Thomas Merdan

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Gene and antisense/ribozyme therapy possesses tremendous potential for the successful treatment of genetically based diseases, such as cancer. Several cancer gene therapy strategies have already been realized in vitro, as well as in vivo. A few have even reached the stage of clinical trials, most of them phase I, while some antisense strategies have(More)
BACKGROUND Targeting to integrin receptor alpha(nu)beta(3) by RGD peptides seems to be a promising approach for gene delivery to proliferating endothelial cells of tumor metastases. PEGylation of cationic polymers offers a reduction of non-specific binding to cell surfaces. However, little knowledge exists on the influence of charge shielding by PEGylation(More)
The influence of PEGylation on polyplex stability from poly(ethylene imine), PEI, and plasmid DNA was investigated both in vitro and after intravenous administration in mice. Polyplexes were characterized with respect to particle size (dynamic light scattering), zeta-potential (laser Doppler anemometry), and morphology (atomic force microscopy).(More)
In this study, we describe the synthesis and characterization of a conjugate consisting of poly(ethylene glycol 2,000 Da)(10)-graft-poly(ethylene imine 25 kDa) (PEG-PEI) covalently coupled to Trastuzumab (Herceptin) via N-succinimidyl-3-(2-pyridyldithio)propionate (SPDP) for specific gene delivery to Her2-expressing cell lines. The efficiency of DNA(More)
Specific targeting of ovarian carcinoma cells using pegylated polyethylenimine (PEG-PEI) conjugated to the antigen binding fragment (Fab') of the OV-TL16 antibody, which is directed to the OA3 surface antigen, was the objective of this study. OA3 is expressed by a majority of human ovarian carcinoma cell lines. To demonstrate the ability of the PEG-PEI-Fab'(More)
Catheter-based local delivery of biodegradable nanoparticles (NP) with sustained release characteristics represents a therapeutic approach to reduce restenosis. Paclitaxel-loaded NP consisting of poly(vinyl alcohol)-graft-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PVA-g-PLGA) with varying PLGA chain length as well as poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), were prepared by a(More)
A biodegradable gene transfer vector has been synthesized by linking several low molecular weight (MW) polyethylenimine (PEI, 1200 Da) blocks using an oligo(L-lactic acid-co-succinic acid) (OLSA, 1000 Da). The resulting copolymer P(EI-co-LSA) (8 kDa) is soluble in water and degrades via base-catalyzed hydrolytic cleavage of amide bonds. With regard to its(More)
The polymer, OEI-HD, based on beta-propionamide-cross-linked oligoethylenimine and its chemical transferrin conjugate were evaluated for siRNA delivery into murine Neuro2A neuroblastoma cells in vitro and in vivo. An 80% silencing of luciferase expression in neuroblastoma cells, stably transfected with a luciferase gene, was obtained using standard OEI-HD(More)
In recent years, with the widespread application of high-throughput screening technologies in drug discovery, an increasing number of new chemical entities with extremely poor aqueous solubility have been generated. Their poor solubility represents a major challenge for formulation of these compounds for both oral and parenteral administration. Formulations(More)
Cross-linkable di- and triblock copolymers of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) and monomethoxyl poly(ethylene glycol) (MPEG) were synthesized. These amphiphilic copolymers self-assembled into nanoscale micelles capable of encapsulating hydrophobic paclitaxel in their hydrophobic cores in aqueous solutions. To further enhance their thermodynamic stability,(More)