Optogenetic Control of Non‐Apoptotic Cell Death Academic Article uri icon


  • Herein, a set of optogenetic tools (designated LiPOP) that enable photoswitchable necroptosis and pyroptosis in live cells with varying kinetics, is introduced. The LiPOP tools allow reconstruction of the key molecular steps involved in these two non-apoptotic cell death pathways by harnessing the power of light. Further, the use of LiPOPs coupled with upconversion nanoparticles or bioluminescence is demonstrated to achieve wireless optogenetic or chemo-optogenetic killing of cancer cells in multiple mouse tumor models. LiPOPs can trigger necroptotic and pyroptotic cell death in cultured prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells and in living animals, and set the stage for studying the role of non-apoptotic cell death pathways during microbial infection and anti-tumor immunity.

published proceedings

  • Advanced Science

altmetric score

  • 3.25

author list (cited authors)

  • He, L., Huang, Z., Huang, K., Chen, R., Nguyen, N. T., Wang, R., ... Jing, J. i.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • He, Lian||Huang, Zixian||Huang, Kai||Chen, Rui||Nguyen, Nhung T||Wang, Rui||Cai, Xiaoli||Huang, Zhiquan||Siwko, Stefan||Walker, Joel R||Han, Gang||Zhou, Yubin||Jing, Ji

publication date

  • July 2021