A Nanoparticle for Tumor Targeted Delivery of Oligomers

  • Xinrong Liu
  • Yi Wang
  • Donald J. HnatowichEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 764)


The tissue-specific delivery nanoparticle consists of an antisense oligomer, a cell-penetrating peptide, and an antitumor antibody, each biotinylated and each linked via streptavidin. Within the nanoparticle, the antibody provides specific targeted delivery and binding to the target cells, the peptide improves cell membrane transport, and the antisense oligomer, through its mRNA-binding ability, provides specific retention of the radioactivity in the target cell nucleus. The use of streptavidin as linker eliminates the need for covalent conjugation without appearing to interfere with the in vitro and in vivo properties of each component. The delivery nanoparticle is under development to improve tumor targeting with unlabeled siRNAs as well as radiolabeled antisense oligomers in a variety of tumor types. The anti-HER2 Trastuzumab (Herceptin) antibody, the tat peptide, and a radiolabeled antisense oligomer against the RIα mRNA have been used in this report as an example.

Key words

Tumor delivery streptavidin nanoparticle antisense 



This work was supported in part by the Office of Science (BER), U.S. Department of Energy (grant DE-FG02-03ER63602); the National Institutes of Health (grant R01CA94994 and R21CA129591); and congressionally directed Medical Research Programs (grant W81XWH-06-1-0649).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of RadiologyUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Science and EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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