Laser-induced release of encapsulated materials inside living cells

Andre G. Skirtach, Almudena Muñoz Javier, Oliver Kreft, Karen Köhler, Alicia Piera Alberola, Helmuth Möhwald, Wolfgang J. Parak, Gleb B. Sukhorukov

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(Figure Presented) Escape route: The laser-initiated release of fluorescently labeled polymers from polyelectrolyte-multilayer microcapsules is demonstrated inside living cancer cells. A polymer is incorporated in capsules with metal nanoparticles in their walls, which serve as light-absorbing centers. The capsules are internalized by cells and near-infrared light ruptures the walls of the capsules, thus releasing the content into the cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4612-4617
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Drug delivery
  • Multilayers
  • Nanoparticles
  • Photoactivation
  • Polymers


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