A Polysaccharide-Based Container Transportation System Powered by Molecular Motors (pages 724–727)
Youichi Tsuchiya, Tomotaka Komori, Minako Hirano, Tomohiro Shiraki, Akira Kakugo, Toru Ide, Jian-Ping Gong, Sunao Yamada, Toshio Yanagida and Seiji Shinkai
Article first published online: 18 DEC 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200904909
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.