Protein- and peptide-based therapeutics with high tolerance and specificity along with low off-target effects and genetic risks have attracted tremendous attention over the last three decades. Herein, a new type of noncationic lipidoid nanoparticle (LNP) is reported for His-tagged protein delivery. Active lipidoids are synthesized by conjugating a nitrilotriacetic acid group with hydrophobic tails (EC16, O16B, and O17O) and nanoparticles are formulated in the presence of nickel ions and helper lipids (cholesterol, 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[methoxy(polyethylene glycol)-2000]). It is demonstrated that the newly developed LNPs are capable of delivering various His-tagged proteins including green fluorescent protein (GFP), (-30)GFP-Cre recombinase, and CRISPR/Cas9 ribonucleoprotein into mammalian cells.
Keywords: CRISPR/Cas9; Cre recombinase; genome editing; lipidoid nanoparticles; protein delivery.
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