Journal article

Metal-Phenolic Coatings as a Platform to Trigger Endosomal Escape of Nanoparticles.

Jingqu Chen, Jianhua Li, Jiajing Zhou, Zhixing Lin, Francesca Cavalieri, Ewa Czuba-Wojnilowicz, Yingjie Hu, Agata Glab, Yi Ju, Joseph J Richardson, Frank Caruso

ACS Nano | American Chemical Society | Published : 2019


The intracellular delivery of functional nanoparticles (NPs) and the release of therapeutic payloads at a target site are central issues for biomedical applications. However, the endosomal entrapment of NPs typically results in the degradation of active cargo, leading to poor therapeutic outcomes. Current advances to promote the endosomal escape of NPs largely involve the use of polycationic polymers and cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs), which both can suffer from potential toxicity and convoluted synthesis/conjugation processes. Herein, we report the use of metal-phenolic networks (MPNs) as versatile and nontoxic coatings to facilitate the escape of NPs from endo/lysosomal compartments. The..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was conducted and funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology (Project Number CE140100036) and an ARC Discovery Project (DP170103331). F.C. acknowledges the award of a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Principal Research Fellowship (GNT1135806). This work was performed in part at the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) at The University of Melbourne and the Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). Transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were conducted at the Bio21 Advanced Microscopy Facility, The University of Melbourne. We thank Mr. Marcin Wojnilowicz, Dr. Christina Cortez-Jugo, and Dr. Md. Arifur Rahim for helpful discussions.