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gH625 is a viral derived peptide for effective delivery of intrinsically disordered proteins

Authors Smaldone G, Falanga A, Capasso D, Guarnieri D, Correale S, Galdiero M, Netti PA, Zollo M, Galdiero S, Di Gaetano S, Pedone E

Received 18 February 2013

Accepted for publication 13 April 2013

Published 22 July 2013 Volume 2013:8(1) Pages 2555—2565


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Giovanni Smaldone,1,2 Annarita Falanga,3 Domenica Capasso,4 Daniela Guarnieri,5,6 Stefania Correale,1,7 Massimiliano Galdiero,8 Paolo A Netti,4 Massimo Zollo,9 Stefania Galdiero,1,2 Sonia Di Gaetano,1 Emilia Pedone1

1Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging, National Research Council, Naples, Italy; 2Department of Pharmacy and Interuniversity Research Center on Bioactive Peptides, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 3Molecular Diagnostics and Pharmaceuticals Scarl, Naples, Italy; 4Special Center for Biotechnology, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 5Center for Advanced Biomaterials for Health Care, Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Biomaterials, Italian Institute of Technology, Naples, Italy; 6Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Biomaterials, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 7Kedrion S.p.A, Sant'antimo, Naples, Italy; 8Department of Experimental Medicine, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 9CEINGE – Advanced Biotechnology Scarl, Naples, Italy

Abstract: A genetically modified recombinant gH625-c-prune was prepared through conjugation of c-prune with gH625, a peptide encompassing 625–644 residues of the glycoprotein H of herpes simplex virus 1, which has been proved to possess the ability to carry cargo molecules across cell membranes. C-prune is the C-terminal domain of h-prune, overexpressed in breast, colorectal, and gastric cancers, interacting with multiple partners, and representing an ideal target for inhibition of cancer development. Its C-terminal domain results in an intrinsically disordered domain (IDD), and the peculiar properties of gH625 render it an optimal candidate to act as a carrier for this net negatively charged molecule by comparison with the positively charged TAT. A characterization of the recombinant gH625-c-prune fusion protein was conducted by biochemical, cellular biology and confocal microscopy means in comparison with TAT-c-prune. The results showed that the gH625-c-prune exhibited the ability to cross biomembranes, opening a new scenario on the use of gH625 as a novel multifunctional carrier.

Keywords: delivery, IDP

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