Understanding the internal packing of gene carriers is a key-factor to realize both gene protection during transport and de-complexation at the delivery site. Here, we investigate the structure of complexes formed by DNA fragments and protamine, applied in gene delivery. We found that complexes are charge- and size-tunable aggregates, depending on the protamine/DNA ratio, hundred nanometers in size. Their compactness and fractal structure depend on the length of the DNA fragments. Accordingly, on the local scale, the sites of protamine/DNA complexation assume different morphologies, seemingly displaying clumping ability for the DNA network only for shorter DNA fragments.

Nanoscale structure of protamine/DNA complexes for gene delivery / S. Motta, P. Brocca, E. Del Favero, V. Rondelli, L. Cantù, A. Amici, D. Pozzi, G. Caracciolo. - In: APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS. - ISSN 0003-6951. - 102:5(2013 Feb 05). [10.1063/1.4790588]

Nanoscale structure of protamine/DNA complexes for gene delivery

S. Motta;P. Brocca;E. Del Favero;V. Rondelli;L. Cantù;
2013-02-05

Abstract

Understanding the internal packing of gene carriers is a key-factor to realize both gene protection during transport and de-complexation at the delivery site. Here, we investigate the structure of complexes formed by DNA fragments and protamine, applied in gene delivery. We found that complexes are charge- and size-tunable aggregates, depending on the protamine/DNA ratio, hundred nanometers in size. Their compactness and fractal structure depend on the length of the DNA fragments. Accordingly, on the local scale, the sites of protamine/DNA complexation assume different morphologies, seemingly displaying clumping ability for the DNA network only for shorter DNA fragments.
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