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Synthesis and Gene Transfection Efficacies of PEI−Cholesterol-Based Lipopolymers

Bajaj, Avinash and Kondaiah, Paturu and Bhattacharya, Santanu (2008) Synthesis and Gene Transfection Efficacies of PEI−Cholesterol-Based Lipopolymers. In: Bioconjugate Chemistry .

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Abstract

Nine lipopolymers based on low molecular weight polyethyleneimines (PEI) and cholesterol via an ether linkage between the polymer amine and the cholesterol backbone have been synthesized. Different percentage of cholesterol moieties have been grafted on three types of PEI of molecular weights 800, 1200, and 2000. These lipopolymers were studied for gene transfection activities in HeLa cells. All the lipopolymers were first optimized for enhanced transfection efficacies as coliposomes with DOPE. All lipopolymers are better transfecting agents and highly serum compatible than commercially available PEI-25KDa. Transfection efficacies and serum compatibility of lipopolymers were found to be dependent upon the MW of PEI used for lipopolymer synthesis and percentage of cholesterol grafting on lipopolymers. Cell viability assay showed that PEI-25KDa is highly toxic as compared to all the lipopolymers. Lipopolyplexes were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, which showed the presence of spherical aggregates.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics (formed by the merger of DBGL and CRBME)
Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/15446

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