Photoluminescent organisms: how to make fungi glow through biointegration with lanthanide metal-organic frameworks

Jeferson Rosário, Leonis L. da Luz, Regina Geris, Jéssica G. S. Ramalho, Antônio F. da Silva, Severino Alves Júnior, Marcos Malta
  • Scientific Reports, May 2019, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-43835-x

Adding Ln-MOFs on the fungal ultrastructure make them bright.

Photo by Timothy Dykes on Unsplash

Photo by Timothy Dykes on Unsplash

What is it about?

Ln-MOFs can be integrated on the structure (cell wall and organelles) of filamentous fungi. They can be easily visualized using conventional fluorescence microscopes.

Why is it important?

We present a straightforward method to functionalize these microorganisms, open new opportunities to study them by bio-image.


Marcos Malta
Universidade Federal da Bahia

It is possible to modulate the physicochemical properties of such biohybrids, simply varying the abiotic component.

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