Organelle-specific peptidoconjugates. Eukaryotic cells are complex structures with specialized compartments – organelles - that play important functional roles. We have developed a class of peptide-based conjugates displaying organellar targeting within human cells that can be used to probe specific compartments and deliver agents with chemical or biological activity. Ongoing efforts involving these compounds will focus on the following issues:
- probing organelle-specific stress responses
- elucidating molecular requirements for organellar localization
- engineering pharmaceutical agents with increased efficacy by altering organellar specificity
"Cell-Penetrating Peptides as Delivery Vehicles for Biology and Medicine." Org. Biomol. Chem., 2008, 6, 2242.
“Mitochondria-Penetrating Peptides.” K.L. Horton, K.M. Stewart, S.B. Fonseca, Q. Guo, S.O. Kelley, Chemistry and Biology, 2008, 15, 375. (This article was highlighted by the Faculty of 1000, Nature Methods, and C&E News.)
"Deconvolution of the Oxidative Stress Response using Organelle-specific Peptidoconjugates." K.P. Mahon, T.B. Potocky, D.L. Blair, M.D. Roy, T.Chiles, S.O. Kelley, Chemistry and Biology, 2007, 14, 923.
"Phototoxicity of Peptidoconjugates Modulated by a Single Amino Acid." L.M. Wittenhagen, J.R. Carreon, E.G. Prestwich, S.O. Kelley, Angewandte Chemie, 2005, 44, 2542.
"Synthesis, Characterization, and Cellular Uptake of DNA-Binding Rose Bengal Peptidoconjugates." J.R. Carreon, M.A. Roberts, L.M. Wittenhagen, S.O. Kelley, Organic Letters, 2005, 7, 99.
Additional projects currently underway in the Kelley group: