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Photoswitchable Lipids

Alfa Chemistry is pleased to introduce our photoswitchable lipid products. These specially designed lipids bring breakthrough innovation to RNA delivery with unique light-responsive properties that precisely control the release and activity of RNA molecules. With our photoswitchable lipids, you can take RNA therapy to a new level of precision and versatility.

Understanding Photoswitchable Lipids

Photoswitchable lipids are a class of molecules that can undergo reversible changes in structure or properties in response to light. These molecules typically consist of a lipid fraction (e.g., a fatty acid or lipid-derived structure) and a photosensitive moiety that can be activated or deactivated by light.

The photosensitive moiety in a photoswitchable lipid is usually a chromophore. Upon absorption of light, the chromophore undergoes structural changes that result in alterations in the overall properties of the lipid. This may include changes in solubility, surface activity, or self-assembly behavior.

Applications of Photoswitchable Lipids

One common application of photoswitchable lipids is in the field of photochemical biology. By incorporating it into cell membranes or lipid bilayers, the physical properties of the membrane can then be manipulated in a spatiotemporal manner. Membrane properties such as permeability or flow can be precisely controlled simply by illuminating the system with light of specific wavelengths.

Figure 1. Modulation of membrane properties using photoswitchable lipids to induce dynamic changes within embedded membrane proteinsFigure 1. Modulation of membrane properties using photoswitchable lipids to induce dynamic changes within embedded membrane proteins[1].

Currently, photoswitchable lipids have been used to develop light-responsive drug delivery systems. By attaching photoswitchable lipids to drug molecules or nanocarriers, researchers can achieve light-triggered drug release at specific locations in the body. This approach offers advantages in spatial and temporal control of drug delivery, potentially reducing side effects and improving treatment outcomes.

Features and Benefits of Photoswitchable Lipids

  • Light-triggered Release - Photoswitchable lipids provide a non-invasive, time-controlled release mechanism for RNA molecules.
  • Controlled Delivery - Using photoswitchable lipids, RNA delivery to specific target cells or tissues can be precisely controlled.
  • Superior Biocompatibility - Photoswitchable lipids have excellent biocompatibility, minimizing any potential cytotoxicity or immune response.

Customizable Formulations

Alfa Chemistry can work closely with you to customize the properties of photoswitchable lipids, such as photosensitivity, release kinetics and stability, to meet your specific requirements and optimize the performance of your RNA delivery system.

We are committed to supporting your research and development efforts. Our team of scientists and technologists is available to provide guidance, assist with experimental design, and offer technical support to ensure the successful integration of our photoswitchable lipids into your RNA delivery program.


  1. Doroudgar, M; et al. How Photoswitchable Lipids Affect the Order and Dynamics of Lipid Bilayers and Embedded Proteins. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143(25): 9515-9528.

Our products and services are for research use only and cannot be used for any clinical purposes.

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