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Stimuli-Responsive Polymers in the 21st Century: Elaborated Architecture to Achieve High Sensitivity, Fast Response, and Robust Behavior

Kirsebom, Harald LU ; Galaev, Igor LU and Mattiasson, Bo LU (2011) In Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics 49(3). p.173-178
Abstract
Life is polymeric in its essence. The living cell contains a range of biopolymers such as proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. The cells are often compartmentalized via membranes that are composed of lipids. These are small molecules, but they spontaneously aggregate into supermolecular structures. The building blocks of these lipids are among others fatty acids, structures built from methylene oligomers. Biopolymers are sensitive to external stimuli. There are examples where the molecules show a highly non-linear response to external stimuli. This is seen as moderate changes in structural properties in response to changes in an external parameter until a critical point is reached where a dramatic change in molecular properties... (More)
Life is polymeric in its essence. The living cell contains a range of biopolymers such as proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. The cells are often compartmentalized via membranes that are composed of lipids. These are small molecules, but they spontaneously aggregate into supermolecular structures. The building blocks of these lipids are among others fatty acids, structures built from methylene oligomers. Biopolymers are sensitive to external stimuli. There are examples where the molecules show a highly non-linear response to external stimuli. This is seen as moderate changes in structural properties in response to changes in an external parameter until a critical point is reached where a dramatic change in molecular properties takes place upon an incremental change in the external conditions. After the transition, the system responds poorly to further changes. Such non-linear responses contribute to dramatic cooperative conformational changes leading to strong effects in the biological system. The strong response is an integrated effect of many weak interactions, and it is the cooperativity between all these interactions that are the driving forces for processes occurring in such systems. (c) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys 49: 173-178, 2011 (Less)
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  abstract     = {Life is polymeric in its essence. The living cell contains a range of biopolymers such as proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. The cells are often compartmentalized via membranes that are composed of lipids. These are small molecules, but they spontaneously aggregate into supermolecular structures. The building blocks of these lipids are among others fatty acids, structures built from methylene oligomers. Biopolymers are sensitive to external stimuli. There are examples where the molecules show a highly non-linear response to external stimuli. This is seen as moderate changes in structural properties in response to changes in an external parameter until a critical point is reached where a dramatic change in molecular properties takes place upon an incremental change in the external conditions. After the transition, the system responds poorly to further changes. Such non-linear responses contribute to dramatic cooperative conformational changes leading to strong effects in the biological system. The strong response is an integrated effect of many weak interactions, and it is the cooperativity between all these interactions that are the driving forces for processes occurring in such systems. (c) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys 49: 173-178, 2011},
  author       = {Kirsebom, Harald and Galaev, Igor and Mattiasson, Bo},
  issn         = {0887-6266},
  keyword      = {smart polymers,stimuli-responsive polymers},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {173--178},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics},
  title        = {Stimuli-Responsive Polymers in the 21st Century: Elaborated Architecture to Achieve High Sensitivity, Fast Response, and Robust Behavior},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/polb.22187},
  volume       = {49},
  year         = {2011},
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