Synthetic organelle ASC Applied Materials & Interfaces cover art

Synthetic organelle ASC Applied Materials & Interfaces cover art

An illustration of part of a synthetic organelle without a membrane. Here we see two layers that phase separate like oil and water, but both layers are water. There is no oil. Each layer contains a different solute that gives it its own chemical thermodynamics, keeping it separate from the other one. Chemical reactions cascade from one layer to the next in a chain reaction. The molecules illustrated on the outside are sugars called dextran, a solute. The gray middle layer contains an enzyme, depicted as small yellow spheres that would carry out a step in the reaction cascade. Credit: Georgia Tech (objects not to scale)

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membraneless organelle, nucleolus, cascading reactions, coacervate, metabolism, polyethylene glycol, dextran, phase separation, chemical thermodynamics, DNA transcription, colorimetric substrate, glucose oxidase, horseradish peroxidase
  • Created By: Ben Brumfield
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  • Created On: Sep 20, 2018 - 12:57pm
  • Last Updated: Sep 20, 2018 - 3:18pm