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Surface Functionalization of Liposomes with Proteins and Carbohydrates for Use in Anti-Cancer Applications

  • Author(s): Platt, Virginia Marie
  • Advisor(s): Szoka, Francis C
  • et al.
Abstract

Liposomes can be used to exploit the altered biology of cancer thereby increasing delivery of liposome-associated anti-cancer drugs. In this dissertation, I explore methods that utilize the unique cancer expression of the polymeric glycosaminoglycan hyaluronan (HA) and the HA receptor CD44 to target liposomes to tumors, using liposomes functionalized with proteins or oligosaccharides on their surface. To make it easier to prepare protein-functionalized liposomes, a non-covalent protein/liposome association method based upon metal chelation/his6 interaction was devised and characterized. I evaluated non-covalent attachment of the prodrug converting enzyme yeast cytosine deaminase, the far-red fluorescent protein mKate, two antigens ovalbumin and the membrane proximal region of an HIV GAG and hyaluronidase, a HA-degrading enzyme.

As a whole, these studies may help develop universal methods for a range of protein therapeutics and anti-cancer targeting agents.

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