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Evidence of interlipidic ion-pairing in anion-induced DNA release from cationic amphiphile-DNA complexes. Mechanistic implications in transfection

Bhattacharya, Santanu and Mandal, Subhrangsu S (1998) Evidence of interlipidic ion-pairing in anion-induced DNA release from cationic amphiphile-DNA complexes. Mechanistic implications in transfection. In: Biochemistry, 37 (21). pp. 7764-7777.

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Abstract

Complex formation of DNA with a number of cationic amphiphiles has been examined using fluorescence, gel electrophoresis, and chemical nuclease digestion. Here we have addressed the status of both DNA and lipid upon complexation with each other. DNA upon binding with cationic amphiphiles changes its structure in such a way that it loses the ability to intercalate and becomes resistant to nuclease digestion. Fluorescence anisotropy measurements due to 1,6-diphenylhexatriene (DPH) doped in cationic liposomes demonstrated that upon complexation with DNA, the resulting complexes still retain lamellar organizations with modest enhancement in thermal stabilities. The lipid-DNA complexation is most effective only when the complexation was carried out at or around the phase transition temperatures of the cationic lipid employed in the complexation with DNA. The release of DNA from cationic lipid-DNA complexes could be induced by several anionic additives. Determination of fluorescence anisotropies (due to DPH) as a function of temperature clearly demonstrates that the addition of equivalent amounts of anionic amphiphile into cationic lipid-DNA complexes leads to the ion-pairing of the amphiphiles, the melting profiles of which are virtually the same as those obtained in the absence of DNA. In this process DNA gets released from its complexes with cationic lipids and regains its natural intercalation ability, movement, and staining ability on agarose gel and also the sensitivities toward nuclease digestion. This clearly suggests that combination of ion-pairing and hydrophobic interactions between cationic and anionic amphiphiles is stronger than the electrostatic forces involved in the cationic lipid-DNA complexation. It is further revealed that the DNA release by anions is most efficient from the cationic lipid-DNA complexes at or around the T-m of the cationic lipid used in DNA complexation. This explains why more effective DNA delivery is achieved with cationic lipids that bear unsaturated hydrocarbon chains than with their saturated hydrocarbon counterparts.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2009 10:42
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:24
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/18634

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