A polysaccharide-based container transportation system powered by molecular motors

Youichi Tsuchiya, Tomotaka Komori, Minako Hirano, Tomohiro Shiraki, Akira Kakugo, Toru Ide, Jian Ping Gong, Sunao Yamada, Toshio Yanagida, Seiji Shinkai

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A valuable cargo: Polysaccharides (β-1,3glucans) 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. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724-727
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 18 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Host-guest systems
  • Molecular motors nanotubes
  • Polysaccharides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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