Covalent conjugation of polyethyleneimine on biodegradable microparticles for delivery of plasmid DNA vaccines

Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA.
Biomaterials (Impact Factor: 8.31). 12/2005; 26(32):6375-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2005.03.043
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ABSTRACT Microparticle-based delivery of nucleic acids has gained particular attention in recent years in view of improving the potency of DNA vaccination. Such improvement has been reported by encapsulation of pDNA within biodegradable microparticles or through surface adsorption on cationic microparticles. However, the intrinsic intracellular barriers for gene delivery to antigen presenting cells (APCs) have not been adequately addressed in the rational design of delivery systems for DNA vaccines. Here we report synthesis and characterization of biodegradable microparticles that (a) can passively target phagocytic APCs, (b) have intrinsic buffering ability that might allow for enhanced phagosomal escape, (c) are not cytotoxic and (d) have improved APC transfection efficiency. Branched polyethyleneimine (b-PEI) was covalently conjugated using carbodiimide chemistry to the surface of poly(lactide-coglycolide) (PLGA) microparticles to create cationic microparticles capable of simultaneously delivering both DNA vaccines as well as other immunomodulatory agents (cytokines or nucleic acids) within a single injectable delivery vehicle. Our results indicate that covalent conjugation of b-PEI allows efficient surface loading of nucleic acids, introduces intrinsic buffering properties to PLGA particles and enhances transfection of phagocytic cells without affecting the cytocompatibility of PLGA carriers.

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    • "Kasturi et al. found that pDNA encapsulated within PLGA leads to significant confinement of the complexes within endolysosomes, yet the application of chitosan to the surface of the NPs was projected to improve pDNA-NP release from the endolysosomes and offer a more protected path through the cytoplasm to the nucleus [18]. There are several reports on various aspects of chitosan- PLGA NPs for pDNA delivery, focusing on preparation methods, the final characteristics of synthesized NPs, and their behavior in vivo (i.e., cytotoxicity and transfection efficiency) [15–17, 19–21]. "
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    • "Moreover, also the microsphere biocompatibility may be affected by the presence of the surfactant, thus leading to further criticism for future clinical development [27]. To overcome these problems, PLA or PLGA particles with charged groups covalently bound to the particle surface were developed by chemical modification of preformed particles or by using functional polymers or copolymers during particle synthesis [28] [29]. In addition, to avoid the still unresolved concerns about the presence of surfactants such as SDS or stabilizers such as PVA in microparticle formulations to be used in humans, new anionic surfactant-free nanoparticles containing only PLA polymers with a carboxylic end group were also developed and shown to be efficient vaccine delivery systems [30]. "
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    • "Similarly, Elamanchili et al. reported that PLGA nanoparticles encapsulated with TLR 4 ligand, monophosphoryl lipid A, resulted in increased expression of stimulatory and co-stimulatory molecules on DCs and resulted in a robust Th1 type response [21] [22]. Additionally, antisense oligonucleotides specific for either co-stimulatory molecules or IL-10, loaded into PLGA MPs have been shown to be able to either induce immune suppression or direct specific Th-1 helper-type response respectively [22] [23]. Finally, in addition to directly loading antigenic proteins or peptides into particles, it has been demonstrated that delivery of DNA encoding for antigenic protein via PLGA MPs is a viable immunotherapeutic option [24] [25]. "
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