The iGEM team at the University of Aachen was helped by Krytox™ in the M.A.R.S. research project.
With their M.A.R.S.-Project the iGEM-Team of the University of Aachen was awarded a sensational second place in the overall ranking for Master students. In addition they received the gold medal for the best project in bases promotion as well as for the best video project. (Have a look at that video here.)
Costenoble congratulates the researchers of the RWTH Aachen.
The M.A.R.S.-Project provides an innovative possibility to produce the cofactor ATP (adenosine triphosphate) with the help of light-operated protocells. These protocells can be captured by magnets to be reused. By this “recycling system” ATP-powered enzymatic processes can be driven. Learn more about the project and how Krytox™ helps producing the liposomes needed for that process.
Charging the energy source
The conversion back to the energy source ATP is achieved by once again tying up to monophosphate molecule released in the ‘breakdown process’. Liposomes measuring between 100 and 1000 nanometres are used to initiate this reaction. These liposomes are the smallest particles composed of individual lipids.
Lipids as the body’s basic building blocks
Lipids are the fats that take on a great deal of key functions in the body. They are highly concentrated energy reservoirs and signal carriers, as well as endogenous structure components that fulfil important functions in the body.