Dimitris Tsiourvas

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A novel dendrimeric compound is designed with the objective of simultaneously addressing issues commonly encountered in drug delivery, i.e., stability in biological milieu as well as targeting. For this purpose, a multifunctional dendrimeric system derived from diaminobutane poly(propylene imine) dendrimers (DAB) is prepared bearing at its external surface(More)
Various strategies for constructing artificial multicompartment vesicular systems, which primitively mimic the structure of eukaryotic cells, are presented. These model systems are appropriate for addressing several issues such as the understanding of cell processes, the development of nanoreactors and novel multicompartment delivery systems for specific(More)
Fourth generation poly(propylene imine) dendrimer has been completely or partially functionalized with guanidinium groups. In the second case, the remaining toxic primary amino groups of the dendrimers were reacted with propylene oxide affording the corresponding hydroxylated derivatives. Five derivatives have been prepared bearing 0, 6, 12, 24 or 32(More)
OBJECTIVE This review describes a strategy for the development of multifunctional dendritic polymers for application as gene delivery systems. These polymers can address the low transfection efficiency usually encountered by synthetic non-viral vectors. METHODS Employing appropriate, well-characterized and mainly commercially available dendritic polymers,(More)
Hypericin (HYP), a photocytotoxic phenanthroperylenquinone was encapsulated in liposomes outfitted with guanidinium-bearing lipids to ensure efficient cell binding through molecular recognition with anionic groups resident on the plasma membrane. The uptake of HYP encapsulated in these liposomes by DU145 human prostate cancer cells, was studied employing(More)
New and emerging therapeutic approaches focus on the targeted delivery of therapeutic agents to cell mitochondria with high specificity. Herein we present a novel mitotropic nanocarrier based on an oligolysine scaffold by addition of two triphenylphosphonium cations per oligomer. Although the parent oligolysine failed to enter healthy cells, the(More)
IMPORTANCE OF THE FIELD The review presents the design strategy and synthesis of multifunctional dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers with the objective to develop effective drug delivery systems. AREAS COVERED IN THIS REVIEW Well-characterized, commercially available dendritic polymers were subjected to functionalization for preparing drug delivery(More)
Multilamellar liposomes consisting of phosphatidylcholine-cholesterol-dihexadecyl phosphate (19:9.5:1 molar ratio) and dispersed in aqueous or phosphate buffer solutions were interacted with poly(propylene imine) dendrimers which were partially functionalized with guanidinium groups. The remaining toxic external primary amino groups of the dendrimers were(More)
This review discusses the development of functional and multifunctional dendrimeric and hyperbranched polymers, collectively called dendritic polymers, with the objective of being applied as drug and gene delivery systems. In particular, using as starting materials known and well-characterized basic dendritic polymers, the review deals with the type of(More)
The interaction of phosphatidyl choline-cholesterol liposomes incorporating dihexadecyl phosphate as recognizable lipid with complementary guanidinylated diaminobutane poly(propylene imine) dendrimers of the fourth and fifth generation afforded liposome-dendrimer aggregates which were redispersed by the addition of an excess of a phosphate buffer. The(More)