A nanocarrier system for the delivery of nucleic acids targeted to a pancreatic beta cell line

Yuma Yamada, Mai Tabata, Yukari Yasuzaki, Masatoshi Nomura, Atsushi Shibata, Yuta Ibayashi, Yosuke Taniguchi, Shigeki Sasaki, Hideyoshi Harashima

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術誌査読

26 被引用数 (Scopus)


Pancreatic β cells secrete insulin in response to glucose levels and thus are involved in controlling blood glucose levels. A line of pancreatic β cells "MIN6" has been used in studies related to the function of β cells and diabetes therapy. Regulating gene expression in MIN6 cells could accelerate these studies, but an efficient method for the transfection of nucleic acids targeted to MIN6 cells is required. We report here on a liposome-based carrier targeted to pancreatic β cells (Multifunctional envelope-type nano device for pancreatic β cells, β-MEND). We identified a lipid composition for use in preparing the β-MEND, which permits the particles to be efficiently internalized into MIN6, as evidenced by flow cytometry analyses. Intracellular observation by confocal laser scanning microscopy showed that the β-MEND efficiently delivered the oligo nucleic acids to the cytosol of MIN6 cells. Moreover, using a β-MEND encapsulating a 2'-O-Methyl RNA complementary to a microRNA that suppresses insulin secretion, the knockdown of the targeted microRNA and an up-regulation of insulin secretion were observed in MIN6. Thus, the β-MEND holds promise as an efficient system for delivering nucleic acids targeted to MIN6 and can contribute to research and therapy aimed at diabetes.

出版ステータス出版済み - 8月 2014

!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 生物理学
  • バイオエンジニアリング
  • セラミックおよび複合材料
  • 生体材料
  • 材料力学


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