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Optimization of in vivo DNA delivery with NickFect peptide vectors
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Neurochemistry.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Controlled Release, ISSN 0168-3659, E-ISSN 1873-4995, Vol. 241, 135-143 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As the field of gene therapy progresses, an increasingly urgent need has arisen for efficient and non-toxic vectors for the in vivo delivery of nucleic acids. Cell-penetrating peptides (CPP) are very efficient transfection reagents in vitro, however, their application in vivo needs improvement. To enhance in vivo transfection we designed various CPPs based on previous knowledge of internalization studies and physiochemical properties of NickFect (NF) nanoparticles. We show that increment of the helicity of these Transportan10 analogues improves the transfection efficiency. We rationally design by modifying the net charge and the helicity of the CPP a novel amphipathic α-helical peptide NF55 for in vivo application. NF55 condenses DNA into stable nanoparticles that are resistant to protease degradation, promotes endosomal escape, and transfects the majority of cells in a large cell population. We demonstrate that NF55 mediates DNA delivery in vivo with gene induction efficiency that is comparable to commercial transfection reagents. In addition to gene induction in healthy mice, NF55/DNA nanoparticles showed promising tumor transfection in various mouse tumor models, including an intracranial glioblastoma model. The efficiency of NF55 to convey DNA specifically into tumor tissue increased even further after coupling a PEG2000 to the peptide via a disulphide-bond. Furthermore, a solid formulation of NF55/DNA displayed an excellent stability profile without additives or special storage conditions. Together, its high transfection efficacy and stability profile make NF55 an excellent vector for the delivery of DNA in vivo.

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2016. Vol. 241, 135-143 p.
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In vivo gene delivery, Cell penetrating peptide, Transfection, Tumor, PEGylation, Nanoparticles
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136175DOI: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2016.09.022ISI: 000386251700012PubMedID: 27664329OAI: diva2:1050818
Available from: 2016-11-30 Created: 2016-11-30 Last updated: 2016-12-01Bibliographically approved

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