Chitosan-coated PLGA nanoparticles for DNA/RNA delivery: Effect of the formulation parameters on complexation and transfection of antisense oligonucleotides

Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany.
Nanomedicine: nanotechnology, biology, and medicine (Impact Factor: 6.16). 10/2007; 3(3):173-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.nano.2007.03.006
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Cationically modified poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles have recently been introduced as novel carriers for DNA/RNA delivery. The colloidal characteristics of the nanoparticles--particle size and surface charge--are considered the most significant determinants in the cellular uptake and trafficking of the nanoparticles. Therefore, our aim was to introduce chitosan-coated PLGA nanoparticles, whose size and charge are tunable to adapt for a specific task. The results showed that biodegradable nanoparticles as small as 130 nm and adjustable surface charge can be tailored controlling the process parameters. As a proof of concept, the overall potential of these particulate carriers to bind the antisense oligonucleotides, 2'-O-methyl-RNA, and improve their cellular uptake was demonstrated. The study proved the efficacy of chitosan-coated PLGA nanoparticles as a flexible and efficient delivery system for antisense oligonucleotides to lung cancer cells.

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    • "Chitosan-coated PLGA ENP (172.3 AE 4.5 nm) were shown to be a flexible and efficient system for delivery of antisense oligonucleotides to lung cancer cells (Nafee et al., 2007). Overall, organic and biodegradable polysaccharide-based ENP can effectively inhibit disease in models of allergic asthma and other inflammatory lung diseases. "
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