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Simpler Way of Making Proteins Could Lead to New Nanomedicine Agents
February 23, 2011
Researchers have developed a simple method of making short protein chains with spiral structures that can also dissolve in water, two desirable traits not often found together. The researchers observed that as they increased the length of the side chains with charges on the end, the polypeptides' propensity for forming helices also increased. Such structures could have applications as building blocks for self-assembling nanostructures and as agents for drug and gene delivery.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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