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Keywords:

  • host–guest systems;
  • molecular motors;
  • nanotubes;
  • polysaccharides
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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.