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Monodisperse amphiphilic oligoethyleneimine (OEI)-β-cyclodextrin (βCD) clusters have been prepared, and their potential as gene delivery systems has been evaluated in comparison with a nonamphiphilic congener. The general prototype incorporates tetraethyleneimine segments linked to the primary rim of βCD through either triazolyl or thioureidocysteaminyl(More)
Fully homogeneous facial amphiphiles consisting in a cyclodextrin (CD) platform onto which a polycationic cluster and a multi-tail hydrophobic moiety have been installed (polycationic amphiphilic CDs; paCDs) self-organized in the presence of plasmid DNA to form nanometric complexes (CDplexes) which exhibit broad-range transfection capabilities. We(More)
Fabry disease (FD) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in the GLA gene often leading to missense α-galactosidase A (α-Gal A) variants that undergo premature endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation due to folding defects. We have synthesized and characterized a new family of neutral amphiphilic pharmacological chaperones,(More)
An efficient general strategy for the incorporation of functional elements onto the secondary hydroxyl rim of beta-cyclodextrin has been developed and applied to the synthesis of a novel series of C7-symmetric homogeneous macromolecular polycations with improved DNA complexing and delivery properties.
The application of the "rigid spacer-mediated linkage between nonreacting centers" concept to the preparation of nonsymmetrical bis-spiroketal structures is demonstrated by the stereoselective synthesis of the bis-spiro fructodisaccharide 1, a minor component of industrial caramels. An o-xylylene bridge has been used to limit the conformational space during(More)
Coupling reaction of (2R,3R,4R,5R)-2,5-hydroxymethyl-3,4-dihydroxypyrrolidine (DMDP) with isothiocyanates afforded the corresponding thiourea adducts, which were transformed into isourea-type bicyclic oxapyrrolizidine glycomimetics by mercury(II) oxide-assisted intramolecular sulfur displacement. Cyclic carbamate and thiocarbamate analogues were also(More)
The preparation of bicyclic carbohydrate mimics related to (+)-castanospermine incorporating a thiohydantoin moiety is reported. The synthetic approach is compatible with molecular diversity-oriented strategies and involves alpha-azidoesters, built at the C-5/C-6 segment in gluco- or galactofuranose scaffolds, as the key precursors. Reduction to the(More)
AIM To study the structural requirements that a cyclooligosaccharide-based nanoparticle must fulfill to be an efficient siRNA transfection vector. MATERIALS & METHODS siRNA protection from degradation by RNAses, transfection efficiency and the thermodynamic parameters of the nanoparticle/siRNA interactions were studied on pairs of amphiphilic molecules(More)