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CHAPTER 8

Artificial Spores

Recent progresses on cytocompatible encapsulation of living cells have witnessed their new role for constructing artificial spores. Their cell-in-shell structure emulated essential features of natural endospores that are able to survive under harsh environmental conditions, such as malnutrition, osmotic pressure, lytic enzyme, heat, and UV radiation, as well as the control over cell division. The field of artificial spores is not limited to the mimicry behavior of natural endospores, but also includes shell functionalization for developing cell-based sensor, and provides a basic platform for studying single-cell biology.

Publication details


Print publication date
23 Jul 2014
Copyright year
2014
Print ISBN
978-1-84973-902-3
PDF eISBN
978-1-78262-847-7
ePub eISBN
978-1-78262-281-9
From the book series:
Smart Materials Series