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Nanotube-assisted protein deactivation

Joshi, Amit and Punyani, Supriya and Bale, Shyam Sundhar and Yang, Hoichang and Borca-Tasciuc, Theodorian and Kane, Ravi S. (2008) Nanotube-assisted protein deactivation. NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, 3 (1). pp. 41-45.

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Conjugating proteins onto carbon nanotubes has numerous applications in biosensing(1,2), imaging and cellular delivery(3-5). However, remotely controlling the activity of proteins in these conjugates has never been demonstrated. Here we show that upon near-infrared irradiation, carbon nanotubes mediate the selective deactivation of proteins in situ by photochemical effects. We designed nanotube-peptide conjugates to selectively destroy the anthrax toxin, and also optically transparent coatings that can self-clean following either visible or near-infrared irradiation. Nanotube-assisted protein deactivation may be broadly applicable to the selective destruction of pathogens and cells, and will have applications ranging from antifouling coatings to functional proteomics.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nano objects
Biomedical Science > Nanobiotechnology
Material Science > Bio materials
Biomedical Science > Nanotechnology for human health
ID Code:2941
Deposited By:Anuj Seth
Deposited On:12 Jan 2009 13:54
Last Modified:20 Jan 2009 12:10

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