Hydrogen Polysulfide Biosignal-Responsive Polymersomes as a Nanoplatform for Distinguishing Intracellular Reactive Sulfur Species (RSS).

Abstract

Reactive sulfur species (RSS) are a family of crucial biosignals for regulating cell processes. Among these, hydrogen polysulfide (H2 Sn , n ≥ 2) is a hallmark of tumor suppressor activation and regarded as the actual regulator to mediate sulfur-related biology. However, high effective recognition of intracellular H2 Sn is insurmountable due to its extremely low concentration and the disturbance of RSS analogues. Here an H2 Sn -responsive macromolecule that can distinguish H2 Sn from intracellular RSS through polymer degradation in ultrasensitive and highly selective manner is reported. This kind of polymers can further self-assemble into vesicular nanostructure. Upon cell uptake, they can be function as "all-in-one" H2 Sn -nanoplatforms, in order to fulfill multiple ambitious tasks including monitoring the H2 Sn biosynthetic pathways, unraveling the puzzles of H2 Sn -mediated cellular events, and conducting H2 Sn pathological milieu-specific drug delivery.

DOI: 10.1002/smll.201701601

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@article{Zhang2017HydrogenPB, title={Hydrogen Polysulfide Biosignal-Responsive Polymersomes as a Nanoplatform for Distinguishing Intracellular Reactive Sulfur Species (RSS).}, author={Jian Zhang and Xiang Hao and Wei - guo Sang and Qiang Yan}, journal={Small}, year={2017}, volume={13 39} }