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A supramolecular construction kit based on surface-layer proteins

  • Uwe B. SleytrEmail author
  • Dietmar Pum
  • Erika Györvary
  • Bernhard Schuster
  • Seta Küpcü
  • Margit Sára
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science book series (PROGCOLLOID, volume 121)

Abstract

Crystalline monomolecular cell surface layers (S layers) represent one of the most commonly observed cell envelope components of prokaryotic organisms (bacteria and archaea). Owing to their high degree of structural regularity, S layers represent interesting model systems for studies on structure, genetics, functions and dynamic aspects of assembly of supramolecular structures. One of the key features of isolated S-layer subunits is their capability to assemble into monomolecular arrays either in suspension, at liquid-air interfaces, on lipid films, on liposomes and on solid supports (e.g. polymers, metals, silicon wafers). S layers have already found a broad spectrum of applications, such as patterning elements in molecular nanotechnology, nanobio-technology and biomimetics.

Key words

Crystalline surface layers Surface layers Nanotechnology Biomimetics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uwe B. Sleytr
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dietmar Pum
    • 1
  • Erika Györvary
    • 1
  • Bernhard Schuster
    • 1
  • Seta Küpcü
    • 1
  • Margit Sára
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Ultrastructure Research and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Molecular NanotechnologyUniversität für BodenkulturViennaAustria

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