Self-reproduction of supramolecular giant vesicles combined with the amplification of encapsulated DNA.

  title={Self-reproduction of supramolecular giant vesicles combined with the amplification of encapsulated DNA.},
  author={Kensuke Kurihara and Mieko Tamura and Koh-ichiroh Shohda and Taro Toyota and Kentaro Suzuki and Tadashi Sugawara},
  journal={Nature chemistry},
  volume={3 10},
The construction of a protocell from a materials point of view is important in understanding the origin of life. Both self-reproduction of a compartment and self-replication of an informational substance have been studied extensively, but these processes have typically been carried out independently, rather than linked to one another. Here, we demonstrate the amplification of DNA (encapsulated guest) within a self-reproducible cationic giant vesicle (host). With the addition of a vesicular… CONTINUE READING
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