Edible plant exosome-like nanoparticles as a potential therapeutic agent


Plant exosomes protect plants against infection; however, whether edible plant exosomes can protect mammalian hosts against infection is not known. University of Louisville researchers show that ginger exosome-like nanoparticles (GELNs) are selectively taken up by the periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis in a GELN phosphatidic acid (PA) dependent manner via interactions with hemin-binding protein 35 (HBP35) on the surface of P. gingivalis. Compared with PA (34:2), PA (34:1) did not interact with HBP35, indicating that the degree of unsaturation of PA plays a critical role in GELN-mediated interaction with HBP35. On binding to HBP35, pathogenic mechanisms of P. gingivalis were significantly reduced following interaction with GELN cargo molecules, including PA and miRs. These cargo molecules interacted with multiple pathogenic factors in the recipient bacteria simultaneously. Using edible plant exosome-like nanoparticles as a potential therapeutic agent to prevent/treat chronic periodontitis was further demonstrated in a mouse model.

Sundaram K, Miller DP, Kumar A, Teng Y, Sayed M, Mu J, Lei C, Sriwastva MK, Zhang L, Jun Y, Merchant ML, He L, Fang Y, Zhang S, Zhang X, Park JW, Lamont RJ, Zhang HG. (2019) Plant-Derived Exosomal Nanoparticles Inhibit Pathogenicity of Porphyromonas gingivalis. iScience 21:308-327. [article]

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