At every turn: Poly(γ-(4-vinylbenzyl)-L-glutamate) (PVBLG) is a bioactive and reactive template for a library of cationic α-helical polypeptides (PVBLG n-X) for gene delivery. The top-performing PVBLG n-X outperformed polyethyleneimine (PEI) by 12-fold. Preliminary data indicate that the helicity of the polypeptides is essential for their performance, and enhanced membrane disruption is a likely source of their transfection efficiency. RLU=relative light unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1143-1147
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 27 2012


  • α-helices
  • drug delivery
  • gene delivery
  • polypeptides
  • stem cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis

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