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See detailComparison of chitosan/siRNA and trimethylchitosan/siRNA complexes behaviour in vitro
Dehousse, Vincent ULg; Garbacki, Nancy ULg; Jaspart, Séverine ULg et al

in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (2010), 46

Chitosan and trimethylchitosan (TMC)-siRNA nanoparticles were produced by simple complexation technique or by ionic gelation using tripolyphosphate (TPP). The obtained complexes were characterized in ... [more ▼]

Chitosan and trimethylchitosan (TMC)-siRNA nanoparticles were produced by simple complexation technique or by ionic gelation using tripolyphosphate (TPP). The obtained complexes were characterized in terms of physicochemical properties such as size, zeta potential, complexation efficiency and stability. Furthermore, cytotoxicity, cell uptake and transfection efficiency of polyplexes were evaluated in vitro. Under pH condition of cell culture medium, a strong decrease in siRNA condensation efficiency was observed with chitosan nanoparticles. This characteristic resulted in low transfection efficiencies in HEK293 cell line. Formulation of chitosan polyplexes with TPP led to improvement of polyplexes stability but no significant increase in transfection efficiency was observed compared to simple chitosan complexes. By contrast, TMC complexes did not have pH dependency on siRNA complexation. TMCsiRNA nanoparticles were stable in physiological condition. Accordingly, cellular uptake was increased compared to chitosan polyplexes. However, improvement of transfection efficiency was low regarding to cellular uptake of these complexes. Chitosan and TMC complexes present some characteristics favourable for siRNA delivery, such as ability to integrate siRNA into small discrete particles or low toxicity of the complexes. This study also highlights the importance of complexes stability in physiological environment for siRNA transfection purposes. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of pH–responsive nanocarriers using trimethylchitosans and methacrylic acid copolymer for siRNA delivery
Dehousse, Vincent ULg; Garbacki, Nancy ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Biomaterials (2010), 31

RNA interference-based therapies are dependent on intracellular delivery of siRNA. The release of siRNA from the endosomal compartment may be a rate limiting step in the transfection process. The purpose ... [more ▼]

RNA interference-based therapies are dependent on intracellular delivery of siRNA. The release of siRNA from the endosomal compartment may be a rate limiting step in the transfection process. The purpose of this study was to produce pH–responsive nanocarriers made of trimethylchitosan (TMC). To this end, pHsensitive methacrylic acid (MAA) copolymer was added to TMC–siRNA formulations. Four different TMCs associated or not with MAA were evaluated as siRNA carriers. Nanoparticles were characterized in terms of size, surface charge, morphology and interaction with siRNA. A swelling behaviour due to a decrease in pH was observed and was found to be dependent on MAA content in the complexes. In vitro experiments aimed at evaluating how the capacity of the nanocarriers to transfect siRNA in L929 cells was affected by MAA content. Confocal microscopy experiments showed that fluorescent MAA-containing particles exhibit a different distribution pattern inside the cells comparing to their counterpart without this pH-sensitive polymer. Transfection efficiency was investigated by RhoA mRNA expression inhibition. MAA–TMC–siRNA complexes were able to transfect L929 cells with greater efficiency than corresponding TMC–siRNA complexes. This study gives an insight into the opportunity of pH-sensitive nanocarriers for siRNA delivery. Such formulations may represent an attractive strategy to improve endosomal escape of siRNA. [less ▲]

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