Controlling the Interaction of Nanoparticles with Cell Membranes by the Polymeric Tether

SD Ni and YW Yin and XL Li and HM Ding and YQ Ma, LANGMUIR, 35, 12851-12857 (2019).

DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b02010

The well control over the cell-nanoparticle interaction can be of great importance and necessity for different biomedical applications. In this work, we propose a new and simple way (i.e., polymeric tether) to tuning the interaction between nanoparticles and cell membranes by dissipative particle dynamics simulations. It is found that the linked nanoparticles (via polymeric tether) can show some cooperation during the cellular uptake and thereby have a higher wrapping degree than the single nanoparticle. The effect of the property of the polymer on the wrapping is also investigated, and it is found that the length, rigidity, and hydrophobicity of the polymer play an important role. More interestingly, the uptake of linked nanoparticles could be adjusted to the firm adhesion via two rigid polymeric tethers. The present study may provide some useful guidelines for novel design of functional nanomaterials in the experiments.

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