Off-campus UMass Amherst users: To download campus access dissertations, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your UMass Amherst user name and password.
Non-UMass Amherst users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this dissertation through interlibrary loan.
Dissertations that have an embargo placed on them will not be available to anyone until the embargo expires.
Author ORCID Identifier
Campus-Only Access for Five (5) Years
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Biomaterials | Biotechnology | Cell Biology | Materials Chemistry | Organic Chemistry | Polymer Chemistry
Therapeutic delivery refers to the transportation of a pharmaceutical compound to the desired target to achieve its therapeutic effect. Cationic materials are commonly employed to facilitate therapeutic delivery by interacting with cell membrane via electrostatic interaction. However, positive surface charge in cationic materials interferes the integrity of cell membrane, therefore inducing toxicity in therapeutic delivery systems at high dosage. Non-cationic materials exhibit reduced toxicity profiles comparing to cationic materials. In this dissertation, synthetic polymers are utilized to formulate non-cationic systems to expand their applications in therapeutic delivery, specifically for drug encapsulation, RNA delivery and subcellular localization. In terms of drug encapsulation, non-cationic copolymers demonstrate tunable drug loading capacities with a simple combinatorial formulation of copolymers. For RNA delivery, non-cationic RNA-polymer complexes are successfully used for the delivery of double-stranded RNA with negligible cytotoxicity, initiating the intracellular RNA interference process for gene specific regulation. Regarding subcellular localization, an end group labeling strategy for synthetic polymers is presented as a precisely controlled platform for the functionalization of polymers. With the conjugation of delocalized lipophilic cations (DLCs, commonly used mitochondrial targeting moieties), anionic polymers exhibit significantly promoted mitochondrial targeting effect than their cationic and charge-neutral analog. Meanwhile, the labeling strategy is broadly applicable for polymers with different surface charge. Fluorescently labelled polymers using such strategy are finally used to probe the effect of surface charge on the endocytic process of synthetic polymers.
Jiang, Ziwen, "Non-cationic Polymeric Materials for Therapeutic Delivery Applications" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations. 1834.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
Available for download on Monday, February 01, 2021