- Ribbon-like Foldamers for Cellular Uptake and Drug Delivery doi link

Auteur(s): Vezenkov Lubomir L., MARTIN Vincent, Bettache Nadir, Simon Matthieu, Messerschmitt Alexandre, Legrand Baptiste, Bantignies J.-L., Subra Gilles, Maynadier Marie, Bellet Virginie, Garcia Marcel, Martinez Jean, Amblard Muriel

(Article) Publié: Chembiochem, vol. 18 p.2110-2114 (2017)

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DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201700455
WoS: WOS:000414325200009
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Different intracellular delivery systems of bioactive compounds have been developed, including cell-penetrating peptides. Although usually nontoxic and biocompatible, these vectors share some of the general drawbacks of peptides, notably low bioavailability and susceptibility to protease degradation, that limit their use. Herein, the conversion of short peptide sequences into poly-a-amino-g-lactam foldamers that adopt a ribbon-like structure is investigated. This template is used to distribute critical cationic and/or hydrophobic groups on both sides of the backbone, leading to potent short, cell-permeable foldamers with a low positive-charge content. The lead compound showed dramatically improved protease resistance and was able to efficiently deliver a biologically relevant cargo inside cells. This study provided a simple strategy to convert short peptide sequences into efficient protease-resistant cell-penetrating foldamers.