Bioreduction-ruptured nanogel for switch on/off release of Bcl2 siRNA in breast tumor therapy

Huipeng Li, Xue Yang, Fang Gao, Chenggen Qian, Chenzi Li, David Oupicky, Minjie Sun

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In present study, gene concentrated as well as bioreduction-ruptured nanogel with local enrichment positive charge while low cytotoxicity was developed for Bcl2 siRNA delivery featured in intracellular switch on/off controlled release. Dynamic covalent bond crosslinked nanogel was formed by thiolated PEI of 1.8 kDa(PEI-1.8 kDa)and biodegradable dextrin. Once nanogel was uptake by tumor cells, high concentration of glutathione (GSH) in cytosol could bioreducible -degrade and rupture the crosslink of this dextrin nanogel (DSP) into hypotoxic PEI-1.8 kDa and dextrin, following by burst release of packed siRNA and minimizing the restriction of polymer material for siRNA transcription. This switch on/off siRNA release strategy for gene therapy exhibited equal level of the deregulation of Bcl2 protein expression determined by western blot analysis compared with cationic PEI with 25 kDa molecular weight (PEI-25 kDa) in vitro. Moreover, the gene concentrated DSP based on hypotoxic PEI-1.8 kDa and biodegradable dextrin could be administrated intravenously for systematic therapy on safely. Tumor suppression study of DSP also exhibited a superior antitumor activity in 4T1-luc tumor cell bearing BALB/C mice. Furthermore, it exhibited lower cytotoxicity, almost none hemotoxicity, moreover avoiding recognition and clearance by RES system in healthy mice. Overall, these findings suggest that this reduction-sensitive while bioreduction-ruptured polymer nanogel is an innovative strategy and holds great promise for gene and drug delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-90
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Controlled Release
StatePublished - Dec 28 2018


  • Bioreduction-rupture
  • Lysosomal escape
  • PEI-1.8 kDa
  • Reduction-sensitive
  • siRNA delivery
  • siRNA switch on/off controlled release

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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