[en] To improve the efficiency of orally delivered vaccines, PEGylated PLGA-based nanoparticles displaying RGD molecules at their surface were designed to target human M cells. RGD grafting was performed by an original method called "photografting" which covalently linked RGD peptides mainly on the PEG moiety of the PCL-PEG, included in the formulation. First, three non-targeted formulations with size and zeta potential adapted to M cell uptake and stable in gastro-intestinal fluids, were developed. Their transport by an in vitro model of the human Follicle associated epithelium (co-cultures) was largely increased as compared to mono-cultures (Caco-2 cells). RGD-labelling of nanoparticles significantly increased their transport by co-cultures. due to interactions between the RGD ligand and the I intregrins detected at the apical surface of co-cultures. In vivo studies demonstrated that RGD-labelled nanoparticles particularly concentrated in M cells. Finally, ovalbumin-loaded nanoparticles were orally administrated to mice and induced an IgG response, attesting antigen ability to elicit an immune response after oral delivery.
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