Biological Self-Assembly Systems and Biopolymer-Based Nanostructures
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Bionanotechnology is an emerging multidisciplinary field fusing nanotechnology with biology. This book provides a survey of the most striking and successful approaches to produce biogenic nanodevices with emphasis on the use of microorganisms for production. Entire chapters are dedicated to the biotechnological production of tailor-made biopolymer-based self-assembled nanostructures such as biopolyester, cyanophycin inclusions and alginates, which can be processed into nanoparticles. Other chapters summarise recent developments in protein- and DNA-based nanodevice production. The book demonstrates the diversity of biological nanostructures, the implied design space and the enormous potential for applications in medicine, biotechnology, drug delivery and biocomputing.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Biopolymer-Based Structures 1. Biopolyester Particles Produced by Microbes or Using Polyester Synthases: Self-Assembly and Potential Applications 2. Bionanofabrication: A Tool for Creating Unique Structures through in Vitro Polymer Synthesis 3. Polyhydroxyalkanoates in Nanobiotechnology: Application to Protein-Protein Interaction Studies 4. Cyanophycin Inclusions: Biosynthesis and Applications 5. Biomineralisation of Magnetosomes in Bacteria: Nanoparticles with Potential Application 6. Microbial Production of Alginates: Self-Assembly and Applications Part 2: Protein- and DNA-Based Structures 7. Bacteriophages: Self-Assembly and Applications 8. Molecular Biomimetics: Linking Polypeptides to Inorganic Structures 9. Bacterial Spores in Bionanotechnology 10. Supramolecular Assembly Using the Natural Specificities of Biological Macromolecules 11. Bacterial Protein Complexes with Potential Applications in Nanotechnology 12. S-Layer Proteins: Potential Applications in Nano(bio)technology 13. Bacteriorhodopsin