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In recent years, cell-penetrating peptides have proven to be an efficient intracellular delivery system. The mechanism for CPP internalisation, which first involves interaction with the extracellular matrix, is followed in most cases by endocytosis and finally, depending on the type of endocytosis, an intracellular fate is reached. Delivery of cargo(More)
Endocytosis has been implicated in the cellular uptake of arginine-rich, cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs). However, accumulating evidence suggests that certain conditions allow the direct, non-endocytic penetration of arginine-rich peptides through the plasma membrane. We previously showed that Alexa Fluor 488-labeled dodeca-arginine (R12-Alexa488) directly(More)
Proline-rich peptides are a chemically and structurally diverse family of cell-penetrating vectors characterised by the presence of pyrrolidine rings from prolines. Amphipathic Pro-rich peptides are particularly effective, demonstrating efficient cellular uptake and non-cytotoxicity. Derivatives with hydrophobic moieties, such as fatty acids or silaproline,(More)
Epsin-1 is a representative protein for inducing the positive curvature necessary for the formation of clathrin-coated pits. Here we demonstrate that the N-terminus 18-residue peptide of epsin-1 (EpN18) has this ability per se, as proved by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and solid-state NMR. Moreover, it is shown how this positive curvature(More)
Proline-rich cell-penetrating peptides, particularly the SAP (sweet arrow peptide), (VRLPPP)(3), have been proposed to be useful intracellular delivery vectors, as a result of their lack of cytotoxicity combined with their capacity to be internalized by cells. A common limitation of the therapeutic use of peptides is metabolic instability. In general,(More)
In the field of drug delivery there has been a continuous study of powerful delivery systems to aid non permeable drugs in reaching their intracellular target. Among the systems explored are cell penetrating peptides (CPPs), which first garnered interest a decade ago when the interesting translocation properties of the pioneer CPPs Tat and Antp were(More)
Macrophages that react against pathogenic organisms can also be activated with artificial nanometric units consisting of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) with a peptide coating. Using bone marrow-derived macrophages, here we show that these cells have the capacity to recognize Au NPs once conjugated to two biomedically relevant peptides, the amyloid growth(More)
Arginine-rich cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs), including oligoarginine peptides, have been widely used as a tool for intracellular delivery of various molecules with low membrane permeability. We previously reported the enhanced cytosolic entry of arginine-rich CPPs by the attachment of a short peptide segment, the penetration accelerating sequence (Pas).(More)
There is a growing number of reports showing the usefulness of cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) including oligoarginines for intracellular delivery of macromolecules. Although the covalent attachment of the CPP segments to the cargo molecules is usually required to ensure effective delivery, conventional methods of conjugation need several manipulation(More)
Expressed protein ligation (EPL) is a useful method for the native chemical ligation of proteins with other proteins or peptides. This study assessed the practicability of EPL in the preparation of fusion proteins of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) with chemically synthesized cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) for intracellular delivery. Using(More)