Koen Raemdonck

Learn More
This study describes a novel liposomal formulation for siRNA delivery, based on the mixture of the neutral lipid monoolein (MO) and cationic lipids of the dioctadecyldimethylammonium (DODA) family. The cationic lipids dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) and chloride (DODAC) were compared in order to identify which one will most efficiently induce(More)
Biofilms are matrix-enclosed communities of bacteria that show increased antibiotic resistance and the capability to evade the immune system. They can cause recalcitrant infections which cannot be cured with classical antibiotic therapy. Drug delivery by lipid or polymer nanoparticles is considered a promising strategy for overcoming biofilm resistance.(More)
SiRNA based therapeutics are currently under investigation for treatment of cancer and viral infections. Upon intravenous administration, the nanoscopic delivery systems which carry the siRNA need to be stable in serum, an aspect which is often overlooked in numerous publications on siRNA delivery systems. Techniques currently available for studying the(More)
To attain the full therapeutic promise of short interfering RNA (siRNA), it is believed that improvements such as increased biostability are critical. Regrettably, thus far, insufficient in situ data are on hand regarding the intracellular stability of siRNAs. We report on the use of an advanced fluorescence-based method to probe the nucleolytic decay of(More)
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are specialised endogenous carriers of proteins and nucleic acids and are involved in intercellular communication. EVs are therefore proposed as candidate drug delivery systems for the delivery of nucleic acids and other macromolecules. However, the preparation of EV-based drug delivery systems is hampered by the lack of(More)
Since the demonstration of RNA interference (RNAi) in mammalian cells, considerable research and financial effort has gone towards implementing RNAi as a viable therapeutic platform. RNAi is, without doubt, the most promising strategy for the treatment of human genetic disorders. Because many of the targets proposed for RNAi therapy require chronic(More)
Delivering intact small interfering RNA (siRNA) into the cytoplasm of targeted cells in vivo is considered a major obstacle in the development of clinically applicable RNA interference-based therapies. Although dextran hydroxyethyl methacrylate (dex-HEMA) nanogels have been reported to be suitable carriers for siRNA delivery in vitro, and are ideally sized(More)
Exosome-like vesicles (ELVs) play an important role in intercellular communication by acting as natural carriers for biomolecule transfer between cells. This unique feature rationalizes their exploitation as bio-inspired drug delivery systems. However, the therapeutic application of ELVs is hampered by the lack of efficient and reproducible drug loading(More)
During the past two decades, extracellular vesicles (EVs) have been identified as important mediators of intercellular communication, enabling the functional transfer of bioactive molecules from one cell to another. Consequently, it is becoming increasingly clear that these vesicles are involved in many (patho)physiological processes, providing(More)
Intravenous administration of siRNA nanocarriers may provide unique therapeutic opportunities for tissue-specific gene silencing. Although often engineered to overcome the numerous barriers that exist in the systemic circulation, many nanocarriers fail in extending the circulation time of the siRNA. A more detailed assessment of the different clearance(More)