Synthesis and application of integrin-targeting lipopeptides in targeted gene delivery

One of the main problems facing gene therapy is the ability to target the delivery of DNA to specific cells of choice. Recently, we developed a synthetic nonviral vector platform system known as LMD (liposome:mu:DNA) that was designed for further modular upgrading with tool-kits of chemical components. First-generation LMD systems were prepared from DC-Chol/DOPE cationic liposomes (DC-Chol=3beta-[N-(N’,N’-dimethylaminoethane)carbamoyl] cholesterol, DOPE=dioleoyl-L-alpha-phosphatidylethanolamine), mu peptide from the adenovirus core and plasmid DNA (pDNA).