Cellular uptake of ribonuclease A-functionalised core-shell silica microspheres

Chimonides, G.F; Behrendt, J.M.; Chundoo, E.; Bland, C.; Hine, A.V.; Devitt, A.; Nagel, D.A. and Sutherland, A.J. (2014). Cellular uptake of ribonuclease A-functionalised core-shell silica microspheres. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2 (42), pp. 7307-7315.

Abstract

Analysis of protein function in a cellular context ideally requires physiologically representative levels of that protein. Thus conventional nucleic acid-based transfection methods are far from ideal owing to the over expression that generally results. Likewise fusions with protein transduction domains can be problematic whilst delivery via liposomes/nanoparticles typically results in endosomal localisation. Recently polymer microspheres have been reported to be highly effective at delivering proteins into cells and thus provide a viable new alternative for protein delivery (protein transduction). Herein we describe the successful delivery of active ribonuclease A into HeLa cells via novel polymer core-silica shell microspheres. Specifically, poly(styrene-co-vinylbenzylisothiouronium chloride) core particles, generated by dispersion polymerisation, were coated with a poly(styrene-co-trimethoxysilylpropyl methacrylate) shell. The resultant core-shell morphology was characterised by transmission electron, scanning electron and fluorescence confocal microscopies, whilst size and surface charge was assessed by dynamic light scattering and zeta-potential measurements, respectively. Subsequently ribonuclease A was coupled to the microspheres using simple carbodiimide chemistry. Gel electrophoresis confirmed and quantified the activity of the immobilised enzyme against purified HeLa RNA. Finally, the polymer-protein particles were evaluated as protein-transduction vectors in vitro to deliver active ribonuclease A to HeLa cells. Cellular uptake of the microspheres was successful and resulted in reduced levels of both intracellular RNA and cell viability.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/C4TB01130A
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Chemical engineering & applied chemistry
Life & Health Sciences > Biosciences
Additional Information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence. Funding: EPSRC Industrial CASE (GFC) grant number EP/D038057/1 Electronic supplementary information: see DOI: 10.1039/c4tb01130a
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biomedical Engineering,Medicine(all),Chemistry(all),Materials Science(all)
Published Date: 2014-11-14

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