Biomaterials – proteins articles from across Nature Portfolio

Latest Research and Reviews

  • Research
    | Open Access

    Organic molecules and materials are generally insensitive or weakly sensitive to magnetic fields due to their small diamagnetic force. Here, the authors show a strategy to amplify the magnetic responsiveness of self-assembled peptide nanostructures by synergistically combining the concepts of perfect α-helix and rod-coil supramolecular building blocks

    • You-jin Jung
    • , Hyoseok Kim
    •  & Yong-beom Lim
  • Reviews |

    Silk chemistries, mechanisms and biomaterial designs are discussed. Utility of chemically modified silk for different biomedical applications such as tissue engineering, adhesives, drug delivery and biosensors, among others, is highlighted. Different design strategies to improve biomedical outcomes are also addressed.

    • Jugal Kishore Sahoo
    • , Onur Hasturk
    •  & David L. Kaplan
  • Research
    | Open Access

    Collagen is an important structural protein in connective tissue, but the effect of location and type of micro-ruptures in the structure on the overall tissue is not well understood. Here, the authors use scale-bridging simulations to determine the breakage points in collagen, and how the failure mode helps to prevent material ageing

    • Benedikt Rennekamp
    • , Christoph Karfusehr
    •  & Frauke Gräter

News and Comment

  • Editorial
    | Open Access

    More than a century after the first description of amyloids by Alois Alzheimer, and despite the enormous research efforts since then, the field is still full of surprises. While searching for answers to questions for example on the driving force, mechanism, and regulation of amyloidogenesis, or on the structure, physiological and pathological roles of different amyloid aggregates, unexpected properties are regularly revealed, broadening their application possibilities. This Collection aims to focus on the beneficial sides of amyloid formation, primarily exploring the potential use of amyloids in material science, bioengineering, and synthetic chemistry.

    • Marianna Török
    Scientific Reports 12, 21095
  • News & Views |

    Light-activated protein actuators composed of bioengineered motors and molecular scaffolds achieve millimetre-scale mechanical work, which holds promise for microrobotics applications.

    • Henry Hess
    Nature Materials 20, 1040-1041
  • News & Views |

    Materials that permit spatiotemporal control of biomolecule presentation have long been a challenge in the field. A method has now been developed to reversibly pattern cell-laden hydrogels with site-specifically immobilized proteins using sortase-mediated transpeptidation without compromising bioactivity.

    • Jonathan H. Galarraga
    •  & Jason A. Burdick
    Nature Materials 18, 914-915