Coating Nanoparticles with Plant-Produced Transferrin-Hydrophobin Fusion Protein Enhances Their Uptake in Cancer Cells

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  • Author: Reuter, Lauri J.

    VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland

  • Author: Shahbazi, Mohammad-Ali

    BioLabChip, Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, Produktionstorvet, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Makila, Ermei M.

    University of Turku, Finland

  • Author: Salonen, Jamo J.

    University of Turku, Finland

  • Author: Saberianfar, Reza

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

  • Author: Menassa, Rima

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

  • Author: Santos, Hélder A.

    University of Helsinki, Finland

  • Author: Joensuu, Jussi J.

    VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland

  • Author: Ritala, Anneli

    VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland

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The encapsulation of drugs to nanoparticles may offer a solution for targeted delivery. Here, we set out to engineer a self assembling targeting ligand by combining the functional properties of human transferrin and fungal hydrophobins in a single fusion protein. We showed that human transferrin can be expressed in Nicotiana benthamiana plants as a fusion with Trichoderma reesei hydrophobins HFBI, HFBII, or HFBIV. Transferrin-HFBIV was further expressed in tobacco BY-2 suspension cells. Both partners of the fusion protein retained their functionality; the hydrophobin moiety enabled migration to a surfactant phase in an aqueous two-phase system, and the transferrin moiety was able to reversibly bind iron. Coating porous silicon nanoparticles with the fusion protein resulted in uptake of the nanoparticles in human cancer cells. This study provides a proof-of concept for the functionalization of hydrophobin coatings with transferrin as a targeting ligand.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBioconjugate Chemistry
Volume28
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1639-1648
Number of pages10
ISSN1043-1802
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
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