Inventors: Perrott MG
, Barry SE
Liposome-assisted synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles
Publication date: 2001
Synthetic polymer complements (SPCs) are provided, as well as methods for their synthesis and use. The SPCs range in size from about 20 to about 1000 nm. The SPCs have surfaces that are complementary to surface sites of target molecules, resulting in the ability of the SPCs to selectively bind to molecular targets. The molecular recognition capability of these particles enables their use in diagnostic, therapeutic, and separation applications. The SPC is formed by contacting a target template molecule with a set of building blocks solubilized in the interior of a liposome, which building blocks are then polymerized into a network to form the synthetic polymer complement in the interior of the liposome. The target templates are removed to produce complementary sites in a SPC that map the surface of the target, resulting in a water-soluble SPC nanoparticle of similar dimensions as the interior of the liposome that originally supported it and capable of molecular recognition.
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