The protein–nanomaterial interface
Developments in the past few years have illustrated the potentially revolutionizing impact of nanomaterials, especially in biomedical imaging, drug delivery, biosensing and the design of functional nanocomposites. Methods to effectively interface proteins with nanomaterials for realizing these applications continue to evolve. Proteins are being used to control both the synthesis and assembly of nanomaterials. There has also been an increasing interest in understanding the influence of nanomaterials on the structure and function of proteins. Understanding and controlling the protein–nanomaterial interface will be crucial for designing functional protein–nanomaterial conjugates and assemblies.
Asuri, P.; Bale, S.S.; Karajanagi, S.S.; Kane, R.S. The protein-nanomaterial interface. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 17, 562-568 (2006).