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Preparation of Angiopep-2 Peptide-Modified Bubble Liposomes for Delivery to the Brain


, : Preparation of Angiopep-2 Peptide-Modified Bubble Liposomes for Delivery to the Brain. Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin 39(6): 977-983

In the development of therapeutic approaches for central nervous system diseases, a significant obstacle is efficient drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier owing to its low permeability. Various nanocarriers have been developed for brain-targeted drug delivery by modification with specific ligands. We have previously developed polyethylene glycol-modified liposomes (Bubble liposomes [BLs]) that entrap ultrasound (US) contrast gas and can serve as both plasmid DNA or small interfering RNA carriers and US contrast agents. In this study, we attempted to prepare brain-targeting BLs modified with Angiopep-2 (Ang2) peptide (Ang2-BLs). Ang2 is expected to be a useful ligand for the efficient delivery of nanocarriers to the brain. We showed that Ang2-BLs interacted specifically with brain endothelial cells via low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein-1. We also confirmed that Ang2-BLs could entrap US contrast gas and had US imaging ability as well as unmodified BLs. Furthermore, we demonstrated that Ang2-BLs accumulated in brain tissue after intravascular injection. These results suggested that Ang2-BLs may be a useful tool for brain-targeted delivery and US imaging via systemic administration.

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PMID: 27251499

DOI: 10.1248/bpb.b15-00994


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