Mechanotransduced chiroptical differentiation of neural stem cells

Chiral photons can accelerate the differentiation of neural stem cells into neurons in vitro and in vivo when DNA-bridged chiral assemblies of gold nanoparticles are tightly entangled with the cells’ cytoskeletal fibres.

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Pep Pàmies

Chief Editor, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Research

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8 months ago

The cover illustrates the differentiation of neural stem cells into neurons via the transduction of chiral photons into force by DNA-bridged chiral assemblies of gold nanoparticles entangled with the neurons’ cytoskeletal fibres.


Image: Hua Kuang and Chuanlai Xu (Jiangnan University), and Nicholas Kotov (University of Michigan). Cover Design: Alex Wing.