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Lighting up with azobenzenes

The chemical introduction of a photoswitchable ligand into ion channel structures should make it possible to study the diverse roles of neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain.

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Figure 1: Ion channels with a light switch.

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Woolley, G. Lighting up with azobenzenes. Nature Chem 4, 75–77 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.1255

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