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  • Autori: Montana, G.; Bondi', M.; Carrotta, R.; Picone, P.; Craparo, E.; SAN BIAGIO, P.; Giammona, G.; DI CARLO, M.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2007
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Parole Chiave: cationic solid lipid nanoparticles, gene delivery
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Gene transfer represents an important advance in the treatment of both genetic and acquired diseases. In this article, the suitability of cationically modified solid-lipid nanoparticles (SLN) as a nonviral vector for gene delivery was investigated, in order to obtain stable materials able to condense RNA. Cationic SLN were produced by microemulsion using Compritol ATO 888 as matrix lipid, Pluronic F68 as tenside, and dimethyldioctadecylammonium bromide (DDAB) as cationic lipid. The resulting particles were approximately 100 nm in size and showed a highly positive surface charge (+41 mV) in water. Size and shape were further characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. Moreover, we utilized the sea urchin as a model system to test their applicability on a living organism. To evaluate cationic SLN ability to complex the in vitro transcribed Paracentrotus lividus bep3 RNA, we utilized both light scattering and gel mobility experiments, and protection by nuclease degradation was also investigated. By microinjection experiment, we demonstrated that the nanoparticles do not inference with the viability of the P. lividus embryo and the complex nanoparticles-bep3 permits movement of the RNA during its localization in the egg, suggesting that it could be a suitable system for gene delivery. Taken together, all these results indicate that the cationic SNL are a good RNA carrier for gene transfer system and the sea urchin a simple and versatile candidate to test biological properties of nanotechnology devices.