Here we developed a bacteriophage display particle designed to serve as a bifunctional entity that can target tumors while delivering an agent. We engineered a chimera phage vector containing a pIII-displayed αv integrins-targeting moiety and a pVIII-displayed streptavidin binding adaptor moiety. By using the chimeric phage particle, targeting of αv integrins on cells in culture and tumor-related blood vessels was shown through different applications, including luminescent quantum dots localization, surface plasmon resonance-based binding detection, and an in vivo tumor model. The strategy validated here will accelerate the discovery and characterization of receptor-ligand binding events in high throughput, and cell-specific delivery of diagnostics or therapeutics to organs of choice without the need for chemical conjugation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Drug Discovery
- Molecular Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Biochemistry