Covalent conjugation of disparate peptide and oligonucleotide biomacromolecular species produces peptide-oligonucleotide conjugates (POCs), which are interesting molecules with great potential for use in diverse bioapplications. However, peptide-oligonucleotide conjugation methods are not well established, and the intracellular delivery efficacy of POCs is debatable. Here, we describe a simple method for the synthesis and purification of POCs. When peptides are carefully designed to have a near-neutral charge state, a relatively hydrophobic polarity, and receptor-targeting ligands, synthesis and purification become highly efficient and straightforward. UV-vis, fluorescence, and circular dichroism studies show that both types of molecules mutually influence each other, changing their optical and conformational characteristics in the context of POCs. The combined effect of peptide design strategy, targeting ligands, and relatively hydrophobic property, enables the efficient cellular delivery of POCs.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was supported by grants from the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea ( 2012R1A1A2006453 , 2009-0083522 , 2013M2B2A4041202 , 2009-0066736 ).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Pharmaceutical Science
- Drug Discovery
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Organic Chemistry