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Spermine-modified Antheraea pernyi silk fibroin as a gene delivery carrier

Authors Yu Y, Hu Y, Li X, Liu Y, Li M, Yang J, Sheng W

Received 1 February 2015

Accepted for publication 7 February 2016

Published 14 March 2016 Volume 2016:11 Pages 1013—1023

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S82023

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 6

Editor who approved publication: Dr Lei Yang


Yanni Yu,1 Yongpei Hu,1 Xiufang Li,1 Yu Liu,1 Mingzhong Li,1 Jicheng Yang,2 Weihua Sheng2

1National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk, College of Textile and Clothing Engineering, Soochow University, 2Cell and Molecular Biology Institute, College of Medicine, Soochow University, Suzhou, People’s Republic of China

Abstract: The development of a novel cationized polymer used as a gene delivery carrier that can conveniently and effectively transfect cells resulting in a stably expressed target gene remains a challenge. Antheraea pernyi silk fibroin (ASF) is a cytocompatible and biodegradable natural polymer, and it possesses Arg–Gly–Asp sequences but a negative charge. In order to render ASF amenable to packaging plasmid DNA (pDNA), spermine was used to modify ASF to synthesize cationized ASF (CASF), which was used as a gene delivery carrier. CASF was characterized using trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid assay, the zeta potential determination, and a Fourier transform infrared analysis, and the results of these characterizations indicated that the –NH2 in spermine effectively reacts with the –COOH in the side chains of ASF. Spermine grafted to the side chains of ASF resulted in the conversion of the negative charge of ASF to a positive charge. CASF packaged pDNA and formed CASF/pDNA complexes, which exhibited spherical morphology with average particle sizes of 215–281 nm and zeta potential of approximately +3.0 mV to +3.2 mV. The results of the MTT assay, confocal laser scanning microscopy, and flow cytometry analysis in a human endothelial cell line revealed that CASF/pDNA complexes exhibited lower cytotoxicity and higher transfection efficiency compared to the pDNA complexes of polyethyleneimine. These results indicate that our synthesized CASF, a cationized polymer, is a potential gene delivery carrier with the advantages of biodegradability and low cytotoxicity.

Keywords: silk fibroin, spermine, cationized polymer, gene delivery carrier

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