Conjugation of melanotransferrin antibody on solid lipid nanoparticles for mediating brain cancer malignancy

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Abstract

Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) comprising complex internal lipids were conjugated with melanotransferrin antibody (MA) to carry anticancer etoposide across the blood–brain barrier (BBB) for managing glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). MA was crosslinked on the surface of etoposide-loaded SLNs (ETP-SLNs) to target human brain-microvascular endothelial cells (HBMECs) and U87MG cells. The experimental evidences showed that an increase in the tripalmitin weight percentage in lipids enhanced the particle size and viability of U87MG cells, however decreased the etoposide loading efficiency, MA conjugation efficiency, and permeability coefficient for etoposide across the BBB. A high level of MA on the particle surface increased the atomic ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus and permeability coefficient for propidium iodide and etoposide across the BBB, however reduced the MA conjugation efficiency, transendothelial electrical resistance, and viability of U87MG cells. Based on immunochemical staining, we found that MA on ETP-SLNs triggered the melanotransferrin-mediated transcytosis and promoted the growth-inhibitory efficacy to U87MG cells. MA-conjugated ETP-SLNs can be a promising colloidal delivery system for malignant GBM pharmacotherapy.

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