Electronic communication of cells with a surface mediated by boronic acid saccharide interactions

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The fabrication of a molecularly tailored surface functionalised with a saccharide binding motif, a phenyl boronic acid derivative is reported. The functionalised surface facilitated the transfer of electrons, via unique electronic interactions mediated by the presence of the boronic acid, from a macrophage cell line. This is the first example of eukaryotic cellular-electrical communication mediated by the binding of cells via their cell–surface saccharide units.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17213-17216
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number51
Early online date15 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2015