Elastin-like polypeptides: biomedical applications of tunable biopolymers.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Artificial repetitive polypeptides have grown in popularity as a bioinspired alternative to synthetic polymers. The genetically encoded synthesis, monodispersity, potential lack of toxicity, and biocompatibility are attractive features of these biopolymers for biological applications. Elastin-like polypeptides (ELPs) are one such class of biopolymers that are of particular interest because of their "smart"-stimuli responsive-properties. Herein, we discuss the genetically encoded design and recombinant synthesis of ELPs that enable precise control of their physicochemical properties and which have led to a wide range of biomedical applications of these biopolymers in the last decade.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • MacEwan, SR; Chilkoti, A

Published Date

  • January 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 94 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 60 - 77

PubMed ID

  • 20091871

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-0282

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-3525

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/bip.21327


  • eng