Amphiphilic small peptides for delivery of plasmid DNAs and siRNAs

Amphiphilic small peptides for delivery of plasmid DNAs and siRNAs
심태보허우영방은경나 리 트란조한나전성훈임동권
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Chemical biology & drug design
VOL 91, NO 2-587
Although various delivery systems for nucleic acids have been reported, development of an efficient and non-toxic delivery carrier is still a key subject for gene therapy. To find new efficient delivery carriers for nucleic acids, we synthesized amphiphilic peptides composed of a guanidino group, an oleyl group, and a cysteine. We prepared both linear and branched types of peptides and found that the linear peptides were superior to the branched peptides as nucleic acid carriers. Our study also suggested that the intermolecular cysteine disulfides might allow the linear peptides to form the optimal particle sizes with nucleic acids for cellular uptake. The incorporation of a benzoyl group to the linear peptide gave rise to smaller, less suitable particle size with plasmid DNA, which greatly reduced the efficiency of plasmid DNA delivery. On the other hand, the benzoyl modification maintained the optimal particle size with siRNA, and interestingly it significantly enhanced the siRNA delivery. The higher efficiency is because the hydrophobicity from the benzoyl group might assist in interacting with the hydrophobic cell membrane. This demonstrates that a small structural change can modulate the preference of the carriers. Our study may provide an insight designing efficient delivery carriers.
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