Intaking molecular information from the external environment is essential for the normal functioning of artificial cells/molecular robots. Herein, we report the design and function of a membrane nanopore using a DNA origami square tube with a cross-section of 100 nm2. When the nanopore is added to a giant vesicle that mimics a cell membrane, the permeation of large external hydrophilic fluorescent molecules is observed. Furthermore, the addition of up to four ssDNA strands enables size-based selective transport of molecules. A controllable artificial nanopore should facilitate the communication between the vesicle components and their environment.
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