Light-responsive molecular recognition and adhesion of vesicles

Siva Krishna Mohan Nalluri, Bart Jan Ravoo

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Supramolecular glue: The photoinduced isomerization of difunctional azobenzenes can be used to induce and reverse the molecular recognition and adhesion of bilayer vesicles made up of cyclodextrin (CD) molecules. The molecular basis of this light-responsive supramolecular glue is the cis–trans isomerization of the azobenzene (see picture; black circles CD, green trans-azobenzene, red cis-azobenzene).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5371-5374
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number31
Early online date24 Jun 2010
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2010


  • photochemistry
  • secretory vesicles
  • macromolecular substances
  • cyclodextrins
  • molecular sequence data
  • light
  • molecular conformation
  • cell adhesion molecules


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