Novel polymer and lipid-based nanocarriers for gene delivery

  • Author / Creator
    Fitzsimmons, Ross
  • The following thesis describes original studies assessing the gene delivery efficacy of novel non-viral carrier combinations. The first panel of non-viral carriers tested are termed AVPs (artificial viral particles), in reference to their structural similarity to enveloped viruses, and were fabricated in a composite manner using a variety of polymers and lipids in order to deliver plasmid DNA. The most effective carrier found in these studies was 25 kDa PEI (polyethylenimine), with none of the AVPs showing a clear superior effect to that of 25 kDa PEI. While a highly effective gene carrier, PEI is extremely cytotoxic and hence PEI was conjugated with PEG (polyethylene glycol) in attempt to decrease its toxicity while maintaining its functionality. Ultimately, it was found that PEGylation generally decreased the transfection efficacy of PEI, but under ideal conditions of PEG substitution and polymer/DNA (w/w) ratio, this decrease in efficacy can be circumvented.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2012
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    Master of Science
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