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Protein Engineering of a Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 Protein for Targeting to Bone Mineral Hydroxyapatite

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The engineering of a novel FGF2 fused with highly conserved bone mineral-binding domain of osteocalcin (OC) for targeting to bone mineral hydroxyapatite (HA) exhibited much stronger HA-binding affinity than native FGF2. FGF2-OC also showed a significant increase of mitogenic activity and cellular differentiation of osteoblastic cells compared with native FGF2.

Keywords: Bone; fibroblast growth factor 2; fusion; hydroxyapatite; osteocalcin

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2009-06-01

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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