Towards applications of bioentities@MOFs in biomedicine

Miriam de J. Velásquez-Hernández, Mercedes Linares-Moreau, Efwita Astria, Francesco Carraro, Mram Z. Alyami, Niveen M. Khashab, Christopher J. Sumby*, Christian J. Doonan*, Paolo Falcaro*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) combined with biomacromolecules, viruses and cells have emerged as novel biocomposites for application to drug delivery, biosensing, biospecimen preservation, and cell and virus manipulation. The integration of biological entities into MOF matrices generates MOF biocomposites with functional characteristics that cannot be observed in the separate components, such as enhanced chemical and thermal stability, resistance to proteases, MOF-conferred selectivity, and controlled release. In this review, we will discuss these functional properties and applications of the biocomposites obtained by the encapsulation of (i) proteins, (ii) carbohydrates, (iii) nucleic acids, and (iv) viruses or cells in a MOF matrix. Finally, we review the post functionalization of MOF-based drug carriers with lipids as a potential route to enhance the dispersion, stability in biological fluids, and blood circulation time of MOF-based drug delivery systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number213651
Number of pages45
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2021


  • Biobanking
  • Biocomposites
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Biosensing
  • Drug delivery
  • MOFs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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