Rapamycin-encapsulated exosome-mimetic nanoparticles-in-PLGA microspheres

Researchers at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology have previously developed several kinds of rapamycin-encapsulated nanoparticles to achieve sustained release of rapamycin to treat hemangioma. However, lack of intrinsic targeting and easy clearance by the immune system are major hurdles that artificial fabricated nanoparticles must overcome. The researchers constructed rapamycin-encapsulated macrophage-derived exosomes mimic nanoparticles-in-microspheres (RNM), to achieve the goal of continuous targeted therapy of hemangiomas. The rapamycin-encapsulated exosome mimic nanoparticles (RN) were firstly prepared by the extrusion-based method from the U937 cells (the human macrophage cell line). After then, RN was encapsulated with PLGA (poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)) microspheres to obtain RNM. The release profile, targeting activity, and biological activity of RN and RNM were investigated on hemangioma stem cells (HemSCs). RN has a size of 100 nm in diameter, with a rapamycin encapsulation efficacy (EE) of 83%. The prepared microspheres RNM have a particle size of ~30 µm), and the drug EE of RNM is 34%. The sustained release of RNM can remarkably be achieved for 40 days. As expected, RN and RNM showed effective inhibition of cellular proliferation, significant cellular apoptosis, and remarkable repressed expression of angiogenesis factors in HemSCs. These results showed that RNM is an effective approach for prolonged and effective delivery of rapamycin to hemangiomas.

Li H, Wang X, Guo X, Wan Q, Teng Y, Liu J. (2022) Development of rapamycin-encapsulated exosome-mimetic nanoparticles-in-PLGA microspheres for treatment of hemangiomas. Biomed & Pharmaco 148, 112737. [abstract]

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