A new strategy for promoting endoplasmic gene delivery and nucleus uptake is proposed by developing intracellular microenvironment responsive biocompatible polymers. This delivery system can efficiently load and self-assemble nucleic acids into nano-structured polyplexes at a neutral pH, release smaller imidazole-gene complexes from the polymer backbones at intracellular endosomal pH, transport nucleic acids into nucleus through intracellular environment responsive multiple-stage gene delivery, thus leading to a high cell transfection efficiency.
- controlled gene release
- intracellular microenvironment responsive
- multiple-stage gene delivery
- nucleus uptake