent complex coacervates with Mg(II) ions through outer shell H-bonds and inner shell coordinate bonds in natural environmental conditions of the sandcastle worm.

Graphical abstract: Complex coacervation of Mg(ii) phospho-polymethacrylate, a synthetic analog of sandcastle worm adhesive phosphoproteins
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A biocompatible betaine-functionalized polycation for coacervation

Betaine, a naturally occurring amino acid, is conjugated onto a polyester backbone, in which the quaternary ammonium group imparts additional functionality to the resulting polycation (B-PED). B-PED demonstrates excellent in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility and is also assessed for its effect on angiogenesis, anti-bacterial activity, and complex coacervation.

Graphical abstract: A biocompatible betaine-functionalized polycation for coacervation
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Self-coacervation of modular squid beak proteins – a comparative study

The work describes the self-coacervation properties of histidine-rich squid beak proteins, the main biomolecular components of the squid beak.

Graphical abstract: Self-coacervation of modular squid beak proteins – a comparative study
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Rheological characterization of liquid-to-solid transitions in bulk polyelectrolyte complexes

We use linear viscoelasticity measurements to characterize the salt-driven liquid-to-solid transition of ‘saloplastic’ polyelectrolyte complexes.

Graphical abstract: Rheological characterization of liquid-to-solid transitions in bulk polyelectrolyte complexes
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Transfer matrix theory of polymer complex coacervation

A new theoretical approach to modeling polymeric complex coacervation captures how molecular features affect charge-driven phase separation.

Graphical abstract: Transfer matrix theory of polymer complex coacervation
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