Synthetic Virology Toolbox for the Encapsulation of Therapeutic Polyelectrolytes (SYNVIRO)

  • Kostiainen, Mauri (Principal investigator)
  • Ahmed, Ahmed (Project Member)
  • Anaya Plaza, Eduardo (Project Member)
  • Liu, Qing (Project Member)
  • Julin, Sofia (Project Member)
  • Välimäki, Salla (Project Member)
  • Korpi, Antti (Project Member)

Project Details


Heparin is widely used as a blood anti-coagulant. However, the associated limitations require rapid neutralization after surgical operation or before blood sample analysis. In SYNVIRO we will develop new safe, synthetic, biohybrid materials to bind, encapsulate and remove heparin efficiently. Our approach mimics the way how viruses work. We will synthesise/isolate materials encapsulating features and study their self-assembly and ability to package polyelectrolytes. Our tools consist of synthetic block copolymers, peptide/protein-polymer conjugates, minimal capsid proteins and plant virus derived native capsid proteins. The approach can be readily extended to other biological polyelectrolytes, such as DNA and RAN. The systematic approach of SYNVIRO offers a leap from the trial-and-error research to understanding and controlling polyelectrolyte encapsulation in general.
Effective start/end date01/09/201731/08/2021

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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