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NameMs. Amanda Pritzlaff
OrganizationUniversity of Florida
TopicBiochemistry / Chem Bio.

Galectin-3-Polymer Conjugates for Self-Assembling and Cell-Targeted Drug Delivery Vehicles


Amanda Pritzlaff, Dominic Rucco, Daniel Savin

Author Location(s)

University of Florida Chemistry Department Butler Polymer Lab


The human carbohydrate-binding lectin protein galectin-3 is upregulated in many types of cancers and is associated with progression and metastasis via its ability to extracellularly bind β-galactosides and form pentameric structures, which modulate cell migration and motility.  Galectin-3 can be overexpressed and purified from E. coli and conjugated to self-assembling polymers in order to exploit the ability of galectin-3 to bind to the cancer extracellular matrix and aid in the specific targeting of polymeric drug delivery vehicles. Currently, E. coli strains BL21(DE3) PLysS and Origami B(DE3) overexpress His-tagged galectin-3. Affinity chromatography with a nickel-agarose column is used to purify galectin-3 from the cell lysate.  Elution conditions such as imidazole concentration are being optimized for high-purity galectin-3. The effects of protein-polymer conjugation on properties such as galectin-3-sugar binding affinity and polymer self-assembly/stimuli responsiveness will first be assessed after successful purification and conjugation.