Multilayered polyelectrolyte films promote the direct and localized delivery of DNA to cells

ArticleinJournal of Controlled Release 106(1-2):214-23 · September 2005with6 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2005.04.014 · Source: PubMed
Multilayered polyelectrolyte films fabricated from plasmid DNA and a hydrolytically degradable synthetic polycation can be used to direct the localized transfection of cells without the aid of a secondary transfection agent. Multilayered assemblies 100 nm thick consisting of alternating layers of synthetic polymer and plasmid DNA encoding for enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) were deposited on quartz substrates using a layer-by-layer fabrication procedure. The placement of film-coated slides in contact with COS-7 cells growing in serum-containing culture medium resulted in gene expression in cells localized under the film-coated portion of the slides. The average percentage of cells expressing EGFP relative to the total number of cells ranged from 4.6% to 37.9%, with an average of 18.6%+/-8.2%, as determined by fluorescence microscopy. In addition to providing a mechanism for the immobilization of DNA at the cell/surface interface, a preliminary analysis of film topography by atomic force microscopy (AFM) demonstrated that polymer /DNA films undergo significant structural rearrangements upon incubation to present surface bound condensed plasmid DNA nanoparticles. These data suggest that the presence of the cationic polymer in these materials may also contribute to the internalization and expression of plasmid. The materials and design principles reported here present an attractive framework for the local or non-invasive delivery of DNA from the surfaces of implantable materials or biomedical devices.
    • "Poly1 was synthesized via a Michael-type addition reaction as described previously [21,22,24]. Briefly, 9 mmol of 4,4 0 -trimethyle nedipiperidine was dissolved in anhydrous THF to form a 500 mg mL À1 solution. "
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    • "Preloading was achieved through electrostatic adsorption of pDNA onto bPEI25 coated PS particles prior to SF deposition such that nucleic acid/bPEI25 complexes were entrapped inside of the microcapsules, where the SF multilayer shell constituted both a protective as well as a diffusion barrier ( [47]. Both strategies have been successfully applied in several studies [31,4849505152 and used to tailor drug release characteristics via the loading process and shell thickness [53]. Plasmid DNA encapsulation efficiency was found to be significantly higher for 4 µm microcapsules after postloading while the loading technique had no significant influence on encapsulation efficiency for 1 µm microparticles (Fig. S3B). "
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