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Amelioration of ulcerative colitis via inflammatory regulation by macrophage-biomimetic nanomedicine.

Theranostics (2020-09-16)
Tianlei Sun, Cheryl H T Kwong, Cheng Gao, Jianwen Wei, Ludan Yue, Jianxiang Zhang, Richard Dequan Ye, Ruibing Wang
ABSTRACT

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is featured with relapsing inflammation in the colon, where macrophages are recruited and polarized locally into M1 type to drive further inflammation. Pharmacotherapy of UC has exhibited limited efficacy, mostly due to the poor specificity. Methods: A macrophage-biomimetic nanomedicine was developed for targeted treatment of UC, which was derived from reactive oxygen species (ROS)-sensitive β-cyclodextrin, loaded with rosiglitazone, and coated with macrophage membrane. The ability of the nanomedicine in regulating macrophage polarization was examined at cellular level, and the macrophage-tropism driven targeted delivery into the inflammatory colon was investigated by ex vivo bio-imaging distribution assay. Furthermore, the nanomedicine's therapeutic efficacy was systemically examined in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis model in mice. Results: The nanomedicine effectively polarized macrophages to M2 and protected epithelial cells from oxidative stress in vitro. In addition, macrophage-membrane led the nanomedicine to the inflammatory colon with a high targeting efficiency. In response to the elevated ROS in the inflammatory tissue, the nanomedicine released rosiglitazone specifically and regulated macrophage polarization in vivo. Macrophage membrane also assisted inflammation suppression by sequestering proinflammatory cytokines. Working in such a synergy, the nanomedicine exhibited significant therapeutic effects against UC in mice. Conclusions: This macrophage-biomimetic nanomedicine leverages the inflammatory tropism and inflammatory cytokine sequestration effects of macrophage membrane for targeted delivery and local inflammation suppression, the ROS-responsiveness of β-cyclodextrin-based matrix for specific payload release, and the macrophage-polarizing effect of rosiglitazone for inflammatory regulation, thereby exhibiting considerable therapeutic efficacy against UC in mice. This study offers important new insights on the design and development of biomimetic nanomaterials for inflammation regulations.

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Lipopolysaccharides from Escherichia coli O111:B4, γ-irradiated, BioXtra, suitable for cell culture
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2′,7′-Dichlorofluorescin diacetate, ≥97%