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Amino Acid-Functionalized Dendritic Polyglycerol For Safe And Effective SiRNA Delivery.

Hanxiang Zeng, Cathleen Schlesener, Olivia R. Cromwell, M. Hellmund, R. Haag, Zhibin Guan
Published 2015 · Chemistry, Medicine

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The development of safe and effective delivery vectors is a great challenge for the medicinal application of RNA interference (RNAi). In this study, we aimed to develop new synthetic transfection agents based on dendritic polyglycercol (dPG), which has shown great biocompatibility in several biomaterial applications. Histidine and aromatic amino acids were conjugated to the amine-terminated dPGs through amide bonds. We systematically tuned the amino acid combination, functionalization ratio, ligand density, and dPG core size to find optimal vectors. It was found that histidine-tryptophan-functionalized dPGs exhibited improved delivery efficiency and greatly reduced toxicity over simple amine-terminated dPGs. Furthermore, the optimized vectors exhibited strong siRNA binding and high transfection efficiency in serum containing media. The results indicate that the current amino acid-functionalized dPG system is a promising candidate for in vivo siRNA delivery applications.
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