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Issue 16, 2006
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Synthetic functional π-stack architecture in lipid bilayers

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Neglected until recently, π-stack architecture is rapidly emerging as a powerful strategy to create function in lipid bilayer membranes. Recent reports describe supramolecular rosettes acting as hosts of intercalating guests, to assemble in bilayer membranes and, in the case of stacked guanosine and folate quartets, to form ion channels. The introduction of rigid-rod π-stack architecture allowed us to address one of the great challenges in the field, i.e. ligand gating. Inspiring π-stack chemistry from related fields, covering rainbow coloration, conductivity, as well as the critical dependence of charge mobilities on the precision of supramolecular organization is summarized to zoom in on arguably the most promising application of functional π-stack architecture in lipid bilayers, that is the creation of multifunctional photosystems.

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The article was received on 09 May 2006, accepted on 13 Jun 2006 and first published on 07 Jul 2006

Article type: Emerging Area
DOI: 10.1039/B606487F
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2006,4, 3031-3039

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    Synthetic functional π-stack architecture in lipid bilayers

    S. Bhosale, A. L. Sisson, N. Sakai and S. Matile, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2006, 4, 3031
    DOI: 10.1039/B606487F

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