2011 rita schaffer lecture: Nanoparticles for intracellular nucleic acid delivery

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Nanoparticles are a promising technology for delivery of new types of therapeutics. A polymer library approach has allowed engineering of polymeric particles that are particularly effective for the delivery of DNA and siRNA to human cells. Certain chemical structural motifs, degradable linkages, hydrophobicity, and biophysical properties are key for successful intracellular delivery. Small differences to biomaterial structure, and especially the type of degradable linkage in the polymers, can be critical for successful delivery of siRNA vs. DNA. Furthermore, subtle changes to biomaterial structure can facilitate cell-type gene delivery specificity between human brain cancer cells and healthy cells as well as between human retinal endothelial cells and epithelial cells. These polymeric nanoparticles are effective for nucleic acid delivery in a broad range of human cell types and have applications to regenerative medicine, ophthalmology, and cancer among many other biomedical research areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1408-1418
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of biomedical engineering
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Biomaterials
  • DNA
  • Gene delivery
  • Nanoparticle
  • SiRNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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