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Keywords:

  • block copolymers;
  • microreactors;
  • proteins;
  • self-assembly;
  • vesicles
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Take your PIC: Biologically active polyion complex vesicles (PICsomes) with encapsulated myoglobin (Mb) can be prepared by the self-assembly of a pair of oppositely charged block ionomers with polyethylene glycol (PEG) segments (see picture; metMb: metmyoglobin). The loaded Mb maintains reversible oxygenation even in the presence of trypsin.