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Treatment of Colon Cancer by Degradable rrPPC Nano-Conjugates Delivered STAT3 siRNA

Authors Zhang H, Men K, Pan C, Gao Y, Li J, Lei S, Zhu G, Li R, Wei Y, Duan X

Received 19 August 2020

Accepted for publication 10 November 2020

Published 7 December 2020 Volume 2020:15 Pages 9875—9890

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S277845

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Linlin Sun


Hongjia Zhang,1,* Ke Men,1,* Congbin Pan,1 Yan Gao,1 Jingmei Li,1 Sibei Lei,1 Guonian Zhu,1 Rui Li,1 Yuquan Wei,1 Xingmei Duan2

1State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, National Clinical Research Center for Geriatrics, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Pharmacy, Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences & Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, Personalized Drug Therapy Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Medicine, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610072, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Ke Men State
Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, National Clinical Research Center for Geriatrics, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, People’s Republic of China
Email mendingbob@hotmail.com
Xingmei Duan
Department of Pharmacy, Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences & Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, Personalized Drug Therapy Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Medicine, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610072, People’s Republic of China
Email duanxingmei2003@163.com

Background: Drugs that work based on the mechanism of RNA interference have shown strong potential in cancer gene therapy. Although significant progress has been made in small interfering RNA (siRNA) design and manufacturing, ideal delivery system remains a limitation for the development of siRNA-based drugs. Particularly, it is necessary to focus on parameters including delivery efficiency, stability, and safety when developing siRNA formulations for cancer therapy.
Methods: In this work, a novel degradable siRNA delivery system cRGD-R9-PEG-PEI-Cholesterol (rrPPC) was synthesized based on low molecular weight polyethyleneimine (PEI). Functional groups including cholesterol, cell penetrating peptides (CPPs), and poly(ethylene oxide) were introduced to PEI backbone to attain enhanced transfection efficiency and biocompatibility.
Results: The synthesized rrPPC was dispersed as nanoparticles in water with an average size of 195 nm and 41.9 mV in potential. rrPPC nanoparticles could efficiently deliver siRNA into C26 clone cancer cells and trigger caveolae-mediated pathway during transmembrane transportation. By loading the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) targeting siRNA, rrPPC/STAT3 siRNA (rrPPC/siSTAT3) complex demonstrated strong anti-cancer effects in multiple colon cancer models following local delivery. In addition, intravenous (IV) injection of rrPPC/siSTAT3 complex efficiently suppressed lung metastasis tumor progression with ideal in vivo safety.
Conclusion: Our results provide evidence that rrPPC nanoparticles constitute a potential candidate vector for siRNA-based colon cancer gene therapy.

Keywords: RNA interfering, nanoparticle, STAT3, colon cancer

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