Programmable living assembly of materials by bacterial adhesion.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The field of engineered living materials aims to construct functional materials with desirable properties of natural living systems. A recent study demonstrated the programmed self-assembly of bacterial populations by engineered adhesion. Here we use this strategy to engineer self-healing living materials with versatile functions. Bacteria displaying outer membrane-anchored nanobody-antigen pairs are cultured separately and, when mixed, adhere to each other to enable processing into functional materials, which we term living assembled material by bacterial adhesion (LAMBA). LAMBA is programmable and can be functionalized with extracellular moieties up to 545 amino acids. Notably, the adhesion between nanobody-antigen pairs in LAMBA leads to fast recovery under stretching or bending. By exploiting this feature, we fabricated wearable LAMBA sensors that can detect bioelectrical or biomechanical signals. Our work establishes a scalable approach to produce genetically editable and self-healable living functional materials that can be applied in biomanufacturing, bioremediation and soft bioelectronics assembly.

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Cited Authors

  • Chen, B; Kang, W; Sun, J; Zhu, R; Yu, Y; Xia, A; Yu, M; Wang, M; Han, J; Chen, Y; Teng, L; Tian, Q; Yu, Y; Li, G; You, L; Liu, Z; Dai, Z

Published Date

  • March 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 289 - 294

PubMed ID

  • 34934187

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-4469

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1552-4450

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41589-021-00934-z


  • eng