Scientists explore the creation of artificial organelles

Cells have small compartments known as organelles that perform complex biochemical reactions. These compartments have multiple enzymes that work together to execute important cellular functions. Researchers at the Center for Soft and Living Matter within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS, South Korea) have successfully mimicked these nano-scale spatial compartments to create “artificial mitochondria.” The study is published in Nature Catalysis as a cover article. The researchers state that the technology can be used to construct artificial organelles that can supply ATP or other useful molecules to cells in damaged or diseased tissues.

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