Journal of controlled release : official journal of the Controlled Release Society

Tumor-homing glycol chitosan/polyethylenimine nanoparticles for the systemic delivery of siRNA in tumor-bearing mice.

PMID 20184928


Here, we designed a new nano-sized siRNA carrier system composed of biocompatible/biodegradable glycol chitosan polymer (GC) and strongly positively charged polyethylenimine (PEI) polymers. In order to make a stable and tumor-homing nano-sized carrier, each polymer was modified with hydrophobic 5beta-cholanic acid, and they were simply mixed to form self-assembled GC-PEI nanoparticles (GC-PEI NPs), due to the strong hydrophobic interactions of 5beta-cholanic acids in the polymers. The freshly prepared GC-PEI NPs showed a stable nanoparticle structure (350nm) and they presented a strongly positive-charged surface (zeta potential=23.8) that is enough to complex tightly with negatively charged RFP-siRNAs, designed for inhibiting red fluorescent protein (RFP) expression. The siRNA encapsulated nanoparticles (siRNA-GC-PEI NPs) formed more compact and stable nanoparticle structures (250nm) at 1: 5 weight ratio of siRNA to GC-PEI nanoparticles. In vitro RFP expressing B16F10 tumor cell (RFP/B16F10) culture system, the siRNA-GC-PEI NPs presented a rapid time-dependent cellular uptake profile within 1h. Moreover, the internalized siRNA-GC-PEI NPs lead to specific mRNA breaks down. Furthermore, our new formulation of siRNA-GC-PEI NPs presented a significant inhibition of RFP gene expression of RFP/B16F10-bearing mice, due to their higher tumor-targeting ability. These results revealed the promising potential of GC-PEI NPs as a stable and effective nano-sized siRNA delivery system for cancer treatment.

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5β-Cholanic acid, ≥99% (TLC)