Mono-allyloxylated Cucurbit[7]uril Acts as an Unconventional Amphiphile To Form Light-Responsive Vesicles

Kyeng Min Park, Kangkyun Baek, Young Ho Ko, Annadka Shrinidhi, James Murray, Won Hyuk Jang, Ki Hean Kim, Jun Seok Lee, Jejoong Yoo, Sungwan Kim, Kimoon Kim

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Serendipitously, mono-allyloxylated cucurbit[7]uril (AO1CB[7]) was discovered to act as an unconventional amphiphile which self-assembles into light-responsive vesicles (AO1CB[7]VC) in water. Although the mono-allyloxy group, directly tethered on the periphery of CB[7], is much shorter (C4) than the hydrophobic tails of conventional amphiphiles, it played an important role in vesicle formation. Light-activated transformation of the allyloxy group by conjugation with glutathione was exploited as a remote tool to disrupt the vesicle. The vesicle showed on-demand release of cargo upon irradiation by a laser, after they were internalized into cancer cells. This result demonstrated the potential of AO1CB[7]VC as a new type of light-responsive intracellular delivery vehicle for the release of therapeutic cargo, within cells, on demand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3132-3136
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 12
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) ([IBS-R007-D1] and [IBS-R007-Y1]), intramural funding from KIST (2E28030/CAP-17-01-KISTEurope), and the National Research Foundation funded by the Korean Government (MEST; No. NRF-2017R1A2A1A18070960).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • amphiphiles
  • cucurbiturils
  • drug delivery
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • vesicles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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