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Article Dans Une Revue Biomolecules Année : 2022

Biomimetic Artificial Proton Channels


One of the most common biochemical processes is the proton transfer through the cell membranes, having significant physiological functions in living organisms. The proton translocation mechanism has been extensively studied; however, mechanistic details of this transport are still needed. During the last decades, the field of artificial proton channels has been in continuous growth, and understanding the phenomena of how confined water and channel components mediate proton dynamics is very important. Thus, proton transfer continues to be an active area of experimental and theoretical investigations, and acquiring insights into the proton transfer mechanism is important as this enlightenment will provide direct applications in several fields. In this review, we present an overview of the development of various artificial proton channels, focusing mostly on their design, self-assembly behavior, proton transport activity performed on bilayer membranes, and comparison with protein proton channels. In the end, we discuss their potential applications as well as future development and perspectives.


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hal-04041555 , version 1 (07-06-2023)





Iuliana-Marilena Andrei, Mihail Barboiu. Biomimetic Artificial Proton Channels. Biomolecules, 2022, 12 (10), pp.1473. ⟨10.3390/biom12101473⟩. ⟨hal-04041555⟩
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