Author(s): Bowman MC, Ballard TE, Ackerson CJ, Feldheim DL, Margolis DM, , Bowman MC, Ballard TE, Ackerson CJ, Feldheim DL, Margolis DM,
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Abstract The design and synthesis of a multivalent gold nanoparticle therapeutic is presented. SDC-1721, a fragment of the potent HIV inhibitor TAK-779, was synthesized and conjugated to 2.0 nm diameter gold nanoparticles. Free SDC-1721 had no inhibitory effect on HIV infection; however, the (SDC-1721)-gold nanoparticle conjugates displayed activity comparable to that of TAK-779. This result suggests that multivalent presentation of small molecules on gold nanoparticle surfaces can convert inactive drugs into potent therapeutics.
This article was published in J Am Chem Soc
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research