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Keywords:

  • carbon nanotubes;
  • biomimetics;
  • adsorption;
  • proteins;
  • cancer therapy
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Antigen-specific activation of cytotoxic T cells can be enhanced up to three-fold more than soluble controls when using functionalized bundled carbon nanotube substrates (bCNTs). To overcome the denaturing effects of direct adsorption on bCNTs, a simple but robust method is demonstrated to stabilize the T cell stimulus on carbon nanotube substrates through non-covalent attachment of the linker neutravidin.