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Understanding the Interaction of Peptides and Proteins with Abiotic Surfaces: Towards Water-Free Biologics

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Technical Report,04 Aug 2011,03 Nov 2017

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor United States

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Here are the major goals presented in the original proposal Aim 1 Develop systematic understanding of abioticbiotic interfaces. We aim to understand, how the structure and activity of proteins and peptides immobilized on abiotic surfaces depends upon a the chemical and physical nature of the abiotic surface b the physicochemical properties of the protein or peptide and c the nature of the surrounding medium water, air or other hydromimetic molecules. Aim 2 Develop design rules for water-free biologics based on engineered abioticbiotic interfaces. Using knowledge gained from studies in Aim 1, we aim to a engineer peptides and proteins with enhanced ability to retain structure and function in the absence of bulk water, and b develop abiotic surfaces displaying hydromimetic functionality that stabilizes the native structure and function of biological molecules in extremely low humidity or water-free interfaces i.e. a surface-air interface that lacks bulk water and in air that is not humidified.

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  • Biochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

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