Abstract

This thesis discusses pyridinium bisretinoid compounds (PBRs), which were prepared for two purposes: 1) to use them as standards for detection of novel fluorophores in human RPE cells, which may be involved in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and 2) to use them in the development of a targeted and triggered drug delivery system for cancer therapy. We prepared a selection of PBRs using a one-pot biomimetic method; synthesis, mechanisms for formation, and characterization of these compounds is described. We also explored the photoreactivity of three novel PBR compounds and found that these PBRs form oxidation products under blue-light irradiation. The photoinduced cytotoxity of A2P and A2EE was examined in HL-60 cells. Results from this work suggest that the PBRs presented have the potential to be involved in AMD and to be developed into a targeted and triggered drug delivery system for cancer therapy.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry and Biochemistry

Rights

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Date Submitted

2007-12-19

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd2256

Keywords

pyridinium bisretinoid, age-related macular degeneration, AMD, blue-light irradiation, cytotoxicity

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