Liposomes and polymersomes: a comparative review towards cell mimicking

Emeline Rideau, Rumiana Dimova, Petra Schwille, Frederik R. Wurm*, Katharina Landfester

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Cells are integral to all forms of life due to their compartmentalization by the plasma membrane. However, living organisms are immensely complex. Thus there is a need for simplified and controllable models of life for a deeper understanding of fundamental biological processes and man-made applications. This is where the bottom-up approach of synthetic biology comes from: a stepwise assembly of biomimetic functionalities ultimately into a protocell. A fundamental feature of such an endeavor is the generation and control of model membranes such as liposomes and polymersomes. We compare and contrast liposomes and polymersomes for a better a priori choice and design of vesicles and try to understand the advantages and shortcomings associated with using one or the other in many different aspects (properties, synthesis, self-assembly, applications) and which aspects have been studied and developed with each type and update the current development in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8572-8610
JournalChemical Society reviews
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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