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Apr 2020 Journal of controlled release : official journal of the Controlled Release Society

Self-assembly of amphiphilic phospholipid peptide dendrimer-based nanovectors for effective delivery of siRNA therapeutics in prostate cancer therapy.


Chen Y, Zhu D, Shi K, Ma C, Zhang W, Rocchi P, Jiang L, Liu X


RNA interference (RNAi) holds great promise for therapeutic applications. However, safe and successful clinical translation essentially requires further advancement of developing efficient delivery systems. Herein, we report that amphiphilic phospholipid peptide dendrimers (AmPPDs) could mediated effective delivery of siRNA targeting Hsp27 for treating castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). AmPPDs bears natural lipid derivative DSPE as the hydrophobic tail and different dendritic l-lysine as the hydrophilic head, capable of compacting siRNA into nanoparticles to protect it from enzymatic degradation. Interestingly, DSPE-KK, AmPPD bearing smaller hydrophilic dendron, promoting more efficient intracellular uptake and endosome release of the so-formed siRNA complexes, as well as better siRNA releasing ability, ultimately resulting in more potent gene silencing and anticancer effects both in vitro and in vivo. Such outstanding performance of DSPE-KK in siRNA delivery may attribute to its optimal balance between the hydrophobic tail and hydrophilic dendritic portion. Our findings provide guidance for the development of safe and effective dendrimer-based siRNA delivery system, thus bringing new hope for combating various diseases.

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