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An overview of proteinpolymer particles

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Proteinpolymer hybrid structures have many actual and potential uses in biomedicine, biotechnology and nanotechnology. The conjugation of synthetic polymers to proteins can impart beneficial properties such as tailored amphiphilicity and new self-assembly and phase-separation behaviour to the resultant hybrids. Significant recent studies have focused on the development of proteinpolymer conjugates with varying structural complexity. This review has been compiled with a focus on the area of proteinpolymer hybrid particles where control over features such as tertiary structure, topology and interfacial factors was reported thereby generating potentially useful properties at the interface of biological and synthetic chemistry. The syntheses of proteinpolymer particles and their potential use in nanomedicine and biotechnology applications have been outlined in this concise review.

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The article was received on 22 May 2010, accepted on 01 Oct 2010 and first published on 02 Nov 2010

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00412J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 1599-1614
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    An overview of proteinpolymer particles

    C. Boyer, X. Huang, M. R. Whittaker, V. Bulmus and T. P. Davis, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 1599
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00412J

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