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TITLE Multifunctional synthetic nano-chaperone for peptide folding and intracellular delivery
AUTHOR Il-Soo Park, Seongchan Kim, Yeajee Yim, Ginam Park, Jinahn Choi, Cheolhee Won & Dal-Hee Min
YEAR 2022
JOURNAL Nature Communications
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Artificial, synthetic chaperones have attracted much attention in biomedical research due to their ability to control the folding of proteins and peptides. Here, we report bio-inspired multifunctional porous nanoparticles to modulate proper folding and intracellular delivery of therapeutic α-helical peptide. The Synthetic Nano-Chaperone for Peptide (SNCP) based on porous nanoparticles provides an internal hydrophobic environment which contributes in stabilizing secondary structure of encapsulated α-helical peptides due to the hydrophobic internal environments. In addition, SNCP with optimized inner surface modification not only improves thermal stability for α-helical peptide but also supports the peptide stapling methods in situ, serving as a nanoreactor. Then, SNCP subsequently delivers the stabilized therapeutic α-helical peptides into cancer cells, resulting in high therapeutic efficacy. SNCP improves cellular uptake and bioavailability of the anti-cancer peptide, so the cancer growth is effectively inhibited in vivo. These data indicate that the bio-inspired SNCP system combining nanoreactor and delivery carrier could provide a strategy to expedite the development of peptide therapeutics by overcoming existing drawbacks of α-helical peptides as drug candidates.

FULL ARTICLE https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-32268-2#citeas
INSTRUMENT FP-8300, J-810
KEYWORDS Drug delivery, Nanoparticles, Peptide delivery, Peptides
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