Synthesis of poly(propylene glycol)-block-polyethylenimine triblock copolymers for the delivery of nucleic acids.

Macromolecular bioscience

PubMedID: 21305695

Brissault B, Leborgne C, Scherman D, Guis C, Kichler A. Synthesis of poly(propylene glycol)-block-polyethylenimine triblock copolymers for the delivery of nucleic acids. Macromol Biosci. 2011;11(5):652-61.
LPEIs, which are efficient DNA transfection agents, were found to be far less effective for the delivery of siRNAs. Here, two amphiphilic triblock copolymers LPEI(50) -b-PPG(36) -b-LPEI(50) (2) and LPEI(14) -b-PPG(68) -b-LPEI(14) (4) have been synthesized. The transfection assays showed that compound 2 was efficient for DNA transfection whilst it was almost inactive for siRNA delivery. In contrast, polymer 4 was inefficient for DNA transfection while it showed capabilities for siRNA delivery. Taken together, our results indicate that the properties required for DNA and siRNA delivery are different. Moreover, we show that introduction of a hydrophobic segment that allows self-assembly confers siRNA delivery capacities.