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Keywords:

  • drug delivery;
  • lipids;
  • nanotubes;
  • self-assembly
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Functional drug-delivery vehicles consisting of Ag-embedded bilayer membranes of a peptidic lipid nanotube (LNT) are synthesized. The Ag–LNTs possess antimicrobial ability against E coli, contributing to the release of Ag+ into the aqueous culture. The Ag–LNTs may be applicable to the delivery of DNA or biotechnological drugs that are usually sensitive to changes in their surroundings.