Authors Breydo, L. ; Newland, B. ; Zhang, H. ; Rosser, A. ; Werner, C. ; Uversky, V. N. ; Wang, W.
Title A hyperbranched dopamine-containing PEG-based polymer for the inhibition of a-synuclein fibrillation
Date 22.01.2016
Abstract Aggregation of a-synuclein is believed to play an important role in Parkinsons disease and in other neurodegenerative maladies. Small molecule inhibitors of this process are among the most promising drug candidates for neurodegenerative diseases. Dendrimers have also been studied for anti-fibrillation applications but they can be difficult and expensive to synthetize. Here we show that RAFT polymerization can be used to produce a hyperbranched polyethylene glycol structure via a one-pot reaction. This polymer included a dopamine moiety, a known inhibitor of a-synuclein fibril formation. Dopamine within the polymer structure was capable of aggregation inhibition, although not to the same degree as free dopamine. This result opens up new avenues for the use of controlled radical polymerizations as a means of preparing hyperbranched polymers for anti-fibrillation activity, but shows that the incorporation of functional groups from known small molecules within polymers may alter their biological activity.
Journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 469 (2016) 830-835

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