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COACERVÅTE

Coacervation is the general phenomenon where two oppositely charged polymers will condense upon mixing. In biomolecular condensates nucleic acids and negatively charged proteins often act as polyanions, whereas positively charged proteins act as polycations. Other combinations are possible as well.

RNA/peptide-based coacervates have been intensely studied as they constitute a tractable test tube model of cellular RNA granules.