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Reports from Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Advance Knowledge in Bovine Serum Albumin

February 25, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- New research on Proteins is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating in Taejon, South Korea, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Morphology control of gold nanocrystals was successfully carried out via a modified polyol process using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a surface regulating biopolymer."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, "By combining a small amount of AgNO3 as an additive, BSA yielded regular Au octahedrons, cubes, and higher polygons owing to the underpotential deposition of Ag species onto {100} facets. Unexpectedly, a uniform tetrahexahedral morphology that had high-index facets of {740} and {210} on the surface was formed at a relatively high concentration of AgNO3 with BSA, and was due to the coordination power of BSA to a gold surface weaker than that of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone)."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The resulting gold polyhedrons were aggregated after the synthesis because of the partial denaturation of BSA, but the simple surface exchange with 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid enabled a stable dispersion in aqueous solution."

For more information on this research see: Bovine Serum Albumin as an Effective Surface Regulating Biopolymer for Morphology Control of Gold Polyhedrons. Crystal Growth & Design, 2013;13(9):4131-4137. Crystal Growth & Design can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society -; Crystal Growth & Design -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S.J. Lee, Korea Res Inst Biosci & Biotechnol, Res Center Integrat Cellul, Taejon 305806, South Korea. Additional authors for this research include N. Scotti, N. Ravasio, I.S. Chung and H. Song (see also Proteins).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Taejon, South Korea, Blood Proteins, Acute-Phase Proteins, Bovine Serum Albumin

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