Photoactivatable CO release from engineered protein crystals to modulate NF-κB activation

Chem Commun (Camb). 2016 Mar 25;52(24):4545-8. doi: 10.1039/c5cc10440h.


Photoactivatable CO releasing protein crystals were developed by immobilization of Mn carbonyl complexes in polyhedral crystals, which are spontaneously formed in insect cells. The photoactivatable CO release from the engineered protein crystals activates nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) upon stimulation by visible light irradiation with suppression of cytotoxicity of the Mn complex.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carbon Monoxide / chemistry*
  • NF-kappa B / metabolism*
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Spodoptera


  • NF-kappa B
  • Proteins
  • Carbon Monoxide