Published on 30.07.2018

Delivery of hydrophilic compounds across membranes is usually problematic. Modification with triphenylphosphonium ions has been shown to overcome this barrier.

Lysine dendron with four triphenylphosphonium groups.

We recently included a triphenylphosphonium (TPP)-bearing dendron into our portfolio (LS-3650).

This type of building block was designed for the targeted delivery of peptides, polymers and different types of drugs to mitochondria. Bearing a hydrazide group, LS-3650 can be easily conjugated to the molecule of choice via reaction with aldehyde groups (hydrazone ligation).


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