Label-free dendrimer-like silica nanohybrids for traceable and controlled gene delivery

Xin Du, Bingyang Shi, Youhong Tang, Sheng Dai, Shizhang Qiao

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    To create advanced functional nanocarriers for achieving excellent gene delivery performance, fluorescence label-free hybridized dendrimer-like silica nanocarriers (HPSNs-AC-PEI) were developed by using the endosomal pH and cytoplasmic glutathione (GSH) responsive autofluorescent acetaldehyde-modified-cystine (AC) to link non-toxic low molecular weight branched polyethyleneimine (PEI) onto amino-functionalized dendrimer-like silica nanoparticles with hierarchical pores (HPSNs-NH2). The specific microstructure of this hybridized nanocarrier makes it not only show low cytotoxicity and high gene loading capability, but also display high gene transfection efficiency. The cleavage of disulfide bonds caused by GSH facilitates plasmid DNA (pDNA) release. Moreover, the pH and GSH controlled gene delivery profile can be real-time tracked using the autofluorescence of HPSNs-AC-PEI.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5580-5590
    Number of pages11
    Issue number21
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


    • Dendrimer-like
    • Fluorescence
    • Gene delivery
    • GSH
    • Mesoporous silica
    • Responsive


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