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  • 1. Arukuusk, Piret
    et al.
    Pärnaste, Ly
    Hällbrink, Mattias
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Neurochemistry.
    Langel, Ülo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Neurochemistry. Tartu University, Estonia.
    PepFects and NickFects for the Intracellular Delivery of Nucleic Acids2015In: Cell-Penetrating Peptides: Methods and Protocols / [ed] Ülo Langel, New York: Springer, 2015, Vol. 1324, p. 303-315Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nucleic acids can be utilized in gene therapy to restore, alter, or silence gene functions. In order to reveal the biological activity nucleic acids have to reach their intracellular targets by passing through the plasma membrane, which is impermeable for these large and negatively charged molecules. Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) condense nucleic acids into nanoparticles using non-covalent complexation strategy and mediate their delivery into the cell, whereas the physicochemical parameters of the nanoparticles determine the interactions with the membranes, uptake mechanism, and subsequent intracellular fate. The nanoparticles are mostly internalized by endocytosis that leads to the entrapment of them in endosomal vesicles. Therefore design of new CPPs that are applicable for non-covalent complex formation strategy and harness endosomolytic properties is highly vital. Here we demonstrate that PepFects and NickFects are efficient vectors for the intracellular delivery of various nucleic acids.This chapter describes how to form CPP/pDNA nanoparticles, evaluate stable nanoparticles formation, and assess gene delivery efficacy.

  • 2.
    Wahlström, Karolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Neurochemistry.
    Development and characterisation of protecting groups that enhance the solubility of synthetic peptides: Methods to improve the aqueous solubility of hydrophobic peptides2009Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Chemical synthesis of peptides is generally performed by solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS). Although SPPS is a rapid and convenient method to prepare peptides, the major methodological problem in SPPS is related to solvation/solubility. Poor solvation of the peptide during the synthesis on solid phase will frequently lead to deletion peptides and if the peptide is poorly soluble after it has been cleaved from the resin, it can be difficult to purify by liquid chromatography. In order to increase the solubility of peptides, two new amino acid derivatives and a modification of the 2-hydroxy-4-methoxy-benzyl (Hmb) group, a protecting group for the peptide bond, have been developed. The Boc-N-methyl-N-[(2-methylamino)ethyl]carbamoyl (Boc-Nmec) group was used for protection of aromatic hydroxyl groups of tyrosine and the Hmb group. The Boc-4-(N-methyl-amino)butanoyl (Boc-Nmbu) group was used for protection of the indole nitrogen on tryptophan. The new derivatives were introduced into model peptides by standard protocol for Fmoc chemistry. The Boc protection of the Nmec/Nmbu group is removed during the cleavage of the peptide from the resin but the Nmec/Nmbu group is still attached to the peptide. The Nmec/Nmbu group contains a secondary amino group that is protonated at low pH and thereby increases the solubility during purification and handling of the peptide in aqueous solutions. By raising the pH the Nmec (pH 8)/Nmbu (pH 9) group is cleaved by an intramolecular cyclization reaction to give the fully deprotected peptide. Amyloid b (1-42) is a large peptide that is very difficult both to assemble on solid phase and to purify by HPLC.  It is shown that by using the Boc-Nmec protected dipeptides, amyloid b (1-42) could be synthesized by SPPS with only traces of by-products and that the peptide was easy to purify by HPLC. It is likely that the new protecting groups would be very useful in synthesis and handling of hydrophobic peptides.

     

     

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    Wahlström, Karolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Neurochemistry.
    Planstedt, Ove
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Neurochemistry.
    Undén, Anders
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Neurochemistry.
    A carbamoyl-protective group for tyrosine that facilitatespurification of hydrophobic synthetic peptides2008In: Tetrahedron Letters, ISSN 0040-4039, E-ISSN 1359-8562, Vol. 49, no 23, p. 3779-3781Article in journal (Refereed)
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