The photodynamic treatment for antimicrobial applications or anticancer therapy relies on reactive oxygen species generated by photosensitizing molecules after absorption of visible or near-infrared light. If the photosensitizing molecule is in close vicinity of the microorganism or the malignant cell, a photocytotoxic action is exerted. Therefore, the effectiveness of photosensitizing compounds strongly depends on their capability to target microbial or cancer-specific proteins. In this study, we report on the preparation and preliminary characterization of human recombinant myoglobin fused to the vasoactive intestinal peptide to target vasoactive intestinal peptide receptor (VPAC) receptors. Fe-protoporphyrin IX was replaced by the photosensitizing compound Zn-protoporphyrin IX. Taking advantage of the fluorescence emission by Zn-protoporphyrin IX, we show that the construct can bind prostate cancer cells where the VPAC receptors are expressed.

A photosensitizing fusion protein with targeting capabilities / Bruno, S.; Margiotta, M.; Cozzolino, M.; Bianchini, P.; Diaspro, A.; Cavanna, L.; Tognolini, M.; Abbruzzetti, S.; Viappiani, C.. - In: BIOMOLECULAR CONCEPTS. - ISSN 1868-5021. - 13:1(2022), pp. 175-182. [10.1515/bmc-2022-0014]

A photosensitizing fusion protein with targeting capabilities

Bruno S.;Margiotta M.;Bianchini P.;Tognolini M.;Abbruzzetti S.;Viappiani C.
2022

Abstract

The photodynamic treatment for antimicrobial applications or anticancer therapy relies on reactive oxygen species generated by photosensitizing molecules after absorption of visible or near-infrared light. If the photosensitizing molecule is in close vicinity of the microorganism or the malignant cell, a photocytotoxic action is exerted. Therefore, the effectiveness of photosensitizing compounds strongly depends on their capability to target microbial or cancer-specific proteins. In this study, we report on the preparation and preliminary characterization of human recombinant myoglobin fused to the vasoactive intestinal peptide to target vasoactive intestinal peptide receptor (VPAC) receptors. Fe-protoporphyrin IX was replaced by the photosensitizing compound Zn-protoporphyrin IX. Taking advantage of the fluorescence emission by Zn-protoporphyrin IX, we show that the construct can bind prostate cancer cells where the VPAC receptors are expressed.
A photosensitizing fusion protein with targeting capabilities / Bruno, S.; Margiotta, M.; Cozzolino, M.; Bianchini, P.; Diaspro, A.; Cavanna, L.; Tognolini, M.; Abbruzzetti, S.; Viappiani, C.. - In: BIOMOLECULAR CONCEPTS. - ISSN 1868-5021. - 13:1(2022), pp. 175-182. [10.1515/bmc-2022-0014]
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