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Applications of self-assembling ultrashort peptides in bionanotechnology
- Ni, Ming, Zhuo, Shuangmu
- RSC advances 2019 v.9 no.2 pp. 844-852
- cost effectiveness, drug carriers, nanobiotechnology, nanofibers, nanotubes, peptides, tissue engineering
- Peptides are intriguing building blocks for a variety of applications in bionanotechnology. Peptides can self-assemble into well-ordered nanostructures. Among the various nanomorphology forms, peptide nanofibers and nanotubes are relevant in biomedical applications. In this review, their applications as tissue engineering scaffolds, drug delivery vehicles, three-dimensional printing bioinks and bioimaging nanoprobes will be illustrated. This review article describes di-, tri-, tetra-peptides because they are cost-effective, simple to prepare, and amenable to production on a large scale.