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Synthesis, biological studies and molecular dynamics of new anticancer RGD-based peptide conjugates for targeted drug delivery


, : Synthesis, biological studies and molecular dynamics of new anticancer RGD-based peptide conjugates for targeted drug delivery. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry 24(2): 294-303

New cyclic RGD peptide-anticancer agent conjugates, with different chemical functionalities attached to the parent peptide were synthesized in order to evaluate their biological activities and to provide a comparative study of their drug release profiles. The Integrin binding c(RGDfK) penta-peptide was used for the synthesis of Camptothecin (CPT) carbamate and Chlorambucil (CLB) amide conjugates. Substitution of the amino acid Lys with Ser resulted in a modified c(RGDfS) with a new attachment site, which enabled the synthesis of an ester CLB conjugate. Functional versatility of the conjugates was reflected in the variability of their drug release profiles, while the conserved RGD sequence of a selective binding to the αv integrin family, likely preserved their recognition by the Integrin and consequently their favorable toxicity towards targeted cancer cells. This hypothesis was supported by a computational analysis suggesting that all conjugates occupy conformational spaces similar to that of the Integrin bound bio-active parent peptide.

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PMID: 26719208

DOI: 10.1016/j.bmc.2015.12.020


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