Volume 88 Issue 1 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 4, 2010

Biocontainer Transport

A polysaccharide molecular container encapsulates a nanotube as cargo and uses myosin to truck it along an actin highway in cells.
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE
Keywords: molecular motors, actin, myosin, nanotube

When molecular cargo needs to be shipped to precise locations around a cell, biology often uses molecular motors that walk along molecular tracks with their load in tow. Scientists have been aiming to hijack these cellular highways to deliver drugs and other goods. A team led by Youichi Tsuchiya of Japan’s RIKEN and Seiji Shinkai of the Institute of Systems, Information Technologies & Nanotechnologies, in Fukuoka, Japan, has now designed a molecular container . . .

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