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Dendrimers are highly branched macromolecules of low polydispersity that provide many exciting opportunities for design of novel drug-carriers, gene delivery systems and imaging agents. They hold promise in tissue targeting applications, controlled drug release and moreover, their interesting nanoscopic architecture might allow easier passage across(More)
The fusion of different protein domains via peptide linkers is a powerful, modular approach to obtain proteins with new functions. A detailed understanding of the conformational behavior of peptide linkers is important for applications such as fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based sensor proteins and multidomain proteins involved in(More)
Different generations of Gd(III)DTPA-terminated poly(propylene imine) dendrimers {G1 [n = 4 Gd(III) ions per molecule], G3 (n = 16) and G5 (n = 64)} and reference Gd(III)DTPA complex [G0 (n = 1)] were characterized in terms of (i) longitudinal (r1) and transverse (r2) relaxivities in mouse blood plasma, (ii) concentration detection limits in vitro and (iii)(More)
Supramolecular polymers can be random and entangled coils with the mechanical properties of plastics and elastomers, but with great capacity for processability, recycling, and self-healing due to their reversible monomer-to-polymer transitions. At the other extreme, supramolecular polymers can be formed by self-assembly among designed subunits to yield(More)
A class of amphiphilic macromolecules has been synthesized by combining well-defined polystyrene (PS) with poly(propylene imine) dendrimers. Five different generations, from PS-dendr-NH(2) up to PS-dendr-(NH(2))(32), were prepared in yields of 70 to 90 percent. Dynamic light scattering, conductivity measurements, and transmission electron microscopy show(More)
Minimally invasive intervention strategies after myocardial infarction use state-of-the-art catheter systems that are able to combine mapping of the infarcted area with precise, local injection of drugs. To this end, catheter delivery of drugs that are not immediately pumped out of the heart is still challenging, and requires a carrier matrix that in the(More)
Fluorescent indicators for the real-time imaging of small molecules or metal ions in living cells are invaluable tools for understanding their physiological function. Genetically encoded sensors based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between fluorescent protein domains have important advantages over synthetic probes, but often suffer from a(More)
Fluorescent indicators that allow real-time imaging of Zn(II) in living cells are invaluable tools for understanding Zn(II) homeostasis. Genetically encoded sensors based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer between fluorescent protein domains have important advantages over synthetic probes. We discovered that hexahistidine tags have a strong tendency(More)