A light-triggered transmembrane porin†
Porins are ideal model systems for channel engineering. OmpG is a robust, monomeric, transmembrane β-barrel without ion selectivity. Here, we present a photocaged diethylaminocoumarin (DEACM) hybrid of OmpG. Blockage of the pore by DEACM is confirmed by reduced conductivity. An optimal effect was obtained when two bulky butyl-substituted coumarin cages were attached on the inside of the pore. Irradiation at 385 nm removed the photocages, leading to a restoration of channel conductivity.