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Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2012 Dec;64(15):1738-48. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2012.06.013. Epub 2012 Jul 20.

Immunotoxicity derived from manipulating leukocytes with lipid-based nanoparticles.

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Laboratory of Nanomedicine, Department of Cell Research and Immunology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Science, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel.


Lipid-based nanoparticles (LNPs) such as liposomes, micelles, and hybrid systems (e.g. lipid-polymer) are prominent delivery vehicles that already made an impact on the lives of millions around the globe. A common denominator of all these LNP-based platforms is to deliver drugs into specific tissues or cells in a pathological setting with minimal adverse effects on bystander cells. All these platforms must be compatible to the physiological environment and prevent undesirable interactions with the immune system. Avoiding immune stimulation or suppression is an important consideration when developing new strategies in drug and gene delivery, whereas in adjuvants for vaccine therapies, immune activation is desired. Therefore, profound understanding of how LNPs elicit immune responses is essential for the optimization of these systems for various biomedical applications. Herein, I describe general concepts of the immune system and the interaction of subsets of leukocytes with LNPs. Finally, I detail the different immune toxicities reported and propose ways to manipulate leukocytes' functions using LNPs.

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