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Hydrophobins are amphiphilic fungal proteins endowed with peculiar characteristics, such as a high surface activity and an interface triggered self‐assembly. Several applications of these proteins have been proposed in the food, cosmetics and biomedical fields. Moreover, their use as proteinaceous coatings can be effective for materials and nanomaterials applications. The discovery of novel hydrophobins with diverse properties may be advantageous from both the scientific and industrial points of view. Stressful environmental conditions of fungal growth may induce the production of proteins with peculiar features. Two Class I hydrophobins from fungi isolated from marine environment have been recently purified. Herein, their propensity to aggregate forming nanometric fibrillar structures has been compared, using different techniques, such as circular dichroism, dynamic light scattering and Thioflavin T …
Publication date: 
1 Oct 2017

Paola Cicatiello, Principia Dardano, Marinella Pirozzi, Alfredo M Gravagnuolo, Luca De Stefano, Paola Giardina

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Volume: 114 Issue: 10 Pages: 2173-2186
Biotechnology and Bioengineering