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Sticky proteins serve as glue: mammals

The bioadhesive glues used by mammals, plants, and mussels for adherance to mucosal surfaces (mucoadhesion) are made up of sticky proteins.

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Summary
"Bioadhesion may be defined as the state in which two materials, at least one of which is biological in nature, are held together for extended periods of time by interfacial forces. In the pharmaceutical sciences, when the adhesive attachment is to mucus or a mucous membrane, the phenomenon is referred to as mucoadhesion." (Smart 2005:1557)
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Mammalia
Mammalia

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Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Drug delivery.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Drug development

Experts
School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
John D. Smart
University of Brighton
References
Smart, J. D. 2005. The basics and underlying mechanisms of mucoadhesion. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews. 57(11): 1556-1568.
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