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Current Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 0929-8673
ISSN (Online): 1875-533X

Self-Assembling Nucleic Acid Delivery Vehicles via Linear, Water-Soluble, Cyclodextrin-Containing Polymers

Author(s): M. E. Davis, S. H. Pun, N. C. Bellocq, T. M. Reineke, S. R. Popielarski, S. Mishra and J. D. Heidel

Volume 11, Issue 2, 2004

Page: [179 - 197] Pages: 19

DOI: 10.2174/0929867043456179

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Non-viral (synthetic) nucleic acid delivery systems have the potential to provide for the practical application of nucleic acid-based therapeutics. We have designed and prepared a tunable, non-viral nucleic acid delivery system that self-assembles with nucleic acids and centers around a new class of polymeric materials; namely, linear, water-soluble cyclodextrin-containing polymers. The relationships between polymer structure and gene delivery are illustrated, and the roles of the cyclodextrin moieties for minimizing toxicity and forming inclusion complexes in the self-assembly processes are highlighted. This vehicle is the first example of a polymer-based gene delivery system formed entirely by self-assembly.

Keywords: cyclodextrin-polymers, nucleic acid delivery, non-viral delivery, self-assembly, supramolecular structures, gene delivery

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