Intracellular delivery of peptide cargos using polyhydroxybutyrate based biodegradable nanoparticles: Studies on antitumor efficacy of BCL-2 converting peptide, NuBCP-9.

Abstract

Faster biodegradation, immunogenicity and lack of cell penetrative capabilities are hurdles in development of peptidyl drugs for cancer therapy. Polymeric carriers can be used to overcome these problems. The present study is focused on the use of polyhydroxybutyrate as a potential nanovehicle for the delivery of anticancer peptides. PHB (72kDa) was produced by thermal treatment of high molecular weight PHB (300kDa) under melt conditions and then conjugated with PEG (4kDa) by Steglich esterification reaction. Anticancer peptide NuBCP-9 (FSRSLHSLL) encapsulated PHB(72K)-PEG(4K) NPs were prepared by double emulsion solvent evaporation method. PHB(72K)-PEG(4K) NPs showed encapsulation efficiency of 61% and exhibited sustained release of peptide over a period of 26days at physiological pH. NuBCP-9 loaded PHB(72K)-PEG(4K) NPs showed an IC50 value of 2.2μM & 1.6μM in MCF-7 cells in 48h and 72h respectively. Confocal laser microscopy confirmed efficient cellular uptake and induction of apoptosis by peptide loaded NPs in a time dependent manner. In vivo intraperitonial administration of 20mg/kg NuBCP-9/NPs twice a week for three weeks triggered 90% tumor regression in Ehrlich syngeneic mouse model. Our results illustrated the potential of PHB(72K)-PEG(4K) based nanoformulation as a tool for targeting intracellular proteins.

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2016.07.077

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@article{Kapoor2016IntracellularDO, title={Intracellular delivery of peptide cargos using polyhydroxybutyrate based biodegradable nanoparticles: Studies on antitumor efficacy of BCL-2 converting peptide, NuBCP-9.}, author={Sumeet Kapoor and Dikishi Gupta and Manoj Kumar and Sapna Sharma and Amit Kumar Gupta and Man Mohan Misro and Harpal Singh}, journal={International journal of pharmaceutics}, year={2016}, volume={511 2}, pages={876-89} }