alexa Nonviral gene carriers based on diblock copolymers of poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) and linear polyethylenimine.
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Journal of Biotechnology & Biomaterials

Author(s): Hsiue GH, Chiang HZ, Wang CH, Juang TM

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Abstract Diblock copolymers that consist of poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) (PEOz) and linear polyethylenimine (LPEI) were prepared for use as nonviral gene carriers. The PEOz-b-LPEI copolymers were synthesized by coupling PEOz with LPEI in a thiol-disulfide exchange reaction between the sulfhydryl and pyridyl disulfide terminal groups. A polymer/DNA weight ratio (P/D) of over 12 was required to enable PEOz-b-LPEI to condense DNA completely. The DNA-condensing capability of the diblock copolymers was increased with increasing the hydrolytic degrees of the LPEI segment. The PEOz-b-LPEI polyplexes were stable in 150 mM NaCl aqueous solution and had a mean diameter around 190 nm, whereas BPEI and LPEI polyplexes formed large aggregates in the range 300-500 nm. In addition, these polyplexes exhibited the sensitivity to solution pH and were dissociated in the acidic buffers (pH < or = 5.5). The results of in vitro cell viability and luciferase assay indicated that PEOz-b-LPEI showed not only low cytotoxicity but also high transfection efficiency in gene expression. This article was published in Bioconjug Chem and referenced in Journal of Biotechnology & Biomaterials

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