Biohybrid Micromachines

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "B:Biology and Biomedicine".

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Institute of Synthetic Bioarchitectures, Department of Bionanosciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), 1190 Vienna, Austria
Interests: protocells; membrane proteins; model biological membranes; artificial cell structures; targeted drug delivery; pathogen capture; pathogen sequestration; novel antimicrobial strategies; novel HIV/AIDS treatment
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Institute of Synthetic Bioarchitectures, Department of Bionanosciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Muthgasse 11, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Interests: surface (S-)-layer proteins; biomimetics; self-assembly; functional supported lipid membranes; cell envelope structures of archaea; bioinspired materials; membrane-protein-based biosensors; bionanotechnology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

From its ambitious beginning in metabolic engineering and biotechnology, synthetic biology has blossomed to encompass many aspects of bioengineering and continues to attract practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines. This interdisciplinary, and in fact transdisciplinary, field endeavours to bring together scientists, engineers, and even laypersons from diverse backgrounds. Each collaborative project seeks to create new tools for extracting knowledge and addressing biomedical problems, while also looking to examine biological systems for inspiration.

Two strategies have broadly guided these projects—the top-down and bottom-up approaches. When applied to structural studies, the top-down approach can allow us to define the structure–function relationship underlying various biological phenomena of interest. Through the purification and exploitation of extant biological structures, we can elucidate the structural components, as well as principles, that allow these events to occur. These phenomena include receptor-mediated endocytosis, motility, inter-cell communication, pathogen–host communication, etc.

This, in turn, allows us to design systems that emulate such behaviour using both natural and synthetic materials. Such systems would have uses as diverse as targeted drug delivery, pathogen capture, biosensing, etc.

These methods begin with live cells as a source of material or structure for synthesising functional biological constructs. They include works such as the construction of minimal genomes, the creation of proteoliposome-like systems from the evisceration and enucleation of cells, the use of cell membrane fragments to decorate synthetic vesicles, the fusion of extant biological systems with complex synthetic components, etc. There are also approaches that begin with whole cells solely as sources of material, i.e., cell derivatives, for use in bottom-up techniques. The extraction of lipids and proteins from microbial membranes of interest and their reconstitution into model membranes exemplifies this.

In this Special Issue, entitled Biohybrid Micromachines, we aim to highlight approaches that start with living cells as a source of both coarse and fine material for the production of artificial cells, protocells, and functional hybrid systems. We invite submissions that include original research articles, critical and tutorial reviews, technical reports, and perspectives. Please help us in creating a collection that will guide the next generation of synthetic biologists.

Dr. Cherng-Wen Darren Tan
Dr. Bernhard Schuster
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  • biofabrication
  • autopoiesis
  • biomachines
  • artificial organelles
  • minimal cells
  • novel treatments
  • targeted delivery
  • ghost cells
  • proteoliposomes
  • proteopolymersomes

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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