The influence of the cell-adhesive proteins E-cadherin and fibronectin embedded in carbonate-apatite DNA carrier on transgene delivery and expression in a mouse embryonic stem cell line

K. Kutsuzawa, T. Akaike, Ezharul H. Chowdhury

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Stem cells have the potential to be differentiated to a specific cell type through genetic manipulation and therefore, represent a new and versatile source of cell replacement in regenerative medicine. However, conventional ways of gene transfer to these progenitor cells, suffer from a number of disadvantages particularly involving safety and efficacy issues. We have recently reported on the development of a bio-functionalized DNA carrier of carbonate apatite by embedding fibronectin and E-cadherin chimera on the carrier, leading to its high-affinity interactions with embryonic stem cell surface and accelerated transgene delivery for subsequent expression. Here, we show the molecular basis of synthesizing highly functional composite particles utilizing DNA, cell-adhesive proteins and inorganic crystals, and finally establish a superior transfection system for a mouse stem cell line having potential applications in cell-based therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-376
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbonate apatite
  • Cell-adhesive proteins
  • E-cadherin
  • Endocytosis
  • Fibronectin
  • Nano-crystals

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