A nacre protein forms mesoscale hydrogels that "hijack" the biomineralization process within a seawater environment

Martin Pendola, Gaurav Jain, Anastasia Davidyants, Yu Chieh Huang, Denis Gebauer, John Evans

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Abstract

We examined the mineralization performance of a nacre protein, AP7, within seawater mineralization assays that form aragonite and magnesium calcite. Under these conditions AP7 forms hydrogel particles that vary in size and complexity depending upon ionic conditions. These hydrogels "hijack" the mineralization process by limiting nucleation in bulk solution and promoting nucleation within the hydrogels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7675-7679
Number of pages5
JournalCrystEngComm
Volume18
Issue number40
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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Nacre
Biomineralization
Hydrogels
Calcium Carbonate
Seawater
Nucleation
nucleation
proteins
Proteins
aragonite
Hydrogel
calcite
Magnesium
magnesium
Assays
Calcite
Particles (particulate matter)

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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A nacre protein forms mesoscale hydrogels that "hijack" the biomineralization process within a seawater environment. / Pendola, Martin; Jain, Gaurav; Davidyants, Anastasia; Huang, Yu Chieh; Gebauer, Denis; Evans, John.

In: CrystEngComm, Vol. 18, No. 40, 2016, p. 7675-7679.

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Pendola, Martin ; Jain, Gaurav ; Davidyants, Anastasia ; Huang, Yu Chieh ; Gebauer, Denis ; Evans, John. / A nacre protein forms mesoscale hydrogels that "hijack" the biomineralization process within a seawater environment. In: CrystEngComm. 2016 ; Vol. 18, No. 40. pp. 7675-7679.
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