Principles of electrostatic interactions and self-assembly in lipid/peptide/DNA systems: Applications to gene delivery
Berezhnoy, Nikolay V.
Date of Issue2013
School of Biological Sciences
Recently, great progress has been achieved in development of a wide variety of formulations for gene delivery in vitro and in vivo, which include lipids, peptides and DNA (LPD). Additionally, application of natural histone–DNA complexes (chromatin) in combination with transfection lipids has been suggested as a potential route for gene delivery (chromofection). However, the thermodynamic mechanisms responsible for formation of the ternary lipid–peptide–DNA supramolecular structures have rarely been analyzed. Using recent experimental studies on LPD complexes (including mixtures of chromatin with cationic lipids) and general polyelectrolyte theory, we review and analyze the major determinants defining the internal structure, particle composition and size, surface charge and ultimately, transfection properties of the LPD formulations.
Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
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