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Title Unraveling Dendrimer Translocation Across Cell Membrane Mimics
Abstract Poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimers are promising candidates in several applications within the medical field. However, it is still to date not fully understood whether they are able to passively translocate across lipid bilayers. Recently, we used fluorescence microscopy to show that PAMAM dendrimers induced changes in the permeability of lipid membranes but the dendrimers themselves could not translocate to be released into the vesicle lumen. Because of the lack of resolution, these experiments could not assess whether the dendrimers were able to translocate but remained attached to the membrane. Using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring and neutron reflectivity, a structural investigation was performed to determine how dendrimers interact with zwitterionic and negatively charged lipid bilayers. We hereby show that dendrimers adsorb on top of lipid bilayers without significant dendrimer translocation, regardless of the lipid membrane surface charge. Thus, most likely dendrimers are actively transported through cell membranes by protein-mediated endocytosis in agreement with previous cell studies. Finally, the higher activity of PAMAM dendrimers for phosphoglycerol-containing membranes is in line with their high antimicrobial activity against Gram-negative bacteria.
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Journal Article Langmuir 28, no. 36 (2012): 13025-13033. doi:10.1021/la3027144 2012