Poly(amino acid)s: Promising enzymatically degradable stealth coatings for liposomes

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Poly(amino acid)s (PAAs) were evaluated as coating polymers for long-circulating liposomes. The pharmacokinetics of PAA-coated liposomes were assessed in rats. Prolonged circulation times were obtained, comparable to those reported for poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-liposomes. Besides, the enzymatic degradability of PAAs was studied. PAAs – in free as well as liposome-associated form – are degradable by proteases, which is beneficial for reducing the risks of accumulation in vivo. Furthermore, complement activation by PAA-liposomes was evaluated in vitro and in vivo. Like other liposome types, they appear to activate the complement system. However, a role of endotoxin contamination of the PAA-liposome formulations used cannot be excluded in our complement activation studies.

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