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Title: Plasmid DNA encapsulation within cationic diblock copolymer vesicles for gene delivery
Authors: Korobko, A.V.
Backendorf, C.
Van Der Maarel, J.R.C. 
Issue Date: 3-Aug-2006
Citation: Korobko, A.V., Backendorf, C., Van Der Maarel, J.R.C. (2006-08-03). Plasmid DNA encapsulation within cationic diblock copolymer vesicles for gene delivery. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 110 (30) : 14550-14556. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We report the design and structural characterization of cationic diblock copolymer vesicles loaded with plasmid DNA based on a single emulsion technique. For this purpose, a DNA solution was emulsified in an organic solvent and stabilized by an amphiphilic diblock copolymer. The neutral block forms an interfacial brush, whereas the cationic attachment complexes with DNA. A subsequent change of the quality of the organic solvent results in the collapse of the brush and the formation of a capsule. The capsules are subsequently dispersed in aqueous medium to form vesicles and stabilized with an osmotic agent in the external phase. Inside the vesicles, the plasmid is compacted in a liquid-crystalline fashion as shown by the appearance of birefringent textures under crossed polarizers and the increase in fluorescence intensity of labeled DNA. The compaction efficiency and the size distribution of the vesicles were determined by light and electron microscopy, and the integrity of the DNA after encapsulation and subsequent release was confirmed by gel electrophoresis. We demonstrate reverse transfection of in vitro cultured HeLa cancer cells growing on plasmid-copolymer vesicles deposited on a glass substrate. © 2006 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Journal of Physical Chemistry B
ISSN: 15206106
DOI: 10.1021/jp057363b
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