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Romero G.,University of Kentucky | Romero G.,Vindico Pharmaceuticals | Lilly J.J.,University of Kentucky | Abraham N.S.,University of Massachusetts Amherst | And 4 more authors.
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces | Year: 2015

Cell-based therapies are emerging as the next frontier of medicine, offering a plausible path forward in the treatment of many devastating diseases. Critically, current methods for antigen positive cell sorting lack a high throughput method for delivering ultrahigh purity populations, prohibiting the application of some cell-based therapies to widespread diseases. Here we show the first use of targeted, protective polymer coatings on cells for the high speed enrichment of cells. Individual, antigen-positive cells are coated with a biocompatible hydrogel which protects the cells from a surfactant solution, while uncoated cells are immediately lysed. After lysis, the polymer coating is removed through orthogonal photochemistry, and the isolate has >50% yield of viable cells and these cells proliferate at rates comparable to control cells. Minority cell populations are enriched from erythrocyte-depleted blood to >99% purity, whereas the entire batch process requires 1 h and <$2000 in equipment. Batch scale-up is only contingent on irradiation area for the coating photopolymerization, as surfactant-based lysis can be easily achieved on any scale. © 2015 American Chemical Society. Source

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About Vindico Vindico Pharmaceuticals, based in Lexington KY, is a privately-held biotechnology company that is dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of highly innovative products for a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Its product pipeline is based on a nanometer-scale particulate technology known as the polymersome ...

Yewle J.,Vindico Pharmaceuticals | Wattamwar P.,Vindico Pharmaceuticals | Tao Z.,Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Ostertag E.M.,Vindico Pharmaceuticals | And 3 more authors.
Pharmaceutical Research | Year: 2016

Purpose: To develop a technique that maximizes the encapsulation of functional proteins within neutrally charged, fully PEGylated and nanoscale polymer vesicles (i.e., polymersomes). Methods: Three conventional vesicle formation methods were utilized for encapsulation of myoglobin (Mb) in polymersomes of varying size, PEG length, and membrane thickness. Mb concentrations were monitored by UV-Vis spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and by the bicinchoninic acid (BCA) assay. Suspensions were subject to protease treatment to differentiate the amounts of surface-associated vs. encapsulated Mb. Polymersome sizes and morphologies were monitored by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), respectively. Binding and release of oxygen were measured using a Hemeox analyzer. Results: Using the established "thin-film rehydration" and "direct hydration" methods, Mb was found to be largely surface-associated with negligible aqueous encapsulation within polymersome suspensions. Through iterative optimization, a novel "progressive saturation" technique was developed that greatly increased the final concentrations of Mb (from < 0.5 to > 2.0 mg/mL in solution), the final weight ratio of Mb-to-polymer that could be reproducibly obtained (from < 1 to > 4 w/w% Mb/polymer), as well as the overall efficiency of Mb encapsulation (from < 5 to > 90%). Stable vesicle morphologies were verified by cryo-TEM; the suspensions also displayed no signs of aggregate formation for > 2 weeks as assessed by DLS. "Progressive saturation" was further utilized for the encapsulation of a variety of other proteins, ranging in size from 17 to 450 kDa. Conclusions: Compared to established vesicle formation methods, "progressive saturation" increases the quantities of functional proteins that may be encapsulated in nanoscale polymersomes. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media. Source

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