Starburst polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer is a new class of highly branched spherical polymer. Covalent attachment of porphyrin to PAMAM dendrimer may alter the pharmacokinetics, cell targeting, and photophysical properties of photosensitizer. We investigated the uptake, localization, and phototoxicity of PAMAM-porphyrin conjugate with different charges and hydrophobicity in Hela cell lines. The cellular uptake of PAMAM-porphyrin conjugate for HeLa cells was much higher than that of native porphyrin. PAMAM-porphyrin conjugate was accumulated in the endosomal/lysosomal compartments in HeLa cells, and with more effective photocytotoxity after irradiation. The hydrophobic porphyrin conjugated to PAMAM became less aggregation, more cellular uptake, and lysosomal targeting that could be applied on photosensitizer delivery system in clinical cancer therapy.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Technical Proceedings of the 2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 2
Published: May 7, 2006
Pages: 384 - 387
Industry sector: Medical & Biotech
Topicss: Biomaterials, Materials for Drug & Gene Delivery