Biomineralization II: Mineralization Using Synthetic by Helmut Cölfen (auth.), Kensuke Naka (eds.)

By Helmut Cölfen (auth.), Kensuke Naka (eds.)

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Also, the additive system is modular, allowing for a large variety of additive variations exploiting the interaction and cooperation between soluble macromolecules, which can create synergetic and cooperative effects [244]. Another recent work by Tremel et al. addressed the common limitation of the bio-inspired mineralization approaches in only using a mimic of the soluble matrix in biomineralization even though the structural matrix also plays a role. Tremel applied a self-assembled monolayer as mimic for the structural matrix and PAA as the soluble matrix, which adsorbs onto the SAM [246].

Examples include rat dentin phosphoprotein with 43% Ser and 31% Asp [155], rat phosphoryn with 56% Ser and 32% Asp [156], human dentin phosphophoryn with 58% Ser and 26% Asp [157] or a molluscan shell glycoprotein with 32% Ser and 20% Asp [158]. It seems that phosphoserin (P-Ser) is of especial importance for polymer–crystal interactions, very likely in blocked sequences. In addition, the so-called Asprich proteins were recently identified in nacre and can contain up to 53 mol % Asp and 11% Glu [159, 160].

231], namely that the hollow microstructures consist of a thin porous membrane of oriented OCP crystals that are highly interconnected. The hierarchical growth processes involve the radial growth of dense, multilayered spheroids, secondary overgrowth of a porous thin-shell precursor, and anisotropic dissolution of the spheroidal cores, producing this remarkable hollow structure [231]. A double jet precipitation of calcium phosphates in the presence of the related polymer sodium polyaspartate on the other hand results in the formation of hierarchical structures of calcium phosphates through structure transformation from amorphous precursors into well-defined structures [228].

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