Jean-Pierre Vigneron

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Cationic lipids nowadays constitute a promising alternative to recombinant viruses for gene transfer. We have recently explored the transfection potential of a new class of lipids based upon the use of aminoglycosides as cationic polar headgroups. The encouraging results obtained with a first cholesterol derivative of kanamycin A prompted us to investigate(More)
Stability studies performed by the pharmaceutical industry are only designed to fulfill licensing requirements. Thus, post-dilution or -reconstitution stability data are frequently limited to 24h only for bacteriological reasons regardless of the true chemical stability which could, in many cases, be longer. In practice, the pharmacy-based centralized(More)
RNA interference requires efficient delivery of small double-stranded RNA molecules into the target cells and their subsequent incorporation into RNA-induced silencing complexes. Although current cationic lipids commonly used for DNA transfection have also been used for siRNA transfection, a clear need still exists for better siRNA delivery to improve the(More)
BACKGROUND Cationic lipids are at present very actively investigated for gene transfer studies and gene therapy applications. Basically, they rely on the formation of DNA/lipid aggregates via electrostatic interactions between their cationic headgroup and the negatively charged DNA. Although their structure/activity relationships are not well understood, it(More)
Cationic lipid-based nonviral gene delivery is an attractive approach for therapeutic gene transfer. Basically, gene transfection can be achieved by using synthetic vectors that compact DNA, forming cationic lipoplexes which can interact with the cell plasma membrane by electrostatic interactions. Among the basic components of any cationic lipid, the type(More)
BACKGROUND Over the last several years, we have developed a novel class of cationic lipids, cholesterol derivatives characterized by polar head groups with guanidinium functions. We have in particular shown that bis(guanidinium)-tren-cholesterol/dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine (BGTC/DOPE) cationic liposomes can mediate efficient gene transfection into the(More)
Peritoneal dissemination is a common end-stage complication of pancreatic cancer for which novel therapeutic modalities are actively investigated, as there is no current effective therapy. Thus, we evaluated, in a mouse model of pancreatic peritoneal carcinomatosis, the therapeutic potential of a novel nonviral gene therapy approach consisting of(More)
Cationic lipid-mediated gene transfection involves uptake of the lipid/DNA complexes via endocytosis, a cellular pathway characterized by a significant drop in pH. Thus, in the present study, we aimed to explore the impact on transfection efficiency of the inclusion of an acid-sensitive acylhydrazone function in the cationic lipid structure. We synthesized(More)
Artificial self-assembling systems are currently widely investigated as an alternative approach to recombinant viruses for gene transfection in vitro and in vivo. Cationic lipids are particularly attractive, as a great variety of well-characterized reagents can be synthesized from there. Over the last few years, numerous cationic lipid systems have been(More)
Metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their natural inhibitors (TIMPs) contribute to the regulation of tumor microenvironment. Their expressions are deregulated in almost all human cancers. We report a novel approach to gene therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), using repeated injections of DNA plasmids encoding the tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases(More)