David Keith Smith

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This paper investigates a series of dendrons based on the Newkome dendritic scaffold that displays a naturally occurring polyamine (spermine) on their surface. These dendrons have previously been shown to interact with DNA in a generation dependent manner with the more highly branched dendrons exhibiting a strong multivalency effect for the spermine surface(More)
This paper uses a combined experimental and theoretical approach to gain unique insight into gene delivery. We report the synthesis and investigation of a new family of second-generation dendrons with four triamine surface ligands capable of binding to DNA, degradable aliphatic-ester dendritic scaffolds, and hydrophobic units at their focal points. Dendron(More)
It is likely that nanofabrication will underpin many technologies in the 21st century. Synthetic chemistry is a powerful approach to generate molecular structures that are capable of assembling into functional nanoscale architectures. There has been intense interest in self-assembling low-molecular-weight gelators, which has led to a general understanding(More)
Multivalency is a powerful strategy for achieving high-affinity molecular recognition in biological systems. Recently, attention has begun to focus on using self-assembly rather than covalent scaffold synthesis to organize multiple ligands. This approach has a number of advantages, including ease of synthesis/assembly, tunability of nanostructure morphology(More)
This paper compares covalent and non-covalent approaches for the organisation of ligand arrays to bind integrins. In the covalent strategy, linear RGD peptides are conjugated to first and second generation dendrons, and using a fluorescence polarisation competition assay, the first generation compound is demonstrated to show the most effective integrin(More)
This paper reports the application of molecular dynamics methods to understand the interactions between dendritic molecules with spermine surface groups and double-helical DNA. Importantly, we are able to reproduce the binding effects observed experimentally, indicating that this type of modeling is robust and reliable. The energetic effects were(More)
We report the synthesis, DNA binding ability and preliminary gene delivery profiles of dendrons with different amine surface groups, 1,3-diaminopropane (DAP), N,N-di-(3-aminopropyl)-N-(methyl)amine (DAPMA) and spermine (SPM). By using a combination of ethidium bromide displacement, gel electrophoresis and transfection assays, it is shown that the dendrons(More)
This paper develops a structure-activity relationship understanding of the way in which surfactant-like dendrons with hydrophilic spermine surface groups and a variety of lipophilic units at their focal points can self-assemble and subsequently bind to DNA with high affinity. The choice of functional group at the focal point of the dendron and the high(More)
Nature has evolved proteins and enzymes to carry out a wide range of sophisticated tasks. Proteins modified with functional polymers possess many desirable physical and chemical properties and have applications in nanobiotechnology. Here we describe multivalent Newkome-type polyamine dendrons that function as synthetic DNA binding domains, which can be(More)