Elastic, Plastic, and Hydrogel Protein-based Polymers

Chi-Hao Luan, Dan W. Urry

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CLASS Polypeptides and proteins REPRESENTATIVE STRUCTURES Elastomer Poly(GGP) Plastic Poly(AVGVP) Hydrogel Poly(GGAP) MAJOR APPLICATIONS Medical: soft tissue augmentation; cell attachment to elastic matrices; prevention of post-surgical adhesions; tissue reconstruction; coatings on catheters, leads, and tubings; drug delivery; biosensors. Nonmedical: controlled release of herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, and growth factors; food product additives; material coating; transducers (sensors/actuators); molecular machines; biodegradable plastics; controllable super absorbents. PROPERTIES OF SPECIAL INTEREST Water soluble below a critical temperature. Hydrophobic folding and assembly (inverse temperature transition). Biocompatible. Biodegradable (chemical clocks enabling proteolytic degradation). Relatively low cost when microbially produced. To perform free energy transduction involving the intensive variables of mechanical force, temperature, pressure, chemical potential, electrochemical potential, and light. Thermoplastics (regular and inverse).? SYNTHESIS Chemical synthesis using solution and solid phase methods. Microbial synthesis using gene construction and expression in the cells of animals and plants. http://freepdfdb.com/pdf/polymer-data-handbook-54023206.html
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Data Handbook
EditorsJames E Mark
PublisherOxford University Press
StatePublished - 1999

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