Ulrich Lächelt

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Although our understanding of RNAi and our knowledge on designing and synthesizing active and safe siRNAs significantly increased during the past decade, targeted delivery remains the major limitation in the development of siRNA therapeutics. On one hand, practical considerations dictate robust chemistry reproducibly providing precise carrier molecules. On(More)
In the forthcoming era of cancer gene therapy, efforts will be devoted to the development of new efficient and non-toxic gene delivery vectors. In this regard, the use of Fmoc/Boc-protected oligo(ethane amino)acids as building blocks for solid-phase-supported assembly represents a novel promising approach towards fully controlled syntheses of effective gene(More)
Intracellularly-acting therapeutic proteins are considered promising alternatives for the treatment of various diseases. Major limitations of their application are low efficiency of intracellular delivery and possible reduction of protein activity during derivatization. Herein, we report pH-sensitive covalent modification of proteins with a histidine-rich(More)
UNLABELLED The cationizable nature of 'proton-sponge' transfection agents facilitates pDNA delivery in several steps. Protonated amines account for electrostatic DNA binding and cellular uptake, buffering amines mediate polyplex escape from acidifying intracellular vesicles. As demonstrated with a sequence-defined library of oligo(ethanamino)amides(More)
For active cell targeting, viruses frequently capitalize on dual-receptor binding. With the intention to mimic this natural process, a dual peptide-based approach for targeting cancer cells was evaluated. For this purpose, sequence-defined pDNA binding oligo (ethane amino) amides containing a PEG chain with a peptidic targeting ligand at its distal end were(More)
Gene silencing mediated by small interfering RNA (siRNA) is a novel approach in the development of new cancer therapeutics. Polycations used for nucleic acid delivery still remain heterogeneous compounds, despite continuous progress in polymer synthetic technologies. Here we report the development of a structural defined folic acid polyethylene glycol (PEG)(More)
Synthetic small interfering RNA (siRNA) is a class of therapeutic entities that allow for specific silencing of target genes via RNA interference (RNAi) and comprise an enormous clinical potential for a variety of diseases, including cancer. However, efficient tissue-specific delivery of siRNA remains the major limitation in the development of RNAi-based(More)
Polyethylenimine (PEI) is a gold standard polycationic transfectant. However, the highly efficient transfecting activity of PEI and many of its derivatives is accompanied by serious cytotoxic complications and safety concerns at innate immune levels, which impedes the development of therapeutic polycationic nucleic acid carriers in general and their(More)
Overexpression of the hepatocyte growth factor receptor/c-Met proto oncogene on the surface of a variety of tumor cells gives an opportunity to specifically target cancerous tissues. Herein, we report the first use of c-Met as receptor for non-viral tumor-targeted gene delivery. Sequence-defined oligomers comprising the c-Met binding peptide ligand cMBP2(More)