Functionalized dendrimers as endotoxin sponges

Jens R. Cromer, Stewart J. Wood, Kelly A. Miller, Thuan Nguyen, Sunil A. David

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Lipopolysaccharides (LPS), otherwise termed 'endotoxins', are outer-membrane constituents of Gram-negative bacteria, and play a key role in the pathogenesis of 'Septic Shock', a major cause of mortality in the critically ill patient. We had previously defined the pharmacophore necessary for small molecules to specifically bind and neutralize LPS and, using animal models of sepsis, have shown that the sequestration of circulatory LPS by small molecules is a therapeutically viable strategy. Polyamidoamine dendrimers, with the surface amines substoichiometrically derivatized with alkyl groups bind LPS with high affinity, neutralize LPS-induced inflammatory responses in vitro, and afford protection in a murine model of endotoxic shock. Dendrimers represent a new class of potentially useful compounds for the therapy of Gram-negative sepsis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1295-1298
Number of pages4
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005


  • Dendrimers
  • Endotoxin
  • Lipopolysaccharide
  • Sepsis

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