Light-responsive capture and release of DNA in a ternary supramolecular complex

Siva Krishna Mohan Nalluri, Jens Voskuhl, Jelle B Bultema, Egbert J Boekema, Bart Jan Ravoo

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The wavelength determines whether DNA is captured in a light-responsive ternary supramolecular complex or released (see scheme). The reversible binding of DNA is triggered by a photoisomerization, which switches the complex from a multivalent to a monovalent binding mode.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9747-9751
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number41
Early online date5 Sep 2011
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2011


  • molecular structure
  • alpha-cyclodextrins
  • macromolecular substances
  • animals
  • spermine
  • DNA
  • light
  • azo compounds
  • light-responsive capture
  • ternary supramolecular complex

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