Exploring CD4+ T cells as carriers to mediate transport of drugs across the blood-brain barrier
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ESR 10 vision / project

Markus Schuster - UÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

ESR 10

Exploring CD4+ T cells as carriers to mediate transport of drugs across the blood-brain barrier

Project Results

Different conjugation approaches to immobilize dye loaded polymersomes on the surface of Jurkat cells and SJL-PLP7 cells were established and compared to each other regarding the amount of surface immobilized polymersomes, viability and proliferation of the polymersome T cell conjugates as well as the binding of polymersome decorated SJL-PLP7 to ICAM-1 coated surfaces. The best immobilization strategy of polymersomes on the surface of T cells regarding polymersome surface concentration and viability of the cells was shown to be based on the binding of NeutrAvidin coated polymersomes to surface biotinylated cells. Finally, the delivery of nanoparticles to the brain parenchyma utilizing SJL-PLP7 cells decorated with surface bound polystyrene based nanoparticles was confirmed in first preliminary in-vivo studies.

Hosting institution

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Polymers Laboratory, Lausanne, Switzerland

Main Supervisor

Harm-Anton Klok

Early Stage Researcher

Markus Schuster