We utilized electrostatic interaction to induce rapid crystallization of streptavidin. Simply mixing streptavidins possessing either a positively or negatively charged peptide at their C-terminus generated diffraction-quality crystals in a few hours. We modified the streptavidin crystals with fluorescent molecules using biotin, demonstrating the concept of protein crystals as functional biomaterials.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry