Photoswitchable Lipids

Online Inquiry

BOC Sciences has always been committed to providing high quality and high purity photoswitchable lipid products to research and laboratories in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life science fields.

What are Photoswitchable Lipids?

Molecular targets involved in photoswitchable lipid-mediated biological processes.Fig.1 Molecular targets involved in photoswitchable lipid-mediated biological processes. (Morstein, J; et al, 2020)

  • Principles of Photoswitchable Lipids

Photoswitchable lipids usually contain photosensitive groups or chromophores in their structure that can change conformation or chemical properties in response to light stimulation. Commonly used photoswitchable lipids are mainly based on azobenzene derivatives, spiro-pyrans, and diaryl ethylene photosensitive groups. Upon irradiation with specific wavelengths of light, photoswitchable lipids undergo isomerization reactions, which result in structural and property changes.

  • Functions of Photoswitchable Lipids

Photoswitchable lipids provide a non-invasive and precise method to manipulate and study cellular processes with high spatial and temporal resolution, serving as a valuable biological research tool of wide interest to researchers. The integration of photoswitchable lipids into biological membranes can be used to regulate various biological processes such as membrane permeability, protein-lipid interactions, ion transport, and membrane fusion.

What are Advantages of Photoswitchable Lipids?

  1. Reversibility: A very important advantage of photoswitchable lipids is reversibility, allowing for repeated activation and deactivation cycles by switching between different isomeric forms in response to light.
  2. High Spatio-temporal Resolution: The use of light as a stimulus allows precise control of the activation or deactivation of light-controlled lipids, permitting localized and targeted manipulations that can dynamically control biological processes with high temporal resolution.
  3. Versatility: Photoswitchable lipids can be designed with a variety of properties depending on the application or experimental needs, such as different absorption spectra, switching kinetics, and response to different wavelengths of light.
  4. Non-invasive Control: Photoswitchable lipids provide a non-invasive method to control the biological system of light, which allows precise spatio-temporal control of biological processes without disrupting cellular integrity.
  5. Remote Control: Light-based lipids open up the possibility for remote control and automation, making remote activation or monitoring feasible.

What are Applications of Photoswitchable Lipids?

  • Development of intelligent remote light-controlled drug delivery systems
  • Non-invasive study of light-mediated control of cellular activity
  • Bionic biofilm development
  • Design and construction of artificial molecular machines based on photoswitchable lipids

Highlights of Photoswitchable Lipid Products from BOC Sciences

  • Firstly, BOC Sciences has high quality lipid raw materials to ensure the synthesis of high quality photoswitchable lipids.
  • Secondly, BOC Sciences has an optimized and professional separation and purification process to ensure the high purity of photoswitchable lipids.
  • Thirdly, BOC Sciences strictly enforces quality testing and quality control standards to ensure the high quality of its products.
  • Finally, photoswitchable lipid products can be easily ordered from BOC Sciences' website and are available in stock for quick delivery.

BOC Sciences offers efficient and customizable ordering and delivery to satisfy our customers' requirements for complex experiments. If you need more information, please feel free to contact our professional team.


  1. Morstein, J; et al. Photoswitchable Lipids. ChemBioChem. 2020: 202000449.

Copyright © BOC Sciences. All rights reserved.

Inquiry Basket