Platform on Molecular Optogenetics

OptoBase is an annotated database, which aims to cover all existing not ion-flux 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

News & Updates (see all entries)
Aug. 06, 2019 | Search for Publications by Journal

Use the new OptoBase syntax option — journal:”name of your journal of interest” — to search for papers by journal name, be it a full name or its ISO abbreviation. Extra tip: use partial queries, such as journal:"ACS" or journal:”Nature”, to retrieve papers from whole journal collections. 

Jan. 13, 2019 | New year, new tool: Glossary

OptoBase has been upgraded with a new tool — Glossary. There you will find brief definitions of various terms and abbreviations commonly used in optogenetics. P.s.: You are most welcome to suggest new terms via our submission form

Optogenetic Switches

(see the extended overview of the switches)

Click on a switch for additional information.

UV Violet Blue Cyan Green Yellow Red Far Red
300 nm 400 nm 500 nm 600 nm 700 nm

UV receptors

UVR8/COP1 UVR8/UVR8

Fluorescent proteins

PYP

Fluorescent proteins

Dronpa145K/N Dronpa145N pdDronpa1

Cobalamin-binding domains

MxCBD TtCBD