Delivery of siRNA using Lysine-Functionalized Rosette Nanotubes for Cancer Therapy

  • Author / Creator
    Ho, Uyen T
  • Cancer remains to be one of the deadliest diseases world-wide due to its effect on millions of lives per year. The discovery of RNA interference and delivery of siRNA (small-interfering RNA) for protein silencing have been widely used for treatment of cancer cells. Research in our lab focuses on G∧C molecules (hybrid of guanine and cytosine bases) that can self-assemble into rosette nanotubes (RNTs) in physiological environment, proves to be biocompatible for in vitro and in vivo applications. This dissertation explores the lysine functionalized-twin RNTs (KnT RNTs, n = number of lysine residues) and lysine-functionalized mono RNTs (K1 RNTs). Gel retardation assay and fluorescence imaging showed that cationic charges on the RNTs strongly affect the binding interaction with siRNA and the intracellular delivery of the RNTs-siRNA complexes. K3T RNTs and K1 RNTs were assessed to demonstrate their low toxicity and effectiveness in siRNA delivery for protein silencing in cancer cells (A549 and HCT116).

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    Fall 2013
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Vederas, John (Chemistry)
    • Campbell, Robert (Chemistry)