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Mar. Drugs, Volume 16, Issue 3 (March 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The chemical composition and properties of spongin - halogenated scleroprotein of commercial [...] Read more. The chemical composition and properties of spongin - halogenated scleroprotein of commercial sponges are still mysterious for research community. This review provides new insight about chemistry, structural features and functionality of spongin-based sponges. We present the history of the application of commercial sponges with brief analysis of economic aspect of sponge industry and their aquaculture. Special attention is paid for analysis of physicochemical and material properties of spongin-based scaffolds and their application in tissue engineering, dyes adsorption, and the development of novel composite materials using the Extreme Biomimetics route. We are confident that this review will make a significant contribution to the knowledge about spongin-based scaffolds and inspire research community to conduct further investigation about this unique protein. View the paper here.