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Effects of a PEG additive on the biomolecular interactions of self-assembled dendron nanostructures.
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PMID:  23032349     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The ability of self-assembling multivalent DNA-binding dendrons to interact with biological targets is modified by co-assembly with two novel low-molecular-weight cholesterol-functionalised PEG units, one based on triethylene glycol (Chol-PEG-3) and one on an octaethylene glycol (Chol-PEG-8). The addition of either PEG lipid affected the co-assembled nanostructure surface charge and size in different ways depending on the structure of the self-assembling DNA-binding dendron. Co-assembly with Chol-PEG-8 enhanced DNA binding, while Chol-PEG-3 inhibited it. Insertion of Chol-PEG-8 into the aggregates modified their ability to cross a model mucus layer, the details of which can be understood in terms of a balance between the mucoadhesivity due to the surface charge of the nanoscale aggregates and that due to the PEG groups. This study demonstrates that the interaction of nanoscale assemblies with biological systems depends on a number of different factors in a sometimes unpredictable way. Given how simply multiple building blocks can be combined by self-assembly, we conclude that self-assembled multivalent systems have great potential for optimisation to maximise their biological and clinical activity.
Anna Barnard; Marcelo Calderon; Ariane Tschiche; Rainer Haag; David K Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Organic & biomolecular chemistry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1477-0539     ISO Abbreviation:  Org. Biomol. Chem.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101154995     Medline TA:  Org Biomol Chem     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington, York, YO105DD, UK.
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