Sariah Khormaee

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The use of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) to down-regulate the expression of disease-associated proteins carries significant promise for the treatment of a variety of clinical disorders. One of the main barriers to the widespread clinical use of siRNAs, however, is their entrapment and degradation within the endolysosomal pathway of target cells. Here we(More)
pH-responsive polymers have been synthesised by grafting l-valine (PV-75), l-leucine (PL-75) and l-phenylalanine (PP-75) onto the pendant carboxylic acid moieties of a pseudo-peptide, poly(l-lysine iso-phthalamide), at a stoichiometric degree of substitution of 75 mol%. The effect of such modification on the pH-, concentration- and time-dependent cell(More)
A series of pH-responsive polymers have been synthesized by grafting L-leucine onto the pendant carboxylic acid groups of the linear pseudopeptide, poly(L-lysine iso-phthalamide). The effect of the degree of grafting on aqueous solution properties, cell membrane-disruptive activity, and in vitro cytotoxicity was examined by UV-visible and fluorescence(More)
The clinical potential of short interfering RNA (siRNA) based therapeutics remains hindered by the challenge of delivering enough siRNA into the cytoplasm to yield a clinically relevant effect. Although much research has focused on optimizing delivery vehicles for this class of molecules, considerably less is known about the microenvironmental influences on(More)
The endosomal membrane has proven to be a challenging barrier for the delivery of therapeutic biomacromolecules, including DNA, siRNA and proteins, which are taken up by endosomes but cannot freely diffuse across lipid bilayers. Anionic polymers that undergo conformational changes and become membrane disruptive in low-pH environments have the potential to(More)
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