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The ability of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) to potently but reversibly silence genes in vivo has made them particularly well suited as a new class of drugs that interfere with disease-causing or disease-promoting genes. However, the largest remaining hurdle for the widespread use of this technology in skin is the lack of an effective delivery system. The(More)
A fluorometric analytical method was developed for quantification of protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) in skin samples and receptor phase solution after in vitro cutaneous penetration/permeation studies. Analytical conditions used were: excitation and emission wavelengths: 400 nm and 632 nm; bandwidth: 0.5 nm; excitation and emission slits: 10/10. PpIX was recovered(More)
Liquid crystalline systems (LCSs) form interesting drug delivery systems. These include in situ gelling delivery systems, which present several advantages for use as self-assembling systems for local drug delivery. The aim of this study was to develop and characterize in situ gelling delivery systems for local siRNA delivery. The influence of the components(More)
Nanodispersions of liquid-crystalline phases (NLPs) composed of monoolein and oleic acid were chosen as nanocarriers to improve the topical retention of the photosensitizer protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) and thereby optimize photodynamic therapy (PDT) using this photosensitizer. The nanodispersions were characterized by polarized light microscopy, small-angle(More)
The study of a drug's dermal penetration profile provides important pharmaceutical data for the rational development of topical and transdermal delivery systems because the skin is a broadly used delivery route for local and systemic drugs and a potential route for gene therapy and vaccines. Monitoring drug penetration across the skin and quantifying its(More)
With the increasing number of studies proposing new and optimal delivery strategies for the efficacious silencing of gene-related diseases by the local administration of siRNAs, the present review aims to provide a broad overview of the most important and latest developments of non-viral siRNA delivery systems for local administration. Moreover, the main(More)
The development of delivery systems able to complex and release siRNA into the cytosol is essential for therapeutic use of siRNA. Among the delivery systems, local delivery has advantages over systemic administration. In this study, we developed and characterized non-viral carriers to deliver siRNA locally, based on polyethylenimine (PEI) as gene carrier,(More)
Gene therapy by RNA interference (RNAi) is a post-transcriptional silencing process that can suppress the expression of a particular gene and it is a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of many severe diseases, including cutaneous disorders. However, difficulties related to administration and body distribution limit the clinical use of small(More)
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