A High-Throughput Platform for Formulating and Screening Multifunctional Nanoparticles Capable of Simultaneous Delivery of Genes and Transcription Factors

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2016 Jan 4;55(1):169-73. doi: 10.1002/anie.201507546. Epub 2015 Nov 17.


Simultaneous delivery of multiple genes and proteins (e.g., transcription factors; TFs) is an emerging issue surrounding therapeutic research due to their ability to regulate cellular circuitry. Current gene and protein delivery strategies, however, are based on slow batch synthesis, which is ineffective, poorly controlled, and incapable of simultaneous delivery of both genes and proteins with synergistic functions. Consequently, advances in this field have been limited to in vitro studies. Here, by integrating microfluidic technologies with a supramolecular synthetic strategy, we present a high-throughput approach for formulating and screening multifunctional supramolecular nanoparticles (MFSNPs) self-assembled from a collection of functional modules to achieve simultaneous delivery of one gene and TF with unprecedented efficiency both in vitro and in vivo. We envision that this new approach could open a new avenue for immunotherapy, stem cell reprogramming, and other therapeutic applications.

Keywords: biomolecular delivery; microfluidics; nanoparticles; supramolecular chemistry; transcription factors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Drug Delivery Systems*
  • Gene Transfer Techniques*
  • Genes*
  • High-Throughput Screening Assays*
  • Microfluidic Analytical Techniques
  • Nanoparticles / administration & dosage*
  • Nanoparticles / analysis*
  • Nanoparticles / chemistry
  • Transcription Factors / administration & dosage*


  • Transcription Factors