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Azobenzene is used to construct photoswitch tethered ligands to turn protein activity on and off. It is also used to increase the extracellular or intracellular concentration of active molecules to study the mechanism of action of sympathetic and parasympathetic neuromediators.
Andreas Archut; Fritz Vögtle; Luisa De Cola; Gianluca Camillo Azzellini; Vincenzo Balzani; P. S. Ramanujam and Rolf H. Berg. Azobenzene-Functionalized Cascade Molecules: Photoswitchable Supramolecular Systems. Chemistry - A European Journal.1998, 4, 699-706.
Hazard Statements: H302-H332-H340-H373
Harmful if swallowed. Harmful if inhaled. May cause genetic defects. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P260-P264b-P270-P271-P281-P301+P312-P304+P340-P308+P313-P330-P501c
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