Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Vesicle Fusion Triggered by Optically Heated Gold Nanoparticles

Andreas Rørvig-Lund, Azra Bahadori, Szabolcs Semsey, Poul Martin Bendix, and Lene B. Oddershede

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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