Functionalizing bacterial cell surfaces with a phage protein

Yi Chun Yeh, Jana Mxsüller, Changhao Bi, Nathan J. Hillson, Harry R. Beller, Swapnil R. Chhabra, Steven W. Singer*

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Functionalization of bacterial cell surfaces has the potential to introduce new activities by chemical modification. Here we show that a bacteriophage–receptor complex can be used to functionalize the surface of two Gram-negative proteobacteria, Escherichia coli and Ralstonia eutropha with CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles. This work highlights the potential for using microbe–phage interactions to generate new functions on living cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)910-912
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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