Qin-fang Zhang

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For a clinically effective non-viral gene delivery system, a non-toxic and highly efficient vector is of great importance. A series of linear cationic polymers were synthesized by the ring-opening polymerization between diglycidyl ethers and diamines. Their structure-activity relationships as gene delivery vectors were systematically studied. Besides the(More)
A series of cyclen-based linear oligomers bearing hydrophobic long chains (lipopolymers Cy-LC, where Cy and LC represent cyclen-based linear backbone and hydrophobic long chain substituents, respectively) were designed and synthesized. The effects of type and degree of substitution (DS) of hydrophobic long chains on the transfection efficiency were(More)
Polymeric 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecanes (cyclens) using diol glycidyl ether with different chain length as bridges (5a-e) were designed and synthesized from various diols, 1,7-diprotected cyclen and epichlorohydrin. The molecular weights of the title polymers were measured by GPC with good polydispersity. Agarose gel retardation and fluorescent titration(More)
In order to improve the transfection efficiency (TE) and biocompatibility, we synthesized a series of hyperbranched cationic polymers by ring-opening polymerization between diepoxide and several polyamines. These materials can condense plasmid DNA efficiently into nanoparticles that have much lower cytotoxicity than those derived from bPEI. In vitro(More)
A series of novel cationic lipids based on 1,4,7-triazacyclononane (TACN) with different hydrophobic chains were synthesized via the formation of a biodegradable ester bond. These lipids were found to have good buffering capacity at the pH range of 5.0-6.5, which is similar to that of the acidic endosomal compartments. The liposomes formed from these lipids(More)
Cationic lipids have become an efficient type of non-viral vectors for gene delivery. In this Letter, four cationic lipids containing 1,4,7-triazacyclononane (TACN) headgroup, glutamic/aspartic acid backbone and dioleyl tails were designed and synthesized. The TACN headgroup gives these lipids excellent pH buffering capacities, which were higher than(More)
Routine clinical implementation of human gene therapy requires safe and efficient gene delivery methods. Linear biodegradable polyesters with carbon-carbon double bonds are prepared from unsaturated diacids and diols. Subsequent appending of low molecular weight PEI by Michael addition gives target cationic polymers efficiently. Agarose gel retardation and(More)
The development of gene delivery vectors with high efficiency and biocompatibility is one of the key points of gene therapy. A series of polycations were prepared from polyethylenimine (PEI) with several amino acids or their analogs. The target polymers have different charge and hydrophilic/hydrophobic properties, which may affect their performance in the(More)
Synthetic polycations show great potential for the construction of ideal non-viral gene delivery systems. Several cationic polymers were synthesized by the epoxide ring-opening polymerization between diepoxide and various polyamines. Disulfide bonds were introduced to afford the polymers bio-reducibility, while the oxygen-rich structure might enhance the(More)