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Study Data from University of Sydney Update Knowledge of Polymer Research

June 17, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Polymer Research. According to news originating from Sydney, Australia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "The fungal hydrophobins are small proteins that are able to spontaneously self-assemble into amphipathic monolayers at hydrophobic: hydrophilic interfaces. These protein monolayers can reverse the wettability of a surface, making them suitable for increasing the biocompatibility of many hydrophobic materials."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Sydney, "The self-assembling properties and amphipathic nature of hydrophobins make them attractive candidates for biotechnological applications. Recently, there have been significant advances in the understanding of the structure and assembly of these remarkable proteins. This opens up the way for engineering these proteins to encompass novel functions and for the use of hydrophobins in modification of nanomaterials."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This review highlights the important structural aspects of the hydrophobins and the mechanisms by which they assemble and describes recent exciting developments in the use of hydrophobins for cell attachment, drug delivery, and protein purification."

For more information on this research see: Two Forms and Two Faces, Multiple States and Multiple Uses: Properties and Applications of the Self-Assembling Fungal Hydrophobins. Biopolymers, 2013;100(6):601-612. Biopolymers can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell -; Biopolymers -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from Q. Ren, University of Sydney, Sch Mol Biosci, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Additional authors for this research include A.H. Kwan and M. Sunde (see also Polymer Research).

Keywords for this news article include: Sydney, Peptides, Proteins, Amino Acids, Polymer Research, Australia and New Zealand

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Source: Life Science Weekly

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