The use of tobacco mosaic virus and cowpea mosaic virus for the production of novel metal nanomaterials

Andrew J. Love (Lead / Corresponding author), Valentine Makarov, Igor Yaminsky, Natalia O. Kalinina, Michael E. Taliansky

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    Abstract

    Due to the nanoscale size and the strictly controlled and consistent morphologies of viruses, there has been a recent interest in utilizing them in nanotechnology. The structure, surface chemistries and physical properties of many viruses have been well elucidated, which have allowed identification of regions of their capsids which can be modified either chemically or genetically for nanotechnological uses. In this review we focus on the use of such modifications for the functionalization and production of viruses and empty viral capsids that can be readily decorated with metals in a highly tuned manner. In particular, we discuss the use of two plant viruses (Cowpea mosaic virus and Tobacco mosaic virus) which have been extensively used for production of novel metal nanoparticles (
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-139
    Number of pages7
    JournalVirology
    Volume449
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2014

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