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Nanostructured bacterial materials for innovative medicines.
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PMID:  20674365     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The development of innovative medicines and personalized biomedical approaches require the identification and implementation of new biocompatible materials produced by methodologically simple and cheap fabrication methods. The biological fabrication of materials, mostly carried out by microorganisms, has historically provided organic compounds with wide-spectrum biomedical applications, including hyaluronic acid, poly(gamma-glutamic acid) and polyhydroxyalkanoates. Additionally, the implementation of new methodological platforms such as metabolic engineering and systems biology have facilitated the controlled production of natural nanoparticles produced by bacteria, including metallic deposits of Au, Ag, Cd, Zn or Fe, virus-like particles or other nanoscale protein-only entities. The unexpected potential of such self-organized and functional materials in nanomedical scenarios (especially in drug delivery, imaging and tissue engineering) prompts serious consideration of further exploitation of bacterial cell factories as convenient alternatives to chemical synthesis and as sources of novel bioproducts that could dramatically expand the existing catalog of biomedical materials.
Escarlata Rodríguez-Carmona; Antonio Villaverde
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-07-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in microbiology     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1878-4380     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9310916     Medline TA:  Trends Microbiol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  423-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Institute for Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain.
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