Combinatorial evaluation of in vivo distribution of polyanhydride particle-based platforms for vaccine delivery

Latrisha K. Petersen, Lucas Huntimer, Katharine Walz, Amanda Ramer-Tait, Michael J. Wannemuehler, Balaji Narasimhan

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Several challenges are associated with current vaccine strategies, including repeated immunizations, poor patient compliance, and limited approved routes for delivery, which may hinder induction of protective immunity. Thus, there is a need for new vaccine adjuvants capable of multi-route administration and prolonged antigen release at the site of administration by providing a depot within tissue. In this work, we designed a combinatorial platform to investigate the in vivo distribution, depot effect, and localized persistence of polyanhydride nanoparticles as a function of nanoparticle chemistry and administration route. Our observations indicated that the route of administration differentially affected tissue residence times. All nanoparticles rapidly dispersed when delivered intranasally but provided a depot when administered parenterally. When amphiphilic and hydrophobic nanoparticles were administered intranasally, they persisted within lung tissue. These results provide insights into the chemistry and route-dependent distribution and tissue-specific association of polyanhydride nanoparticle-based vaccine adjuvants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2213-2225
Number of pages13
JournalInternational journal of nanomedicine
StatePublished - Jun 17 2013


  • Combinatorial
  • Distribution
  • Live animal imaging
  • Nanoparticle
  • Polyanhydride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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