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Keywords:

  • enzymes;
  • hydrogelation;
  • hydrolysis;
  • inhibitors;
  • self-assembly
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Control from within: Supramolecular hydrogelation to form nanostructures intracellularly (see picture) has been developed as a new methodology to control the fate of cells. Enzyme-regulated self-assembly of small molecules inside cells could lead to a new paradigm for managing cellular processes, understanding cellular functions, and developing new therapeutics through supramolecular chemistry.