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Keywords:

  • silk films;
  • biofunctional interfaces;
  • neuron electrophysiology
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On page 1871 Valentina Benfenati, Michele Muccini, and co-workers demonstrate that silk films act as biofunctional interfaces that support the adherence, neurite outgrowth, and intercellular communication of neurons. Silk films have huge potential for use in electronic devices aimed at stimulating neural network activity and peripheral nerve repair. The image depicts a synaptic process occurring on silk fibroin films from Bombyx mori cocoon.