The synthesis of N-acetyllactosamine functionalized dendrimers, and the functionalization of silica surfaces using tunable dendrons and beta-cyclodextrins
Ennist, Jessica Helen
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Galectin-3 is beta-galactoside binding protein which is found in many healthy cells. In cancer, the galectin-3/tumor-associated Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen (TF antigen) interaction has been implicated in heterotypic and homotypic cellular adhesion and apoptotic signaling pathways. However, a stronger mechanistic understanding of the role of galectin-3 in these processes is needed. N-acetyllactosamine (LacNAc) is a non-native ligand for galectin-3 which binds with comparable affinity to the TF antigen and therefore an important ligand to study galectin-3 mediated processes. To study galectin-3 mediated homotypic cellular aggregation, four generations of polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers were functionalized with N-acetyllactosamine using a four-step chemoenzymatic route. The enzymatic step controlled the regiochemistry of the galactose addition to N-acetylglucosamine functionalized dendrimers using a recombinant beta-1,4-Galactosyltransferase-/UDP-4'-Gal Epimerase Fusion Protein (lgtB-galE). Homotypic cellular aggregation, which is promoted by the presence of galectin-3 as it binds to glycosides at the cell surface, was studied using HT-1080 fibrosarcoma, A549 lung, and DU-145 prostate cancer cell lines. In the presence of small LacNAc functionalized PAMAM dendrimers, galectin-3 induced cancer cellular aggregation was inhibited. However, the larger glycodendrimers induced homotypic cellular aggregation. Additionally, novel poly(aryl ether) dendronized silica surfaces designed for reversible adsorbtion of targeted analytes were synthesized, and characterization using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was performed. Using a Cu(I) mediated cycloaddition 'click' reaction, beta-cyclodextrin was appended to dendronized surfaces via triazole formation and also to a non-dendronized surface for comparison purposes. First generation G(1) dendrons have more than 6 times greater capacity to adsorb targeted analytes than slides functionalized with monomeric beta-cyclodextrin and are 2 times greater than slides functionalized with larger generation dendrons. This study reported beta-cyclodextrin functionalized surfaces can undergo a triggered release of the adsorbent, but otherwise retained the targeted analyte through multiple aqueous washes. Therefore, a new generation of G(1) dendronized surfaces capable of reversible adsorption were developed by heterogeneously appending sulfonic acid/pyridine end-groups. Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) was used to quantify the ratio of groups installed. Furthermore, G(1) dendronized surfaces were functionalized homogenously with sulfonic acid and pyridine for comparison and with chiral amino acids for chiral recognition studies.