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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Ciardelli G, Silvestri D, Cristallini C, Barbani N, Giusti P
Article Title: The relevance of the transfer of molecular information between natural and synthetic materials in the realisation of biomedical devices with enhanced properties.
Publication date: 2005
Journal: Journal of Biomaterials Science-Polymer Edition
Volume: 16
Issue: (2)
Page numbers: 219-236.
DOI: 10.1163/1568562053115417

Abstract: Past and recent attempts to introduce in synthetic polymers molecular information from natural substances through simple blending, template polymerization and molecular imprinting are reviewed. The most promising approaches that can open the way to the realisation of new materials with improved biocompatibility, antibody- or enzyme-like performances are analysed more deeply. The realisation of bioartificial blends from natural and synthetic polymers, molecularly imprinted nanospheres or membranes that can act as recognition element in (bio)sensing devices, as synthetic enzymes or as key constituents of body fluids purification tools is presented in order to make the reader aware of the fascinating possibilities that these techniques make available to the biomedical science and engineering in the close future. The last part of the paper describes recent attempts to insert recognition elements for large molecules as proteins, DNA segments, viruses or whole cells in synthetic polymer systems, in order to develop new systems in the treatments of diseases and for tissue- engineering applications
Template and target information: Review - MIPs for medical devices
Author keywords: molecular information, molecular imprinting, Biosensors, tissue engineering

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