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

News & Updates (see all entries)
Jan. 02, 2023 | Research Highlights in December

Paper of the Month December: Rapid and reversible optogenetic silencing of synaptic transmission by clustering of synaptic vesicles.

Featured Paper: Learn more about optogenetic inactivation of proteins with the "LARIAT" tool. 

Dec. 04, 2022 | Research Highlights in November

Paper of the Month November:  Patterned mechanical feedback establishes a global myosin gradient.

Featured Paper: First published application of an optogentic switch in Drosophila: Fast manipulation of cellular cAMP level by light in vivo.

Optogenetic Switches

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UV receptors


Fluorescent proteins


Fluorescent proteins

Dronpa145K/N Dronpa145N pdDronpa1

Cobalamin-binding domains