Merck

Aptamers as both drugs and drug-carriers.

BioMed research international (2014-10-09)
Md Ashrafuzzaman
ABSTRACT

Aptamers are short nucleic acid oligos. They may serve as both drugs and drug-carriers. Their use as diagnostic tools is also evident. They can be generated using various experimental, theoretical, and computational techniques. The systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment which uses iterative screening of nucleic acid libraries is a popular experimental technique. Theory inspired methodology entropy-based seed-and-grow strategy that designs aptamer templates to bind specifically to targets is another one. Aptamers are predicted to be highly useful in producing general drugs and theranostic drugs occasionally for certain diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and so on. They bind to various targets like lipids, nucleic acids, proteins, small organic compounds, and even entire organisms. Aptamers may also serve as drug-carriers or nanoparticles helping drugs to get released in specific target regions. Due to better target specific physical binding properties aptamers cause less off-target toxicity effects. Therefore, search for aptamer based drugs, drug-carriers, and even diagnostic tools is expanding fast. The biophysical properties in relation to the target specific binding phenomena of aptamers, energetics behind the aptamer transport of drugs, and the consequent biological implications will be discussed. This review will open up avenues leading to novel drug discovery and drug delivery.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

SAFC
Cholesterol, Plant-Derived, SyntheChol®, NF, Ph. Eur., JP
Sigma-Aldrich
Cholesterol, Sigma Grade, ≥99%
Sigma-Aldrich
Cholesterol, powder, BioReagent, suitable for cell culture, ≥99%
Sigma-Aldrich
Cholesterol, from sheep wool, ≥92.5% (GC), powder
Sigma-Aldrich
Cholesterol, tested according to Ph. Eur.
Sigma-Aldrich
SyntheChol® NS0 Supplement, 500 ×, synthetic cholesterol, animal component-free, aqueous solution, sterile-filtered, suitable for cell culture
Supelco
Cholesterol solution, certified reference material, 10 mg/mL in chloroform
SAFC
Cholesterol, from sheep wool, Controlled origin, meets USP/NF testing specifications
Supelco
Cholesterol, Pharmaceutical Secondary Standard; Certified Reference Material