Clinical immunology (Orlando, Fla.)

A combination dual-sized microparticle system modulates dendritic cells and prevents type 1 diabetes in prediabetic NOD mice.

PMID 25842187


We developed a novel poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-based, microparticle (MP) system providing concurrent delivery of multiple encapsulated immuno-suppressive factors and antigen, for in vivo conditioning of dendritic cells (DCs) toward a tolerance promoting pathway. Subcutaneous administration prevents onset of type 1 diabetes (T1D) in NOD mice. Two MP sizes were made: phagocytosable MPs were fabricated encapsulating vitamin D3 or insulin B(9-23) peptide, while unphagocytosable MPs were fabricated encapsulating TGF-β1 or GM-CSF. The combination of Vit D3/TGF-β1 MPs confers an immature and LPS activation-resistant phenotype to DCs, and MP-delivered antigen is efficiently and functionally presented. Notably, two subcutaneous injections into 4week old NOD mice using the combination of MPs encapsulating Vit D3, Ins B, TGF-β1 and GM-CSF protected 40% of mice from T1D development, significant in comparison to the control. This work represents one of the first applications of a biomaterial-based, MP vaccine system to successfully prevent autoimmune diabetes.