Toward anticancer immunotherapeutics: well-defined polymer-antibody conjugates for selective dendritic cell targeting.

Research paper by Kristof K Tappertzhofen, Monika M Bednarczyk, Kaloian K Koynov, Matthias M Bros, Stephan S Grabbe, Rudolf R Zentel

Indexed on: 01 Jul '14Published on: 01 Jul '14Published in: Macromolecular Bioscience


This paper describes the synthesis of semitelechelic maleimide-modified N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamid) (HPMA) based polymers of narrow dispersity that can be conjugated e.g. to anti-DEC-205 antibodies affording "star-like" topologies (one antibody decorated with several polymer chains). FCS revealed a hydrodynamic diameter of R(h)  = 7.9 nm and SEC narrow dispersity (1.45). Primary in vitro studies with bone marrow derived dendritic cells (DC) show higher cellular binding and uptake rates compared to control samples. Moreover, incubating these conjugates to primary splenocytes demonstrates a much higher affinity to the primary DCs than to any other immune cell population within the spleen. This differentiation is, thereby, much more pronounced for the star-like conjugates than for conjugates made from polymers statistically modified with anti-DEC-205.