Scientific article

Uptake of oligonucleotide-loaded nanoparticles in prostatic cancer cells and their intracellular localization

Published inEuropean journal of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics, vol. 47, no. 2, p. 119-123
Publication date1999

The development of antisense biotechnology is dependent, in part, on creating improved methods for delivering oligonucleotides to cells. In this study, we investigated a colloidal system (nanoparticles (NP) of poly (D,L) lactic acid) that affects the intracellular delivery of oligonucleotides. We have examined the intracellular compartmentalization in DU145 cells of fluorescein labeled phosphorothioate oligonucleotides, both in the free state and when loaded into NP. Fluorescent oligonucleotides were incubated for 18 h with DU145 cells and the mean intracellular fluorescence was determined by flow cytometry. After the addition of monensin, an increase in signal intensity was observed, indicating that free oligonucleotides were resident in an acidic intracellular environment, whereas oligonucleotides from the NP did not reside in an acidic compartment. Free and NP loaded with oligonucleotides effluxed from DU145 cells from two intracellular compartments. This preliminary report indicates that colloidal carriers such as NP could prove to be useful in affecting intracellular trafficking of oligonucleotides in DU145 and in other cells.

  • Oligonucleotides
  • Nanoparticles
  • Poly (d-l) lactic acid
  • Cellular uptake
  • Intracellular compartmentalization
Citation (ISO format)
BERTON, Myriam et al. Uptake of oligonucleotide-loaded nanoparticles in prostatic cancer cells and their intracellular localization. In: European journal of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics, 1999, vol. 47, n° 2, p. 119–123.
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