A Polysaccharide-Based Container Transportation System Powered by Molecular Motors


  • This work was supported by Grant of Molecular and System Life Science, and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research A (20245036) from MEXT of the Japanese Government.


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A valuable cargo: Polysaccharides (β-1,3-glucans) act as a host compound to various nanomaterial cargoes such as single-walled carbon nanotubes. The cargo packed in the host container is transported on the rail (F-actin) by wheels and a molecular motor (myosin) attached to the container (see picture). This artificial system is inspired by a container transportation system based on the motion of vesicles in biological cells.