Enrico Mastrobattista

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1MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 2QH, UK. 2Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), 8 allée Gaspard Monge, BP 70028, 67083 Strasbourg Cedex, France. 3Department of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel. 4Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, The Hebrew University of(More)
Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding multidisciplinary field in which highly sophisticated nanoscale devices are constructed from atoms, molecules or (macro)molecular assemblies. In the field of gene medicine, systems for delivering nucleic acids are being developed that incorporate virus-like functions in a single nanoparticle. Although their development(More)
Therapeutic peptides/proteins and protein-based antigens are chemically and structurally labile compounds, which are almost exclusively administered by parenteral injections. Recently, non-invasive mucosal routes have attracted interest for administration of these biotherapeutics. Chitosan-based delivery systems enhance the absorption and/or cellular uptake(More)
For cytosolic delivery of liposomes containing macromolecular drugs, such as proteins or nucleic acids, it would be beneficial to bypass endocytosis to prevent degradation in the lysosomes. Recent reports pointed to the possibility that coupling of TAT-peptides to the outer surface of liposome particles would enable translocation over the cellular plasma(More)
In many different studies nanocarriers modified with targeting ligands have been used to target to the brain. Many ligands have been successful, but it is difficult to compare results from different studies to determine which targeting ligand is the best. Therefore, we selected five targeting ligands (transferrin, RI7217, COG133, angiopep-2, and CRM197) and(More)
Several in vivo techniques have been developed to study and measure the uptake of CNS compounds into the brain. With these techniques, various parameters can be determined after drug administration, including the blood-to-brain influx constant (Kin), the permeability-surface area (PS) product, and the brain uptake index (BUI). These techniques have been(More)
Screening of new gene delivery candidates regarding transfection efficiency and toxicity is usually performed by reading out transgene expression levels relative to a reference formulation after in vitro transfection. However, over the years and among different laboratories, this screening has been performed in a variety of cell lines, using a variety of(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the influence of structural properties of N,N,N-trimethyl chitosan (TMC) on its adjuvanticity. Therefore, TMCs with varying degrees of quaternization (DQ, 22-86%), O-methylation (DOM, 0-76%) and acetylation (DAc 9-54%) were formulated with whole inactivated influenza virus (WIV). The formulations were characterized(More)
Virus-like particles (VLPs), aggregates of capsid proteins devoid of viral genetic material, show great promise in the fields of vaccine development and gene therapy. These particles spontaneously self-assemble after heterologous expression of viral structural proteins. This review will focus on the use of virus-like particles derived from polyomavirus(More)
In order to study the influence of antigen composition, spatial organization of antigen and the route of administration, four cell culture-derived, inactivated, nonadjuvanted influenza vaccine formulations, i.e. whole inactivated virus (WIV), split, subunit and virosome vaccines were prepared from a single antigen batch. We directly compared the(More)