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Francesca Taraballi, Shuai Wang, Jian Li, Fiona Yann Yann Lee, Subbu S. Venkatraman, William R. Birch, Swee Hin Teoh, Freddy Yin Chiang Boey and Kee Woei Ng Understanding the Nano-topography Changes and Cellular Influences Resulting from the Surface Adsorption of Human Hair Keratins Advanced Healthcare Materials 1

Article first published online: 3 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201200043

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Keratin is easily extracted from human hair and forms a nanoparticulate suspension that can create a nanostructured surface by simple adsorption. This surface was found to encourage cell proliferation and fibronectin expression. Given that autologous keratin is readily available, its use as a biofunctional coating could be interesting for biomedical applications.

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