New Method for Efficient siRNA Delivery in Retina Explants: Reverse Magnetofection.

Published on Jun 3, 2021in Bioconjugate Chemistry4.031
· DOI :10.1021/ACS.BIOCONJCHEM.1C00132
Marco Bassetto1
Estimated H-index: 1
Merve Sen2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Tübingen)
+ 5 AuthorsOlivier Zelphati14
Estimated H-index: 14
The prevalence of retinal disorders associated with visual impairment and blindness is increasing worldwide, while most of them remain without effective treatment. Pharmacological and molecular therapy development is hampered by the lack of effective drug delivery into the posterior segment of the eye. Among molecular approaches, RNA-interference (RNAi) features strong advantages, yet delivering it to the inner layer of the retina appears extremely challenging. To address this, we developed an original magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs)-based transfection method that allows the efficient delivery of siRNA in all retinal layers of rat adult retinas through magnetic targeting. To establish delivery of RNAi throughout the retina, we have chosen organotypic retinal explants as an ex vivo model and for future high content screening of molecular drugs. Conversely to classic Magnetofection, and similar to conditions in the posterior chamber of the eye, our methods allows attraction of siRNA complexed to MNPs from the culture media into the explant. Our method termed "Reverse Magnetofection" provides a novel and nontoxic strategy for RNAi-based molecular as well as gene therapy in the retina that can be transferred to a wide variety of organ explants.
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