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Spider Silk - Based Carrier for Controlled Redox- and pH-Triggered Drug Release

Monday (16.03.2020)
17:38 - 17:39
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Session P.2: Poster Session
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Targeted drug delivery and controlled drug release depend on specific polymers. Polymer nanoparticles are therefore typically used for encapsulation or as matrix for coupling or adhesion of drug molecules. [1] Due to their biocompatibility, biodegradability and possibility of functionalization, particles made of recombinant spider silk proteins are promising candidates for such applications. [2] They have previously been confirmed as suitable drug and gene carrier. Various drug substances or biologicals could be loaded, and steady release was observed over a defined period. [3, 4] However, the release of loaded substances could not be controlled spatio-temporally, since they were bound non-covalently via charge-charge or hydrophobic interactions. Here, we extended the nanoparticles platform made of recombinant spider silk proteins. We present chemically and genetically modified variants of the spider silk protein eADF4(C16) facilitating a triggered release upon physiological changes in pH or redox state. Chemical modification of the proteins’ carboxyl groups with a hydrazone linker followed by coupling of model drugs led to a pH-responsive carrier system, while coupling of model drugs to cysteine containing variants via disulfide bonds resulted in carriers for a redox-responsive release. Release was quantified UV-Vis spectroscopically and additionally, cell culture experiments were performed using fluorescent-labeled compounds confirming intracellular release.

Annika Döbl
University of Bayreuth
Additional Authors:
  • Heike M. Herold
    University of Bayreuth
  • Dr. Stefanie Wohlrab
    University of Bayreuth
  • Dr. Martin Humenik
    University of Bayreuth
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel
    University of Bayreuth