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Mol Ther. 2012 Mar;20(3):609-15. doi: 10.1038/mt.2011.270. Epub 2011 Dec 20.

Systemic delivery of siRNA via LCP nanoparticle efficiently inhibits lung metastasis.

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Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599, USA.


Targeted delivery remains the major challenge for the application of small interfering RNA (siRNA). We have developed a lipid/calcium/phosphate (LCP) nanoparticle (NP) to improve siRNA delivery efficiency. The LCP NP was prepared by using microemulsion technology to form calcium/phosphate (CaP) core and further coated with cationic lipids. The final NP was grafted with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and anisamide (AA) ligand on the surface to target sigma receptor-expressing B16F10 melanoma cells. The LCP NP exhibited a 40 nm particle size, a +25 mV zeta-potential, and 91% siRNA encapsulation efficiency. After a single intravenous (i.v.) injection of antiluciferase siRNA (0.12 mg siRNA/kg) formulated in targeted LCP NP, luciferase activity in metastatic B16F10 tumor-loaded lungs decreased by 78% in C57BL/6 mice. In a therapeutic experiment, siRNA against MDM2, c-myc, and VEGF coformulated in the targeted LCP NP resulted in simultaneous silencing of the respective oncogenes in metastatic nodules. Treatment with siRNA in the targeted NP significantly reduced lung metastases (~70-80%) at a relatively low dose (0.36 mg/kg), whereas control group showed little therapeutic effect. Moreover, this targeted LCP NP significantly prolonged the mean survival time of the animals by 27.8% compared to control group without showing any toxicity at the therapeutic dose.

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