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Design and Synthesis of Binding Growth Factors
Nano Medical Engineering Laboratory, RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
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Received: 5 March 2012; in revised form: 10 April 2012 / Accepted: 9 May 2012 / Published: 18 May 2012
Abstract: Growth factors play important roles in tissue regeneration. However, because of their instability and diffusible nature, improvements in their performance would be desirable for therapeutic applications. Conferring binding affinities would be one way to improve their applicability. Here we review techniques for conjugating growth factors to polypeptides with particular affinities. Conjugation has been designed at the level of gene fusion and of polypeptide ligation. We summarize and discuss the designs and applications of binding growth factors prepared by such conjugation approaches.
Keywords: growth factor; immobilization; protein engineering; tissue engineering; collagen; peptide ligation
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Tada, S.; Kitajima, T.; Ito, Y. Design and Synthesis of Binding Growth Factors. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 6053-6072.
Tada S, Kitajima T, Ito Y. Design and Synthesis of Binding Growth Factors. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2012; 13(5):6053-6072.
Tada, Seiichi; Kitajima, Takashi; Ito, Yoshihiro. 2012. "Design and Synthesis of Binding Growth Factors." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 13, no. 5: 6053-6072.