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  1. Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Conjugated Polyimine Dynamers as Phase-Sensitive Membrane Probes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 11438-11443

In this report, dynamic polyimines are introduced as multifunctional sensors of lipid bilayer phases. Under mildly acidic conditions, self-condensation of push–pull amino formyl fluorenes into polyimines occurs in solid- or liquid-ordered phases but not in liquid-disordered phases of vesicular membranes. The obtained conjugated polymers are characterized by a progressive red shift of the absorption maxima, the appearance of exciton-coupled circular dichroism (CD) bands, and fluorescence quenching. These characteristics allow multiple modes of detection of membrane phases, which are known to change under membrane tension.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b06668 

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