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THE COMMON MARINE MUSSEL, MYTILUS EDULIS, HAS EVOLVED A MECHANISM FOR PERMANENT…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
4853
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
4853
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Biopolymers Inc
309 Farmington Farmington, CT 06032
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: THE COMMON MARINE MUSSEL, MYTILUS EDULIS, HAS EVOLVED A MECHANISM FOR PERMANENT ATTACHMENT TO MANY DIFFERENT SURFACES UNDERWATER.
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE COMMON MARINE MUSSEL, MYTILUS EDULIS, HAS EVOLVED A MECHANISM FOR PERMANENT ATTACHMENT TO MANY DIFFERENT SURFACES UNDERWATER. THE KEY TO THIS ANIMAL'S ADHESIVE MECHANISM IS A PROTEINACEOUS CEMENT, I.E., MUSSEL-ADHESIVE PROTEIN (MAP), WHICH RECENTLY HAS BEEN SEQUENCED. ONE SPECIFIC AIM OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DETERMINE WHAT SPECIFIC SIMPLIFICATIONS IN MAP'S REPEATING DECAPEPTIDE STRUCTURE CANBE INTRODUCED, WITHOUT SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTING ADHESIVE FUNCTION, INTO THE LONG-TERM SYNTHESIS PLANS FOR ONE OR MOREMAP ANALOGS. THE TYPES OF SIMPLIFICATIONS THAT WILL BE EVALUATED ARE REDUCED PROTEIN/PEPTIDE MOLECULAR WEIGHT, ALTERED HYDROGEN-BONDING CAPACITY, AND REDUCTION OF ACCESS- IBLE DOPA CONTENT. A SECOND SPECIFIC AIM OF THIS PROJECT ISTO STUDY THE INCLUSION OF INEXPENSIVE COMMERCIAL SURFACTANTSAS EFFECTIVE SPREADING AGENTS FOR IMMEDIATE USE WITH NATURALMAP AND FOR USE IN LONG-TERM STUDIES WITH SYNTHETIC MAP AND/OR MAP ANALOG FORMULATIONS. AN IMPROVED AND INEXPENSIVE SPREADING CAPABILITY FOR EXTENDING THE SURFACE COVERAGE OF MAP FORMULATIONS, ALONG WITH THE KNOWN CAPABILITY OF MAP TO DISPLACE WATER FROM THE SUBSTRATE SURFACE, WOULD HELP CREATEWIDE MARKETS FOR USE OF SYNTHETIC MAP AS AN EFFECTIVE COMBINATION ADHESIVE/SEALANT IN NUMEROUS BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS, ESPECIALLY AS A NEW BIOCOMPATIBLE DENTAL CEMENT.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph s d'arrigo
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
2036741444

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Bio-polymers Inc
309 Farmington Ave Farmington, CT 06032

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No