Biomolecular engineering for nanobio/bionanotechnology

Teruyuki Nagamune
2017 Nano Convergence  
Biomolecular engineering can be used to purposefully manipulate biomolecules, such as peptides, proteins, nucleic acids and lipids, within the framework of the relations among their structures, functions and properties, as well as their applicability to such areas as developing novel biomaterials, biosensing, bioimaging, and clinical diagnostics and therapeutics. Nanotechnology can also be used to design and tune the sizes, shapes, properties and functionality of nanomaterials. As such, there
more » ... e considerable overlaps between nanotechnology and biomolecular engineering, in that both are concerned with the structure and behavior of materials on the nanometer scale or smaller. Therefore, in combination with nanotechnology, biomolecular engineering is expected to open up new fields of nanobio/ bionanotechnology and to contribute to the development of novel nanobiomaterials, nanobiodevices and nanobiosystems. This review highlights recent studies using engineered biological molecules (e.g., oligonucleotides, peptides, proteins, enzymes, polysaccharides, lipids, biological cofactors and ligands) combined with functional nanomaterials in nanobio/bionanotechnology applications, including therapeutics, diagnostics, biosensing, bioanalysis and biocatalysts. Furthermore, this review focuses on five areas of recent advances in biomolecular engineering: (a) nucleic acid engineering, (b) gene engineering, (c) protein engineering, (d) chemical and enzymatic conjugation technologies, and (e) linker engineering. Precisely engineered nanobiomaterials, nanobiodevices and nanobiosystems are anticipated to emerge as next-generation platforms for bioelectronics, biosensors, biocatalysts, molecular imaging modalities, biological actuators, and biomedical applications. tion 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. Nanobiotechnology is used in relation to the ways in which nanotechnology is used to create materials, devices and systems for studying biological systems and developing new biological assay, diagnostic, therapeutic, information storage and computing systems, among others. These systems use nanotechnology to advance the goals of biological fields. Some nanobiotechnologies scale from the top down, such as from microfluidics to nanofluidic biochips (e.g., lab-on-a-chip for continuous-flow separation and the detection of such macromolecules as DNA and proteins [2], point-of-care biosensors for detecting biomarkers and clinical diagnosis [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] , and solid-state nanopore sensors for DNA sequencing [8]). Other nanobiotechnologies scale from the bottom up for the fabrication of nanoscale hybrid materials, such as complexes consisting of nanoparticles (NPs) (e.g., magnetic NPs, AuNPs and AgNPs, silica NPs, quantum dots
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