Novel directions in molecular systems design: The case of light-transducing synthetic cells

  title={Novel directions in molecular systems design: The case of light-transducing synthetic cells},
  author={Pasquale Stano and Emiliano Altamura and Fabio Mavelli},
  journal={Communicative \& Integrative Biology},
  pages={3837 - 3842}
ABSTRACT Important progresses have been achieved in the past years in the field of bottom-up synthetic biology, especially aiming at constructing cell-like systems based on lipid vesicles (liposomes) entrapping both biomolecules or synthetic compounds. These “synthetic cells” mimic the behaviour of biological cells but are constituted by a minimal number of components. One key aspect related to this research is the energetic needs of synthetic cells. Up to now, high-energy compounds have been… 

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