Vesicle Fusion Triggered by Optically Heated Gold Nanoparticles.

  title={Vesicle Fusion Triggered by Optically Heated Gold Nanoparticles.},
  author={Andreas R{\o}rvig-Lund and A. Bahadori and S. Semsey and P. M. Bendix and L. Oddershede},
  journal={Nano letters},
  volume={15 6},
  • Andreas Rørvig-Lund, A. Bahadori, +2 authors L. Oddershede
  • Published 2015
  • Materials Science, Medicine
  • Nano letters
  • Membrane fusion can be accelerated by heating that causes membrane melting and expansion. We locally heated the membranes of two adjacent vesicles by laser irradiating gold nanoparticles, thus causing vesicle fusion with associated membrane and cargo mixing. The mixing time scales were consistent with diffusive mixing of the membrane dyes and the aqueous content. This method is useful for nanoscale reactions as demonstrated here by I-BAR protein-mediated membrane tubulation triggered by fusion. 
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