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Issue 78, 2016
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End-capping of amphiphilic nanotubes with phospholipid vesicles: impact of the phospholipid on the cap formation and vesicle loading under osmotic conditions

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Abstract

Soft amphiphilic nanotubes are capped with vesicles comprised of either overall neutral, zwitterionic phospholipids, or those that carry a net charge. The phase transition temperature of the zwitterionic phospholipids plays a crucial role in the phase separation that leads to the end-capped nanotubes. The cationic vesicle caps can be loaded into the nanotubes via osmosis whereas the anionic vesicle caps are stable under hyper-osmotic conditions. Furthermore, no additional salt needs to be added for the cationic vesicle caps to induce the loading of the vesicles into the nanotubes due to the presence of counterions.

Graphical abstract: End-capping of amphiphilic nanotubes with phospholipid vesicles: impact of the phospholipid on the cap formation and vesicle loading under osmotic conditions

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Submitted
18 Jun 2016
Accepted
31 Aug 2016
First published
31 Aug 2016

Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 11697-11700
Article type
Communication

End-capping of amphiphilic nanotubes with phospholipid vesicles: impact of the phospholipid on the cap formation and vesicle loading under osmotic conditions

P. M. Erne, P. Štacko, D. J. van Dijken, J. Chen, M. C. A. Stuart and B. L. Feringa, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 11697
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC05101D

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