Title

A novel method for conjugating the terminal amine of peptide ligands to cholesterol: Synthesis iRGD-cholesterol

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Abstract

© 2019 2018 Newlands Press. Aim: Conventional conjugation reactions often involve the use of activated PEG as a linker, but concerns about PEG-mediated reduction in intracellular delivery and enhanced immunogenicity have generated interest in developing methods that eliminate the need for a PEG linker. Materials & methods: Reaction conditions were identified that specifically couples the terminal amine of a cyclic iRGD peptide (CRGDRGPDC) to the hydroxyl moiety of cholesterol through a short carbamate linker. Results & conclusion: Using this method for synthesizing iRGD-cholesterol, peptide ligands can be incorporated into lipid-based delivery systems, thereby eliminating concerns about adverse reactions to PEG. Toxicity and stability data indicate low toxicity and adequate serum stability at low ligand levels.

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