Platform on Molecular Optogenetics

OptoBase is an annotated database, which aims to cover all existing non-opsin-based optogenetic switches and publications. It is meant for both expert optogeneticists, to easily keep track of the field, as well as for all researchers who find optogenetics inviting as a powerful tool to address their biological questions of interest.

Cite as: K. Kolar et al.: OptoBase: A Web Platform for Molecular Optogenetics. ACS Synth. Biol. 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.8b00120

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Aug. 06, 2023 | Research Highlights in July

Fascinating research in combination with a little bit of fun:

Paper of the Month July: "A biological camera that captures and stores images directly into DNA."

Featured Paper: "Designer Condensates: A Toolkit for the Biomolecular Architect."

Optogenetic Switches

(see the extended overview of the switches)

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UV receptors


Fluorescent proteins


Fluorescent proteins

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Cobalamin-binding domains