Optical Control of Glycerolipids and Sphingolipids

Dirk Trauner, Johannes Morstein

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Glycerolipids, sphingolipids, and sterols are the three major classes of membrane lipids. Both glycerolipids and sphingolipids are comprised of combinations of polar headgroups and fatty acid tails. The fatty acid tail can be chemically modified with an azobenzene photoswitch giving rise to photoswitchable lipids. This approach has yielded a number of photopharmacological tools that allow for the control various of aspects of lipid assembly, metabolism, and physiology with light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1022-1025
Number of pages4
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Glycerolipids
  • Photopharmacology
  • Photoswitches
  • Sphingolipids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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