Chitosan Nanoparticles for Plasmid DNA Delivery: Effect of Chitosan Molecular Structure on Formulation and Release Characteristics

Faculty of Pharmacy , Ankara University, Engüri, Ankara, Turkey
Drug Delivery (Impact Factor: 2.56). 03/2004; 11(2):107-12. DOI: 10.1080/10717540490280705
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Chitosan can be useful as a nonviral vector for gene delivery. Although there are several reports to form chitosan-pDNA particles, the optimization and effect on transfection remain insufficient. The chitosan-pDNA nanoparticles were formulated using complex coacervation and solvent evaporation techniques. The important parameters for the encapsulation efficiency were investigated, including molecular weight and deacetylation degree of chitosan. We found that encapsulation efficiency of pDNA is directly proportional with deacetylation degree, but there is an inverse proportion with molecular weight of chitosan. DNA-nanoparticles in the size range of 450-820 nm depend on the formulation process. The surface charge of the nanoparticles prepared with complex coacervation method was slightly positive with a zeta potential of +9 to +18 mV; nevertheless, nanoparticles prepared with solvent evaporation method had a zeta potential approximately +30 mV. The pDNA-chitosan nanoparticles prepared by using high deacetylation degree chitosan having 92.7%, 98.0%, and 90.4% encapsulation efficiency protect the encapsulated pDNA from nuclease degradation as shown by electrophoretic mobility analysis. The release of pDNA from the formulation prepared by complex coacervation was completed in 24 hr whereas the formulation prepared by evaporation technique released pDNA in 96 hr, but these release profiles are not statistically significant compared with formulations with similar structure (p > .05). According to the results, we suggest nanoparticles have the potential to be used as a transfer vector in further studies.

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    • "Amongst them, chitosan (CS) is a particularly attractive cationic vector derived from polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are the most abundant polymers in nature and CS exhibits desirable characteristics such as biocompatibility and biodegradability that is essential for gene delivery (Bozkir and Saka 2004). CS is also nonimmunogenic and nontoxic. "
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    • "A potential alternative to induce oral tolerance in which the antigen is directly expressed within the intestine could be the use of non-viral gene delivery systems encoding for the antigen. Chitosan, a non-toxic biodegradable polycationic polymer with low immunogenicity, was shown to be a useful oral gene carrier [18] [19] [20]. Chitosan can be complexed with plasmid- DNA, forming nanoparticles which are stable during the gastrointestinal tract, phagocytized in the gut and causes gene expression. "
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