Polyethylene glycol-complexed cationic liposome for enhanced cellular uptake and anticancer activity.
ABSTRACT Liposomes as one of the efficient drug carriers have some shortcomings such as their relatively short blood circulation time, fast clearance from human body by reticuloendothelial system (RES) and limited intracellular uptake to target cells. In this study, polyethylene glycol (PEG)-complexed cationic liposomes (PCL) were prepared by ionic complex of cationically charged liposomes with carboxylated polyethylene glycol (mPEG-COOH). The cationic liposomes had approximately 98.6+/-1.0 nm of mean particle diameter and 45.5+/-1.1 mV of zeta potential value. While, the PCL had 110.1+/-1.2 nm of mean particle diameter and 18.4+/-0.8 mV of zeta potential value as a result of the ionic complex of mPEG-COOH with cationic liposomes. Loading efficiency of model drug, doxorubicin, into cationic liposomes or PCL was about 96.0+/-0.7%. Results of intracellular uptake evaluated by flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy studies showed higher intracellular uptake of PCL than that of Doxil. In addition, in vitro cytotoxicity of PCL was comparable to cationic liposomes. In pharmacokinetic study in rats, PCL showed slightly lower plasma level of DOX than that of Doxil. In vivo antitumor activity of DOX-loaded PCL was comparable to that of Doxil against human SKOV-3 ovarian adenocarcinoma xenograft rat model. Consequently, the PCL, of which surface was complexed with PEG by ionic complex may be applicable as drug delivery carriers for increasing therapeutic efficacy of anticancer drugs.
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ABSTRACT: Ultrasound-sensitive (sonosensitive) liposomes for tumor targeting have been studied in order to increase the antitumor efficacy of drugs and decrease the associated severe side effects. Liposomal contrast agents having Gd(III) are known as a nano-contrast agent system for the efficient and selective delivery of contrast agents into pathological sites. The objective of this study was to prepare Gd(III)-DOTA-modified sonosensitive liposomes (GdSL), which could deliver a model drug, doxorubicin (DOX), to a specific site and, at the same time, be capable of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The GdSL was prepared using synthesized Gd(III)-DOTA-1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine lipid. Sonosensitivity of GdSL to 20-kHz ultrasound induced 33% to 40% of DOX release. The relaxivities (r1) of GdSL were 6.6 to 7.8 mM[MINUS SIGN]1 s[MINUS SIGN]1, which were higher than that of MR-bester[REGISTERED SIGN]. Intracellular uptake properties of GdSL were evaluated according to the intensity of ultrasound. Intracellular uptake of DOX for ultrasound-triggered GdSL was higher than that for non-ultrasound-triggered GdSL. The results of our study suggest that the paramagnetic and sonosensitive liposomes, GdSL, may provide a versatile platform for molecular imaging and targeted drug delivery.Nanoscale Research Letters 08/2012; 7(1):462. · 2.52 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the effectiveness of an integrin peptide ligand-labeled liposomal delivery system loaded with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-siRNA in a model study of gene therapy for retinopathy using human retinal pigment epithelial cells. Arg(R)-Gly(G)-Asp(D) motif peptide conjugating polyethylene glycol modified (RGD-PEGylated) liposomes were prepared using a thin-film hydration method and optimized for surface charge, particle size, small interfering RNA (siRNA) load, and entrapment efficiency. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays were used to determine VEGF levels in retinal pigment epithelial cells. Cytotoxicity was determined using the 3-[4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium (MTS) assay and flow cytometry. Physicochemical properties, including particle size, zeta potential, and siRNA load, of the prepared RGD-PEGylated liposomes and their entrapment efficiency were determined to be within the following ranges: 123.8-234.1 nm, 17.31-40.09 m V, 5.27%-6.33%, and >97%, respectively. RGD-PEGylated liposome-mediated fluorescent-labeled siRNA delivery demonstrated significantly enhanced cellular uptake, and 3 mol% RGD-PEGylated liposomes (having 3β-[N-(N', N'-dimethylaminoethane) carbamoyl] cholesterol (DC-cholesterol) DSPE and DSPE-PEG(2000)-RGD with molar ratio of 50/47/3) were shown to have better efficacy with regard to specificity for retinal pigment epithelial cells, reduced cytotoxicity, and knockdown of the target molecule. By integrin receptor-mediated endocytosis, 3 mol% RGD-PEGylated liposomes were shown to be a suitable vector when loaded with VEGF-siRNA for efficient downregulation of VEGF in retinal pigment epithelial cells at both the protein and gene levels. This integrin ligand-modified liposomal delivery system has therapeutic potential for ocular gene therapy.International Journal of Nanomedicine 01/2013; 8:2613-27. · 3.46 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: This is the first report on the reversible fluorescence switching of curcumin encapsulated niosomes exhibiting a strong blue color excimer emission in the UV region and a green color luminescence of the excited state monomer form of curcumin that undergoes ESIPT in the visible region. The real time monitoring of the release of curcumin from niosomes is feasible through the change of fluorescence color from blue to green.RSC Advances 01/2013; 3(8):2553-2557. · 2.56 Impact Factor