A hybrid DNA aptamer-dendrimer nanomaterial for targeted cell labeling

Jing Zhou, Boonchoy Soontornworajit, Jacob Martin, Bruce A. Sullenger, Eli Gilboa, Yong Wang

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Antibodies are natural nanomaterials and have been widely used for targeted cell labeling. However, the applications of antibodies are often limited by their large size and instability. The purpose of this study is to develop a new type of multifunctional nanomaterial that is comprised of a nucleic acid aptamer and a dendrimer, both of which are stable. This nanomaterial is ≈8 nm in size. Moreover, it could not only carry multiple signal molecules, but also bind to target cancer cells with high affinity and specificity. This sub-10nm multifunctional nanomaterial is expected to be useful in basic biomedical research and clinical medicine. (Figure Presented)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-835
Number of pages5
JournalMacromolecular Bioscience
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 9 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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