Orthogonal Control of Antibacterial Activity with Light

Willem A. Velema, Jan Pieter van der Berg, Wiktor Szymanski, Arnold J. M. Driessen, Ben L. Feringa*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Selection of a single bacterial strain out of a mixture of microorganisms is of crucial importance in healthcare and microbiology research. Novel approaches that can externally control bacterial selection are a valuable addition to the microbiology toolbox. In this proof-of-concept, two complementary antibiotics are protected with photocleavable groups that can be orthogonally addressed with different wavelengths of light. This allows for the light-triggered selection of a single bacterial strain out of a mixture of multiple strains, by choosing the right wavelength. Further improvement toward additional orthogonally addressable antibiotics might ultimately lead to a novel methodology for bacterial selection in complex populations.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1969-1974
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftACS chemical biology
Nummer van het tijdschrift9
StatusPublished - sep.-2014


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