Trivalent PEGylated platform for the conjugation of bioactive compounds
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PEGylated multivalent structures are a new class of platform for biological applications due to their biocompatibility properties. Here, we present the synthesis of a trivalent structure 1 based on poly(ethylene glycol) units (PEG) as potential synthetic multifunctional carrier molecule. To evaluate whether this PEGylated platform could be useful for the conjugation of bioactive compounds, a well-known lipopolysaccharide (LPS) inhibitor 2, developed in our laboratory, was selected to be conjugated to 1. The LPS-neutralizing activity of the resulted conjugates and precursors was established using the chromogenic Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) assay. The trivalent structure 1 did not show LPS-binding activity, nonconjugate LPS inhibitor 2 showed high LPS-neutralizing activity, and the trivalent conjugate 4 displayed increased LPS-neutralizing activity and a reduced toxicity profile. These results prove the efficacy of this trivalent platform as a multivalent ligand scaffold for biological applications.
CitationTorres, A. [et al.]. Trivalent PEGylated platform for the conjugation of bioactive compounds. "Bioconjugate chemistry", 2011, vol. 22, núm. 10, p. 2172-2178.