A needle-and-thread approach to bilayer transport: permeation of a molecular umbrella-oligonucleotide conjugate across a phospholipid membrane.

A di-walled molecular umbrella, composed of two choloyl groups, one spermidine moiety, and a 5-thiol(2-nitrobenzoyl) "handle", was covalently attached to a 16-mer oligonucleotide (S-dT16) through a disulfide bond. Incubation of this conjugate (1) with vesicles made from 1-palmitoyl-2-oleyol-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3… CONTINUE READING