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Biomimetic polymers of plant cutin: An approach from molecular modeling

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Autor: San Miguel, M. A.
Oviedo López, Jaime
Heredia Guerrero, José A.
Heredia, Antonio
Benítez, José J.
Departamento: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Química Física
Fecha: 2014
Publicado en: Journal of Molecular Modeling, 20
Tipo de documento: Artículo
Resumen: Biomimetics of materials is based on adopting and reproducing a model in nature with a well-defined functionality optimized through evolution. An example is barrier polymers that protect living tissues from the environment. The protecting layer of fruits, leaves, and non-lignified stems is the plant cuticle. The cuticle is a complex system in which the cutin is the main component. Cutin is a biopolyester made of polyhydroxylated carboxylic acids of 16 and 18 carbon atoms. The biosynthesis of cutin in plants is not well understood yet, but a direct chemical route involving the self-assembly of either molecules or molecular aggregates has been proposed. In this work, we present a combined study using experimental and simulation techniques on self-assembled layers of monomers selectively functionalized with hydroxyl groups. Our results demonstrate that the number and position of the hydroxyl groups are critical for the interaction between single molecules and the further rearrangement. A...
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Cita: San Miguel, M.A., Oviedo, J., Heredia Guerrero, J.A., Heredia, A. y Benítez, J.J. (2014). Biomimetic polymers of plant cutin: An approach from molecular modeling. Journal of Molecular Modeling, 20
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DOI: 10.1007/s00894-014-2329-y

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