Self-fluorescent drug delivery vector based on genipin-crosslinked polyethylenimine conjugated globin nanoparticle.


A kind of self-fluorescent, biocompatible, and low-toxic Genipin crosslinked Globin-PEI nanoparticle (Gb-G-PEI NP) with high enzymolysis-stability and photo-stability was synthesized successfully. The properties of the Gb-G-PEI NP were characterized, including its particle size, surface zeta potential, morphology, paclitaxel (PTX) loading capacity and release. The Gb-G-PEI NPs as imaging probe were investigated by Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM) in vitro and by fluorescence imaging system in vivo. Cell imaging results showed that the tumor cell line (HepG-2) had the faster cell uptake rate and metabolism rate than the normal cell line (L-O2), this difference showed its tumor selectivity. MTT assay revealed that the PTX-loaded Gb-G-PEI NPs showed almost the equal potence to tumor cell HepG-2 as the free PTX at the same PTX concentration, while a lower cytotoxicity to normal cell L-O2, suggesting its promising utilization as a drug delivery system. The imaging on mice demonstrated the possibility of the self-fluorescent Gb-G-PEI NPs as probe in vivo. So Gb-G-PEI NPs can be potentially utilized as both tracking marker and tumor cell selective drug delivery system in the biomaterial field.

DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2016.09.059

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@article{Zhang2017SelffluorescentDD, title={Self-fluorescent drug delivery vector based on genipin-crosslinked polyethylenimine conjugated globin nanoparticle.}, author={Yan Zhang and Lina Mao and Juan Liu and Tianjun Liu}, journal={Materials science & engineering. C, Materials for biological applications}, year={2017}, volume={71}, pages={17-24} }