We are developing a platform for targeted and sustained delivery of anti-metabolic nucleotide analogs for chemotherapy. In addition to the well-known method of conjugating chemotherapeutic drugs to biopolymers and synthetic polymers, our lab also works on polymerization of nucleotide analogs using enzymatic routes. We exploit different DNA polymerases and molecular biology tools to generate oligomers of nucleotide drugs. Using DNA and RNA aptamers sequences, targeting ability can be bestowed to the polymerized nucleotides. It also explores aspects of biomolecular engineering and various bioconjugation methods to confer nuclease resistance to the nucleotide oligomers.
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