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Self-Sorting and Coassembly of Fluorinated, Hydrogenated, and Hybrid Janus Dendrimers into Dendrimersomes

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posted on 31.08.2016 by Qi Xiao, Jack D. Rubien, Zhichun Wang, Ellen H. Reed, Daniel A. Hammer, Dipankar Sahoo, Paul A. Heiney, Srujana S. Yadavalli, Mark Goulian, Samantha E. Wilner, Tobias Baumgart, Sergei A. Vinogradov, Michael L. Klein, Virgil Percec
The modular synthesis of a library containing seven self-assembling amphiphilic Janus dendrimers is reported. Three of these molecules contain environmentally friendly chiral-racemic fluorinated dendrons in their hydrophobic part (RF), one contains achiral hydrogenated dendrons (RH), while one denoted hybrid Janus dendrimer, contains a combination of chiral-racemic fluorinated and achiral hydrogenated dendrons (RHF) in its hydrophobic part. Two Janus dendrimers contain either chiral-racemic fluorinated dendrons and a green fluorescent dye conjugated to its hydrophilic part (RF-NBD) or achiral hydrogenated and a red fluorescent dye in its hydrophilic part (RH-RhB). These RF, RH, and RHF Janus dendrimers self-assembled into unilamellar or onion-like soft vesicular dendrimersomes (DSs), with similar thicknesses to biological membranes by simple injection from ethanol solution into water or buffer. Since RF and RH dendrons are not miscible, RF-NBD and RH-RhB were employed to investigate by fluorescence microscopy the self-sorting and coassembly of RF and RH as well as of phospholipids into hybrid DSs mediated by the hybrid hydrogenated-fluorinated RHF Janus dendrimer. The hybrid RHF Janus dendrimer coassembled with both RF and RH. Three-component hybrid DSs containing RH, RF, and RHF were formed when the proportion of RHF was higher than 40%. With low concentration of RHF and in its absence, RH and RF self-sorted into individual RH or RF DSs. Phospholipids were also coassembled with hybrid RHF Janus dendrimers. The simple synthesis and self-assembly of DSs and hybrid DSs, their similar thickness with biological membranes and their imaging by fluorescence and 19F-MRI make them important tools for synthetic biology.

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