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Study Findings on Molecular Motor Proteins Are Outlined in Reports from Northeastern University

May 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Current study results on Enzymes and Coenzymes have been published. According to news reporting from Boston, Massachusetts, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "The ideal siRNA delivery system should selectively deliver the construct to the target cell, avoid enzymatic degradation, and evade uptake by phagocytes. In the present study, we evaluated the importance of polyethylene glycol (PEG) on lipid-based carrier systems for encapsulating, and delivering, siRNA to tumor vessels using cellular models."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Northeastern University, "Lipid nanoparticles containing different percentage of PEG were evaluated based on their physical chemical properties, density compared to water, siRNA encapsulation, toxicity, targeting efficiency and gene silencing in vitro. siRNA can be efficiently loaded into lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) when DOTAP is included in the formulation mixture. However, the total amount encapsulated decreased with increase in PEG content. In the presence of siRNA, the final formulations contained a mixed population of particles based on density. The major population which contains the majority of siRNA exhibited a density of 4% glucose, and the minor fraction associated with a decreased amount of siRNA had a density less than PBS. The inclusion of 10 mol% PEG resulted in a greater amount of siRNA associated with the minor fraction. Finally, when kinesin spindle protein (KSP) siRNA was encapsulated in lipid nanoparticles containing a modest amount of PEG, the proliferation of endothelial cells was inhibited due to the efficient knock down of KSP mRNA. The presence of siRNA resulted in the formation of solid lipid nanoparticles when prepared using the thin film and hydration method."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "LNPs with a relatively modest amount of PEG can sufficiently encapsulate siRNA, improve cellular uptake and the efficiency of gene silencing."

For more information on this research see: Delivery of kinesin spindle protein targeting siRNA in solid lipid nanoparticles to cellular models of tumor vasculature. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2014;446(2):441-447. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications can be contacted at: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, 525 B St, Ste 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495, USA. (Elsevier -; Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting B. Ying, Northeastern Univ, Dept. of Pharmaceut Sci, Bouve Coll Hlth Sci, Boston, MA 02115, United States (see also Enzymes and Coenzymes).

Keywords for this news article include: Boston, Kinesin, Nanoparticle, Massachusetts, United States, Nanotechnology, Cytoskeletal Proteins, Emerging Technologies, Enzymes and Coenzymes, Molecular Motor Proteins, North and Central America, Acid Anhydride Hydrolases, Microtubule-Associated Proteins

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Source: Life Science Weekly

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