Graphene may be used to remove cholesterol

Researchers from the University of Silesia in Poland are looking into using Graphene and Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to remove excess cholesterol from living tissues. Using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, the team says that a graphene sheet (of 720 carbon atoms), placed 2.3 nm from cholesterol-covered 1LQV protein significantly increased the mobility of the cholesterol molecules, reflecting their migration onto the graphene surface.

After this migration, a large number of cholesterol molecules were removed from the cluster surrounding the protein.

Posted: Oct 20,2011 by Ron Mertens