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The species-specific pattern of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) expression was investigated in order to identify species closely related to man which can be used as potential cystic fibrosis (CF) animal models. To this purpose, the nucleotide sequences of the CFTR promoter region of eight mammalian species representing four(More)
Novel cationic liposomes, termed "archaeosomes", based on mixtures of neutral/cationic bilayer-forming lipids and archaeobacterial synthetic tetraether-type bipolar lipids show efficient in vitro gene transfection properties and represent a new approach for modulating the lipidic membrane fluidity of the complexes they form with DNA.
In absence of experimental 3D structures, several homology models, based on ABC exporter 3D structures, have provided significant insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying the function of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, a chloride channel whose defects are associated with cystic fibrosis (CF). Until now, these(More)
Since recombinant viral vectors have been associated with serious side effects, such as immunogenicity and oncogenicity, synthetic delivery systems represent a realistic alternative for achieving efficacy in gene therapy. A major challenge for non-viral nanocarriers is the optimization of transgene expression in the targeted cells. This goal can be achieved(More)
Cationic lipids constitute a family of synthetic vectors commonly used for nucleic acids delivery. We herein report the results of a systematic study that aimed to compare the transfection efficacies of cationic lipophosphoramidates possessing either two identical lipid chains (termed symmetric cationic lipids) or two different lipid chains (non-symmetric(More)
The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein is a member of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter superfamily that functions as an ATP-gated channel. Considerable progress has been made over the last years in the understanding of the molecular basis of the CFTR functions, as well as dysfunctions causing the common genetic(More)
Lipophosphoramidates have previously been identified as efficient vectors for gene delivery. The incorporation of functional groups that respond to a physiological stimulus is hypothesised to further improve the efficacy of this type of vector and eventually reduce its cytotoxicity. In the present work, we report the effects of the incorporation of two(More)
When considering a family of cationic lipids designed for gene delivery, the nature of the cationic polar head probably has a great influence on both the transfection efficacy and toxicity. Starting from a cationic lipothiophosphoramidate bearing a trimethylammonium headgroup, we report herein the impact on gene transfection activity of the replacement of(More)
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