Meghan J Reilly

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This goal of this work was to explore histone H3 tail peptides containing transcriptionally activating modifications for their potential as gene delivery materials. We have found that these H3 tail peptides, in combination with the cationic polymer poly(ethylenimine) (PEI), can effectively bind and protect plasmid DNA. The H3/PEI hybrid polyplexes were(More)
ATP bioluminescence, based on the firefly luciferase system, is used for the rapid determination of hygienic practices in the food industry. This study has demonstrated the use of caged ATP as an internal ATP standard and quantified the effects of industrial cleansing solutions, alcoholic beverages and pH on firefly luciferase activity. The light signal was(More)
Pluronic F127, a triblock copolymer of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(propylene oxide) (PPO), has generated considerable interest as a drug delivery vehicle due to its ability to gel at physiological temperatures. This work examines the gelation behavior of Pluronic F127 in the presence of a series of hydrophobic pharmaceuticals, to determine whether(More)
The cellular machinery involved in the internalization of nonviral gene carriers and their subsequent trafficking to the nucleus directly impacts their therapeutic efficiency. Hence, identifying key endocytic pathways and organelles that contribute to the successful transfer of polyplexes to the nucleus generates new opportunities for improving carrier(More)
We present results on the effects of various hydrophobic drugs and additives on the micellar structure of Pluronic F127 solutions. Small-angle neutron scattering experiments on 5wt% F127 solutions were used to measure micelle core size (R(1)), micelle corona size (R(2)), intermicellar interaction distance (R(int)), polydispersity (sigma), and aggregation(More)
Nonviral gene delivery has seen limited clinical application due in part to the inefficiency with which most nonviral vehicles navigate the intracellular gene delivery pathway. One key problem is the inability of most DNA-packaging materials to release DNA and enable its efficient transcription. Thus, our aim was to develop gene delivery polyplexes capable(More)
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