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Exploring the pH Sensitivity of Poly(allylamine) Phosphate Supramolecular Nanocarriers for Intracellular siRNA Delivery.

TitleExploring the pH Sensitivity of Poly(allylamine) Phosphate Supramolecular Nanocarriers for Intracellular siRNA Delivery.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsAndreozzi, P., Diamanti E., Py-Daniel K. Rapp, Cáceres-Vélez P. Rocio, Martinelli C., Politakos N., Escobar A., Muzi-Falconi M., Azevedo R., & Moya S. E.
JournalACS Appl Mater Interfaces
Date Published2017 Nov 08

Silencing RNA (siRNA) technologies emerge as a promising therapeutic tool for the treatment of multiple diseases. An ideal nanocarrier (NC) for siRNAs should be stable at physiological pH and release siRNAs in acidic endosomal pH, fulfilling siRNA delivery only inside cells. Here, we show a novel application of polyamine phosphate NCs (PANs) based on their capacity to load negatively charged nucleic acids and their pH stability. PANs are fabricated by complexation of phosphate anions from phosphate buffer solution (PB) with the amine groups of poly(allylamine) hydrochloride as carriers for siRNAs. PANs are stable in a narrow pH interval, from 7 to 9, and disassemble at pH's higher than 9 and lower than 6. siRNAs are encapsulated by complexation with poly(allylamine) hydrochloride before or after PAN formation. PANs with encapsulated siRNAs are stable in cell media. Once internalized in cells following endocytic pathways, PANs disassemble at the low endosomal pH and release the siRNAs into the cytoplasm. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) images of Rhodamine Green labeled PANs (RG-PANs) with encapsulated Cy3-labeled siRNA in A549 cells show that siRNAs are released from the PANs. Colocalization experiments with labeled endosomes and either labeled siRNAs prove the translocation of siRNAs into the cytosol. As a proof of concept, it is shown that PANs with encapsulated green fluorescence protein (GFP) siRNAs silence GFP in A549 cells expressing this protein. Silencing efficacy was evaluated by flow cytometry, CLSM, and Western blot assays. These results open the way for the use of poly(allylamine) phosphate nanocarriers for the intracellular delivery of genetic materials.

Alternate JournalACS Appl Mater Interfaces
PubMed ID29039643


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