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The feasibility of a new transfection agent, HBPL, for the production of recombinant IgG antibody via TGE as well as for the transfection of primary cells is studied. Under the conditions investigated, transfection of CHO-DG44 cells using HBPL results in IgG yields that are comparable to those obtained with PEI. In experiments with CHO-K1 cells and MEFs the(More)
In the past decades, polymeric nanoparticles have emerged as a most promising and viable technology platform for targeted and controlled drug delivery. As vehicles, ideal nanoparticles are obliged to possess high drug loading levels, deliver drug to the specific pathological site and/or target cells without drug leakage on the way, while rapidly unload drug(More)
Temperature has been extensively explored as a trigger to control the delivery of a payload from environment-sensitive polymers. The need for an external heat source only allows limited spatiotemporal control over the delivery process. We propose a new approach by using the dissipative properties of a hydrogel matrix as an internal heat source when the(More)
In this study a novel approach for the coating and functionalization of substrates for cell culture and tissue engineering is presented. Glass, silicon, and titanium panes were coated with an ultrathin film (30 +/- 5 nm) of reactive star-shaped poly(ethylene glycol) prepolymers (Star PEG). Homogeneity of the films was checked by optical microscopy and(More)
This feature article provides a compilation of tools available for preparing well-defined peptide/protein-polymer conjugates, which are defined as hybrid constructs combining (i) a defined number of peptide/protein segments with uniform chain lengths and defined monomer sequences (primary structure) with (ii) a defined number of synthetic polymer chains.(More)
This paper reports on the cell uptake and trafficking properties of a series of non-covalent polymer-drug conjugates. These nanomedicines are composed of a poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide) backbone functionalized with multiple copies of a drug. The drug moieties are attached to the polymer via a non-covalent, so called coiled coil motif, which is(More)
This report demonstrates the feasibility of surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization to prepare thin polymer layers ("brushes") that can be functionalized with short peptide ligands and which may be of use as coatings to promote endothelialization of blood-contacting biomaterials. The brushes are composed of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)(More)
A new strategy for the preparation of protein-functionalized polymer brushes is reported, which is based on a combination of surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), p-nitrophenyl chloroformate activation of the surface hydroxyl groups, and subsequent O(6)-benzylguanine (BG) functionalization. The BG-functionalized brushes are used to(More)
This paper describes the synthesis of several novel water-soluble highly branched polypeptides. The synthesis starts with the ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-benzyloxycarbonyl-l-lysine N-carboxyanhydride (Z-Lys NCA) or epsilon-trifluoroacetyl-l-lysine N-carboxyanhydride (TFA-Lys NCA), followed by end functionalization of the peptide chain with(More)