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J Control Release. 2012 Aug 10;161(3):875-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2012.05.015. Epub 2012 May 14.

Anti-Her2 single-chain antibody mediated DNMTs-siRNA delivery for targeted breast cancer therapy.

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CAS Key Laboratory of Brain Function and Disease, and School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027, P.R. China.


The targeted delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) to specific tumor tissues and tumor cells remains as one of the key challenges in the development of RNA interference as a therapeutic application. To target breast cancer, we developed a therapeutic delivery system using a fusion protein of an anti-Her2 single-chain antibody fragment with a positively charged protamine, namely F5-P, as the carrier to specifically deliver siRNA-targeting DNA methyltransferases 1 and/or 3b genes (siDNMTs) into Her2-expressing breast tumor cells. The carrier F5-P, expressed by the Escherichia coli system, was able to bind siRNA molecules and specifically deliver the siRNA to Her2-expressing BT474 breast cancer cells but not Her2-nonexpressing MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells, while delivery of siDNMTs to BT474 cells successfully silenced the expression of targeted DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) and facilitated the de-methylation of the RASSF1A tumor suppressor gene promoter, leading to the suppression of tumor cell proliferation. Moreover, as demonstrated in the BT474 xenograft murine model, F5-P successfully delivered siRNA into a Her2-expressing breast tumor, and tumor growth inhibition was mediated by an intravenous injection of F5-P/siDNMTs complex by down-regulating the expression of DNMTs and restoring tumor suppressor gene expression. These data suggest that the delivery of siDNMTs by F5-P could be used to treat Her2-expressing breast cancer.

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