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Designing Chemical Strategies to Promote Therapeutic Access to Restricted Sites In Cyto

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posted on 2019-11-28, 13:03 authored by Jennifer L RoweJennifer L Rowe
Therapeutically restricted sites present a formidable barrier in medicine. Herein, chemical strategies to overcome two restricted sites, HIV reservoirs and intracellular bacteria, will be discussed. First, cellular and anatomical HIV reservoirs, such as those in the brain, limit HIV eradication using currently known therapeutic regimes. HIV therapies are unable to localize in the brain, in part, due to high expression of efflux transporters, such as P-glycoprotein (P-gp), at the BBB, because many of these therapies are P-gp substrates. In an effort to overcome therapeutically restricted HIV sanctuaries, a dimerized combination HIV therapy was designed to act two-fold. First, the dimeracts as a P-gp inhibitor allowing therapeutic access to restricted sites. Second, the dimeractsas a prodrug, which once in the reducing environment of the cell, may release monomeric HIV therapies. The dual conjugate, Abacavir-S2-Darunavir, was shown to potently inhibit P-gp across two separate cell lines, was able to regenerate the component monomers in a reducing environment and contained modest anti-HIV activity.

Further, mammalian cells create sanctuary sites for bacteria to grow and proliferate, because many common antibiotic therapies are unable to cross the mammalian cell membrane. Therefore, these pathogens are able to proliferate without therapeutic constraint. Here, a chemical strategy was developed to deliver a dual antibiotic therapy inside mammalian cells in an effort to clear these intracellular pathogens. First, a new synthetic strategy was developed for facile synthesis of dual conjugates, composedof an aminoglycoside and a cell penetrating peptide (CPP) linked with a reversible disulfide tether, using kanamycin and the known CPP Arg8as a model system. Next, this synthetic methodology was expanded for use with theaminoglycoside tobramycin and theknown broad-spectrum antibiotic and cell penetrating peptide, P14LRR, once again linked via the reversible disulfide tether (TobP14). Two distinct isomers of TobP14 were synthesized, isolated, and fully characterized by 2D NMR. The TobP14 isomers were shown to be an effective antibiotic across various Gram positive and negative pathogens such as MRSA, S. epidermidis, P. aeruginosa, and A. baumannii. Further, the isomers effectively releasedthe monomeric therapies (tobramycin and P14-SH) in a reducing environment and werenontoxic to mammalian cells up to 16 μM. Finally, the dual conjugate isomers significantly reduce two different strains of intracellular A. baumanniiwithin macrophages.


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Chemistry

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Professor Jean Chmielewski

Additional Committee Member 2

Professor Christine Hrycyna

Additional Committee Member 3

Professor David Thompson

Additional Committee Member 4

Professor Elizabeth Parkinson