Accelerated Materials Discovery Using Chemical Informatics Investigation of Polymer Physicochemical Properties and Transgene Expression Efficacy

Zhuo Zhen, Thrimoorthy Potta, Matthew D. Christensen, Eshwaran Narayanan, Kapil Kanagal, Curt M. Breneman, Kaushal Rege

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    Quantitative approaches to structure-property relationships are critical for the accelerated design and discovery of biomaterials in biotechnology and medicine. However, the absence of definitive structures, unlike those available for small molecules or 3D crystal structures available for some proteins, has limited the development of Quantitative Structure-Property Relationship (QSPR) models for investigating physicochemical properties and biological activity of polymers. In this study, we describe a combined experimental and cheminformatics paradigm for first developing QSPR models of polymer physicochemical properties, including molecular weight, hydrophobicity, and DNA-binding activity. Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) models of polymer-mediated transgene expression were then developed using these physicochemical properties with an eye towards developing a novel two-step chemical informatics paradigm for determining biological activity (e.g., transgene expression) of polymer properties as related to physicochemical properties. We also investigated a more conventional approach in which biomaterial efficacy, i.e., transgene expression activity, was directly correlated to structural representations of the polymers used for delivering plasmid DNA. Our generalized chemical informatics approach can accelerate the discovery of polymeric biomaterials for several applications in biotechnology and medicine, including in nucleic acid delivery.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)654-669
    Number of pages16
    JournalACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering
    Volume5
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 11 2019

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    Polymers
    Biocompatible Materials
    Biomaterials
    Biotechnology
    Bioactivity
    Medicine
    DNA
    Nucleic acids
    Hydrophobicity
    Nucleic Acids
    Plasmids
    Crystal structure
    Molecular weight
    Proteins
    Molecules

    Keywords

    • aminoglycoside-based polycations
    • gene delivery
    • QSAR
    • QSPR

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biomaterials
    • Biomedical Engineering

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    Accelerated Materials Discovery Using Chemical Informatics Investigation of Polymer Physicochemical Properties and Transgene Expression Efficacy. / Zhen, Zhuo; Potta, Thrimoorthy; Christensen, Matthew D.; Narayanan, Eshwaran; Kanagal, Kapil; Breneman, Curt M.; Rege, Kaushal.

    In: ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 2, 11.02.2019, p. 654-669.

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    Zhen, Zhuo ; Potta, Thrimoorthy ; Christensen, Matthew D. ; Narayanan, Eshwaran ; Kanagal, Kapil ; Breneman, Curt M. ; Rege, Kaushal. / Accelerated Materials Discovery Using Chemical Informatics Investigation of Polymer Physicochemical Properties and Transgene Expression Efficacy. In: ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. 2019 ; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 654-669.
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