New linker design for biomarker-triggered photodynamic molecular beacons

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)

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Author(s)

  • Juan Chen
  • Michael Warren
  • Klara Stefflova
  • Jonathan D. Cheng
  • Brian C. Wilson
  • Gang Zheng

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Volume6626
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name
Volume6626
ISSN (Print)1605-7422

Conference

TitleMolecular Imaging
PlaceGermany
CityMunich
Period17 - 18 June 2007

Abstract

Photodynamic molecular beacon (PMB) is a novel photodynamic therapy (PDT) concept featuring the precise control of the ability of photosensitizer (PS) to produce singlet oxygen in response to specific cancer-associated biomarkers. It comprises a disease-specific linker, a PS and a singlet oxygen quencher so that the PS's photodynamic toxicity is silenced until the linker interacts with a tumor-associated biomarker. The development of PMB depends on two key factors. The first is the design of a suitable PS-quencher pair to achieve an effective singlet oxygen quenching, minimizing phototoxicity of native PMB in non-targeted (normal) cells. The second is the design of a suitable linker for the choice of target biomarker to achieve a specific photodynamic activation, resulting in selective PDT efficacy in targeted (tumor) cells. These two factors make PMB designs versatile and customizable. In this report, we will focus on the new directions on PMB linker design utilizing two "on-and-off" activation mechanisms. The first one uses a "cleavable" linker that is triggered by fibroblast activation protein or phospholipase. The second one uses an "openable" linker that can hybridize with a tumor-specific mRNA.

Research Area(s)

  • Fibroblast activation protein, Linker, Molecular beacon, mRNA, Photodynamic therapy, Singlet oxygen

Citation Format(s)

New linker design for biomarker-triggered photodynamic molecular beacons. / Chen, Juan; Lo, Pui-Chi; Warren, Michael; Stefflova, Klara; Cheng, Jonathan D.; Wilson, Brian C.; Zheng, Gang.

Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE. Vol. 6626 2007. 662603.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)